Archive for March, 2017

US Home Prices Rose 5.9%

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index reported a 5.9% rise in home sales prices nationwide for January, year over year. That increase is the greatest since mid-2014. The 10-city index rose 5.1% January 2016 to January 2017 while the 20-city index gained 5.7%.  There are several contributing factors. The scales of supply and demand, dictate the price of anything from art to homes.

At this time in history job growth among the large demographic of 30-something-year-olds contributes to the demand side.  Economists have logged an important concern on that front that wages, rising at 2.5%, and home sale prices, increasing 5.7%, will eventually cause a disconnect.

On the other side of the scales we have supply.  According to the National Association of Realtors inventory in December hit the lowest level since they began tracking this data in 1999.  The number of homes for sale in January 2017 was over 7% less than the number of homes for sale same month last year.

How do these national statistics compare with our niche markets? Frankly, they don’t.  It is not uncommon to see our markets move inversely to national trends.  Because our markets are so diverse and so specialized, they don’t always move in tandem.  Right now, there are segments of our markets that desperately need inventory and others that are, well, flooded.

These vast differences are precisely why Town & Country Real Estate has always broken down our Home Sales Reports into individual markets and different price ranges within those markets in the Hamptons and across the North Fork. 

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Town & Country North Fork 4th Quarter 2016 Home Sales Report

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

The last 3 months of 2016 were filled with fits and starts for North Fork Real Estate markets. Half the individual markets monitored by TOWN & COUNTRY experienced increases in the Number of Home Sales. In fact, Mattituck (which includes Laurel and Cutchogue) had a banner quarter with an impressive 45% jump in the Number of Home Sales and a whopping 65% leap in Total Home Sales Volume.

On the other side of this spectrum is Southold (which includes New Suffolk and Peconic) that saw a 49% drop in the Number of Home Sales, from 41 in the 4th Quarter 2015, to 21 in the same three months of 2016. Additionally,the Total Home Sales Volume dropped 40% due to the lack of sales.

One key statistic to note, is the Median Homes Sales Price rose in nearly every market. This is a clear indicator that prices are on the rise. Looking at All North Fork Markets Combined and you can guage the trajectory of North Fork home sales at the end of last year. While the Number of Home Sales declined by 15%, and the Total Home Sales Volume dropped 7%, the Median Homes Sales Price rose 9.5%. Furthermore, the price category that saw the only increase was the $2-3.49 million price category.

2017 should be a better year than 2016. TOWN & COUNTRY North Fork offices are all reporting heightened activity since the election.

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Barney Rosset Estate in East Hampton Sells for $5.5 Million

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

400 Hands Creek, East Hampton - Front Facade

An East Hampton property once owned by Barney Rosset, who published works by Henry Miller and Samuel Beckett that were considered scandalous, was on the market for $6.495 million and just sold to a Hollywood actor who asked to remain anonymous for $5.5 million.

A memoir, titled “Rosset: My Life in Publishing and How I Fought Censorship,” was published last summer by OR Books. Rosset was known as a crusader against censorship in the 1960s, publishing controversial books including D.H. Lawrence’s “Lady Chatterley’s Lover,” Henry Miller’s “Tropic of Cancer” and “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” through his company, Grove Street Press. 
400 Hands Creek, East Hampton - Swimming Pool
Rosset, who died in 2012 at age 89, lived on the 13.5-acre property for about 10 years until 1993, when he sold it to the current owner, says listing agent Bill Stoecker of Town & Country Real Estate. Over seven years, the current owner salvaged and renovated a barn on the property, which is now the double-height living room for the four-bedroom home, Stoecker says. He added another 4,000 square feet of living space to the shingle-style home, which has four fireplaces, a wine cellar, and a rooftop hot tub. The property, which sits adjacent to 10 acres of town-owned reserve land, has a swimming pool, pool house, tennis court and separate garage, and is surrounded by gardens.
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400 Hands Creek, East Hampton - Living Room