LI home prices jump; Nassau reaches record level – New York News

It’s boom time again for the housing market in Nassau County, where prices have reached a new peak.

The median price for a closed home sale jumped to $505,000 last month in Nassau, 5.7 percent higher than a year earlier, the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island reported Thursday. The county’s previous record high of $502,500 came in 2007, at the height of the housing boom.

In Suffolk County, home prices still lagged their pre-recession highs. The median price for a closed home sale in Suffolk was $365,000 in June, a 7.4 percent annual gain but still below the 2007 high point of $420,000, listing service figures show.

Soaring prices in New York City are pushing more buyers to Long Island, where they get into bidding wars for a scant supply of homes, said Gary Baumann, an associate broker with Douglas Elliman in Dix Hills and Port Washington.

“The demand from the city and the boroughs is just working its way out,” Baumann said.

Scarcity is giving sellers the upper hand, brokers said. The number of listings dropped last month by 15.6 percent year-over-year, to 12,879.

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