SOURCE: New York State Association of REALTORS

New York State Association of REALTORS

January 25, 2010 10:00 ET

New York Housing Market Finishes Strong in '09 Fueled by Solid Second Half

ALBANY, NY--(Marketwire - January 25, 2010) - Fueled by a recovery in the second half of the year, statewide sales of existing single-family homes in New York State rebounded from a double-digit deficit in the first half of the year to finish only 3.2-percent behind the 2008 total. According to preliminary existing single-family sales data accumulated by the New York State Association of REALTORS®, 77,176 homes were sold statewide during 2009.

"As 2009 progressed, the combination of the federal first-time homebuyer tax credit, historically low mortgage rates and moderating prices resulted in New Yorkers gaining confidence about it being a good time to buy a home in the Empire State," said Duncan R. MacKenzie, NYSAR chief executive officer. "In the first half of 2009 many would be buyers remained on the sidelines due to reports of the so-called 'national' housing market collapse and the overarching economic uncertainty."

"Once New Yorkers came to understand that all housing markets are local and that their local market could not be painted with the same brush as severely depressed markets in other locales, there was a renewed interest in homeownership across our state," MacKenzie said. "The fact that sales were 20-percent higher in the 2009 fourth quarter compared to the 2008 provides clear evidence of buyers returning to the market as does the similar increase in December sales from a year ago."

"The federal homebuyer tax credit and the SONYMA Tax Credit Advance Loan program to help buyers capitalize on the credit were crucial to the current recovery," MacKenzie said. "With the extension and expansion of the tax credit, we expect the housing market to build on the current recovery into 2010, especially during the early spring as buyers try to meet the April 30 purchase contract deadline to qualify for the federal tax credit."

New York REALTORS® sold 77,176 existing single-family homes in New York State in 2009, a 3.2-percent decrease from the 2008 total of 79,689. The fourth quarter 2009 sales total of 22,626 represents a nearly 21-percent increase from the 2008 fourth quarter total of 18,789. December 2009 sales increased by 21 percent compared to December 2008 to reach 7,119.

The 2009 annual statewide median sales price was $199,999, down 6.6 percent from a year ago due to the sluggish start to the year. However, both the fourth quarter 2009 ($210,000) and December 2009 ($222,000) posted median sales price growth.

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The New York State Association of REALTORS® is a not-for-profit trade organization representing more than 54,000 of New York State's real estate professionals. The term REALTOR® is a registered trademark, which identifies real estate professionals who subscribe to a strict code of ethics as members of the National Association of REALTORS®. These REALTORS® are also members of the New York State Association of REALTORS® as well as their local board or association of REALTORS®.

Contact Information

  • For additional information, contact:
    Salvatore I. Prividera Jr.
    Director of Communications and Marketing
    New York State Association of REALTORS, Inc.
    130 Washington Avenue
    Albany, NY 12210
    518-463-0300x208 office