The present real estate market is acting just as it should on the heels of the greatest real estate boom in the last 40 years. There is a long way to fall to get back to “normal”. This falling back into a normal market, coupled with the contraction of the sub-prime mortgage market has the real estate consumer, and many homeowners in a state of fear. The various media continue to depict a very grim picture of the markets in general without distinguishing between the national market and local markets, such as the Arizona real estate market, with factors unique in the ways of population growth and investor activity. I have seen numerous articles referring to the sub-prime debacle as a global crisis. That may be taking it just a bit too far.
StreetEasy, a blog that reports on real estate trends and data, released its “2016 New York City Housing Market Trends,” which projected that housing in the “World’s Borough” will remain in high demand in the new year.
Alan Lightfeldt, a data scientist at StreetEasy, predicts that five of the city’s top 10 “hottest neighborhoods” in 2016 will be in Queens. Topping that list is Jamaica. Factors that place the neighborhood in the number one spot include low prices, easy access to the subway and Long Island Rail Road, a “healthy growth in population since 2011” and a growth in interest among renters and buyers.
“Strong competition in Manhattan and the Prospect Park submarket of Brooklyn may push more buyers to Queens, but there is a pull factor as well,” Lightfeldt said in his analysis. “Relatively lower prices, easy access to large job centers in Midtown Manhattan and Long Island City, and more living space for families will pull more New York buyers and renters towards Queens in 2016.”
Queens will also see the largest “cooling in price growth” of all the boroughs next year. While rent growth was at 6.6 percent in 2015, next year, prices will only grow by 4.5 percent. For home sales, the price growth will be 1.8 percent in 2016 compared to 6.3 percent this year.
Jamaica Estates is the fourth hottest neighborhood on the list, followed by Woodside. Elmhurst and Kew Gardens Hills round out the list at eight and 10 respectively.
The list was calculated using the StreetEasy Hot Market Index, which analyzes four key indicators: annual change in sales price, annual change in rent price, recent population growth and annual change in Street Easy page views per listing.
Through this, you will have an indication as to the evolving market trends and the real estate business as the prices and rent of your home or your property are constantly on a rise.