Weekly Roundup: U.S. stats sadden economists, Big Apple market seems stable, so much more!

Sales of luxury apartments buoy Manhattan market, suggesting Q3 reports will document ‘remarkable stability’

Before suing your co-op, it pays to get the facts right

Rents edge up again this month

But at least now you can find no-fee apartments on a cool map

Or check out a cool statistical infographic on our ‘city of renters’

Unless you have $1,600 to spare, think twice about renting out your apartment for less than a month

Seven tips for finding a great general contractor merit a look

Downtown Manhattan loft market is up a bit over 2007, the strongest full year in Manhattan residential real estate history, says broker/blogger Sandy Mattingly

In fraught market, buyers are still buying. . . with frayed nerves

The verdict is in: Only the most innocent buyers would fail to hire a lawyer for their purchase of property

Long Island mansion finally sells after high-profile owner hacks price

If he really collects 50% more than he paid in 2009 for his newly listed condo, this guy will be the stuff of legends

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Out and About: SoHo lofts come in plus sizes

One of the many fine buildings in SoHo, this one on Broadway.

Not only are some of the lofts in SoHo extraordinarily big, but they are unashamedly expensive.

Moreover, according to the listing broker for one of them, she is suddenly showing the gorgeously finished 3,000-sf condo repeatedly to prospective buyers tied to Wall Street after many quiet weeks since the place went on the market in April.  (She told me May, making me wonder about the veracity of her report.)

In a notable landmark building, the bright three-bedroom condo, which has no wasted space, features 11-foot barrel-vaulted ceilings, expensive Italian cabinetry, countertops and Continue reading