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Open House Bathroom Etiquette; Israelis Settle in Kensington

Welcome to It Happened One Weekend, our weekly roundup of The New York Times real estate section...

1) Etiquette Stuff Weird people traipsing around your living room during an open house unnerving enough, but the idea of strangers using your bathroom is just plain horrifying. So what's the etiquette there? Ronda Kaysen at The Times says it's okay to "lay down the law" and leave a note telling people to pee on their own time, goddammit. But of course, then you run the risk of a prospective buyer coming down with a bad case of uromysitisis poisoning and nobody wants a lawsuit on their hands. So maybe just split the difference and stick a bucket in your hallway? ["Open House Etiquette"]

2) Every "The Hunt" column begins with the Hunters describing the apartment they want, and ends with them rationalizing whatever they came away with. This is The Hunt: Dreams vs. Reality
The Hunters: an Israeli couple looking to buy
Dream: $600,000
Reality: $727,500
Dream: "Brooklyn"
Reality: Kensington
Dream: 2BR, washer-dryer, new building
Reality: 2BR, washer-dryer, backyard, garage
This weekend's Hunters are an Israeli couple who—at the time—were expecting a baby. They knew they wanted a two-bedroom condo close to the two restaurants that the husband owns in Park Slope. However, with a budget of $600,000, that became a pretty difficult task. Eventually, they widened the scope of their search and began looking for apartments in Kensington, eventually coming across a townhouse-style, two-bedroom duplex with a backyard and a garage. They put in an offer and bought the house last year for $727,500. [The Hunt/"Wanted: A Brooklyn Apartment With More Space"; photo by Ian T West/Curbed Photo Pool]