Items Tagged with 'New York real estate'

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  • Home sales in Manhattan surge as wealthy buyers rush to avoid "mansion tax"

    Median home price rises to a record $1.2 million as sales jump 13%
    Manhattan homebuyers went on a shopping spree in the second quarter, rushing to buy properties before transfer taxes increased. The median sale price rose to a record $1.2 million, up 11% from a year earlier, as home sales reached 2,957, up from 2,629, according to a report Tuesday by Miller Samuel and Douglas Elliman Real Estate. The sales increase comes after six consecutive quarters of declining transactions, what the report called a “dry spell.”
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  • WSJ: Rent control law sends New York building values tumbling

    "Every spreadsheet in New York just changed," says one broker
    New York’s new rent control law could cause rent-stabilized apartment buildings to drop 20% to 45% in value, brokers and investors said in a Wall Street Journal story on Monday. "Every spreadsheet in New York just changed," said Steven Vegh, a real estate broker who sells buildings to investors.
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  • New York lawmakers stun the real estate industry with rent control redux

    WSJ Editorial Board calls it "a return to the bad old days"
    New York State Senate and Assembly leaders have passed expansive changes to rent control laws that stunned the real estate industry. The state’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, signed the bill on Friday, a day before the existing, more moderate law expired. Legislators won’t have to worry about wrangling over tenant protections every few years, like the old law. The bill makes these changes permanent.
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  • New York using $9 million from RBS settlement to fight zombie homes

    “Zombie 2.0” initiative will give cities more money to fight blight
    Continuing a fight that stretches all the way back to 2014, the state of New York is set to give its cities millions more in funding to address the glut of “zombie homes” that still blight many communities throughout the state. According to the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James, the money for these latest grants comes from the state’s $500 million settlement with RBS for the bank’s "deceptive mortgage bond practices."
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  • Senior execs at Vanguard Funding sent to jail for embezzling $8.9 million

    CFO and COO previously admitted to using warehouse loans for personal expenses
    The former chief operating officer and chief financial officer of New York-based lender Vanguard Funding will spend between 18 and 24 months in prison after admitting to embezzling more than $8.9 million from warehouse lines of credit that were meant to fund mortgages.
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  • New York foreclosure firm admits to cheating Fannie Mae, VA out of millions

    Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates accused of "systematically" overbilling expenses
    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced Tuesday that it reached a settlement with Rosicki, Rosicki & Associates, in which the law firm admitted to using its wholly owned affiliates, Enterprise Process Service and Paramount Land, to overcharge Fannie Mae and the VA for millions of dollars in foreclosure and eviction-related expenses.
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  • New York opens investigation into Trump real estate tax fraud allegations

    State officials respond to bombshell New York Times report
    New York state officials are investigating whether President Donald Trump, his father, and his family committed tax fraud in a series of complex real estate dealings designed to avoid federal tax laws, which supposedly built the president’s fortune, multiple outlets report. The investigation comes in the wake of a sprawling New York Times investigation into the Trump family and how the president made his money.
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  • RBS meets $400 million consumer relief goal by handing out $130 million in relief

    Bank completes consumer relief portion of its $500 million settlement with New York
    Just six months after the Royal Bank of Scotland reached a $500 million settlement with the state of New York over the bank’s mortgage practices in the run-up to the housing crisis, RBS has reached the settlement’s $400 million consumer relief goal, by providing just under $130 million in actual relief.
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