Weekly Roundup: Surprising April statistics, persistently low rates, furniture trends. . . more

Have a great and memorable holiday weekend!

Please note: No new post until Tuesday

Viva les Français, some real estate brokers exclaim

Times tough for renters who smoke and even for well-heeled non-smokers

Condo developer says he’ll ask $1 million — no doubt ignoring publicity dividend — for Greenwich Village parking space

Going solar, River Arts co-op on Hudson saves lots of $$$

And developer renovating 6-unit Brooklyn brownstone expects net-zero energy use

Limiting search to no-fee listings may not be without cost or in renters’ best interest

One fifth of homeowners in wide area underwater

Sports figure’s Dakota apartment gets another down

Korean-American novelist proves that moving to Harlem townhouse is far from free

Emmy-winning son of Warren Buffett collects more than ask in sale of three-bedroom condo

Country-music star to give 25 homes to members of military

Onetime Trump daughter-in-law lists Millbrook estate for $17.5 million (2nd item)

More home resales, higher prices, shrinking supply in April raise hopes for recovery

Boost in April sales of new homes surprises prognosticators and one view is that they’ve bottomed

Residential property values increase 0.5 percent in March by one measure

0.5 percent also is April’s increase for homes that received conforming mortgages

Demand seems to be building for — shudder — McMansions once again

Getting lowest reported interest rate usually proves to be elusive goal

Mortgage delinquencies edge up in April

Supreme Court finds for Quicken Loans in fees lawsuit

Refinancing again causes substantial growth in loan activity

Rates virtually unchanged around historic lows

Competition intensifies among owners of vacation rentals

Some Americans again uprooting themselves for new jobs

Bad credit may not bar renting with proper approach to landlords

Less popular states may offer retirees appealing, not so pricey options

Process of replacing windows can be costly and time-consuming

Craft reins as antidote to the chilly uniformity of mass-produced furniture

Remodeling association says more homeowners, less concerned about resale, personalize domains for themselves

Energy Star appliances actually do pay off — in time

If conflicting housing statistics confuse you, Trulia explains their differences

Amount of bank-owned real estate undergoes welcome shrinkage

Negative equity more widespread than previously thought

While dismissing idea of a bottom, columnist says it’s the best time to buy in eight years

Millenials may be housing market’s future strength — as soon as they raise enough money

You can privately search all New York City properties, though I encourage you to be in touch with me for assistance and advice. You also may want to see my critiques of properties that I visit in Out and About, which will appear on Tuesday because of the holiday.

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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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