U.S. apartment vacancies drop while rents increase, Robert Futterman buys $6.6M penthouse … and more

1. Reis: U.S. apartment vacancies drop, rents increase in third quarter [Reuters]
2. Robert Futterman buys $6.6M Hudson Lofts penthouse [Post, 4th item]
3. Christie rumored to be mulling cut to NJ’s Hudson River train tunnel project funding [NYT]
4. More questions arise about residency of Bushwick pol Vito Lopez [NYDN]
5. Waldorf-Astoria guest complains of bedbugs [Post]
6. 10 of the nation’s biggest private land owners [MSNBC]

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7. Lady Gaga tours $15M penthouse at 33 Vestry Street [Post, 5th item]
8. Fannie Mae sells two-year, $8 billion debt issue [Dow Jones via Fox Business]
9. Designer couple fails to flip 111 CPN penthouse, sells at a loss instead [NYO, 2nd item]
10. ‘Housewife’ Jill Zarin checks out $3.9M Rushmore condo [Post, 3rd item]
11. Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones buy $5.25M Bedford manse [Post, 1st item]
12. Attorney generals in three more states demand banks halt foreclosures pending investigation of robosigners [The Truth About Mortgage]
13. But scandal won’t mean foreclosed borrowers will get to keep their homes for free [Daily Finance]
14. And, columnist says foreclosure “mess” proves a need for improved regulation [CBS Money Watch]