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The number of Hamptons homes sold in the three months ending March 31 fell to 312, a 29 percent decline from the fourth quarter and a 42 percent drop from the first quarter of 2007, the survey said.

see the Bloomberg report:

Hamptons Home Prices Decline on Wall Street Job Cuts, Economy
By Bob Ivry

see The Real Deal article here

UPDATE 3/1/2009 – things have changed…these words don’t taste so good.

Hamptons dollar volume down 66%

Hedge Funds’ Paulson

Trades Up in Hamptons

April 11, 2008; Page W8

Last year, hedge-fund manager John Paulson pocketed billions by betting the housing market would collapse, but in the Hamptons he’s just listed his three-acre retreat for $19.5 million, more than 50% above what he paid for it two years ago.

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Hedge-fund manager John Paulson purchased this 10.4-acre Southampton, N.Y., compound for $41.3 million. It sits on Lake Agawam.

The founder of Paulson & Co., managing roughly $32 billion, recently bought a 10.4-acre lakefront compound less than a mile away for $41.3 million. The seller was Rodney Propp, chairman of a Manhattan property firm.

Last year, Mr. Paulson made as much as $3 billion to $4 billion for himself — thought to be a record one-year payday on Wall Street. This year the former Bear Stearns Cos. investment banker bet against the financial sector and profited from weakening among banks, including Bear.

[John Paulson]

The Southampton, N.Y., house he’s listed is a seven-bedroom “cottage” on three acres with an enclosed pool and sauna and a detached garage. He bought it two years ago from Jurgen Friedrich, a director of clothing company Esprit Holdings, for $12.75 million, records show.

The trader’s 15,000-square-foot new house was built in 1911 and fully renovated, and comes with separate staff quarters, two other houses, a three-car garage and a pool. The property, called “Old Trees,” has about 450 feet on Lake Agawam and ocean views. It was listed for $48 million in 2006.

Bulova Project Sag Harbor

It’s very exciting news that the Sag Harbor Village Boards are, one by one, approving the plans that have been put forth by Cape Advisors for the Bulova Residential Plan. It’s been said that the project will take 5 years, and the economic rewards to the village will last for at least 100 years.

Peter Neely and did a video of local merchants here 

For more info, also goto:

LIPA- Bury The LinesIt’s not an uncommon scenario. Not to be cynical, but so much of our destiny is controlled by people who don’t live here, but wish they did, but they can’t and are not very happy about it so they feel a little “so there, you fancy-schmancies” is in order.

It’s why many have been trying to create “Peconic County” consisting of the 5 East End Towns. Why should we be ruled by people who have never even been here, some 50 miles away?

The same for the Long Island Board  of Realtors. Why should a board from West Islip regulate how listings are handled on the East End, where we have a very different culture and way of doing business. That’s why HANFRA, the Hamptons and North Fork Realtors Association has grown to 1000 members in recent years – local rule!!

We’ll now we have the Long Island Power Authority – LIPA – who says they need to provide more power lines to the East End in order to keep up with demand, and they want to put up these big ugly poles along our roadways. Needless to say, many of us are against it.

Here’s one of the stories:

Driven to Save a Vista From LIPA Lines

Published: February 24, 2008

Euro vs the Dollar

Word has it (or at least the newspapers are reporting) that due to the difference in the US Dollar versus the Euro and the Pound, that foreign buyers are keeping the market up. 

We’ve always had a good number of foreigners buying here. I think it’s just the in fashion hype to say that “the europeans are simply breaking the door down”… makes one seem so “in the know”. had a post about the subject today – see it here.

Ito the Box TV had a video on it as well, see it below. md 

Into The Box TVclick HERE to se the video

East Hampton Village For Rent 2007As we’ve noticed the number of empty storefronts in East Hampton Village continues to grow.

I’ve been looking for a location in East Hampton for our next Beach Properties office and the asking rents have gotten up to Madison Avenue rates. $10,000 per month, triple net for a 1200 sqft raw space that needs $150,000 worth of improvements to make it acceptable as a real estate office is a bit much!

 That being said, I suppose the market dictates the lease rates and it’s up to us to be creative about our location choices. 

 The East Hampton Star has more

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