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Low Inventory, Affordability Stifles First Time Buyer Demand

November 2017

WASHINGTON—Despite solid interest in buying a home—sparked by steady job gains, record low mortgage rates and higher rents—the severe drought in housing supply in much of the country over the past year as well as accelerated price growth kept many first-time buyers out of the market. This is according to the National Association of Realtors'…

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LCOR Begins Marketing Residential Tower in White Plains

November 2017

WHITE PLAINS—Developer LCOR announced recently the completion of construction and the debut of its residential tower project near the White Plains Metro North train station called “Continuum.” The tower building is the first phase of a $250-million twin tower mixed-use project. Located at 55 Bank St., Continuum features a 16-story tower with 288 residences and…

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Brokerage Firm Predicts Continued Growth Despite Changing Face of Retail

November 2017

HARRISON—In recent months, industry experts and media outlets have claimed the same thing: retail is dead. Brick and mortar has seemingly been replaced by omni-channel shopping, with many industry cornerstones and “Mom and Pop” shops shuttering doors across the country. While many in the industry have started to pull away from the retail sector, commercial…

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Report: Trump Plan Could Cost New Yorkers $72B in State, Local Tax Deductions

October 2017

ALBANY—New York State residents could lose more than $72 billion in reported income and property tax deductions if the current Big 6 tax reform plan is enacted. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli in a report released on Oct. 27th said the tax reform plan calls for eliminating most itemized deductions, including state and local…

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Yonkers Mayor Spano Says City is Looking to Change its Image

October 2017

WHITE PLAINS—Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, who was the keynote speaker at HGAR’s Commercial Investment Division on Oct. 26, said that one of his administration’s main goals has been to change the city’s negative image that at least in part was caused by the school desegregation case that garnered national headlines in the late 1980s. In…

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Century 21 Opens First Hudson Valley Store in Yonkers

October 2017

YONKERS—Fashion retailer Century 21 Stores has entered the Westchester County market with the opening of a new store at the Mall at Cross County here. The department store chain held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Oct. 24th for the more than 70,000-square-foot store. The store at 750 Central Park Ave. occupies two floors and features…

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Schumer, Cuomo Urge NY Delegation to Oppose State, Local Tax Deduction Repeal

October 2017

BETHLEHEM, NY—U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo were joined by New York Realtors in urging the state Congressional delegation to oppose the elimination of state and local property tax deductions as part of the Republican-led tax reform campaign in Washington, D.C. At a press conference held on Oct. 23 at a…

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New York City Council Approves Bronx Point Mixed-Use Project

October 2017

NEW YORK—The New York City Council approved the massive Bronx Point project along the Harlem River waterfront in the South Bronx on Oct. 17th that will be led by a Larchmont-based developer, which will bring approximately 1,000 new housing units to the area as well as a new school and hip-hop museum. City officials announced…

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A Conversation with Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell

October 2017

Updates on Tilly Foster, Envision Brewster and How Sewer, Water Projects Could Foster Growth CARMEL—Prior to MaryEllen Odell taking office in November 2011, the economic development efforts in Putnam County were to put it politely outdated and were in fact close to non-existent. Since taking office Odell has made business attraction and retention, as well…

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Rockland County Investment Firm Proposes $175M Project to Revitalize Downtown Spring Valley

October 2017

SPRING VALLEY—Rockland County-based investment firm Concord Capital NY reported on Oct. 16th that it is seeking approvals to build a $175-million transit oriented development in Downtown Spring Valley. The project, which the firm states will be modeled after successful redevelopment initiatives in Downtown Yonkers, New Rochelle and in TOD-oriented locations on Long Island, calls for…

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Astorino, Latimer Take Off the Gloves at First Debate

October 2017

WHITE PLAINS—While the contest was nowhere near an all out brawl, Republican incumbent Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino and Democratic challenger New York State Senator George Latimer did take some verbal jabs at one another in a fiery first debate held on Tuesday evening at SL Green Realty’s Reckson Metro Center at 360 Hamilton Ave.…

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Spotlight On: Irene Guanill-Seeing Beyond the Mess

October 2017

Irene Guanill describes herself as “a girl from the South Bronx,” who grew up learning how to turn lemons into lemonade. “My mom was always very strong and she taught us to be strong,” she said. “Failure was not an option—you could either sink or swim, and I chose to swim.” Today, the mother of…

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Hudson Valley Home Sales, Prices Remain Strong; Inventory Continues to Fall

October 2017

WHITE PLAINS—Real estate sales continued at a brisk pace in the lower Hudson Valley region, albeit at a slightly slower pace as the year has progressed, according to the “Third Quarter Residential Real Estate Report for Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange Counties, New York” released by the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service, Inc. With the…

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HG Realtor Foundation Raises Nearly $27,000 For Make-A-Wish H.V. at Masquerade Ball Gala

October 2017

CENTRAL VALLEY—The Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation, a division of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, raised approximately $27,000 for Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley at its “Black & White Masquerade Ball” held recently at the Falkirk Estate and Country Club in Central Valley. The Sept. 28th event marked the 20th anniversary of the association’s support of the…

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