Residential

Meet the Sellers of the Bronx Merges with ERA Insite Realty

February 2019

WHITE PLAINS—ERA Insite Realty Services, a full service, family owned and operated residential real estate firm with offices in White Plains, Bronxville, Yonkers and Pleasantville, has reported that Meet the Sellers of the Bronx has merged with the White Plains based firm. Meet the Sellers was founded and owned by broker Irene Guanill Elukowich. Louis…

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International Real Estate Veteran Launches New Brokerage in Scarsdale

February 2019

When he first came to the U.S. almost 20 years ago, Harry Singh had a dream of opening his own real estate brokerage. In fact, he actually incorporated Reliance America International Realty in 2007, but just recently launched the new Scarsdale agency. Originally from New Delhi, India, Singh earned his Bachelors of Commerce at a…

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Business Council Announces Hall of Fame Winners

February 2019

RYE BROOK—The Business Council of Westchester announced on Feb. 5 the winners of its prestigious Business Hall of Fame Awards, which recognizes Westchester’s top corporate leaders. The winners will be honored at the 2019 Business Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on Tuesday, April 30 at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle. The winners…

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Fed Holds Rates Steady; Promises More Patient Approach to Future Rate Hikes

January 2019

WASHINGTON—In what can only be viewed as great news for Realtors and the residential real estate market, the Federal Reserve on Wednesday decided to hold rates steady and even signaled an end to what had been seen by some as an aggressive policy of raising rates. The Federal Reserve decided to maintain the federal funds…

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Toll-Brothers Joint Ventures with JP Morgan on $157M Project in Harrison

January 2019

HARRISON—Toll Brothers’ groundbreaking adaptive reuse of two office buildings here has a new partner and more than $100 million in construction financing. The developer reports it has formed a joint venture with New York City-based J.P. Morgan Asset Management to develop the $157 million, 421-unit Carraway luxury apartment property off Westchester Avenue in Harrison. The…

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Hudson Valley Home Sales Market Remained Strong in 2018. Sales Slow Down, But Median Prices Continue to Rise in Region

January 2019

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Valley residential sales market remained strong in 2018, despite lower sales due mainly to a lack of available inventory. In a report released earlier this month by the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service, Inc., the overall five-county market serviced by HGMLS (Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam and Sullivan counties) saw a 2.6% decline…

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Appellate Court Deals Blow to Title Insurance Industry

January 2019

NEW YORK—A New York State Appellate Court has overturned an earlier lower court ruling and has upheld controversial state regulations that restrict what state regulators have termed excessive marketing costs and other unscrupulous activity in the title industry. The Appellate Division, First Department, on Jan. 15 reversed a ruling last July by New York Supreme…

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Yonkers IDA Approves Incentives for Three Major Projects Amid Dispute with Building Trades

January 2019

YONKERS—The Yonkers Industrial Development Agency reports it has approved more than $13.6 million in incentives for three major development projects in the city. The IDA’s Board of Directors approved at its meeting last Friday resolutions of intent to provide financial incentives for two mixed-use developments and one strictly residential project totaling more than $391 million…

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Houlihan Lawrence Holds Book Drive for Local Children in Need

January 2019

RYE BROOK—For the fourth consecutive year, real estate brokerage Houlihan Lawrence held a holiday book drive for local children in need, gathering more than 1,000 titles for preschool to middle school-aged readers. Collection bins were placed across the firm’s network of 30 field offices in New York and Connecticut, where they were quickly filled by…

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Median Home Prices Rise in Hudson Valley; Sales Fall in Most HGAR Markets in 2018

January 2019

WHITE PLAINS—While remaining robust, residential sales in some areas of the lower Hudson Valley were slightly lower in 2018 than the historic highs of the past two years. In 2018, Westchester, Rockland and Orange counties all experienced declines in the number of residential sales as compared to 2017, according to the “2018 Annual and Fourth…

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10 Things to Watch Out for in 2019

January 2019

WHITE PLAINS—While I do not profess to possess the prognostication skills of the “Amazing Kreskin” or “Carnac the Magnificent,” I thought I would share my thoughts with the Real Estate In-Depth readership on the top stories/issues I believe could have an impact on the commercial, residential real estate and capital finance markets in the Hudson…

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NAR Helps Secure FEMA Reversal on New Flood Policies During Government Shutdown

January 2019

WASHINGTON—In what the National Association of Realtors described as a “critical win for home sales,” the Federal Emergency Management Agency reported on Dec. 28 that it will issue and renew flood insurance policies during the partial shutdown of the federal government, reversing an unexpected and controversial ruling the agency released several days earlier. "FEMA and…

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NAR’s Malta Tells Congress Housing Finance Reform Must Be Bipartisan

December 2018

WASHINGTON—On Dec. 21, National Association of Realtors President-Elect Vince Malta testified before the House Financial Services Committee. During the hearing, “A Legislative Proposal to Provide for a Sustainable Housing Finance System: The Bipartisan Financing Reform Act of 2018,” Malta, a third-generation Realtor and the CEO and broker of Malta & Co., Inc. in San Francisco,…

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NAR Releases Reports on Blockchain Technology And Consumer Home Buying Preferences/Trends

December 2018

WASHINGTON—The National Association of Realtors unveiled a Blockchain Guidance Paper earlier this month during a webinar designed to keep real estate at the forefront of conversations surrounding the emerging technology. NAR also authored a paper that found buyers continue to overwhelmingly utilize both the Internet and real estate agents in the home-buying process. Although blockchain…

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