Last Updated on April 23, 2022
Queens Real Estate Market Report 2022, courtesy of the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II. Have a question? Contact Us
Happy Spring from QHT! Hopefully you’ve been enjoying the weather as it begins to warm up 🙂 Here at QHT headquarters we’ve been working hard and monitoring this ever changing market. The economy has a lot going on right now, rising inflation, rising interest rates, supply chain constraints, etc. Fortunately it hasn’t slowed down the Queens’ housing market because January, February, and March were still very busy in terms of activity.
For example, in Q1 home sales were up 13% yoy, pending sales were up 59% yoy, inventory was down 12.4% yoy, and month’s supply remained below 6 months indicating a seller’s market. Overall the market has remained steady, even as mortgage rates have risen at a very rapid pace this year.
That being said, Q2 will be very interesting because the average rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage (primary residence) are in the low 5’s and the average rates for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage (for investment) are in the low 6’s. The last time mortgage rates broke 5% we experienced a shift in demand and a slow down in buyer activity. So far we have seen a slight slow down, but nothing drastic. If rates continue to rise throughout the second quarter however, we may see a more apparent drop off in activity.
Our prediction is that Q2 will remain fairly busy and active given that this is seasonally one of the busiest times of the year. As for the back half of the year, unless mortgage rates fall below 5%, we anticipate a slow down in sales and home buyer activity. If mortgage rates break 6% for primary purchases, we may see a more sudden shift in the market.
For any home buyers looking to buy, make sure you are running your numbers well and using conservative estimates for your interest rate and expenses. Caution is advisable in these times. As for homeowners interested in selling, if selling is in your 1-2 year plans, we would suggest initiating the selling process sooner rather than later. We have been in a seller’s market since 2012 (10 years) and as we all know markets are cyclical so at some point, we will see the other end of the cycle.
Interesting times. We’ll continue to watch the market and keep you posted as we progress through the year.
QHT Listings for Sale
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 currently Available for Sale: 5,047 (was 4,427 in Q4 2021)
- Average # of Homes selling each month: 940 (was 979 in Q4 2021)
- Month’s Supply: 5.4 (was 4.5 in Q4 2021)
Queens Closed Home Sales
The One Key MLS reported a total of 2,726 closed home sales during the 1st quarter of 2022. This was DOWN 6.5% from the previous quarter and UP 13.3% compared to the same quarter last year. Specifically, sales for Residential homes were UP 9.1%, Condo sales were UP 58%, and Coop sales were UP 9.1% compared to the same quarter last year.
Over the last 12 months, closed home sales are UP 58.7%.
Queens Pending Home Sales
As for pending home sales, the One Key MLS reported a total of 3,024 pending homes sales during the 1st quarter of 2022. This was UP .4% from the previous quarter and UP 18.6% compared to the same quarter of last year. Residential pending sales were UP 11.6%, condo pending sales were up 49%, and coop pending sales were up 22%.
Queens Home Prices
At the end of Q1, the median home price in Queens was $690,000, this is UP .1% from the previous quarter, and UP 7.8% compared to the same quarter of last year. Specifically, the median home price for residential homes was UP 12.4%, median home price for condos was UP 6.9%, and the median price for coops was flat compared to the same quarter last year.
Over the last 12 months, median home price in Queens is up 7.1%.
Mortgage Rates in NYC
Mortgage Industry Insights
“Most experts expected mortgage rates to rise this year, but it happened faster than many predicted, with rates on 30-year fixed loans breaking through 5 percent in April to the highest level in more than a decade.
That means it’s more important than ever to compare rates before selecting a lender.
“Conducting an online search can save thousands of dollars by finding lenders offering a lower rate and more competitive fees,” said Greg McBride, Bankrate’s chief financial analyst.
He added that now is not a good time to agree to an adjustable-rate mortgage, even if the initial interest rate seems low.
While rising rates are likely to have a few knock-on effects in the housing market, they probably won’t cause housing prices to decline significantly.
“More than a decade of chronic under building and millions of millennials moving into the home buying stage of life has created a significant imbalance between housing supply and demand,” McBride said. “While rapidly rising mortgage rates may temper the demand somewhat, don’t expect home price appreciation to come to a halt. A more modest pace of appreciation is the likelier outcome.”
There is currently 5.4 month’s of inventory in Queens, this is UP from the 4.5 month’s supply we had last quarter, and DOWN from the 7.3 month’s supply we had in the same quarter of last year. As for active listings, currently there are a total of 5,047 homes for sale in Queens. That’s UP from the 4,426 homes we had on the market in the previous quarter and DOWN from the 5,761 homes we had on the market in the same quarter of the previous year.
Queens Real Estate Market Report 2022, provided by the Queens Home Team at Keller Williams Realty Landmark II. Have a Question? Contact Us anytime.
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There is currently 5.4 months of supply in Queens NY.
Based on the current month’s supply of housing inventory, the Queens real estate market would currently be considered a “Seller’s Market”.
Given that mortgage rates are expected to rise this year, we would say that this year is a good time to sell, preferably in the first or second quarter of the year if possible.
Buying is all about your situation and when you are prepared to buy. If you plan to own your property for 10+ years, then it is always a good time to buy. However, if you are looking to buy and re-sell within the next 3-5 years, it is harder to say. Mortgage rates are expected to rise and whenever rates rise, we see an impact on demand and home prices.
The median price for a residential 1-3 family home in Queens NY is currently $899K. Median price for a condo in Queens is currently $570K. And the median price for a coop in Queens is currently $305K.
Average days on market for Queens NY is currently 82 days.
In general, if a property is priced right, a seller should be able to find a buyer within 30 – 60 days. As for contract-to-close, from the date of contract signing, it typically 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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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.
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.