Queens Residential Real Estate Market Update for July 2020


The residential market in Queens is very active and 6% more properties went to contract this July versus last July – 894 for 2020 and 843 units for 2019. This of course has helped to make up for the several-month shut down in business we experienced as a result of the pandemic.

The median sales price for these new contracts has gone down slightly – -2.8% with our Queens median price now $603,000 versus $620,000 for July 2019.

The Queens inventory of homes for sale is currently 6.5 months of inventory, indicating more of a balanced market. Under six months of homes for sale represents a seller’s market – where we have been for a number of years. Over six months starts to move to a buyer’s market. Each location and category – homes, apartments, luxury – needs to be analyzed separately as some are seeing an oversupply and need more aggressive pricing strategies.

Nassau County has seen contract sales for July increase 60% over last year at this time and inventory of homes is only 2.5 months. This undersupply of homes for buyers to choose from is resulting in multiple bidding on many properties for sale and a seller’s market.

All Statistics from One Key Multiple Listing Service

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