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Homes That Sold for Around $750,000
Real Estate, Today

Recent residential sales in New York City and the region.

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What Is ‘Good Cause Eviction,’ and What Does It Mean for Renters?
Real Estate, Yesterday

Under current New York State law, landlords are not required to offer new leases to market-rate tenants. That could soon change.

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A Room in Midtown Is Quietly Fighting the Battle Against City Noise
Real Estate, May 20

A new room in Manhattan, billed as ‘one of the quietest in the world,’ is designed to help developers and architects defend your ears.

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Priceless Sculptures Are ‘Literally Being Chipped Away’
Real Estate, May 20

More than 1,000 terra-cotta sculptures — of firefighters, mermaids, steelworkers — adorn the walls of Parkchester in the Bronx. Is there a plan to protect them?

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Into a Terra-Cotta Dreamland
Slideshow, May 20

Residents ask if there is a master plan to protect the more than 1,000 sculptures.

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A House With ‘Good Bones’? ‘Original Details’? It Could Be a Complete Wreck.
Real Estate, May 20

Putting the best possible face on a property in just a few sentences requires finesse. Sometimes the descriptions go overboard.

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Open Houses and Sticky Fingers
Real Estate, May 20

Real estate agents warn that open houses can sometimes turn into magic shows — personal items just disappear. “Kleptomania is a real condition,” one agent said.

Homes for Sale in New York City
Real Estate, May 19

This week’s properties are in Manhattan Valley, on the Upper West Side and in Bushwick.

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$2.5 Million Homes in Illinois, the District of Columbia and Arizona
Real Estate, May 18

A Queen Anne Revival house in Hinsdale, a two-bedroom condo unit in Washington and a 2016 home in Phoenix.

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$2.5 Million Homes in Illinois, the District of Columbia and Arizona
Slideshow, May 18

A Queen Anne Revival house in Hinsdale, a two-bedroom condo unit in Washington and a 2016 home in Phoenix.

Listen: How rising interest rates are cooling the hot housing market.
Business, May 18

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Know your risks. Then prepare.
Climate, May 17

Researchers used new data to calculate fire threats to homes and other properties throughout the lower 48 states. We made a map.

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Early Adopters of Remote Work, They Moved Upstate Before Covid
Real Estate, May 17

Drawn by the dream of life in the country, one Washington, D.C., couple took a chance on a ramshackle property in Ulster County, N.Y.

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Making the Dream of Country Life a Reality
Slideshow, May 17

Drawn by the idea of living upstate, one Washington, D.C., couple took a chance on a ramshackle property in Ulster County.

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$2.7 Million Homes in California
Real Estate, May 16

A midcentury-style retreat in Palm Springs, an Edwardian house in Palo Alto and a renovated 1948 home in Sonoma.

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$2.7 Million Homes in California
Slideshow, May 16

A midcentury-style retreat in Palm Springs, an Edwardian house in Palo Alto and a renovated 1948 home in Sonoma.

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Shopping for Adirondack Chairs
Real Estate, May 16

Nothing says summer like a pair of these classic outdoor lounge chairs.

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Here Are the Wildfire Risks to Homes Across the Lower 48 States
Interactive, May 16

New data was used to calculate fire risk to residential and other properties. The threats are rising.

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Homes That Sold for Around $1 Million
Real Estate, May 15

Recent residential sales in New York City and the region.

Beach Houses on the Outer Banks Are Being Swallowed by the Sea
U.S., May 14

A neighborhood of vacation homes off the coast of North Carolina has become a symbol of the effects of rising oceans.

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I’m on a Monthly Lease. Can My Landlord Suddenly Evict Me and My Dog?
Real Estate, May 14

Renting on a month-to-month basis can leave tenants in a vulnerable position. But landlords often want to make a deal rather than evict.

Helicopters vs. Homeowners: A Very Hamptons Fight
Real Estate, May 13

The East Hampton Airport is set to close on May 17, but frequent fliers, business owners and others have filed lawsuits to keep it open.

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Saving Modernism in the Hamptons
Real Estate, May 13

Timothy Godbold, an interior designer based in Southampton, became a Hamptons preservationist after learning that so many modernist houses have been torn down.

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Ma’s House: An Artist Fulfills His Grandmother’s Dying Wish
Real Estate, May 13

Jeremy Dennis, a fine-art photographer and Shinnecock Nation tribe member, has turned his childhood house into a studio for exhibitions, workshops, and a residency program for BIPOC artists.

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Troubled Student Housing Firm Would Pay Tens of Millions to Investors
Business, May 12

A $50 million agreement by Nelson Partners over a high-rise near the University of Texas may force it to sell interests in other properties.

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They Wanted a Hamptons Home With Investment Potential. What Could They Find for About $2 Million?
Interactive, May 12

After buying and selling a couple of houses on the South Fork over the years, a couple went looking for a home they could enjoy with their children long into the future — and that would generate some rent revenue. Which option did they choose?

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House Hunting in the United Arab Emirates: A Solar-Powered Palace in Dubai
Real Estate, May 11

In the Persian Gulf city, 50,000 new residences are expected to be completed by year’s end, which should keep a check on soaring prices.

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12,000 Square Feet of Luxury in Dubai
Slideshow, May 11

This six-bedroom in the Dahlia section of Al Barari, an eco-friendly community near the Persian Gulf in Dubai, is on the market for $4.1 million.

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Cutchogue, N.Y.: An Appealing Alternative to the Hamptons
Real Estate, May 11

The Suffolk County hamlet attracts buyers with walkable beaches, low-key restaurants and good schools. But finding a home there has never been harder.

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Gardening Shouldn’t Be Painful. Here’s How to Avoid Common Injuries.
Real Estate, May 11

“GardenFit,” a new public television series, shows that gardeners need as much attention as their plants.

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Living In ... Cutchogue, N.Y.
Slideshow, May 11

The Suffolk County hamlet attracts buyers with walkable beaches, low-key restaurants and good schools. But finding a home there has never been harder.

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Melissa Gilbert and Tim Busfield, on Their Upstate Escape
Real Estate, May 10

The ‘Little House on the Prairie’ star, who has a new memoir out, and her husband, the actor and director, collaborated happily on their Sullivan County retreat. Just don’t ask about the pleather recliner.

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At Home With Melissa Gilbert and Tim Busfield
Slideshow, May 10

The ‘Little House on the Prairie’ star her husband collaborated happily on their Sullivan County retreat. Just don’t ask about the pleather recliner.

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For Tens of Millions of Americans, the Good Times Are Right Now
Business, May 10

Their houses are piggy banks, their retirement accounts are up and their bosses are eager to please. When the boom ends, everything will change.

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$1 Million Homes in California
Real Estate, May 9

A storybook house in Fullerton, a midcentury ranch in Calistoga and a three-bedroom condominium unit in Los Angeles.

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$1 Million Homes in California
Slideshow, May 9

A storybook house in Fullerton, a midcentury ranch in Calistoga and a three-bedroom condominium unit in Los Angeles.

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The Apartment Is Affordable, but the Neighborhood Sure Isn’t
Real Estate, May 9

A woman had a low-enough income to qualify for a HUD-sponsored apartment in Southampton, but then she went to the grocery store.

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Homes That Sold for Around $1.5 Million
Real Estate, May 8

Recent residential sales in New York City and the region.

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So You Want to Buy an Electric Car. Where Are You Going to Charge It?
Real Estate, May 7

A standard 120-volt outlet in your garage can do the job, if slowly. Anything more may require an electrician and a steeper price tag.

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Panel Backs Rent Increases for More Than 2 Million New Yorkers
New York, May 5

In a preliminary vote, the city board voted to back the largest increases since 2013. The increases were less than what landlords had hoped for but more than what tenants had proposed.

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Wages Can’t Keep Up With Spike in Housing Prices
Real Estate, May 5

Across the globe, the 10 cities that experienced the largest drops in affordability in 2021 were all in the U.S., new research shows.

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They Wanted a House in Los Angeles, Without the Bidding War. Would Their Budget Be Enough?
Interactive, May 5

After years of renting in Seattle, two first-time buyers ventured down to Southern California with about $925,000 to spend on a two-bedroom house. Here’s what they found.

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Homes for Sale in New York City
Slideshow, May 4

This week’s listings are in Midtown, on the Upper East Side and in Flatbush.

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Looming Rent Increase of Up to 9 Percent Tests Adams’s Housing Priorities
New York, May 4

Some Democrats are calling proposed increases for New York City’s roughly one million rent-stabilized apartments “unconscionable.” Mayor Eric Adams says he wants to support small landlords.

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House Hunting in France: An Updated 19th-Century Farm on a French Island
Real Estate, May 4

Demand in the La Rochelle region, as in many second-home markets and areas amenable to remote work, has grown sharply in recent years.

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A 19th-Century French Farmhouse With Period Detail
Slideshow, May 4

This 19th-century five-bedroom house on the island of Île de Ré, just off France’s mid-Atlantic coast, is on the market for $2.24 million.

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$475,000 Homes in Massachusetts, Oklahoma and Virginia
Real Estate, May 4

A Cape Cod-style cottage in Amherst, a Prairie-style house in Oklahoma City and a 1913 home in Norfolk.

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$475,000 Homes in Massachusetts, Oklahoma and Virginia
Slideshow, May 4

A Cape Cod-style cottage in Amherst, a Prairie-style house in Oklahoma City and a 1913 home in Norfolk.

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Fed rate increases don’t directly affect mortgages. But home rates will likely keep rising, too.
Your Money, May 4

Mortgage rates tend to track the yield on 10-year Treasury bonds, which is influenced by a variety of factors, including expectations for inflation.

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Montgomery, N.J.: An Under-the-Radar Suburb Near Princeton
Real Estate, May 4

This Somerset County township may not be as well known as its famous neighbor, but residents take pride in their ‘wonderful community’ and its growing diversity.

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Living In ... Montgomery, N.J.
Slideshow, May 4

This Somerset County township may not be as well known as its neighbors, but residents take pride in their welcoming community and its growing diversity.

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Why Your Garden Needs Mulch (Assuming You Do It Right)
Real Estate, May 4

Used correctly, mulch builds and improves your soil like nothing else. But don’t make these common mistakes.

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In Housing Court, Tenants Are Being Evicted Again
New York, May 3

New York City tenants have been tossed out of their homes in more than 500 cases since the eviction moratorium was lifted.

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After a Two-Year Dip, Evictions Accelerate in New York
New York, May 2

Activity in the city’s housing courts, which used to process more eviction cases than any other city in the nation, is rising after a pandemic moratorium.

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$5 Million Homes in California
Real Estate, May 2

A Spanish-style house in Santa Monica, a 1925 Tudor Revival home in Ojai and a Craftsman-inspired bungalow in Los Gatos.

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What You Get for $5 Million in California
Slideshow, May 2

A Spanish-style house in Santa Monica, a 1925 Tudor Revival home in Ojai and a Craftsman-inspired bungalow in Los Gatos.

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Shopping for Outdoor Planters
Real Estate, May 2

Spring is here (whether or not it feels like it), and it’s time to spruce up the patio.

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How to Figure Out if You Can Actually Afford That New Home
Your Money, May 1

It’s tempting to jump into the home-buying frenzy. But with prices up and mortgage rates surging, make sure you do the math first.

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The Extraordinary Wealth Created by the Pandemic Housing Market
The Upshot, May 1

Rarely have so many Americans gained so much equity in so little time, but it’s also inseparable from the housing affordability crisis.

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Homes That Sold for Around $400,000
Real Estate, May 1

Recent residential sales in New York City and the region.

My Neighbor Is Exploiting Our Shared Property Line. What Can I Do?
Real Estate, April 30

When miscommunications arise between neighbors, it’s often best to start with the benefit of the doubt, then escalate if necessary.

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Saving the History of the Pines on Fire Island
Real Estate, April 29

Bobby Bonanno created the Fire Island Pines Historical Preservation Society, collecting photographs and documents and conducting interviews.

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A Black Man Ran to Gay Enclaves to Feel Safe. But Was He Welcome?
Real Estate, April 29

Zach Stafford, the former editor in chief of The Advocate, traveled to gay safe havens as he has for so many summers, but the summer of 2020 was different.

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10 Years After Sandy, Fire Island’s Fragile Beaches Are Holding Up
Real Estate, April 29

A $170 million effort by the federal government helped the island recover in the aftermath of the 2012 hurricane, but residents recognize that another storm could wash all the progress away.

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Hidden in a Fire Island House, the Soundtrack of Love and Loss
Interactive, April 29

In tragedy, music provided solace during the AIDS epidemic, and newly discovered cassette tapes captured two decades of parties and pain.

Homes for Sale in New York and Connecticut
Real Estate, April 28

This week’s properties are a four-bedroom house in North Woodmere, N.Y., and a three-bedroom house in Fairfield, Conn.

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Homes for Sale in New York City
Real Estate, April 28

This week’s available properties are in Greenwich Village, Turtle Bay and Fort Greene.

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Home building is an economic bright spot, even as the housing market cools.
Business, April 28

Large developments are planned months or years in advance, and there is still plenty of demand for new dwellings.

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Here’s Where Beach House Rentals Earn the Most Revenue
Real Estate, April 28

A study found the most profitable beach towns for landlords.

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A Fire Island Upgrade for Around $1 Million? Their Options Were Limited.
Interactive, April 28

After a few years of packing guests into their ‘quintessential tiny beach cottage,’ a couple searched the island for something bigger, maybe even with a pool. Here’s what they found.

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House Hunting in Italy: A Converted 13th-Century Church Outside Milan
Real Estate, April 27

The Italian fashion center has been trying on a new look, with sleek developments rising fast among the city’s historic buildings.

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A Restored Church Outside Milan, Italy
Slideshow, April 27

This four-bedroom brick home, in a converted 13th-century church just outside of Milan, Italy, is on the market for $3.4 million.

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What You Get for $2.9 Million
Slideshow, April 27

An 1846 country estate in Salisbury, Conn.; a 1992 house in Mountain Brook, Ala.; and a three-bedroom retreat with water views in Bellingham, Wash.

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Is a Kitchen Island Essential? No, but You Know You Want One.
Real Estate, April 26

Here’s how to design an island that works for your particular space and the way you use your kitchen.

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$2.2 Million Homes in California
Real Estate, April 25

A Spanish-style home in Los Angeles, a three-bedroom condominium in San Francisco and a midcentury ranch house in Kentfield.

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What You Get for $2.2 Million in California
Slideshow, April 25

A Spanish-style home in Los Angeles, a three-bedroom condominium in San Francisco and a midcentury ranch house in Kentfield.

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The Floodwaters Receded, and the Sun Brightened a New Beginning
Real Estate, April 25

The move into a Jersey City apartment that had been damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 went well. Then came the one-two punch of Henri and Ida last summer.

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Homes That Sold for Around $600,000
Real Estate, April 24

Recent residential sales in New York City and the region.

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Chinatown’s Civic Groups Have Held Developers at Bay. Can They Survive?
New York, April 23

The groups have held back gentrification in an area surrounded by development. The future of one of Manhattan’s few working-class neighborhoods is at stake.

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Why the Road Is Getting Even Rockier for First-Time Home Buyers
U.S., April 23

Investors and corporations are buying up houses and turning them into rental properties. In Charlotte, N.C., that is adding to the hurdles facing would-be buyers navigating a brutal market.

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My Neighbor’s Hoarding Is Befouling the Building. What Can We Do?
Real Estate, April 23

Residents are entitled to safe and habitable living conditions, despite a neighbor’s mental health struggles. You may have to act forcefully.

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No Stairs, No Yard Work. Two Empty Nesters Search for Their Forever Home.
Interactive, April 21

After their neighbors gradually moved away, a Long Island couple decided to seek ‘a less complicated life’ in an amenity-filled complex nearby. Which option would you choose?

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Getting Older and Living in Luxury
Interactive, April 19

I visited a new luxury building for older adults in San Francisco.

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Bailing on Brooklyn for the ‘Ridgewood Revival.’ But Could They Afford a House?
Interactive, April 14

Two first-time buyers took a budget of up to $700,000 across the border from Bushwick. Which option would you choose?

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Exploring White Plains for a Suitable Family Home: How Far Would Their Budget Go?
Interactive, April 7

A family of four took their wish list to the Battle Hill neighborhood of White Plains, N.Y., in search of a second bathroom, space for guests and a decent yard. Here’s what they found.

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Two Midwest Transplants Get a ‘Price Shock’ in Southern California. Which Home Would You Choose?
Interactive, March 31

A young couple relocating from Ohio hoped to find a two-bedroom with modern appliances and updates, but discovered they would have to scale back their expectations or scale up their budget. Here’s where they landed.

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At the Intersection of Race and Housing
Interactive, March 31

I recently learned more about the history of an effort to integrate South Orange and Maplewood.

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Enough With the Street Parking: She Needed a House With a Driveway. Which Option Would You Choose?
Interactive, March 3

With two children in tow, a longtime renter braved a frenetic market, fearing she ‘was never going to find anything.’ Her perseverance paid off.

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A Wedding or a House? One Couple Made Their Choice in the San Fernando Valley.
Interactive, February 24

Two first-time buyers set out to find a single-family house, knowing that their $750,000 budget would limit their options in a frenzied market. Here’s what they found.

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Their Windowless Living Room Wasn’t Cutting It in the Pandemic, but Could They Afford More in Manhattan?
Interactive, February 17

When their home suddenly became their office, a couple decided it was time to ditch their dark Chelsea rental and seek more space. Which option would you choose?

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How Crypto Wealth Is Gentrifying Puerto Rico
Interactive, February 10

Some Puerto Ricans are worried they’ll have to leave the island as crypto investors snap up properties causing a spike in housing costs.

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He Wanted Classic Charm and a Nice Kitchen in Upper Manhattan. Which Option Would You Choose?
Interactive, February 10

After a decade in his Hudson Heights studio, a first-time buyer began to crave ‘more of a home,’ where he could entertain friends. But what would his $500,000 budget allow?

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The Ticking Clock for Miami's Condo Empire
Interactive, January 28

Last summer’s collapse in Surfside, Fla., exposed a startling truth: There are thousands of aging condo buildings that could be next — and few steps being taken to prevent another tragedy.

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They Bought a Bay Area House Sight Unseen. Which of These Would You Have Chosen?
Interactive, January 27

With three children and a fourth on the way, a young couple planned a return to their home state of California — but did most of their searching from Denver. Here’s what they saw.

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What to Expect in This Wild Housing Market
Interactive, January 21

Is there a chance of a break from soaring prices? Probably not in the short term. Here’s why.

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A Single-Family House for Under $800,000? One Family of Five Combs Queens for More Space.
Interactive, January 20

After they became ‘outnumbered by kids,’ a couple decided it was time to upgrade their two-bedroom apartment. But could they find something big enough in the city?

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An Upper West Side Upgrade, but No Doorman, Please. Which Home Would You Choose?
Interactive, January 13

For two young renters, moving from a fifth-floor walk-up to a ‘forever home’ meant heading north. Here’s what they found.

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He Wanted More Space for Less Money in Brooklyn. Which Apartment Would You Choose?
Interactive, January 6

A longtime renter looked around Bedford-Stuyvesant for the best deal he could find, focusing on condos rather than co-ops, so he could have “more control over what I wanted to do to my place.” Here’s what he found.

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Two Children, One Bathroom: A Los Angeles Family Stretches the Budget for an Upgrade. Which Home Would You Choose?
Interactive, December 30

Finding a house big enough to accommodate their growing family was hard enough. Doing it just as the pandemic market exploded was even trickier.

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A One-Bedroom in Brooklyn or a Two-Bedroom in New Jersey? These First-Time Buyers Weighed the Options.
Interactive, December 23

In need of work-from-home space and a quieter street, a couple tested how far their money would go in central Brooklyn and across the Hudson River. Here’s what they found.

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Two New York Newbies Dive Into Midtown Manhattan. Which Apartment Would You Choose?
Interactive, December 16

After years of visiting the city to see their children and grandchildren, a retired couple decided to put down roots in New York. But could they find a balance of comfort and convenience in the center of Manhattan?

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A Young Buyer Seeks Old-Fashioned Charm in Brooklyn. Which Apartment Would You Choose?
Interactive, December 9

Coming from ‘a wild unicorn of an apartment’ in Williamsburg, this first-time buyer sought a studio or one-bedroom with vintage character — but without vintage problems. Here’s what she found.

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Tired of the East Coast, They Followed Their Hearts to Los Angeles. But Where Would They End Up Living?
Interactive, November 25

Intent on giving themselves ‘the best shot at being happy with California,’ a young couple tested the rental market, where their money would go further. Here’s what they found.

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A One-Bedroom on the Upper West Side or Lincoln Square? Here’s What Her $900,000 Budget Would Allow.
Interactive, September 30

After decades of suburban life in Rockland County, an empty nester decided to jump into the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. Which of these options would you choose?

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In the Los Angeles Suburbs, They Stretched Their Budget to Buy a Family Home. Which Would You Choose?
Interactive, September 23

In pursuit of a four-bedroom house within reasonable commuting distance of downtown, a couple toured nearly 40 homes to get the right mix of space and amenities. Here’s what they found.

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With Plans for a Baby, They Wanted a Place With a Second Bedroom and Lots of Amenities. Which Would You Choose?
Interactive, September 9

A couple from Mexico City knew that if they were going to buy, ‘it had to be now’ — before interest rates went up. Here’s what they found in Brooklyn for less than $2 million.

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Exploring Manhattan’s Junior Fours. Which Apartment Would You Choose?
Interactive, September 2

After the pandemic forced them to re-evaluate their small Murray Hill rental, a couple got a crash course in New York’s complex buying market. Here’s what they found.

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A First-Time Buyer Took His $500,000 to the Upper West Side. Which Home Would You Choose?
Interactive, August 26

After fleeing the city during the pandemic, a longtime renter returned with a mission to buy a co-op in his favorite neighborhood. But what could he afford in one of Manhattan’s priciest areas?

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For Her First New York City Apartment, She Wanted a Place Downtown. Which Home Would You Choose?
Interactive, August 19

After paying $400 a month for a house in Jackson, Miss., she was shocked by New York prices. Here’s what she found for around $2,000 a month.

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His ‘Sweet Spot’: Classic Brownstone Exterior, Modern Interior. Which Home Would You Choose?
Interactive, August 12

When his landlord raised the rent during the pandemic, this Brooklyn renter decided it was time to buy. Here’s what he found for less than $1 million in Carroll Gardens.

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When Home Became the Office, They Needed More Space. Which Apartment Would You Choose?
Interactive, August 5

A young couple, realizing they weren’t going back to their workplaces ‘probably ever,’ set a $500,000 budget for a two-bedroom in the Sunset Park area of Brooklyn. Here’s what they found.

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During the Pandemic, Her $600,000 Went Further. Which Apartment Did She Choose?
Interactive, July 29

After putting off a purchase to invest in her business, a longtime renter saw an opportunity to buy a place in Brooklyn with the amenities she had always wanted. Here’s what she found.

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They Wanted a House in the Bronx for Less Than $750,000. Which Option Would You Choose?
Interactive, July 22

Desperate to escape an apartment beset by noisy neighbors, one family went on the hunt for an affordable three-bedroom house near a convenient subway line. Here’s what they found.

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Exploring Affordable-Housing Options in Brooklyn and Queens. Which Home Would You Choose?
Interactive, July 8

After splitting rent with roommates for years, a couple researched the city’s housing lotteries and found that they qualified for many places.

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The Downtown Office District Was Vulnerable. Even Before Covid.
Interactive, July 7

With the future of office work deeply uncertain, the debate has sharpened about what downtowns should be.

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Rents Were Down, but Could They Afford the West Village? These Were Their Options.
Interactive, July 1

Stuck in a studio during the pandemic, a couple tested the soft Manhattan rental market, in search of more space and a few conveniences. Which place would you choose?

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Seeking a House in the Bronx for $600,000. Which Option Would You Choose?
Interactive, June 24

For their first purchase together, a couple sought to avoid co-op and condo boards, focusing instead on single-family houses. Here’s what they could afford on their budget.

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Heading Uptown For a Fresh Start, With $450,000. Which Option Did They Choose?
Interactive, June 17

After decades in the East Village, where they managed their own building, a couple longed for something easier in a new neighborhood. Here’s what they found.

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Sharing a Studio During Covid Wasn’t Ideal. Which Upgrade Did They Choose?
Interactive, June 10

With the city shut down last summer, a couple took their $4,000 budget to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in search of a place where they could work from home in peace. Here’s what they found.

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New York Is Back. Now It Has a Second Chance.
Interactive, June 8

America’s greatest city is beating the pandemic. Can it also recover from decades of division and neglect?

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Getting to Know Jackson Heights and Its Two-Bedrooms. Which One Would You Choose?
Interactive, June 3

After falling for the Queens neighborhood, a couple began looking for an apartment there, in a co-op building with an elevator and easy access to Manhattan. Here’s what they found.

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Hoboken or Jersey City? A Couple Tested Their $625,000 Budget in Each. Which Home Would You Choose?
Interactive, May 27

When the pandemic forced them to rethink their living situation, two Manhattanites went looking for a two-bedroom they could afford — as long as it was an easy commute back into the city.

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She Wanted a Post-Retirement Manhattan Pad for Under $900,000. Which Option Would You Choose?
Interactive, May 20

After almost three decades in Washington, D.C., a recent retiree decided it was time to move closer to her daughter and grandchildren in New York. Figuring out where to spend her money was a little harder.

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What We Spent in a Month
Interactive, May 18

Six American families open their doors — and their wallets — to show us how much life costs.

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Stretching Their $700,000 Budget for a One-Bedroom in Lower Manhattan. Which Option Would You Choose?
Interactive, May 13

After years renting a downtown ‘cave,’ two English transplants went looking for something inspiring, although they knew ‘there were not many places available.’

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How Much Further Could Their Money Go in the Bronx? They Had Several Options.
Interactive, May 6

A couple migrated north from Manhattan in search of river views and a second bathroom. Which of these homes would you choose?

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They Wanted a ‘Blank Slate’ One-Bedroom for Less Than $1 Million. Which Option Would You Choose?
Interactive, April 29

For their first purchase together, a young couple sought a place they could make their own — no ‘cookie-cutter doorman buildings.’ Here’s what they found.

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A Small Two-Bedroom or a Big Studio With a View? Here Were Their Options.
Interactive, April 22

A young couple tested their budget in Manhattan, knowing they would have to make some compromises. Which of these apartments would you choose?

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How the Pandemic Did, and Didn’t, Change Where Americans Move
Interactive, April 19

As disruptive as the pandemic has been, for the most part it hasn’t altered the underlying forces shaping where people want to live.

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She Had to Escape Her 175-Square-Foot Studio During the Pandemic. Which Option Would You Choose?
Interactive, April 15

Figuring she could get a better deal as rents fell, a young Manhattanite cast a wide net for ‘something with a door,’ not too far from work. Here’s what she found.

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Facing the Pandemic Together, but in Manhattan or Brooklyn?
Interactive, April 8

A young couple joined forces to get through 2020 and beyond, but would they find what they wanted in her East Side neighborhood or his beloved Williamsburg? Here’s where they landed.

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Two Humans, Two Dogs and a Two-Bedroom in Brooklyn for Under $1.5 Million. Which Home Would You Choose?
Interactive, April 1

For their first New York purchase, a couple scoured their beloved Williamsburg neighborhood for a quiet place with good light and more space for their growing household. Here’s what they found.

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An E.R. Doctor Wanted a Quiet Place for Less Than $2,200. Which Home Would You Choose?
Interactive, March 25

For her first New York apartment, a resident at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx was looking for something close to work but tranquil, with a decent view. Here’s what she found.

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Two Manhattanites Recommit to the City (as a Second Home)
Interactive, March 18

After leaving New York during the pandemic, this couple decided to downsize in the city rather than abandon it. Which of these rentals did they choose?

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A Close-Up Picture of Partisan Segregation, Among 180 Million Voters
Interactive, March 17

Democrats and Republicans increasingly live apart, all the way down to the neighborhood level.

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He Tested Manhattan’s Rental Market Mid-Pandemic. But What Could He Find for Less Than $3,000?
Interactive, March 11

A Paris transplant arrived in New York looking for ‘the American experience,’ and maybe a free month of rent. Which of these apartments would you choose?

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A City Ruptured
Interactive, March 9

The pandemic’s toll on New York City’s economy and way of life was laid bare on its streets.

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A Growing Family Wanted a Brooklyn House for Less Than $700,000. Which Option Would You Choose?
Interactive, March 4

Squeezed and priced out of Windsor Terrace, a family of four looked south to Midwood and Marine Park — or maybe even Staten Island.

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The Goal: A One-Bedroom With a View in Queens for Less Than $650,000. Which Option Would You Choose?
Interactive, February 25

Recently widowed, he returned to his home borough after 40 years in the New Jersey suburbs. Could he find the home he wanted at his budget?

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Their Upper East Side Rental Was ‘Nearly Perfect.’ Until It Wasn’t.
Interactive, February 18

Two roommates went looking for a two-bedroom in Manhattan for less than $3,500 a month. Which option did they choose?

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Will $1 Million Buy a Brownstone in Bay Ridge? One Family Surveyed Their Options in South Brooklyn
Interactive, February 11

Seeking an upgrade for their growing children — and their voluminous stuff — a couple toured the townhouses of Bay Ridge. Which home would you choose?

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They Tested Their $600,000 Budget on the Lower East Side. Which Option Would You Choose?
Interactive, February 4

For one young couple, finding a ‘true, functioning one-bedroom’ in the rapidly evolving neighborhood was a matter of deciding which priorities to sacrifice.

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A Couple Tested Their $375,000 Budget in Harlem and the Bronx. Which Option Would You Choose?
Interactive, January 28

For their first purchase as a married couple, these Bronx natives sought a one-bedroom with a convenient commute to the West Side, although they were willing to consider a studio. Here’s what they found.

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He Had $300,000 to Spend on the Hudson River Waterfront. Which of These Homes Would You Choose?
Interactive, January 21

After failing to find a suitable place in Manhattan, a first-time buyer crossed the river, so he could at least get a nice view of the city. Here’s what he found.

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Arrange Your Clutter Into Collections
Interactive, January 15

You’re at home all the time — why not improve how you display your favorite things?

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Seeking a Sunny Manhattan Studio for $2,000. Which of These Would You Choose?
Interactive, January 14

Bored with the ‘cookie-cutter’ homes in California, a renter journeyed east to New York, where ‘every space has a story.’ Here’s what she found.

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Can You Identify These Buildings By Their Entrances?
Interactive, January 12

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Looking for a Westchester House, but No Gardening Please. Which Did They Choose?
Interactive, December 31

Needing more space and a better setup for their growing family, this couple searched some of Westchester’s homeowners’ associations for a house without the headaches. Here’s what they found.

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They Wanted Something Rundown, With Potential. Which Apartment Did They Choose?
Interactive, December 24

As they planned their Zoom wedding, one young couple went on the hunt for a Manhattan home that was nice — but not too nice — in a convenient location with some outdoor space. Here’s where they landed.

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Stanley Chera Was a Mogul Who Made Covid-19 Personal for Trump
Interactive, December 23

The New York real estate titan was in some ways a foil to the president — and was on his mind as he went to Walter Reed.