Weekly Roundup: Wily boards, condo prices, housing starts, FICO scores, pocket listings, ghosts, recovery consensus and much more

Those co-op boards are at it again — and again — even against their own

Feng shui consultant busy in Manhattan

Owners of highest-end apartments pay far smaller percentage of units’ sales value in taxes than others do

New condos post 16.7 percent price rise over a year ago

For first time, a New York neighborhood climbs to top of Forbes list of most expensive zip codes

Brooklyn, Queens inventory lowest in four years, but luxury market in those boroughs relatively healthy

Commercial real estate sector poised for 2013 recovery, moving up to second-best city for investment

Twilight co-star purchases Los Feliz house for $2.195 million

NBC anchorman goes all out to make daughter happy, soccer star can hang cleats in place he actually owns

September’s housing starts top August by 15 percent and 2011 by 34.8 percent

Are appraisers holding back recovery?

Property values up 0.3 percent in August

September inventory drops 17.8 percent from one year earlier

Private equity investors shift focus from depleted Phoenix to Atlanta

Tech dreamers in South of Market area breathing life into a start-up wave unknown in San Francisco: high-rise condos

Rates tick down within smidgen of record low

Increase in second-mortgage activity seen as bellwether event

ACLU sues Morgan Stanley over mortgage loans made to African-Americans

Regulators documenting new instances of abusive practices with reverse mortgages

Homeowners sue big banks for role in LIBOR scandal

Purchase volume is highest since June, but MBA index still moving sideways

Habits finally revealed of ‘high achievers,’ whose FICO scores exceed 785

Luxury-home buyers returning to adjustable-rate loans

Estate managers oversee properties, staff for some of nation’s wealthiest individuals

Architect tries to build house entirely of materials made in the United States

Former baseball star’s vain attempts to get tree removed demonstrate how a view can be everything

Mom and Dad preparing for roommates

For average families, many metros remain unaffordable

The one-third of potential buyers who would live in a haunted house also expect discount

Super agents succeed at opposite ends of the market

Although fond of carrots, beets and turnips, some chefs put down roots

Possession of innate spatial aptitude key to reading blueprints, according to a beginner’s guide

Renovation options for kitchen can range from low-priced to lavish

Builder confidence edges up to highest level in more than six years

When considering transportation with housing costs, New York, San Francisco, Boston among most affordable metros

CoreLogic considers housing recovery to be durable

Home Depot CEO sees full recovery occurring at least two years from now

Changes in mortgage interest deduction seen as increasingly likely

September statistics may signal ‘start of something big’

Urban Land Institute predicts continued improvement in housing

Fannie Mae economists still believe home prices already hit bottom, see 9 percent rise in sales from 2011 this year

Harvard unit expects growth in spending for renovations, upgrades

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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