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Friday, May 9, 2008 | - New York Times

Senator’s Ties to Real Estate Draw Criticism

Senator Richard C. Shelby’s links to the mortgage industry are raising questions because of his role in deciding the fate of a bill to help struggling homeowners.

Friday, May 2, 2008 | - New York Times

Economic Clouds? Wall Street Sees Signs of Sunshine

Many on Wall Street, the epicenter of the credit mess, seem to think that the worst is over. For the first time in months, analysts and executives sound upbeat again. Many of them see a broad, sustained recovery in both the economy and the financial markets coming in the second half of this year, a prediction some market strategists call hopeful at best.

Friday, May 2, 2008 | - New York Times

House Panel Approves Bill to Assist Borrowers

The House Financial Services Committee pushed forward with an aggressive effort to help troubled homeowners, approving legislation that would make up to $300 billion in federally insured loans available to refinance the mortgages of borrowers in danger of foreclosure.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 | - New York Times

Fed Cuts Rate by a Quarter Point, to two percent

In the statement, the Fed governors said seemed to signal that inflation was still a concern. They said a “substantial easing of monetary policy to date, combined with ongoing measures to foster market liquidity, should help to promote moderate growth over time and to mitigate risks to economic activity.”

Wednesday, April 30, 2008 | - New York Times

Slight Economic Growth; Consumer Spending Weakens

The weak performance reflected the increasingly thrifty inclinations of American consumers in the face of plummeting real estate prices, tightening credit and a deteriorating job market. Economic growth was also hampered by a continued pullback in construction and business investment.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 | - The New York Sun

Plan To Cap Property Taxes Seen as Dead

The debate over a property tax cap in New York may be finished before it started. Weeks before a special state commission is expected to recommend a plan for imposing a cap on local school property tax increases, state lawmakers are signaling that the proposal will be dead on arrival.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008 | -The New York Observer

Hoe-Down! Stuy Town Tenants Square Dance for Change

New York City Councilman and Peter Cooper Village resident Dan Garodnick helped Stuy Town (square) dance its way toward landmark designation recently, as tenants of the 110-building, World War II-era housing complex officially (re)launched their landmarks campaign.

Monday, April 28, 2008 | - New York Times

Loan Industry Fighting Rules on Mortgages

The mortgage industry, facing the prospect of tougher regulations for its central role in the housing crisis, has begun an intensive campaign to fight back. One common industry criticism of the plan to put in place tougher regulations is that tighter rules could make many mortgages more expensive.

Thursday, April 24, 2008 | - New York Times

New-Home Sales Fall to Low Last Seen in 1990s

Inventories rose to the highest point in more than a quarter century as sales of new homes fell 8.5 percent, a far sharper decline than economists had forecast.

Saturday, April 19, 2008 | - New York Times

Town House Choices

At the start of the spring selling season, the Manhattan luxury market is blessed with some two-of-a-kind town houses twins, giving buyers a chance for some real comparison shopping.

Saturday, April 19, 2008 | - New York Times

Finding Your First Apartment in New York City

The dream: finding a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment in an elevator building with a doorman in Greenwich Village for $2,000 a month. The reality: nearly impossible. Everything you need to know to beat the competition and find that elusive place to live in New York City.

Saturday, April 19, 2008 | - New York Times

Storage room at the Dakota sells for $801,000

An $801,000 co-op sold at the Dakota, at 1 West 72nd Street facing Central Park, appears to have set a record as the highest-priced basement storage room in the annals of New York real estate.

Sunday, April 6, 2008 | - New York Times

Holding On. Why are big cities doing better in the national housing slump?

Why haven’t housing prices dropped so much in some big cities? It might have something to do with the movement of ideas. In 1996, $300,000 would have bought you either a four-bedroom house on Spear Street in Vermont, or a small two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan. Today the house would sell for about $600,000, while the apartment would cost more than $1 million.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008 | - New York Times

A Bipartisan Bid on Mortgage Aid Is Gaining Speed

Casting aside partisan differences, Senate Democratic and Republican leaders said that they would work urgently on a package of legislation to help millions of homeowners at risk of foreclosure. The push is the latest sign of a growing consensus that broader government action is needed to prevent a torrent of new foreclosures.

Monday, March 31, 2008 | - New York Times

Council Approves Congestion Pricing Measure on 30-20 Vote

The New York City Council approved a measure urging state lawmakers to vote in favor of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's congestion pricing proposal. The vote was 30 to 20, with one member absent.

Monday, March 31, 2008 | - New York Times

Jean Nouvel wins the Pritzker Prize

Jean Nouvel, the bold French architect known for such wildly diverse projects as the muscular Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and the exotically louvered Arab World Institute in Paris, has received architecture’s top honor, the Pritzker Prize.

Saturday, March 29, 2008 | - New York Magazine

Cooper Square; The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The new Cooper Square is all three. The area is a jangle of architectural styles: cast-iron facades garlanded with putti and cockle shells, an aspiring Parisian hotel with a Gallic mansard roof, and the copper-domed Ukrainian church. What the neighborhood needed most was a new wave of inspired idiosyncrasy.

Saturday, March 29, 2008 | - New York Magazine

Overseas Buyers Getting Wary of Condo Market?

Those overseas buyers who’ve been rumored to be driving the New York condo market may be starting to slam on the brakes according to this story.

Saturday, March 29, 2008 | - New York Times

Rethinking Real Estate

In more than 300 cities and counties across the United States, residential developers are asked — or forced — to include a certain amount of affordable housing in their projects.

Saturday, March 29, 2008 | - New York Times

Treasury Dept. Plan Would Give Fed Wide New Power

A plan that would give the Federal Reserve broad authority to oversee financial market stability could expose Wall Street to new scrutiny, but it avoids a call for tighter regulation.

Friday, March 28, 2008 | - New York Magazine

Has Boom Met Bust in Park Slope?

If you compare the Slope’s price trend with that of Tribeca—the richest Zip Code in New York, and by some measures the most desirable—the difference is stark.

Friday, March 28, 2008 | - downtown express

Crane inspections reveal problems at 3 Downtown sites

The Department of Buildings is expects to finish inspecting the city’s 30 tower cranes by April 15. Then the department will inspect the rest of the city’s approximately 220 cranes, which will take until the end of May.

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