- Record low mortgage rates fueling demand but credit remains tight holding demand in check.
- Lowest inventory total in four years.
- Price indicators show sharp year over year gains.
- Number of sales declined from year ago levels restrained by limited inventory.
- Market share of new development at lowest level since credit crunch began as old pipeline of product has been nearly exhausted.
Here’s an excerpt from the report:
…The Brooklyn housing market saw a final quarter of 2012 characterized by unusually low inventory, which in turn limited the volume of both re-sale and new development activity despite the demand generated by record low mortgage rates. As a result, the price indicators showed a year-over-year jump across most market segments.
There were 4,685 listings at the end of the fourth quarter, the metric’s lowest total since we began tracking it in mid-2008. Listing inventory was 20.7% below prior year levels, resulting in a 9.7-month absorption rate, faster than the 11.4-month rate in the same period last year. Despite record low mortgage rates and a slowly improving economy, the number of sales fell 7.3% to 1,445 over the same period, as limited inventory and tight mortgage lending conditions continued to restrain demand…
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