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.
The good times kept rolling in The Bronx real estate market during the fourth quarter of 2022. Industrial and multifamily assets were most common among the quarter’s top deals at valuations in line with recent records. The development window has yet to close with some deals registering surprising prices for Bronx dirt. The top ten deals also reflect unique attributes of The Bronx real estate market where social welfare and affordable housing projects have yet to feel the pressures affecting other economic sectors.
Bronck’s land changed hands a few times before being sold to the Morris family in 1670. Jordan Mott purchased it in 1828 and built an ironworks and a canal, which gave Mott Haven its name and launched The Bronx as the industrial center it remains today. Almost two centuries later, another transformation is bringing thousands of luxury apartments to the site of Jonas Bronck’s original farmhouse.