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Startups scoop up rental listings, answering critics of NYC's Amazon HQ2 deal, & more

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Landlords are increasingly turning to start-up websites like Naked Apartments, Nestio, and RentHop, to advertise rentals, bypassing brokers, who are feeling the pinch (The Real Deal)

The backlash against the deal to bring Amazon's HQ2 to NYC is forcing Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio to do damage control (The New York Times)

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams says a city program to move debt-plagued multi-family buildings into private developers' hands should be investigated for possible fraud (The Daily News)

A new city council bill could make larger buildings cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by the year 2030 (Habitat via Crain's)

A massive list of Cyber Monday deals on decor, housewares, and furniture (Apartment Therapy)

There's a surplus of vacant houses in Japan's countryside, and some are being given away free (CNBC)