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The real estate market or real estate brokers Queens is in constant flux, with each year bringing new developments across the housing market. While 2013 was a year marked by positive changes for many home and property owners in New York, predictions for 2014 are promising for those already in or entering into this industry. Before the year is over, consider taking an online certification course with Brooklyn Real Estate School and expect to witness these five things:
The financial crisis led to countless homeowners entering into negative equity on their homes, leaving the housing market in shambles. But over the past few years, home prices have risen again, and it’s estimated that in the second quarter of 2013,2.5 million homeowners regained positive equity status. As prices continue to climb, more individuals with property will continue to benefit.
By 2013, prices in Brooklyn reached the highest point they had been in the last ten years, with inventory dropping to a five-year low. Real estate investors will most likely continue fuel this growth in Brooklyn, although those looking elsewhere may turn to Queens for more opportunities and less competition.
In February of this year, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed a tax on the rich in order to help further fund pre-kindergarten programs in the city. While meeting with the Real Estate Board of New York, he also mentioned that he would have no “hangup about allowing [the real estate developers] to supersize their developments if it means creating more affordable housing.” He went on to mention his hopes for seeing 200,000 more units of affordable housing in New York City.
It is often difficult to find apartments in New York City that allow cats and dogs, and even keeping these animals within the confines of brick buildings can be a hassle. Many local residents have noticed this, and have begun turning to other, less conventional options such as snakes, piglets, and even ferrets, even though they are illegal to house within the city.
Manhattan is notorious for being one of the most expensive areas to live in the city. But according to Gary Malin, president of Citi Habitas, “the vacancy rate in Manhattan has…gone up in the last seven or eight months, so I think you’re going to see some more value…with more landlords offering concessions, and maybe a little negotiability for pricing.” This higher vacancy rate and an improving economy may lead to more affordable prices in this area.