Forbes Global Update: Manhattan Market Recap, Buying On Kauai And More

Cityscape And Park Views In Manhattan New York
Contract volume at or near historical averages gives cause for optimism in the Manhattan property market, according to an October 2022 report from Elegran. (Elegran)

The Manhattan home market, slowed by a combination of global volatility and rising interest rates, saw a slight cooling in September but remains consistent with historical averages, according to the latest market update from New York-based brokerage Elegran.

Total supply in Manhattan increased 15.5% in September to 7,440 but remains well off the high mark achieved during the second half of 2020 when global uncertainty prompted a spike in listing activity. The median sales price in September was $1,175,500, down from the short-term peak in April and May, but up 10% when compared with the same period last year.

Prices may be moving in the buyer’s favor, but a lack of inventory and contract activity consistent with 2019 numbers is a major reason why some are bullish on the Manhattan housing market heading into October and beyond. Here’s a closer look:

Manhattan by the Numbers

Data courtesy of UrbanDigs.

The ratio of demand (as measured by pending sales) to supply in September was 0.39, a 25% reduction when compared with the previous month.

What it means: Financial and mortgage rate woes have contributed to a recent tempering of demand in the marketplace and abatement of the rising median price. According to Elegran, this has created an urgency among sellers to transact, putting Manhattan “firmly in a buyer’s market.”

Read more: How Top Agents Are Using CGI Technology To Make Dream Homes Into A Virtual Reality

Home of the Week: An Elemental Experience in Colorado

breckenridge log cabin bedroom

Anyone using the room will not soon forget the creek is there. (Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate)

No need for a sound machine here. Featured on Forbes this week, this unique log cabin home in Breckenridge, Colorado, provides built-in soothing thanks to a primary bedroom with windows in the floor that look directly onto a bubbling, year-round creek below.

log cabin with deck overlooking creek

Built in 1974, the cabin was later expanded by Summit County architect Jon Gunson. (Slifer Smith & Frampton Real Estate)

The classic mountain cabin, listed for $2.45 million, was built in 1974 and later expanded by Summit County architect Jon Gunson. Chinked log walls, wood floors, beamed ceilings and a wood stove are among the features of note.

Read more: 8 Interesting Bedroom Ideas You Probably Haven’t Thought About

Global Marketplace Snapshot

59-1020 Kamakani Lp - Big Island Kamuela, HI, USA

This custom contemporary home on the Big Island of Hawai’i sits on 14 lush acres with forever views down the Kohala Coast and out to the sea and beyond. (Hawai’i Life)

Big Island Living Plus Acreage

Price: US $2.695 million

Location: 59-1020 Kamakani Loop, Kamuela, Hawaii, USA

1 St Thomas Street #17B Toronto, Ontario, Canada

An open-concept floor plan and panoramic lake and city views highlight this prime residence in Toronto’s exclusive Yorkville neighborhood. (Barry Cohen Homes)

Pedigreed Perch in Toronto

Price: US $6.4 million (CAD 8.75 million)

Location: 1 St. Thomas Street, #17B, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Designed by renowned architect André M. Studer, this singular residence offers a 360-degree view of Schindellegi, Schwyz, Switzerland. (FGP Swiss & Alps)

Atypical Swiss Existence

Price: US $4.53 million (CHF 4.5 million)

Location: Schindellegi, Schwyz, Switzerland

Market Intelligence

Are you looking to buy a home on Kauai? Hawaii Life’s Lynda Gill takes a look at everything from days on market to price drops to inventory sold, and what it means for buyers and sellers heading into Q4 2022.

From the report: “[Kauai-]wide there have been 398 homes sold compared to 581 this same time last year. On the South Shore, 125 homes have sold compared to 149 in 2021. The North Shore has sold 83 homes compared to 167 last year. Lihue has 35 homes sold vs. 45 the previous year.”

Read more: Four Homes In Hawaii With Panoramic Ocean Views

What’s New in PropTech

The annual pitch battle competition at this year’s Innovation, Opportunity & Investment (iOi) Summit, which took place last week in Los Angeles, saw contestants pitch everything from innovations in mobile indoor scanning to products offering artificial intelligence (AI)-powered coaching tools and advanced cloud-based digital storage. The top prize was awarded to Revive, a startup offering tools to help home sellers make practical decisions when it comes to renovating to maximize profit in a sale. Founded in 2019 by CEO Michael Alladawi, the company looks to assist home-sellers in maximizing their return on investment (ROI) by leveraging tools designed to guide homeowners and real estate agents through the renovation process.



Neal is the Chief Content Officer at Forbes Global Properties. A content strategist with more than a decade of experience in the sports, entertainment and real estate spaces he previously launched a sports real estate column and chronicled L.A.’s biggest home sales for the Los Angeles Times' award-winning “Hot Property” section.