Weekly Roundup: Rates bottom, Freddie hopeful

Happy holidays!  Posts will resume on Jan. 3.  Until then and always, you can keep current via Twitter or Facebook.

Apartments listed for more than $4 million are flying off the — you know what

Cost of storage space enters the stratosphere

Here’s how to find a quiet apartment

Some bars aren’t made for drinking

Selling his condo for twice the previous record, Weill does very well

Until now, first-time foreclosures in Manhattan never equaled Queens

Data show that Manhattan sales volume tracks the S&P 500

To purchase home priced at the median and live here, a buyer needs $130,000 in annual income

Two into one must go. . . for $12 million

Unemployment rate exceeds the nation’s

Late philanthropist’s Westchester estate finally finds a buyer at deeply discounted price

Low-sodium cooking isn’t on the menu at chef’s townhouse listed for $15 million

Cinderella woman puts 39-acre Connecticut retreat on the market for just $1.5 million

Grammy winner lists 22,000-sf Chicago mansion for $1.595 million as short sale

Zillow records stabilizing rate of price decline

Foreign investors favor southern and western states

Rates hit record low of 3.94%

Yet purchase and refi loan activity keeps moving more or less sideways

Federal agency now ready to receive complaints about lenders

Can you name an investment that provides higher interest than paying down your mortgage?

Willing lenders still a rare breed

Florida tops list of states with most mortgage fraud, New York is fourth

November foreclosure activity drops 14% from one year earlier

You can remedy the heartbreak of squeaky floors in an afternoon at minimal cost

Designer will know who to thank for those who worship his surge protector

Live it up in Bridgehampton’s Sandcastle this summer, only $550,000 for two weeks

Media titan owns more U.S. land than anyone, Ted Turner in second place

Surge of wealthy residents drives up prices in Istanbul’s prime neighborhoods

Surveyed Americans say it’s important to fix the economy before work on housing — as if they’re unrelated

But majority in Yahoo poll say government should do more to help homeowners

With housing market ‘gaining ground,’ Freddie sees low mortgage rates continuing into 2012

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 in the coming weeks. Meantime, see you here in January.  Have a very happy New Year!

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Malcolm Carter
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Charles Rutenberg Realty
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