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HGAR Staff Dish Cooking, Poetry, Humor and International Intrigue in New Books

July 2018

WHITE PLAINS—While their respective talents and expertise are much different, four staff members—Leon Cameron, Mary Prenon, Emily Jackson and Lisa Andrade—have one thing in common they can each put on their resumes—Author. The four HGAR staff professionals have authored books that showcase their individual talents and passions outside of their roles at HGAR. The publications…

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NAR Applauds Introduction of Net Neutrality Bill

July 2018

WASHINGTON—The National Association of Realtors has commended US Rep. Mike Coffman for his introduction of the 21st Century Internet Act. Rep. Coffman’s bill comes in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s 2017 decision to dismantle net neutrality regulations, with the legislation ensuring that Internet Service Providers, or ISPs, cannot block or throttle online content or…

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Foreign Investment in U.S. Commercial Real Estate Remains Strong

July 2018

WASHINGTON—Nearly one-fifth of Realtors practicing in commercial real estate closed a sale with an international client in 2017, and 35% said they have experienced an increase in the number of international clients in the past five years, according to a report released recently by the National Association of Realtors. NAR’s 2018 Commercial Real Estate International…

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Orange County Partnership Hires Two Economic Development Professionals

July 2018

GOSHEN—The Orange County Partnership reported recently that Lindsay Newler has joined the economic development organization as the Director of Business Attraction and Kaitlynn Perez is now serving as its Economic Development Specialist. Newler graduated from Indiana University with a major in Telecommunications and concentrations in industry and management and media and society. Later, she embarked…

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The Fight for Fair Housing Must Continue

July 2018

TARRYTOWN—Approximately 150 Realtors and affiliated real estate professionals gathered at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown on July 12 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and to hear housing advocates press the point that while significant progress has been made, much work needs to be done to ensure fair housing for all.…

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Hatton Joins HGAR as Director Of Professional Development

July 2018

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors announced recently that Theresa Hatton has been named to the new position of Director of Professional Development and Industry Relations. HGAR Chief Executive Officer Richard Haggerty made the announcement of Hatton’s hire. Haggerty noted that Hatton, in addition to coordinating HGAR’s Education Department efforts, will also be involved…

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State Judge Overturns New Title Insurance Marketing Regulations

July 2018

NEW YORK—Representatives of the title insurance and closing industries hailed a recent ruling by New York State Supreme Court Judge Eileen A. Rakower that turned aside recently enacted state regulations aimed at curtailing what the state termed as excessive marketing costs and other unscrupulous activity in the title industry. The ruling handed down on July…

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Second Quarter Home Sales Lower in Most Hudson Valley Markets

July 2018

In most areas of the region the median sales price for a single-family residential home increased by about 6% as compared to the second quarter of 2017, according to the “2018 Second Quarter Residential Real Estate Sales Report for Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange Counties, New York” report authored by the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing…

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Growing Stewart Airport Gets New Name

July 2018

ALBANY— New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced on June 29th what he termed as the beginning of a new era for Stewart International Airport in New Windsor with its official name change to “New York Stewart International Airport.” The governor said the formal adoption of its new name builds on the airport's significant growth…

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Rockland County’s Financial Recovery Hits Key Milestone

July 2018

NEW CITY—In four years, Rockland County government has gone from having approximately $42,000 in the bank and $138 million in debt, to being in the black with a fund balance of more than $6 million. Rockland County Executive Ed Day announced the positive budgetary news relating to the county’s just released Comprehensive Annual Financial Report…

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Exit Realty Search Merges With Rand Realty

June 2018

NEW YORK—Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has increased its footprint in the Bronx, the Nanuet-headquartered brokerage firm reports. Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has merged with Exit Realty Search of the Bronx. With the merger, the firm, brings more than 60 agents to the Rand Realty network. The brokerage firm also reported recently…

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Board of Legislators Vote Key for Affordable Senior Housing Project

June 2018

WHITE PLAINS— The Westchester County Board of Legislators earlier this month approved the purchase of land that will result in the creation of 56 new units of affordable housing for seniors in White Plains. The long-delayed project—Mount Hope Plaza at 65 Lake Street in White Plains—will create affordable housing units for seniors 62 years and…

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Three Major Property Sales Close in Hudson Valley

June 2018

WHITE PLAINS—Three major property sales were reported by area commercial brokerage firms recently that involved multifamily and retail properties in Westchester County and a more than 123-acre site in East Fishkill formerly owned by IBM. Marcus & Millichap recently announced the sale of a three-property, 104-unit multifamily portfolio in White Plains. The portfolio sold for…

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Sharon Tucker Appointed Manager Of Rand Realty’s Pearl River Office

June 2018

NANUET—Following the retirement of Teresa O’Shaughnessy, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has selected Sharon Tucker as the new manager for its office in Pearl River. “This past year with Rand Realty has been one of the most-memorable of my career,” said Tucker. “I’ve learned so much in my time here thus far, and I’m…

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Westchester Hotel Association Travels to Albany To Lobby Lawmakers on Key Industry Issues

June 2018

WHITE PLAINS—After electing new leadership earlier this year, a reconstituted and perhaps reinvigorated Westchester Hotel Association traveled to Albany in May on its first “Hotel Lobby Day” with state lawmakers. Joined by the Business Council of Westchester, the Westchester Hotel Association met with key state officials to voice their opposition on proposed legislation that the…

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Mid-Hudson Brokerage Expands Presence to Ulster County

June 2018

LAGRANGEVILLE, —Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hudson Valley Properties, announced on May 31 the acquisition of Westwood Metes & Bounds Realty Ltd., a long-tenured real estate brokerage serving Ulster County. Hudson Valley Properties adds nearly 60 agents and five offices through the transaction. The offices are located in Kingston, New Paltz, Stone Ridge, West Hurley and Woodstock.…

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HGAR to Celebrate 50th Anniversary Of Fair Housing Act at July 12 Event

June 2018

TARRYTOWN—The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors is joining Realtor, real estate and housing advocacy organizations across the country in marking the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act this year. HGAR is holding a special program in commemoration of the Fair Housing Act on Thursday, July 12 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown. The program,…

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