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Staging your apartment doesn't really affect sales price, how and when to dispose of your Christmas tree, and more

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Before you rearrange for listing photos, know that staging has little impact on sale price (WSJ) 

Now that the holidays are over, don’t miss the Christmas tree curbside pickup, running today through January 15 (DNAinfo)

The best interactive maps of 2013 can tell you a lot more about your neighborhood than you may want to know (Gothamist; previously)

Need a mortgage?  Local lenders could be your best choice, for now  (NY Times)

NY State Senator Liz Krueger attacks Airbnb lobbyist for “misinformation campaign” (Valleywag)

The pros and cons of living on top of a business. Among the former are key drop-off locations and friendly neighbors, among the latter: noise (New York Times; previously)

Think the apartment you just looked at was overpriced? Here’s a list of the 20 most expensive sales of 2013 by neighborhood (Curbed NY)

Apparently, owning a $3.3m apartment in NYC doesn’t mean you’re rich (London Evening Standard)

Mayor picks Wall Street exec as deputy mayor for housing and economic development (Crains via The Real Deal)

Townhouses (not condos) pique international buyers’ interest (WSJ)

Think your apartment is a bit "unique"?  Here’re the most interesting (and wackiest) floorplans of 2013 (Curbed NY)

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