Last Updated on April 27, 2021

Queens Real Estate Market Report 2021, courtesy of the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II. Have a question? Contact Us

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Market Snapshot

Happy Spring from QHT! The weather is getting warmer, but that’s not the only thing heating up. During that last few months we have noticed a significant increase in buyer activity, offers, and overall demand for homes. The residential 1-4 family market is where we see the biggest uptick, but we are slowly starting to see things pick up in the coop/condo market as well. Our residential listings have been selling quickly, and some have even started getting multiple offers. As for our coop and condo listings, they have also been selling, but they have still been taking a bit longer than we’re used to. The good news is that activity on our apartments has begun picking up, and the busy Spring season should be a catalyst as well.

As we look back at the first quarter of 2021, it is apparent that things have come back to pre-pandemic levels. Although you may hear about people fleeing cities and heading out to the suburbs, but the truth is that Queens is not Manhattan, and we actually have suburbs of our own so everything you hear is not necessarily all true.

For example, during the last three quarters closed sales have remained steady and above year ago levels. 2020 was very unique because we saw home sales plummet drastically, however, starting in Q4 2020 we already started seeing the return of demand and a bounce back in home sales. This trend has continued and it has begun to eat up a lot of the inventory. Pending sales are up quarter over quarter and year over year so even the most recent data appears to be following the trend.

As for home prices, the median home price in Queens was about the same when compared to Q4 2020, however, it is still up 6.7% when compared to Q1 2020. So, if you think prices are falling in Queens, you may want to think again. There are some areas where prices are down, but on a macro scale, home prices are still up. This quarter was going to tell us a lot about where the market stands (post pandemic), and what we could realistically expect to see for the remainder of the year. Based on the first quarter data, and our first hand experience, we can safely say that the local Queens market is back to pre-pandemic levels, and in addition to that, the Spring market is in full swing.

In terms of inventory, we currently have about 5,700 homes for sale in Queens. That’s about 1,200 more homes than we had on the market at this time last year, but there are also over 150 more homes being sold each month so that brings the month’s supply down to just about the same level as we had at the end of Q1 in 2020.

It is amazing how the market went from a big pause when the pandemic hit, then came back at a sluggish pace, then picked up momentum towards the end of the year, and eventually came back to a balanced market which is where we were in pre-pandemic. In our opinion, this speaks to the resiliency of the local Queens real estate market.

Interest rates are still very low and they are expected to remain that way for the foreseeable future. Therefore, the biggest factor in the coming months will be inventory. If sales continue to stay strong and inventory continues to trend downward, we will most likely head into more of a seller’s market. On the other hand, if a lot of inventory hits the market in Q2 and sales cannot keep up with the amount of new listings, we can see ourselves heading into more of a buyer’s market. We’ll be watching the market and will keep posted on what we’re seeing.

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Month’s Supply

What is Month’s Supply? Months of supply is the measure of how many months it would take for the current inventory of homes on the market to sell, given the current pace of home sales. For example, if there are 50 homes on the market and 10 homes selling each month, there is a 5 month supply of homes for sale.

Months of supply is a good indicator of whether a particular real estate market is favoring buyers or sellers. Typically, a market that favors sellers has less than 6 months of supply, while more than 6 months of supply indicates an excess of homes for sale that favors buyers.

Month’s Supply in Queens NY

  • Homes on the Market: 5,761
  • Homes selling each month: 784
  • Month’s Supply: 7.3

Queens Closed Home Sales

The One Key MLS reported a total of 2,335 closed home sales during the first quarter of 2021. This was DOWN 1.5% from the previous quarter and UP 22.2% when compared to the same quarter last year. Specifically, sales for Residential homes were UP 18.3%, Condo sales were UP 15.1%, and Coop sales were UP 33.2% compared to the same quarter last year.

Over the last 12 months, closed home sales are DOWN 16.7%.

Queens Pending Home Sales

As for pending home sales, the One Key MLS reported a total of 2,752 pending sales during the first quarter of 2021. This was UP 14% from the previous quarter and UP 69.7% compared to the same quarter of last year.

Queens Home Prices

At the end of Q1 2021, the median home price in Queens was $640,000, this is DOWN .8% from the previous quarter, and UP 6.7% compared to the same quarter of last year. Specifically, the median home price for Residential homes was UP 6.7%, median home price for condos was DOWN 1.9%, and the median price for coops was UP 2.2% compared to the same quarter last year.

Over the last 12 months, median home price in Queens is up 6.7%.

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There is currently 7.3 month’s of inventory in Queens, this is DOWN from the 9.3 month’s supply we had last quarter, and UP slightly from the 7.0 month’s supply we had in the same quarter of last year. As for active listings, currently there are a total of 5,761 homes for sale in Queens. That’s UP from the 5,557 homes we had on the market last quarter and UP from the 4,444 homes we had on the market in the same quarter of last year.

Queens Real Estate Market Report 2021, provided by the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II. Have a Question? Contact Us anytime.

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The Queens Home Team is a group of friendly, service driven real estate agents in Queens NY. Our team members are not only experts at what they do, but more importantly, they are driven by their desire to help people. The team approach is what truly separates us from the average Queens broker, because while most agents are one person doing several things, we have several agents doing one thing, and being great at it! This ensures expertise throughout all stages of the transaction and allows us to provide the superior level of service our clients deserve. We understand that real estate is a service industry, therefore we treat it as such. Rest assured that when you work with the Queens Home Team, you’ll be in good hands, with people who care 🙂

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What is the Absorption Rate/Month’s Supply in Queens?

There is currently 7.3 months of supply in Queens NY.

Is it a Buyer or Seller’s Market in Queens NY?

Based on the current month’s supply of housing inventory, the Queens real estate market would currently be considered a “Balanced Market”.

Is now a Good time to Sell a Home in Queens?

The answer to this question depends on your personal situation. It really comes down to your objective, your priorities, your personal circumstance, and your goals after the sale. Generally speaking, demand has started to come back, inventory is still fairly low, and interest rates are still very attractive. We anticipate that the market in Queens will be pretty balanced this year, with a slight edge in favor of buyers. Although properties are not selling as fast as they did a few years ago, they are still moving so if you are ready to sell, yes it is still a good time to sell.

Is now a Good Time to Buy a Home in Queens?

Now is definitely a good time to buy a home in Queens because interest rates are low, demand is healthy, and month’s supply is above 6 months which means that it is in favor of buyers. Demand appears to be coming back so there may be more competition this year, but it should still not be as competitive as the suburbs and as it has been in years past.

What is the Average Price for a Home in Queens?

The median price for a residential home in Queens NY is currently $800K. Median price for a condo in Queens is currently $530K. And the median price for a coop in Queens is currently $306K.

What is the Average Days on Market in Queens?

Average days on market for Queens NY is currently 92 days.

How Long does it take to Sell a Property in Queens?

In general, from the date of contract signing, it takes about 60-90 days to close on a residential home or condo in which the buyer is obtaining a mortgage. If it is a cash deal, then the typical timeline would be one month less (i.e. 30-60 days). It is very rare for homes and condos to close in less than 30 days unless you are selling to an investor, and when that is the case, you are usually selling for WAY below market value. As for coops, the typical timeline to close, from contract signing, is 90-120 days. If it is a cash deal, then the timeline would be one month less (i.e. 60-90 days).

Your overall selling timeline will depend on the agent you choose and how quickly they can get you an acceptable offer. Keep in mind that there are several issues that can cause delays to your transaction so it’s important that you hire an agent who has sold a lot of properties and knows how to anticipate and resolve issues quickly.

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How much is my House Worth?

One of the main reasons why we Queens homeowners contact us is to find out how much their property is worth. There are several reasons why a homeowner would want to know their home’s value but no matter the reason, we are happy to oblige.

Some of the most common reasons for needing a home valuation include things like future plans to sell, probate & administration proceedings, divorces, bankruptcies, and of course plain curiosity. Many times we speak with homeowners and they have no plans of selling their home, but they would like to get an idea of what the property is worth.

Now, the way we typically answer the question, “How much is my property worth?” is by offering a Free Home Valuation. What our team does is offer two types of home valuations, one is a price range valuation (if we cannot see the property in person), and the other one is a more specific home valuation which requires us to see the property in person to assess the size, layout, condition, etc.

Price Range Valuation

A price range valuation is just what it sounds like, a price range for the value of your home based on the recent comps as well as our experience in your neighborhood. Price range valuations are good for out-of-state owners, landlords who don’t want to disturb tenants, or someone who just wants to get an idea (i.e. ballpark figure) of what their house is worth at any given time.
Most agents will not offer a price range valuation because in our industry agents are trained to schedule an appointment before sharing any price or value information. On our team however, we believe in full transparency and quality information so that people can make good decisions. As a result, we have no problem offering free price range valuations and we actually send a lot of them to Queens homeowners.

Something important to note regarding price range valuations is that the range (or spread) will largely depend on the size and type of property you own. For example, the price range offered for a 1 bedroom coop may be $50K (+/-) while the price range for a 3 family may be $200K (+/-).

The only downside to a price range valuation is that you won’t have a very specific value, but if all you want is an idea of, then this can be helpful.

Comprehensive Valuation

Now, if you want to get a really good idea or more specific valuation for your property, then that would require a property tour. What we call this is a home valuation or broker price opinion. With this type of valuation, we would come in to see the property in person so that we can assess the size, layout, condition, internal obsolescence, external obsolescence, etc. The walk through usually takes 10-15 minutes, and after seeing it, we usually sit down with the homeowner to go over everything together. This allows us to not only provide the seller with the comps, but it also allows us to explain how we come to the valuation we are providing. If a homeowner cannot meet with is for some reason, then we will typically send the analysis and valuation by email.

Broker Price Opinion Vs Independent Appraisal

In our opinion, the best way to understand the value of your property is to sit down with a local agent who can go through the comps with you and explain how they draw their estimated valuation of your property. This is different from an appraisal because when you order an independent appraisal, the appraiser will come by to see your property, then they will create a written report for you and send it to you a few days later for review. Appraisers will typically include a handful of comps in the report, and they don’t typically sit with the homeowners to explain how they came up with the appraised price that they provided. It’s very common for homeowners to disagree with an appraisal because they don’t understand the methodology, or because the appraiser may not know the area well.

The way our team likes to provide home valuations is by looking at the property in person, then sitting down with the homeowner(s) to go through all of the data (closed, pending, available, month’s supply, etc) together and ultimately offer our professional opinion of the value. The value we give is never a specific number because true “market value” is what a buyer is willing to pay for it, and without being on the market, it is impossible for us to know that. Instead, what we provide is a realistic idea of where we believe offers would come in if we were to list the property at that time. We are able to do this based on our recent sales and experience selling properties in that area.

In our experience, experienced agent valuations tend to be more accurate than appraisals because in addition to the sales data which we both have access to, a local agent can also apply their recent sales experience, knowledge of the area, and local market trends to get a better idea of the property’s current value.

If you would like to get an even better idea of your property’s current value, have 3-4 agents give you their valuation. After hearing and seeing 3-4 valuations, the value should be pretty clear as long as you are realistic and not just looking to hear the highest price 🙂
So, to answer the age old question, “How much is my house worth?”, the answer is that it depends, but if you live in Queens we would be happy to offer you a free price range valuation or a free comprehensive home valuation.

If you have any questions regarding your home’s value, or if you would like to know how much your property is worth here in Queens NY, feel free to reach out anytime.