Relaxing interest rates in the fourth quarter brought a hopeful thaw to the historic 2023 freeze in The Bronx real estate market. Valuations have held up thus far, but fewer marquee deals and more distressed sales are working their way through the averages. The scarcity of residential properties has boosted some of our benchmarks, although commercial apartment valuations continue to weaken. We see fewer land transactions above our benchmarks, and more below. Other commercial valuations have held steady among a wave of distressed sales.
Through the first nine months of the year, The Bronx real estate market has seen the number of transactions and total principal value cut by more than half. The slowdown is consistent across asset classes, with few exceptions and plenty of reasons. Valuations have yet to reflect the historic downturn with the lower equilibrium of transactions closing near recent records. In this thinner market for New York City’s lowest valued borough, we have fine tuned our benchmarks with a few adjustments in either direction.
The number of Bronx real estate transactions thus far in 2023 is only a third of last year’s. The dramatic slowdown has not been fully reflected in valuations that cling to recent records. The darkest clouds looming over apartment valuations are clearing favorably as demand for other asset classes has been enough to satisfy lower supply. Troubled regional banks and moderating inflation could signal the top of the interest rate cycle which would remove another cloud from The Bronx real estate market. 13 metrics remain unchanged after our benchmark review which resulted in 4 increases and 9 reductions.
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