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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.

To view all reports visit http://www.townandcountryhamptons.com/html/marketReports.php

Town & Country Hamptons Year End 2016 Home Sales Report

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

The 2016 Hamptons Home Sales Market closed out with a thud. In fact, the full report is covered with lots of RED!

Only 3 of the 12 markets monitored by TOWN & COUNTRY experienced an increase in the Number of Home Sales. Shelter Island had the greatest statistical change of +16%, from 73 to 85, year over year. Westhampton (which includes Remsenburg, Westhampton Beach, East Quogue, Quogue and Quiogue) still logged in the most Number of Home Sales with 318 — a slight difference from 2015’s count of 324.

Bridgehampton (which includes Water Mill and Sagaponack) had the greatest pullback with -27%, totaling for the year only 172 sales, a far cry from 237 in 2015. The Sag Harbor Area (which includes Noyack and North Haven) Total Home Sales Volume shot up 45% from $186 million to $271million year to year. But Bridgehampton (which includes Water Mill and Sagaponack) remained #1 for Total Home Sales Volume with $701million trading hands in 2016, though quite a dip (-32%) from 2015’s impressive $1Billion dollar volume.

Half of the markets monitored by TOWN & COUNTRY realized increases in the Median Home Sales price by as much as 25% in Sag Harbor Village from $1.2 million to $1.5 million, 2015 to 2016. East Hampton Village, on the other hand, sank 37% from $3.8 million in 2015 to $2.4 million in 2016. Looking at All Hamptons Markets Combined and the RED is glaring — losses nearly across the boards. In fact the $10-19.99 million price range dropped 32% year over year.

The good news is 2017 is poised to be a much better year than 2016. All indicators point to increased activity. All 8 TOWN & COUNTRY offices are reporting more inquiries and greater traffic flow at Open Houses.

To view all reports visit http://www.townandcountryhamptons.com/html/marketReports.php

TOWN & COUNTRY NORTH FORK 3RD QUARTER 2016 HOME SALES REPORT

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

2016 3rd Quarter Home Sales on Long Island’s North Fork demonstrates the heightened interest in these beautiful hamlets.

Jamesport (which includes Aquebogue, Baiting Hollow and South Jamesport) saw 22 homes trade hands, a 37.5% increase from last year’s 16 sales, same quarter. Additionally, the Total Home Sales Volume rose 31% from $7.1M in 2015 to $9.3M in 2016.

Mattituck (which includes Laurel and Cutchogue) enjoyed a great July, August and September this year with a 13% increase in Number of Home Sales, a 41% spike in Total Home Sales Volume and a 6% rise in Median Home Sales Price to $520,000. In fact, Mattituck (which includes Laurel and Cutchogue) recorded the 3 highest price sales for the quarter, all over $2M.

Southold (which includes New Suffolk and Peconic) had 2 less home sales for the quarter and a 12% decline in Total Home Sales Volume, but the Median Home Sales Price price remained steady at $465,000.

Orient (which includes East Marion and Greenport) experienced a similar pull back with 1 less home sale and a 20% drop in Total Home Sales Volume. Yet the Median Home Sales Price price ticked up to $515,000 or 2.7% increase.

“Our North Fork markets are poised to continue enjoying increased activity for the remainder of the year”, stated Judi Desiderio, Chief Operating Officer.

Looking at All North Fork Markets Combined and you see most categories safely in the black.

To view all reports visit http://www.townandcountryhamptons.com/html/marketReports.php

TOWN & COUNTRY HAMPTONS 3RD QUARTER 2016 HOME SALES REPORT

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

2016 3rd Quarter Home Sales in the Hamptons was, well frankly… all over the place.

This year to year statistical comparison shows definite signs of growth.

East Hampton Village set a new high watermark for Median Home Sales Price at $5.25M. All 8 home sales during these months were over $2M — “very impressive Median Home Sales Price, possibly a national statistic”, states Judi Desiderio, Chief Executive Officer.

Hot Montauk, more than doubled the amount of home sales from 8 in 2015 to 17 in 2016. Furthermore, the Total Home Sales Volume tripled year over year with a 198% leap to nearly $28M from $9M.

The Bridgehampton market (which includes WaterMill and Sagaponack) remained the top earner with $125M trading hands during July, August and September of this year. The Median Home Sales Price was a solid $3.9M, a 42% jump from last year’s $2.75M.

All Hamptons Markets Combined showed a respectable increase of 5% in the Number of Home Sales and a rise of 8.5% in Total Home Sales Volume, yet the Median Home Sales Price dropped 13% to only $850,000.

Looking back at our last bull market of 2014 and clearly you see the pull back since then when 410 homes close, with $760 million trading hands.

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NEW HOME SALES IN THE U.S. HIT 9 YEAR HIGH

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Newly built single family residences across the country jumped 12.4% according to the just released U.S. New Home Sales Report. July 2016 was the best month-to-month increase since October 2007. Year-to-year the July increase was a whopping 31.3%! This puts new home sales levels back to levels equivalent with levels prior to the Great Recession, but below all-time highs reached in 2005.

According to the US Commerce Department, the seasonally adjusted annual rate of 654,000 newly built homes traded hands. In fact, the total amount of new homes sold in the U.S. for the first half of 2016 was up over 12% compared to the same period in 2015. Economists believe historically low interest rates and strong job markets are the main contributing factors.

Additionally, many young home buyers have been sitting on the sidelines for several years and are just now beginning to realize the importance of homeownership.

New homes create jobs. Not only by the construction of the home but there are jobs created with ancillary services such as landscaping, decorating, etc.  All of these jobs markets see significant increases when home sales increase.

Finally, the National Association of Realtors collaborated on the strengthening home sale markets with June’s report on previously owned homes, which hit a 10 year high. Real estate has been the beacon! 

MIXED SIGNALS

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

Second quarter 2016 statistics have been released and they are not sending clear signals by any means.

On one hand, The National Association of Realtors reported that home prices rose in 83% of the nation’s 178 major real estate markets. Yet, according to CoreLogic Case Shiller Indices overall prices are now just 2% off the peak set in July 2006.

Homeownership rates are the lowest since the Census Bureau began tracking quarterly statistics in 1965 – now at 62.9%. Economists estimate 200,000 to 300,000 fewer US households are purchasing new homes annually, than during normal market conditions. The true American Dream of home ownership is in flux.

Personal wealth has always been driven for most by their homes. Retirement, tuition, vacations, and much more usually financed via home equity. Is there an entire generation of permanent renters out there? I hope not, for their sake.

First time home buyers are a critical piece of the puzzle and the government must support this vital future growth. Mortgage qualifications are a big part of today’s issues. Keep in mind, home sales create jobs and employ ancillary services from painting to landscaping.  It was home sales and the economic boost it provided that pulled us out of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.

How can lawmakers support growth from the bottom up?

TOWN & COUNTRY NORTH FORK MID YEAR 2016 HOME SALES REPORT

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

In analyzing the data from the North Fork markets for the first six months of 2016, the positive trends jump right off the page. All four specific North Fork markets experienced increases in the Total Home Sales Volume.

Southold (which includes New Suffolk and Peconic) posted the greatest increase in the Number of Home Sales with a spike of 32% from 53 in the first six months of 2015 to 70 in 2016 same period. The Median Home Sales price was also up 10% and Total Home Sales Volume grew 17%.

Orient (which includes East Marion and Greenport) realized a whopping 43% increase in Total Home Sales Volume from $22.2M to $32M year to year. In fact, the Orient market was totally in the black this report.

Mattituck (which includes Laurel and Cutchogue) saw a slight uptick in homes sales activity as did Jamesport (which includes Aquebogue, Baiting Hollow and South Jamesport).

“The glaring trend is the heightened activity primarily on the eastern end of the beautiful North Fork in the first six months of 2016,” states Judi A. Desiderio.

Looking at All North Fork Markets Combined and you will note healthy growth in the Number of Home Sales (+12%), as well as the Total Home Sales Volume (+15%).

Prediction for the balance of 2016, is a continued ascend for our North Fork markets.

To view the full report visit North Fork Mid Year 2016 Sales Report. For all Town & Country Real Estate Market Reports, click here... 

TOWN & COUNTRY Hamptons 2nd Quarter 2016 HOME SALES REPORT

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

 

The numbers are in… raising eyebrows mind you! 

The second three months of 2016 proved challenging for many of the 12 individual markets monitored by TOWN & COUNTRY.  All three criteria in the analysis showed significant drops: The Number of Home Sales dropped in eight of the 12 hamlets and the Total Homes Sales Volume and Median Home Sales Price both realized declines in nine of the 12 locales.

Southampton Village and East Hampton Village, two prime crown jewels of Hamptons Real Estate, both suffered significant declines in all three criteria. In fact, East Hampton Village’s drop of 53% in Total Homes Sales Volume ($95M to $45M year to year) was the greatest of all markets, with Southampton Village not far behind dropping 48% from $86M to $45M.

Reviewing last year’s TOWN & COUNTRY’S 2nd Quarter Home Sales Report, you will notice 2015 experienced a similar set of declines when compared to 2014. Hopefully, this is not a trend!

Thankfully, the report was not all doom and gloom. Sag Harbor Area (which includes Noyack and North Haven) posted the highest gains in the Number of Home Sales at a 100% leap from 17 in 2015 to 34 in 2016. Further, the Total Homes Sales Volume rose from $23.5M to $58M.

Sag Harbor Village and Shelter Island both showed strong growth in the Number of Home Sales, Total Homes Sales Volume and Median Home Sales Price. Is there a shift in focus to the quaint boutique markets from the estate sections, or is it a function of price?

The darling hamlet of Amagansett experienced an unexpected pull back in activity with 35% fewer homes trading hands — this certainly is not due to a lack of interest, but rather a price sensitivity with Median Home Sales Prices nearing $2M inclusive of both north and south of the highway.

View All Hamptons Markets Combined and you will see plenty of red. In fact only one of the eight price ranges monitored by TOWN & COUNTRY saw gains — an anemic 5% increase in the Number of Home Sales, $500,000 – $999,000 the most popular price category.

“While the 2nd Quarter Home Sales Report proved what I have said about the $10M and up price categories being hit the hardest, I do anticipate the next three months will see a seasonal uptick on the high end. Though, it is the stock market trajectory that dictates Hamptons high end sales. Just another cycle.” states Judi A. Desiderio, President.

To view the full report visit 2nd Quarter Home Sales Report. For all Town & Country Real Estate Market Reports, click here.

 

U.S. HOME SALES STRIKE A 9 YEAR HIGH

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Last week the N.A.R., National Association of Realtors, released their report on existing home sales for the month of May. The 1.8% increase to an annual rate of 5.53 million units, was the highest level since February 2007, and sales were up 4.5% from the same period in 2015.

Existing home sales surged 4.1% in the Northeast, 4.6% in the South and 5.4% in the West. The Mid-West was the only natural region to slide… and it fell hard with a loss of 6.5%. Ratios of inventory to demand jumped around this year.

In the Hamptons and North Fork we expect the second quarter report, which will be released mid-July, to be a bit soft. Visit www.TownandCountryHamptons.com/Reports to view all market reports.

Real Estate sales are closely watched by those in the financial world, due to the jobs created with every new home built and the increase in ancillary services whenever a new buyer turns the key to their new home.

From painting to planting, we all enjoy perusing our American Dream. 

Brexit, Done!

Friday, June 24th, 2016

This morning, we all awoke to a changed world… again!

A historic number of British voters came out to be heard.  When the polls were all done, by a mere 3.78%, the UK decided to exit the European Union (EU).

No one knows for certain just how far reaching such a decision’s impact will be, but if the global markets are any indication, the short term affect will not be good. Markets hate uncertainty and the broad scope of uncertainty around this is huge.

What does this mean for our local real estate markets?

If I had a crystal ball, I would predict that our high-end markets will feel the brunt of the pain. The demographic of the buyer population of luxury real estate is deeply rooted in the financial markets, so more than likely, those buyers will view this as a future buying opportunity and park their money in a safe liquid asset.

The rest of our markets may feel an initial pull back only to recover once they realize the broad base of buyers, for what they have to sell, are even more eager than before to invest in East End dirt!

In the meantime, buckle in. It’s going to be quite a ride.