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Bon Secours Inks $180M Deal with Royal Philips

February 1, 2017

VALHALLA—In another example of the tremendous economic engine health care is to the Hudson Valley, Royal Philips and Bon Secours Charity Health System, a member of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network here, recently announced a multi-year, strategic partnership agreement valued at $180 million. The agreement will make Philips solutions available to BSCHS in support…

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Judge Throws Out Legoland Project Opponents Suit

February 1, 2017

GOSHEN—The proposed $500-million LEGOLAND New York resort project has scored a major legal victory with the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a group of adjacent property owners. New York State Supreme Court Judge Robert A. Onofry dismissed an Article 78 proceeding filed on Dec. 8 by the Concerned Citizens for the Hudson Valley and…

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Commercial Brokers Bullish on Hudson Valley Market in 2017

January 26, 2017

WHITE PLAINS—A record crowd of more than 120 real estate professionals were on hand to hear a rather upbeat view of the Hudson Valley commercial real estate market this year at the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors’ Commercial Investment Division’s Annual Commercial Broker’s Roundtable held at the HGAR offices in White Plains. CID President John…

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Reaction Mixed to PSC Decision on Suez NY Water Rate Hike

January 26, 2017

NEW CITY—Reaction has been mixed to the decision by the New York State Public Service Commission earlier this week to decrease the requested water rate hike request by Suez New York, Inc. by nearly $1 million over the next three years. Rockland County Executive Ed Day was highly critical of the PSC decision charging that…

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2016 U.S. Existing-Home Sales Best Since 2006

January 25, 2017

WASHINGTON— Existing-home sales closed out 2016 as the best year in a decade, even as sales declined in December as the result of ongoing affordability tensions and historically low supply levels, according to the National Association of Realtors. Total existing-home sales, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, finished 2016…

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Trump Suspends FHA Mortgage Insurance Premium Reduction

January 25, 2017

WASHINGTON—A cut in the FHA annual mortgage insurance premium announced in the final days of the Obama Administration earlier this month, was “suspended indefinitely” in the initial hours of the new Trump Administration. The move was part of a host of executive orders issued by President Donald Trump in his first week in office that…

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LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS: How Debts and Deficits Could Impact Real Estate

January 25, 2017

Debts and deficits run by the federal government, despite experiencing declines over the past seven years, have been at record levels for several reasons. The lack of revenue to the government, coupled with high federal spending, has contributed to the problem. We also experienced a financial crisis that crippled our economy for many years. We…

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Poll: NY First Home Proposal Overwhelmingly Supported by New Yorkers

January 25, 2017

ALBANY—According to results from a Homeownership Poll conducted by the Siena Research Institute, 84% of New York voters support the NY First Home proposal that would create a tax-free savings account to help New Yorkers save for a first home. Support for the program was bi-partisan and spread across the entire state. Specifically, the NY…

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Hudson Valley Home Sales Soared 12.5% in 2016

January 23, 2017

WHITE PLAINS—As the new year begins, the Hudson Valley home sales market seems to be running on close to all cylinders with strong sales in Westchester, Rockland, Orange and Putnam counties. All indications are that the region’s economic fundamentals will continue to fuel activity and perhaps spark even higher price appreciation in some markets in…

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HGAR Makes History With Dorothy Botsoe Installation

January 20, 2017

Renee Zurlo to Lead HGMLS for Second Term TARRYTOWN—On Jan. 19, the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors achieved another significant milestone in its storied 101-year history with the installation of its first black President, veteran Realtor Dorothy Botsoe. The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors held its annual Installation Gala at Abigail Kirsch at Tappan Hill…

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Houlihan Lawrence Acquired by Warren Buffett’s Brokerage Firm

January 17, 2017

RYE BROOK—In a surprise move, Houlihan Lawrence whose roots in Westchester County date back to 1888, has been acquired by Warren Buffet’s Home Services of America, Inc. of Minneapolis, MN. Both parties in the transaction did not release financial terms of the deal that was announced on Tuesday, Jan. 17th. Nancy Seaman, chairman of Houlihan…

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Hudson Valley Posts Strongest Home Sales Since Recession

January 16, 2017

2016 ANNUAL AND FOURTH QUARTER REAL ESTATE SALES REPORT Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange Counties, New York WHITE PLAINS—2016 posted the region’s best real estate sales results since the post-recession recovery period that commenced in 2011. Realtors participating in the four-county Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service, Inc., a subsidiary of the Hudson Gateway Association of…

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A.S.A.P. Mortgage Schedules Grand Opening Of Fourth Westchester County Location

January 13, 2017

CROTON-ON-HUDSON—A.S.A.P. Mortgage Corp. will be celebrating the opening of its fourth Westchester County branch location at 125 Grand St. here with an open house and ribbon cutting celebration on Thursday, February 9th at 11 a.m. “We are excited to be opening our fourth Westchester County branch office and expanding our team of seasoned mortgage professionals,”…

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New Rochelle Issues RFP to Redevelop Harrison Street Fire Station #1 Property

January 10, 2017

NEW ROCHELLE—The City of New Rochelle issued a Request for Proposal for the redevelopment of Fire Station #1 at 45 Harrison St. on Jan. 2. The city-owned property is not included in the portfolio of properties in the city’s far reaching Master Development Agreement with RDRXR, a partnership of Renaissance Downtowns and RXR Realty, according…

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Reaction Mixed to Reported Indian Point Closure Deal

January 9, 2017

BUCHANAN—The devil will certainly be in the details of the widely reported tentative deal between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Entergy Corp. to shutter the two nuclear reactors at Indian Point Energy Center here by 2021. The New York Times initially reported the deal between the Cuomo administration and Entergy on Friday that calls for one…

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Exclusive: Higher Than Expected Development Costs Prompt Rockland Firm to Scrap Warwick Plant Project

January 6, 2017

WARWICK—A family-owned fine flavor manufacturing firm that dates back to 1890—Star Kay White Inc. of Congers—has decided not to move forward on a planned multi-million dollar expansion at the Warwick Valley Office & Technology Park, Real Estate In-Depth has learned, due to higher than expected construction costs. Benjamin Katzenstein, president of Star Kay White, informed…

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Newburgh Seeks Broker to Market City-Owned Properties

January 5, 2017

NEWBURGH—The City of Newburgh has issued a Request for Qualifications for a real estate broker to help sell some city-owned properties. The city issued a Request for Qualifications on Dec. 23 for New York State licensed real estate brokers “to provide professional brokerage services for marketing, listing and selling select city-owned properties.” RFQ submittals are…

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