Residential

New York City Building Boom Fueled By Expected 421-a Successor Law

May 2017

NEW YORK—The multifamily development floodgates opened last year when developers put their money on the State Legislature enacting a replacement for the 421-a tax incentive legislation. New York Building Congress president and CEO Carlo A. Scissura believes that developers bet on New York State passing a new 421-a tax incentive program this past legislative session…

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Ginsburg Cuts Ribbon on $100M Yonkers Multifamily Project

May 2017

YONKERS—Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino, Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and other state and city officials joined Ginsburg Development Corp. in cutting the ribbon on its $100-million River Tides at Greystone luxury rental apartment project. The 330-unit building is GDC’s third major luxury rental development to open in Westchester since the veteran development firm shifted its…

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Rand Realty Launches New Agent Platform

May 2017

SEATTLE—Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Rand Realty reported recently that it had launched a new combination of the latest in agent productivity technology. Agents now have access to the Moxi Engage CRM from Moxi Works, which is fully integrated into an advanced automated marketing platform from Imprev, Inc. “There’s a great technology race in…

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BH&G Rand Realty Acquires ERA Tucker Associates

May 2017

NANUET—Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty reported on May 15th that it acquired ERA Tucker Associates of Nanuet. “We have decided to merge with Rand Realty so we could be a part of the development of the Rockland County market and any other adjacent markets in New York and New Jersey,” said Sharon Tucker, manager…

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HGAR’s First ‘RPAC-A-Thon’ Raises Over $8,000 for RPAC

May 2017

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors held its very first “RPAC-A-Thon” recently at its White Plains headquarters, raising more than $8,000 for RPAC, the Realtors Political Action Committee. The initiative, supported by the New York State Association of Realtors, brought in a dedicated group of HGAR members who reached out with phone calls to…

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Moving With Pets Doesn’t Have to be a ‘Cat-astrophe!’

May 2017

Buying or selling a home can be stressful enough for humans, but when you enter your four-legged family members into the mix, the fur could really start to fly! In addition to constantly cleaning up shedding pet hair, home sellers are often at a quandary of where to keep their pets during home showings. Dana…

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Bronxville Real Estate Rebrands as Park Sterling Realty

May 2017

BRONXVILLE—Citing a continuing trend in the real estate brokerage business away from provincial offices that service a few communities, the ownership of Bronxville Real Estate announced today that it will now operate as Park Sterling Realty. The firm’s rebranding is intended to convey the geographic reach of its customer base that far extends from the…

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Appeals Court Says County Engaging in ‘Total Obstructionism’

May 2017

NEW YORK—The Second Circuit Court of Appeals in a unanimous ruling found that Westchester County has failed to comply with certain requirements of the 2009 fair housing court settlement. In a scathing rebuke of the county’s long-held arguments to the contrary, the Second Circuit Court upheld previous federal district court rulings that the county had…

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Houlihan Lawrence Strikes Deal With the ‘Uber of Helicopters’

April 2017

RYE BROOK—Residential brokerage firm Houlihan Lawrence announced on April 25th that it entered an exclusive marketing partnership with BLADE, a private aviation startup that has been coined by some as “the Uber of Helicopters.” The partnership, which began this month, will bring prominent exposure for properties listed with Houlihan Lawrence, appearing to BLADE fliers throughout…

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Builders Say Canadian Lumber Tariff Will Be Costly for Homebuyers and Economy

April 2017

WASHINGTON—The Trump Administration’s decision earlier this week to impose tariffs or duties on Canadian imported lumber could have significant impacts on prospective new homebuyers as well as the U.S. economy, the National Association of Home Builders warns. Earlier this week, the Trump Administration announced it was imposing tariffs on imported Canadian lumber ranging from 3.02%…

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Westchester’s Housing Market Offers Opportunities for Buyers and Sellers

April 2017

Westchester County is vibrant and spring always ignites a sense of urgency in the residential sales market. Buyer demand is high and sellers who have priced their homes wisely have seen them sell quickly. However, overvalued homes sit on the market for some time. The strong buyer demand, combined with low for-sale inventory, have fueled…

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Majority of Realtors Say Clients Interested in Sustainability

April 2017

WASHINGTON—Growing consumer interest and demand for greener, more sustainable properties is driving a dialogue between Realtors and homebuyers and sellers. Over half of Realtors find that consumers have interest in real estate sustainability issues and practices, according to the National Association of Realtors’ recently released “Realtors and Sustainability” report. The report, stemming from NAR’s new…

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Westchester Foreclosure Filings Fell in 2016 But Judgments Remained Troublingly High

April 2017

WHITE PLAINS—Statistics released by the Westchester County Clerk’s office on April 10 point to a falling market share for foreclosed and distressed properties in Westchester County. Westchester County Clerk Timothy C. Idoni reported that foreclosure filings in 2016 were down 54.8% from their all-time high in 2009 (3,123), but judgments on foreclosure actions last year…

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Hudson Valley Home Sales Rise, Inventory Falls in First Quarter

April 2017

WHITE PLAINS— High sales rates, a sharp decline in inventory, and an uneven pattern of price increases across the region marked 2017’s first quarter entry to the real estate market recovery of the past five years, according to the recently released “2017 First Quarter Residential Real Estate Sales Report for Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Donna Riniti

April 2017

Daily Puzzle Solver Donna Riniti, senior managing director of Coldwell Banker’s 63-person Yorktown Heights office, credits a bad experience years ago with a Texas real estate agent for prompting her to get into the real estate business. Originally from Texas, Riniti decided to sell her home on her own prior to moving to the Northeast.…

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Haverstraw Establishes ‘No Knock Registry’

April 2017

HAVERSTRAW—The Town of Haverstraw has joined a growing number of Rockland County municipalities to enact a “No-Knock” registry. The Haverstraw Town Board recently approved an amendment to its peddling and solicitor law and established a no-knock registry, according to a report in the Journal News. Town Supervisor Howard Philips told the newspaper that the amendment…

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HGAR Panel Helps Debunk Section 8 Myths

April 2017

WHITE PLAINS—Approximately 100 real estate professionals attended a program on April 4th at the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors’ offices in White Plains that provided answers to the sometimes complex and often-times confusing regulations surrounding Section 8 housing and Source of Income legislation. The “Breakfast with Benefits” program entitled “Common Myths About Section 8 Housing”…

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