Weekly Roundup: Most important news since before the holidays, including strong NYC quarterly and U.S. monthly housing reports

Sales surge in fourth quarter as inventory shrinks to a 12-year low

Rental market appears to be shifting into slower gear

What makes one apartment worth more than another?

Surprise! Times says co-op approval process is ‘formidable’

Prices shoot up in gentrified Brooklyn

Permits to build new developments growing again, but apartment supply won’t meet demand

Her boots were made for speeding

And his, made for dancing, waltz into L.A. condo

Broadcaster trades UWS strollers for trends by purchasing $1.84 million penthouse off the island

Shadow inventory of existing homes drops 12 percent during last year

Number of signed contracts attains Continue reading

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Weekly Roundup: Some markets declined too far

Here’s your chance to catch up with news included to inform, enlighten and perhaps even entertain you. To read about The Big Apple, check out the other of today’s posts and look for Out and About early next week.

She’s once again curbing enthusiasm for her Upper West Side apartment

In one broad stroke, he’s unloaded his chichi co-op at a huge discount

Big ideas pay off handsomely for one smart fella

Underpriced, his house under contract in the Hamptons gives him reason to cheer

Quarterback collects $17.5 million for condo that cost him $14 million five years ago

Mortgage insurer says home prices are below fundamental values Continue reading