Red-Hot NYC Housing Market Expected To Get Even Hotter Following Listing Surge

The New York City real estate market is seeing a post-Labor Day surge after a somewhat busy summer, which may lead to one of the busiest fall seasons in years.

Roughly 30% more listings hit the market the week of Labor Day, 723 compared with an average of 553 from the same time from 2016 to 2020, and 599 during the same period last year, according to a report by real estate data firm UrbanDigs.

chart showing new listings in manhattan during week of labor day

The $5 million-plus luxury sector saw the most action, with nearly twice the number of listings compared to the five-year average — 98 versus the 2016-2020 average of 56.

The sub-$5 million market also saw a jump in post-Labor Day listings, with 625 versus an average of 471 during the four years prior.

manhattan new listings graph

The inventory spike comes after a busy summer—55% of 12,000 agents surveyed by UrbanDigs consider this past August the busiest they have experienced historically.

New listing activity traditionally leads to deal volume, so the increase in inventory may cause an uptick in sales.

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I’ve been working as a journalist in the New York metro area for more than a decade and have developed a specialization in luxury real estate, writing about everything from the post-recession housing market in Fairfield County, Connecticut, to the third-home market in the Hamptons. I’m currently also a regular contributor to Newsday and Hamptons Cottages & Gardens. If you spot me in my Brooklyn neighborhood and I’m not knitting, I’m probably admiring the beautiful Victorians that surround my apartment building (and trying to figure out what they would sell for).