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Daily Dose of Real Estate for July 5

July 5, 2024

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Welcome to today’s edition of “The Daily Dose of Real Estate,” where we bring you the latest and most impactful news from the U.S. housing market. From Manhattan’s shift to a buyer’s market to the ongoing struggles in multifamily housing and the latest trends in mortgage rates, we’ve got you covered. Let’s dive into the key stories shaping the real estate landscape today.

Manhattan Transitions to a Buyer’s Market

Manhattan’s real estate market is shifting towards a buyer’s market as apartment prices fell and inventory rose in the second quarter of 2024. The average sales price in Manhattan dropped by 3% to just over $2 million, while the median price fell by 2% to $1.2 million. Luxury apartment prices also saw a decline for the first time in over a year. The inventory of apartments for sale has increased to over 8,000, surpassing the 10-year average of about 7,000 units CNBC.

CoreLogic Predicts Continued Home Price Growth

According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights report, home prices nationwide increased by 4.9% year-over-year in May 2024. The forecast indicates a further rise of 0.7% from May to June 2024 and a 3% increase from May 2024 to May 2025. The Northeast continues to lead in annual appreciation, with New Hampshire posting a double-digit increase. However, markets with notable inventory increases, such as Florida and Texas, are experiencing annual deceleration in home prices CoreLogic.

U.S. Banks’ Commercial Real Estate Loan Worries

U.S. banks continue to face concerns over their commercial real estate loan portfolios. First Foundation, a Texas-based lender with a significant portfolio of multifamily real estate loans, recently disclosed a $228 million “unexpected” capital raise, highlighting ongoing challenges in the sector Reuters.

Multifamily Housing Struggles Amid High Costs

Minimum-wage workers across the nation are struggling to afford housing, as highlighted in recent reports. Federal officials have responded by awarding $85 million in the first PRO Housing Grants to support affordable housing initiatives Multifamily Executive.

REITs Outperform Private Real Estate

A recent study by CEM Benchmarking, sponsored by Nareit, shows that REIT active management has consistently added net value to commercial real estate portfolios. The study found that REITs outperformed private real estate by nearly 2.3% in defined benefit plans Nareit.

Current Mortgage Rates and Market Trends

Mortgage rates remain elevated, with the average APR for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at 7.02%, up from 6.96% last week. The Federal Reserve has signaled potential rate cuts in 2024, which could lead to a gradual decline in mortgage rates. However, rates are expected to stay above 6% throughout the year Bankrate.

Key Economic Indicators and Predictions

  • Manhattan Real Estate: Average sales price fell by 3% to over $2 million.
  • National Home Prices: Increased by 4.9% year-over-year in May 2024.
  • Mortgage Rates: 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at 7.02%.
  • Commercial Real Estate: U.S. banks face ongoing challenges with CRE loan portfolios.


In-Depth Analysis: Manhattan’s Market Shift

The transition of Manhattan to a buyer’s market is a significant development. The increase in inventory and the decline in prices indicate a shift in market dynamics. This change is driven by a combination of high interest rates and a post-COVID adjustment in buyer and seller expectations. The luxury segment, in particular, has seen a notable decline, with median sale prices falling by 11% in the second quarter CNBC.

What’s Next for the Housing Market?

With the Federal Reserve hinting at potential rate cuts and ongoing efforts to address the housing crisis, the market may see some stabilization. However, the elevated mortgage rates and economic uncertainties continue to pose challenges. Stakeholders should remain vigilant and adaptable to navigate these evolving conditions.

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