“Prices aren’t really rising,” Mr. Miller mentioned. “There was just less activity at the bottom and more activity at the top.”
Though 2020 started with sturdy gross sales, Covid rapidly kneecapped the market when it slammed town in March. For about three months, brokers couldn’t present flats, whereas a ban on nonessential building exercise shelved some apartment plans. And lots of of hundreds of largely rich New Yorkers relocated to summer time homes and suburban cities this spring.
But after a lull in coronavirus circumstances, and a loosening of restrictions, the market started to recuperate, which resulted in a surge of offers on the finish of the 12 months — some extent that real-estate boosters are fast to emphasise — even when the positive aspects have been relative.
In the fourth quarter, which covers October by way of December, there have been 1,894 offers, in accordance with a brand new report from the agency Brown Harris Stevens, up from 1,556 within the earlier quarter, which bucks a decline that sometimes occurs round holiday-time within the winter.
And it’s taking much less time to market flats, with a median of 132 days within the fourth quarter, for present co-ops and condos, in accordance with Brown Harris Stevens, down from 153 days within the earlier quarter. The time-on-market measure remains to be greater than this time in 2019, when flats have been promoting after a median of 126 days.
Sellers in Manhattan, which brokers say is in worse form than Brooklyn and Queens, are bearing the brunt. With the onset of the pandemic, patrons demanded reductions of about 10 % or just walked away from offers, mentioned Bess Freedman, the chief government of Brown Harris Stevens.
“People were scared. I was scared,” mentioned Ms. Freedman, who contracted Covid herself. “But I am pleasantly surprised by how the year ended.”