Supply scarcity boosts prices for Manhattan condo developers

September 23, 2011 10:14AM

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From left: One57 and Extell Development President Gary Barnett, the Touraine and Toll Brothers CEO Bob Toll and MiMA and Related Companies CEO Stephen Ross

There’s a scarcity of new development in Manhattan, and developers are licking their chops. According to Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group data cited by the New York Times, by the end of 2011 just 1,111 new units will open in Manhattan south of Harlem. That’s down from 1,767 last year, ad 8,552 in 2007.

That’s good news for developers — such as Extell Development, Related Companies and the Toll Brothers who are
delivering One57, MiMA and the Touraine, respectively, to the market — who recognize the scarcity of supply and are raising prices and foregoing concessions. In fact, some developers are even refusing to negotiate with buyers on price.

Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, there’s a condominium boom of sorts underway, though mostly in smaller buildings. The borough’s lower prices and the relatively small sack of the projects has made financing easier to obtain for developers. In the second quarter of 2011, 24.6 percent of sales were new developments, compared to 14 percent in the prior year quarter, according to data from appraiser Jonathan Miller. [NYT]