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NEW YORK CITY-Although it may not be the metro area’s proudest distinction, New York City just edges out Las Vegas as the nation’s leading market for distress by dollar volume when Long Island dollar totals are included, according to data released by Real Capital Analytics. The total volume of distress for Manhattan, the outer boroughs and Long Island reached just under $9.7 billion in June, about 9% of the US total of $108 billion. That compares to about $9.4 billion for Vegas, with New York City itself cracking the $9-billion barrier last month, RCA data indicates.

However, RCA ranks the outer boroughs and Long Island in fifth place among US markets in distress measured as a percentage of total property investment volume. Notwithstanding Manhattan’s high dollar volume for distressed assets–slightly less than $8 billion–it’s ranked in 32nd place among metro areas, due to the sheer density of the market.

As might be expected, Vegas vaults to the top of that list, followed by Detroit. For that matter, Manhattan comes in well below Southeastern tertiary markets in the rankings, although the dollar volumes for distress in Manhattan and outlying Southeastern markets are within a few million dollars of one another. However, it ranks higher than Los Angeles–36th place, despite the nation’s second largest city having the largest number of distressed assets–263, compared to Manhattan’s 120.

In terms of property type, Manhattan ranks fourth nationally in dollar volume of office and apartment distress, with volumes of about $4.9 billion and $2.2 billion, respectively. These two sectors also comprise the lion’s share of distressed properties in Manhattan, with 24 office buildings and 82 apartment assets either in default, foreclosure or bankruptcy, RCA says. The Manhattan market is further down the rankings for hotel distress, where it’s in 19th place, and industrial, for which it ranks 27th.

Manhattan is near the bottom of the list nationally in terms of distressed retail properties: a total here with a dollar volume of $60 million. That contrasts sharply with the national picture, where retail leads the way with $31.1 billion of distressed assets, according to RCA data. Year-to-date, US retail distress is up 133%, compared to a 216% rise for hotels and a 118% increase for office.

With $520 million in distressed assets, the combined outer boroughs and Long Island office sector ranks ninth nationally. In contrast to Manhattan, the boroughs and the island rate higher in retail distress, coming in 14th nationally. In fact, with $744 million of assets that fall into this category, retail comprises more than one-third of the total of $1.74 billion of distress in the boroughs and on Long Island, although it ties with apartment properties in the number of distressed properties. Each comprises 24 of the market’s total of 78 distressed properties.

In its national Troubled Assets Radar report for July, RRCA notes, “distress is not only widespread geographically and by property type, but also by borrower type. Excess leverage is endemic to every type of investor, all of which are facing difficulties refinancing mortgages as they come due.”

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