Online house buying, listings stop lingering, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
February 24, 2021 - 10:30AM


For the second week of February, the average number of days Manhattan properties were on the market dropped to their lowest level in five years, according to UrbanDigs (press release) 

New York has the ninth-highest real estate property taxes in the U.S., as per a new WalletHub study (press release) 

Here's how five small landlords in NYC are grappling with tenants not paying rent during the pandemic (Curbed) 

The pandemic has led many first-time buyers to complete the buying process almost entirely online (The New York Times) 

Home prices across the U.S. jumped by more than 10 percent in 2020, making it the best year for single-family sales in five decades (The Real Deal) 

An affordable apartment lottery opened for 17 apartments in Midwood. Rent starts at $2,156 for a studio (Brownstoner) 



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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