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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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Realtor Survey Finds Annual Foreign Investment in U.S. Home Sales Declines 5%

August 2020

WASHINGTON—Foreign buyers purchased $74 billion worth of U.S. existing homes from April 2019 through March 2020, a 5% decrease from the previous 12-month period and the second consecutive annual decline in foreign investment in U.S. residential real estate, according to a new survey from the National Association of Realtors. Foreign buyers purchased 154,000 properties, down…

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Nearly $53M Redevelopment, Refinancing Of Fort Schuyler House in Bronx Complete

August 2020

NEW YORK—Fort Schuyler House, Inc., MDG Design + Construction, LLC, Smith & Henzy Advisory Group, Inc., Concord Management of New York, and partners recently celebrated the completion of the $52.7-million revitalization and refinancing of Fort Schuyler House, an affordable senior housing development in the Bronx. The project preserves the affordability of Fort Schuyler House’s 138…

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Onyx Equities Signs E-Commerce Tenant To 200,000 SF Deal in Rockland County

August 2020

BLAUVELT—Commercial brokerage firm CBRE announced on Aug. 4 that it has secured a 200,775-square-foot lease across two buildings in the Hudson Crossing Industrial Park in Blauvelt. The unnamed e-commerce tenant will occupy 123,999 square feet of space at 400 Oritani Drive and 76,776 square feet of space in the neighboring building at 200 Oritani Drive.…

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NYC Comptroller Urges City Act Now To Bridge Future Budget Shortfalls

August 2020

NEW YORK—New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer released a report on Aug. 3 on New York City’s Fiscal Year 2021 Adopted Budget that found an overreliance on one-time actions in the adopted budget to close the $8.33-billion shortfall brought about by the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. With significant budget gaps looming…

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Keller Williams Signs 20,000 SF Sublease Near Grand Central

August 2020

NEW YORK—Helmsley Spear, LLC, reported recently it had brokered a 20,000-square-foot sublease with Keller Williams for the 10th floor of 99 Park Ave. Gould Paper Corp., the current tenant, will continue to occupy 8,718 square feet of the space. The sublease term runs through December, 2023. The Helmsley Spear leasing agents for this sublease were…

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HGRF Volunteers Brave the Heat to Help Clean Up Twin Lakes Park

July 2020

EASTCHESTER—Despite temperatures soaring into the 90's, a group of dedicated Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation volunteers braved the heat and humidity recently to help clean up Twin Lakes Park in Eastchester. The volunteers were on land and in canoes, hand-pulling water chestnuts, which are invasive aquatic plants in the lake. The clearing project not only served…

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