Wall St Journal Real Estate for Bismarck, Grand Fork and Fargo

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    From Bank to Abode
    Once part of the mezzanine of a bank, this two-bedroom apartment in Nolita features 18-foot ceilings with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Lafayette Street.

    'Man Camps' Gain Ground in the Bakken
    Target Logistics recently landed a nearly $30 million contract to provide lodging for oil-field workers in North Dakota, in the latest example of rising demand for professionally managed 'man camps.'

    Soho Loft Sells for $26.58 Million
    The sale represents one of the highest prices ever paid for a Manhattan co-op below 34th Street

    Homes Where Animals Roam
    Keeping a tiger or a giraffe at home involves a tangle of federal, state and local laws. And when it comes time to sell, a herd of water buffalo can complicate the move.

    The Ultimate Chemistry Test: Speed Dating for Roommates
    Amelita Lijek wanted to be upfront about her two cats at an event called speed roommating, where she was hunting for someone to share the rent and utilities after deciding to give up her pricey one-bedroom apartment.

    Officials Urge Area Use of Sandy Aid
    New York and New Jersey officials on Monday vowed to fight any move to divert federal disaster money to other states until all the needs from superstorm Sandy are met.

    Reservoir Plan Causes Waves
    New water-storage tanks planned to replace three open-air reservoirs Paterson and Woodland Park, N.J., would boost water rates and mar the area that includes the Great Falls historic district.

    Ruling Bodes Well for REIT Converts
    News that advertising company CBS Outdoor has received a green light from the IRS to convert into a real-estate investment trust is a positive sign for other companies awaiting similar rulings.

    Lenders Ease Mortgage Rules in Hunt for Business
    Mortgage lenders are beginning to ease the restrictive lending standards enacted after the housing boom turned to bust, a sign of their rising confidence in the housing market.

    Behind a Real-Estate Empire, Ties to India's Gandhi Dynasty
    Robert Vadra, an in-law of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi of India's ruling Congress party, built a real-estate portfolio nearly from scratch in a few years.

    Modern Take on a Farmstead
    The design of this contemporary home in Kent, Conn., draws inspiration from traditional farm structures and was done by architect Steven Harris in the early stage of his career.

    Hotel Builders Bet on Africa Gas Boom
    When Enrique Nieto arrived in Palma eight months ago, there was one communal water tap and no paved roads. Now he is about to open the village's first hotel. The reason: natural gas.

    House and Home and Art
    The owner of this Palladian-inspired home will include custom furniture and an extensive art collection in the sale---not to mention the panini press.

    Shirley MacLaine Lists New Mexico Ranch for $18 Million
    Also, Robin Williams tries again to sell Napa Valley estate; Alex Rodriguez sells Miami Beach condo.

    A Voice in the Wilderness
    Twenty-seven-year-old singer-songwriter Allen Stone talks about the muse of solitude in the Washington cabin that was once his family's vacation home.

    Powers of Deduction
    For those weighed down by large mortgage payments, there are ways to save money when next year's tax season arrives; beekeeping, anyone?

    Housing Trouble Grows in China
    Overbuilding by Chinese real-estate developers has left many of the country's smaller cities with a glut of apartments for sale, driving down prices and posing an economic threat.

    Hot Spot Gets Cold Shoulder
    In the early 1990s, an inflow of Russian money boosted tourism and drove up real-estate prices in the German spa town of Baden-Baden. Now locals are worried about Russian funds drying up.

    Plots & Ploys
    Colorado's Oakwood Homes is purchasing Henry Walker Homes in a deal valued at over $75 million. The deal is a sign that home builders are deciding the best way to expand into a new market is to buy your way in.