Westchester’s lack of inventory again held back sales while driving pricing up in the second quarter. Sales fell for the fourth quarter out of the last five, with activity dropping by almost 5% for houses, 13% for coops, and almost 9% for condos. But high levels of demand, coupled with this depleted supply, continued to push the rolling-year average price up: rising about 2% for houses, 4% for coops, and 1% for condos. The supply shortage may be easing, though, with the months of inventory actually rising for both houses and condos for the first time in several years. Going forward, we expect that rising prices will continue to bring sellers into this market, which will probably stabilize sales for the third quarter. But we still think that prices have significant upside potential, simply because of the high levels of demand in the market, relatively low inventory, and good economic conditions.
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