Queens home sales are down for the third month in a row from August – October. Home sales are also remaining significantly below last year’s levels, according to the Long Island Board of Realtors. Prices increased on a year-over-year basis for 4 consecutive months as of October, and surprisingly the magnitude of the gains has increased over the last two months. Inventory declined again as we began to move out of the peak season for home sales. Buyers will likely see seasonal declines in inventory in the coming months, and at the rate of home price increases, we can expect to see more year over year increases throughout the end of year. This combined with declines in interest rates could present some opportunity for Queens home buyers to see a slight bump in what they could afford.
Month’s Supply: 6.3 Months (Last Month: 6.9 Months)
30-year rates dropped below 4% for the first time since last Summer as worrisome economic news from Europe affected US markets. Currently, Freddie Mac reports the following figures: 30-year fixed rate, 3.97%; 15-Year fixed rate, 3.18%; 5/1-Year adjustable rate, 2.92%.
Queens NY Home Sales
The seasonally adjusted annualized rate of Queens home sales reached 711 homes in October, its lowest pace since June of this year. The pace of sales decreased 4.2% below last month’s sales pace, and was 19.8% below the same month of the previous year. The continuing accommodative interest rates will likely continue to support strong sales in the near future. Residential 1-3 family home sales are down 17.6% from last year. Condo sales are down 12.2% year over year. And Coop sales are down 24.6% compared to the same month last year.
Queens NY Home Prices
Queens home prices rose on a month-to-month basis in October, up 4.8% to a median price of $419,000. Year-over-year prices increased 14.8% in October, the highest year over year increase this year and continuing the year’s pattern of a more sustainable price growth path. The recent drop in interest rates, however, could put some increased pressure on prices, leading to a return of more common year-over-year gains. Residential 1-3 family home prices are up 16.7% from last year. Condo prices are up 6.4% year over year. And Coop sales are up 2.1% compared to the same month last year.
Queens NY Housing Inventory
The number of Queens homes available decreased 24.8% compared to the same month of the previous year, with 4,486 Queens homes available for sale in October. This translated to 6.3 months supply, with the decrease in the pace of sales creating a tightening in inventory conditions. As we move into the cooler months of the year, we will likely begin to see inventory tighten even more.
Courtesy of George & Abigail Herrera w/the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II.