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New York State Hits Back Against Tax Reform Law

July 2018

NEW YORK CITY—New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo followed through on his threat and announced on Tuesday that New York State had filed a lawsuit against the federal government over what it termed as the unconstitutional federal tax reform law enacted earlier this year. The lawsuit contends the new SALT (state and local tax) cap was…

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The Fight for Fair Housing Must Continue

July 2018

TARRYTOWN—Approximately 150 Realtors and affiliated real estate professionals gathered at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown on July 12 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and to hear housing advocates press the point that while significant progress has been made, much work needs to be done to ensure fair housing for all.…

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State Judge Overturns New Title Insurance Marketing Regulations

July 2018

NEW YORK—Representatives of the title insurance and closing industries hailed a recent ruling by New York State Supreme Court Judge Eileen A. Rakower that turned aside recently enacted state regulations aimed at curtailing what the state termed as excessive marketing costs and other unscrupulous activity in the title industry. The ruling handed down on July…

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HGAR Staff Dish Cooking, Poetry, Humor and International Intrigue in New Books

July 2018

WHITE PLAINS—While their respective talents and expertise are much different, four staff members—Leon Cameron, Mary Prenon, Emily Jackson and Lisa Andrade—have one thing in common they can each put on their resumes—Author. The four HGAR staff professionals have authored books that showcase their individual talents and passions outside of their roles at HGAR. The publications…

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NAR Applauds Introduction of Net Neutrality Bill

July 2018

WASHINGTON—The National Association of Realtors has commended US Rep. Mike Coffman for his introduction of the 21st Century Internet Act. Rep. Coffman’s bill comes in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s 2017 decision to dismantle net neutrality regulations, with the legislation ensuring that Internet Service Providers, or ISPs, cannot block or throttle online content or…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Maurice Owen-Michaane

July 2018

The Best of Both Worlds Maurice Owen-Michaane has the best of both worlds—real estate offices in New York City and Westchester. The Broker/Owner of Capital Realty NYC LL lives in Pelham, but spends much of his time running between his New Rochelle and Manhattan brokerages to list and show properties or close deals. “I don’t…

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New York State Hits Back Against Tax Reform Law

July 2018

NEW YORK CITY—New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo followed through on his threat and announced on Tuesday that New York State had filed a lawsuit against the federal government over what it termed as the unconstitutional federal tax reform law enacted earlier this year. The lawsuit contends the new SALT (state and local tax) cap was…

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Barry Kramer

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: We Need You to Take Action On Co-Op Disclosure Bill!

July 2018

HGAR’s Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act earlier this month was a great success. We had two excellent panels of speakers representing local fair housing advocates and NAR’s Fair Housing partners. A special thank you to Crystal Hawkins Syska for moderating, and to our sponsors who make these events possible. On…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Summer Update

July 2018

Remember the days when the pace of life seemed to downshift a couple of gears during the summer? Those days are becoming a distant memory as things at HGAR are just as busy as ever. As we are at the midpoint of the year I thought this would be a good time to provide an…

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Real Estate In-Depth

NAR Applauds Introduction of Net Neutrality Bill

July 2018

WASHINGTON—The National Association of Realtors has commended US Rep. Mike Coffman for his introduction of the 21st Century Internet Act. Rep. Coffman’s bill comes in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s 2017 decision to dismantle net neutrality regulations, with the legislation ensuring that Internet Service Providers, or ISPs, cannot block or throttle online content or…

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mortgage

Robert Withers

Guest Viewpoint: The CRE Market Looks to Stay Hot in 2018 and Beyond

July 2018

The commercial real estate lending market came off of a record year in 2017, as mortgage originations totaled $530 billion. Fundamentally, rates, property values, credit policies and demand support the continuing strength of the CRE market. Technically, a large block of maturing CMBS loans will leave many CRE owners attempting to sell should they be…

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