Weekly Roundup: The Big Apple and Beyond

This holiday-weekend combined post is your chance to catch up with news included to inform, enlighten and perhaps even entertain you.  You’ll find Out and About early next week and additional posts every day except President’s Day as usual.

COMMON DISPUTE ABOUT SQUARE FOOTAGE MAKES RARE COURT APPEARANCE

Four years ago, Rishi Bhandari and his fiancée put down a deposit on a condo in Downtown Brooklyn. The price was $795,000, for a two-bedroom two-bathroom apartment, reports the New York Times.

But just before they were to close, Bhandari measured the bedrooms, living room and kitchen area and found that they covered only 634 square feet, even though the floor plans said there were 743.

A lawyer, Bhandari wanted the price of his apartment reduced by the size of the discrepancy–or by what an appraiser calculated to be about $111,000. The developer refused, offering to return his deposit, $79,500, plus interest, and to let him walk away. Thus is the case being heard in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn.

DUPLEX APARTMENTS ARE NOT FOR EVERYONE

Stairs create separation. Stairs take up space. Stairs mean work. There are buyers out there, though, who seek a duplex.

They like the separation of public and private rooms. They don’t mind losing a little space, and a bit of exercise isn’t a bad thing, either.

Developers in recent years have added duplexes to their apartment mix, some creating buildings made up entirely of duplexes. Brokers and developers say that duplexes attract certain buyers, and that if anything, their popularity seems to be on the rise.

SALES START TO SHOW SIGNS OF LIFE

LUXURY-PROPERTY SALES SPURT, BUT IS IT A TREND?

NOW THE AGGRESSIVE OTHER SIDE OF THE DAKOTA DUSTUP DEFENDS ITSELF

SOME BUYERS ARE PAYING ABOVE ASKING PRICE AGAIN BUT BELOW PRE-LEHMAN PEAK

REBNY URGES SUPPORT FOR COUNCIL BILL THAT WOULD MAKE CO-OPS ACT WITHIN 45 DAYS ON PURCHASE APPLICATIONS

STATE NOW WILL PROVIDE LEGAL AID TO FORECLOSED HOMEOWNERS

CITY COUNCIL WANTS LANDLORDS TO ADHERE TO AND POST TENANTS’ BILL OF RIGHTS

TAX ENFORCERS TAKE AIM AT SECOND-HOME OWNERS AS LUCRATIVE TARGET

FORECLOSURE NOTICES DROP 36 PERCENT FROM DECEMBER TO JANUARY WITH ALL BOROUGHS TRENDING FLAT OR DOWN

REAL ESTATE TAXES DRIVE UP CITY REVENUE BEYOND EXPECTATIONS

SHE KNOWS A HOUSE YOU CAN BID ON

FINALLY SELLING CPW CO-OP THAT HAD BEEN EGREGIOUSLY OVERPRICED, RESPECTED ARCHITECT ACCEDES TO WIFE’S WISHES

ONETIME BALLET STAR MAKES SHORT LEAP FROM ‘OFFICE’ TO NEW CONDO

$40 MILLION CONDO STRIKES RIGHT NOTE FOR RUSSIAN COMPOSER AND WIFE

FUNNY, BUT TWO CELEBS DECIDE ON RENTING INSTEAD OF BUYING

THIS FORD TRADES IN OLD MODEL FOR NEW AND MUCH COSTLIER LOFT (near end)

EX-FIANCÉ RAPS JILL OVER–GUESS WHAT?–WHETHER SHE OWES HIM MONEY FOR HAMPTONS HOME

THAT PERIPATETIC SLUGGER FINALLY SETTLES ON THE UWS’S RUSHMORE

WITH PURCHASES IN HAWAII, HE PROVES THAT IT’S NOT JUST FITNESS BUT A CASH COW (2nd item)

FORMER WIFE OF BEATLE BUGS OUT OF MANHATTAN AND SELLS $5 MILLION GREENWICH VILLAGE CONDO

SOME CITIES FORMERLY SPARED HOUSING CRISIS NOW FACE FALLING PRICES

CONSTRUCTION OF NEW HOMES SWELLS IN JANUARY A BIT ABOVE EXPECTATIONS

RADAR LOGIC FINDS 19 PERCENT DECLINE IN HOME PRICES DURING 2010 VS. 45 PERCENT GROWTH IN 2009 (PDF)

RATES EASE THIS WEEK AFTER BURSTING UPWARD ONE WEEK EARLIER

BUYERS SHOULD BRACE THEMSELVES FOR BIGGER DOWNPAYMENTS

BOUNCE IN RATES CAUSES MORTGAGE ACTIVITY TO PLUNGE

DO FANNIE/FREDDIE PROPOSALS SUGGESTS THIS IS A GOOD TIME TO BUY?

THE FED CLAMPS DOWN ON MORTGAGE BROKERS

WITH DELINQUENCY RATES AT LOWEST LEVEL SINCE 2008, MBA ECONOMIST SAYS ‘WE HAVE CLEARLY TURNED THE CORNER’

OUT, OUT DAMN SPOTS FROM BUILDINGS OLD AND NEW

UNFINISHED MANSION ON 22 PRIME HOLLYWOOD HILLS ACRES LOVED BY GANGS IS LISTED FOR $15.2 MILLION

THE HEARTBREAK OF DIRTY BATHROOM GROUT NEED NOT BE YOURS

AND HERE ARE SOME (MUNDANE) TIPS FOR UPDATING THAT BATH (INSTEAD OF CLEANING IT)

YOU’LL PAY A HEAVY PRICE FOR RENOVATING WITHOUT MOVING OUT

BUILDERS’ CONFIDENCE REMAINS IN THE DEPTHS FOR A FOURTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS ISSUES DEFENSE AGAINST CORE LOGIC ATTACK ON HOUSING STATISTICS

SILVER LINING TO HOUSING BUST IS HIGHEST LEVEL OF AFFORDABILITY IN TWO DECADES

AT WHAT POINT–LITERALLY–WILL CONSUMERS RESPOND TO RISING INTEREST RATES?

ECONOMIST SAYS ONLY ONE- OR TWO-POINT RATE INCREASE WOULD DAMPEN SALES

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 I post on Mondays or Tuesdays.

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Malcolm Carter
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Charles Rutenberg Realty
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