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REBNY 1st quarter report: Co-ops hit another high.

The Real Estate Board of New York's (REBNY) First Quarter 2000 Manhattan Cooperative Report reveals that the median price for a three-bedroom cooperative apartment reached $246,563 per room, the highest per-room co-op price reported since REBNY began issuing these figures, and a robust 43 percent increase over last year's mark.

Other records set were the $136,600 median price per room of two-bedroom units in all markets, up 21 percent from 1999's first quarter; and the East Side pre-war co-op median price per room of $164,786, a 37 percent rise over the prior year's comparable mark.

"The enduring strength of Manhattan's co-op market is a vivid marker of our city's prosperity," said REBNY Executive Vice President Deborah B. Beck. "New price records, transactions consummated in less time and rising sales volume all attest to the high value of apartments in our survey areas " she noted.

The median price ner room for studio and one-bedroom apartments of $83,000 was just shy of last quarter's record mark of $85,000, but topped last year's comparable figure by 20 percent. While sales volume increased for four-bedroom units, there were too few transactions to provide a meaningful statistical analysis of this category.

Other price highlights mentioned in the report:

East. Side post-war units registered a median price of $103,000 per room in the first quarter, 29 percent higher than last year, but short of the record $105,556 set last quarter.

The West Side pre-war co-op median price per room was $111,875; lower than last quarter's record but nine percent above 1999's comparable figure.

The West Side post-war co-op median price per room climbed to $94,875 from $80,000 over the past 12 months, a 19 percent gain.

As prices rose sharply throughout the co-op market, sales traffic increased markedly after two consecutive quarters of decline, said Hall Wilikie, Executive Vice President of Brown, Harris, Stevens and Chairperson of REBNY's Residential Research Committee. There were 30 percent more sales consummated during the first three months of the year than during last year's first quarter, he reported.

Studio and one-bedroom units accounted for more than half of all reported sales. The most popular price range for those transactions was between $100,000 and $200,000, Mr. Willkie said. Also, while sales prices in the East side pre-war market were equally distributed among three price ranges in the first quarter, the favored post-war sale price range was $200,000-to-$300,000, up from last year's $100,000-to-$200,000 range.

On the West Side, the most common price range for sales of pre-war co-ops was $200,000-to-$300,000, the same as in 1999's first quarter. The most frequently recorded prices for West Side sales of post-war apartments were in the $100,000-to-$200,000 range, as was the case in 1999.

Transaction time declined, across all markets and price categories, another sign of the market's strength. Overall median transaction time fell eight percent from 5.2 months in the first quarter of 1999 to 4.8 months over the first quarter of 2000. Studio and one-bedroom sale's closed fastest, taking a median 4.4 months -- a 14 percent improvement over last year's first quarter pace. Sales of two-bedroom units also closed quicker; their median transaction time dropped from 5.3 months to 5 months.

Other closing data showed that:

Sales of East Side co-ops of both pre-and post-war vintages closed faster than in previous year's first quarter. Pre-war units' median transaction time went from 5.7 months to 5.1 months; post-war units median transaction time declined from 5.4 months to 5 months.

Median transaction time dropped from 4.9 months to 4.5 months for all West Side pre-war units; for post-war apartments, the figure eased from 4.5 to 4.2 months.

The Real Estate Board's Quarterly Manhattan Cooperative Sales Report analyzes open market data and is distributed exclusively to firms participating in the Board's Cooperative Sales Report. This information helps brokers assist their clients in setting realistic offering or sales prices.
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Title Annotation:Real Estate Board of New York
Publication:Real Estate Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Jun 14, 2000
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