Viewpoints

Philip Weiden

A Legislative Coronavirus Update

April 2020

The Coronavirus has quickly brought the economy to a standstill. It became evident that emergency measures were needed including suspending mortgage payments for those affected, suspending evictions and foreclosures and getting financial relief to Realtors and other independent contractors who have been impacted due to their inability to conduct business, in part as a result…

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Irene Amato

Mortgage Forbearance Does Not Mean Mortgage Forgiveness

March 2020

As I sit here trying to find words of advice for consumers to navigate through the financial portion of COVID-19, my emotions are all over the place. It’s difficult to talk about finances when we’re all going through so much more, although, I know this information is important and crucial for some to protect against…

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Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: ‘Social Distancing’ is a Must for the Business Community

March 2020

“Average performers stop when they feel fear. Iconic producers accelerate once they get frightened.” Robin Sharma Are you frightened by current events? I am. We have a large brick and mortar office and there are many people coming and going including children on a regular basis. I spent the first weekend in March thinking, meditating,…

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John Jordan

Fighting the Unseen Enemy

March 2020

Gov. Andrew Cuomo at a press conference on Saturday, March 21 said that two weeks ago seemed like a lifetime. I couldn’t agree more! The governor’s executive order on Friday, March 20 shutting down most industries in New York State, including commercial and residential real estate brokerage and development, had to be done to curtail…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Realtors Speak Out at Co-op Reform Legislative Hearing

March 2020

On Monday, March 9th approximately a dozen Realtors spoke at a general meeting of the Westchester County Board of Legislators considering co-op reform legislation. Leah Caro, HGAR’s Legislative Council Chair, testified about the importance of transparency in the co-op process. Caro pointed out that we now have almost 300 rejections of prospective purchasers despite the…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: When Life Throws You Lemons

March 2020

At the beginning of last week, the week of March 9th, I realized that the COVID 19 virus was going to have a significant impact in our area. I did not anticipate that by Friday of that same week the HGAR leadership would make the difficult but prudent decision to cancel all in-person classes and…

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Gail Fattizzi

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: The Boulder in the Road

March 2020

In June 2019, on Highway 145 near Dolores, CO, an 8.5-million-pound boulder, along with another 2.5-million-pound rock, rolled down onto the roadway, completely blocking a main artery connecting Cortez and Telluride. The Colorado Department of Transportation had a real quandary. They were able to blow up the smaller rock. Rather than spend $1.5 million to…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Washington Legislative Update

March 2020

There is some positive news for Realtors out of Washington this year. Instead of the usual piecemeal month-by-month extension, the National Flood Insurance Program has been extended through the end of the fiscal year on September 30. This is a positive development as we rarely get long term certainty on this issue. A compromise reauthorization…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: The Importance of Community Service

February 2020

In late December of last-year I received the dreaded summons to serve on jury duty for late January of this year in lower Manhattan. I quickly looked at my calendar to figure out how much havoc this was going to cause in my life. Fortunately, it didn’t conflict with any important meetings or out of…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: NYSAR Mid-Winter Meetings Recap

February 2020

Realtors from across New York State, including an impressive contingent of HGAR members, met in Albany at the Desmond Hotel earlier this month for the annual NYSAR Mid-Winter (Feb. 9-13) business meetings. Among the topics discussed were proposed fair housing regulations by the Department of State, a good cause eviction bill in the legislature that…

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Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: Making the Connection Between Economic Growth and Tourism

February 2020

The Putnam County Business Council is hosting its First Quarter Breakfast for 2020 with an interesting topic. “Helping Businesses Make the Tourism Connection.” The breakfast will be held on March 24th from 7:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the Putnam County Golf Course in Mahopac. The agenda will focus on “Tourism for Profit.” Helping to…

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Gail Fattizzi

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Earning A Seat at the Table!

February 2020

Having just spent the better part of a week in Albany at the New York State Association of Realtors’ Mid-Winter Business Meetings, I realize how much HGAR has to be proud of! For starters, three of our Realtor members were honored with some of the most prestigious awards that NYSAR bestows. Bonnie Koff, associate broker…

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Vincent Morano

GUEST VIEWPOINT: State Law Amended in Foreclosure Proceedings

February 2020

Section 1302 of the New York State Real Property Actions and Proceedings Law (RPAPL) has been recently amended to include a new sub-section 1302-A. The result of the revised law is to prohibit a defendant from waiving the defense that the plaintiff lacks standing to bring the foreclosure action. This prohibition extends even after the…

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Gail Fattizzi

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: There’s No Such Thing as ‘Good Enough’

January 2020

Ever since childhood, even without realizing it, I’ve always lived by the premise of “There’s no such thing as ‘good enough.'” No need to burden readers with the psychology that’s behind my type-A personality and strive-for-perfection compulsion, LOL, but suffice it to say that this is what drives me. So why am I sharing this…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Governor Cuomo Delivers State of the State Address

January 2020

On Jan. 8th, Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivered the State of the State annual address. The governor’s proposals were painted in broad strokes with scant detail. Of particular concern are initiatives relative to the real estate industry. The governor discussed funding for building affordable housing. With a looming deficit of $6 billion and no mention of…

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John Jordan

The Big 25!

January 2020

Jan. 1, 2020 signaled a significant professional personal milestone—25 years as editor of the print/online newspaper of the Westchester County Board of Realtors, Westchester-Putnam Association of Realtors and the modern-day Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors. Back in January 1995, I was at a professional crossroads and was hired by then WCBR Chief Executive Officer P.…

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Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: 2020 Brings New Things to Look Forward to

January 2020

After a few weeks off, it’s good to be back sharing updates with Real Estate In-Depth readers, and a new year should be kicked off with some good news! Shops in Putnam are reporting a successful holiday season, and our 6th annual Shop Small Saturday Tour provided an opportunity to meet with many small business…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Enough Excuses: It’s Time to Take Bold Action on Fair Housing

December 2019

Last month in my article I mentioned a story about discriminatory practices relating to the real estate industry on Long Island. The story, which appeared in Newsday, was the product of three years of investigative reporting, which included extensive testing of real estate agents to determine whether the testers were receiving equal treatment based upon…

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