Weekly Roundup: Renters, new market stats, dropping loan rates, foreclosure purchase risks, credit misconceptions, kitchen trends, and more

Renters don’t stay put for long in the financial district

New York magazine explores world of platonic urban cohabitation i.e. roommates

Housing signals mixed in metro region

Four things to bear in mind when buying an apartment for your kids

19 percent more building permits issued in 2012 than in prior year

Committee ranks Upper East Side tops for kids, Bay Ridge beats all other Brooklyn neighborhoods

Request for proposals to redevelop Lower East Side sites signals end of bitter renewal squabbling

Foreclosures in region higher in December than a year earlier

Estate in the Hollywood Hills finds friendly buyer but at greatly reduced price

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There’s no need to fret waiting for new post

When you’ve already read my latest post and the hours seems to drag, you don’t have to wait for a real estate fix from me.

Thank goodness!

Not only can you stay current with other of my sources, but you’ll find a variety of information elsewhere that may never appear here.

For example, you may want to consider following me on Twitter or checking out my Facebook page, each of which provides a wide spectrum of real estate news focused on New York City.

And if you’re especially interested in news affecting just the Upper West Side, have a look at Facebook; there’s my continuously updated site about the UWS too.

Like many of my readers, you may be thinking about selling or buying property.  If you’re a buyer, you can search the listings of virtually all brokers here.  If you’re seller, you’ll be able to check the competition there as well.

I hope you’ll be keeping in touch.

Tomorrow: Trust for a price (holidays hiatus starts Monday)

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I may have vowed that I would never, ever tweet

Don’t get me wrong: I still hate the idea.  But. . .

It occurred to me a few weeks ago that many of us local real estate bloggers read each other’s posts all the time and link to each other regularly even though many of us have never met or even spoken to each other.

So, I asked several bloggers who mostly concentrate on Manhattan and a couple of writers from the traditional news media whether they’d like to get together at long last.  Sure enough, they would.

A lunch dish from Kouzan on the Upper West Side.

The other night almost nine of us met for drinks (and, it turned out, dinner) at the commendable Kouzan restaurant near my apartment on the Upper West Side.  (Hey, I got to choose.)

Attending were folks from Curbed, Urban Diggs, Westside Independent, New York magazine, Habitat, the Wall Street Journal and Brick Underground.  Three others – the Real Deal TrueGotham and Matrix – couldn’t make it. Continue reading