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It Happened One Weekend: the Real Estate Gift Bag

1) An inside look at the fine art of the deal sweetener, upper crust Manhattan's very own high-stakes game show. If you didn't think 24 hours on a private jet or some fresh maple syrup could help save a stalled negotiation, well then, you probably picked the llama. [NYTimes]
2) Tired of not making Scrooge McDuck-like piles of cash during this whole bubble thing? Well hop aboard the bandwagon and read the Post's Beginner's Guide to Real Estate Investment Trusts. But be forewarned: "The fact that a REIT's price has done well in the recent past doesn't mean it will do well in the near future." Party poopers. [NYPost]
3) Heartwarming tale of an Upper West Side super who ponied up $1.45 million to buy an apartment in the co-op he's employed by. They served champagne at his board interview, which is probably a little bit different from your last application process. [Penelope Green/Habitats]
4) Speaking of the UWS and happy endings, a cute old couple packed up their 10,000 loved ones and ditched New Haven for Central Park West. The ground floor one-bedroom ran them $365,000, $35,000 under budget. Nice. [Joyce Cohen/The Hunt]
5) Don't panic. Times article on flat Denver housing market is second most emailed story of last 24 hours. [NYTimes]