Westchester County IDA Votes to Grant Preliminary, Final Approvals of Incentives for White Plans Multifamily Projects

April 4, 2022

WHITE PLAINS—At its latest session, the Westchester County Industrial Development Agency has voted preliminary and final approvals of financial incentives for the construction of a pair of multifamily residential projects in Downtown White Plains. The two projects—70 Westchester Avenue and 51 South Broadway—represent a total private investment of $171 million and are expected to create…

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Ukrainian-American HGAR Member Launches Fundraiser for Ukraine

April 1, 2022

IRVINGTON—Luba Sydor, a Ukrainian-American Realtor with Houlihan Lawrence’s Irvington office, has launched a fundraising campaign for medical and military supplies for Ukraine’s Dnipro Territorial Defense Battalion, as Russia continues to wage war on the country. Sydor has established a special shopping list as a convenient way for people to donate much needed supplies:…

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Mortgage Rates Increase to Highest Level in More Than Three Years

March 31, 2022

WASHINGTON—Mortgage applications decreased 6.8% from one week earlier, according to data from the Mortgage Bankers Association's (MBA) Weekly Mortgage Applications Survey for the week ending March 25, 2022. The Market Composite Index, a measure of mortgage loan application volume, decreased 6.8% on a seasonally adjusted basis from one week earlier. On an unadjusted basis, the…

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NAR: Millennials Remain Dominant Home Buyer Generation with 43% Market Share

March 24, 2022

WASHINGTON—The share of millennial home buyers increased significantly over the past year. They are also the most likely generation to use the Internet to find the home they ultimately purchase and most likely to use a real estate agent, according to a report released by the National Association of Realtors on March 23. The 2022…

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Understanding Digital Currency and Closing Deals with Cryptocurrency

March 21, 2022

Amy Chorew, a Connecticut Realtor and President of Curated Learning, first heard about cryptocurrency back in 2017 while having her hair styled. “My hairdresser was talking about buying a condo and cashing out $50,000 in cryptocurrency as part of the down payment. All I could say at that time was ‘what’s that?’” she admitted. Fast…

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Report: Homeownership Growth Continues For Latinos, but Strong Headwinds Persist

March 16, 2022

WASHINGTON—The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals released the 12th publication of its annual State of Hispanic Homeownership Report on March 16 on the final day of NAHREP’s National Convention & Housing Policy Summit in Washington D.C. The report found that in 2021, the Hispanic homeownership rate increased to 48.4%, consistent with the trendline…

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Longtime New Rochelle Official to Retire

March 10, 2022

NEW ROCHELLE—A longtime city official, Charles B. Strome III, who has served as New Rochelle City Manager for the past two decades, will retire at the end of this year, the city announced on March 9. Strome announced his retirement to the City Council at its March 8 meeting and will remain with the city…

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Market Expansion Prompts Corporate Name Change For Local Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Firm

March 10, 2022

NEW YORK—Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England/Westchester/New York/Hudson Valley Properties announced on March 9 that the company will begin operating as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) New England/New York/Hudson Valley Properties, effective immediately. The firm's Westchester offices servicing Eastchester, Larchmont, Rye, Scarsdale and surrounding towns, will now be known as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New York Properties in…

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U.S. Middle-Income Households Gain $2.1 Trillion in Housing Wealth in a Decade

March 9, 2022

WASHINGTON—Homeownership is widely recognized as the leading source of net worth among families. Housing wealth itself is primarily achieved by price appreciation gains, and the nation has seen home prices accelerate at a record pace during the course of the last decade, according to a National Association of Realtors study released on March 9. The…

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Exclusive: Rockland County Amends Co-op Law to Require Co-Op Boards Explain Reasons for Applicant’s Denial

March 4, 2022

NANUET—Rockland County Executive Ed Day signed on March 3 a bill amending the county’s existing cooperative application decision law to require co-op boards to disclose the reason or reasons for a denial of a prospective buyer’s application. After a public hearing, the Rockland County Legislature passed the amendment to the “Timely Co-Op Application Decision Law”…

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Anthony Domathoti of EXIT Realty Premium Installed as 2022 HGAR President

March 2, 2022

NEW YORK—The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors inaugurated Anthony Domathoti, Broker/Owner of EXIT Realty Premium in the Bronx, as its 2022 President at its Installation Gala on March 1. HGAR also installed its 2022 executive officers and directors at the gala held at the historic 583 Park Ave. landmark building at 63rd Street in Manhattan.…

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New Rochelle Tower Project Secures $294 Million Construction Financing Deal

March 1, 2022

NEW ROCHELLE—BRP Companies, the Urban Investment Group within Goldman Sachs Asset Management (Goldman Sachs), New York State Homes and Community Renewal, Westchester County, Interfaith Dwellings Corporation, Merchants Bank of Indiana, Wells Fargo, and Fannie Mae announced on Feb. 28 the closing of $294 million in construction financing for the 477-unit, mixed-use development located at 500…

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In Memoriam: Nick Beilenson Founder Westchester Residential Opportunities

February 24, 2022

A tireless civil rights and housing rights activist, Nick Beilenson passed away on Feb. 22 at the age of 85 due to complications from COVID-19. The White Plains resident founded Westchester Residential Opportunities in 1968 at the height of the civil rights movement. He served as WRO’s first executive director and served on the board…

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