Luxury Real-Estate Market Surges In The Hamptons

Nobody knew what was in store at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March, but when schools and offices shut down and the threat of the virus in New York City was greater than ever, many wealthy families beelined to their Hamptons homes. 

Always a sought-after destination between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend, the Hamptons is relatively quiet in March and April and is nearly vacant in the winter months. With Covid-19 still a looming threat, many city dwellers are taking advantage of the seclusion in the Hamptons and renting in the off-season this winter and even up to a year. 

Since March, the market has been fierce, with many bidding wars and sales over asking prices due to low inventory and high demand.

“Once the stay-at-home order

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Home equity surges as demand soars and mortgage rates hover near lows

After a brief stall in home sales at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, homebuyers came rushing back in — so fast that prices never even took a hit. In fact, the gains in prices accelerated quickly, causing home equity to soar even more.  

Home equity for homeowners with a mortgage rose 6.6% annually in the second quarter, according to CoreLogic. Collectively, that adds up to a gain of $620 billion, or $9,800 per home.

Home values have continued to rise and are now up 5.1% annually, according to Zillow. Price gains accelerated in 48 of the 50 largest metropolitan housing markets across the country.

The reason is twofold: Demand is outpacing supply by a lot, and mortgage rates are sitting near record lows. The latter gives buyers more purchasing power.

The total supply of homes for sale was just over 29% lower annually for the week ending Sept. 12,

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