Lenz argues condo market unchanged

December 11, 2009 12:35PM

Once shunned in the down market, pricey condos could be making a comeback. Dolly Lenz, vice chairperson at Prudential Douglas Elliman, and Chloe Malle, a reporter with the New York Observer, debated the issue on CNBC. Lenz argued that buyers are looking at real estate as a long-term investment, but aren’t necessarily climbing over one another to make deals. “We’re seeing a few bidding wars, but that’s not really the norm,” Lenz said. “People are looking at ‘where do I want to live?’ [and] ‘where do I want to be five years from now?’” Malle, on the other hand, said that big financial salaries are ratcheting up condo sales again, even if the kinds of homes being sold differ from the boom years. “This year bonuses are projected to be tantamount to bonuses in 2007,” Malle said. Even so, she added, buyers are “looking for more sound investments.” Reports have surfaced that condo sales are picking up, despite seasonal trends that are typically unfavorable to the winter months.