Over the first few months of 2020, real estate agents began seeing a strange new trend in their inboxes: emails advertising listings not available on a certain popular listing site. “NOT ON STREETEASY!” screamed the subject line of a Compass team’s e-blast about a Financial District studio going for $650,000. “Surprise your clients as this will NOT be found on StreetEasy!” an agent from Sotheby’s International Realty wrote about a $1.5 million sales listing on
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Brooklyn and Queens logged a strong first quarter, but the writing is on the wall in terms of how the pandemic will affect sales in the boroughs. Though deal activity and prices rose in both boroughs, listing inventory fell for the first time in years, according to Douglas Elliman’s first quarter report. The number of homes listed in Brooklyn fell 18 percent year over year, to 2,617 from 3,203 in 2019. Similarly, Queens saw listings
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