Viewpoints

Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Still a Long Way to Go!

May 2019

Last month was Fair Housing Month, and HGAR’s Fair Housing and Cultural Diversity Committee, chaired by Dorothy Botsoe and Eydie Lopez, coordinated a wonderful event to celebrate Fair Housing Month entitled “Play by the Rules or Pay the Consequences.” The speakers were Sally Santangello, the executive director of CNY Fair Housing from Central New York,…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Realtors Head to D.C. for Capitol Hill Visits

May 2019

HGAR members, along with Realtors from across the country, are headed at press time to the annual NAR Legislative meetings in Washington DC to meet with their Congressional representatives and advocate for Realtor issues. Among the topics of discussion this year include the National Flood Insurance program. Realtors are fighting to reauthorize the program for…

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Ron Garafalo

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: June is National Homeownership Month

May 2019

June is National Homeownership month, a time to celebrate and promote the American Dream of owning a home. Realtors know that homeownership is the best investment an individual can make to build their personal wealth, however, owning a home is not just in the best interest of the homeowner. Homeownership provides social stability, builds communities…

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Jennifer Maher

Putnam County Business Council Hosts First Leadership Breakfast

May 2019

The Putnam County Business Council recently welcomed representatives from the New York City Department of City Planning at the April 25th Putnam County Leadership Breakfast, held at Tilly Foster Farm in Brewster. During her presentation, Carolyn Grossman Meagher addressed several inequalities and the need for New York City to reach out to its neighboring communities…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Realtors to Present Priorities at Lobby Day in Albany

May 2019

Members of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors will be heading to Albany on Tuesday, May 7th to present HGAR’s legislative priorities to our Senators and Assembly members. Realtors achieved a victory this year when Governor Cuomo made the property tax cap part of the budget and which caps real property taxes at 2% or…

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Ron Garafalo

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Let Our Voices Be Heard

April 2019

Hello friends. This is the time of the year to let the voice and message of all of us to be heard. I have often said that what we do is one of the most important jobs in our country. We are responsible for working with our clients in what is most likely the largest…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: April Federal and State Legislative Update

April 2019

FHA Mitigates Risk in Portfolio The Federal Housing Administration announced that effective for mortgages with case numbers assigned on or after March 18, 2019, the Technology Open to Approved Lenders (TOTAL) Mortgage Scorecard may flag certain mortgages submitted through the automated underwriting system (AUS) and require the lender to manually underwrite those loans. FHA is…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Raising the Bar

April 2019

Raising the bar of professionalism. Improving the ethical standards of the industry. Expanding the competency of agents. These are discussions we have heard over the years and they continue to this day with even more urgency. HGAR President Ron Garafalo has made the mission of improving the level of professionalism in the real estate industry…

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Howard Greenberg

GUEST VIEWPOINT: Some Advice for Commercial Tenants in 2019 and Beyond

March 2019

The Westchester commercial real estate market is in the midst of a significant transition in 2019. Individual buildings and large portfolios are being sold to new owners, and the availability of certain types of spaces is extremely low. Tenants need to understand today’s market dynamics and what is happening in terms of pricing to properly…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: HGAR Travels to Cannes, France For ‘World’s Leading Property Market’

March 2019

This past week HGAR President Ron Garafalo, CID President John Barrett, HGAR Director of Professional Development and Industry Relations Theresa Hatton and I spent four days at the MIPIM conference in Cannes France. MIPIM is a French acronym that stands for Marché International des Professionnels d'Immobilier, and the conference bills itself as the "world’s leading…

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Ron Garafalo

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: April is Fair Housing Month

March 2019

Hello friends. As I enter my third month as HGAR President, I want to start with a very big thank you for all the support I have received. Our HGAR staff has been simply amazing in working with me, our committees and all of our members in so many ways. They are truly the best,…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Natural Gas Moratorium Not Unexpected

March 2019

The Natural Gas Moratorium announced by Con Edison, affecting new requests for natural gas service, will stunt growth and halt many development projects that could be coming online. For years New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration has rejected construction of new natural gas pipelines across New York State. Warnings have been sounded regarding the problem…

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Letter to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Different Perspective on Natural Gas Moratorium

March 2019

I’m Ann Finneran, and I am an Associate Broker with RM Farm Real Estate in Livingston Manor, NY. I was also a charter member of Sullivan Alliance for Sustainable Energy (SASD), whose mission is "to promote a new standard for mindful development that is environmentally responsible, socially equitable and economically just; to inspire the residents…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: RPAC is Off to a Running Start

March 2019

RPAC is off to a running start this year with more than 80 people attending our first event at La Fontana in White Plains. We raised more than $2,000 for RPAC at that event. Our next successful event was held at Dave and Busters where we also had a big turnout. RPAC Chairs Crystal Hawkins…

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George Latimer

GUEST VIEWPOINT: County Executive Requests Gas Moratorium Delayed Until August

February 2019

Editor’s Note: The following is the transcript of Westchester County Executive George Latimer’s submitted testimony before the New York State Public Service Commission on Feb. 13 at the White Plains Library regarding the impending new natural gas connection moratorium to be imposed on March 15, 2019 by utility Con Edison. Good afternoon, I’m Westchester County…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Dark Clouds Can Lead to New Opportunities

February 2019

2018 was a solid year for real estate in the lower Hudson Valley. However, as the year progressed, we did experience slowly declining sales numbers. Whether this had to do with prospective purchasers having concerns about the SALT deduction limits is probably too early to tell, and we should have a better feel when we…

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Ron Garafalo

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Raise the Bar, Commit to Excellence

February 2019

Happy February to all my HGAR friends. As we make our way through winter in the Hudson Valley, I know that spring will be here soon. Yes, there is always something to look forward to and there are always reasons to be positive. Spring brings us the busiest time of the year in real estate.…

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