Elliman: Condos Down, Co-ops Flat, Brownstones Up in 4Q


Condo prices and transactions in Brooklyn continued their decline in the fourth quarter of 2008, according to a report from Prudential Douglas Elliman. The median price of a condominium fell 3.9 percent from the third quarter and 7.5 percent from a year earlier; the number of transaction fell 20 percent and 43 percent over the same periods. While volume was also down significantly for co-ops, prices for the traditionally more stable apartment class were roughly flat. The big point of light? Townhouses in Brownstone Brooklyn, which saw median prices rise 15 percent from $1,115,000 in the fourth quarter of 2007 to $1,285,000 in the fourth quarter of 2008. "Currently, brownstones seem to be [a] relative anomaly in the market," said Jonathan Miller, whose appraisal firm Miller Samuel prepared the report. "It's a form of housing stock that's limited in availability and, for the moment, has been relatively unscathed." Sounds nice, but we think it paints too rosy a picture.
4Q Brooklyn Market Overview [Douglas Elliman]
Brownstone Brooklyn Prices Unscathed in 4Q [The Real Deal]
Brooklyn Apartment Sales Prices Fall 7.5 Pct [Reuters]

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