As home prices continue to soar, both here in New York and across the U.S., it can sometimes look like all the good deals are gone. After all, successfully investing in real estate—no matter where you are—means you gotta get in while the gettin’ is good. By the time an area is on the economic rebound, and particularly if it’s saturated with new development, the opportunity for buying and renovating a property cheaply might have flown the coop. This may seem especially true here where real estate is already at a premium—even in the once-blighted neighborhoods people saved to move out of. Despite what it may seem, however, there are still a few up and coming NYC neighborhoods to keep an eye on in 2018 if you want to strengthen your real estate investment portfolio.
UP AND COMING NYC NEIGHBORHOODS TO WATCH IN 2019
Since the housing crash, each of New York’s boroughs, and many of the neighborhoods within them, have recovered to varying degrees and rates. But some are really taking off and turning around. Investing in Brooklyn real estate, for example, has become such a hot commodity that the resulting surge in population put the borough back in the green.
Not every neighborhood that’s gotten a reboot, however, is going to produce the kind of returns that justify investing there. In many neighborhoods, particularly those in Manhattan, overdevelopment and intense competition have outpaced any semblance of affordability. Or, like Greenwich Village and SoHo, development has slowed to such a clip that lowered inventory has led to higher costs and fewer buyers. That said, we can still identify areas where home prices are on the rise yet low enough to make for good investments. Here are some of the neighborhood highlights from our research.
Once associated with high crime rates and urban blight, many Bronx neighborhoods are finally getting the attention and revitalization they need. As a result, the median price range for the Highbridge/Morris Heights area one-to-three—family homes has increased by 49% from Q4 2017 to Q4 2018. But, it’s still relatively cheap to buy there and people are noticing. You will want to cash in on this revived interest while there are still time and inventory.
Two other Bronx neighborhoods, Fieldston and Riverdale are seeing sales dramatically outpace inventory growth, and prices for homes rose 13% year-on-year as of Q3 2018. Though this part of town is already considered one of the more affluent areas of the borough, its tipping point—the time at which the cost of renting surpasses that of buying—is only a few years. Bloomberg says that most areas of the Bronx, in fact, have less than a two-year tipping point. Investing here, then, could tilt potential profits in your favor as more New York residents come to see homeownership as better than renting.
The median home sales price in Bedford Park and Norwood jumped 49% in the last year. And with crime rates in Bedford Park on the decline, it is now among the safest neighborhoods to live in. As a result, more home buyers are expected to turn to these areas, which means buying New York investment property in this part of town could be a profitable move.
This vibrant and diverse neighborhood in central Queens was the borough’s top performer in 2018, with a 15% rise in median one-to-three—family home prices. With easy access to Manhattan and lower property taxes than nearby New York City suburbs, several neighborhoods in Queens are seeing an increased interest in home ownership. And home prices are rising accordingly. Of course, competition here is strong, but not yet unbeatable. So the time to invest might be sooner, rather than later.
Closer to the suburbs of Long Island, Queens Village is considered an ideal location for first home buyers. It is also highly diverse, with good schools and transportation and neat, single-family houses dating back to the 1920s and 1930s. It was also a top performer last year in terms of median price increase. And because the tipping point for most of the borough is less than three years, this neighborhood’s popularity—and prices—will likely climb higher.
Yes, the cost of investing in New York City is expensive compared to much of the country. But the benefit of doing so has the potential to yield good returns if you know where to spend your time on buying, renovating, and selling houses. These five neighborhoods look very promising for the coming year. Really growing your real estate investment portfolio, however, takes more than a promise.
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