Mortgage

New York, Connecticut and Other States File Appeal of SALT Reform Court Ruling

November 2019

ALBANY—New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that New York, Connecticut, Maryland and New Jersey have filed a notice of appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to continue litigation against the federal government for what they term as the unlawful and unprecedented cap…

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How Mortgage Rates Could Affect the Markets in 2020

November 2019

With the year rapidly moving towards the close of what has evolved into a surprisingly successful real estate season, we should take a moment to reflect on the 2019 mortgage finance market and its effect on activity, and what is to come for 2020. Last November (2018) you may recall, interest rates were hovering close…

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HUD, Justice Department Agree to Ease Use of False Claims Act

October 2019

WASHINGTON—U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and U.S. Attorney General William Barr issued a Memorandum of Understanding on Oct. 28 between the two agencies that sets what the two agencies say is “prudential guidance on the appropriate use of the False Claims Act for violations by Federal Housing Administration lenders. “This agreement clearly…

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Peekskill Issues Open Call to Private Investors for DRI Funding

October 2019

PEEKSKKILL—The City of Peekskill, which in August of this year was awarded a $10-million grant through the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative to revitalize its downtown district, issued an open call for privately sponsored project proposals to be considered for DRI funding. City officials say the purpose of the open call is to hear from members…

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Bunge Global HQ Available for Sublease

October 2019

WHITE PLAINS—Bunge Limited’s corporate headquarters at 50 Main St. here has been put on the market for sublease. The firm announced in August its intent to move its corporate headquarters to St. Louis, MO. The company expects to complete its headquarters move by the end of the second quarter 2020. CBRE has been named by…

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County of Rockland Removed from State's Fiscal Stress List

October 2019

NEW CITY—New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli recently released the 2018 Fiscal Stress Monitoring System report, which did not include Rockland County. “In 2013, the County of Rockland had a score of 86.7% and was listed as New York State’s most fiscally stressed local government. Not being included in the 2018 report with a score…

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Locations Close to Public Transit Boost Residential, Commercial Real Estate Values

October 2019

WASHINGTON—Neighborhoods located within a half-mile of public transit services outperformed those in areas farther from public transit based on a number of factors, according to a report released on Oct. 14th by the American Public Transportation Association and the National Association of Realtors. “The Real Estate Mantra – Locate Near Public Transportation” highlighted the critical…

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Ratings Agency Says GSE Reform Could Take Years to Implement

September 2019

WASHINGTON—A host of housing and finance organizations have expressed support for the plans submitted by the Trump Administration, specifically the Treasury Department and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, earlier this month to reform the housing finance system and the Government-Sponsored Enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Treasury Housing Reform Plan consists…

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Westchester to Present Minority/Women-Owned Businesses (MWBEs) Conference on Sept. 25

August 2019

WHITE PLAINS—The Westchester County Office of Economic Development in partnership with the Town of Yorktown and the Yorktown Small Business Association has announced conXpo North, a conference where Minority/Women-Owned Businesses (MWBEs), Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOBs) and Disadvantage Business Enterprises (DBEs) can attend informative workshops, connect with county departments, and network with local businesses.…

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NAR Applauds Long-Awaited FHA Condo Rule

August 2019

WASHINGTON—The National Association of Realtors recently commended the Department of Housing and Urban Development for finalizing new Federal Housing Administration condominium loan policies. The changes, many of which NAR had championed for more than a decade, should yield thousands of new homeownership opportunities and help alleviate affordability restraints impacting markets across the country. “We are…

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Country Bank to be Acquired by OceanFirst Bank for $102 Million

August 2019

NEW YORK—Country Bank, which began operations in 1988 and later relocated its headquarters to New York City, will be merged into OceanFirst Bank in a deal valued at $102.2 million. Toms River, NJ-based OceanFirst Financial Corp., parent company of OceanFirst Bank announced its intent to merge with Country Bank Holding Company, Inc., parent company of…

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MBA Tracks Real Estate Lending Trends in New Report

July 2019

WASHINGTON—The Mortgage Bankers Association's first quarter of 2019 Commercial/Multifamily DataBook was released earlier this month. The quarterly report summarizes major trends that developed during the first three months of the year. "Low interest rates and strong property values continue to make commercial real estate an attractive market for borrowers," said Jamie Woodwell, MBA's vice president…

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Strategic Capital Secures $70M Loan for River Club at Hudson Park

July 2019

YONKERS—Global commercial real estate advisory firm Newmark Knight Frank announced on July 2 it had arranged a $70-million fixed-rate loan for the financing of the River Club at Hudson Park in Yonkers on behalf of Strategic Capital, the investment arm of China Construction America. The Newmark Knight Frank team was led by Dustin Stolly and…

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A.S.A.P. Mortgage Expands Presence into Dutchess County

June 2019

FISHKILL—A.S.A.P. Mortgage reports it has recently opened a new branch location in Fishkill. The firm’s sixth office further expands its coverage into Dutchess County and the upper Hudson Valley region. “We are very excited to now serve the lending needs of homebuyers in Dutchess County,” says A.S.A.P. Mortgage founder and CEO Irene Amato, “especially as…

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In Memoriam: George Lawrence

June 2019

The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors regrets to inform its membership of the passing of a real estate executive who has had a lasting impact on Westchester’s real estate industry—George Lawrence. Lawrence of Vero Beach, FL peacefully passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at the age of 81. He was born on Aug. 9,…

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Wells Fargo to Sell Eastdil Secured in Management Buyout Deal

June 2019

NEW YORK—Wells Fargo & Co. announced on June 11 it had reached an agreement to sell Eastdil Secured, its private real estate investment banking division, in a management buyout transaction. The sales agreement follows Eastdil’s management-led recapitalization, in partnership with Guggenheim Investments, on behalf of certain institutional clients, and Temasek, a global investment company headquartered…

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$160M Rehab and Refi of Bronx Mitchell-Lama Completed

May 2019

NEW YORK—State officials announced on May 29 the completion of the $160-million rehabilitation and refinancing of the Michelangelo Apartments, a 494-unit Mitchell-Lama affordable housing development in the Melrose section of the Bronx. Michelangelo Apartments was originally built in 1975 and contains four towers with 80 studios, 126 one-bedroom, 191 two-bedroom, 77 three-bedroom and 20 four-bedroom…

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Mortgage Applications Increase in Latest MBA Weekly Survey

May 2019

WASHINGTON—Mortgage applications increased 2.7% from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending May 3, 2019. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, increased 2.7% on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the…

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