Weekly Roundup: Inventory shrinks, rates steady, renters outspend owners, landlords thrilled

Upper West Side zip code is second only to Las Vegas in federal tax liens–again

Scientifically suspect survey by biased group finds 74 percent of brokers expecting Q4 to be better than Q3

Schools snap up at land at a heady pace

Luxury rental building at Broadway and 77th Street to contain 181 units

Construction industry loses jobs in September as the real estate sector gains

You can make an appraiser’s life–and yours–easier by preparing for inspection

Auction set for condo in which Credit Suisse broker endured house arrest overlooking Madison Square Park

Did you miss purchasing one of the 10 Manhattan’s properties with lowest price per square foot?

Pricier Hamptons homes enjoy rebound in sales, in part thanks to foreign buyers

Biggest income inequality occurs in Morningside Heights-Hamilton Heights, lowest is in Bellerose-Rosedale in Queens

Scant respite seen for renters in latest report

Purchasing a new condo can have its drawbacks

It took a while, but apartment of late JFK adviser changes hands

SLN record holder finds buyer of co-op after ending long search for new digs

Edgy fashion photographer takes step back in Chelsea apartment he just purchased

Case-Shiller continues to record annual sales, price declines of single-family homes in wide regions

Pending homes sales drop seasonally in September, but number bests a year earlier by 12.3 percent

Although new-home sales tie last year’s record low, supply nears half of 2009 record high

Federal agency reports prices off in August for the first time since March in houses guaranteed by Fannie and Freddie

Switch to renting produces outsize returns for real-estate companies

So development of apartment buildings ramps up as demand swells

Atlantic magazine fingers the real estate that doomed the economy

Housing bust claims huge mortgage insurer as latest institutional victim

Rates remain little changed

Loan applications to buy or refi move up again

Pets often are victims of foreclosure, too, tragically the opposite of homeless

It is far better to live next to occupied home in foreclosure than in a vacant one

Leasing with option to buy requires nuanced approach

Cash trends more kingly as wedding gifts for couples who hope to buy or remodel

Lack of luxury property in key markets is driving up prices

Searching for a home, wise buyers figure out their own inclinations first

Now it’s SmartMoney picking less-known retirement destinations with ‘lower prices and peppy economies’

Outdoor furniture comes home

Murphy beds stage another comeback even beyond the Big Apple

Homeowners renovate less from second to third quarters following earlier four-year high of activity index

You can boost your Wi-Fi signal to a one mile with a $180 repeater

Consider repainting your kitchen cabinets, rather than replacing them, without sandpaper

New microwaves provide sophisticated sensors, safer options and built-in drawers

Replacing countertops for resale may prove wasteful in otherwise needy kitchen

New study finds that renters outspend owners for housing by 5 percent

Many baby boomers in survey say the economy will force them to stay put when retired

Commercial real estate industry faces long grind to recovery, says Urban Land Institute

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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Charles Rutenberg Realty
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