Condo Prices Explode in Manhattan


Key facts:

  • Manhattan condo prices rose 8.4 percent in 2014 to a record high, ending 2014 with 24 consecutive months of price  growth.
  • However, decelerating condo price growth indicates a slowdown heading into 2015.
  • Total Manhattan inventory in the fourth quarter fell 11.7 percent from 2013 and is down 39 percent from the Manhattan’s inventory peak set in  2009.
  • Condo inventory grew 4.7 percent compared to last year, while co-op listings declined 6.5 percent over the same  period.

The final quarter of 2014 rounded out a banner year for price growth in the Manhattan real estate market. Manhattan condo prices rose 8.4 percent year-over-year to hit a record high in December, marking a 24-month rally in price growth fueled by low inventory. However, stabilizing days on market, slowing price growth, and a slight increase in discounted inventory indicates a cool-down in 2015, according to the Q4 2014 StreetEasy Manhattan Real Estate Market  Report.

Condo prices hit record high but price growth will slow in 2015

Though condo prices hit a new record high and remain 12.5 percent above their previous record set in 2007, the fourth quarter marked the slowest rate of quarterly appreciation since the first quarter of 2013, according to the StreetEasy Condo Price Index. The median sale price for all property types jumped nearly 11 percent year-over-year to  $942,000.

“For sidelined buyers wondering how much longer the market will continue to be constrained, relief may be on the horizon,” said StreetEasy data scientist Alan Lightfeldt. “Manhattan’s robust price growth amid anemic inventory is finally starting to come back down to Earth. The market will slow down for a much-needed breather in 2015 after last year’s Olympic  sprint.”

Looking ahead into 2015, condo prices are expected to grow a modest 0.4 percent in January, continuing the price appreciation streak, according to the StreetEasy Condo Price Forecast. Over the course of 2015, condo price growth is predicted to slow to 4.9 percent, significantly less than the 8.4 percent growth rate experienced during  2014.

Decline in co-op listings drive overall drop in Manhattan for-sale  inventory

In the fourth quarter, 10,129 housing units of all types were available across Manhattan, a decline of 11.7 percent from the third quarter and 0.9 percent from one year ago, primarily due to a decline in co-op inventory. Additionally, inventory at the end of 2014 was 39 percent below Manhattan’s inventory peak set in the second quarter of  2009.

The driver of declining inventory was a drop in co-op listings, which fell 13.3 percent from the third quarter and were down 6.5 percent year-over-year. Condo listings increased 4.7 percent  year-over-year.

Housing units that went under contract in the fourth quarter spent a median time of 54 days on the market, unchanged from the third quarter and two days longer than the fourth quarter of 2013. The number of homes that experienced a price reduction increased slightly in the fourth quarter, with 22.2 percent of all available units experiencing a price reduction, up from 21.3 percent from the same time  last  year.

The full report, including a neighborhood breakdown of StreetEasy Manhattan Real Estate Market Report data and additional analysis, can be viewed at

StreetEasy is New York City’s leading real estate marketplace on mobile and the Web, providing accurate and comprehensive for-sale and for-rent listings from hundreds of real estate brokerages throughout New York City and the major NYC metropolitan area. StreetEasy adds layers of deep, proprietary data and useful search tools that help consumers and real estate professionals navigate the complex real estate markets within the five boroughs of New York City, as well as Northern New Jersey and the Hamptons. The company launched in 2006 and was acquired by Zillow, Inc. in August  2013.

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