Weekly Roundup: New NYC stats, land paradox, easing rates, Fair Housing, search tool. . . more

All-cash dream can become all-consuming nightmare

WNYC investigation: System of appointing foreclosure referees operated with little oversight, rife with irregularities, dominated by political insiders

Signed contracts for $10 million-plus residential properties in Manhattan double the same time last year

Narrowest house, where Edna St. Vincent Millay lived, finds buyer at last

Rent board approves maximum increases  roughly double last year’s for stabilized apartments

Finding Hollywood home addresses of celebrities fast and easy

Grammy-winning saxophonist tries again to sell UWS townhouse, this time for $12 million

Comedic former TV talker sells Miami hacienda way below original ask of $20 million

Couple could be sleepless in Pacific Palisades until the home they shared when married in 1988 is sold

Husband of former First Daughter lists the couple’s condo for $4.5 million

Former D.C. home of unconvicted sex abuser with high international profile finds buyer

Actor wants buyer to show him the money for starter home on market for $729,000

Resales of existing homes surge as inventory hits bottom plus commentary

New construction below expectations, but way up compared with preceding month and year and what to make of the latest numbers

CNBC attributes level of home starts and rising prices to land paradox

Listings still way short of one year ago

Prices up 4.6 percent compared with April 2012

Notion challenged of Phoenix experiencing bubble again

Rates ease slightly after having nudged 4 percent

Looking toward retirement, borrowers increasingly favor 10-year loans

Wall Street ramping up financing to private-equity firms that purchase homes to rent

Former BofA employees allege in sworn statements lying to homeowners, rewards for foreclosures

Witnesses at House hearing express concern about Dodd-Frank impact on loan availability

Loan activity drops

Demand for architects turns around in tandem with the housing market

Surging buyer confidence underpinning the year-old rebound in prices spilling into seasonal communities from Lake Tahoe to the Berkshires

U.S. Supreme Court to consider Fair Housing case against Mount Holly, N.J.

Builders starting to construct home-within-a-home for NextGen families

Zillow, new owner of collaborative home search tool, launches it outside of NYC — and you can try it out below

Some say investment sales market getting inflated artificially

Dallas best performing of 20 major markets since 2007

Builders scrambling for scarce carpenters

Which, given shortage of lumber and materials, may not be only problem

Florida’s housing market enjoys comeback

Fast work can make short shrift of disreputable moving companies

Builder confidence creeps into positive territory for first time in more than seven years

Study of Habitat families by Canadian mortgage agency finds homeownership advances happiness

HUD report documents housing discrimination against gay, lesbian couples

Architecture Billings Index bounces back

After owners vacate premises, 20 percent of foreclosed residences sit empty

Mercurial mortgage rates to stabilize soon, analysts say

Will housing’s recovery endure?

Freddie Mac economist says ‘yes,’ maintaining that gradually rising interest rates unlikely to slow down recovery

S&P, too, says the answer is yes — for now

You have the option to search privately (via Zillow ‘s new tool) 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 I visit in Out and About, which I post on Mondays or Tuesdays.

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Malcolm Carter
Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker
Charles Rutenberg Realty
127 E. 56th Street
New York, NY 10022

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