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Dec. 4, 2020

Single Family Market Snapshot

The market for single family homes in Westchester has been on fire! Inventory is down significantly from 2019 and sales have rebounded strongly. This remains a very competitive market and I don't see that changing until the supply-demand imbalance realigns. 

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Dec. 3, 2020

Condo Market Snapshot

Here is a look at the Westchester condo market. Inventory is down from earlier in the year but still remains higher than 2019. The number of sales has bounced back but overall, a lower percentage of condos are selling compared to last year.
Tomorrow we will present a snapshot of the single-family market in Westchester.
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Oct. 8, 2020

2020 Third Quarter Market Update

The real estate market continues to be HOT. This blog post will review the supply/demand issues in our area. As a backdrop, there is a shortage of homes in the United States. Nationally, from 1999 - 2016, there were only 4 months where we had less than 4 months of inventory. From 2017 - September 2020, 20 months out of 43 months had less than 4 months of inventory!

Real estate is a supply-demand market. Below is a brief look at the supply (inventory) and demand (sales) sides of the market.


- Overall, inventory dropped 28% 3Q20 vs. 3Q19
- The number of single family homes for sale in 3Q20 was mixed by price range:
under $500,000 (-50%)
$500,000 - $1 million (-29%)
$1 - $2 million (-23%)
$2 - $3 million (-9)
$3 - $4 million (-3%)
$4 - $5 million (+7%)
$5 - $10 million (+25%)
$10+ million (+58%)
- Overall, the number of sales rose 12% 3Q20 vs. 3Q19
under $500,000 (-22%)
$500,000 - $1 million (+9%)
$1 - $2 million (+46%)
$2 - $3 million (+67%)
$3 - $4 million (+59%)
$4 - $5 million (-8%)
$5 - $10 million (no change)
$10+ million (no sales)

With inventory falling 28% and sales rising 12%, you would expect prices to go up (less supply & more demand = higher prices). Average selling prices were at the highest level in more than 10 years & median selling prices for 3Q20 were the highest in 5 years. The ratio of the selling price to the original price stood at 98.6%, also the highest level in 10+ years. Sellers are asking more money for their homes and for now, they seem to be getting it.

For Westchester County as a whole, year-to-date sales are in line with 2019. Average and median selling prices are up about 9% compared to this time last year. For my coverage areas, here is some specific information to highlight:

  • the number of sales fell in the following areas: Larchmont/Mamaroneck (-7%), Pleasantville (-10%), Valhalla (-10%), White Plains (10605/10606, -13%), Port Chester (-24%), Ardsley (-28%), Tuckahoe (-30%)
  • the number of sales jumped in Harrison (+9%), Rye City (+15%), Edgemont (+18%), Chappaqua (+50%)

The big question is how long will this last? I don't know! I expected to see a large fall off in demand once the school year started but that has not been the case so far. There are still SO many buyers looking for homes and lots of bidding wars throughout the County.Here is an interesting article about how this trend could continue. As you can see from above, in most price ranges, there is still a large supply/demand imbalance in the market, i.e., not enough sellers for the large number of buyers. Some sellers are over-confident and I have seen more and more overpriced homes hitting the market. I don't believe this strategy works and over the next few weeks, I expect to see some price reductions as those homes sit on the market.

If you are considering a move or if you know somebody who is thinking about selling, please let me know! This is clearly a great market for sellers.

On the buying side, interest rates remain low and my previous blog post explored the many reasons to buy right now (low interest rates, secure a place to live, prices are likely not coming down anytime soon).

Stay healthy and thank you for your support in this crazy time.

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Sept. 9, 2020

Pandemic Real Estate Market Update

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April 6, 2020

2020 First Quarter Market Update

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March 12, 2020

February 2020 Market Thoughts

Jan. 9, 2020

2019 Market Update

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Dec. 5, 2019

Market Update

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Oct. 4, 2019

Where Is Real Estate Headed?

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July 12, 2019

2Q19 Market Update


As you can see below, the Westchester real estate market is all over the place. I would say that Westchester real estate is generally softening a bit, though it definitely varies by area and price point. I've highlighted some contrasts:

  • Westchester saw a 4% drop in the number of sales YTD;  average and median selling prices are down 5% and 2%, respectively
  • Port Chester is having a great year so far: average and median selling prices are up 19% and 12%, respectively
  •  Harrison saw an 11% drop in the number of sales YTD;  average and median selling prices are down 6% and 11%, respectively
  •  Rye City saw a 32% drop in the number of sales YTD;  average and median selling prices are down 10% and 16%, respectively
  • Scarsdale saw a 20% increase in the number of sales YTD;  average and median selling prices are down 19% and 15%, respectively
  • White Plains saw a 22% drop in the number of sales YTD;  average and median selling prices are down about 10% each

The very low interest rate environment has definitely spurred sales a bit, though I think that will be short-lived. From buyers, I sense that there is an issue with affordability, i.e., people don't seem to be making more money even though real estate prices have been appreciating. On the seller side, I sense a general feeling of confidence that is, in my opinion, misguided. Just because interest rates are low doesn't mean that prices should be higher! The smart sellers are taking advantage of this market by pricing their properties correctly; they are getting a lot of interest. All of the others are just sitting on the market or are seeing bids well below asking. 

In terms of where sales are occurring along the price spectrum, there are some interesting things happening:

  • in the $500,000 - $1,000,000 price range (where the majority of sales occur), end of quarter listings jumped 20% from 2Q18 and the number of sales was only up 3%
  • in the $1 million - $2 million range, inventory was up 1.5% and the number of sales was down 10.7%
  • in the $3 million - $4 million range, the number of sales is down 40% year-over-year

For those of you who want more specific data, please contact me! I keep a close eye on the market and am actively closing deals in a dozen different municipalities. 

I am grateful for the support and referrals that you - dear reader - have provided. My business continues to grow and I thank you!!! I have been able to help a record number of buyers and sellers over the past year. In fact, for 2018, I was recently recognized as one of the top 400 individual agents in the United States (across all brands and regions). I also received the FIVE STAR customer service award for the 10th consecutive year (along with 52 of my colleagues out of a pool of nearly 9,000!). 

My business is based upon referrals, so please let me take care of the real estate needs of your friends/family/colleagues! 



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