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Is the housing bust about to take Manhattan?

Helen Chernikoff reuters
The sun illuminates 42nd Street at sunset during the biannual occurrence named "Manhattanhenge" in New York May 31, 2009.

The sun illuminates 42nd Street at sunset during the biannual occurrence named "Manhattanhenge" in New York May 31, 2009.


NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City real estate prices are looking increasingly shaky as instability in two of the city's sexier submarkets -- second homes in the Hamptons, and new condos in Manhattan -- register the latest signs of a housing downturn.



Property prices in the Hamptons, a fabled playground of the rich on nearby Long Island, rose steadily for almost two decades, but the prices on almost 1-in-3 of current listings have been cut an average 11 percent from the initial asking, said Sofia Kim of real estate website StreetEasy.com.

Back in town, the number of sales in new developments dropped a whopping 71 percent in April from a year earlier as condo developers enmeshed in complicated financing arrangements have been slow to slash prices even as the market corrected all around them, Kim said.


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