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Rockland Legislature Passes Co-Op Purchase Reform Bill

February 2018

NEW CITY—Realtors who have pressed state and local lawmakers for years for cooperative purchase transaction reform scored a major victory on Tuesday night when the Rockland County Legislature passed unanimously a bill that requires co-op boards to make a timely decision on applications by prospective buyers. The bill, sponsored by Legislator Alden H. Wolfe, requires…

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Rockland County Investor Acquires Troubled Orange County Retail Complex

February 2018

MIDDLETOWN—The Playtogs Shopping Plaza, a troubled retail and office property on Dolson Avenue here, has been acquired by Rockland County-based Concord Capital New York. The investment firm acquired the 800,000-square-foot mixed-use site last month for approximately $4 million from CIII Asset Management, a loan servicer that foreclosed on the previous owner. Concord Capital reports that…

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Expands New York City Presence

February 2018

NEW YORK—A little over a year after establishing a presence in New York City, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New York Properties reports it has merged with Manhattan-based RP Miller Realty Group, led by veteran residential broker Reba Miller. The RP Miller team, led by Miller, is comprised of Susan Rubell, Lee M. Frankel, Vanessa Spenuzza, Michelle…

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Brooklyn Navy Yard Unveils $2.5 Billion Expansion Plan

February 2018

NEW YORK—The Brooklyn Navy Yard announced on Jan. 31st ambitious plans to significantly grow manufacturing operations at the complex that would add 10,000 new middle-class jobs there. The plan, valued at $2.5 billion, would increase employment at the Brooklyn Navy Yard to 30,000 workers. The plan is the culmination of a two-year process that examined…

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HGAR, LIBOR in Talks to Create Regional MLS

February 2018

WHITE PLAINS—The respective leadership of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and the Long Island Board of Realtors, the two largest Realtor organizations in New York State, announced on Feb. 1 that the two Realtor groups are in negotiations to create a regional multiple listing service that would service approximately 36,000 subscribers. When the Memorandum…

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Standard and Poor’s Upgrades Rockland County’s Bond Rating to A-

January 2018

NEW CITY—The financial turnaround of Rockland County continues. On Jan. 30, Rockland County Executive Ed Day announced that Standard and Poor's increased the county’s bond rating to A- rating. The rating increase from BBB+ by Standard and Poor's is the county's sixth consecutive bond upgrade since 2014, when Rockland's bonds were rated just above junk…

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Real Estate Experts Predict Stability in 2018 for Residential, Commercial Sectors Despite Headwinds

January 2018

NEW YORK—A comprehensive report issued today by the National Association of Realtors, Deloitte and Situs RERC predicts the residential and commercial real estate property markets will remain strong this year, despite continued political instability in our nation’s capital, as well as other market specific negative influencers. Situs RERC, Deloitte and the National Association of Realtors…

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New York, Connecticut and New Jersey to Sue Over Tax Reform

January 2018

ALBANY—A coalition has been formed consisting of the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut that intend to file suit against the federal government over the recently enacted federal tax reform law. The suit, which has yet to be filed, specifically targets changes made to state and local tax deductibility. The Tax Cuts and…

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Residential Home Sales Bull Market to Continue in 2018

January 2018

WHITE PLAINS—The residential home sales market in the Hudson Valley remained robust in 2017, rising 4% over 2016’s sales totals. However, the rate of growth declined sharply from the 12.5% sales increase posted in 2016. Realtors interviewed by Real Estate In-Depth believe that the positive sales momentum will continue in 2018, despite the expected impacts…

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Amazon Announces Candidates for HQ2; NYC Among 20 Locations in the Running

January 2018

SEATTLE—The multi-billion dollar sweepstakes for Amazon’s second North American headquarters (HQ2) is now down to 20 locations. Although some New York City suburban locations submitted bids for Amazon’s HQ2 including Westchester County, 19 mostly urban cities and Toronto, Canada made the final 20 cut. Amazon considered a total of 238 proposals. Amazon’s corporate headquarters is…

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Westchester County Exec. Latimer Vows to Work With GOP to Overcome Today’s Challenges

January 2018

TARRYTOWN—Both at his recent inauguration and again in a speech before the Westchester County Association earlier this week, Westchester County Executive George Latimer stressed that his administration will be one that promotes “respect and cooperation” and will solicit ideas from both sides of the aisle. An overflow crowd attended the inauguration of the 64-year-old veteran…

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Brokers Bullish on Commercial Office Market in Region With Exception of Northern Westchester

January 2018

WHITE PLAINS—Commercial brokers believe that the commercial office market in Westchester County is strong enough that if conditions continue over the next few years the county could see the first new commercial office development project in decades. Approximately 80 real estate professionals attended the annual Commercial Broker Roundtable program staged by the Hudson Gateway Association…

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Hudson Valley Home Sales Continue to Increase, But at Lower Rate

January 2018

WHITE PLAINS—2017 proved to be another positive year for residential sales in the Hudson Valley following the remarkably strong sales of 2016. Participants in the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service Inc., a subsidiary of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, Inc., reported total residential sales of 18,854, which was a 4% increase in sales over…

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Reps. Lowey, King Introduce Bill to Restore SALT Deductions

January 2018

WASHINGTON—Two members of the New York State delegation in Congress have introduced bipartisan legislation to restore the state and local tax deduction that was capped at $10,000 as part of the federal tax reform plan passed late last month. U.S. Reps. Nita Lowey (D-NY-17/Rockland-Westchester) and Peter King (R-NY-2/Nassau-Suffolk) introduced the “SALT Deductibility Act” on Jan.…

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NAR: The Impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act On Consumers and Real Estate Professionals

January 2018

Editor’s Note: The National Association of Realtors recently posted on its website an extensive analysis of the recently passed federal Tax Reform and Jobs Act. The following are extensive excerpts of that analysis. WASHINGTON—The National Association of Realtors worked throughout the tax reform process to preserve the existing tax benefits of homeownership and real estate…

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HGAR’s 2017 President Wraps up Year with Free Networking Events

January 2018

WHITE PLAINS—2017 HGAR President Dorothy Botsoe ended her year in office the same way that she started it—offering free networking outreach events to the HGAR membership in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange counties, as well as the Bronx. Her 2017 Holiday Networking events began in November at the Mix Cocktail Bar at the Crowne Plaza…

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Gov. Cuomo Promises to Sue Feds Over Tax Reform; Restructure State Tax System

January 2018

ALBANY—Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his “State of the State” address on Wednesday here vowed that the state will file suit against the recently enacted federal tax reform law and will also study restructuring the state’s income tax revenue system. Calling the federal tax reform law an “arrow aimed at New York’s economic heart,” Gov. Andrew…

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Study Ranks New York Third in Nation in Move-Outs

January 2018

ST. LOUIS, MI—New York State ranked third behind Illinois and New Jersey in out migration, according to a study released recently by moving company United Van Lines. The United Van Lines' National Movers Study stated that more Americans are moving westward, while the Northeast and Midwest continued to lose residents. In 2017, more residents moved…

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Residential Sector Continues to Drive Bronx Building Boom

December 2017

NEW YORK CITY—New construction starts in the Bronx are expected to surpass the $2-billion plateau in 2017, according to a report released today by the New York Building Congress. While several new large public works projects came on line this year, the residential housing sector in the borough accounted for more than 50% of the…

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Home Sales Ending Year Strong, Pending Sales Rise Slightly

December 2017

WASHINGTON—Recently released reports on existing home sales and pending sales in November released by the National Association of Realtors showed strong sales activity. However, NAR predicts conditions will weaken somewhat in the new year. The National Association of Realtors reported on Dec. 27 that pending home sales were mostly unmoved in November, but did squeak…

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