Residential

Westchester County Legislators to Vote On Compromise Co-Op Transparency Bill

November 2018

WHITE PLAINS—The long sought-after battle to enact legislation to bring transparency to the cooperative purchase process in Westchester County appears to be at hand. An overwhelming majority of those in the residential real estate and cooperative management sectors testified at a public hearing on Oct. 29 in favor of a compromise bill negotiated by county…

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Rhinebeck Brokerage Joins Houlihan Lawrence

November 2018

RHINEBECK—H.H. Hill Realty Services Inc., a prominent boutique firm with deep roots in Rhinebeck, has recently joined Houlihan Lawrence’s Hudson Valley brokerage team. H.H. Hill, which has a vintage, family-owned office on Montgomery Street in the heart of the Village of Rhinebeck, has six agents who specialize in the sale and purchase of Hudson River…

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Minnesota Broker Installed as 2019 NAR President

November 2018

BOSTON—The National Association of Realtors installed John Smaby, a second-generation Realtor from Edina, MN as 2019 president of the National Association of Realtors during the 2018 Realtors Conference & Expo being held here. Smaby was NAR's 2018 president-elect and 2017 first vice president. He has been in the industry for nearly 40 years and is…

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Yonkers Once Again Looks to Develop Chicken Island

October 2018

YONKERS—City officials hope to end more than four decades of frustration and failed attempts to develop the Chicken Island property in Downtown Yonkers. In what city officials termed as a “game changer” for the downtown district, the City of Yonkers announced on Oct. 29 it had signed a letter of intent to sell the six-acre…

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LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Co-op Bill Advances to the Full Legislature

October 2018

On Monday, Oct. 29th the Westchester County Board of Legislators finally held a public hearing on the co-op disclosure bill. Realtor members of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors spoke in favor of the compromise bill. The bill calls for a 15-day time period in which a board must notify an applicant they received the…

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Brokerage Studies Market Changes Since ‘The Great Recession’

October 2018

RYE BROOK—Houlihan Lawrence released a report on Oct. 18 that examined in depth the impacts of the Great Recession on the housing market in Westchester County, the Hudson Valley and Fairfield County, CT. In the introduction to its overall findings, Houlihan Lawrence described how the Great Recession changed the New York City suburban real estate…

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U.S. Home Sales Fall in September

October 2018

WASHINGTON—U.S. existing-home sales declined more than 3% in September after a month of stagnation in August, according to the National Association of Realtors. All four major regions saw no gain in sales activity in September. Existing sales in the Northeast fell nearly 3% in September as compared to September 2017. Total existing-home sales, https://www.nar.realtor/existing-home-sales, which…

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Construction Begins on Harrison Playhouse Lofts

October 2018

HARRISON—John Verni and Chris Verni, partners in Verco Properties, recently broke ground on their latest project, the Harrison Playhouse Lofts in Downtown Harrison. “The Verni brothers look forward to jump starting the rebirth of Downtown Harrison as the next great destination in Westchester County,” said John Verni. In attendance were Harrison Mayor Ron Belmont, New…

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NAR Chief Economist Tells Realtors Not to Expect Recession in 2019, 2020

October 2018

NEW YORK—With a market struggling with low inventory, higher mortgage rates and slower home sales, a packed room of Realtors at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Manhattan collectively sighed relief when NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said he does not expect a national recession next year or in 2020. In fact, Yun also stated that…

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Toll Brothers Starts Construction on Housing Component at Former GM Plant Site

October 2018

SLEEPY HOLLOW—By this time next year, the first tangible signs of what will be a $1-billion redevelopment of the former General Motors minivan assembly plant site here will be clear to see. While infrastructure work and demolition of the massive plant itself have been undertaken since the closure of the General Motors minivan assembly plant…

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Hudson Valley Home Prices Continue to Rise, While Sales Decline

October 2018

WHITE PLAINS—Home sale prices were up sharply in the third quarter in the four-county market area of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, with the exception of Westchester County where sales prices were relatively flat as compared to a year earlier. Sales volume was off marginally throughout the region, with overall third quarter sales down…

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Westchester County Historical Society Publishes First History of the County in More Than 35 Years

October 2018

ELMSFORD—The Westchester County Historical Society announced recently it has published the first comprehensive history of Westchester County in more than 35 years. Written by Field Horne, printed by Rose Press in Mount Vernon, designed by Christina Wong, and edited by Elizabeth G. Fuller, Katherine M. Hite, Patrick Raftery, and Gray Williams, the 257-page publication entitled…

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Home Sales Still Strong, Prices Rise in Most Hudson Valley Markets

October 2018

WHITE PLAINS—Third quarter real estate sales in the lower Hudson Valley remained robust, although slightly lower than third quarter 2017 sales. While unit sales were generally lower in the Hudson Valley region served by the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service, sale prices remained strong. With the exception of Westchester County, which experienced a one tenth…

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HVEDC Announces New Partnership With Westchester County Association

October 2018

GOSHEN—The Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. and the Westchester County Association announced on Oct. 8 the launch of what they term as a “strategic partnership to grow specific industry sectors such as healthcare and real estate, expand on each other’s workforce development initiatives and close the digital divide through programs that promote gigabit-speed broadband connectivity.”…

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New Multifamily Project in New Rochelle Breaks Ground

October 2018

NEW ROCHELLE—YoungCraft, a locally-based real estate development company, held a groundbreaking ceremony on Oct. 3 at the future site of The Rockwell, a more than 160,000-square-foot mixed-use development at 583 North Ave. here. Robert Young and Phil Craft, principals of YoungCraft, were joined at the project site by New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson, City Manager…

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$203M AT&T Building Redevelopment Moving Forward

September 2018

WHITE PLAINS—The more than $200-million plan by New York City developer Rose Associates to redevelop what has been considered for years an eyesore—the AT&T building in Downtown White Plains—into a mixed-use project that would feature 468 rental apartment units cleared a major hurdle, but with one caveat. The Westchester County Industrial Development Agency granted a…

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HVEDC Forms Strategic Research Partnership with Pattern for Progress

September 2018

GOSHEN—The Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. and Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress announced on Sept. 25 they had formed a strategic partnership. Goshen-based HVEDC is the Hudson Valley’s leading economic development agency and Pattern for Progress, based in Newburgh, is the Hudson Valley’s primary public policy and think tank organization. Pattern for Progress is a…

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