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Hamptons a bargain for foreigners

Ashley Milne-Tyte May 2, 2008
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Hamptons a bargain for foreigners

Ashley Milne-Tyte May 2, 2008
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Renita Jablonski: The housing meltdown apparently knows no boundaries. Even the Hamptons area of New York’s Long Island is feeling the pinch. Homes sales there reportedly dropped around 40 percent during the first quarter of this year. Though, summer rentals are strong — and an increasing number of those renters come from abroad. Ashley Milne-Tyte has more.


Ashley Milne-Tyte: A summer spent near the Hamptons’ endless white beaches doesn’t come cheap. Franz Muster runs the Hamptons office of real estate firm Engel and Volckers.

Franz Muster: I would say if you want to rent something decent in a good location it starts from $80,000 to $150,000 to sometimes $200,000 a month.

But this year, the exchange rate has made renting cheaper for many foreigners. Judy Desiderio of Town & Country Real Estate suspected the Wall Street crowd might be economizing this year. So she advertised abroad and quadrupled her foreign business. She says her international clients’ expectations are just as high as Manhattanites’.

Judy Desiderio: They wanted 5,000 square feet, four or five bedrooms with a pool and a garage. Some actually came over with the demand that they needed staff in place at the house.

And who wanted a cook and a housekeeper? Who else but the Brits.

In New York, I’m Ashley Milne-Tyte for Marketplace.

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