Viewpoints

Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: 2020 Election Update

December 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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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Hate Speech Has No Place in the Realtor Vocabulary

November 2020

At the Board of Directors Meeting of the National Association of Realtors, Inc. this past Friday, (November 13th), the Directors overwhelming approved changes to the Realtor Code of Ethics that ban hate speech relating to any of the protected classes included in Article 10 of the Code of Ethics. The most significant change is the…

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Gail Fattizzi

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Lessons From a Year of Resilience and Perseverance

November 2020

If I were to go back two years, to when I accepted the position of HGAR President-Elect, and knew then what I know now about how 2020 was going to play out, maybe I wouldn’t be sitting here today as HGAR 2020 President! But in this case, 20/20 hindsight (pun intended!) doesn’t change anything and…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: November Election Update

November 2020

The 2020 Presidential election is in the books. Former Vice President Biden is now President-elect Joseph R. Biden. History is also being made this election as Kamala Harris is the first female Vice President in U.S. history. She currently serves as U.S. Senator from California. Before that she served as the Attorney General for the…

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Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: Election 2020: Finding Balance and Acceptance

November 2020

Marred by doubt, disruption, and obstruction, the Presidential election has been like a death by a thousand cuts. Most of us are in a state of confusion, disbelief, and fear. Yet, this morning, after reading through a ton of articles by economic experts, I felt hopeful about a financial recovery for the first time in…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Don’t Let Our Guard Down

October 2020

Back in the height of the lockdown caused by COVID-19 in April and May of this year, on weekends I would venture out of my apartment in Manhattan to take a walk in Central Park. It was a very scary time, especially in April. The number of COVID-19 cases and deaths were climbing at alarming…

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Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: Zoning Out: It’s Time to Get Creative

October 2020

I recently paid a visit to some friends in the Poconos. During our little sightseeing jaunt, we visited The Shops at Hawley Silk Mill, a jaw-dropping venue where our friends held their wedding reception. A former silk mill, the building was converted, no, transformed, into a beautiful high-end restaurant and catering facility. Adding to that,…

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Gail Fattizzi

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Behind the Scenes and the Success of HGAR

October 2020

I had the distinct pleasure recently to listen in on the second session of our Leadership Accelerator program. This session was an in-depth look at our association—its history, evolution, mission, organizational structure and a personal introduction to many of the key HGAR staff members. At the end of the session, Facilitator Katheryn DeClerck asked the…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: National Issues in Focus

October 2020

The Small Business Administration will begin processing PPP loan forgiveness applications. Businesses’ are eligible for the forgiveness program if they spent 60% or more of the loan on payroll, and for other uses such as rent, electric or mortgage payments. The PPP program saved many businesses from going under. Businesses should submit their applications to…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: The Year of Resiliency

September 2020

In this edition of Real Estate In-Depth, Editor John Jordan has posed five questions to NAR CEO Bob Goldberg. I must confess I was curious to see what Bob focused on in these unprecedented times. He acknowledged that, in his almost 25 years with NAR, he felt that this year was the most challenging to…

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Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: Can You Hear Me Now?

September 2020

As the Town of Carmel initiates steps to update the municipality's Master Plan and others follow suit, it's due time to address the county's inadequate telecommunications infrastructure as a whole. In the aftermath of Hurricane Isaias, at least one-third of Putnam households were left without power and thousands lost Internet service for several days. Of…

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Gail Fattizzi

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Warm Welcomes and a ‘Win’ Mentality

September 2020

I would like to start by welcoming all the members of the Bronx-Manhattan North Association of Realtors to the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors! The official date of our merger was Sept. 4, 2020 when all necessary documents and approvals were fully executed and filed. We are now one association, with a new Bronx Chapter,…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Ensuring the American Dream

August 2020

In recent columns for Real Estate In-Depth I’ve raised the issue of access to safe and affordable housing as one of the keys to addressing the racial inequalities that exist in this country. During this extended period of low housing inventory, we need to prioritize our support for the creation of new affordable housing units,…

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Gail Fattizzi

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: The Power of Partnerships

August 2020

We are seven months through 2020, and most would probably agree it’s been a challenging year so far. I know I personally started the year with optimism and excitement for everything I hoped our leadership team would accomplish for HGAR and our members in 2020. Considering the unforeseen pandemic and other obstacles, the fact that…

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Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: Is Your Welcome Mat Out?

July 2020

I came across an article recently that noted a concerning statistic. According to the Morning Consult Economic Intelligence: Global Consumer Confidence study, as of June 1, 2020, New York’s consumer confidence index was at 82.5. A significant drop from its first quarter numbers, which were in the 112 range. While many agree that there is…

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Ross J. Pepe

GUEST VIEWPOINT: Paving New York State’s Path to Economic Recovery

July 2020

“New York, like states all across the country, confronts the immediate effects of a paralyzing national recession, the longer-term challenge of improving our competitive position in the global economy, and the specter of a dangerous, ugly divisiveness among our people.” Those words, but with the single substitution of “pandemic” for “recession,” are as true today…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Finding the New Normal

July 2020

As I write this article, back at my desk at the HGAR offices in White Plains which we reopened July 6th, I can’t help but think back on the last four months when we were all working remotely from home. So much has happened in that short period of time, a world-wide pandemic, real estate…

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Gail Fattizzi

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: We Want YOU!!!

July 2020

Every year in July, HGAR sends out a request for applications for open seats on our Board of Directors, including Director and Officer positions. Officer positions include President-Elect, Treasurer and Secretary. The other two officer positions that comprise the Executive Committee are Immediate Past President (that will be me next year!), and President which will…

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