Viewpoints

Barry Kramer

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Efforts That Deserve a ‘WOW!’

May 2018

When I became president of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors in January one of my goals was to expand member participation and to personally express my gratitude to individuals who raise the bar in their commitment to association activities. One way that I’ve done this is by establishing a WOW! Award. The award recipient…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Constant Juggling

May 2018

For those of you who diligently read Real Estate In-Depth, as well as the weekly email updates we provide to all HGAR members, you know that there is a lot going on with the organization. I must confess that sometimes I feel that I’m constantly juggling meetings, appointments, phone calls, strategy sessions, e-mails, texts, and…

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Leon Cameron, Esq.

BARRISTER'S BRIEFING: A Refresher on State Regulations Governing Teams

May 2018

The New York Department of State Regulation Section 175.25 (a)(2) defines a real estate team in this way: “ 'Team’ means two or more persons, one of whom must be an associate real estate broker or real estate salesperson, associated with the same real estate brokerage who holds themselves out or operate as a team.”…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Four Major Issues on Agenda at NAR Meetings

May 2018

HGAR leadership and staff will once again be attending the annual NAR Legislative Meetings (May 15-18) to take an active role in advancing legislation and influencing public policy that affects the real estate industry. This year there are four major issues on the agenda. The first of these issues is net neutrality. HGAR and NAR…

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Jennifer Maher

Elected Officials Forum Brings Honest Dialogue

May 2018

This past April 15th was the annual Putnam County Chamber of Commerce Elected Officials Forum. Each year town/village, county, state and federal level officials are invited to discuss the overall business climate, economic development and our legislative priorities for the upcoming year. Some very honest conversations took place. Cost of permitting and development in area…

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Leon Cameron, Esq.

BARRISTER'S BRIEFING: Serving as Broker and Lawyer Simultaneously in NYS is Prohibited

May 2018

Some New York State real estate brokers also happen to be attorneys-at-law. These members should refrain from performing both roles simultaneously for a real estate client. A 2017 decision from the New York State Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Ethics reaffirmed the traditional prohibition on this practice. Opinion 1117 issued last April states that a…

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Barry Kramer

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Your Chance to Make a Real Difference

April 2018

Lobby Day has always been one of the most important days of the year. For nearly 20 years I’ve participated in nearly every one, and this year's event was one of the best ever. I have to admit that arriving in White Plains to catch a bus at 6 a.m. has never really appealed to…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Forging Relationships

April 2018

In February of this year I wrote about our discussions with the Multiple Listing Service of Long Island to create a regional MLS covering New York City and the greater suburban area. I’m happy to report that those discussions continue to move forward in a very positive direction. I’m also very pleased to advise that…

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Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: Enabling Downtown Revitalization In Mahopac

April 2018

Last week the town of Carmel purchased a lakefront lot on Lake Mahopac, an opportunity that could not be passed up and perhaps should have been undertaken a long time ago. Many feel the town made a hasty decision and over paid. According to Nicole Stern, Mike Barile purchased the property 20 years ago for…

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Leon Cameron, Esq.

BARRISTER'S BRIEFING: New Regulation Impacts Title Insurance Sector’s Marketing Tools

April 2018

Insurance Regulation 208, which can be found at 11 NYCRR 228, was made effective on Dec. 18, 2017. This regulation, passed by the New York Department of Financial Services was finalized pursuant to certain consumer complaints regarding the title insurance industry. Since the regulation became effective, customary marketing and business prospecting tools that many title…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Sometimes Shorter is Not Better

March 2018

As mentioned in HGAR President Barry Kramer’s column this month, not only is April Fair Housing Month, we are also celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. The Fair Housing Act, formally referred to as Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental and financing of…

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Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: Let’s Showcase, Highlight and Celebrate Putnam County Businesses

March 2018

Today begins the call for nominations for the “Women in Leadership” Trailblazer awards. The Putnam County Chamber of Commerce has been recognizing business excellence and non-profit achievement since 2011. Honoring professional achievement and civic contributions in the Putnam County community, the Trailblazer Awards represent the highest acknowledgment from professional peer judges across the county. Over…

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Barry Kramer

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Committed to Fair Housing

March 2018

April is Fair Housing Month and this year we are also commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act. As a Realtor for the past 20 years I have been proud to be affiliated with the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and other organizations that are committed to promoting fair and…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: A Big Year for Fair Housing

February 2018

2018 is a celebratory year in the history of the fair housing movement. It marks the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. The act banned discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin in the renting, buying, and selling of all types of housing. Passage of the act, which was signed into…

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Robert Withers

Guest Viewpoint: The Role of Alternative Lending in the CRE Market Today

February 2018

Most of us remember the Great Recession of 2007-2012 and, more specifically, the crippling financial crisis of 2007-2008. One of the largest—if not the largest—contributors to this event was the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis. During this time, we experienced “a perfect storm” of falling real estate values, tightening mortgage lending practices, and the evaporation of…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: The Big Picture

February 2018

For many years now we’ve been hearing a lot of buzz in the Realtor Association and MLS world about consolidation. We’ve certainly been in the lead on this issue in the lower Hudson Valley, with the Westchester County Board merging with the Putnam County Association in 2009, and the Westchester-Putnam merger with the Orange County…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: Co-op Reform Passes in Rockland, Westchester is Next

February 2018

Co-op boards have had unlimited timeframes in which to give an answer of acceptance or rejection to prospective purchasers. That may now end in Rockland County. A new bill, if it becomes law, will mandate that a co-op board must accept or reject an applicant in 45 days or less from the time that they…

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Barry Kramer

PRESIDENT'S CORNER: Could Co-op Transparency be Coming Soon?

February 2018

As a long-time advocate for legislation that would improve transparency in co-op transactions, I am pleased that progress is being made. After several years serving as Vice Chair of the NYSAR Co-op Working Group under the excellent leadership of Chair Barbara Ford, I am honored to now serve as Chair along with Long Island’s Liz…

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