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Citi Habitats Releases December Rental Market Report

Average rents are up slightly in every single category. This is crazy to me: how can vacancies have risen as prices also rise? What about supply and demand? Some neighborhoods have seen quite a drop-off in prices, the LES and UES both saw fairly steep declines in the studio category but prices rose for one bedroom apartments, and overall studios were a weak category. Perhaps people are moving in with roommates rather than living alone? Soho and TriBeCa are now the most expensive neighborhoods, with the highest prices in all categories and the lowest vacancy rate. In contrast to the West Village, which seems to be declining in value somewhat.

A possible explanation for these price increases could be the impact that landlord incentives are having on the market. Many prospective tenants are going no fee and wind up paying a higher rent rather than a broker’s fee upfront. With the no fee option, rent for a specific apartment may be slightly higher (between 3-10%) and the cost of a broker’s fee is amortized over the life of the lease. Additionally, with many of the larger management companies offering one or two month’s free rent to entice potential tenants, on the books their rents are higher than the net monthly cost to the tenant.  Citi Habitats calculates these averages based on the amounts for which apartments actually rented and does not include the impact of any landlord-offered incentives on the net rent, thus accounting for the rise in recorded prices. If one takes landlord incentives into account there may actually be a decline in monthly net rents on a one or two year lease.

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Citi Habitats December Market Report: Vacancy Rates by Neighborhood

This is one of my favorite parts of the market report–the breakdown by neighborhood. The big surprise is that the West Village now has one of the highest vacancy rates at 2.42% (up from .49% in August!) and the only neighborhood below 2% is Soho/TriBeCa.

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How Much Did a Doorman Cost you in December 2008?

There have been price declines in every category of apartment, including Doorman buildings. Compared to October prices, all categories are down.

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Renting Good for your Health? Homeowners Less Happy than Renters

smileyfaceIn this article in Portfolio, Felix Salmon writes about the downsides to home ownership. According to Felix, homeowners are less happy than renters because they are subject to stresses that renters simply do not have–including large mortgage payments, home repairs and (we’ve been hearing a lot about this one in the news) foreclosure. The advantages of being a renter are numerous, including the freedom to move at any moment, having a super that takes care of everything and Felix claims that home-ownership can be a drain on your emotional and financial resources and the insistence on home-ownership is a culturally-determined American ideal. Felix says:

“if Americans could be persuaded that rent payments aren’t “wasted money” and that owning often makes less financial sense than renting, I think the rate of homeownership might, happily, drop substantially. But it’s not going to happen. The ideal of homeownership is deeply embedded in the American psyche, and any datapoints which don’t fit into that ideal are automatically discarded.”

via Brownstoner


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