Weekly Roundup: Rents peak, rates hit new low

Q4 prices for homes in the outer boroughs held up better than they did in Manhattan

Of 6 neighborhoods celebrated by the Historic District Council, 1 is in Manhattan

Foreclosure filings grew 28 percent from 2010 to 2011, but foreclosures dropped to 7-year low

State investigating whether big banks fraudulently steer borrowers to expensive insurance

Reaching median of $3,145 monthly, rents in Q4 up to 2006 level

Consumers should weigh impact of maintenance fees and common charges

Tiger’s former wife bugged by $12 million mansion, so it’s gone

He bonds with $11.5 million SoHo penthouse

Who wants to be a m– mansion seller?

Cooper purchases $1.7 million property next door to his Hamptons retreat

Rosy index of ‘improving’ markets somehow posts 85% gain from December

While Core Logic’s price index records fourth monthly decline in November

And yet another index shows October prices falling to levels of late 2002

Interest rates for all types of mortgage hit another historic low

Freddie cuts some refi credit score requirements

No longer is number of loans becoming delinquent trending down

Volume rises 4.5% after adjusting for prior holiday week

Legal concerns in 2011 cause bank seizures of homes to dip to four-year low

Consumers seeking best rate need to consider five basic factors

House prices went up in about half of countries, fell in the rest over past year

Chicago turns vacant condos into affordable rentals

Storage REITs enjoy a boom

Newly released transcripts show that Fed was blithe witnessing roller-coaster market

Road to profitability in new-home market may be just a foot path

While focusing on every square foot and dollar, homeowners who remodel seek radical changes

If it’s cutting-edge technology today, it may, well, cut two ways tomorrow

Remember, apartment residents, it’s a jungle in there but not because of vegetation

Dollar stores offer bang for a buck

And builders group provides other hints for design on a budget

Fannie Mae survey finds Americans a bit more optimistic about prices than a month earlier

Who wouldda thunk that surveyed voters oppose obstacles to homeownership?

Freddie economist says housing moving in right direction but ‘very slowly’

Housing data provider projects 0.2 percent price growth this year

Price changes will stay modest and construction will increase only slowly, Harvard economist predicts

Merrill Lynch, builders see little or no change in 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. 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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