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Merlin Entertainments Proposes Major Road Project to Help Secure Legoland Approval

February 2017

GOSHEN—Merlin Entertainments, the developer of the proposed $500-million LEGOLAND New York project here, has taken a bold step to mitigate one of the major issues tied to the project’s approval. The firm announced on Monday plans to relocate and reconfigure Exit 125 of Route 17 to help alleviate traffic on local roads. The multi-million dollar…

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Spotlight On: Rey Hollingsworth Falu

February 2017

Branding That's Never Out of Style Standing out from the crowd can always be a challenge for Realtors, but Rey Hollingsworth Falu has definitely found something that leaves an instant impact on almost everyone he meets—his bow ties! The Broker/Owner of Hollingsworth Real Estate Group in White Plains wears them just about all of the…

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Hudson Valley Home Sales Soared 12.5% in 2016

January 2017

WHITE PLAINS—As the new year begins, the Hudson Valley home sales market seems to be running on close to all cylinders with strong sales in Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam counties. All indications are that the region’s economic fundamentals will continue to fuel activity and perhaps spark even higher price appreciation in some markets in…

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HGAR Makes History With Dorothy Botsoe Installation

January 2017

Renee Zurlo to Lead HGMLS for Second Term TARRYTOWN—On Jan. 19, the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors achieved another significant milestone in its storied 101-year history with the installation of its first black President, veteran Realtor Dorothy Botsoe. The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors held its annual Installation Gala at Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill…

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Houlihan Lawrence Acquired by Warren Buffett’s Brokerage Firm

January 2017

RYE BROOK—In a surprise move, Houlihan Lawrence whose roots in Westchester County date back to 1888, has been acquired by Warren Buffet’s Home Services of America, Inc. of Minneapolis, MN. Both parties in the transaction did not release financial terms of the deal that was announced on Tuesday, Jan. 17th. Nancy Seaman, chairman of Houlihan…

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Hudson Valley Posts Strongest Home Sales Since Recession

January 2017

2016 ANNUAL AND FOURTH QUARTER REAL ESTATE SALES REPORT Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange Counties, New York WHITE PLAINS—2016 posted the region’s best real estate sales results since the post-recession recovery period that commenced in 2011. Realtors participating in the four-county Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service, Inc., a subsidiary of the Hudson Gateway Association of…

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Exclusive: Higher Than Expected Development Costs Prompt Rockland Firm to Scrap Warwick Plant Project

January 2017

WARWICK—A family-owned fine flavor manufacturing firm that dates back to 1890—Star Kay White Inc. of Congers—has decided not to move forward on a planned multi-million dollar expansion at the Warwick Valley Office & Technology Park, Real Estate In-Depth has learned, due to higher than expected construction costs. Benjamin Katzenstein, president of Star Kay White, informed…

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Faranda, Rand Make Inman’s ‘Influencer’ List

January 2017

NEW YORK CITY—Inman recently announced its “Real Estate Influencers of 2017” and several Hudson Valley-based real estate professionals made the prestigious list. Among the Influencer selections by the real estate industry media website included J. Philip Faranda, broker/owner of J. Philip Real Estate LLC, an independent real estate brokerage firm based in Briarcliff Manor and…

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Astorino: Westchester Has Spent $82M on Fair Housing Case

December 2016

WHITE PLAINS—As expected, Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino reported that the county had surpassed the court-mandated fair housing development benchmark of having financing in place and/or building permits issued for 750 units of affordable housing in 31 communities by the end of 2016. Astorino at a Dec. 27th press conference at the Michaelian Office Building…

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New Tappan Zee Bridge to Open on Time in 2018

December 2016

TARRYTOWN—At a topping off ceremony for the new span’s eight towers, state officials announced that the new Tappan Zee Bridge (also known as the New NY Bridge) will open for traffic in 2018 and will be completed on budget at $3.98 billion. A host of political, business and construction trade officials gathered at the project…

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Mid-Hudson Region Secures $83M in State Grant Funds

December 2016

Legoland Project Awarded $3 Million  ALBANY—The Mid-Hudson Valley region came out the big winner in this year’s Consolidated Funding Awards, netting $83.3 million in state aid that will support 105 economic development/infrastructure projects in the seven-county region. In an announcement on Dec. 9, Gov. Andrew Cuomo awarded a total of $716.9 million in CFA funding…

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Westchester Hopes Fair Housing Case Winding Down

December 2016

Astorino Welcomes Carson as HUD Secretary WHITE PLAINS—In an exclusive interview, Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino told Real Estate In-Depth that the county fully expects to meet its court-mandate to have 750 affordable housing units either built or approved by the end of this month. County Executive Astorino also said that the election of Republication…

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Report: Demographic Shifts, Consumer Demand Will Keep U.S. Suburbs Thriving

December 2016

WASHINGTON—Suburban housing markets across the United States are evolving rapidly and overall remain well-positioned to maintain their relevance in the years ahead as the places where most Americans live and work, even as many urban cores and downtown neighborhoods continue to attract new residents and businesses, according to a new publication from the Urban Land…

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GUEST VIEWPOINT: Business and Environmental Groups United To Protect Hudson River from Anchorages

November 2016

Many business organizations—including the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors (HGAR) and the Business Council of Westchester—have come out in strong opposition to the U.S. Coast Guard’s consideration of regulations that would allow the establishment of new anchorage grounds in the Hudson River. Under the proposal, 10 additional anchorages with space for up to 43 vessels…

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State, National Home Sales Post Strong Gains in October

November 2016

ALBANY—Home sales in October posted strong gains both in New York State and nationally. The New York State Association of Realtors reported on Nov. 22 that home sales in the Empire State reached the second highest October monthly total on record. Home sales in the Empire State dipped slightly from one year ago, but still…

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Trump Presidency Will Certainly Bring Changes to Housing Market

November 2016

WASHINGTON—While real estate mogul Donald Trump was anything but predictable during his campaign for the White House, his upset victory over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will no doubt bring changes to the financial and housing markets in both the short and long-term. Although some of President-elect Trump’s policies are still unclear, real estate…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: 2016 Realtor of the Year Gary Leogrande

November 2016

After spending more than 30 years in real estate, Gary Leogrande, broker for Keller Williams New York Realty in White Plains, was still quite surprised to be named the 2016 HGAR “Realtor of the Year” at Member Appreciation Day last month. “Sometimes over the years, I’d be sitting in the audience and thinking, ‘well maybe…

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