Living in Cobble Hill or Carroll Gardens affords the working commuter a short-trip to Manhattan, as well as terrific local choices of dining and shopping on Court and Smith Streets. All this makes these neighborhoods less resistant to the current New York metro area conditions.
Projections of population growth combined with the desire to live/work make these specific communities, known as pocket areas, less impacted by the current conditions of the market. If a condo is priced right it will sell and in some cases receive multiple bids. The demand to live here continues to be very high, and to wait for further price drops is not in a buyerâ€™s best interest.
I am a long-time Cobble Hill resident, an Associate Broker with Coldwell Banker, and a member of both the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
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And I do agree with Judy, both of those areas are very hot right now, and will continue to get receive more attention as time goes by and Brooklyn becomes THE BOROUGH to live in.
I'm not sure if you had the chance to check out Fort Greene, another great area which is in a close proximity to almost everything, with some great new developments that are up.
Many people ask us how much further this market will drop, and thats impossible to answer. The better areas are just fine, and are not dropping in price as much as some buyers hoped for. Many experts say that we already hit our lowest and some believe that the market will continue to fall another few % before it stops.
My Advice to you Stu, if you see a property which you love and you also feel that is is priced well, make an offer, if you wait chances are it will be taken by someone else who was more motivated and ready to act. If you just started shopping and aren't set on what you want, shop around and compare it's the best way to know if something is a deal or a rip off.
If you have any other questions, I'd love to chat and answer as much as I can.