This Week’s Roundup – and Some Great outdoor Dining in the ‘burbs!​

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Friday’s finally here! Here’s what’s going on in area real estate news.

With jumbo rates coming in closer to conventional loans—and buyers feeling more confident

upscale neighborhoods are feeling the love. In January, the number of homes selling for $500,000 – $750,000 was up 15% year-over-year, compared to a drop of 6% in homes $100,000– $250,000.

Buying a fixer-upper—or just something that needs a little TLC? Here’s a roundup of the home improvements offering a better bang for your buck

The hybrid ARM is back—and it’s a better option than in years past

As you’re exploring this weekend, why not dine al fresco? It’s fun for the whole family—and besides, it’s FINALLY warming up! Here’s some great spots to try, in a few of our fave towns:

Set on the gorgeous Port Washington waterfront, Louie’s Oyster Bar & Grille offers ample seating and even a dockside bar. Cava Wine Bar in New Canaan offers a massive wine list and great Italian eats, plus sidewalk bistro tables for lunch, dinner and even after hours drinks.

In Closter, New Jersey, locals and visitors alike line up for a table for French bistro-style brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert at Harvest Bistro & Bar. It’s first come, first served for outdoor spots!

Got the whole family in tow?Snag a table at Barnacle BBQ in Mamaroneck for fried clams, pulled pork and smothered baby back ribs in a fun, lively setting.

Happy eating—and happy house hunting!