Viewpoints

Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: That’s Who We ‘R’

February 17, 2021

I begin this article with a confession. Until the most recent advertising campaign from the National Association of REALTORS®, the “That’s Who We R” campaign, I was not a big fan of the previous NAR public image campaigns. I thought Ty Burrell did an excellent job playing the fictional character Phil Dunphy on Modern Family.…

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Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: Rethinking Regulations Could Spur Organic Growth in Putnam County

February 17, 2021

This devastating pandemic has resulted in so many lives lost, others negatively impacted, and businesses have taken a wallop. Landlords are struggling to fill spaces being left empty by businesses closing their doors. Each day yet another business announces that they are closing due to COVID-19. Life will go on despite the terrible heartbreak, physical…

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Crystal Hawkins Syska

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: I am Biased, Are You?

February 9, 2021

When I was dating my better half, we spent a lot of time at Gedney Park in Chappaqua with his three daughters, ages 12, 10 and 7 at the time. We loved getting nets and trying to catch tadpoles and water snakes and little lizards that frequent the pond, as well as racing up and…

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Real Estate In-Depth

Senate Majority Advances Housing Discrimination Legislative Package

February 8, 2021

ALBANY—The leadership of the State Senate Democratic Majority announced on Feb. 8 it will advance major legislation to continue addressing housing discrimination across New York State. The legislative package was created following two public hearings on housing discrimination that included 25 subpoenas. The package of bills is also in response to legislative suggestions outlined in…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Still Looking Great!

January 21, 2021

In 1896 Adolph Simon Ochs purchased the New York Times and developed the tag line, “All the News That’s Fit to Print,” which is still used by the paper to this day. I feel the same way about Real Estate In-Depth. For the past 25 years, under the expert stewardship of Editor John Jordan, Real…

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Crystal Hawkins Syska

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Will You Do the Work?

January 20, 2021

I open my computer to begin my very first article for Real Estate In-Depth, and in true avoidant behavior, I open up a new window and begin scanning the Internet. First is Facebook (of course) where being a peeping Tom is totally allowable and desired. Liking your friends’ pictures and making a comment on a…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Highlights of the Latest COVID Aid Package

January 15, 2021

A COVID rescue package has been signed into law by President Trump. The legislation included the following: One item is $4 billion for the MTA. The funding is critical to stave off cuts that the MTA claimed would be unavoidable without federal aid. If the aid was not forthcoming, MTA claimed that Metro North service…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Enough!

January 8, 2021

I’m going to make this short and sweet. Enough! Enough with the political grandstanding. Enough with the conspiracy theories. Enough with the inflammatory rhetoric that is tearing at the framework of our democratic institutions and creating baseless distrust of our electoral system—the backbone of our democracy. We need to move on to the next chapter.…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: 2020: From Adversity to Opportunity

December 14, 2020

As HGAR President Gail Fattizzi observes in her column for Real Estate In-Depth this month, 2020 was a year like no other. It has tested us in ways that we could not have imagined prior to the pandemic. From the complete lockdown of the Spring, to the resurgence of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, which…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: December Legislative Update

December 10, 2020

December has just about come and gone. Some progress has been made on the legislative front at the federal level. A $906-billion stimulus bill has been introduced in the Senate by a team of bipartisan lawmakers. The fate of the bill waxes and wanes each day. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insists the bill include…

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Gail Fattizzi

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: What Follows a Year Like No Other?

December 10, 2020

I can’t believe that it has been a year since I stepped into the role of HGAR 2020 President, and that this is my last Real Estate In-Depth column. I suspect every past President has felt and/or said the same thing. But this truly has been a year like no other. This year has been…

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Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: Paying It Forward

December 10, 2020

For seven consecutive Small Business Saturdays, Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell and I visited five to six businesses countywide to shop and promote Putnam County retail in one day. Normally we would take pics and post, doing our best to get the word out. This year was a little different. Since MaryEllen was visiting family,…

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Brian Levine

BARRISTER'S BRIEFING: Offers: Trying to Make Sense of it All

December 8, 2020

Before we begin, it is important to understand that only NAR is authorized to interpret the Code of Ethics, its applications, and its proper enforcement to Member Boards and Board Members. Professional Standard hearing panels rely on these interpretations, as well as NAR’s case interpretations in forming their decisions. No other body, state association, local…

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Tracey Daniels

GUEST VIEWPOINT: Due Diligence for Coops and Condos in the Age of COVID-19

December 7, 2020

Purchasers can spend weeks, months, sometimes even years searching for that perfect place to call home. Finally, they find it—a great space, perfect location, priced within the budget. New York is a caveat emptor state—buyer beware—and before a purchaser signs a contract for the perfect home, they need to do due diligence. When buying a…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: 2020 Election Update

December 1, 2020

2020 marked a big elective year with races on all levels across the country. There was, of course, the Presidential election, as well as Senate and House races that would ultimately decide who would be controlling each House. In addition, state legislatures across the country were also up for grabs. Control of the state legislatures…

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