Weekly Roundup: Surprising April statistics, persistently low rates, furniture trends. . . more

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Viva les Français, some real estate brokers exclaim

Times tough for renters who smoke and even for well-heeled non-smokers

Condo developer says he’ll ask $1 million — no doubt ignoring publicity dividend — for Greenwich Village parking space

Going solar, River Arts co-op on Hudson saves lots of $$$

And developer renovating 6-unit Brooklyn brownstone expects net-zero energy use

Limiting search to no-fee listings may not be without cost or in renters’ best interest

One fifth of homeowners in wide area underwater

Sports figure’s Dakota apartment gets another down

Korean-American novelist proves that moving to Harlem townhouse is far from free

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The Big Apple: Citywide stats improve. . . a bit

VOWs prove useful to buyers searching for new homes

Brokerage firms are getting into the digital game themselves, creating a “virtual office Web site” or VOW.

These are sites operated by brokers that enable clients to search for most of the available properties in a particular market, not just the firm’s exclusive listings, according to the New York Times.

While brokers have mixed feelings about whether these sites are worth the investment, the emergence of the VOW is yet another sign that once tightly guarded listing information has finally been set free in New York.

Dollar value of citywide sales climbs from Q1 to Q2 as seasons change, but sales activity slips 4 percent below one year earlier

The total dollar value of New York City’s residential sales transactions jumped 13 percent in the second quarter of 2011 to Continue reading