Mortgage

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 over a decade, should yield thousands of new homeownership opportunities and help alleviate affordability restraints impacting markets across the country. “We are thrilled…

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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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RE/MAX Distinguished Homes Opens New Office

May 2019

RE/MAX Distinguished Homes & Properties celebrated the grand opening of its new location in Tuckahoe at 273 Columbus Ave. on May 8th. Eric Stein, and Al Posillico, Broker/Owners, along with the Mayor of Tuckahoe Greg Luisi, co-president of the Eastchester Tuckahoe Chamber of Commerce Juan Gonzalez, Miriam Janusz, executive director of the Eastchester Tuckahoe Chamber…

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Houlihan Parnes Brokers Refinancing Of Newburgh Commercial Properties

May 2019

NEWBURGH—Houlihan Partners Realtors reports that it recently arranged financing for two buildings at 700 and 900 Corporate Blvd. in Newburgh. Steve McCulloch of the White Plains-based commercial real estate and investment firm, worked on behalf of a private partnership in the transaction. The buildings total 72,000 square feet of flex space and are located within…

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$28 Million Mixed-Use Housing Development in Peekskill Opens

May 2019

PEEKSKILL—Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on May 1 the opening of Lofts on Main, a $28-million mixed-use housing development in Peekskill's downtown arts district. The newly constructed development features 75 apartments for local artists and residents with a variety of income levels, as well as 7,200 square feet of ground floor commercial space. "New York's…

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Hudson United Mortgage Continues Westchester Expansion

April 2019

ELMSFORD—-Hudson United Mortgage Services, LLC recently announced that Zoraya Arguelles, who is fluent in Spanish and French, has joined the Elmsford team as Senior Loan Officer for Westchester and the Bronx. With more than 22 years of experience in the mortgage industry, Arguelles brings her expertise and language versatility to Hudson United Mortgage’s diverse clients.…

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U.S. Senators, Industry Leaders Debate GSE Reform

April 2019

WASHINGTON—As the Senate Banking Committee solicited feedback on Chairman Mike Crapo's plan to restructure America's housing finance system at multiple hearings last week, industry consensus surrounding the principles of reform began to emerge. Between hearings on March 26 and 27, when NAR President-Elect Vince Malta testified before the committee, the desire for a well-regulated utility…

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HFF to be Acquired by JLL in $2 Billion Deal

March 2019

CHICAGO—Commercial brokerage firm JLL reported on March 19 it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire HFF, Inc. in a cash and stock transaction with an equity value of approximately $2 billion. The two companies reported the transaction was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. Mark Gibson, CEO of HFF,…

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Local Mortgage Firm Has Grand Expansion Plans

February 2019

WHITE PLAINS—A.S.A.P. Mortgage, which is headquartered in Cortland Manor, has embarked on a significant expansion effort of late that has included the opening of new offices in New York City and White Plains and the launch of a new commercial finance division. In addition, the company reports its intent to open additional locations in the…

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Houlihan-Parnes Arranges Nearly $4M In Mortgage-Bridge Loans in NY Region

February 2019

WHITE PLAINS—Jerry Houlihan of Houlihan-Parnes Properties, with its affiliate mortgage servicing company H-P Capital LLC, reported recently it has arranged the placement of first mortgage bridge loans for the following properties in the New York/Connecticut area: • A $550,000 first mortgage loan on a 4,000 square foot diner in Yonkers on the Bronx border. •…

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CPC Launches Agency Mortgage Lending Subsidiary

February 2019

NEW YORK—The Community Preservation Corporation, a leading non-profit affordable housing and community revitalization finance company, announced on Feb. 12th the launch of CPC Mortgage Company LLC, a subsidiary created solely to focus on the company’s rapidly growing Agency lending business. CPC Mortgage Company LLC was officially introduced at a reception on Feb. 11th during the…

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Fed Holds Rates Steady; Promises More Patient Approach to Future Rate Hikes

January 2019

WASHINGTON—In what can only be viewed as great news for Realtors and the residential real estate market, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday decided to hold rates steady and even signaled an end to what had been seen by some as an aggressive policy of raising rates. The Federal Reserve decided to maintain the federal funds…

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