Grand Lux Realty Relocates Headquarters to Chappaqua

March 15, 2021

CHAPPAQUA—Grand Lux Realty announced on March 12 that it had opened its new office in Chappaqua at 101 King St. “We established our Armonk office back in 2006,” said Michael Levy, founder and principal broker, Grand Lux Realty. “This move is bittersweet, but we are not saying goodbye to Armonk or our long-time clients. While…

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Hudson Valley Lost More Than 76,000 Jobs in 2020

March 12, 2021

ALBANY—The employment numbers for 2020 released by the New York State Department of Labor for the Hudson Valley region on March 11 were not surprising in the least, with leisure and hospitality leading the way with job losses during the 12-month period, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, that exceeded 22,000 jobs. However, job numbers released…

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Storied Anthony’s Pier 9 to be Sold; To Be Converted into Movie Studio

March 10, 2021

NEW WINDSOR—Orange County’s premier wedding, catering and event venue Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor is in contract to be sold to an entity that plans to convert the 70,000-square-foot facility into a motion picture production studio. The pending sale with the unidentified buyer was announced by The Bonura Hospitality Group, which stated it expects…

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Consumer Sentiment on Housing Dips Slightly Despite Growing Labor Market Optimism

March 9, 2021

WASHINGTON—The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index decreased in February by 1.2 points to 76.5. Four of the HPSI’s six components fell month over month, including most notably homebuying conditions and household income components. Offsetting much of that decline, however, was increased optimism regarding job security, with consumers reporting a significantly more positive view of…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Jeanne Shields

March 8, 2021

A Give-Back Journey At this point in her life, Jeanne Shields is taking a little breather from her many, many philanthropic activities, including serving as a Trustee and fundraising volunteer for the Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation. The Associate Broker with Howard Hanna | Rand Realty’s Nyack office has a very good reason for her much-needed…

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GUEST VIEWPOINT: What We Can Learn from Westchester’s Evolving Office Market

March 3, 2021

Famed American Bandstand host Dick Clark once clarified his multi-decade influence over the music industry. “I don’t set trends,” he offered, “I just find out what they are and exploit them.” Much the same can be said of Westchester County, where the area’s changing real estate landscape is more a reflection of emerging national and…

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Developer Breaks Ground on $33-Million Apartment Project in Yonkers

February 26, 2021

YONKERS—Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and other city officials joined with executives of Regency Apartment Ventures LLC on Feb. 25 to celebrate the groundbreaking of Regency on the Hudson, a seven-story 126-unit residential building at 56 Prospect St. here. The development will feature 13 units that will be designated as affordable under the city’s Affordable Housing…

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Westchester County IDA Approves New Local Hire Labor Policy

February 25, 2021

WHITE PLAINS—The Westchester County Industrial Development Agency’s Board of Directors earlier today (Feb. 25) unanimously approved a new local hire labor policy that will require incentivized project developers hire 85% of its construction workers from the local area; require its workers complete OSHA safety training; subcontractors be enrolled in a pre-apprenticeship program and that all…

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Achieving Success by Embracing the ‘Team’ Spirit

February 24, 2021

Patricia Dantzic admits she was a bit apprehensive about re-entering the workforce with a new career in real estate. After enjoying a successful profession in corporate communications in the music industry, she switched gears, earned her license and began working at a local agency. Soon afterward, she was approached by a team member from Berkshire…

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Existing U.S. Home Sales Rose Slightly in January; Northeast Home Sales Fell More Than 2%

February 22, 2021

WASHINGTON —Existing-home sales rose in January, marking two consecutive months of growth, according to the National Association of Realtors. From a month-over-month perspective, buying activity varied in the major regions. Year-over-year, all four areas recorded double-digit gains in January. Existing-home sales in the Northeast in January declined 2.2%, recording an annual rate of 870,000, a…

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NAR Study: Black Home Buyers More Than Twice as Likely to be Rejected for Mortgage Loans than White Home Buyers

February 19, 2021

WASHINGTON—Minority homeownership continues to stubbornly lag behind the national rate, with Black Americans facing some of the toughest hurdles to achieving this essential part of the American Dream, according to a report released recently by the National Association of Realtors. The homeownership rate for Black Americans—42%—is nearly 30% less than the rate for white Americans…

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$33-Million Rental Project in Yonkers Gets Final Approval of IDA Incentives

February 12, 2021

YONKERS—The Yonkers Industrial Development Agency Board reports it recently granted final approval of financial incentives for 56 Prospect St., a $32.6 million, 126-unit apartment building. The project, which received final approval at the IDA’s Feb. 5 meeting, will be comprised of 90 studios, 18 one-bedroom units and 18 two-bedroom units with a rooftop terrace overlooking…

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RXR Realty Tops Off New Rochelle Apartment Tower

February 11, 2021

NEW ROCHELLE— RXR Realty, master developer of Downtown New Rochelle, announced on Feb. 10 the topping out of One Clinton Park, a 28-story mixed-use tower under construction here. The project created 250 on-site construction jobs, employing a diversity of contractors, including MWBE firms and local New Rochelle companies. One Clinton Park features 352 state-of-the-art, highly…

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Senate Majority Advances Housing Discrimination Legislative Package

February 8, 2021

ALBANY—The leadership of the State Senate Democratic Majority announced on Feb. 8 it will advance major legislation to continue addressing housing discrimination across New York State. The legislative package was created following two public hearings on housing discrimination that included 25 subpoenas. The package of bills is also in response to legislative suggestions outlined in…

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