This second quarter report of 2015 is a most unusual one. After reporting on home sales statistics for over 30 years, even I still get surprised by the factual numbers as they are recorded.
TOWN & COUNTRY’S Home Sales Reports are laser focused on 11 specific Hamptons markets, monitoring 3 criteria. The first metric of the Number of Home Sales shows 8 of the 12 markets are down, 1 flat and only 3 markets reported increases in the number of trades. Magnificent Montauk saw the greatest increase of 22% from 23 to 28 homes sold same quarter year-to-year. Sag Harbor Village and Sag Harbor Area (which includes North Sea) experienced the greatest declines of 45% and 43% respectively.
The second metric of Total Home Sales Volume tells a different story for the 2nd Quarter of 2015 with 6 of the 12 markets enjoying increases by as much as 69% in Westhampton (which includes Remsenburg, Westhampton Beach, East Quogue, Quogue and Quiogue). In fact, the Westhampton markets had a statistical joy ride with significant increases in all 3 criteria monitored by TOWN & COUNTRY. Westhampton (which includes Remsenburg, Westhampton Beach, East Quogue, Quogue and Quiogue) had 20% increase in the Number of Home Sales, a 69% explosion in Total Home Sales Volume and a giant 76% up-tick in the Median Home Sales Price from $697,500 to $1,225,000. Looking closely at the 8 specific price ranges we track and the picture is clear that the increases in activity were at the higher price points.
While the 76% jump in the Westhampton’s Median Home Sales Price is impressive, East Hampton Village was off the charts with a 93% leap from $2,678,750 for the 2nd Quarter of 2014 to $5,175,000 for the same Quarter 2015. East Hampton Village logged 4 of the 10 sales $10-$20M for the entire Hamptons. Bridgehampton (which includes Water Mill and Sagaponack) was an honorable mention with 3 sales in that price category and the only Hampton market to log a home sale over $20M. In fact, the top sale for the quarter was a $29.5M sale of 493 Rose Hill Road in Water Mill, Andrew Zaro’s beautiful home on Mecox Bay.
Looking at All Hamptons Markets Combined and you see that the 2nd Quarter of 2015 was only slightly off from 2014 or 40 less transfers, but the Median Home Sales Price and Total Home Sales Volume both increased due to heightened activity in the higher price points. In fact the $3.5M – $4.99M price range saw the greatest increase in activity with 47% more sales.
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