Weekly Roundup: Latest rent stats, celebrities’ real estate, state of U.S. market, mortgage fraud, house swapping, growing consumer optimism

Manhattan rents shoot up 8.2 percent in a year, reaching $3,195 monthly

And Tribeca has biggest change in rents from prior month

Beating out other applicants means renting only what you can afford — and much more advice

Before signing lease, understand landlord’s perspective

Brooklyn, Queens attain highest average sales price in Q3 since 2007

Co-ops and condos grow more and more alike

Scheduled foreclosure auctions remain at low level, but foreclosure filings up for eighth consecutive quarter

City makes it easier to file for basic renovations

New York magazine calls One57 just ‘a place to park your cash’

Massive Seward Park development in East Village/Lower East Side wins Council approval

Hudson Valley draws city’s transplants

Brooklyn’s Manhattan Beach becomes one of city’s 10 most expensive neighborhoods

Swanky Pacific Palisades home goes on the market for nearly $10 million

Shortstop finally unloads, for $15.5 million, penthouse near United Nations

Heirs put trailblazing journalist’s home on the market for $20 million

Dish columnist sees his next 12 months in the city as a hardship

Oscar winner selling for $10 million Beverly Hills mansion purchased with Angelina Jolie

Nets forward undergoing divorce rents in Battery Park City

Fed notes ‘widespread improvement’ in residential real estate

Shadow inventory plunges 10.2 percent from July 2011

Hard-hit California leading way out housing bust

Miami roller-coaster has a lot of people shaking their heads and lavish launch parties are back

Lenders dangle discounts to woo top customers

U.S. seeks hundreds of million of dollars from Wells Fargo in lawsuit claiming fraudulently certified FHA loans

Growing number of scams target homeowners facing foreclosure

And 530 individuals charged with bilking late payers of more than $1 billion in fraud schemes

Purchase activity is highest since June, but refi decrease pulls down total of applications

Rates inch up to 3.39 percent following employment report

Foreclosures drop to five-year low

VA mortgage volume up 300 percent from five years ago

Cursed marriage results in slashed price for horror house

House swapping benefits parents and offspring when approached with care

For hordes of British tween-age girls, a former lunatic asylum in north London is unlikely place of pilgrimage

Dogs do get their due in apartment communities

‘Hey, Coach, can check out your bench?’

Machiavellian brokers sell more real estate than their kinder, gentler colleagues

Layered looks provides opportunity to go ethnic in interior design

You can avoid looking like raccoon in bathroom mirror plus other lighting fixes

Shiller explains how housing expectation can feed a boom but also starve a recovery

Consumer optimism about recovery continues gradual climb

Trulia economist finds that America’s suburban areas continue to grow faster than urban areas

Infographic illuminates how habits of baby boomers, offspring transforming rental market

Generational changes, tight credit to cap recovery below pre-crisis peak

Veros data firm records ‘measurable’ pickup in recovery, forecasts 1.1 percent appreciation over year

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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Malcolm Carter
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Senior Vice President
Charles Rutenberg Realty
127 E. 56th Street
New York, NY 10022

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