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NYS Prohibits Real Estate Showings, Open Houses

March 2020

ALBANY—Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered the closure of all offices for non-essential businesses on March 20 and indicated that all showings and open houses are also prohibited. Previously, the governor limited staffing to 50%, followed by 75%, and now 100% workforce reduction in non-essential business offices per his order on March 20. The governor specifically mentioned…

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Brokers Can Still Collect Fees from Landlords

March 2020

NEW YORK—Landlord agents can continue to collect commissions or brokerage fees from landlords at least until June 12. The New York Attorney General Letitia James requested, and was granted, an extension of the temporary restraining order that the New York State Association of Realtors, the Real Estate Board of New York and others filed in…

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U.S. Existing-Home Sales Jump 6.5% in February

March 2020

WASHINGTON—Existing-home sales climbed substantially in February after a slight decline in January, according to a report released by the National Association of Realtors on March 20. Of the four major regions, only the Northeast reported a decrease in sales (-4.1%), while other areas saw increases, including sizable sales gains in the West. Total existing-home sales…

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Pre-Coronavirus—Commercial Brokers Bullish on Hudson Valley Market in 2020

March 2020

WHITE PLAINS—A panel of veteran Hudson Valley commercial real estate brokers agreed that the commercial office and industrial markets were strong entering 2020 and were prime for continued brisk activity. Editor’s Note: The meeting of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors Commercial Investment Division’s Broker Roundtable was held in late January, before the onset of…

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NYSAR Says Closings Can Occur Under Certain Circumstances

March 2020

ALBANY—The New York State Association of Realtors posted online the latest guidance regarding the regulations impacting the real estate industry in connection with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive orders in connection with preventing the spread of the Coronavirus. The FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) issued by NYSAR effective at 5 p.m. on March 24 answered a host…

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Westchester Residential Opportunities Secures $425,000 in HUD Fair Housing Grants

March 2020

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $3 million to fair housing organizations in New York State, including a total of $425,000 to White Plains-based Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc. to confront violations of the nation's landmark Fair Housing Act and help end housing discrimination. HUD awarded a total of more…

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RXR Realty Commits $1 Million To Support COVID-19 Relief

March 2020

NEW YORK—RXR Realty announced on March 20 it was contributing $1 million to support organizations and New Rochelle residents impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis. Funding will go towards programs to address both immediate needs, as well as the long-term recovery of New Rochelle. RXR’s commitment to New Rochelle, is in collaboration with the…

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White Plains-Based Reich Brothers JV Acquires 4 Million SF Caterpillar Campus

March 2020

MONTGOMERY, IL—Reich Brothers, which is headquartered in White Plains, and partner HFZ Capital Group of New York City, have purchased the four-million-square-foot Caterpillar manufacturing and distribution complex here for $68.5 million. The deal for the 350-acre campus also features a sale-leaseback component with Deerfield, IL-based Caterpillar Inc. The construction equipment manufacturer plans to keep approximately…

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Modell’s Files Bankruptcy; 137 Store Leases Available

March 2020

MELVILLE, NY—Days after sporting goods retailer Modell’s Sporting Goods filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Melville, NY-based A&G Real Estate Partners is marketing 137 Modell’s store leases in nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia. The retailer, founded in 1889, operates 153 stores located in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island,…

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Coronavirus Pandemic Cause Mortgage Applications to Fall 8.4%

March 2020

WASHINGTON—Mortgage applications decreased 8.4% during the week ending March 13 from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey released on March 18. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 8.4% on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an…

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Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation Donates to My Sisters’ Place

March 2020

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation, the charitable arm of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, recently presented a check for $2,500 to My Sisters’ Place of White Plains. For more than 40 years, My Sisters’ Place has been Westchester's pioneering leader and resource in the field of domestic violence and human trafficking. MSP provides…

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Realtors Volunteer at Ronald McDonald House in Valhalla

March 2020

VALHALLA—A contingent of HGAR Realtors recently volunteered their morning to make breakfast and lunch, clean up, and organize toys at the Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley in Valhalla. The volunteer events, set up by members of the Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation’s Program Committee, go hand-in-hand with the Foundation’s fundraising efforts. Located next…

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Medline Looks to Start Construction Soon on $120M Project

March 2020

MONTGOMERY—One of the more controversial commercial projects in Orange County secured a key approval on March 8 that will likely facilitate groundbreaking on the $120-million distribution facility later this spring if building restrictions related to the Coronavirus are lifted. The Montgomery Planning Board approved Medline Industries’ Final Environmental Impact Statement on its proposed 1.3-million-square-foot distribution…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Amanda Martinez

March 2020

A Lifetime of Volunteering After spending 32 years working with the New York City Housing Authority, it’s no surprise that Amanda Martinez has a knack for finding people homes. The Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty agent actually started her real estate career just two years ago in the brokerage firm’s Goshen office, but has…

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WRO Alleges Rockland County Apartment Complex Discriminated Against People with Mental Disabilities

March 2020

WHITE PLAINS—Non-profit fair housing agency Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc. reported on March 9 it had filed suit against the ownership and manager of the 370-unit Tor View Village Apartments in Garnerville for alleged violations of federal, state and county fair housing laws. WRO charges in its litigation that individuals with mental disabilities were the subject…

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