NYC Is Starting To Bounce Back. Will Rent Prices Follow?


The median asking hire for a Manhattan residence is $700 lower than what it was at the beginning of final 12 months. In Queens, the typical hire has dropped under $2,000 for the primary time in eight years. And in Brooklyn, rents have fallen 10% since early 2020, the most important year-over-year drop in borough historical past.

The findings, taken from StreetEasy’s first quarter market report launched on Friday, supply the most recent have a look at the pandemic’s historic impression on hire costs. As town begins to reopen, the info means that costs are unlikely to bounce again to pre-COVID ranges anytime quickly.

“I feel we’re getting close to the underside of the market, and I feel we’ll be on the backside for fairly awhile,” Nancy Wu, an economist with StreetEasy, instructed Gothamist. “We’re in for an extended restoration.”

The findings come as lease signings in Manhattan began to rebound within the final quarter of final 12 months, amid different indications that the market was choosing up elsewhere within the metropolis. Exercise is predicted to additional warmth up this summer time.

However Wu predicts that costs will stay decrease than normal for a minimum of one other 12 months. “There isn’t any have to rush to signal a brand new lease instantly,” she instructed Gothamist. “Good offers shall be there within the subsequent 12 months.”

The clearest proof for that could be town’s stock, which has roughly doubled within the three boroughs examined by StreetEasy. On the Higher East Aspect, the place rents have fallen 14%, the variety of listings is over 5,000, in comparison with simply 1,750 final 12 months.

The one-time reductions provided by landlords at the beginning of the pandemic are additionally nonetheless broadly obtainable; roughly 1 / 4 of Brooklyn and Queens listings, and an eye-popping 44% of residences in Manhattan, embrace a minimum of one month free hire, in accordance with the report.

The slide has been most pronounced within the metropolis’s wealthier neighborhoods, notably these populated by highly-mobile younger professionals, who have been almost definitely to flee in the course of the pandemic. However whereas lower-income neighborhoods have seen the smallest declines, rents have dropped nearly in all places.

“Till we get all of the inhabitants that has moved out of town to return again, we’re nonetheless going to see rents at fairly low ranges,” Wu mentioned.