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13 Things to Know: Expansion of Rent Regulation and Tenant Protection

July 2019

Author: Harris Beach Attorneys at Law, PLLC Editor’s Note: The New York State Association of Realtors released the following column for Realtors authored by Harris Beach Attorneys at Law, PLLC in respect to recent rent regulation and tenant protection legislation that was signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. BACKGROUND: On June 14, 2019, the…

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NAR: Pending Home Sales in Northeast Rose 2.7% in June

July 2019

WASHINGTON—Pending home sales continued to ascend in June, marking two consecutive months of growth, according to the National Association of Realtors. Each of the four major regions recorded a rise in contract activity, with the West experiencing the highest surge. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, rose 2.8% to…

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Northeast Home Sales Rise Nearly 2% in June; Sales Lower Nationwide

July 2019

WASHINGTON—Existing-home sales in the U.S. weakened in June falling less than 2% after a previous month of sales gains, the National Association of Realtors reported on July 23. Two of the four major U.S. regions recorded minor sales jumps, including the Northeast (+1.5%), while the other two—the South and the West—experienced greater declines last month.…

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NY, CT, NJ File SALT Lawsuit Against IRS

July 2019

NEW YORK —New York State Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit on July 17 against the Internal Revenue Service, along with New Jersey, and Connecticut, that argued against the new IRS Rule that would prevent residents from obtaining charitable deductions for contributions to local governments. “The IRS’s move to end tax benefits for charitable…

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Robert Martin Makes Historical Investment That Brings Firm Back to its Roots

July 2019

“Our assets are coming home.” Greg Berger, partner, Robert Martin Co. (Part one of two) ELMSFORD—Earlier this year Robert Martin Co. reached back to its storied past to reshape its future when it acquired a 3.1-million-square-foot industrial/flex portfolio its company founders had originally developed from the 1970s through the 1990s. The $487.5-million purchase of the…

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Massive STEM High School Project At IBM Back Before Somers Boards

July 2019

SOMERS—Perhaps the most significant project in Northern Westchester County since the IBM property and nearby PepsiCo buildings were constructed here more than three decades ago is set for a public hearing next month. The Somers Town Board announced at its session on July 11 that a joint meeting between the Town Board and other municipal…

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Toll Brothers Acquires The Collection Development Property

July 2019

WHITE PLAINS-After securing the approval of the Westchester County Industrial Development Agency to assign the rights to financial incentives for The Collection mixed-use project here, Toll Brothers Apartment Living acquired the 2.97-acre fully approved development site for $32.76 million. Saber Real Estate Advisors, LLC, which secured the approvals for the $136.2 million mixed-use residential development…

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New Rochelle City Council Oks New 24-Story TRYP Hotel by Wyndham

July 2019

NEW ROCHELLE— Add another high-rise development to the list of projects under construction or in the pipeline in the Queen City. The New Rochelle City Council on June 25th approved the development of a 24-story, 225-key globally-branded luxury hotel and event center at 115 Cedar St. When complete, the TRYP Hotel by Wyndham will be…

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College of New Rochelle Campus to Close and be Sold

June 2019

NEW ROCHELLE—The unpleasant, but inevitable, is at hand for students and alumni of the storied College of New Rochelle. The private college, which served Westchester County and the surrounding area for more than a century, will cease operations later this summer and its 15.6-acre campus here sold. New York City-based A&G Realty Partners and B6…

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WCA, HVEDC Call Off Pending Merger Deal

June 2019

POUGHKEEPSIE—The Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. and the Westchester County Association have called off their merger deal. The two business organizations, which had announced in late January their intent to merge, have mutually decided not to pursue the merger that was to be finalized this September. The HVEDC is a regional economic development organization based…

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Saunders Named Secretary General of FIABCI

June 2019

WHITE PLAINS—Vanessa Saunders of Global Property Systems in White Plains was elected to a two-year term as Secretary General of the Marketing and Networking Committee of the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI). Saunders is the first individual to be appointed to this position from the Hudson Valley region. Founded in 1951 in Paris, the FIABCI…

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Westchester IDA Approves Incentives For Three Major Development Projects

June 2019

WHITE PLAINS—The Westchester County Industrial Development Agency on June 13 granted final approvals for incentives to firms that plan to redevelop the White Plains Mall and the former Westchester Pavilion Mall, as well as build a new senior living project on Bloomingdale Road here. The three projects total well in excess of $1 billion in…

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HGAR’s Commercial & Investment Division Hosts First-Ever Women in Commercial Real Estate Panel

June 2019

Diversity, challenges and a new perspective for the future were the prevailing themes at the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtor’s first-ever “Women in Commercial Real Estate” panel discussion held on June 6 at HGAR’s White Plains headquarters. Describing the panel as “the forefront of the commercial real estate community,” Patricia Valenti, moderator and executive managing…

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CVS Signs Lease at The Rockwell Project in Downtown New Rochelle

June 2019

NEW ROCHELLE—Real estate development firm YoungCraft announced on June 4 that CVS Pharmacy signed a multi-year lease for 13,200 square feet of retail space at “The Rockwell,” the company’s mixed-use project currently under construction on North Avenue here. CVS will re-locate its current store at 625 North Ave., down the block to the brand-new “Rockwell”…

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Report: Southeast Benefitting from Significant Northeast Migration

May 2019

NEW YORK—A recently published report by Bloomberg News reveals some unsettling news for New York State businesses and the real estate industry here. The report, an analysis by Bloomberg of state-to-state moves based on data from the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Census Bureau, shows that New York and Connecticut are losing billions in…

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