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Westchester LDC Approves More Than $340M in Bond Financing For Westchester Medical Center and Sarah Lawrence College

September 2020

WHITE PLAINS—The Board of Directors of Westchester County’s Local Development Corporation (LDC) recently voted to approve more than $340 million in bond financing for two major not-for-profits. At its August 20th meeting, the LDC board unanimously approved $300 million in bond financing for Westchester County Healthcare Corporation, the public authority responsible for governing the Westchester…

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Construction Begins on 303-Unit Apartment Project in White Plains

September 2020

WHITE PLAINS—In some good news in the times of COVID-19 for the Westchester County economy, The NRP Group announced on Aug. 31 it had broken ground on a new community of 303 market-rate apartments along the I-287 corridor in White Plains. Situated on a 70-acre site at 1133 Westchester Ave. that previously served as the…

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Legends Realty Joins Expanding Corcoran Group

September 2020

TARRYTOWN—Legends Realty, after nearly 10 years as an affiliate of William Raveis Real Estate, has joined the growing The Corcoran Group, LLC. The brokerage firm, which has locations in Tarrytown, Briarcliff Manor and Irvington, now operates as Corcoran Legends Realty. The launch of the Legends affiliate was announced today virtually by The Corcoran Group President…

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Gateway Tunnel Project Start Delayed One Year

September 2020

NEWARK—Considered one of the most important infrastructure projects in the New York metro region, the start of construction of the long-delayed Hudson Tunnel project has been pushed back by one year. The Gateway Program Development Corporation released an updated financial plan for the project on Friday. GPDC in its plan noted that the projected start…

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Law Firm Relocating Westchester Office to Purchase

August 2020

PURCHASE—The law firm Milber Makris Plousadis & Seiden, LLP has signed a long-term direct lease deal totaling 25,000 square feet at 100 Manhattanville Road here. The law firm will relocate its Westchester office to the property owned by RPW Group from subleased space in White Plains. Commercial brokerage firm Newmark Knight Frank handled the full…

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City of Newburgh Issues RFP for Iconic ‘City Club Building’

August 2020

NEWBURGH—While Orange County is in the midst of a solicitation for two storied properties on Grand Street here, the City of Newburgh has issued a Request for Proposals on Aug. 24 for developers to redevelop the iconic City Club Building at 120 Grand St. The Mayor’s Strategic Economic Development Advisory Committee, in coordination with the…

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After Broad Industry Criticism, FHFA Delays Controversial Refi Loan Fee

August 2020

WASHINGTON—A little over a week after first proposing a controversial 0.5% Adverse Market Refinance Fee on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac loans, the Federal Housing Finance Agency announced on Aug. 25 that it would delay the fee’s implementation until Dec. 1, 2020. The FHFA first announced the Adverse Market Refinance Fee on Aug. 12 and…

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Helmsley Spear Signs 16,000 SF Headquarters Sublease Deal

August 2020

NEW YORK—Real estate firm Helmsley Spear, LLC, which was founded in 1866, reported on Aug. 26 it had signed a new four-year sublease with Lincoln Financial comprising almost 16,000 square feet for its headquarters office, in conjunction with Swig Equities, LLC, and Falcon Pacific Construction/Builders, LLC. “Helmsley Spear and the related Swig Equities companies have…

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Moody’s Upgrades Rockland’s Bond Rating to A1

August 2020

NEW CITY—Rockland County Executive Ed Day and Commissioner of Finance Stephen DeGroat announced on Aug. 24 that Moody’s Investors Service increased the rating to Rockland’s Various Purposes Bonds and Refunding Bonds to A1 from A2. Moody’s also upgraded to A1 from A2 the county’s issuer and general obligation limited tax ratings. “To receive this type…

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BCW Survey: Westchester Businesses Expect a Slow Recovery

August 2020

RYE BROOK—A majority of Westchester businesses from a good cross section of the county’s economy say they are slowly recovering from the pandemic and expect to continue to struggle for some time, according to a survey released today (Aug. 24) by the Business Council of Westchester’s Economic Recovery Task Force. Some of the key findings…

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Northeast Home Sales Soared by a Record 31% in July

August 2020

WASHINGTON—Proof that the local home sales market is very strong despite the COVID pandemic can be found in the latest statistics released today by the National Association of Realtors. NAR reports that existing-home sales in the Northeast rose by a record 30.6% in the month of July. NAR reported that nationwide home sales continued on…

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Moody’s Predicts NYC Rents will Fall as Much as 21% in 2020

August 2020

NEW YORK—Moody’s Analytics released its new forecasts for commercial real estate rents and vacancies on Aug. 17 and predicted that office and retail rents will drop sharply due to COVID-19 in 2020 and beyond. Noting that the office property sector was already experiencing downward pressure on the usage intensity of office space even before the…

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FHA Mortgage Delinquencies Hit Record High

August 2020

WASHINGTON—The Mortgage Bankers Association reported on Aug. 17 that the share of late FHA loans rose to nearly 16% in the second quarter, up from about 9.7% in the previous quarter. The second quarter FHA delinquency rate was the highest level on record dating back to 1979. The delinquency rate for mortgage loans on one-to-four-unit…

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Five Questions with New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson

August 2020

In launching the new Real Estate In-Depth regular feature “Five Questions With,” the editor and publisher of the print and online newspaper seek to interview key newsmakers of the day and ask probing questions on matters that affect the readership’s business and day-to-day lives, but also provide insight into how and why certain decisions were…

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Local Government Sales Tax Collections Fell 8.2% in July

August 2020

ALBANY—As the New York State economy continues its reopening process and the state continues to post low COVID infection numbers, local sales tax collections are improving, although still down compared to last year. Sales tax revenue for local governments in July fell 8.2% compared to the same period last year, according to New York State…

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NAR Reports U.S. Metro Home Prices Grow in 96% of Metro Areas in Second Quarter

August 2020

WASHINGTON— In the era of COVID-19, the value of homes seems to have some immunity to the virus. The overwhelming majority of the nation’s metro areas enjoyed home price increases in the second quarter of 2020, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors released today. Median single-family home prices rose…

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HGAR Annual Meeting to be Held Virtually for First Time in History

August 2020

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors’ 104th Annual Meeting & Member Appreciation Day will be like none other in the association’s history. The October gathering, which normally draws more than 1,200 Realtors and related professionals to the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown, will be held virtually this year, via Zoom webinar, for safety concerns as…

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