Top 5 Stories on Brownstoner This Week: Broker Fees Nixed on Rentals, Property Tax Proposal

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    Affordable Housing Lottery Opens for 75 Units in East Flatbush, Starting at $1,721 a Month

    An affordable housing lottery has opened for 75 units in an eight-story building at 310-350 Clarkson Avenue in East Flatbush.

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    Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Photo by Susan De Vries

    Mayor Commission Wants to Raise Taxes on Brooklyn Brownstones

    As the city quietly raises townhouse taxes across Brooklyn, a mayoral commission today released a report proposing to raise raise property taxes even more for all types of residences. It’s part of an effort to make citywide property tax more fair, according to the report from the New York City Advisory Commission on Property Tax Reform.

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    Bed Stuy Brownstone With Well-Preserved Woodwork, Updated Wet Rooms Asks $2.199 Million

    A four-story brownstone in Bed Stuy looks to be well preserved and contains some fine woodwork, especially the window and door trim topped with high crowns and incised patterns. The building is configured as two floor-through apartments above an owner’s duplex.

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    Updated Fort Greene Neo-Grec Brownstone and Other Open Houses to See, Starting at $1.1 Million

    These picks are Victorian townhouses in various states of improvement, ranging in price from a bay-fronted brick two-family in Crown Heights asking $1.1 million to a five-story Neo-Grec brownstone in Fort Greene listed for $3.695 million.

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    Overnight, Rental Listings Nix Broker Fees, Hike Rents to Comply With New Law

    When New York State ruled late Tuesday that charging broker fees to renters is now illegal, some in the industry immediately predicted some landlords would themselves pay the broker fee and pass on the cost to tenants by raising asking rents.

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