Thursday, March 8, 2012

Total Transactions Up 225.81% for Hoboken and 177.78% for Downtown Jersey City-February, 2012 Statistics Update

If the market continues to improve again next month, I'll have to change the image above!

Absorption Rate
The absorption rate for Hoboken increased by 16.28% to 22.69 weeks, but is still an indicator of an improving market.

Downtown Jersey City saw an increase of 13.94% to 44.69 weeks, but is down 42.7% when compared to the same period last year.

Pending Sales
Pending sales increased 16.63% and 15.55% for Hoboken and downtown Jersey City, respectively.  Even compared to 2011 levels, pending sales are up 14.74% and 28.06% for Hoboken and downtown Jersey City, respectively.

An increase in pending sales is an excellent sign that the market is getting stronger.

There was a 205.88% increase in pending sales for Hoboken and a 152.38% increase in pending sales for downtown Jersey City.  This is also an increase of 225.81% and 177.78% for Hoboken and downtown Jersey City, respectively, when compared to 2011 levels.

This is the definitive indicator that activity has picked up in the area.

Price Per Square Foot-Hoboken

1 bedroom prices dipped 2.94% for February and are down 6% when compared to February, 2011.

2 bedroom prices increased 6.5% over last month and are up 3.82% when compared to the same period last year.

3 bedroom prices continue to rise as more and more families decide to stay longer in Hoboken.  Prices are up 14.05% over last month and are up 12.34% over the same period last year.

Price Per Square Foot-Newport

1 bedroom prices increased by 1.98% over last month, but are down .8% when compared for February, 2011 prices.

2 bedroom prices slipped by 7.8%, but are actually up 3.78% from the same period last year.

There haven't been a lot of sales in the Newport area over the last several months and this is mainly due to the fact that prices in that area are still down from peak levels.

Price Per Square Foot-Downtown

1 bedroom prices in the downtown area slipped 13.2% this month and are down 19.2% over the same period last year.  The 1 bedroom market always seems to struggle in the downtown area.

On the flip side, 2 bedroom prices are up 29.65% over last month and have increased 9.24% when compared the same period last year.

The swarming effect that I discussed has intensified a bit over the last month.  There was a recent unit that came on the market at The Upper Grand (1300 Grand Street) and immediately received 6 offers (one eventually backed out).  The property was on the market for 12 days.

The next unit that listed in this building a few days later started off about $20,000 more than the last unit. When I spoke to the listing agent about the price, they commented that they increased their asking price due to the tremendous response received from the last unit that went under contract.

There have been several other instances of properties selling over asking with multiple bids over the last few weeks.

Information provided by:

Kevin Dowd
Broker Salesperson
Prudential Castle Point Realty
203 Washington Street
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Cell: 201-606-5957

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