Manhattan's Upper West Side. (Photo by W.F. Gloede for BUILDER)
Manhattan's Upper West Side. (Photo by W.F. Gloede for BUILDER)

The number of homes for sale reached new highs in Brooklyn and Queens and jumped to near-highs in Manhattan, according to the Q3 2019 StreetEasy Market Reports.

This latest data shows no imminent change to the gridlocked dynamics of New York City's sales market, where stubbornly high asking prices, especially in Manhattan, have driven away many potential buyers. The share of listings with a price cut remained unchanged from last year. In Manhattan, this figure fell to its lowest level of 2019, with 23.7% of sellers offering a discount. The share of price cuts offered in Brooklyn rose just one percentage point to 22.3%, and remained about the same in Queens, at 19.3%.

The median size of price cuts in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens remained unchanged since last year, at 5.3%, 5.1%, and 4.3%, respectively.

In Manhattan, the StreetEasy Price Index fell 4.4% to $1,093,562 — its lowest level since 2015. In Brooklyn and Queens, price growth was essentially flat. These figures, calculated using data on home sales that closed, show that the sellers who priced their homes at more realistic levels were the ones who found buyers.

"Most sellers are still refusing to bow to the buckling market, causing would-be buyers to turn to the rental market, where they are finding a lot to like," said StreetEasy Senior Economist Grant Long. "Until sellers recognize that prices are not what they once were, those with the means to buy will continue to play the waiting game from the comfort of their rental. With job growth in the city continuing to support demand for homes, we expect to see an unusually competitive winter in the rental market, including likely record rates of rent growth."

See below for additional sales and rental market trends across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

Q3 2019 Key Findings — Manhattan

  • A smaller share of homes received price cuts. While unchanged on an annual basis, the share of price cuts was the lowest in 2019 at 23.7%. The share of price cuts fell most in the Upper West Side, down 4.1 percentage points to 22.8%.
  • Prices dropped to 2015 levels. The StreetEasy Manhattan Price Index dropped to $1,093,562, a 4.4% decrease from last year. Prices fell the most on the Upper East Side — down 4.8% to $955,277.
  • Sellers refused to offer larger discounts. The median price cut on homes in Manhattan was 5.3% of the asking price — unchanged since last year in all Manhattan submarkets.
  • There were 915 more homes on the market. For-sale inventory increased 7.7% in Manhattan from a year prior, pushing the total number of homes for sale to just under 13,000.
  • Rents rose at their fastest pace since 2015. The StreetEasy Manhattan Rent Index rose to an all-time high of $3,318 – up 3.0% from last year.

Q3 2019 Key Findings — Brooklyn

  • Price cuts on Northwest Brooklyn homes diminished. Borough-wide, the share of price cuts remained about the same. However, in Northwest Brooklyn, one of the borough's most expensive submarkets, the share of price cuts fell 3.1 percentage points to 17.2%.
  • Prices remained the same. The StreetEasy Brooklyn Price Index remained stagnant at $699,813. In Northwest Brooklyn, prices fell 3.2% to $1,054,950.
  • The median price cut remained unchanged year-over-year. Brooklyn sellers offered a median of 5.1% off their asking prices.
  • Inventory reached an all-time high. Sales inventory increased the most in Brooklyn out of the three boroughs analyzed — up 12.4% from last year to 8,170 homes.
  • Rents rose at the fastest rate in the city. The StreetEasy Brooklyn Rent Index jumped 3.9% from last year to $2,712 — the fastest rate in the city and the fastest in the borough since 2015.

Q3 2019 Key Findings — Queens

  • Sellers offered the fewest price cuts. The share of price cuts offered by sellers was the same as last year at 19.3%, the lowest of all boroughs analyzed.
  • Price growth slowed to 2013 levels. Prices in the borough remained stagnant at $510,499 — but overall price growth was the slowest in six years.
  • Sellers offered the smallest discounts. Queens sellers cut a median of 4.3% from their asking prices, a level unchanged from last year.
  • Sales inventory jumped to a record high. The number of for-sale homes increased 11.2% in the borough to an all-time high. In Northeast Queens, inventory rose 19.9%, the most in the borough.
  • Rents reached record highs. The StreetEasy Queens Rent Index increased 3.3% to $2,200, the most significant jump in rents in the borough since 2016.