Hamptons luxury market share is Q4 2018’s silver lining

The Numbers Don’t Lie

They say, if you look long enough, you can find a silver lining in everything, and somewhere within the myriad fourth quarter 2018 real estate reports, there undoubtedly must be. We’re looking …

The trouble is, all of the major realtor reports are based on the same data: the deed transfers filed with the county clerk during the last three months of the year, and those numbers aren’t pretty.

Still, we’re looking . . . and we’ve found one: the average sales price in the Hamptons increased 9.1 percent to $2.01 million, according to a report from Douglas Elliman.

The rest of the news, though? Not so good. The number of sales declined year over year for the fourth consecutive quarter, and that spells S-L-U-M-P, kids. In fact, Hamptons sales in the fourth quarter of 2017 (360) were down a whopping 34.8 percent over the same quarter a year earlier.

Scarier still, listing inventory is up, up, and away: 2197 units as compared to 1208 a year earlier. Rational minds would conclude we have a market glut, but those of us in the biz never say glut and never think rationally. There may well be a suitcase full of deed transfers concluded but yet to be recorded, and that would make sense of this whole affair.

Elliman also reported:

The ratio of Hampton sales above and below the $1 million threshold remained essentially unchanged.

Luxury sales at or above $5 million reached their highest market share in three years.

Luxury listing inventory continued to rise as sales declined.

The North Fork is a different animal altogether. Elliman reported “record prices with fewer sales and more inventory.” Indeed: The average sales price in the fourth quarter 2018 plummeted to just under $800,000 from $844,000 in the year-ago quarter. However, the average sale price for the year managed a 7.5-percent increase.

The number of sales declined sharply year over year for the third consecutive quarter.

Listing inventory remained relatively stable, with nominal changes over the past three quarters.

Luxury price trend indicators rose sharply as listing inventory fell by half.


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Douglas Elliman Real Estate is pleased to welcome back agent Gioia DiPaolo

The associate broker, consistently ranked as one of the Hamptons’ top agents, has more than two decades of luxury real estate experience, both as a broker and as a manager.