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HG Realtor Foundation to Host Holiday Party on Nov. 29

November 2018

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation will return to the Westchester Hills Golf Club in White Plains for its 2018 Holiday Party on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event will include a one-hour open bar, appetizers, buffet dinner, DJ and dancing. In addition, attendees will have the chance to win…

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Record Crowd Attends 102nd Annual HGAR Annual Meeting and Members’ Day Event

November 2018

TARRYTOWN—A record crowd of approximately 1,500 members and affiliates attended the 102nd Annual Meeting and Member’s Day of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors held on Oct. 29 at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown. During the association business portion of the program, HGAR membership elected the 2019 slate of HGAR directors that will be headed…

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LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Co-op Bill Advances to the Full Legislature

October 2018

On Monday, Oct. 29th the Westchester County Board of Legislators finally held a public hearing on the co-op disclosure bill. Realtor members of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors spoke in favor of the compromise bill. The bill calls for a 15-day time period in which a board must notify an applicant they received the…

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Brokerage Studies Market Changes Since ‘The Great Recession’

October 2018

RYE BROOK—Houlihan Lawrence released a report on Oct. 18 that examined in depth the impacts of the Great Recession on the housing market in Westchester County, the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County, CT. In the introduction to its overall findings, Houlihan Lawrence described how the Great Recession changed the New York City suburban real estate…

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U.S. Home Sales Fall in September

October 2018

WASHINGTON—U.S. existing-home sales declined more than 3% in September after a month of stagnation in August, according to the National Association of Realtors. All four major regions saw no gain in sales activity in September. Existing sales in the Northeast fell nearly 3% in September as compared to September 2017. Total existing-home sales, https://www.nar.realtor/existing-home-sales, which…

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Construction Begins on Harrison Playhouse Lofts

October 2018

HARRISON—John Verni and Chris Verni, partners in Verco Properties, recently broke ground on their latest project, the Harrison Playhouse Lofts in Downtown Harrison. “The Verni brothers look forward to jump starting the rebirth of Downtown Harrison as the next great destination in Westchester County,” said John Verni. In attendance were Harrison Mayor Ron Belmont, New…

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NAR Chief Economist Tells Realtors Not to Expect Recession in 2019, 2020

October 2018

NEW YORK—With a market struggling with low inventory, higher mortgage rates and slower home sales, a packed room of Realtors at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Manhattan collectively sighed relief when NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said he does not expect a national recession next year or in 2020. In fact, Yun also stated that…

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Hudson Valley Home Prices Continue to Rise, While Sales Decline

October 2018

WHITE PLAINS—Home sale prices were up sharply in the third quarter in the four-county market area of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, with the exception of Westchester County where sales prices were relatively flat as compared to a year earlier. Sales volume was off marginally throughout the region, with overall third quarter sales down…

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Orange County IDA Chairman Robert T. Armistead to Retire

October 2018

NEW WINDSOR—The Orange County Industrial Development Agency had two major announcements at its Oct. 11th board meeting: Robert T. Armistead will retire as chairman on Nov. 1, and The Accelerator, a certified New York State incubator focused on bringing manufacturing back to the mid-Hudson Valley, is projected to create more than 100 jobs by the…

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The Bronx: NYC’s ‘Last Frontier’ for Investment

October 2018

The Bronx is booming! Real Estate In-Depth talked with local real estate experts Sarah Jones-Maturo, president, RM Friedland and Kathy Zamechansky, president, KZA Realty Group, who recently announced a new alliance, to find out why investment has been picking up in the borough. Real Estate In-Depth: What main factors contribute to the borough's commercial property boom?…

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At Home in City Island

October 2018

Anyone who has ever ventured across the City Island Bridge in the Bronx knows that a quaint little seaside community awaits on the other side. A world of seafood restaurants, marinas and boutiques line the 1.5 mile-long island located at the western end of Long Island Sound. City Island was once inhabited by the Siwanoy…

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A Conversation with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.

October 2018

The Bronx is Setting Records for Business, Job Growth For those old enough to remember, the images of the Bronx in the 1970s and 1980s that evoked abject poverty, neglect, and rampant crime are hard to erase. While it took decades to overcome, those days are long gone and new images are now coming to…

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Living and Working in The Bronx

October 2018

Editor’s Note: When Real Estate In-Depth began planning its first special section on The Bronx, the official newspaper of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors turned to perhaps the borough’s chief cheerleader Irene Guanill to provide a market report on its emerging neighborhoods. North, South, East and West and all the neighborhoods in between make…

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Westchester County Historical Society Publishes First History of the County in More Than 35 Years

October 2018

ELMSFORD—The Westchester County Historical Society announced recently it has published the first comprehensive history of Westchester County in more than 35 years. Written by Field Horne, printed by Rose Press in Mount Vernon, designed by Christina Wong, and edited by Elizabeth G. Fuller, Katherine M. Hite, Patrick Raftery, and Gray Williams, the 257-page publication entitled…

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Home Sales Still Strong, Prices Rise in Most Hudson Valley Markets

October 2018

WHITE PLAINS—Third quarter real estate sales in the lower Hudson Valley remained robust, although slightly lower than third quarter 2017 sales. While unit sales were generally lower in the Hudson Valley region served by the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service, sale prices remained strong. With the exception of Westchester County, which experienced a one tenth…

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Latimer Appoints Gibbons as Director of Office of Economic Development

October 2018

WHITE PLAINS— Westchester County Executive George Latimer has decided to hire from within county government’s ranks and appointed Bridget Gibbons as the new Director of the Office of Economic Development. Gibbons had served as the county’s Deputy Director of Economic Development since Latimer took office in January 2018. She was the guest speaker at the…

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New Rochelle Wins $10M Downtown Revitalization Grant

October 2018

NEW ROCHELLE— Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sept. 27 that New Rochelle's Lincoln Avenue Corridor will receive $10 million in funding as the Mid-Hudson region’s winner of the third round of the state’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative competition. "New Rochelle's Lincoln Avenue Corridor is an area ripe with potential to appeal to a new generation of residents,…

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HVEDC Announces New Partnership With Westchester County Association

October 2018

GOSHEN—The Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. and the Westchester County Association announced on Oct. 8 the launch of what they term as a “strategic partnership to grow specific industry sectors such as healthcare and real estate, expand on each other’s workforce development initiatives and close the digital divide through programs that promote gigabit-speed broadband connectivity.”…

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HGAR’s Botsoe Inducted Into NYSAR RPAC Hall of Fame

October 2018

At the recent NYSAR Fall Business Meetings held at the Turning Stone Resort/Casino in Verona, NY, HGAR’s Dorothy Botsoe was inducted into the RPAC Hall of Fame. Pictured with Botsoe (right) are from left, RPAC Hall inductee Liz English of the Long Island Board of Realtors and NYSAR President Christine “C.J.” DelVecchio. At the conference…

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