Weekly Roundup: Lawbreakers in public, bottom in sight, actor in defeat, rates in short ascent

Note: I’m taking a short break, so this post is slightly abbreviated, there will be no Weekly Roundup next week and other posts will appear with less frequency until March 26.  

Prices, sales volume up at new developments in Manhattan, Brooklyn

In divorce action, wife accuses buyer of $88 million condo of hiding assets

Co-ops, condos below $3 million sell faster than 10-year average

State publishes online for first time names of real estate licenses who admit law violations

Sale prices of luxury homes wilt from 2010 to 2011

More apartment buildings sell in January but for less money than in December

13 apartment buildings have banned tobacco smoke

Link between bonuses and luxury-apartment prices is tracked

Graphic depicts what a strong barrier mansion tax creates for sales above $1 million

Region’s mortgage delinquency rate attains new high

Growing number of homeowners appeal assessments

Ultimatum costs actor purchase of $20 million UWS condo

One on Forbes’ list of hip-hop’s top earners profits tidily from flip of Miami condos

At $25,000 monthly, singer must love her new rental

Swimming sensation puts Philadelphia townhouse on market but is mum about price

Fashion designer’s spring line returns last summer’s flop

She’s now an actress in Brooklyn (3rd item)

Like daffodils in the spring, “For Sale” signs sprout anew

Government cuts its inventory of foreclosed homes by half in 2011

Jobs data, bond yields push rates up, though still below 4 percent

Court rules against more than $1.1 million in mortgage interest plus refi pitfalls to avoid

Banks foreclosing on America’s churches in record numbers

Volume of loan applications for purchase remains ‘subdued,’ refi activity tumbles again

Reverse mortgages begin to attract younger seniors

Rising in half of states, foreclosures filings rise 2 percent nationally but slow from last year

When adult child moves back home, consider wisdom of a ‘contract’

‘Kids’ today are going nowhere (except grown ones above and teenager just below)

14-year old sells contents of foreclosed houses, then buys one for $12,000

Analysis shows property taxes start to reflect declining home values

Wages of sin: Lender gets 15 years for $40 million mortgage fraud

Lawyer details ins and outs of listing agreements

Global economic downturn has little impact on housing prices in Macau

Home insurance costs going through the roof

More Americans stretching out on new sofas as they settle into recently purchased homes

8 steps to fixing a leaky faucet

Allergy sufferers can stem symptoms by reducing carpets, taking other measures

Dented, scratched bamboo flooring can be repaired

Marketing to macho men is mark of new products at international home show

Harvard economist analyzes  price disparities in housing markets over time

Trulia charts seasonal trends

Advocacy group rues gap between cost of housing and ability of families to pay for it

Large majorities of boomerang generation say they’re satisfied living at home, upbeat about future finances

Speculation percolates that ‘long dry spell’ ending for real estate agencies

Home repossessions set to jump in 2012

CoreLogic speculates that 2011 figures suggest market’s bottom is in sight

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 will post Monday and again on April 2.

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Malcolm Carter
Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
Senior Vice President
Charles Rutenberg Realty
127 E. 56th Street
New York, NY 10022

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