Weekly Roundup: Q4 sales tumble in the Big Apple, U.S. sales slide, rates match record low

Sales down in Q4, prices about even

Can any other condo top this?

Board turndowns become all the rage

Yes! You can suffocate the bug(gers), but at a cost

The Financial District is up and Murray Hill is down

Inflexible dog policy can bite co-ops back

While NYC residential lending is loosening in some corners, the industry is moving slowly in its recovery

Four renovation surprises that can cost a bundle

Region’s foreclosure rates leap in October

Taxes on property sales dropped to $982 million in 2010 from $3.3 billion in 2007

The Times answers questions about co-op sponsors, smoking and the sale of common areas

Weight-loss guru trims price of southern California home for kin

Bunny is hopping off her private Cape Cod island

Former NFL chief gamely takes loss on sale of Park Avenue pied-à-terre

Barbara gets asking price for first-floor Park Avenue pad in which she probably never slept

Index of homes in contract beats October and a year earlier

Case-Shiller measure of single-family home sales notches down again

Fed’s 26-page white paper outlines ways to stabilize housing market

Detroit somehow lauded as bright spot in U.S.

U.S. still top choice for commercial real estate investors from around the world

Vacancies slip to 10-year low, so naturally rents head up

Interest on 30-year fixed-rate mortgage dips again to all-time low

Banks roll out incentives to attract refi borrowers

Numbers ease from 2010 for seriously delinquent loans

Signs suggest that the bust reignites dubious real estate schemes and fraud

Credit-reporting companies greatly expand info they collect to include rent, child support, much more

Size matters: Cities with the biggest and smallest dwellings

Burst bubble proves to be a boon for nonprofits

GMAC donates mortgage-free home to Army veteran

Seeking cash, homeowners with empty driveways and garages tell motorists to put ‘er there

If housing futures might float your boat, check out Radar Logic

Home automation features are heating up in smaller spec homes and new developments

Here are seven ways to save your dollars

Tub options mushroom

Rent-a-box services for movers gain in popularity

Experts offer ways to squelch your squeaks

Realtors’ site gives helpful answers about renovations, taxes, much more

Come on, baby, light my. . . room

Home insurance rates likely to rise

Color Pantone’s Leatrice Eiseman ‘Tangerine Tango’

Give him $50 and designer will give you 50 minutes of decorating advice

Survey documents loss of first-time buyers, how everyone searches for a home

Ohio leads states draining residents, while D.C. has most moving in

Low rates can’t last forevever, so borrowers need to align ducks now

Forecasters express guarded optimism for a pallid 2012

Other analysts also weigh in with their predictions

Builder confidence may not be best indicator of housing’s direction

Household income projected to rise along with rents nationally

Five key issues will influence housing market’s path this 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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