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Friday, October 31, 2008 | - WSJ Developments blog

Foreclosure Auctions Slow to Unload Inventory

So far this year, 748,381 homes—or 46% of the foreclosures—have gone into the possession of the banks as real-estate owned, or REOs, because no bidders were interested in them at auction. Wouldn't it be better for banks to renegotiate principle amounts and avoid both the loss to homeowners and the continuing downward spiral?

Friday, October 31, 2008 | - Economix Blog - NYTimes.com

Debating the Stock Market

Jeremy Siegel — an economist at the Wharton School and NY Times' David Leonhardt had a brief debate on CNBC about whether stocks are cheap right now.

Friday, October 31, 2008 | - NYTimes.com

Brokers’ Blogs Help Second-Home Buyers Focus Their Searches

That real-estate agents have an online presence is nothing new. (According to a 2007 study from the National Association of Realtors, 84 percent of home buyers use the Internet in their search.) What’s changing, however, is the growing importance that blogs play in the real-estate world in general.

Friday, October 31, 2008 | - New York Post

NYC to buy 115 forclosed homes to stabilize neighborhoods

The city plans to buy up to 115 foreclosed homes to stabilize neighborhoods as part of a broader effort to help struggling New Yorkers, Mayor Bloomberg announced yesterday.

Friday, October 31, 2008 | - Wall Street Journal

Gifting your house and living in it too

A qualified personal residence trust, or QPRT, allow homeowners to live in a property for many years before passing it on to their heirs. Though the trusts have been around for many years, many estate planners say now could be a good time to set one up since real estate values have fallen dramatically in many markets.

Friday, October 31, 2008 | - The Real Deal

Manhattan House faces lending woes

The record $1.1 billion Manhattan House conversion on the Upper East Side has run into resistance from several major commercial banks that have either refused to finance condo deals there or demanded exorbitant down payments from contracted buyers.

Friday, October 31, 2008 | - The Real Deal

New York REITs show declines in third quarter

Boston Properties reported a nearly $200 million decline in net income, from $242.4 million at the end of the third quarter in 2007 to $48.5 million as of September 30 this year. The share price declined from $1.17 to $1.15.

Thursday, October 30, 2008 | - NYTimes.com

Seeing Gold in Target’s Real Estate

William Ackman, the activist investor and hedge-fund manager, wants Target Corporation, the large discount chain, to sell the land underneath its stores to a new unit set up for the purpose. Target, he proposes, would pay rent to the spinoff, with existing Target shareholders gaining stakes in the new real estate business.

Thursday, October 30, 2008 | - NYTimes.com

Original Team Tries to Revive Starbucks

Starbucks is to some extent real estate driven, a business that depends on selecting visible, convenient locations. Arthur Rubinfeld led the company’s real estate and design division throughout the ’90s, fashioning an expansion strategy that focused on traffic patterns and demographics and became a model for the rest of the retail world.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 | - NYTimes.com

Government Said to Be Discussing Plan to Aid Homeowners

The initiative could be the most sweeping government effort directed at mortgage borrowers since the financial crisis began last year. Under the plan, the government would agree to shoulder half of the losses on home loans if mortgage companies agreed to lower borrowers’ monthly payments for at least five years.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 | – Real Estate Q&A – NYTimes.com

Expert Q&A: A Downturn for New York Real Estate?

Vicki Been, director of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University, and Jonathan J. Miller, the president of Miller Samuel Inc., an appraisal company, answered questions on how history might be a guide to the current real estate market in New York City.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 | - NYTimes.com

Rattled by Housing Slide, Consumers See Worse to Come

Consumer confidence fell to its lowest level in at least 40 years, a survey said Tuesday, as falling home prices and steep declines in the stock market took a sharp toll on the faith of Americans in the economy.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 | - Inman News

Prospects for buyers improve

Purchase a home in 67 of the nation's 100 largest metropolitan areas and you should be able to build positive equity by 2012, according to a new study comparing ownership and rental costs.

Monday, October 27, 2008 | - NYTimes.com

This Man Could Ruin Your Renovation Plans

Looking to tear down a wall or relocate a bathroom? If you’re a Manhattan co-op owner, there’s a chance you’ll have to run that renovation project by Elliott Glass.

Friday, October 24, 2008 | - mortgage news daily

Mortgage Modifications Encouraged By FDIC

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairperson Sheila Bair told lawmakers about her plans to use methods pioneered by several existing programs to encourage mortgage servicers to increase the pace of loan modifications for homeowners facing foreclosure.

Friday, October 24, 2008 | - New York Post

Upside downtown

The forthcoming 56 Leonard, a 60-story residential tower designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron, is set to rise in TriBeCa, and represents the epitome of downtown luxury.

Friday, October 24, 2008 | - Bloomberg.com

Paulson Is Said to Plan Buying Stakes in Regional U.S. Banks

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is preparing to take stakes in a number of regional U.S. banks as he seeks to halt the freeze of credit to businesses and households

Friday, October 24, 2008 | - NYTimes.com

In China, Steps to Ease Mortgages as Real Estate Loses Its Sizzle

China’s real estate bubble has lost its fizz in many cities, complicating the government’s effort to manage an economic slowdown here. Fearing a surge in loan defaults for banks, the Chinese government announced a series of measures to support real estate prices.

Friday, October 24, 2008 | - NYTimes.com

Greenspan Concedes Error on Regulation

Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve chairman, said he “made a mistake” in trusting that free markets could regulate themselves admitting that he had put too much faith in the self-correcting power of free markets and had failed to anticipate the self-destructive power of wanton mortgage lending.

Friday, October 24, 2008 | - NYTimes.com

U.S. Vows More Help for Homeowners

A senior policy maker told a Senate committee that the administration was working on a plan under which the government would offer to shoulder some of the losses on loans that are modified.

Thursday, October 23, 2008 | - City Room Blog - NYTimes.com

Council Votes, 29 to 22, to Extend Term Limits

After a spirited, emotional and at times raucous debate, the New York City Council voted, 29 to 22, on Thursday afternoon to extend term limits, allowing Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to seek re-election next year and undoing the result of two voter referendums that had imposed a limit of two four-year terms.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 | - Economix Blog - NYTimes.com

Why the Decline in Housing Starts Is Good News

The declining level of building activity is not a harbinger of another Great Depression, but an entirely appropriate reaction to recent building which ran far ahead of new household formation. The low level of housing starts is a sign that the housing market is just heading back towards what economists call equilibrium, where supply equals demand and prices reflect supply costs.

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