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Moving from Gramercy to the UWS, condo collapse shakes up mortgages, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
December 10, 2021 - 1:30PM

This week, readers visited Brick Underground to learn how a couple upgraded from a Gramercy studio to an Upper West Side two bedroom thanks to a Covid discount. It's a good fit for them now—but they expect the rent to increase by 20 to 30 percent when their lease ends in 2023.

Also of interest: Fannie Mae issues new guidance in response to the Surfside condo collapse, which means some New Yorkers will lose access to loans starting January 1st.

Here are this week's top five posts: 

1) Holiday Tipping Guide: How much to tip your doorman, super, porter, and other staff

2) From Gramercy to the Upper West Side: Upgrading from a studio to a two bedroom thanks to a pandemic discount

3) Changes by Fannie Mae to prevent another Surfside tragedy mean some NYC buyers will lose access to loans

4) For NYC condos and co-ops with private outdoor space, buyers are willing to pay even more now

5) Advice for buyers looking for NYC condos and co-ops with low carrying costs


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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