Manhattan Total Sales Volume & Absorption Rate

Posted by urbandigs

Fri Jul 1st, 2011 11:27 AM

A: Some more charts for you on the Manhattan housing market.

MANHATTAN TOTAL SALES VOLUME (in millions of dollars)


I love this chart. Since dollar volume of sales is tied to actual sales, this chart is also set to a 90-day lag. Once we are confident that a month has most of its recorded sales filed with the city, we will publish the production on Any chart tied to Manhattan sales (dollar volume, absorption rate, listing discount, etc.) should be at a lag or risk painting an incomplete picture until enough time has passed for all sales to be filed and measured.

The chart shows dollar volume trends, by month, and really shows you the destruction of our market post-Lehman and the reflation we saw to present day. As the March 2011 bar gets published, the trend is down 12% from the same period in 2010 but up 10% from the month of February.


Absorption rate is the pace at which current supply can be absorbed given the most recent measure of sales volume. What some need to understand is that 'supply' can be measured in a few ways:

1) 'Units' of Supply --> includes any unit of inventory that was on the market and has not yet sold (including pending sales)

2) 'Active' supply --> includes units of inventory currently ACTIVE on the marketplace (not including pending sales)

We chose to utilize method #1 and followed this formula; which includes pending units in the supply figure because they were not absorbed (sold) yet.

Most brokers define a level of Absorption Rate that when broken, signifies either a "buyers" or "sellers" market - lets call it 6 months. So anything over 6 months indicates a "buyers market" and anything below indicates a "sellers market". Typically those measures utilize method #2 - so expect our dividing line to be higher (maybe 10 or 11) as 'supply' includes pending sales that are awaiting closing.


Our development team has plans to extend Absorption Rate, and build Days on Market stats, for neighborhoods and submarkets as well in the near future. Right now, this subscriber feature only measures the entire Manhattan marketplace.