Weekly Roundup: Rates at low, buyers indifferent

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 early next week.

She’s playing doubles for real in Tiffany’s onetime building

Publisher finds UWS apartment that fits all his needs

Broadcaster shuns West End Avenue and brother’s mansion upstate

Wank– uh, WEIner pulls– uh, yanks—  uh, jerks. . . Oh hell: he takes co-op off the market

Home on Connecticut pond is for sale, and weight-loss guru slims down her asking price

Inman News cites 10 best markets for real estate investors

Close look reveals that prices are stabilizing, says Barclays analyst

But Trulia economist expects sellers to offer a ‘clearance sale’ this summer

Fed’s Beige Book reports that residential construction and real estate continued to show widespread weakness, except in the rental segment

Zillow sees ‘some improvement’ in price-depreciation trends

Rates move to new lows for the year

Approach seller financing warily

Should the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage be discarded?

Home equity loans sink 38 percent of borrowers

Purchase-loan activity continues to move sideways at 1997 levels

Buyers are pickier than ever

Moving companies often are subject of BBB’s nastiest complaints

With dad’s help, young Walt aims for sports figures in need of a New York home

If you can’t love your neighbor, at least be nice–for your own good

Age restrictions in communities for ‘active adults’ go gengtly into Connecticut night

Green living doesn’t look much different from traditional interior design

Here’s how to fix squeaky floors

Should you do it yourself or call a pro?

Moths and mice and other critters better scurry

Kids in suburbia have fewer playmates than in years gone by

Astonishingly, home builder trade association finds that Americans believe in the ‘enduring value of homeownership’

Value of household real estate has plunged $6.6 trillion from the peak–and still is falling

Overstated house values on mortgage applications have led to significantly higher losses

Malibu ranch rich in rock ‘n’ roll history can be yours for $3.195 million

Don’t expect smooth and consistent 3-5 percent annual growth rate in housing

Vigor of recovery hinges on return of demand, but lingering consequences of recession and financial crisis thwart improvement

Long Journal piece argues for it being the time to buy

NAHB economist lowers construction forecast

You can search for 20,000 New York City properties listed by various brokers, and 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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