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Price per Floor in Manhattan Condos and Coops

A buyer and seller recently asked what is the price differential for each floor of the same line in a Manhattan apartment?

In Manhattan there are many variables in determining the price differential for each floor. A beautifully renovated apartment on a lower floor can easily sell for a higher price than an "original condition" apartment on a higher floor. The parlor floor in a townhouse may be worth more than the 4th floor if it's a walk-up.

Views tend to be better on higher floors but that is not always the case. Unless the building owns the air rights over neighboring buildings views change in Manhattan. Higher floors usually have a premium as do views. Both premiums can often be separate. When pricing or determining value in Manhattan it is crucial to compare apples to apples.

All coops and condos in Manhattan have an offering plan. In the original offering plan whether new construction or conversion, the developer/sponsor put a price differential for each floor and unit in the building. The sponsor determined premiums for each unit. Since all offering plans are from different years and during different market conditions, I like to think in terms of percentages rather than an exact number.

For example, if you're considering purchasing or selling in a building that was built or converted in the 80's, you can figure out the approximate percent of the premium. If the same apartment, line, and square footage was selling in the $200,000 range originally and today the same apartments are selling in the $800,000 range, the apartment today is worth 4x more. If they're in the million dollar range 5x.

The premium for floor differential is 4x more whatever it was in the offering plan. If it was $2000 per floor in the offering plan, than it would be around $8000 per floor today providing the comparable apartments are otherwise the same. Million dollar range $10,000 range per floor.

In today's transparent information age there are many online tools designed for automated instant home values. Take them all with a grain of salt.  In Manhattan pricing is as much an art form as a science. Pricing is a function of marketing, the price you get is a function of the marketing you choose.


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