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U.S. Existing-Home Sales Rose 1.4% in June

July 22, 2021

WASHINGTON—Existing-home sales increased in June, snapping four consecutive months of declines, according to the National Association of Realtors. Three of the four major U.S. regions registered small month-over-month gains, while the fourth remained flat. However, all four areas notched double-digit year-over-year gains. Existing-home sales in the Northeast increased 2.8% in June, recording an annual rate…

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Village of Haverstraw Releases RFP To Develop Waterfront Parcels

July 21, 2021

HAVERSTRAW—The Village of Haverstraw released a Request for Proposal on July 21 for the development of two waterfront parcels currently known as the Chair Factory and Damiani Properties. The village has owned these parcels for several years. This more than nine-acre combined parcel sits on a peninsula at the foot of Main Street at the…

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Brown Harris Stevens Appoints Chris Halstead Exec. Sales Director of Connecticut Brokerage

July 20, 2021

NEW YORK—Brown Harris Stevens reports today that Christopher Halstead, the nephew of Halstead co-founder and real estate legend Clark Halstead, has joined the firm’s Connecticut residential brokerage operations as executive sales director. In the role, Halstead will work across all six of the Connecticut offices, supporting agents, respective management teams, and further helping shape business…

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Study: Housing Costs Out of Reach for Many Hudson Valley Renters

July 19, 2021

NEWBURGH—Affordably priced housing continues to be out of reach for many Hudson Valley residents as rents are rising faster than wages, making the gap between what people can afford to pay and what it costs to rent in the region even wider, according to an analysis of data by Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress’ Center…

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Regeneron’s Multi-Year Expansion in Westchester Now Pegged at Nearly $2 Billion

July 16, 2021

TARRYTOWN—The planned expansion of Westchester County-based Regeneron Pharmaceuticals has exponentially increased and is now valued at $1.8 billion. The firm, which is seeking approvals from the Town of Greenburgh for an expansion plan valued at $480 million, is now moving forward with a multi-year expansion that will approach nearly $2-billion. The Tarrytown-headquartered firm’s updated expansion…

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HGAR to Hold LIVE Member Appreciation Day on October 25

July 15, 2021

Considering the increase in the amount of vaccinations and decrease in COVID cases, the Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® has opted to hold its 105th Annual Member Appreciation Day on Monday, as a LIVE event on October 25, at the Sleepy Hollow Hotel and Conference Center in Tarrytown. (formerly the DoubleTree Hotel). Last year, for…

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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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Ginsburg Celebrates Grand Openings at White Plains, Peekskill Properties

July 13, 2021

WHITE PLAINS—Ginsburg Development Companies recently staged ceremonies marking key milestones on the development firm’s projects in Downtown White Plains and in Peekskill. The real estate community has been anxiously awaiting the grand opening of its $43.7-million White Plains project, which marked the first major office building in Westchester County to be converted into luxury rental…

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Orange County Partnership Honors its 2021 MVP Richard Golden

July 9, 2021

MIDDLETOWN—More than 300 political, business and civic leaders gathered at the West Hills Country Club in Middletown on June 8 to honor the Orange County Partnership’s 2021 Most Valuable Partner (MVP) veteran attorney Richard Golden. The program, held in a tent on the West Hills complex to conform with CDC coronavirus guidelines, featured a host…

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Yonkers Mayor Spano Vetoes Boost in Affordable Housing Requirement

July 8, 2021

YONKERS—After the Yonkers City Council approved an amended Affordable Housing Ordinance late last month that would increase the affordable housing requirement for new development projects from 10% to 20%, Mayor Mike Spano vetoed the measure on July 7th saying it is infeasible without significant public subsidy. The mayor cited an independent report conducted by HR&A…

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Pattern for Progress CEO to Retire at End of 2021

July 8, 2021

NEWBURGH—Jonathan Drapkin, the longtime president and CEO of Pattern for Progress, will be leaving the regional think tank at the end of this year. Drapkin’s departure was announced on July 8th by Suzanne Loughlin, Pattern Board chair and founder of CrisisRisk Strategies, LLC, who said, “Our longtime leader, Jonathan Drapkin, will step down from his…

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HGAR Hires Garcia as New Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

July 7, 2021

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors recently welcomed Freddimir “Freddy” Garcia, of Poughkeepsie as its new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Officer. In this newly created role, Garcia will lead the association’s efforts in developing and executing HGAR’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and initiatives. He will be working out of HGAR’s White Plains…

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Douglas Elliman Relocates to New Office in Greenwich

July 6, 2021

GREENWICH, CT—Douglas Elliman recently announced it had relocated to a new larger location in Greenwich at the historic, free-standing John Lockhart House on 75 Arch St. Company officials state the move underscores the brokerage’s commitment to the region, increasing its office footprint to a four-story, 6,000-square-foot building in order to accommodate its 70 agents and…

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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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In Memoriam: Former NYSAR, OCAR President Eugene ‘Gene” Currier Dies at 88

July 1, 2021

The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors regrets to inform its membership of the passing of veteran Realtor Eugene “Gene” Currier of Middletown on June 29 at the age of 88. During his long illustrious career in real estate, Currier served as President of the New York State Association of Realtors and the Orange County Association…

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