Featured Articles

Intense Demand Leads to Double-Digit Increases in Home Sales in Hudson Valley

July 2016

WHITE PLAINS—A perfect storm of market forces—strong buyer demand, low interest rates, soaring housing costs in New York City and a vibrant local economy helped propel residential home sales in the four-county market area of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors to a five-year high. The Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service, Inc. reported 4,525 residential…

Read More

Hudson Valley Second Quarter Home Sales Soar to Five-Year High

July 2016

Editor’s Note: The following is the full text version of the 2016 Second Quarter Residential Real Estate Sales Report for Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange Counties, New York released recently by the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service. WHITE PLAINS—Prospective homebuyers who were out in force during the first several months of 2016 came to the…

Read More

Middletown Wins $10-Million Economic Development Sweepstakes

July 2016

MIDDLETOWN—Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a stop at the Paramount Theatre here on July 6th to announce that the City of Middletown had won a hotly contested $10-million state grant to help revitalize its downtown district. A host of state, county and local dignitaries were on hand for the announcement that Middletown had secured the Downtown…

Read More

Mount Vernon Mayor Confident City Can Attract New Investment

June 2016

MOUNT VERNON—Mayor Richard Thomas knows the city is playing catch up with neighboring Yonkers, White Plains and New Rochelle. However, the energetic young chief executive believes that for the city to bring in significant private investment it must spend capital to improve its neglected infrastructure. While he knows that the work to bring what he…

Read More
Viewpoints

Marcene Hedayati

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Focus on Fair Housing

July 2016

On May 31st, more than 100 of our Managers and Broker/Owners gathered at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown for their first 2016 meeting. Each year, the incoming president of HGAR invites two members to chair a committee that is responsible for organizing a minimum of two educational events throughout the year for the Managers and…

Read More

Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Persistence Pays Dividends in Albany

July 2016

  Last month I wrote in detail about HGAR’s success in preventing an increase in the transfer tax in the City of Yonkers. It was a great example of the value of teamwork and persistence. This month I want to address an issue that has long been on both HGAR’s and NYSAR’s legislative agenda, co-cop…

Read More
news

HGAR Cuts Ribbon on New Corporate Headquarters Offices

July 2016

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, opened its new offices in Downtown White Plains that the organization hopes will serve as its corporate headquarters for decades to come. On Monday, July 18th, chief officials with the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, including HGAR President Marcene Hedayati, HGMLS President…

Read More
legal-advocacy

LEGAL CORNER: Who’s That Knocking at My Door?

July 2016

Recently, in many communities throughout the Hudson Valley, there has been an increased incidence of door-to-door solicitation being engaged in by businesses and businesspersons, such as cable companies, real estate agents and real estate developers. These businesses and businesspersons are going to the homes of residents, without notice or valid permits, ringing doorbells and knocking…

Read More
people

SPOTLIGHT ON: Pat Palumbo - A Starring Role in Real Estate

July 2016

Pat Palumbo may have the most memorable voice message in the entire real estate community. In fact, it will definitely catch you off guard. What you’ll hear is a personal message from international stage and screen actor Hugh Jackman, posing as her “assistant.” “It really is him,” explained Palumbo, a sales agent with Houlihan Lawrence’s…

Read More
commercial

HGAR Cuts Ribbon on New Corporate Headquarters Offices

July 2016

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, opened its new offices in Downtown White Plains that the organization hopes will serve as its corporate headquarters for decades to come. On Monday, July 18th, chief officials with the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, including HGAR President Marcene Hedayati, HGMLS President…

Read More
technology

Tips on E-Mail Marketing Services and Windows, File Password Removal Help

July 2016

If your computer qualifies for Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade and you haven’t upgraded yet…you’re almost out of time. To learn more, please visit… https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3095675 Quick Pre-Windows 10 Upgrade Tips 1) Before performing the upgrade, make sure you first install all the available Microsoft Update’s that are currently available for your current computer’s operating system.…

Read More
mortgage

Westchester LDC Provides $26M in Financing For Rippowam School Construction Project

June 2016

WHITE PLAINS—The Westchester County Local Development Corporation approved on May 26th a total of $26 million in incentive financing for the construction and renovation of facilities at the upper campus of the Rippowam Cisqua School in Bedford. The $19-million project will create approximately 150 to 200 construction jobs and retain approximately 195 full-time and part-time…

Read More