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How a NYC Non-Profit Did a $26.5 Million Real Estate Deal Without Selling Its Building

Friday, January 16, 2015

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It sold something that's become equally valuable: air.

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PRI's The World

Caracas is finally ending the 'world's tallest squat'

Friday, September 12, 2014

The "Tower of David" in downtown Caracas is called "the world's tallest squat" because thousands of people have been living in the unfinished skyscraper. Now, the government is moving people to new housing outside the city — and many squatters have mixed feelings.

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WNYC News

Patrons Mourn the Closing of Milady's Bar in SoHo

Sunday, January 12, 2014

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A downtown bar known for cheap booze, cheese fries and local characters is closing. Milady's was a holdout in SoHo, a place customers said they'll dearly miss.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Development Deals; Hannukah in the U.S.; Lying

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Development projects are making their way through the approval pipeline in the final weeks of Mayor Bloomberg’s last term before Bill de Blasio takes office. Charles Bagli of The New York Times talks about the process and why developers are trying to get deals firmed up before the change in City Hall. Plus: your calls on the nature of Hannukah in the United States and how you celebrate the holiday; neuroscientist Sam Harris on his new essay on lying and the harmful deception in our society; and calls from shop owners promoting themselves to other listeners ahead of this weekend’s “Small Business Saturday.”

WNYC News

Report: Upstate Pols Wield Heavy Influence on City Housing Policies

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Republican state senators are the top recipients of campaign contributions from New York City's real estate industry, but over 70 percent of the politicians receiving these funds are not from the city, reported the non-profit advocacy group Common Cause New York.

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WNYC News

In Tight Housing Market, a Fistful of Dollars Beats a Mortgage

Thursday, April 11, 2013

According to the latest figures from the real estate firm Douglas Elliman, there are fewer homes for sale and prices are rising in Queens, Brooklyn and Westchester. But there’s another trend not shown in these numbers: the increasing dominance of all-cash buyers.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The State of Real Estate

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Jhoanna Robledo, real estate reporter at New York magazine, and Nick Timiraos, Wall Street Journal real estate reporter, talk about Obama's housing rescue plan, the latest real estate market indicators, and whatever became of all those vacant condos.

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Features

MTA: Shake Shack and Apple Will Open Shop at Grand Central

Monday, July 25, 2011

The new stores are expected to generate more rental income for the landlord of Grand Central, the MTA, along with more foot traffic.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What's in a (Neighborhood) Name?

Monday, April 25, 2011

John Del Signore, managing editor of Gothamist, discusses what happens when Crown Heights becomes "ProCro" or the South Bronx becomes "SoBro."

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WNYC News

Financial 411: Wall Street Bonuses Shrink and Gas Prices Rise

Friday, February 25, 2011

Lower Government Spending Slows Economic Growth

Reduced spending by state and local governments meant the U.S. economy grew at a slower pace in the final months of 2010 than originally calculated. The Commerce Department said fourth-quarter GDP expanded at an annual rate of 2.8 percent, not 3.2 percent as first estimated. The revised report also found that consumers spent less than previously thought.

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WNYC News

Potential Buyer Emerges for Beleaguered Bronx Buildings

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

For tenants living in 10 poorly maintained buildings in the Bronx, a new potential buyer for the buildings, which have been languishing in foreclosure, could renew the hope of those wishing to rid their apartments of conditions one official described as "disgraceful."

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WNYC News

Queens Neighborhood Considered for Landmark Status

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

New York City is commemorating Black History Month while considering landmarks status for a Queens neighborhood and four buildings on Staten Island.

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WNYC News

Home Prices Rise in Brooklyn, Queens

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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Prices of homes sold in Queens and Brooklyn in the fourth quarter rose five and six percent, respectively, from the same period in 2009, according to a New York City appraisal firm.

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WNYC News

City Hopes Bakery Will Lift Historic Harlem Market

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

The city is hoping a new tenant in a once-thriving marketplace will cook up renewed interest in this historic La Marqueta space below the MetroNorth tracks in East Harlem.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

SoHo Lofts: Artists-Only

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A long-standing law states that certain SoHo lofts be allocated for city-certified artists. Christine Haughney, New York Times Metro reporter, discusses the recent crackdown on tenants skirting the regulations.

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WNYC News

Foreclosures Rise In July But Down from Last Year

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The number of homeowners receiving a notice of foreclosure increased nearly 4 percent from June to July according to the online foreclosure tracking company RealtyTrac. One in every 397 U.S. housing units received a foreclosure filing last month. “Filings” covers default notices, home auctions and bank repossessions.

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The Takeaway

In Desirable Boston Suburbs, 'McMansions' on the Rise

Friday, July 16, 2010

They’re back: Massive homes, heavy on square footage and sometimes light on architectural style, are seeing a resurgence in certain Boston-area communities.

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The Takeaway

Is There Hope for the Housing Market?

Friday, May 28, 2010

Home sales beat expectations in April, in part due to a now-expired homebuyer tax credit and low mortgage rates. Sales of previously owned homes rose 7.6 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.77 million, according to a report out this week by the National Association of Realtors. And mortgage rates have dropped to their lowest point so far this year, according to loan giant Freddie Mac. So is the housing market finally recovering?

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WQXR News

Real Estate Scams Flourish in Brooklyn

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Even in a depressed real estate market, mortgage fraud and other related crimes continue to be a major problem, according to Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes.

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The Takeaway

The Fine Print: Mortgages

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

So you want to get in the real estate game while rates are low and affordable property is abundant? Before you hop on the gravy train, be wary of the fine print. As part of our weeklong series on Life in Fine Print, we talk with Dan Green, loan officer at Waterstone Mortgage and author of themortgagereports.com. He explains why all those ads promising low APRs and fantastic terms might be concealing a slightly more complicated truth.

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