In a previous post, we stated that East End dollar volume of sales was down 80% from the peak in 2007. The following CPF revenues supports that. 2009 revenues are down 82.5% from 2007.
That’s not being a ‘bear’ or negative about the market…that’s reporting facts. I’m a long-term bull on Hamptons real estate. I still believe that a long-term investment in a property on the East End of Long Island will provide years of enjoyment in one of the most beautiful places on earth as well as a good monetary return on the investment.
That being said, facts are facts, and putting your head in the sand doesn’t make it any better. There are some terrific deals in this market. If you are a buyer, find an agent who can tap into them. If you’re an agent, drill down into each listing, understanding the motivation of the sellers and find out who’s a ‘real seller’ and who’s a poser. If you’re a seller, wake up and smell the coffee. For the most part, properties that ARE selling today, are selling for an average of 35% below 2006-7 values. If you’re not willing to sell at that level, then think again about listing your home. Sure, there will be some exceptions to this…if you have one, let me know.
As of April, East Hampton’s CPF has taken in $1,668,534, compared to the $5,631,267 accumulated by the same time last year and $9,538,793 in receipts recorded by April 2007, the highest grossing year since the two percent tax was instated in 1999. Most were expecting a bad year for the fund, though the first four months of 2009 have been particularly discouraging, declining 67.6 percent throughout the South Fork over the same period in 2008 (2008 revenues were 41.1 percent below 2007).
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