Weekly Roundup: All signs point to strengthening market in NYC and U.S., owners of luxury homes gild lillies, lighthouse in Chesapeake Bay for sale

Number of Manhattan properties under contract soars, inventory plummets during 2012

Q4 Brooklyn prices post biggest year-over-year price gain since 2006, while Queens median climbs 14 percent

Bars, restaurants and grocery stores can hurt quality of life, resales for residents of apartment buildings

Foreclosures mushroom in Queens, grow somewhat in Staten Island and the Bronx, slide in Brooklyn and Manhattan

Astronaut resists aiming for moon in putting Los Angeles condo on the market

Former baseball star lists sprawling Beverly Hills estate for $25 million

Actors who split in 2011 finally selling their UES triplex, for $9.25 million

TV judge lists Midtown pied-à-terre for $9 million — yes, for a pied-à-terre!

Estate of acerbic intellectual sells Chelsea penthouse to seven-time Emmy winner

Filmmaker offers Greenwich Village co-op for sale but plans no move to North Dakota

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Weekly Roundup: Condo ‘madness,’ price rises, creditworthiness, 1031 exchanges, piece of the Pitt, micro apartments, boomerang buyers, more

City’s encouragement of waterfront living is scrutinized

Hundreds of new condos soon to be on market on Upper East Side

‘Condo Madness Returns,’ New York magazine declares in five-story package

Region’s prices rise 3.1 percent from September to September

Brooklyn new development sales grow 31 percent over last quarter

Storm continues to complicate closings, but lenders honoring expired rate locks

The $235 million he drops on second home is no shack

Comedian’s Bel-Air home goes for $6.3 million

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Weekly Roundup: Wily boards, condo prices, housing starts, FICO scores, pocket listings, ghosts, recovery consensus and much more

Those co-op boards are at it again — and again – even against their own

Feng shui consultant busy in Manhattan

Owners of highest-end apartments pay far smaller percentage of units’ sales value in taxes than others do

New condos post 16.7 percent price rise over a year ago

For first time, a New York neighborhood climbs to top of Forbes list of most expensive zip codes

Brooklyn, Queens inventory lowest in four years, but luxury market in those boroughs relatively healthy

Commercial real estate sector poised for 2013 recovery, moving up to second-best city for investment

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Weekly Roundup: Reports reveal strong sales, weak supply in Manhattan despite increasingly tough standards for borrowers everywhere

Inventory plunges to seven-year low in Q3, sales strong, prices little changed

Streeteasy finds decline in price cuts, time on market compared with same quarter in 2011

Penthouse owner sues board president on claim she sabotaged $27.5 million co-op sale as revenge for rejected lowball offer

Managing agents say residential building in better shape than years ago, but watching pennies

Enduring family feud, Charles Rutenberg Realty has progressive business model making it Manhattan’s 6th largest brokerage

Life as a 20-percenter isn’t a bed of roses, resident of mixed-income building confesses

Landmarks subcommittee blesses expansion of Upper West Side historic district, clearing way for Council approval

Who will be able to claim credit for 95-story Park Avenue tower soon to be constructed?

Pundit frustrated by cable-TV news sells TriBeCa loft above $1.32 million asking price

Actor trades outer space for outside space in $2.5 million purchase of Park Slope duplex

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Weekly Roundup: Cautious optimism prevails in NYC, prices up and supply down in the nation

Brokers expect sales to continue outpacing 2011 levels and for prices to rise or remain stable

Long Island’s East End increasingly becomes sought-after place to live year-round

July prices in region post 3.4 percent gain from same month last year

Growing number of city’s apartment buildings fall short of lenders’ standards

When it comes to property taxes, the city giveth relief and taketh it away

Pioneering figure in music industry tries once more to sell penthouse in Financial District for $11 million

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Weekly Roundup: Starter units hot, lenders tough

Happy holidays!

Rising rents boost sales of starter apartments in first quarter

Manhattan neighborhoods vary markedly in price, sales volume

Court ruling could lead to new wave of personal-injury lawsuits for mold injuries

Dozens of developments planned in the Hudson Yards district 

Quality of life complaints — and litigation — soar in co-ops, condos

Most transaction volume is recorded for any March since 2008

Developers again invest in lobbies of residential buildings

In-house libraries prove to be low-cost amenity that please residents of new buildings

With prices nudging relative realism, Hamptons market recovering

How much do you want to see that river?

Rents uncharacteristically hold steady through winter

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Weekly Roundup: Our cost of living 124% higher than average, buyers tending to wait and see

Co-op revokes woman’s purchase for $33,000 of $400,000 apartment, so she sues

Rental market avoids usual autumnal slump

Free map site is cool way to locate all retail businesses

Preferences for apartment size haven’t changed much over three years

Most expensive rental hits market at $165,000. . . a month

Cost of living in Manhattan 124% higher than national average

But our neighborhoods lag others because wealthiest residents pick its pockets

He gets rid of that old condo for an even $5 million

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Weekly Roundup: Market reports out, interest rates never lower, a music man moves and more!

Third quarter reports may imply continuing market stability

Former IRS agent says developers evade substantial taxes annually

Can’t we all just get along: How to be a good neighbor

Faced with white brick, buildings face mighty big expenses now

Six in Queens, including two brokers, accused of participating in $25 million mortgage fraud

Rat’s not the only island in the city, but the others — e.g. Manhattan — are not exactly for sale

Open House New York gives let’s you inside this weekend

Cool interactive map shows 3Q sales data by buildings’ price range

Foreclosure actions continue downward trend

City official, six developers charged with racketeering, bribery

Cow heads could be yours at Landmarks Preservation Commission auction

17 questions to ask before buying an apartment

He adds even more windows to his world

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Weekly Roundup: Prices up, recovery iffy. More!

Here’s your chance to catch up with news included to inform, enlighten and perhaps even entertain you. To read about The Big Apple, check out the other of today’s posts and look for Out and About on Tuesday.  And have a very happy Independence Day!

Estate sale of Patricia Neal’s Yorkville co-op sells for $70,000 below asking price

Retired slugger’s Tribeca triplex finds buyer after three years

Model, actress, director’s ex cuts Manhattan link with sale of penthouse for $3.05 million

Terrace presumably enchants actress who buys $1.75 million penthouse in Greenwich Village

TV talk personality relists Greenwich home less $2.1 million, while TV wrestling star also tries again with huge discount

Right-winger turns left, leaving Manhattan to rent in Texas

Couple fulfills their California dreams with purchase of $6.5 million Los Angeles home

With sale of her Beverly Hills estate, actress just goes without it

Late crusty screen legend’s estate in Old Seabrook is listed again, this time for $28 million

Single-family home prices inch up in April but stay 31.8 percent below peak with an analyst’s take on what it all means

Pending home sales rise in May from prior month and prior year

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The Big Apple: Rents up, condo owners sinking

Luxury markets pulls up Q2 average price, though volume declines

Overall sales volume of condominiums and cooperative apartments in Manhattan has been off about 11 percent so far in the second quarter compared with same period last year, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of the city’s data.

A year ago, the market was bouncing back strongly from the after-effects of the financial crisis.

Prices have remained flat. Data on closings show that median prices in the second quarter were 1.2 percent below prices during the year-earlier period, while average prices rose by 1.5 percent.

The average price for a Manhattan apartment was about $1.39 million in the latest period. The figures are based on closings filed with the city as of 15 days before the end of each quarter.

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