Weekly Roundup: NYC adjusted prices, SoHo’s highs, upward trending rates, $117M record price, houseplant pointers, recovery skeptics

Housing prices below 2008 peak, sales 21.8 percent lower than 2007 peak

But 2012 median lowest since 2004 adjusted for inflation

Beachfront houses wrecked by Sandy being sold ‘as is’

Assembly, Senate pass renewal of co-op/condo tax abatement

Building in Williamsburg tops list of 10 best-selling new developments in 2012

Region’s foreclosures tick up in November

Boerum Hill beats out Dumbo as Brooklyn’s top neighborhood, while SoHo and TriBeCa priciest in Manhattan during 2012

Maintenance fees now average $1.70 per square foot, up 30 percent since 2008

Lawsuit aims to collect rents paid by tenants citywide who live in apartments made uninhabitable after Sandy

Multi-talented writer finally does good all by himself in sale of $11.25 million Hollywood home

Brooklyn Nets guard makes successful $15.8 million play for Tribeca penthouse

Barbara visits homes for sale by the rich and famous (click on ‘real estate’)

And the Wall Street Journal can’t get enough of them

Greenwich Village carriage house owned by an antic patriarch of the Pop Art movement is listed for $9.1 million

New-home sales dip from strong November while posting 20 percent gain over 2011 annual sales

Falling 4.3 percent below November, pending sales in December 6.9 percent higher than prior year

Year-over-year prices grow 5.5 percent in November, reports Case-Shiller

Inventory grows 3.7 percent during January

Rates continue upward trend as housing recovery persists

Mortgage brokers could be on last legs starting next year

2012 loan volume strongest in five years, delinquencies drop, foreclosure pace falls to lowest level since 2009

Phoenix experiences sharpest decline in foreclosures last year

Loan activity slumps 8.1 percent last week, mostly because of fewer refinancing applications

Some affluent buyers getting keys to new home without putting a penny down

Blogger frequently linked here deserving subject of laudatory profile

Neutrality is first of seven ways to improve home’s sale prospects

Japanese buyer plunks down $117.5 million for a place to crash in California

Surcharge that Singapore imposes on foreign homebuyers chills market, but U.S. buyers exempted

Homeowner loses court battle over undisclosed murder-suicide in Pennsylvania house she purchased

Increase in number of educated women driving rental market

Some parents — those with deep pockets — building beach getaways loaded with kid magnets

Many stagers use unique furnishing, designer pieces to add cachet and make each room memorable

Now there’s easier way to claim home-office tax deduction

Can a house be entirely ‘made in America’?

You can own a piece of Discovering Columbus installation in online auction to benefit Public Art Fund

Reputable contractors will remediate problems for a while after completing renovations

Return on investment for remodeling swells in 2012, reversing trend

Author knows how to help houseplants thrive

New generation of home appliances aspires to make chores less boring

Feeling wealthy depends on rising house prices, not stocks

31 percent of home sold in December on the market less than a month

Pace of household formation slows during last quarter

Time in U.S., citizenship lead to homeownership rate of 52 percent by foreign-born householders in 2011

Rents retreat nationwide at end of 2012, with Boulder claiming biggest change since 2011

Poor more concentrated in northern cities

Shiller: Too much uncertainty to justify any aggressive speculative moves right now

And he’s not the only recovery skeptic

Economists express concern about return of boom mentality in communities that were hardest hit

Respected analyst sees 28 percent growth in housing starts, “vast room to run’

Growth predicted in home renovations — with financing

You have the option to search privately for all New York City properties here, 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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