Residential

Furniture Sharehouse Celebrates 15th Anniversary Serving Westchester County

April 11, 2022

WHITE PLAINS—Furniture Sharehouse, one of the many charities supported by the Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation, recently celebrated 15 years of serving Westchester County at its modest location at the Westchester County Airport in White Plains. “We could not have reached this amazing milestone without the incredible support of the HG Realtor Foundation and others who…

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What You Need to Know About the New Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

April 11, 2022

There are a lot of questions and concerns from our members relating to the newly instituted Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). This month’s article can serve as a “cheat sheet” on the basics and, hopefully, will answer many of your questions. NYSAR’s SOPs template can be found here. • The new SOPs requirement is effective April…

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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 Amazon.com shopping list as a convenient way for people to donate much needed supplies: https://www.amazon.com/registries/custom/38Z8HUOB4WHKG…

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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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