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Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Northwest Queens Witness Record Rental Rates Amidst Banking Crisis Recovery




The New York City that never sleeps is witnessing record-breaking median rents, according to recent reports. Manhattan saw a peak in the median rent for the third consecutive month, Brooklyn broke records for the second time, and the median rent in Northwest Queens reached its second highest ever.

Manhattan’s median rent for May touched $4,395, a steep climb from April’s median of $4,241. This accounts for a year-over-year increase of 9.9%. Similar trends were observed in Brooklyn and Northwest Queens, making rents in these boroughs hit near all-time highs, according to data from Miller Samuel Inc. and Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Lease Signings Surge Amidst Recovery from Banking Crisis

New lease signings experienced a significant bounce back in May, registering a growth of 30.3% after a drop of 20.4% in April. The downturn in April was believed to be influenced by the pause induced by the banking crisis that began in March. However, May has returned to the upward trend, showing a sharp month-over-month spike in rents.

“The rebound in new lease signings in May is largely due to the perception that the banking crisis seems to have passed, irrespective of whether it actually has or not,” said Jonathan Miller, the president of Miller Samuel.

Another noteworthy aspect is the shift in leasing patterns. Many city renters, still cautious of inflation and a potential recession, are locking in longer leases.

Inventory and Median Rent: A Closer Look

Listing inventory, which represents the number of apartments available for rent, also saw a substantial rise of 7.4% month-over-month in May. This growth is still considered below trend, with inventory standing 21.2% higher than it was a year ago.

Although the inventory increased by over 20%, it’s still considered lower than the long-term norm for May. According to Miller, the 10-year average for May was a higher figure. The climb in inventory, though expected to decelerate rent price growth, remains below trend.

Further analysis revealed an interesting pattern in rent concessions as well. The median value reached $4,360, surpassing last month’s record. Amidst these record figures, the average rent in Manhattan also rose to $5,379 in May, up by 2.1% from April’s $5,270 and a staggering 8.1% higher than last May’s $4,975. Average rent, however, is not considered as reliable as median rent, which is the midpoint value of the total price samples.

Rental Records in Brooklyn and Northwest Queens

Brooklyn is experiencing a similar upward trend in rent, with a record-breaking median rent in May of $3,550, which is up 1.4% from April’s $3,500. This marks a year-over-year increase of 9.2%.

In Northwest Queens, the median rent for May was $3,402, the second highest on record, but a decline of 3.5% from April. Despite this dip, the median rent was up 15.3% year-over-year. This contrasts with the other two areas, where rental growth continued to accelerate.

More Apartments, More Options

Despite the soaring prices, city dwellers are not left without choices. The listing inventory in Manhattan hit 6,998 units in May, which is 7.4% higher than the 6,518 in April and a massive 21.2% surge compared to the 5,776 dwellings counted in May of the previous year. The increasing inventory indicates more options for renters amidst the steep rise in rents.

New Lease Signings: A Beacon of Hope

As tenants scramble to sign new leases, driven by fears of inflation and recession amidst an easing banking crisis, the number of new leases has seen a substantial uptick. The number of new leases rose similarly to Manhattan, with a 39.9% uptick in new leases from April in Brooklyn and a 38.7% rise over the month in Northwest Queens.

Though new leases in Northwest Queens were down 5.9% year-over-year, listing inventory there fell in May, dropping by 1.1%. This indicates a mixed bag of trends in the New York City rental market, making it a dynamic environment for renters and real estate players alike.

In Conclusion

The bustling rental market of New York City is witnessing unprecedented growth despite the recent banking crisis. Record-breaking median rents, an uptick in new lease signings, and an increase in inventory characterize the current trend. As summer approaches, historically the peak time for rentals, industry experts like Jonathan Miller anticipate continued growth and possible new records in the coming months.