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Signs Of A Winter Thaw In High-End Real Estate…
After freezing up in late 2008, the high-end real estate market gradually began to thaw toward the end of 2009. There was so little activity for most of 2009 that it was hard to know where the market was. As volumes recovered, clearing prices became apparent. Location and quality were paramount. Second-tier land in country house markets near New York City saw price decreases near forty percent in 2009. For example, a 200± acre property near Millbrook, New York, was on the market for $18,000/acre at its peak, and ultimately sold for $9,500/acre. Many second home markets in New England, and on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard saw price decreases up to 50%. The most solid market in our sphere was the $2 million range primary home suburbs of Boston with good schools- down 10-15%.
The number of Vermont sales over $1 million dropped to 54 in 2009, versus 90 in 2008, and 118 in 2007. Vacation properties—ski resorts, lakefront and concentrated areas of high-end homes, such as Woodstock and Manchester—were most affected. Sales are going through at big discounts to tax assessment values which have not been revised from “old market” valuations. LandVest appraisers find that pricing at the high end is down about 25% from peak; for example:
- A lovely restored tavern on Lake Champlain that sold for $2.225 million in 2006 resold in June of 2009 at $1.7 million.
- A big, newer house on the Killington side of Woodstock that sold for $7 million in 2007 and resold for $5.4 million in fall of 2009. (more…)