Manhattan Multifamily Report – Winter 2021

While the market took a direct hit this downturn, rent losses started to decelerate toward the end of 2020.

Manhattan rent evolution, click to enlarge

Manhattan rent evolution, click to enlarge

New York City, a global nexus of finance, culture and entertainment, had been the scene of sustained economic expansion over the past decade—until the pandemic hampered the city’s growth spurt. The impacts of COVID-19 are expected to have lasting implications—Moody’s Analytics predicts the economic hardship will stretch well into 2025. Lockdown measures, widespread job losses and the exodus of some 300,000 residents from the city—beginning last March—has left a mark on multifamily fundamentals. Manhattan rents were down 1.6 percent to $3,758 on a trailing three-month basis as of November, but still well above the $1,465 U.S. average.


Manhattan sales volume and number of properties sold, click to enlarge

Manhattan sales volume and number of properties sold, click to enlarge

As of October, unemployment stood at 13.2 percent in New York City, down 70 basis points from September but almost double the October national rate. More than 1 million New Yorkers were unemployed as of late October, with local businesses severely hit. As of mid-November, small-business revenue in Manhattan declined 68 percent, according to an analysis by New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer.

Manhattan had 5,915 units underway as of November, with 94 percent of those aimed at high-income renters. The bulk of the pipeline (81 percent) is expected to deliver over the next two years. Some $629 million traded in 2020 through November, for a 77 percent drop compared to the same interval in 2019. The decline pushed 2020’s sales volume, as of November, below the decade’s low point of 2010 ($790 million).

Read the full Yardi Matrix report.

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