From the archives: Quantifying the buyer pool for NYC’s ultra-luxury product

TRD New York /
Jul.July 12, 2016 01:15 PM

The New York Times on Monday declared an end to the “ultraluxury real estate frenzy,” citing a serious disconnect between supply and demand. The newspaper pointed to an excess of high-priced inventory flooding the market, even as fewer captains of the universe seem willing to make splashy purchases. The Gray Lady followed in the footsteps of the Wall Street Journal, which reached a similar conclusion in May.

More than a year ago, however, well before the talk of doom and gloom became commonplace, The Real Deal attempted to quantify the demand for top-shelf product. We found that developers had perhaps made too much of a bet on the very top of the market — a bet that is now coming back to give them serious headaches.

As developers look to recalibrate, it’s worth revisiting that story here: “How much demand actually exists for uber-luxury condos?

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