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PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Our Power is at the Ballot Box

September 2018

Now that the primaries are over, focus will shift to the general elections. If you are a Realtor and did not vote, or are not registered to vote, you still have time to vote in the General Election to be held on Nov. 6. Every Realtor should vote! We are pillars of our communities and…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: New Challenges, New Opportunities

September 2018

In February of this year we announced in the pages of In-Depth that HGAR and HGMLS had executed a formal memo of understanding (MOU) with the Long Island Board of Realtors, Inc. (LIBOR) and its subsidiary, the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island, Inc., to create a regional MLS. As I said in my column…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Federal Legislative Update

September 2018

As expected, last week, 12 attorney generals filed suit against the Department of Labor (DOL) challenging the Association Health Plan rule issued in June. The state AGs include: New York, Massachusetts, California, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, plus Washington, D.C. The lawsuit challenges DOL’s redefinition of “employer” under the Employee…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Summer Co-op Disclosure Bill Update

August 2018

The co-op bill continues to be on the agenda of the Westchester County Legislature. Currently the bill contains a 10-day time period in which a board must notify an applicant that they received the application. It also contains a 45-day period from date of receipt to the time they must notify the applicant whether that…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Numbers Count

August 2018

Please excuse the bad pun, but numbers truly matter, especially numbers related to real estate market statistics. The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary, the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service, Inc, released second quarter sales statistics last month, and for the most part the numbers were a continuation of the…

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Barry Kramer

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Exciting Events on Tap This Fall

August 2018

As the dog days of summer come to an end it makes me think of the fall and winter schedule of events, chock full of worthwhile meetings and conventions. This fall I hope you’ll join me for a vast array of happenings, everything from our very own Member Appreciation Day to NAR’s National Conference. The…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: August Legislative Update

August 2018

Key victories for Realtors and the industry have come to fruition over the summer. The National Flood Insurance Program has been extended, which will facilitate thousands of home sales that otherwise would have stalled due to banks not issuing loans without the insurance in flood prone areas. We are still pushing a five-year reauthorization and…

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Jennifer Maher

Putnam Posting: New Commercial Real Estate Group to Boost Putnam County’s Exposure

July 2018

Beginning June 4, 2018, a new chapter of the New York State Commercial Association of Realtors (NYSCAR) was approved to serve the Greater Putnam and Westchester County areas. This group will meet once a month, rotating between Putnam and Westchester. Its sole purpose is to bring commercial brokers together to share commercial real estate inventory…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Mid-Summer Government Affairs Update

July 2018

On July 25, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an extension of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) through Nov. 30 by a vote of 366 to 52. The bill next moves to the U.S. Senate for its consideration with little time to spare before the July 31 deadline. Congress has enacted six short-term extensions…

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Barry Kramer

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: We Need You to Take Action On Co-Op Disclosure Bill!

July 2018

HGAR’s Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act earlier this month was a great success. We had two excellent panels of speakers representing local fair housing advocates and NAR’s Fair Housing partners. A special thank you to Crystal Hawkins Syska for moderating, and to our sponsors who make these events possible. On…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Summer Update

July 2018

Remember the days when the pace of life seemed to downshift a couple of gears during the summer? Those days are becoming a distant memory as things at HGAR are just as busy as ever. As we are at the midpoint of the year I thought this would be a good time to provide an…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Realtors Win Big Victories at the Federal Level

July 2018

The U.S Department of Labor has finalized its long-awaited Association Health Plan rule to expand the definition of "employer" to include "working owners." This change allows real estate professionals and other self-employed individuals to participate in association health plans. A key provision, forwarded for inclusion in the rule by NAR, will allow many Realtors who…

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Leon Cameron, Esq.

BARRISTER'S BRIEFING: Refresher on Requisite Client Disclosures

July 2018

Although Realtors and all Licensees are cautioned against practicing law without a license (which includes the giving of legal advice), they are permitted however to give up-to-date and accurate legal information. As such, this article will address the requisite forms currently required for landlords in New York at the time of the execution of a…

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Robert Withers

Guest Viewpoint: The CRE Market Looks to Stay Hot in 2018 and Beyond

July 2018

The commercial real estate lending market came off of a record year in 2017, as mortgage originations totaled $530 billion. Fundamentally, rates, property values, credit policies and demand support the continuing strength of the CRE market. Technically, a large block of maturing CMBS loans will leave many CRE owners attempting to sell should they be…

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Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: The ‘Logistics’ of Prosperity for Putnam County

July 2018

On Monday, July 9, a Town Board Work Session and presentation was scheduled on a large project proposed for Southeast. The proposal by Northeast Logistics, a refrigerated trucking company out of Oregon, involves more than 1.1 million square feet of warehouse/distribution space in four separate buildings. The project is located on Pugsley Road off Route…

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Barry Kramer

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Highlights of NAR Legislative Conference

June 2018

A few weeks ago I attended the Realtors Legislative Meetings in Washington, DC. I must confess that while I’ve been to nearly every National Association of Realtors’ Convention held every November, this was my first time at the legislative meetings, which are held each May. If your time and budget permit, it’s really a great…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Going Global

June 2018

In many of her articles for Real Estate In-Depth last year, past President Dorothy Botsoe referenced the fact that “we are the world.” I think there is tremendous positive energy in that phrase, reflecting our diversity and the fact that our proximity to New York City creates opportunities to work with buyers and sellers from…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Realtors Need Net Neutrality

June 2018

Net neutrality is critical to the real estate industry. Realtors deal with various online platforms 24/7. Net neutrality is shorthand for the concept that Internet users should be in control of what content they view and what applications they use on the Internet. More specifically, net neutrality requires that broadband networks be free of restrictions…

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