March 2020

New York Housing Market Vitality



New York metro area house prices are forecasted to outperform the national market. Current local conditions support an estimated 9.2% increase in the next twelve months. New York’s housing market vitality, based on the fourteen metro housing markets which comprise it, is stronger than that of the overall U.S. and currently ranks the state as tenth in the nation. Recent changes in local conditions suggest the possibility of improvement in short-term performance.

Housing Market Vitality

Housing Market Vitality summarizes the impact of economic conditions on future house prices. A value of 100 corresponds to conditions supporting current prices; values less than 100 correspond to a dampening effect; and values greater than 100 indicate a positive effect on house prices.  A housing market vitality value can be interpreted as a forecasted growth rate. Hence, a reading of 105.8 can be interpreted as a forecasted 5.8% annualized increase in house prices.

New York Metro Housing Markets

New York is comprised of fourteen metro housing markets that account for nearly 93% of the state’s population. The markets are unique in their demographics and local economies and exhibit trends that are distinct from the national or state narrative. Each metro market presents its own unique opportunity.

Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY Outperform 224
Binghamton, NY Outperform 203
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY Track 266
Dutchess County-Putnam County, NY Underperform 344
Elmira, NY Track 301
Glens Falls, NY Outperform 218
Ithaca, NY Outperform 6
Kingston, NY Underperform 366
Nassau County-Suffolk County, NY Track 310
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Outperform 145
Rochester, NY Outperform 204
Syracuse, NY Outperform 127
Utica-Rome, NY Outperform 118
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY Underperform 401

Industry Specialization

New York’s state economy is specialized in Information, Fncl activities, and Edu Health svcs. Mining, Construction, and Manufacturing industry sectors are less important to the state economy compared to the national economy.

Industry specialization helps explain the differing impact of industry trends on local economies in contrast to industry composition which describes the structure of the economy. A Specialization Index value greater than 100 corresponds to the sector having a greater share of the state economy than it does of the national economy. Sectors with a Specialization Index greater than 120 characterize the local economy.


Compared to the U.S., there is a lower incidence of poverty amongst Empire State residents and they have greater purchasing power. There are fewer high school graduates and a larger proportion of the population is college educated. New York’s population is comparatively more diverse than the overall U.S. population.

A Demographics Index value greater than 100 corresponds to the factor being more intense in the state versus the national average. Characteristics of the local population is a longer-term factor that influences the housing market.