Manhattan apartment sales surged in the busiest start to a year since 2007, setting price records as buyers vied for a limited supply of homes for sale and deals were completed at new high-end developments.
Manhattan apartment sales jumped 19 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier, reaching the second-highest level since 2008, as the city’s job market stabilized and mortgage rates fell to record lows.
Manhattan apartment sales surged in the fourth quarter, setting a record for year-end transactions, as the prospect of rising interest rates and prices pushed buyers to make deals before purchases became costlier.
Andy Queen and his wife have been apartment renters in Manhattan since selling their home in 2006, when prices were climbing to their peak. They jumped back into the buyer’s market this year after their landlord sought a 16 percent increase to their monthly payments.
Manhattan apartment sales dropped 7.2 percent in the fourth quarter, returning to historically normal levels after government tax credits helped push transactions to a two-decade high for the period a year earlier.