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TOWN & COUNTRY HAMPTONS 4th QUARTER 2015 HOME SALES REPORT

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

This 4th Quarter TOWN & COUNTRY HOME SALES REPORT is one of the most interesting compilation of factors in the nearly three decades I’ve been reporting on market statistics. Tons of moving parts.

First, let’s examine the obvious… the last 3 months of 2015 were not banner months for trades. In fact, 10 of the 12 markets monitored by TOWN & COUNTRY saw declines — some quite significant — with the greatest statistical drop in Amagansett at 46%.

Next reviewing the Total Home Sales Volumes and the bleeding gets worse with 12 of the 12 markets we watch closely experiencing declines. Southampton Village got pummeled with a 67% plummet in Total Home Sales Volume from $222M in 4th Quarter 2014 to $74M in 4th Quarter 2015. But fret not, this is primarily due to four huge sales in 2014 all over $30M, that pushed the Total Home Sales Volume to rare heights.

The beacon of the three criteria monitored by TOWN & COUNTRY is the Median Homes Sales Price. 7 of the 12 markets saw increases, with many being significant increases. The Bridgehampton Market (which includes Water Mill and Sagaponack) shot up 38% from $2.87M in 4th Quarter 2014 to $3.95M in 4th Quarter 2015. Only East Hampton Village topped that Median Homes Sales Price slightly, with $3.995M.

As we predicted, the price range suffering the most was the high end. The $20M+ and up price range sunk 64% from 11 sales in the 4 in the 4th quarter 2015. This is a direct result of the pull back on Wall Street, since that’s the demographic of the buyer at that elite level.

TOWN & COUNTRY monitors specific price ranges within each market. 7 of the 8 saw declines. One surprise is the $5 – $9.9M category which closed 2 more sales, from 25 to 27 home sales, therefore increased 8%.

A glance at All Hamptons Markets Combined and the picture comes into full focus. During the last 3 months of 2015 the Hamptons Home Sales experienced a pull back.

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LADIES WHO LUNCH!

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Town & Country Real Estate proudly supports the Ladies Village Improvement Society, INC. One event we particularly enjoy partaking in is the Landmark Committee Luncheon. This year’s Annual Luncheon was at The Devon Yacht Club in Amagansett.

Mother Nature was showing off her powers outside, but the lecture and the company was warm and engaging inside.

Devon celebrated its centennial, so it was fitting that this year the event was moved from The Maidstone Club to Devon. John R. Mackall gave a tutorial on the history of Devon, the Colony, the Club and beyond.

The Devon Colony Estates were built in 1909 as a summer retreat for four wealthy families from Cincinnati. The William Stanhope Rowe House was the largest of the original Devon Colony Houses, called the 7 Sisters. It was built by John Mackall’s great grandfather. Richmond Levering, William Stanhope Rowe, Joseph Rawson and William Cooper Procter were the originators. We all admire their vision and commitment to Amagansett.

Town & Country calls this afternoon our Ladies Who Lunch. We enjoyed a beautiful array of delicious foods prepared by the chefs at Devon.

Happy Anniversary to a very special place with a very special history. Devon and The LVIS forever together.

 

Deborah Ann Light 1935 – 2015

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Deborah Ann Light, visionary, philanthropist, preservationist, pioneer and heiress to the Upjohn pharmaceutical fortune passed away on July 21st, at her home in Gainesville, Florida after a long illness. Ms. Light was one of the first to decisively donate to the Peconic Land Trust and the community Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett. Those of us who raised children in East Hampton are quite familiar with the eastern side of Quail Hill—it’s where our kids sled each winter. She donated that hill for all of us!

In her time on this planet she amassed hundreds of acres out east as well as Northern Florida. In both of her favorite places she gave back in a big way. Her mission in life was evidently to preserve for future generations the beauty and lifestyles that were quickly becoming obsolete. 

The Peconic Land Trust has been a great steward of the land that Ms. Light and others have donated over the years. The preserved acres on both the North & South Fork as well as Shelter Island are some of the most pristine on the Eastern End of Long Island and the Land Trust shares these golden nuggets with the communities.

The Peconic Land Trust will introduce you to these must see properties. As a veteran real estate broker in the Hamptons, North Fork & Shelter Island I must tell you, these properties are very special.

Thank you, Deborah Ann Light for your vision, your philanthropic mission and your commitment to future generations. Yours was a special life.

A memorial service has been planned at 4pm on September 19th at Quail Hill Farms

Avenue Magazine Fashion Photo Shoot

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Avenue Magazine had a fashion photo shoot for their July Issue on Wednesday June 3rd at 8 Mitchell Dunes Lane, a Town & Country oceanfront exclusive in prime Amagansett. Eva Saleh and Susan Feinman Senior Account Directors, from Avenue Magazine and their wonderful team, Jessica Lee and Haley Friedlich as well as Claudia Talamas – Stylist, Ryan Plett – Photographer, Juliette Perreux – Hair, Bianna Joelle – Makeup, Sian Osborne – Model, all there helping to make this shoot a success. Special thanks to Mother Nature who was very cooperative providing a day of sunshine glistening off the ocean.

To view full listing details click here: http://www.1townandcountry.com/html/projectDetails.php?innum=28219

Judi A. Desiderio, Chief Executive Officer

JD@1TownandCountry.com                    

631.324.8080 ext. 221

TOWN & COUNTRY HAMPTONS 1ST QUARTER 2015 HOME SALES REPORT

Monday, April 20th, 2015

It doesn’t happen often but occasionally the statistics surprise me. As I always say “the numbers don’t lie. They tell it like it is!” And this Home Sales Report on the first 3 months of 2015 is a mixed bag. I had anticipated a blow away report based on activity in all 8 TOWN & COUNTRY offices but the fact is two-thirds, or 8 of the 12 markets monitored by TOWN & COUNTRY experienced a reduction in the Number of Home Sales, as well as Total Home Sales Volume. In fact, 2 markets, Sag Harbor Area (which includes Noyack and North Haven) and Shelter Island, both sank over 50% in Total Homes Sales Volume and white hot Montauk dropped 46% in the Number of Homes Sales. Strange, right?

 

On a positive note, Sag Harbor Village rose 31% in the Number of Home Sales and East Hampton Village posted a whooping 59.2% spike in the Total Home Sales Volume. Certainly a darling quarter for East Hampton Village, which was firmly in the black in all 3 criteria TOWN & COUNTRY analyzes – Number of Home Sales (+14%), Total Home Sales Volume (+59.2%) and Median Home Sales Price (+23.2%).

 

Southampton Village saw the greatest gain in Median Home Sales Price at 37% from $1,677,500 to $2.3M year to year. But truth be told, Southampton Village, East Hampton Village and Bridgehampton (which includes Water Mill and Sagaponack) markets ordinarily hover between $2.5M and $3M quarterly for Median Home Sales Price.

 

In this report, Bridgehampton (which includes Water Mill and Sagaponack) had an impressive 1st Quarter 2015 with a Median Home Sales Price of $3M and a staggering $230,201,000 Total Home Sales Volume, which is 30% of All Hamptons Markets Combined for Total Home Sales Volume. Bottom line, the Mill Bridgehampton Market (which includes Water and Sagaponack) sold more high-end than any other market. In fact, 6 of the 9 sales $10M-$19.99M were in Bridgehampton (which includes Water Mill and Sagaponack) and 1 of the 2 over $20M was also Bridgehampton (which includes Water Mill and Sagaponack), the other was in Southampton Village.

 

The big surprise though – All Hampton Markets Combined realized a dip in the Number of Home Sales, Total Home Sales Volume and Median Home Sales Price. Is this the trend for 2015?

 

To view the complete report visit 1TownandCountry.com/Reports.

 

Judi A. Desiderio, Chief Executive Officer

JD@1TownandCountry.com                  

631.324.8080 ext. 221

Hampton Year End 2011 Home Sales Report

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

 

Town & Country’s  Year End Home Sales Report holds no surprises.

Looking at the 11 individual markets monitored by Town & Country, we see 4 of the 11 specific markets rose in the number of home sales  by as much as 12% as seen on Shelter Island. One market, Sag Harbor area (which includes Noyack and North Haven) was flat, but 7 of the 11 markets saw declines.  Southampton Village sales activity dropped to 76 in 2011 from 97 in 2010 or 21.7% .  Yet Southampton Village saw a 40% increase in the Median Homes Sales Price from $1,675,000 in 2010 to $2,337,500 in 2011, and the Total Home Sales Volume rose just over 10%.

Bridgehampton (which includes Water Mill and Sagaponack) had the best year of all 11 South Fork markets with increases in all 3 criteria Town & Country reports on 6 times a  year.  The Total Home Sales Volume in Bridgehampton (which includes Water Mill and Sagaponack) increased 26% from $555M to $700M. The Median Home Sales Price rose 13% from $2.295 to $2.6 year to year and the number of home sales rose nearly 6% from 163 to 172.

Reviewing the cumulative All Hamptons Markets Combined and one glaring statistic jumps out at you – 2011 was a good year for the high end.  The highest two priced categories monitored by Town & Country -$3.5 to $4.99M was +16% and $5M and up logged in at 3.7% increase.  Thus in 2011 150 homes priced at $3.5M+ traded as opposed to 138 in 2010.

The Total Home Sales Volume and Median Home Sales Price was flat for the year and the number of home sales realized a slight decrease of 6.4%. 

The foundation has been laid for healthier markets to come.

Judi A. Desiderio, CEO

jd@1TownandCountry.com •  631-324-8080

*Source: The Long Island Real Estate Report

**All information is deemed reliable and correct.  Information is subject to errors, omissions and  withdrawal without prior notice.

Hamptons 4th Quarter 2011 Home Sales Report

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

 

TOWN & COUNTRY’S 4th Quarter Hamptons Home Sales Report shows in black and white (and red) exactly what the home sales activity for late fall, early winter of 2011 was all about.

Ordinarily, we close these reports with looking at all the All Hampton Markets Combined, but this time we will begin with evaluating the cumulative figures as it is a good indicator.  In All Hampton Markets Combined, the number of home Sales increased 9.43% from 265 to 290 4th Quarter Year to Year, yet the Median Home Sales Price dropped 16.22% from $940,000 to $787,500 same period.

A further look at the six price categories we examine show strong increases in activity below $2M,  flat over $3–5M, and a decrease of 43.24% from 37 in 4th Quarter 2010 to 21 in 4th Quarter 2011 in the  $2–3.49M price range.  We can speculate on buyer demographics to explain this phenomenon but we will hold off until the Town & Country Year End Report is released next week.

The shining star in The Hamptons was Sag Harbor.  Sag Harbor area (which includes Noyack and North Haven) Number of Houses has sky rocketed 87% from 15 to 28 year to year in the 4th Quarter.  The Total Home Sales Volume shot up nearly 80% from $18.7M to $33.4M 4th Quarter 2010 to 2011, yet the Median Home Sales Price dropped 28%.  Again a further look at the six specific price categories monitored by Town & Country clearly depicts 25 of the 28 sales were under $2M and the only price category to decline was $2-3.49M price category which went from 5 home sales in 2010 to 1 in 2011 4th Quarter.

Sag Harbor Village had a sterling 4th Quarter 2011 with increases in all three criteria monitored – 60% increase in Number of Home Sales; 35% increase in Total Home Sales Volume, and 2% increase in Median Home Sales Price.

Neighboring Shelter Island enjoyed a 45.45% spike in Home Sales from 11 to 16 year to year.

The 3 crown jewels, East Hampton Village, Southampton Village and Bridgehampton (which includes Water Mill and Sagaponack) remain impressive by any standards.

Southampton Village Median Home Sales Price 4th Quarter 2011 came in at $2.3M.

Bridgehampton Market (which includes Water Mill and Sagaponack) posted a Median Home Sales Price of $2.8M.

East Hampton Village a staggering $3.575 Median Home Sales Price.

To view more specifics on your particular locations visit www.1TownandCountry.com/reports.

 

Judi A. Desiderio, CEO

jd@1TownandCountry.com •  631-324-8080

*Source: The Long Island Real Estate Report

**All information is deemed reliable and correct.  Information is subject to errors, omissions and  withdrawal without prior notice.

US Home Prices & New Home Sales BOTH rise!

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

WASHINGTON: The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller index showed home sale prices rose in August from July in 10 of the 20 cities tracked. This is an indication of stabilization in some of the hard hit portions of the country. July was the 5th straight monthly gains in half the cities monitored.

Additionally, the US Commerce Department released the New Home Sales Report for September which showed a strong increase of 5.7% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 313,000 homes.

The National Association of Home Builders reports that for each new home built, 3 jobs are created for a year and generates $90,000 in taxes….All good news for the National Home Markets and our financial recovery!

Now if the banks would get on board we'd see the recovery speed up.

IT’S TIME TO BUY THAT HOME

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Wall Street Journal's Jack Hough, titled his article on Saturday just that… "It's Time to Buy That House".
 

He discusses the National Association of Realtors, Housing Affordability Index, which Town and Country has written about several times this year, which was 183.7 in August. According to NAR a reading of 100 would indicate that the median income family with a 20% down payment can afford a mortgage on a median priced home.
 

Jack gives an example of a median priced home in greater Phoenix, purchasing it with 20%, at todays 4.12% interest rate, results in monthly payments less than half what the rental for the same home would be.

Of course, as we discussed many times in prior blogs, the banks are being piggy and not lending the money they should, even to qualified buyers. This must be rectified first, in order to move forward!
 

Personally, my sentiment has always been the same. I'd rather keep my money in "East End dirt", as I call it, rather than anywhere else on the planet!
 

As Kramer would say, "Buy, Buy, Buy".

What’s in the name Napeague?

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Napeague, that very narrow and not too long strip of land that lies  connects Montauk to the rest of the east end, is home to weathered homes, undulating dunes, acres of beach grass, the ‘walking dunes”, and of course, Lazy Point with windsurfing and kite boarding fanatics.

Only 11 miles long and very low lying, Napeague is also the land that connects the Atlantic to Gardiners Bay. It is also the strip of land that was flooded in the Great Hurricane of 1938 and it is this land that is affectionately known as “Napeague Stretch”.

Like so many of the names on the east end, Napeague too originated from the Indians and means, appropriately, “land overflowed by the sea”. Who would have ever guessed?