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Suburban NYC Home Sales Continue Historic Run

July 15, 2021

WHITE PLAINS—Home sales activity in the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors’ region continued to be historically robust in the second quarter of this year, fueled by strong demand and a continued economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. All key data metrics throughout the region were significantly higher in the second quarter, with the exception of…

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Five Questions With Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus

July 15, 2021

To say that there has been a lot on the plate for Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus would be an understatement. In his second term of office he had to deal with the death and devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic beginning in March 2020. In an exclusive interview with Real Estate In-Depth, Neuhaus discusses…

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Residential, Commercial Lenders Predict Low Rates, High Demand in 2021

July 14, 2021

WHITE PLAINS—It’s no secret that the residential housing buying frenzy is continuing with a vengeance in our region, with properties still receiving multiple offers and many would-be home buyers left in the dust. Low interest rates, currently hovering around 3%, are helping to ignite the desire for home ownership. Lenders throughout the New York metro…

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Department of Justice Withdraws from Settlement with NAR; Promises ‘Broad’ Investigation of NAR’s Rules and Conduct

July 2, 2021

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Justice announced on July 1 it was withdrawing from a settlement it had reached with the National Association of Realtors last November in order “to permit a broader investigation of NAR’s rules and conduct to proceed without restriction.” The U.S. Justice Department has also filed to voluntarily dismiss its complaint against…

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Ann Garti Reminisces

June 30, 2021

This may be the most difficult thing I’ve ever written as goodbyes often are. Although I know I have made the right decision to retire it does not come without ambivalence. It is difficult to imagine that I won’t be waking up each morning and heading to the job I love and have loved doing…

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Breaking News: Three Former Orange County IDA Officials Plead Guilty to Felony Corruption Charges

June 21, 2021

GOSHEN—Three former officials with the Orange County Industrial Development Agency pled guilty earlier today before Orange County Judge Robert J. Prisco to felony corruption and conflict of interest charges, Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced. The IDA officials included its former managing director Vincent Cozzolino, CEO Laurie Villasuso and former Board Director Edward…

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Experts Predict ‘The Seller’s Market is Going to Last’

June 21, 2021

WHITE PLAINS— With mortgage rates near all-time lows and significant pent-up demand, will New York’s residential real estate market favor sellers through 2021 and beyond? Real estate experts weighed in on what’s in store for the housing market and how agents can close deals from the East End to the West Side and all throughout…

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Westchester County Board to Vote on Co-Op Disclosure Bill on June 28

June 21, 2021

WHITE PLAINS—Decades of advocating for strong laws to promote co-op disclosure in order to prevent housing discrimination by cooperative boards may finally bear fruit later this month for members of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and the consumers they represent. The Westchester County Board of Legislators at its meeting on June 28 is expected…

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Five Questions With HGAR COO Ann Garti

June 16, 2021

GOSHEN—At the end of this month a familiar face in the real estate industry in Orange County and the Hudson Valley region will be retiring after more than 40 years of dedicated service. HGAR Chief Operating Officer Ann Garti, who also serves as the office manager for HGAR’s Goshen office, is retiring on June 30.…

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Luxury Properties on the Hamptons are Still in High Demand

June 16, 2021

From sprawling Long Island Sound estates to stately Hudson River manors, to expansive rural retreats, the Hudson Valley is home to some of the most breathtaking luxury properties in New York and the nation. But, this time of year, when people begin to think about where to escape for the summer, inevitably, the Hamptons come…

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HGAR Officials, Members Testify in Favor of Co-Op Disclosure Legislation Before Westchester County Board of Legislators

May 25, 2021

WHITE PLAINS—A host of prominent Westchester County Realtors testified in favor of a long sought-after co-op disclosure bill last night during a virtual public hearing before the Westchester County Board of Legislators. The amendments to current county law would require that co-op boards provide a reason for the denial of an application when the co-op…

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Breaking News: Mayor de Blasio Says NYC to Fully Reopen on July 1

April 29, 2021

NEW YORK—New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on an appearance this morning on the MSNBC Program Morning Joe that New York City will “fully reopen” by July 1. The mayor said that at that time there would be no restrictions on restaurants and other businesses. Please check back for further updates on this…

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Realtors Press Lawmakers on Co-Op Transparency, Eviction Moratorium, Good Cause Eviction Proposals

April 27, 2021

ALBANY—Hundreds of Realtors from across the state, including approximately 100 Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors members, met virtually with state lawmakers earlier today to discuss key issues facing the real estate industry and consumers. After NYSAR cancelled last year’s Lobby Day program due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program was held virtually via Zoom. NYSAR’s…

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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Presents New Plan to Build $480 Million Project in Greenburgh

April 22, 2021

WHITE PLAINS—Representatives of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. made a presentation to the Westchester County Industrial Development Agency this morning on an amended expansion plan for property in the Town of Greenburgh that will involve a total of nearly a half billion dollars of investment. Janet Giris, a partner with the law firm DelBello, Donnellan & Weingarten,…

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First Quarter Home Sales in HGAR Region Set New Records

April 14, 2021

WHITE PLAINS—The first quarter of 2021 was “one for the books” for the suburban New York City residential market. In the era of COVID-19, residential sales in the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors’ market area plummeted early on and slowly increased as restrictions were lifted. In the first quarter of 2021, sales skyrocketed to new…

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Five Questions With White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach

April 14, 2021

A little more than a year ago, White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach presided over a city that was enjoying a renaissance of new development projects in its Downtown District that promised to reshape the city’s skyline and economy for years to come. Fast forward to April 2021 and while the COVID-19 pandemic still infects and…

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