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    Looking for a home in Berlin or Budapest? Prepare to pay more

    Europe took 11 of the top 20 spots on a ranking of cities with the largest price increases in the first quarter, according to global property agency Knight Frank. ... [more]

    Housing market remains strong, despite mortgage rate worries

    Homebuilder Lennar reported sales and profits that topped forecasts and indicated there is still healthy demand for new homes despite rising mortgage rates. ... [more]

    Is Manhattan's rental market finally cooling off?

    Rent prices in Manhattan are slowing down and landlords are offering concessions as inventory on the island grows. ... [more]

    Why West Coast home prices are surging

    The hottest markets are in the West, and it's creating an affordability issue. ... [more]

    He made $400,000 flipping a house

    Read full story for latest details. ... [more]

    What to spend money on (and what to DIY) as a new homeowner

    Angie Hicks, co-founder of Angie's List, talks about how to keep your costs in check as a new homeowner. ... [more]

    How to save $9,000 on your mortgage

    Read full story for latest details. ... [more]

    The Case Shiller index showed a 19.8% annual home price gain for the year ending in August 2021, flat from July. This remains the highest annual rate of price growth since the index began in 1987. The post Home price growth remained at record pace in August appeared first on HousingWire. ... [more]

    What Microsoft’s new cloud platform means for mortgage

    Microsoft will soon launch a financial services-focused cloud platform to help meet increased demand for digital and automation applications. Here's what it means for mortgage. HW+ Premium Content The post What Microsoft’s new cloud platform means for mortgage appeared first on HousingWire. ... [more]

    Lawsuits, red tape & interest rates: Do mortgage JVs have staying power?

    Real estate brokerages and mortgage lenders made a killing with JVs in 2020. But margins are compressing and the CFPB is expected to take a closer look at RESPA issues under Rohit Chopra. Is the JV window closing? HW+ Premium Content The post Lawsuits, red tape & interest rates: Do mortgage JVs have staying power? appeared first on HousingWire. ... [more]

    Servicers’ forbearance portfolio volume declined at a reduced pace this week, as mortgage holders exit COVID-19 plans at the beginning of the month, according to the MBA. The post GSE forbearance rate declines to 1% appeared first on HousingWire. ... [more]

    For the fifth consecutive month the number of bidding wars on home sales declined, down to 58.9%, according to a new report from brokerage Redfin. The post Bidding wars are starting to cool off appeared first on HousingWire. ... [more]

    New York State is close to approving a controversial bill that expands the requirements of the CRA to non-depository lenders, following the lead of Massachusetts and Illinois. The post New York poised to expand CRA rule to nonbank lenders appeared first on HousingWire. ... [more]

    Why brokerages and mortgage lenders are rushing into JVs

    Joint ventures are suddenly stitched into the fabric of a handful of national brokerages. But the idea of the joint venture collides with the loose, informal networks that color the American housing economy. HW+ Premium Content The post Why brokerages and mortgage lenders are rushing into JVs appeared first on HousingWire. ... [more]

    Rocket Pro TPO aims to help its broker partners grow their businesses. The new Pricing Calculator provides brokers with fast, reliable and accessible information that can help differentiate them from competitors. In the midst of this serious housing shortage, brokers need tools to help them provide top-notch service to homebuyers.  The post Rocket Pro TPO redesigns pricing calculator for brokers appeared first on HousingWire. ... [more]

    HW+ Member Spotlight: Karen Mayfield

    This week's HW+ member spotlight features Karen Mayfield, as she discusses the important role of loan officers in the industry. The post HW+ Member Spotlight: Karen Mayfield appeared first on HousingWire. ... [more]

    NAR President Charlie Oppler writes: You should be able to count on the DOJ to honor an agreement. And yet, in a complete breach of commitment and legal precedent, the DOJ backed out of an agreement with the National Association of Realtors (NAR) that would more explicitly state the spirit and intent of NAR’s Code of Ethics and MLS guidelines in some key areas. The post Charlie Oppler: DOJ needs to honor agreement with NAR appeared first on HousingWire. ... [more]

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    The ‘Harriet the Spy’ UES townhouse hits the market for $6M

    A Queen Anne-style house located on 156 East End Avenue, and once inspiration for the timeless children’s book, “Harriet the Spy,” has been listed for $6 million, The Post has learned.  A film based on the book was developed, starring Michelle Trachtenberg and Rosie O’Donnell, about a girl who keeps a private journal she takes everywhere... ... [more]

    Checking in: Offices mimic hotel amenities to lure back workers

    Office leasing is gaining momentum as the delta variant recedes and worker bees return to the hive — albeit many are yet to appear for all five days a week. “The second wave was scary,” said Matt Astrachan, vice chairman of the global real estate service company JLL. “That was the bottom and once we... ... [more]

    Upscale NYC shops ditch old Uptown for new chic spaces

    Quarantining shoppers are coming out of their closets to be greeted by new stores as retail rents retreated. In retail-dense neighborhoods like Meatpacking and Soho, shop owners found especially welcome opportunities. Uptown stalwart Givenchy, for instance, is opening a Soho outpost at 92 Greene St., while Jonathan Adler is returning to the same nabe at... ... [more]

    Renée Zellweger sells Cali spread for $6.4M in less than two weeks

    Two-time Oscar winner Renée Zellweger, 52, is on a roll. She has sold her California home in Topanga Canyon less than two weeks after she listed it for $5.99 million. It sold for $6.4 million — half a million over its asking price. Zellweger, beloved for her film roles as Bridget Jones and as Judy... ... [more]

    Cape Cod estate of Bunny Mellon, known as Scallop Path, sold for $19M

    A Cape Cod estate formerly owned by socialite Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon has been sold for $19 million.  Mellon, who passed away in 2014 at 103, was famously known for her significantly designed gardens, including her most heralded 1962 creation of the White House Rose Garden. The Rose Garden would go on to become a place where... ... [more]

    NYC’s safest neighborhood is this off-the-radar slice of Queens

    In a quest to identify the safest ’hood in all of NYC, The Post compiled and compared neighborhood data on everything from flood zones, crime rates, proximity to hospitals, 911 response times, evacuation routes, average temperature and green spaces and even rats per capita. ... [more]

    Indiana town offers $5K, free grandparent service to attract residents

    Greensburg, Indiana — spanning less than 10 square miles in Decatur County — is the latest small city trying to lure more remote workers to relocate there. ... [more]

    Paul Manafort sells Hamptons home for more than $10M asking price

    The sale of the 10-bedroom estate was so under the radar that not many people knew he had listed it, a source told The Post, adding that it went into contract shortly after it was put on the market a few months ago for $9.995 million. The sale closed last week. ... [more]

    Hospital for Special Surgery scores more room to operate

    The Hospital for Special Surgery is massively stretching its Upper East Side footprint with an expansion to a new tower on which Extell Development will break ground this year. ... [more]

    Bronx councilman steered shelter away from family-owned building

    A Bronx councilman helped steer a proposed homeless shelter away from a building his family owns, and now supports two shelters that many in the neighborhood say don't belong. ... [more]

    Recent commercial real estate transactions in New York. ... [more]

    As Risks of Climate Change Rise, Investors Seek Greener Buildings

    New technology and stricter standards allow them to better track a development’s carbon footprint. ... [more]

    How to Decorate Your Apartment Like an Artistic Director

    When Charlotte Moore moved into John McMartin’s Upper West Side co-op, it was ‘not pretty.’ Nearly five decades later, that’s been fixed. ... [more]

    A Surprise for Two ‘Creatives’: An Artists’ Loft in the East Village

    Amanda Paulsen and Peter Zusman found a 1,000-square-foot space on Avenue C for $3,200 a month — with a basement and a backyard. ... [more]

    A Queen Anne house in San Diego, a two-bedroom condominium in Berkeley and a midcentury-modern home in Altadena. ... [more]

    Recent residential sales in New York City and the region. ... [more]

    What’s the Best Way to Sublet My Apartment?

    Subletting an apartment in New York requires the landlord’s permission, and comes with a level of risk than may not be worth the rent you collect. ... [more]

    The Strange Appeal of Shelter TikTok

    TikTok has developed its own approach to home-design content: Skip over the home to obsess over the objects inside. ... [more]

    The Market for Single-Family Rentals Grows as Homeownership Wanes

    House hunters are attracted to the hassle-free living and lack of down payments, but there’s a trade-off: They give up the investment of owning a home. ... [more]

    Web searches show buyers in the U.S. favor some places in the Western Hemisphere when it comes to real estate. ... [more]

    Their last fiscal resort is taxing unrealized capital gains of ‘billionaires.’ ... [more]

    Why does the successful electric-car maker still need taxpayer subsidies? ... [more]

    As the Governor’s race tightens, the President makes an appearance. ... [more]

    The State Department wants to open a consulate to the Palestinians there despite Israel’s objections. ... [more]

    Elderly members of my synagogue worry a walk to the grocery store might land them in the emergency room. ... [more]

    The small Costa Rica town houses the only factory for major-league baseballs. ... [more]

    America’s pivot to Asia has stirred the most significant misunderstanding. ... [more]

    In Virginia, Terry McAuliffe backs claim of a stolen election—for Stacey Abrams. ... [more]

    We’ve seen it before. The 1986 reform led to the savings-and-loan crisis and the 1990-91 recession. ... [more]

    Citizens and elected officials claim to be public-spirited and say they care about the plight of those less fortunate, but they do not act meaningfully on their concern. ... [more]

    ASK THE BUILDER | You never ever want to put paint, grease or chlorine bleach into a septic tank. The only thing that should go into the tank is waste from your body and toilet paper. ... [more]

    ASK THE BUILDER | If you’re unfamiliar with how septic systems work, here’s a primer. ... [more]

    TOWN SQUARE | Approximately 12 acres of grapes have already been planted, and the abandoned farmhouse is being renovated to serve as a tasting room and community gathering place. ... [more]

    REAL ESTATE MATTERS | Almost none of the contracts contain clauses that discuss what happens when either the buyer or seller dies or becomes seriously ill. So it would be left up to the parties to negotiate a settlement. ... [more]

    AFFORDABLE HOME OF THE WEEK | The condo has upgraded floors that resemble wood, a renovated kitchen and bathroom and new lighting. ... [more]

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