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From owners to renters (twice), empty nesters downsize to Sutton Place, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
August 6, 2021 - 1:30PM

This week readers visited Brick Underground to check out a tale of two New Yorkers who went from being owners to renters for the second time—and why they vow to never buy in New York City again. They listed their one bedroom because of an ongoing construction project and not-so-friendly neighbors. After selling, they landed a bigger apartment with a terrace in an amenity-laden rental building.

Also: A story of empty nesters who downsized from their house in Bedminster, New Jersey to a luxury rental in Sutton Place to be closer to their grown children. They faced some uncomfortable scrutiny during their hunt.

Here are this week's top five posts: 

1) From owners to renters (twice): A couple says they will never buy in NYC again

2) From NJ to Sutton Place: Empty nesters downsize to a luxury rental

3) Is now a good time to buy real estate in NYC, or should I wait until there's less competition?

4) Best NYC neighborhoods to invest in—and which ones to skip—in 2021

5) My neighbor has taken over our hallway with their stuff. What can I do?


Austin Havens-Bowen

Staff Writer

Staff writer Austin Havens-Bowen covers the rental market and answers renters' questions in a column called Realty Bites. He previously reported on local news for the Queens Ledger and The Hunts Point Express in the Bronx. He graduated from Hunter College with a BA in media studies. He rents a one-bedroom apartment in Astoria with his boyfriend and their two cats.

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