Weekly Roundup: Clouds admit glimmers of hope

Depending on news volume, this Friday feature may not–but probably will–return before Jan. 7.  Please do check back between now and then for occasional posts.

Meantime, here’s your chance to catch up with real estate developments included to inform, enlighten and perhaps even entertain you. To read about The Big Apple, check out another of today’s three posts.

MAISONETTE OWNED BY LATE UPPER-CRUST FAMILY FINALLY FINDS BUYERS SLICED FROM THE SAME LOAF

AN ACTING COUPLE SLIPS AWAY IN THE CITY AFTER THEIR OFFER IS ACCEPTED

WRITER OF MONEY SPENDS A BUNCH OF IT TO BUY A BROWNSTONE IN BROOKLYN

PRIZE-WINNING IRISH NOVELIST WHO IS LOVED BY OPRAH MOVES UP IN THE WORLD

RATHER FAMOUS BARD’S HOME ON THE RANGE IS ON THE MARKET

DECADE ENDS WITH AVERAGE 58 PERCENT GAIN IN HOME PRICES

CONTINUING TO RISE, HOUSING STARTS REMAIN AT A BENEFICIALLY LOW LEVEL

HOME PRICES WEAKEN AGAIN IN OCTOBER

RATES CONTINUE THEIR STEADY CLIMB THIS WEEK, NEARING LEVEL OF A YEAR AGO, WITH LENDERS QUOTING ABOVE 5 PERCENT AS OF YESTERDAY

TWO ERRONEOUS $11 MEDICAL BILLS STOPPED JEANNE WHITE FROM REFINANCING HER HOME

FORECLOSURES EXPLAIN DECLINE IN NUMBER OF UNDERWATER HOMEOWNERS IN Q3

BUT FORECLOSURE ACTIVITY FALLS TO LOWEST LEVEL IN TWO YEARS

LOAN APPLICATIONS FOR PURCHASE FALL 16.6 PERCENT BELOW ONE YEAR EARLIER

SHORT HOME APPRAISALS SABOTAGE SALES

FEDS REPORT THAT SUSPICIONS OF MORTGAGE FRAUD ROSE 7 PERCENT FROM FIRST HALF OF 2009 TO SAME PERIOD THIS YEAR, WHILE DATA FIRM DETECTS MUCH HIGHER PERCENTAGE

AND LEGAL ACTIONS TIED TO MORTGAGE LENDING JUMP BY MORE THAN 40 PERCENT IN THIRD QUARTER

IF YOU THINK YOUR OWN HOME IS SMALL, ONE IN JAPAN SHOULD MAKE YOU FEEL LIKE ROYALTY

MONEY MAGAZINE CONTENDS THAT BUYING A HOME NOW IS A NO-BRAINER. . .

. . . UNLESS YOU WANT TO BUY IN THE SUBURBS, WHICH MAY NOT BE A SURE BET ANYMORE

GOOGLE’S MAPS LET YOU FIND FORECLOSURE LISTINGS FOR NOTHING

GRADUATE SCHOOLS SEE AN UPTICK OF JOB SEEKERS OPTING TO EARN A MASTER’S DEGREE IN REAL ESTATE

I’M A SHRINKING VIOLET, CELEBRITY ARCHITECT PROTESTS

WHETHER FOR HOME APPLIANCES, CARS OR IMPROVEMENTS, GOING GREEN HAS HIDDEN COSTS

HERE’S HOW TO PAINT RED NOT ONLY THE TOWN, BUT DON’T HAVE SECOND THOUGHTS

IF YOU’D EAT OFF YOUR FLOORS, WOULD YOU DARE TRY YOUR COUNTER WITHOUT DETOXING IT?

GROWTH IN NUMBER OF 24-34-YEAR-OLD INDIVIDUALS LIVING WITH PARENTS SUGGESTS PENT-UP DEMAND

CONSUMERS COMPARISON SHOP FOR EVERYTHING BUT A MORTGAGE

SAMPLING OF CENSUS DATA SHOWS THAT NINE JURISDICTIONS HAVE MORE THAN ONE-THIRD FOREIGN-BORN RESIDENTS

BUILDERS KEEP REPORTING HOW LITTLE CONFIDENCE THEY HAVE

THE AMERICAN DREAM TURNS OUT TO HAVE ENDURING APPEAL

REAL ESTATE VALUES HAVE BEEN DOWN SO LONG THEY MAY BE LOOKING UP, SAYS A BUSINESS WEEK COLUMNIST, ESPECIALLY IF INFLATION RETURNS

SOME SAY HIGH VOLUME OF FORECLOSURES IN THE PIPELINE MEANS A ROUGH YEAR AHEAD

ECONOMISTS FEAR IMPACT OF LENDERS’ CONTINUING TO TIGHTEN STANDARDS

WILL RISING MORTGAGE RATES PUSH FENCE-SITTERS INTO THE HOUSING MARKET?

FORECLOSURES SCANDAL MAY BE AFFECTING HOME SALES LESS THAN FEARED

EXPERTS SUGGEST THAT THE IMPACT OF ERASING TAX BENEFITS OF HOME OWNERSHIP HAS BEEN OVERSTATED

In the sidebar on the right, you can search for properties listed by various brokers, though I encourage you to be in touch with me for assistance and advice. You also may want to see my periodic critiques of properties that I visit in “Out and About,” which is posted today.

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Malcolm Carter
Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
Senior Vice President
Charles Rutenberg Realty
127 E. 56th Street
New York, NY 10022

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