Weekly Roundup: ‘Royalty,’ rates, prices, more

Luxury market in Brooklyn attains four-year high

When having your child sleep in a room, it really should have windows

Even homeowners facing foreclosure take to home repairs

For celebrity stalkers, there’s nothing like a cool map

New program aims to enable state courts to speed up foreclosures

Rents bordering Second Avenue subway drop but rise one avenue away

Mom, 92, battles son, 58, to get back into condo she owns

Slice of the Upper West Side overlooking Hudson River lacks name

Long Island City undergoes third wave of gentrification

Ambivalent about selling, a legendary interior designer lists his Manhattan pied-à-terre for $22.5 million. . . unfurnished

Some basketball player indulges in second rental, this one in the financial district and you can peek inside

Townhouse fit for a princess sells for $8.3 million

Late powder-puff queen’s posh pink ‘palace’ is listed for $3.3 million

Singer keeps giving up parts of herself, lately a Tribeca penthouse now listed for $2.75 million

Close member of Oprah’s network wants $7.9 million for East Side apartment

Hot restaurateur bumps asking price of Trump Tower aerie up to $18.8 million

Supply of previously occupied homes slips in January, but re-sales top peak of a year earlier

Distressed properties drag down prices in December

Yet data firm’s analysis shows most markets with positive trends

Go east from Manhattan to visit priciest small town in the nation

SmartMoney lists five markets that beat the housing bust

Price of homes with conforming mortgages fall 2.4 percent from Q4 of 2010 to Q4 of 2011

RadarLogic price index in December hasn’t been so low since 2003, and sales mushroom

Inventory stats bear watching

Interest rates move up after three weeks of record lows

With unusually wide gap between loan rates and interest on mortgage-backed securities, borrowers charged too much?

Number of delinquent loans declines in January

Loan activity continues to wane

Many buyers now shun points

Those pesky builders will do anything to lure buyers from foreclosures

A Queen ‘B’ — as in ‘billionaire’ — shows the world that she is champion of excess in former Spelling mansion

New American dream is renting to get rich

Size of new homes inches up

Chase to donate to wounded vets at least 100 of its homes seized in foreclosures

Living alone can be its own reward

Bathtubs can consist of nine different materials

Some consumers trade their lengths of cable for ears of rabbit

How to choose a mattress you can rely on

Architecture index indicates expansion in January

Blog maintains housing’s collapse worse than Great Depression

Home Depot CEO deduces market’s stabilization from company’s quarterly results

Zillow expects Case-Shiller to report 4 percent year-over-year drop for December

Economist Shilling says renters to dominate housing market for years and expands on his thesis in a second installment

Freddie Mac foresees ‘gradual, but steady’ improvement in housing

Rental data suggest that spring sales could exceed expectations, according to Mortgage Bankers Association

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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Malcolm Carter
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Charles Rutenberg Realty
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