Residential

NAR Helps Secure Key Provisions in Coronavirus Bill for Realtors

March 2020

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a $2-trillion COVID-19 compromise economic relief package on March 25. The bill now goes to the U.S. House, where it is expected to pass, and President Trump has said he will sign the much-needed measure into law. The National Association of Realtors reports the bill includes $350 billion for the…

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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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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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Evolving Coronavirus Crisis Will Impact CRE, Lending Markets

March 2020

WHITE PLAINS—As governments across the globe deal with the spread of the Novel Coronavirus—or COVID-19—the crisis hit home earlier this week when it was learned that an attorney from New Rochelle tested positive for the virus. On March 4, Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed reports that in addition to the 50-year-old attorney, three members of his…

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Robert Martin Inks 10,000 SF Lease with Child Care Center in Elmsford

February 2020

ELMSFORD—Locally-based Robert Martin Company LLC announced on Feb. 25 it had signed a 10,000-square-foot lease for a new child care center at The Elm, a new luxury rental mixed-use building located adjacent to the Saw Mill Parkway in Elmsford. The new child care center, which is expected to have its grand opening this summer, will…

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Park Sterling Realty Expands with Addition of Majority of Hastings Firm’s Sales Force

February 2020

BRONXVILLE—Locally-based Park Sterling Realty reports that the majority of the sales force of longtime Hastings-on-Hudson residential brokerage Peter J Riolo Real Estate, including its co-owner and president Peter J. Riolo, Jr., have joined the firm. Leah Caro, co-owner of Park Sterling Realty, states that Peter J. Riolo Jr., along with office manager Sharlene Forman and…

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Affordable Housing Projects Planned Near The Botanical Garden in the Bronx

February 2020

NEW YORK—After being selected as the winning developer from a Request for Proposals issued by The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, Douglaston Development of New York City reports it will begin construction this year on a two-phased mixed-use project a block from the facility’s 250-acre grounds. Douglaston is entering into a 99-year lease…

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GUEST VIEWPOINT: State Law Amended in Foreclosure Proceedings

February 2020

Section 1302 of the New York State Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law (RPAPL) has been recently amended to include a new sub-section 1302-A. The result of the revised law is to prohibit a defendant from waiving the defense that the plaintiff lacks standing to bring the foreclosure action. This prohibition extends even after the…

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NY Senate Passes Two Property Tax Exemption Study Bills

February 2020

ALBANY– Two bills sponsored by New York State Sen. Pete Harckham (D, WF-40th District) that will study the use of tax exemptions and the burdens they cause to municipalities and taxpayers were passed on Feb. 11 by the State Senate. Both bills now await passage by the State Assembly and approval from Gov. Andrew M.…

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HGAR Re-Launches Young Professionals Network Group for 2020

February 2020

TARRYTOWN—The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors has re-launched its Young Professionals Network group for 2020, following a two-year hiatus. YPN, which was originally established by the National Association of Realtors in 2006, is tasked with helping the younger generation of Realtors build a stronger link with the real estate industry and expand networking and business…

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Mill Creek Acquires Blessed Sacrament School Site

February 2020

NEW ROCHELLE—Mill Creek Residential of Boca Raton, FL has acquired a little more than two acres of land that housed the former Blessed Sacrament elementary school and will develop a new eight-story 334-unit multifamily project at the site. The sale of the property was reported by commercial brokerage firm CBRE on Feb. 5, which represented…

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