Residential

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Safety Net

August 2015

For those observant readers of Real Estate In-Depth you may have noticed that HGAR COO Ann Garti was a guest columnist in the place of my normal column in last month’s edition. The reason for the unplanned substitution was that just a day or two before the paper went to press I learned that I…

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HGAR’s Kramer Receives WRO Fair Housing Award

July 2015

WHITE PLAINS—Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors’ Board Director and civil rights and fair housing advocate Barry Kramer received the Pioneer of Fair Housing Award from non-profit housing services agency Westchester Residential Opportunities, Inc. at a dinner in his honor on Tuesday, June 30th. The awards dinner for the popular and affable Realtor was held at…

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Baby Boomers Still a Major Force in Hudson Valley

July 2015

NEW PALTZ— Labor expert Dr. Paul Harrington of Drexel University said that the major economic driver of the Hudson Valley is still the Baby Boomers and not the Millennial generation as many economists and business experts would have you believe. Dr. Harington, the keynote speaker at the Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp.’s second State of…

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Realtor Lobby Day Leads to Successful Extension of Property Tax Cap

July 2015

 First and foremost, it’s important to thank the hundreds of Realtors who attended this year’s Lobby Day in Albany. Realtors from across the state—from Western New York, the Adirondacks, Hudson Valley, Long Island, and everywhere in between—converged on Albany to hold legislators accountable and make sure they have a firm grasp of New York Realtors’…

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GDC to Transform Convent Site Into Mixed-Use Tourist Destination

July 2015

PEEKSKILL—Building on the momentum of the launch its GDC Rentals brand, Ginsburg Development Companies announced recently plans to transform the former St. Mary’s Convent property overlooking the Hudson River in Peekskill into a resort-style tourist destination that would feature a spa, inn and restaurant as well as 178 luxury rentals apartments and 20 townhomes. Called…

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HGAR’s Cummins Named Manager Of Coldwell Banker’s Yorktown Office

July 2015

YORKTOWN HEIGHTS—Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Connecticut and Westchester County announce on July 10 that longtime Mahopac resident Don M. Cummins III was appointed branch office manager of the company’s Yorktown Heights office. Cummins will be responsible for the oversight of approximately 50 real estate professionals serving homebuyers and sellers in Yorktown Heights, Jefferson Valley,…

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Berkshire Hathaway Enters Market With Two Buys

July 2015

SCARSDALE—The Berkshire Hathaway franchise entered the Westchester County residential real estate brokerage marketplace in a big way recently with the acquisition of two well-known Westchester County brokerage firms—the now former Prudential Centennial Realty in Scarsdale and Tri-Crest Realty, Inc. of nearby Eastchester. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties announced the acquisition of Prudential Centennial Realty,…

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Hudson Valley Home Sales Spike Sharply in Second Qtr.

July 2015

WHITE PLAINS—Strong buyer demand in the second quarter fueled a substantial increase in home sales in the four-county Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors market area, particularly in Orange County. The home sales recovery continued in the region with the only caveat being that home sale prices struggled in most counties in the region over the…

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Survey: Millennial Sentiment Trending Positively About Purchasing Homes

July 2015

MIAMI—Realtor.com, a leading provider of online real estate services operated by News Corp, recently revealed that Millennials have become more positive when it comes to taking the plunge into home ownership and are primed to gain market share in the second half of the year. The finding was based on the results of its consumer…

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Hudson Gateway REALTOR® Foundation To Host Inaugural Gala

July 2015

The Hudson Gateway REALTOR® Foundation will host its First Annual Gala on Thursdday Sept. 17 from 6p.m. to 11p.m. at Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle.The event will benefit several local charities including Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley, a non-profit group that grants the wishes of Hudson Valley children who are suffering with life-threatening medical conditions.…

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Vannucchi to Lead D. Elliman’s Westchester-CT Operations

July 2015

GREENWICH, CT—Douglas Elliman Real Estate has reported that Roberto (Rob) Vannucchi has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Connecticut and Westchester County. Vannucchi, a 22-year veteran of the real estate industry, is charged with leading the brokerage firm’s strategic growth into premier markets throughout the State of Connecticut and Westchester County. In this role, Vannucchi…

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Existing Home Sales Bounce Back Strongly in May

July 2015

WASHINGTON—Fueled partly by an increase in the share of sales to first-time buyers, existing-home sales increased in May to their highest pace in nearly six years, according to the National Association of Realtors. Led by the Northeast, all major regions experienced sales increases in May. Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family…

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Three Years Later—Grading Our Progress

July 2015

I think we all like to believe that we embrace change and generally accept change until we have to deal with its reality. Four years ago the leadership of three organizations—the Westchester-Putnam Association of Realtors, Rockland County Board of Realtors and the Orange County Association of Realtors—sat down at the table and began to explore…

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County Executive Odell Points to Bright Future

July 2015

MAHOPAC—Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell said her administration continues to make headway into bringing new development to the “County of Main Streets.” Odell, the keynote speaker at the June 25th meeting of the Commercial Investment Division of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, said she is bullish on the future of the county. She also…

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U.S. Pending Home Sales Climb to Highest Level Since May 2006

June 2015

WASHINGTON—Pending home sales rose in April for the fourth straight month and reached their highest level in nine years the National Association of Realtors reported on May 28. Led by the Northeast and Midwest, all four major regions saw increases in April. The Pending Home Sales Index, a forward-looking indicator based on contract signings, increased…

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Day Tells HGAR Rockland Economy Is Improving, But Not Out of the Woods

June 2015

WEST NYACK—Rockland County Executive Ed Day told members of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors’ Commercial Investment Division that Rockland County’s finances, which were on the brink of default when he took office, are improving thanks to new management practices and other cost-cutting programs initiated since he took office last year. Day revealed to CID…

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Online Record Search Available in Orange County

June 2015

GOSHEN—Orange County Clerk Annie Rabbitt announced earlier this month that online records search is now available in Orange County. The public can now access County Clerk records from their home or office. Any public records previously viewed at the clerk’s office, including land and court documents, can be viewed online. “I’m very excited to bring…

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Douglas Elliman Launches New Division to Target Sports & Entertainment

June 2015

NEW YORK—Douglas Elliman Real Estate recently announced the launch of Douglas Elliman Sports & Entertainment, a new nationwide entity with global reach that will provide an elite level of real estate brokerage services for clients within the sports and entertainment industries, as well as ultra-high net worth parties. The highly specialized division, which has a…

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Three New Rochelle Properties Change Hands in $7.5M Deal

June 2015

NEW ROCHELLE—Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. announced recently that it had closed the $7.475-million sale of three apartment properties totaling 65 units in New Rochelle. HFF marketed the properties on behalf of the seller, JEM Holdings of New York City. Virginia City, LLC purchased the offering and assumed the existing mortgage, the brokerage firm reported. The…

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