Weekly Roundup: Rents rise again, celebs on the move, U.S. prices up, Omaha one ‘livable’ city

Biggest and best Manhattan residential properties exceed prior peaks

Council raises fines on owners who illegally turn residential units into hotel suites

Owners of glam Brooklyn condo accuse developers, other companies of lapses in $200 million lawsuit

Manhattan rents again at all-time high, so apartment hunters accept compromises

Actor contracts to purchase three-bedroom Central Park West co-op that had rejected Mariah

After actress’ and partner’s move to the Village, she sells co-op in the city for $1.59 million

Can rock star feel the profit today in sale of his West Hollywood condos?

Johnny Open Pockets buys ex-partner $4.4 million villa in the Hollywood hills

Their newly listed Greenwich Village townhouse is sexy in the city for cool $25 million

Athlete achieves goal of buying TriBeCa penthouse [4th item]

Renoir slept — and lived — in a Montmartre château where you can sleep, too, for $9.9 million

Up 4 percent in first half, prices hardly budge compared with 12 months earlier

Number of ‘improving’ housing markets said to expand to 99

Rates hold steady near historic lows

Nearly one in five homeowners underwater

Yet rising home prices this year have tugged 1.3 million from underwater status

Labor day may have distorted jump in loan activity for refis and purchases

Foreclosure activity flat in August, except for spikes in some states such as New York

Once burned, some renters twice shy about owning again

Soros: Berlin in danger of suffering housing bubble

Buying foreclosed homes is next big thing on Wall Street

If New York too costly, list of ‘most livable’ cities offers Omaha (?) as one option (for meat eaters?)

Argentines are hot on Miami apartments

Replacement may not be best option for old windows

How to revive down pillows, renew Corian countertops

Cult of disappearing design gains favor

Fannie Mae finds Americans feeling better about housing

Consumers say they’re poised to buy, but sellers think it’s wrong time

Buying averages 45 percent cheaper than renting in 100 largest metros

Ritholtz savages Barron’s projection of 7 percent increase in price of housing

Trulia economist declares that housing is better off than 4 years ago

And agreeing that it’s on the mend, Journal writer says normal market is long way off

Shiller remains unsure whether bottom has arrived

You have the option to search privately for 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 I post on Mondays or Tuesdays.

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