Viewpoints

Jennifer Maher

Unsung Hero Helps Restore the Putnam County IDA

October 2017

Recently at the Putnam County Legislature’s Economic Development Committee meeting, the Putnam County Industrial Development Agency announced it is now in full compliance with the requirements of the New York State Comptroller’s Office and is open for business. The Legislature was instrumental in its support and assistance as well as the County Executive and her…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Global Markets Matter

October 2017

As reported in this edition of Real Estate In-Depth, the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and the Staten Island Board of Realtors co-hosted a Global Summit event on October 2nd. Hundreds of attendees congregated at the Marriott Marquis in Midtown Manhattan to hear from industry experts on the importance of having a global perspective and…

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Dorothy Botsoe

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Go Global! Real Estate Abroad

October 2017

Being from Ghana, West Africa and having travelled to and lived in many countries, the idea of a Global Summit was exciting and a day to look forward to in New York City. The event featured panel discussions that addressed different perspectives of how real estate is handled both here and abroad. What an incredible…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Own It

September 2017

In mid-August President-Elect Barry Kramer and I made the trek to Chicago for NAR’s annual Leadership Summit for CEOs and President-Elects. The theme for this year’s conference was “Own It,” and many of the presentations flowed into that theme. Going into the program I thought “own it” referred to taking responsibility for one’s actions, but…

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Dorothy Botsoe

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Safety First: It’s Realtor Safety Month

September 2017

Wow, it’s September! I hope we are all more relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated from our summer and ready for our Fall/Winter real estate season. As we all know, not only is September “back to school” time, but it is also Realtor Safety month. As the weather changes, so does the pattern of crime and we…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Make Your Voices Heard at RPAC Members’ Day Luncheon

September 2017

October 30th is HGAR’s annual Members’ Day, which is an exciting and incredibly important day for all Realtors in our five-county service area. There is a lunch that day that many people do not know about—it is the RPAC luncheon. The luncheon program consists of an update from New York State Association of Realtors Government…

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Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: Re-Launching Industrial Development Agency in Putnam County

September 2017

The Putnam County Industrial Development Agency, which nearly disbanded over a year ago, is about to be re-launched. This is very timely and our business community cannot wait. As Legislator Bill Gouldman said, “The future of our county is through developing new opportunities for business and helping current business thrive.” According to the IDA website…

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Dorothy Botsoe

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Real Estate Stress is Real!

August 2017

Summer is well under way; in fact it’s almost over, as we already see fall clothing hitting the stores. However, before we even get to September we need to take a look at our self-care. Did you take a vacation this summer? Did you find some “me” time? Or did you push your way once…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Phones Can Still Be Used to Talk to People

August 2017

One of Dorothy Botsoe’s lead initiatives as HGAR President has been to reach out to the membership and have a direct dialogue with our members with the “Tea with the President” events this spring and “Pizza Parties” this summer and fall throughout Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Manhattan and the Bronx. Dorothy has also reached out…

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Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: Primary Season is Here—A Call For Participation

August 2017

After a few years of living in Putnam County, I learned that to have a say in local elections you had to vote in the primary, and historically the Republican candidate would win. After a few years, I became a Republican to have a choice of who would wind up in whatever office was being…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Crisis Exposes Staggering Pension Costs

August 2017

Repairs on the MTA rail system have not been made because of a supposed lack of a revenue stream. This is simply false according to Nicole Gelinas, a senior fellow of the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor to the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal. Gelinas, who is also a columnist with the New York Post,…

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Dorothy Botsoe

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: A Look at Today’s Mortgage Process

July 2017

The foundation of all successful real-estate deals is the finance package. This is where everything you have worked so hard for to help close your deal can get derailed. I thought this was a good time to take a look at mortgages with one of Westchester’s most knowledgeable mortgage specialists, David Valcich of Associated Mortgage…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Setting the Bar Much Higher

July 2017

I recently returned from a state conference of Realtor Association executives that featured a broad spectrum of speakers who addressed a myriad of topics that currently confront our industry. One of the speakers was Aleks Velkoski, data scientist and a member of the Data Analytics Group of the National Association of Realtors. Aleks, as his…

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Leon Cameron, Esq.

BARRISTER'S BRIEFING: A Refresher on Article 3 of the Realtor Code of Ethics

July 2017

It is well known that Article 3 of the Realtor Code of Ethics deals with cooperation, surely an underpinning of an ethical real estate practice and a fluid marketplace. However, not all may be familiar with the nuances that are part and parcel of this rule of ethics. Article 3 closely resembles fiduciary law in…

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Philip Weiden

Legislative Affairs: Support Reform of the Americans with Disabilities Act

July 2017

Under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), attorneys may collect fees related to pursuing claims of non-compliance of the law but plaintiffs are not permitted to collect damages. Lawsuits often target easily correctible infractions such as signage, soap dispenser heights and transition lifts on ramps. Owners of these properties often have a…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Thank You!

June 2017

We are taught at an early age by our parents and teachers to always say please and thank you. Alas, sometimes as we grow older we forget the common courtesies in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, but we should not forget to show our appreciation to the HGAR members who give up so…

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Dorothy Botsoe

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Where Are We Now? A Recap of the First Six Months

June 2017

“Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” Napoleon Hill There’s a biblical phrase my mother used to often say to me “To whom much is given much is expected,” and after my first six months as HGAR President I totally believe she continues to be right! We have come a long way…

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