Yesterday, we asked for reports from the open house front from Curbed readers currently in the market. A bunch of folks sent along their sense of the market; we've gathered a quartet—analyzing markets from $700,000 to $5 million-plus—after the jump. (The takeaway: things seem slow in Manhattan; outer boroughs having better luck.) If you're in the market and want to share your recent experiences, email us at email@example.com.
1) Open houses in Chelsea last weekend were slow. more often than not i was the only person at the dozen plus open houses i attended. then again, it was slim pickins and high prices. i'm surprised brokers can even manage a straight face with some of the obscenely priced claustrophobic crypts they're slinging over here.
2) I'm a broker on the UWS. Have been attending many open houses with buyers in the 1, 2 and 3 bedroom market with price points from $700,000 - $2,000,000. The last couple of weeks the open house apartments have been as bare of buyers as Lizzie Grubman's hoo hoo is of hair (you know the photo of which I speak).
3) I'm looking in the $5,000,000 plus bracket. (I managed to sell some large corporation some potentially useful idea.) It seems that this market is chasing the same few qualified buyers. While there is a lot of noise and ink about these properties, they just don't actually ah.. sell. I've seen lofts "new on the market' that have been available for over a year, from one agent or another. I've seen a lot of lofts that seems to make very little economic or aesthetic sense. Fortunately, I'm not in a hurry. I intend to live in this place for a while.
4) Got on offer on a place I'm selling in Clinton Hill within 1 week of it being listed. I didn't attend the open house, but the realtor didn't describe it as manic or desolate. Just called it a good turnout.