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NAR Helps Secure Key Provisions in Coronavirus Bill for Realtors

March 2020

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a $2-trillion COVID-19 compromise economic relief package on March 25. The bill now goes to the U.S. House, where it is expected to pass, and President Trump has said he will sign the much-needed measure into law. The National Association of Realtors reports the bill includes $350 billion for the…

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NYSAR Says Closings Can Occur Under Certain Circumstances

March 2020

ALBANY—The New York State Association of Realtors posted online the latest guidance regarding the regulations impacting the real estate industry in connection with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive orders in connection with preventing the spread of the Coronavirus. The FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) issued by NYSAR effective at 5 p.m. on March 24 answered a host…

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Medline Looks to Start Construction Soon on $120M Project

March 2020

MONTGOMERY—One of the more controversial commercial projects in Orange County secured a key approval on March 8 that will likely facilitate groundbreaking on the $120-million distribution facility later this spring if building restrictions related to the Coronavirus are lifted. The Montgomery Planning Board approved Medline Industries’ Final Environmental Impact Statement on its proposed 1.3-million-square-foot distribution…

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NYS Prohibits Real Estate Showings, Open Houses

March 2020

ALBANY—Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered the closure of all offices for non-essential businesses on March 20 and indicated that all showings and open houses are also prohibited. Previously, the governor limited staffing to 50%, followed by 75%, and now 100% workforce reduction in non-essential business offices per his order on March 20. The governor specifically mentioned…

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NAR Helps Secure Key Provisions in Coronavirus Bill for Realtors

March 2020

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a $2-trillion COVID-19 compromise economic relief package on March 25. The bill now goes to the U.S. House, where it is expected to pass, and President Trump has said he will sign the much-needed measure into law. The National Association of Realtors reports the bill includes $350 billion for the…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Amanda Martinez

March 2020

A Lifetime of Volunteering After spending 32 years working with the New York City Housing Authority, it’s no surprise that Amanda Martinez has a knack for finding people homes. The Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty agent actually started her real estate career just two years ago in the brokerage firm’s Goshen office, but has…

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Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: ‘Social Distancing’ is a Must for the Business Community

March 2020

“Average performers stop when they feel fear. Iconic producers accelerate once they get frightened.” Robin Sharma Are you frightened by current events? I am. We have a large brick and mortar office and there are many people coming and going including children on a regular basis. I spent the first weekend in March thinking, meditating,…

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John Jordan

Fighting the Unseen Enemy

March 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a press conference on Saturday, March 21 said that two weeks ago seemed like a lifetime. I couldn’t agree more! The governor’s executive order on Friday, March 20 shutting down most industries in New York State, including commercial and residential real estate brokerage and development, had to be done to curtail…

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Real Estate In-Depth

U.S. Existing-Home Sales Jump 6.5% in February

March 2020

WASHINGTON—Existing-home sales climbed substantially in February after a slight decline in January, according to a report released by the National Association of Realtors on March 20. Of the four major regions, only the Northeast reported a decrease in sales (-4.1%), while other areas saw increases, including sizable sales gains in the West. Total existing-home sales…

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