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UPDATE: Orange County IDA Board Terminates Managing Director, CEO Resigns

March 31, 2021

NEW WINDSOR—At a special meeting of the newly constituted Board of Directors of the Orange County Industrial Development Agency on Tuesday, March 30, the IDA Board voted to terminate the contracts of the managing director of the IDA and its Accelerator programs. On April 5, the chief executive officer of the IDA submitted her resignation. The…

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New York Lawmakers Push for SALT Cap Repeal

March 26, 2021

WHITE PLAINS—New York federal representatives and Westchester County Executive George Latimer staged a press conference on March 25th at the home of a White Plains resident to push for the repeal of the controversial SALT (State and Local Tax) deduction cap. U.S. Rep. Mondaire Jones (NY-17), U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (NY-03), U.S. Rep. Jamaal Bowman…

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Five Questions With NAR President Charlie Oppler

March 17, 2021

Charlie Oppler took over as president of the National Association of Realtors at a pivotal time for the national organization and for the nation’s real estate industry as well. With the advent of COVID vaccines and mass distribution now underway, the 1.4 million NAR members and the nation are beginning to adjust to what will…

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Annual Lobby Day to be Held Virtually on April 27

April 9, 2021

ALBANY—The annual NYSAR Lobby Day event will be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The conventional program will be held on Tuesday, April 27 from 8 a.m. to noon. In advance of Lobby Day, HGAR’s Legislative Council has advanced a preliminary Public Policy Priorities Agenda for HGAR’s Westchester, Putnam, Orange, Rockland, Bronx and Manhattan…

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LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: April Legislative Update

April 6, 2021

As the year goes flying by a great deal has been happening at the state and federal level. At the federal level, the PPP deadline has been extended by Congress. This will help assist many businesses who are in line more time to apply for and receive much needed funds to stay afloat. The American…

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First Quarter Home Sales in HGAR Region Were Simply ‘Staggering’

April 7, 2021

WHITE PLAINS—Officials with OneKey MLS and the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors described first quarter 2021 residential sales in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, and Bronx counties as “staggering” and “unprecedented” with sales in certain markets as much as 62% higher than a year earlier. Editor’s Note: The following is the full text of the…

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Richard Haggerty


March 15, 2021

I’ve been listening to a lot of reflections about our lives one year ago this March and what has transpired since. It was a year ago this very week that the HGAR staff went virtual and I left my office in White Plains thinking life would likely return to normal in a month or two.…

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Crystal Hawkins Syska

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Who is Covering your Six?

March 15, 2021

The best edge-of-your-seat thrillers have that moment when the main character walks into a situation that, as the observer, you clearly see they are stepping into danger. If you are like me, I am yelling at the screen, “You nut job, you are about to get killed! Can’t you see that!” You know what I…

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Real Estate In-Depth

Commercial, Multifamily Mortgage Delinquencies at Lowest Levels Since Start of Pandemic

April 2, 2021

WASHINGTON—Delinquency rates for mortgages backed by commercial and multifamily properties decreased again in March, reaching the lowest level since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association's latest monthly CREF Loan Performance Survey. “Commercial and multifamily mortgage delinquencies fell for the third straight month in March and are now at their…

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