Residential

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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BARRISTER'S BRIEFING: What Personal Assistants Can and Cannot Do

April 2017

Personal assistants, although typically unlicensed, can provide an enormous benefit to Brokers and Office Managers in performing necessary administrative tasks. There are instances in which a personal assistant may also be licensed as either a Salesperson or Associate Broker, and work in that capacity as well. However, those types of rare instances invoke tax and…

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NAR Sounds Alarm on Upcoming Flood Insurance Expiration

March 2017

WASHINGTON—The National Association of Realtors is urging Realtors as well as consumers to the pending expiration of the National Flood Insurance Program on Sept. 30. NAR officials warn that a possible program expiration would harm consumers and threaten the health of the residential real estate market. While NAR is working closely with federal regulators and…

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Key Yonkers Development Projects Get Green Light

March 2017

YONKERS—While some major multifamily construction projects in Yonkers have already broken ground, the City Council and the Yonkers Industrial Development Agency have recently granted approvals for a host of new development ventures in the city. The Yonkers City Council voted on March 21 to rezone 705 Bronx River Road from commercial to residential use, which…

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Ginsburg Debuts Newest Rental Property in Downtown White Plains

March 2017

WHITE PLAINS—Longtime residential development firm Ginsburg Development Companies of Valhalla recently unveiled its most recent addition to its multifamily portfolio—the newly renamed “The Metro” in Downtown White Plains. GDC Principal Martin Ginsburg took the wraps off his firm's 124-unit, 12-story asset at 25 Martine Ave. at an event held on March 20th. The firm acquired…

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Houlihan Lawrence Lands Cambium Assignment

March 2017

LARCHMONT—Residential brokerage firm Houlihan Lawrence reported recently it was designated the exclusive sales and marketing agent for The Cambium condominium property. Sales for the residential development will now be led by agent Mary Gail Barry of Houlihan Lawrence. Developed by Byron Place Associates, LLC, The Cambium—located at 10 Byron Place—brings the luxury of Manhattan lifestyle…

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Stillman Property Management Signs New Clients

March 2017

HARRISON—Stillman Property Management, a full-service property management company based in Harrison, announced it has been selected to provide management for new properties in Westchester and Fairfield counties. The Westchester County properties added to Stillman’s client roster include: 15 South Division St., a commercial and residential mixed-use building in New Rochelle; Stonecrest, an eight-story cooperative residential…

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County Selling ‘Fair and Affordable’ Priced Homes as Part of Court Case

March 2017

WHITE PLAINS—Westchester County officials announced on March 9th that applications were being accepted for more that 30 new, fair and affordable homes in Westchester. The available properties are single-family homes and condominiums, ranging in size, from one to five bedrooms. All of the homes are in good condition and located in: Bedford, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Harrison,…

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NAR Survey Finds Generation X on the Mend

March 2017

WASHINGTON— An improving economy, multiple years of strong job growth and the notable increase in home values in most markets fueled a greater share of purchases from Generation X households over the past year. That new finding is according to the National Association of Realtors 2017 Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study, which evaluates…

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Multifamily Boom Takes Hold in NYC Suburbs

March 2017

TARRYTOWN—The suburbs surrounding New York City, including Westchester County, are now in the throes of a multifamily development boom as major investors flock to downtown districts in White Plains, New Rochelle, Yonkers and Mount Vernon to build transit-oriented communities. A panel of real estate investors at an event staged by The Business Council of Westchester…

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HGAR President Launches New ‘Tea With the President’ Initiative

March 2017

WHITE PLAINS—In the first of its kind outreach to the general membership, HGAR President Dorothy Botsoe has launched her “Tea with the President” program at HGAR’s White Plains, Goshen and West Nyack offices. HGAR President Botsoe, who was installed as 2017 HGAR President in January, developed the idea as a way to encourage more participation…

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Rand Realty Named to Business Council’s 2017 Business Hall of Fame

February 2017

WHITE PLAINS—Business advocacy organization The Business Council of Westchester recently announced its 2017 Business Hall of Fame inductees, including Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty. Marsha Rand, who founded the real estate brokerage firm 30 years ago, will be accepting the Hall of Fame award for “Entrepreneurial Success.” BH&G Rand Realty is one of six…

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Real Estate Execs Push for New Condo Assessments in Ossining

February 2017

OSSINING—Three Westchester County real estate professionals are leading a citizens group called the “Ossining Committee for Fair Taxation” that is looking to have the Town of Ossining, which recently undertook a town-wide property reassessment, ensure that condominiums in the town are assessed at full value, the same as single-family residences and commercial properties. The trio…

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Project Profile: $500M Bellefield at Historic Hyde Park to Harness Region’s Burgeoning Food and Beverage Sector

February 2017

Real Estate In-Depth recently sat down with Mike Oates, managing partner of Bellefield Development Partners, to discuss the firm’s proposed $500-million Bellefield at Historic Hyde Park development, a mixed-use, multi-phased project that hopes to take advantage of and in turn enhance the Hudson Valley’s growing food and beverage industry. The development project is located on…

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County, Feds at Odds Over Housing Monitor

February 2017

WHITE PLAINS—While Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino has been hopeful that with the change in administration in Washington, DC, would perhaps foster better relations between the county, the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, initial indications reveal the relationship between at least some the parties remains frosty. Astorino has…

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