2017 Jan 8th

AirBnB in Hoboken? Welcome, or Not?

There are debates about the pros and cons of AirBnB that take up pages and pages of the internet.  My opinion is that it is a bad thing for communities because the municipality misses out on rightfully deserved tax revenues (such as hotel and licensed B&B’s must pay), bad for building and inhabitants (a constant stream of unknown people coming and going does not make for safe surroundings) and bad for the neighbors (who wants to live next to an apartment full of frat boys throwing a bachelor party every weekend?).  I saw this billboard at the Exchange Place PATH platform yesterday:



To my mind, this takes AirBnB to a whole new level.  Oh – they actually advertise these spaces right on AirBnB.  The Hoboken location is at 1414 Grand Street in a new construction building called the Novia.  What’s really interesting, is that along with these short-term AirBnB style rental, there are long term rentals in the building, as well.  What comes to my mind is the following:

Is this not actually a hotel?

Does the entity profiting from this business pay taxes to Hoboken, Hudson County, the State of NJ or the Feds as a business?

Does homeowner’s insurance cover commercial endeavors like this?  What would happen, for example, if a daily guest were to start a fire?  Would the loss be covered?

What do the annual tenants living in the building think of the idea of temporary daily visitors having access to their building?

Do the annual rents reflect a discount to take into account the added risks and potential annoyances?

Does this conflict with local zoning rules?  Is this type of commercial use in a residential zone permitted?

What happens when entire blocks or neighborhoods are no longer comprised of long term occupants with a vested interest in the safety and stability of the neighborhood but become nothing more than a row of short term properties run by out-of-town investors?  It’s happening right now in parts of New Orleans.

Finally, does the City of Hoboken care about any of this?  Especially the potentially missing revenue stream?

I know many people say they enjoy staying at an AirBnB because it feels more like you are a part of the neighborhood.  Plus, you often get use of a kitchen and a whole apartment.  I have friends who have turned their properties into AirBnBs because they make a hefty buck doing so.  In Hoboken, it is a great way to get around the rent control laws!  A condo that could only legally fetch $1,200 a month, can easily get $120 a day – or three times the legal rent!

Proponents say one should be able to do with one’s property what they like.  But that is a specious argument as zoning and other laws have existed forever and limit what an owner can and cannot do with your own home.  Taking residential properties off the market for residents and using them as hotel units reduces the supply of long term housing, thereby causing long term rents to rise.  Most condo association master deeds and bylaws address short term rentals and prohibit them but many condo associations look the other way allowing owners to reap short term profits at the expense of the neighbors.  Almost all rental buildings prohibit any subletting, let alone short term subletting.

Many other cities have begun to address the issue and regulate short term rentals (San Fransisco, New Orleans).  This example, however, is the most blatant blurring of the line between a private home and a hotel.  My prediction is that this is going to become a real issue in Hoboken and Jersey City in the not-too-distant future.


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2017 Jan 7th

The Hoboken & Downtown JC Open House Guide for Saturday, January 7th & Sunday, January 8th, 2017

The Turoff Team Open House Google Map is experiencing technical difficulties this weekend (Russian hackers?)

In the meantime, here is a list of this week’s open houses.  We will update the list all weekend and hope to have the Google Map back in time for next weekend:


Hoboken Open Houses

1100 Maxwell Ln., 237: 2BR: $1.325M:    Sat & Sun 1 – 3   Link to property details
209 2nd St., 1R: 1BR: $319K: Sat & Sun 1 – 3 Link to details
417 Adams St., 1L: 2BR $675K: Sun 1 – 3  Link to property details
421 Adams St., 2R: 1BR: $365K: Sun 1 – 3 Link to property details
805 Park Ave., 1R: 2BR: $479K: SAt 1 – 3 Link to property details
822 Garden St., 2: 1BR: $575K: Sun 1 – 3 Link to property details
830 Monroe St., 6B: $649K: Sat & Sun 12 – 2: Link to property details
93 Adams St., 3: 3BR: $949K: Sat & Sun 1 – 4: Link to property details
99 Park Ave., 4C: 2BR: $959K: Sun 1 – 3: Link to property details


Downtown Jersey City Open Houses

1 Greene St., 608: 1BR: $799K:    Sun 1 – 4   Link to property details
158 Wayne St., 110A: 2BR: $680K: Sun 1 – 4 Link to property details
20 2nd St., 204: 1BR: $662K: Sun 1 – 3 Link to property details
201 Luis Marin Blvd., 904: 1BR: $599K: Sat & Sun 12 – 3 Link to property details
231 1st St., 2A: 2BR: $989K: Sat & Sun 12 – 4 Link to property details
231 1st St., 3E: 2BR: $1.009M: Sat & Sun 12 – 4 Link to property details
258 Barrow St., 1F: 2BR: $725K: Sat & Sun 1 – 4 Link to property details
296 Grand St., 1: 2BR: $920K: Sat 12:30 – 3 Link to property details
341 9th St., 1L,  1BR: $350K: Sat  1 – 3 Link to property details
349 3rd St., 3A: 1BR: $529K: Sat & Sun 1 – 4 Link to property details
349 7th St., 3L: 2BR: $460K: Sun 1 – 4 Link to property details
355 7th St., 3L: 1BR: $420K: Sun 1 – 4 Link to property details
389 Washington St., 31E: 2BR: $1.249M: Sun 10 – 1 Link to property details
473 Jersey Ave., 202: 1BR: $325K: Sat 1 – 4 Link to property details
83 Grand St., 4: 1BR: $559K: Sat 1 – 4 Link to property details





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2017 Jan 5th

The December Hoboken Condo Sales Results

Interestingly, this month shows little change from the sales figures of last December. Maybe it’s just the holidays. The real story, however, can be seen in the 3 month moving average chart. That is an upward trend if I’ve ever seen one! Right now, prices are about a third higher than they were back in the peaks of the ’05 and ’06 “bubble”. This, folks, is no bubble. The prices are being driven by a severe lack of supply and ever-increasing demand. Having lived in Hoboken for almost 20 years now, it is no secret that we’re a favorite with people who work in Manhattan. Especially with free day-care for pre-schoolers (thanks to being an “Abbott District“).  Ah, Hoboken’s little secret!  Problem is, once those little ones hit middle school, many parents want to move to areas with better high schools and bigger homes.  So we see constant turn over in Hoboken.  Even rising interest rates have not put a dent in the rising prices as 4% on a 30 year fixed mortgage is still historically very low.  Some year-end analysis will be forthcoming over the next week.  Stay tuned!

We are here ready to help you get the most out of this market – just reach out to us at 201 993 9500 or email me at lorituroff “at” gmail.com (writing it that way keeps spam down but you know what I mean).

Here are the December Hoboken condo numbers:

The Three Month Rolling Average:
3 mo

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