Weekly Roundup: Our cost of living 124% higher than average, buyers tending to wait and see

Co-op revokes woman’s purchase for $33,000 of $400,000 apartment, so she sues

Rental market avoids usual autumnal slump

Free map site is cool way to locate all retail businesses

Preferences for apartment size haven’t changed much over three years

Most expensive rental hits market at $165,000. . . a month

Cost of living in Manhattan 124% higher than national average

But our neighborhoods lag others because wealthiest residents pick its pockets

He gets rid of that old condo for an even $5 million

The former Adam Spiegel and sister buy mom a cool downtown pad

High-profile British architect purchases Martha’s Vineyard place where Obama vacations

Comedian can’t be so much as smiling over the price for which his Chelsea co-op finally sold

Lead in revival of Evita rents posh condo on Upper East Side

Getting his $9.5 ask for El Dorado co-op, actor proves to be a smart aleck

Index records 1.2% drop in September, erasing gains in the spring and pointing to more declines

Supply may fall below level of six years ago

CoreLogic finds declining October prices over prior month and year

Yet builder group lists net gain of 20 improving housing markets, including D.C.

When it comes to mortgages, study finds that women don’t shop enough

Loan volume bounces back after holiday languor

Rates edge down

Most brokers in unscientific online survey say it makes sense to sell homes for the holidays

Traps in home-insurance policies can trip you up

Buyers advised first to get the right agent and, tenth, to restrain emotions

Builder of luxury homes says buyers take longer to budge, yet ultimately seek bells and whistles

New York Fed research blames speculators for adding fuel to fires in overheated markets

Three ‘bio-based’ countertops may merit your attention

Even though it helps, you don’t have to spend a fortune upgrading a kitchen

Times offers advice to compulsively clean readers (and it’s not to relax)

Apparently undeterred by tax rates, wealthy New Yorkers staying put or adding to their number by moving in

Gap persists between seller and buyer views of the market

Fannie Mae finds that buyers remain in a holding pattern, expecting tiny price increases

62% in survey say buying home now is good investment over next 10 years but worry about ability to afford one

Goldman analysts say end is in sight of crashing home values

Credit reporting agency predicts sharp drop in mortgage delinquencies next year

You can search for all 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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