Manhattan Real Estate Market Report: 3Q 2021

With a record-setting sales volume that topped $9.5 billion, Manhattan experienced its strongest summer in 14 years.

“The Manhattan market saw its best summer since 2007, with closings skyrocketing to a 14-year high and over $9.5B in sales volume – the highest quarterly volume we’ve ever seen. This was also a record summer for sales over $5M with a luxury market driven by buyers seeking more space and better value.

This velocity of deal activity has led to a decline in inventory and a drop in active listings, all signs that hint toward a still-strong market in the fourth quarter. 2021 is shaping up to be one of the best years yet for Manhattan real estate.”

–  Pamela Liebman, President & CEO, The Corcoran Group

Demand skyrocketed during 3Q 2021, making this Manhattan’s best summer since 2007.

  • Closings increased on a quarterly and annual basis, reaching their highest level in 14 years — 4,989 closed sales reflect an incredible increase of 210% YOY and 19% quarter-over-quarter.
  • Still low interest rates, tightening supply and high confidence are powering Manhattan’s comeback, putting it on track to produce one of the best years ever for Manhattan real estate.


Contracts signed, the best barometer of current market conditions, remained incredibly strong, improving annually for the fourth consecutive quarter to over 3,500 deals.

  • At this pace, Manhattan is on track to break the 2007 record for the number contracts signed in a single calendar year.
  • This was a record summer for sales over $5M. In particular, the luxury market was driven by buyers seeking more space and better value in the condominium market.


More impressively, sales volume totaled over $9.5B, Manhattan’s highest quarterly total ever.

  • Sales volume this quarter hit a record high, surpassing the previous record of $8.54B set in 2Q 2019 by 12%.
  • Like contracts signed, 2021 could be a record year for sales volume, as well.


Average and median sale price increased year-over-year thanks to the shift in activity towards larger residences, but price per square foot figures rose only minimally, suggesting that pricing has stabilized or maybe even turned the corner.

  • Historically, pricing has started to rise nine to 12 months after sales activity improves; sales activity began to improve in September 2020.
  • Median price per square foot rose a lesser 4% to $1,319.


There is still a robust supply of for-sale inventory, but the sheer velocity of deal activity has driven the number of listings down significantly over the past year.

  • As of mid-September, 6,850 units were actively listed in Manhattan, down 28% year-over-year and the sharpest YOY drop in 15 years.
  • Excluding 2Q 2020, when listed inventory dipped while in-person showings were suspended, this was Manhattan’s first annual decline in listed inventory since 3Q 2015.
  • In concert with the drop in active listings, days on market also fell year-over-year for the first time since mid-2015, further underscoring the strength of the current Manhattan market.

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