A weak dollar is also keeping the local market strong by attracting foreign investors in city real estate. Then, there is the age-old factor of supply and demand. Even with all the construction going on, you just can't build housing fast enough in this city. A recent report found prices were highest in Manhattan, where the average home sold for $1.33 million, or around $1,176 per square foot. The average cost of a home went up in every borough except Staten Island, which saw a 2.8 percent drop.
The board's findings is based on data collected by the city and includes all condominimums, co-ops and one- to three-family homes sold in July, August and September. Despite the glowing data, some cautioned against being too optimistic about the market's apparent strength. Although, there is the forecast of a downturn on Wall Street.
Obviously, no one knows what is going to happen with the Wall Street bonuses. That is very important not just to real estate but to the whole economy of the city. If Wall Street starts to lay off large groups of workers, the market could turn.