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How New York’s New Rent Laws Will Affect Real Estate

Tenant protection laws were first introduced to New York City in 1920. The country was recovering from World War I and many landlords were raising rents monthly due to a housing shortage. 

Just this month, landlords and legislators are having similar conversations about New York’s rent laws. On June 14, 2019, New York State and Assembly leaders passed new laws to protect tenants by controlling rent in New York. In light of the new law, landlords will have limited ability to raise rents, even if renovate their buildings or apartment complexes. Landlords can also no longer be able to raise rents due to vacancies or deregulate apartments.

So what does this mean for NYC real estate? 

The new laws have shocked New York’s real estate investors. Some landlords and investors are concerned that they will not be able to cover the costs of maintaining buildings without the ability to raise the rent. This leads to concerns that property values will decrease and many landlords will choose to sell. 

Some people, however, are seeing opportunity in the new market. Some property owners who will now struggle to stay afloat will be looking to sell quickly and likely for lower prices than they would have otherwise. Furthermore, the newly passed laws are expected to cause foreclosures, which lower property values. Investors who are able to take advantage of the lower prices for property may be in luck. 

The long-term effects of these new laws have yet to be seen. While it’s likely that some investors will suffer as a result of the new restrictions, others may flourish. Many have theorized on the potential outcomes, but it will take time before the consequences come to fruition. In other words, “only time will tell.”

The Price of Being a Millennial in NYC

It’s a well-known fact that the cost of living in New York City is one of the highests in the nation. Over the past decade, the cost of living and rent prices have gone up significantly in the city. Although a costly place to live, NYC offers an abundance of career opportunities and metropolitan advantages–which is most appealing to millennials.

Creating a life for themselves in NYC has millennials spending much more than what they can afford. A recent report by StreetEasy, which survey 1,000 renters in NYC, confirms that millennials are much more likely to live outside of their means when it comes to housing in the city. The housing market in NYC is expensive and according to Grant Long, “…despite facing rising housing costs and budgeting constraints, aspirations of owning a home remain high in the city, particularly among millennials.”

All five boroughs–Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island–reported that housing in the city is more than often unaffordable. According to the stats collected by StreetEasy, each generation approaches the situation differently. The New York Business Journal states, “45% [of millennials] say they chose a more expensive home than they’d planned, compared to 30% of ‘Generation Xers’ — those born from the early 1960s to late 1970s — and 19% of baby boomers.” The majority of the older generation seem to know how to realistically budget their cost of living more effectively than millennials.

Although the housing prices of the city continue to rise, about 34% of millennials are hoping to purchase a home sooner rather than later. According to the report, the majority of renters living in NYC find housing to be very unaffordable. Perhaps owning a home is more appealing since 39% of homeowners find housing more affordable, having more freedom to buy and sell. But even owning a home does not shield residents against the struggle of rising housing prices in the city.

Other stats from StreetEasy report that “New Yorkers pay 1.3 times more for housing than average Americans”. In order to stay in the city and find decent housing, about one third of those surveyed reported spending more than their initial budget. To no surprise, 46% say that housing in the city is unaffordable–which one third say the high cost of living is their biggest reason to move.

Even with the cost of living so high, generation after generation come to New York City, hoping to capture the life and opportunities only the five boroughs can offer–no matter what the price.

CRE Must Reads to Get Ahead and Stay Ahead

CRE Must Reads to Get Ahead and Stay There _ Kevin BrunnockThese hand-picked seven reads will help any CRE professional best maximize their time and make the most out of any growing business:

7L: The Seven Levels of Communication: Go From Relationships to Referrals by Michael Maher: By prioritizing relationship building, Maher offers tangible tips on how to cultivate communications skills to grow your network and get you ahead.

The Due Diligence Handbook For Commercial Real Estate by Brian Hennessey: This invaluable resource will be a handbook you will want to keep on hand for years to come because of its practical checklists and expert tips designed to create value-add in any property.

The Millionaire Real Estate Agent: It’s Not About the Money…It’s About Being the Best You Can Be! by Gary Keller: Although this book was originally written for brokers, the content transcends to any career in real estate by offering useful tips on how to generate leads and pump up sales.

Nine Proven Strategies To Make 2018’s Peak Rental Season Vacancy-Free (published in Forbes): With the busy summer rental season approaching, this quick read will offer a myriad of tips on how to maximize your business potential during the holy grail months for commercial real estate brokers.

Three Essential Strategies For Smart Student Housing Development (published in Forbes): The hot housing market has spilled over into the student sector. This timely and informative article will bring you up to date on how to best capitalize on this relatively new real estate sector before it’s too late.

The Conversion Code: Capture Internet Leads, Create Quality Appointments, Close More Sales by Chris Smith: In this day and age, digital is king. It is imperative that CRE professionals possess the skills to effectively market their properties in a variety of online avenues. This book will help you get the job done and stay one step ahead of your competitors.

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss: It is too easy to get sucked into the trap of living to work and not working to live. Learn how to best manage your time so that you can maximize your efforts to achieve the greatest success in the shortest amount of time.

5 Essential Books for Commercial Real Estate Professionals

5 ESSENTIAL BOOKS FOR COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS _ KEVIN BRUNNOCKThe best real estate professionals are always looking to learn. Whether it’s making the most of new technology or being as productive as possible, there’s always room for improvement. The problem is, there are hundreds of books, podcasts, and seminars to choose from. In this post, real estate professionals will discover the 5 most important books to advance their career.

1) The Millionaire Real Estate Agent

This book, written by Gary Keller, is widely considered the best book for real estate professionals in existence.

Real estate professionals will be given clear, actionable steps they can use to improve right away.

The book is most helpful for brokers, but it doesn’t focus on just one specialization – so almost anyone involved in real estate can benefit from it.

2) Real Estate Finance and Investments

It’s rare that a book can help both the beginner and the experienced professional – but William Brueggeman and Jeffrey Fisher accomplished just that when they put together this text.

This book not only teaches readers how to invest in real estate, but it also has a lot of complex strategies and formulas. This makes it an excellent reference guide to always have handy.

3) Raving Fans!

This book is all about providing the best customer service in order to close deals as a real estate agent.

Readers will discover how to clarify their vision so that customers want to do business with them. Then, the book goes a step further and shows the reader how to make those new customers lifelong fans.

4) The 4-Hour Work Week

If someone is looking to improve their productivity as a real estate professional, this book should be at the top of their list.

They’ll learn every possible way to get the most out of their time, whether it’s outsourcing administrative tasks or attracting new customers.

5) Principles of Commercial Real Estate Underwriting

This classic text is an excellent reference material for someone who needs a refresher on certain aspects of real estate.

With this book handy, the reader can underwrite commercial real estate assets with ease.

These are the best books available for commercial real estate professionals. Whether a professional is looking to simply improve their productivity, have a go-to guide, or immerse themselves in the industry – it’s all possible with the books on this list.

 

Cornell University Leases Midtown Manhattan Space

cornell_2Cornell University has opted to lease midtown Manhattan space for the purpose of student and alumni networking. The institution will be taking three floors at 45 W. 57th St., totally 4,000 square feet.

The Ithaca-based Ivy League establishment will occupy the second, fourth, and fifth floors of the seven-story building for 22 months, with an option for renewal. Priced at $60 per square foot, Cornell’s graduate school of management, school of hotel administration, college of business, and school of applied economics and management, as well as other academic branches. The space will act as a bridge between campuses and a beacon for the engineering campus being built on Roosevelt Island. Next month, Cornell will begin its occupancy by using the space for events.

“We see a strong presence in New York City as essential for enhancing our relationships with our alumni, corporate partners, and other key stakeholders,” said Soumitra Dutta, dean of the Cornell College of Business, according to Crain’s New York. “The space will also provide an excellent platform venue for our faculty and students to take advantage of the unique resources of New York City.”

The property is owned by the U.S. subsidiary of a Turkish real estate development and investment company, Sedesco Inc.. The development firm’s general counsel, Derek Gilchrist said the relationship between Sedesco and Cornell was a close one, and it came about organically when following Cornell’s Roosevelt Island. As soon as space became available, the two entities hashed details about to establish an outpost in Manhattan.

Silicon Valley Bank Doubled Their Manhattan Office Space

svbThe West Coast established Silicon Valley Bank recognized for catering to tech firms has nearly doubled their Manhattan office space, taking over an entire floor at 387 Park Avenue South. This move is expected to bring New York City one step closer to the tech community.

Established in Santa Clara, California, the financial institution leased 20,000 square feet, relocating to the new space from the current 10,400 square feet space located at 303 Fifth Ave. After their move, Silicon Valley Bank will sublease their current space.

Matthew Leon, an associated with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, help to broker the deal, negotiating on behalf of the building’s landlord TF Cornerstone, as well as Chip Sealy, an executive at TF Cornerstone. According to Silicon Valley Bank representative Robert Tunis, the intention of the move is to grow and become closer to clients they finance in the tech sector. Park Avenue South  has easily matured into one of the most essential for office space in midtown south, nestled in a neighborhood that’s become a home for multiple tech companies within recent years.

“It’s where their constituency is,” said Tunis, who along with Ferriello will handle the sublease of the bank’s space at 505 Fifth Ave. “This new office puts them closer to that. You go where your business is.”

This latest deal is just one of many signed with TF Cornerstone since their multi-million dollar renovation of 387 Park Avenue South, which involved installing a private roof deck, a new façade for the three lowest floors of the building, new elevators, and HVAC. Criteo, a tech firm, leased the top three floors of the building last year, which granted them exclusive access to the private roof space. Criteo later leased another floor, taking on additional square feet.

Only the ninth and a portion of the eighth floors are presently available at the 13-story property. Also, the third  floor will soon become vacant when SUNY Stony Brook’s 10-year lease expires at the end of the month.

Large-Scale Real Estate Projects Underway in New York City

city-road-street-buildingsNew York City has a number of large-scale real estate projects in the works, headed by numerous Manhattan developers, including Joseph Chetrit’s Chetrit Group, L+M Development, Sumaida + Khurana, and Kenneth Horn’s Alchemy Properties.

Half of permits filed during the month of April were for projects greater than 100,000 square feet, according to PropertyShark. The other half consisted of filings for residential projects, as well as a Brooklyn office, school expansions, and hotels. These projects,whether launched by larger or smaller firms, are important constructional developments, offering New Yorkers housing and schooling options, as well as a closer proximity to retail outlets.

One of New York City’s more prolific affordable developers L+M Development Partners filed a permit application for a 59-story, 266,000-square-foot residential tower, which will be located in the Financial District (23 Park Row). Joe and Rachelle Friedman, the founders of J&R Music and Computer World, partnered with L+M Development Partners to construct the apartment complex, which will hold 108 apartments. Also, COOKFOX Architects have been slated to design the property.

A 19-story,174,000-square-foot Downtown Brooklyn office building may be erected at 540 Fulton Street if the Dushey family’s Jenel Management has anything to say about it. The future office building will have three levels of retail space, and it will be replacing the  two-story, 26,000-square-foot retail establishment that stood there one year ago prior to demolition.

The Tel Aviv, Israel-based property management firm Sumaida + Khurana and the Chelsea-based firm LENY are planning an 80-unit, 34-story, 123,000-square-foot condo tower in Hell’s Kitchen (609 West 56th Street). Also, on the base floor, there will be retail outlets available. In addition to the Hell’s Kitchen property, they 823 11th Avenue.

In partnership with Shifra Hager’s Cornell Realty Management, Joseph Chetrit’s Chetrit Group acquired a number of retail properties near Penn Station in a deal with investor Charles D. Cohen. After parting ways, the Chetrit Group filed a permit for a 122,000-square-foot hotel, which will have approximately 33 floors and 300 rooms. The proposed hotel is expected to be located at 249-263 West 34th Street.

Another hotel is planned for Long Island City, where investment firm Brooklyn North Capital filed a permit for a 198-key Red Lion Hotel. Expected to open in 2019, the building will stand 14 floors and will have 61,000 square feet of space. The investment firm purchased the site, located at 38-15 9th Street, for $4.7 million in March.

iStar, which is a real estate finance firm and developer, is planning to construct a 135-unit, 107,000-square-foot supportive housing project just minutes from Coney Island’s boardwalk. They leased the promising space from the city’s Economic Development Corporation last year. In months and years to come, iStar plans to build 1 million square feet of housing in the area.

The New York City School Construction Authority is planning a five-story, 96,000-square-foot expansion of P.S. 19 in North Corona, Queens (40-10 99th Street) and they’re planning to add a  five-story, 67,000-square-foot building at P.S. 46 Edgar Allen Poe branch in Fordham, Bronx (2760 Briggs Avenue). These changes will bring forth more space for cafeterias, classrooms, auditoriums, offices, and an outdoor playground.

 

The Manhattan Luxury Real Estate Market Outperforms Other Markets Even as it Fluctuates

17178926219_ccbab87595_oAccording to reports, the NYC real estate market, particularly the luxury condo developments in Manhattan, are stalling. In fact, properties are apparently sitting on the market longer, while banks reevaluate their approach to construction lending and industry experts question the health of the high-end market, as well as its impact on the greater real estate market of New York City. However, no matter how many challenges there are, the Manhattan real estate market outperforms other markets.

Ari Harkov, a writer for NY Daily News, recently sat down with David Amirian, CEO of the Amirian Group and a prolific young developer, to inquire about the state of New York City real estate. Amirian communicated that there are more people looking to sell development sites today than any other point in recent history. Nonetheless, developers and sponsors are experiencing difficulty when it comes to raising debt and equity financing. This ultimately impacts the market.

I believe there will be a slow growth in new ground-up development and conversions because of the financing market and the velocity in which new development apartments are being sold,” said Amirian. “Lending for new, luxury condominium projects has either slowed tremendously or stopped completely in some areas of the city. It does not exist. Period. End of story.”

Development costs have increased by nearly 20 percent annually, which has put a strain on the market. This has impacted contracts and operations, which means that lenders and investors are more able to dismiss a developer if budgets and deadlines aren’t met. Brisk real estate growth has begun to taper off and is the lowest that it’s been in three years, according to a StreetEasy Market Report. With that said, New York’s investment prospects, particularly long-term investments, continue to outshine other markets.

“The Manhattan market is highly influenced by what happens in global markets,” said Alan Lightfeldt, a data scientist at StreetEasy. “Manhattan is seen as a safe real estate investment, so when there is heightened volatility in other markets, we typically see demand for New York luxury properties increase. Recent turmoil in China’s stock market, for example, caused an increase in Chinese demand for US-properties.”

Manhattan has seen 3.8 percent growth over the past 12 months, which is the lowest on record since September 2012. Because of a slowing market, offers tended to be closer to asking prices, and price cuts were smaller and far less common than in the past. In Q1 2015, 31.2 percent of Manhattan listings had a price cut, compared to just 27.6 percent of Manhattan in 2016.

We’re reminded by data that the overall Manhattan market may be faltering, but subsets of the market continue to boom. Upper Manhattan surged 9.7 percent, with much of that success occurring on the Upper West Side (5.7 percent). East Brooklyn, South Brooklyn and Prospect Park in Brooklyn also experience success. While Downtown Manhattan, the Upper East Side, and Midtown had rates below the average. Also, real estate throughout the nation has been experiencing fluctuations, it isn’t just Manhattan. Regardless, wealth projections show that a long-term interest in real estate is a safe one.

 

4 Up-&-Coming, Hot NYC Neighborhoods

New York City is a paradise for those in search of trendy, hot neighborhoods. It’s up to the real estate industry to predict which neighborhood will be hot before it has even begun to warm.

The next “it” neighborhood can be determined by gauging local access to public transportation and attractive architecture, and clues that developers have identified a particular neighborhood as the next hot neighborhood is when rezoning, new supermarkets, restaurants and cold-brew coffee shops begin to sprout up, which invites new arrivals who are in search of low-cost housing, often to the dismay of longtime residents. There are four neighborhoods that have been identified as the next ‘hot’ neighborhood, based on indicators, such as commercial developments.

Sunset Park West, Brooklyn: Considered to be one of Brooklyn’s “most heterogeneous neighborhoods,” Sunset Park is a rising star, attracting countless individuals to its brownstone blocks and pre-war co-ops. From Bush Terminal Park to the soon-to-be-updated Industry City (a 16-building waterfront industrial complex) to the Design Within Reach warehouse, there is definite growth in Sunset Park. Additionally, Brooklyn Flea & Smorgasburg is located here, the startup MakerBot, the new Brooklyn Nets center, and warehouses, which beckon the partygoer crowd.

The Rockaways, Queens: The Rockaways have long been a go-to for surfers and beachgoers. However, the area is becoming more attractive to families and professionals year-round. Co-ops and starter apartments are available are available at a fraction of the cost of other NYC apartments. Also, there are developments on the horizon. This includes the development of a series of 18 duplexes across nine detached houses. As well as other vast oceanfront constructions, restaurants and more.

Flatbush, Brooklyn: Flatbush, with its stunning Victorians and retail corridors, s attractive to those who enjoy Caribbean restaurants and historic churches. The restored 1929 Kings Theater stands in the heart of the area and the neighborhood offers stand-alone homes and attached house, convenient public transportation and it’s extremely diverse.

East Harlem: East Harlem is a culturally-rich district, which runs from 96th street to the mid-140s. It remains one of the only neighborhoods in Manhattan, proper, that can offer valuable housing. The neighborhood is a lovely one, also known as Spanish Harlem or El Barrio, and it has beautiful cultural centers, many local small businesses, and robust commercial developments in progress.

5 Exciting Real Estate Projects in NYC

NYC is an incredible bustling city, and it always has some amazing projects in the works. With that said, some are far more exciting than others. Below, you’ll read about five exciting real estate projects taking place in NYC.

Hudson Yards is NYC’s largest project since Rockefeller Center and it’s the biggest private real estate development in the nation. It’s an incredible 17 million square feet with multiple office towers and 5,000 apartments, and it will house NYC’s first Neiman Marcus.

New York Wheel: NYC has endeavored to create the world’s largest Ferris wheel in Staten Island. The must-see tourist attraction will likely cost $35 a ride, and construction is slated to cost more than $500 million.

Central Park Tower: The residential project previously known as Nordstrom Tower is a 1,500-foot-high luxury condo, and it’s projected to sell out at $4.4 billion.

Essex Crossing: Formerly known as Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, the lower east side-located tenement housing development will hold 1,000 apartments and 850,000 feet of commercial space. The project will also introduce a park, a movie theater, and a bowling alley to the community. They’re also expanding the Essex Street Market.

Brooklyn Navy Yard: The industrial park is located near Clinton Hill, South Williamsburg, and Downtown Brooklyn, and it will be home to a number of tech-driven manufacturing projects. Traditional and new manufacturing companies will be housed in the massive complex.