TOWN & COUNTRY TOURS THE NORTH FORK

July 24th, 2015 by Judi Desiderio

Town & Country took their Hamptons Associates to view the finest properties on the North Fork offered exclusively through our North Fork offices and Westhampton Beach.

We began our excursion on the western end at IN#40326 a 23 acre mixed use property. Farm land with all development rights in tact as well as commercial use.

Then off to a 10+ acre horse farm IN#51500 two single and separate lots with a traditional home, barns, paddocks and an indoor riding ring.

We broke for lunch at the beautiful Mattabella Vineyard for what felt like a slice of Tuscany. Enjoying beautiful vine views, incredible food and one of the finest rosé.

The afternoon was a true delight!

First a spectacular 72 acre waterfront farm IN#34966 for an amazing $7M and limitless potential!

Lastly, a private sound front subdivision, perfect for a builder or family compound.

On the way back to the South Fork everyone was amazed at the beauty and opportunities abound. Investors were on instant dial for our Associates. Come explore the beauty and civility of the North Fork!


Town & Country’s Annual Summer Party

July 21st, 2015 by Judi Desiderio

Town & Country’s Annual Summer Party was a lobster bash at Georgica Beach in East Hampton Village.

The event was catered from Bostwick’s and all of the food, from the guacamole to the lobsters and muscles in an amazing white wine sauce were so yummy!

T&C Associates and their loved ones enjoyed the perfect evening setting. Great food, great company and great star filled night!

The evening closed with a bonfire and s’mores of course… how else would you end the perfect celebration of the season! 

   

   

 

                                                      

Judi A. Desiderio, Chief Executive Officer
JD@TownAndCountryHamptons.com     
631.324.8080 ext. 221


TOWN & COUNTRY HAMPTONS 2ND QUARTER 2015 HOME SALES REPORT

July 20th, 2015 by Judi Desiderio

This second quarter report of 2015 is a most unusual one. After reporting on home sales statistics for over 30 years, even I still get surprised by the factual numbers as they are recorded.

TOWN & COUNTRY’S Home Sales Reports are laser focused on 11 specific Hamptons markets, monitoring 3 criteria. The first metric of the Number of Home Sales shows 8 of the 12 markets are down, 1 flat and only 3 markets reported increases in the number of trades. Magnificent Montauk saw the greatest increase of 22% from 23 to 28 homes sold same quarter year-to-year. Sag Harbor Village and Sag Harbor Area (which includes North Sea) experienced the greatest declines of 45% and 43% respectively. 

The second metric of Total Home Sales Volume tells a different story for the 2nd Quarter of 2015 with 6 of the 12 markets enjoying increases by as much as 69% in Westhampton (which includes Remsenburg, Westhampton Beach, East Quogue, Quogue and Quiogue). In fact, the Westhampton markets had a statistical joy ride with significant increases in all 3 criteria monitored by TOWN & COUNTRY. Westhampton (which includes Remsenburg, Westhampton Beach, East Quogue, Quogue and Quiogue) had 20% increase in the Number of Home Sales, a 69% explosion in Total Home Sales Volume and a giant 76% up-tick in the Median Home Sales Price from $697,500 to $1,225,000. Looking closely at the 8 specific price ranges we track and the picture is clear that the increases in activity were at the higher price points.

While the 76% jump in the Westhampton’s Median Home Sales Price is impressive, East Hampton Village was off the charts with a 93% leap from $2,678,750 for the 2nd Quarter of 2014 to $5,175,000 for the same Quarter 2015. East Hampton Village logged 4 of the 10 sales $10-$20M for the entire Hamptons. Bridgehampton (which includes Water Mill and Sagaponack) was an honorable mention with 3 sales in that price category and the only Hampton market to log a home sale over $20M. In fact, the top sale for the quarter was a $29.5M sale of 493 Rose Hill Road in Water Mill, Andrew Zaro’s beautiful home on Mecox Bay.

Looking at All Hamptons Markets Combined and you see that the 2nd Quarter of 2015 was only slightly off from 2014 or 40 less transfers, but the Median Home Sales Price and Total Home Sales Volume both increased due to heightened activity in the higher price points. In fact the $3.5M – $4.99M price range saw the greatest increase in activity with 47% more sales.

Click HERE for full report & statistics: 

Judi A. Desiderio, Chief Executive Officer
JD@TownAndCountryHamptons.com       
631.324.8080 ext. 221


Dan’s Grill Hampton and Taste of Summer were a smashing success this weekend!

July 20th, 2015 by Judi Desiderio
Friday night my husband, John Tracy and I were in attendance with Jon and Tracy Grossman. The event was presented by Pat LaFrieda and hosted by Robert Irving & Marc Murphy.
 
Hampton chefs were Arthur Wolf of Smokin’ Wolf  BBQ, Colette Connor of The Inn Spot on the Bay, Julio Quisbert of The Old Stove Pub and Jason Kallert of Tillie’s At Gurney’s Inn.
 
NYC Chefs included Harold Moore of Commerce, PJ Calapa from Costata, Gabe Thompson of L’Apicio, Paul Denamiel, Le Rivage, Julian Medina, Toloache, Joe Isidori, Black Tap Burgers & Beer, Ash Fulk from Hill Country Barbecue Market, and Ben Zwicker of TBar… great food, great drink and great company!
 
 
Judi A. Desiderio, Chief Executive Officer
JD@TownAndCountryHamptons.com     
631.324.8080 ext. 221


US HOME SALES MARKET CONTINUES ITS ASCEND

July 8th, 2015 by Judi Desiderio

Several months back I blogged about how the housing market was going to be the main driver for the US economy, and fortunately for every homeowner, this has come to fruition.

 

NOW LET’S HEAR FROM THE EXPERTS!

 

The National Association of Realtors reported that sales of existing homes in May increased 9.2% from the same month for the prior year and new home sales soared 20% from a year ago to the highest level in 7 years!

 

Last month’s S&P/Case- Shiller Home Sale Price Index Report of March 2015 posted a 5% gain year over year. In Addition the April data released June 30th reported the 20 city index increased 4.9% year over year with a 1% gain month over month.

 

All 20 cities that made up the composite, increased in April before seasonal adjustments, with 12 cities up after said adjustments. “Home prices continue to raise across the country, but the pace is not accelerated”, quoting David M. Blitzer, Managing Director & Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. S&P/Case-Shiller Composite are a 20 city analysis which is widely referred to for national home prices.

 

First time home buyers made up 32% of all sales in May, a considerable leap from the 27% from the prior year, but still have room to grow back to prior averages. The ability to qualify for mortgages is an important factor in this environment as is rate increases. Consensus is that interest rates will rise in 2015 after being held at near zero rates, but the increases are expected to be at digestible amounts. 

 

All things considered, a continued slow and steady ascend looks to be the trajectory of the US Housing Market for 2015.

 

Judi A. Desiderio, Chief Executive Officer

JD@1TownandCountry.com                

631.324.8080 ext. 221


Block Island

July 1st, 2015 by Judi Desiderio

Block Island is so close to home yet a world away. I suggest a visit soon to this beautiful place!

Judi A. Desiderio, Chief Executive Officer

JD@1TownandCountry.com                     

631.324.8080 ext. 221


The latest May 2015 Stats on the Real Estate Market – Making sense of National, Regional and local data.

June 27th, 2015 by Joan Bischoff van Heemskerck

The US Real Estate Market – Nationally – good news!

“Fueled partly by an increase in the share of sales to first-time buyers, existing-home sales increased in May to their highest pace in nearly six years”, according to the National Association of Realtors®. “Led by the Northeast, all major regions experienced sales increases in May” said NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun.

This article in RIS Media explores the importance of Millennial buyers in this Real Estate Market.

Good news: May home sales rebounded strongly following April's decline and are now at their highest pace since November 2009 (5.44 million). "Solid sales gains were seen throughout the country in May as more homeowners listed their home for sale and therefore provided greater choices for buyers," he said. "However, overall supply still remains tight, homes are selling fast and price growth in many markets continues to teeter at or near double-digit appreciation. Without solid gains in new home construction, prices will likely stay elevated — even with higher mortgage rates above 4 percent."

On a national level, in other words, absence of newly built housing accounts for much of the low inventory, and Mr. Yun continued: “Total housing inventory2 at the end of May increased 3.2 percent to 2.29 million existing homes available for sale, and is 1.8 percent higher than a year ago (2.25 million). Unsold inventory is at a 5.1-month supply at the current sales pace, down from 5.2 months in April”.

NAR reported that The median existing-home price for all housing types in May was $228,700, which is 7.9 percent above May 2014. This marks the 39th consecutive month of year-over-year price gains.

The percent share of first-time buyers rose to 32 percent in May, up from 30 percent in April and matching the highest share since September 2012. A year ago, first-time buyers represented 27 percent of all buyers.

According to Freddie Mac, the average commitment rate for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage climbed in May to 3.84 percent from 3.67 percent in April but remained below 4.00 percent for the sixth straight month.

With demand continuing to far exceed supply, properties typically stayed on the market (DOM) for 40 days in May, up from April (39 days) but the third shortest time since NAR began tracking in May 2011. Short sales were on the market the longest at a median of 131 days in May, while foreclosures sold in 56 days and non-distressed homes took 38 days. Forty-five percent of homes sold in May were on the market for less than a month.

All-cash sales were 24 percent of transactions in May for the third straight month and are down considerably from a year ago (32 percent). Individual investors, who account for many cash sales, purchased 14 percent of homes in May, unchanged from last month and down from 16 percent in May 2014. Sixty-seven percent of investors paid cash in May.

Distressed sales — foreclosures and short sales — remained at 10 percent for the third consecutive month in May and are below the 11 percent share a year ago. Seven percent of May sales were foreclosures and 3 percent were short sales. Foreclosures sold for an average discount of 15 percent below market value in May (20 percent in April), while short sales were also discounted 16 percent (14 percent in April).

Regional Breakdown

May existing-home sales in the Northeast jumped 11.3 percent to an annual rate of 690,000, and are now 11.3 percent above a year ago. The median price in the Northeast was $269,000, which is 4.8 percent higher than May 2014. Again great news from NAR.

The New York State Association of Realtors® published the latest skinny market report video and more  data in a PDF on New York State and Suffolk County Real estate data.  Take away: the NY market is stable, doing especially well in the high end and luxury end of the market.

Million Dollar Listing (Bravo)  mentioned that even in Los Angeles the luxury market is driven by NY City buyers –whose success comes  mostly in  finance ( bankers hedge fund) and Entertainment . New York City in many upper end markets is booming! Of course – this is of a major consequence to the East End markets – and it is good news. If New York City does well – typically the East End does well.

But  All Real Estate is Really Local

While the National and regional good news translates into a much better Real Estate Market on the East End than after the 2007 recession, it is important to distinguish the Local Market date from the National data to get a useful idea of what and how the Real Estate Market is doing on the East End, in the Hamptons and on the North Fork & Shelter Island.

The Hamptons is traditionally very well known as the playground of the rich and famous, tied to Manhattan New York City and also internationally buyers and sellers.  The North Fork is increasingly grabbing attention as a popular Farm to Table life style and vineyard region, with increasing buyer demand. While each market behaves intrinsically different, the entire East End behaves more and more as one market with the characteristics of a Resort and Second Home market. Mostly a “want to buy” rather than a “I have to buy” market.

In such markets, different than National and other regional markets, distressed Real Estate (Short Sales and Foreclosures) plays a much smaller role, even more so East of Riverhead than West.

One of the most important characteristics of the East End market is its seasonality.  Harsh winters can slow certain months down, and create pent up spike demand later. Being able to use the new home in summer stresses the importance of closing before July, creating a spike just before in March-May, and then again as lots of people are out during the summer, with lots of closings 2-3 months later.

Exact listing data on the exact number of the Hamptons listings are harder to come by.TandC Stats Judi Desiderio's East End Market reports

A few companies report on market data. Judi Desiderio (Town and Country Real Estate CEO) so publishes a authoritative quarterly market report for the Hamptons, Shelter Island and North Fork providing clear data and analysis. 2014 year end reports for the Hamptons and North Fork show a robust recovery while first quarter reports for the Hamptons and North Fork reflect seasonality. Such reports show another important difference with national and other regional markets: a median sale of $950K+ in the Hamptons – creating very different market dynamics than lower priced markets. Such higher median prices typically cause listings to take longer to sell than national averages, as mentioned before.

So too on the North Fork:  a very different RE market. It is of crucial importance to know how to read national and regional Real Estate data into the local market conditions.

The North Fork today –contrary to what you typically read- has normal levels of inventory, not much lower than normal. The MLS (which is not as important in the Hamptons) shows around 450-475 listings on the North Fork (seasonally low in winter around 375, highest I saw in 2009 at 520). Agents perception of their own listings, however, with more competing  agents joining their ranks as the economy is improving, maybe misleading and allude to a really non-existing scarcity of available homes for sale and may lead to incorrect pricing of homes. While DOM (Days on Market) improved drastically to 90-120 days for the North Fork – this number is still much higher than national averages.

The East End RE market so behaves very differently from the National and even regional New York State and even Suffolk County markets in some important respects.

When looking at the North Fork markets specifically, it is interesting to watch how different price segments behave – and similar differences in the different price ranges can be observed in Judi Desiderio’s market reports.

Based on Contract signed in 2015 (data from MLSLI in selected North Fork hamlets and towns)– this is a first publication of my findings for this year – to date:

Competitivene Price Ranges North Fork 2015

This graph shows how vastly differently stats for homes in different price ranges behave.

This is what a Realtor ® Pro can do for any consumer buying or selling Real Estate in the East End: make sense of national and regional RE data – and apply them locally – and to a specific buyer’s or seller’s property. An agent properly chosen can help any buyer or seller with reasonable expectations based on facts, and provide an accurate picture of national, regional and local statistics on the Real Estate market. The right agent can analyze all these data based on his or her knowledge, experience, hard work and become a valuable resource for anyone involved in the Real Estate market.

Depending on the different characteristic of a home, or a buyer or seller, the perfect choice for the Realtor ®  to be chosen may so vary. So call any of the agents at Town and Country ReaL Estate to make sense of national, regional and local RE statistics – and price your home right for the market, limit guessing about your expectations, but rather make educated decisions and create the elements for a successful transaction.

Joan Bischoff van Heemskerck,

NY State Lic.Associate RE Broker

Executive Sales Director Town And Country North Fork & Shelter Island

Mobile: 631 948 0234   jbischoff@townandcountryhamptons.com


Fighting Chance Annual Summer Gala

June 5th, 2015 by Judi Desiderio

Town & Country proudly sponsored the 14th Annual Fighting Chance Gala on the Ocean in East Hampton Village, Saturday, May 30th. The setting, the food and the company all came together for a wonderful evening. Sue Davies and Sheila Mahoney Co-Chaired the event…It was a grand success!

 

Fellow board members joined Sue and Sheila

Duncan Darrow

Anthony Brandt

Betty Cowles

Meredith Darrow

Judi A. Desiderio

April Gornik

Renu Hausen, M.D.

Martin Karpeh, M.D.

Rosemarie Slevin Perocchia, R.N.

Dushy Roth

Roman Roth

 

And the Fighting Chance Staff

Karrie Zampini Robinson, LCSW

Bill Discipio, PHD

Margaret Bromberg, LCSW

Wendy Hornick, LSW

Nancy Greenberg

Charlie Grubb

Lisa Pettersson

 

At Fighting Chance we believe that everyone who battles cancer deserves a fighting chance.

 

 

   

Photo Credit: Charlie Grubb

  

Judi A. Desiderio, Chief Executive Officer

JD@1TownandCountry.com                     

631.324.8080 ext. 221


Avenue Magazine Fashion Photo Shoot

June 5th, 2015 by Judi Desiderio

Avenue Magazine had a fashion photo shoot for their July Issue on Wednesday June 3rd at 8 Mitchell Dunes Lane, a Town & Country oceanfront exclusive in prime Amagansett. Eva Saleh and Susan Feinman Senior Account Directors, from Avenue Magazine and their wonderful team, Jessica Lee and Haley Friedlich as well as Claudia Talamas – Stylist, Ryan Plett – Photographer, Juliette Perreux – Hair, Bianna Joelle – Makeup, Sian Osborne – Model, all there helping to make this shoot a success. Special thanks to Mother Nature who was very cooperative providing a day of sunshine glistening off the ocean.

To view full listing details click here: http://www.1townandcountry.com/html/projectDetails.php?innum=28219

Judi A. Desiderio, Chief Executive Officer

JD@1TownandCountry.com                    

631.324.8080 ext. 221


SEAN AVERY’S NEXT MOVE

May 26th, 2015 by Judi Desiderio

Sean Avery, a former New York Ranger, has made the transition from professional athlete to designing homes in the Hamptons. He offers a unique blend of modern design with traditional values. He is delivering a turnkey product including everything from the furniture to the artwork. Something that has never been seen or done before in the Hamptons.

Sean’s partner, Chuck Gallanti has been building homes in the Hamptons for the past 20 years. You can expect only the highest level of craftsmanship, quality, and attention to detail.

Town & Country Associate, Aaron Kaufman of the Southampton branch is representing Sean & Chuck Exclusively. He can be reached at 16 Hampton Road, Southampton Village or at 646.772.0407

Aaron Kaufman

AKaufman@1TownandCountry.com

646.772.0407