Viewpoints

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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Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: The Sky is Not Falling, but Your Taxes Could Be!

February 2018

Today’s political climate is so full of partisan rage that many pundits seem to have lost their ability to evaluate clearly. The tax reform recently passed by Congress is a perfect example. The varying opinions out there seem to say  it’s the worst or the best. That seemed rather far-fetched, so since I am not…

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Philip Weiden

LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: A Closer Look at a Possible Payroll Tax in New York

January 2018

Governor Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State address and in his budget address earlier this month called for a new payroll tax system to be implemented in New York. In his remarks, he unveiled two proposals. One was to completely eliminate the income tax with a payroll tax so that an employer could…

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Richard Haggerty

GATEWAY PERSPECTIVES: Words Count

January 2018

Last year in my December column I wrote about diversity. I also included this sentence in my introductory paragraph. “In the 50-plus years since Dr. King’s assassination we have certainly made progress in improving race relations and creating economic opportunities for all of our citizens, regardless of race or ethnicity. However, all we have to…

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Jennifer Maher

PUTNAM POSTING: Diligence in Planning

January 2018

The Putnam County Chamber of Commerce board members have been bringing to the forefront key issues for nearly 10 years. We recently put together a County Planning task force to drill down and implement those issues. Here are some highlights of our efforts: County Chamber Planning: Meetings will be held with the County Executive, Planning…

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