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Spring 2014 Brooklyn Real Estate Market Report: Low inventory meets high demand

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It’s here! Thursday afternoon, Corcoran released the First Quarter 2014 Market Report for Brooklyn. As a perspective buyer or seller, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the current state of affairs in your market, and if you’re focusing on Brooklyn, this report will get you up-to-speed with all the latest facts and figures.

(If you're interested in Manhattan, you can view information from the Manhattan report here.)

Here are a few key findings:

  • Despite strong price growth in several submarkets, market-wide median sale price decreased 6% and average price per square foot decreased by 5% versus last year -- the first year-over-year decline in average price per square foot in seven quarters. The overall decline is primarily due to an uptick in sales in lower-priced neighborhoods of southern and eastern Brooklyn. Concurrently, a lack of inventory in higher-priced northwestern Brooklyn caused closed sales to decrease in those neighborhoods.
  • Inventory is low and competition among perspective buyers is strong. The total number of closed sales dropped 10% from this time last year and by 7% from Fourth Quarter 2013.
  • With double-digit annual gains, new development average and median prices in Brooklyn hit their highest level in over 5 years during First Quarter 2014. Price surges are attributed to limited new development supply inspiring intense competition.
  • The townhouse market remains strong particularly at the high end of the market. The average price of a single-family townhome in Brooklyn was $2.2 million during the First Quarter -- up from $1.5 million just a year ago. Both single and two to four-family properties continue to attract buyers who are looking for ownership and investment in all areas of Brooklyn.

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