Residential

Gov. Hochul Signs Bill Package to Combat Housing Discrimination in Response to Newsday’s Expose

December 22, 2021

ALBANY—New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a legislative package on Dec. 21 totaling nine bills geared at combating housing discrimination and addressing issues raised in a Newsday expose entitled “Long Island Divided.” The centerpiece of the legislation is the Anti-Discrimination in Housing Fund that will permit the state to conduct fair housing testing. Other initiatives…

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New Rochelle City Council Adopts Sweeping New Downtown Overlay Zone Amendments

December 21, 2021

NEW ROCHELLE—The New Rochelle City Council unanimously approved on Dec. 20 significant advancements to its historic redevelopment, enabling the continuation of the district’s transformation that began six years ago. The city’s efforts to adopt a form-based zoning code providing certainty for developers already have helped attract $2.2 billion in private investment, resulting in the development…

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New York State Awards $145M for Affordable Housing Projects

December 17, 2021

ALBANY—Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Dec. 16 more than $145 million has been awarded to create or preserve 1,178 affordable homes in 21 separate developments across New York. The funding will further pandemic recovery efforts, fight homelessness, help close the digital divide for lower income households, and expand access to safe and sustainable affordable housing…

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First Ever HGAR Cook-Off Event Raises Over $10K for RPAC

December 16, 2021

BRIARCLIFF MANOR—The savory aroma of old-fashioned home cooking filled the air, while a line of silver serving trays overflowed with piping hot, delectable selections of meatballs and chili at The Briarcliff Manor recently. HGAR’s first ever “Chili-Meatball Cookoff,” planned by the association’s RPAC Committee, brought in more than 60 hungry participants and raised more than…

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NAR Predicts Higher Home Sales, Prices and Rates in 2022

December 16, 2021

WASHINGTON—As part of the National Association of Realtors’ Real Estate Forecast Summit held on Dec. 15, real estate economists and experts predict a continued strong market, marginal improvement in the nation’s for-sale inventory crisis and higher interest rates. The virtual program began with an opening address by 2022 NAR President Leslie Rouda Smith, followed by…

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Five Questions With NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun

December 16, 2021

The Delta variant surge and the emergence of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, as well as high inflation, have many business leaders nervous heading into 2022. The residential real estate sales market has been booming in the United States, thanks to strong demand and low borrowing rates. What’s in store for the residential and commercial markets…

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Realtors Expect Robust, Not Supercharged Housing Market in 2022

December 16, 2021

NEWBURGH—The consensus from a panel of veteran New York Realtors is that while some headwinds exist for the housing market in 2022, conditions are favorable for continued strong sales and rising prices. One panelist said that despite a slowdown in sales, “there is still a lot of meat on the bone” in the current strong…

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NAHREP Holds Annual Sales Awards Gala

December 15, 2021

NEW ROCHELLE—The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP) Westchester Chapter held its Annual Sales Award Gala at the Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle on Nov. 10. The organization handed out its major awards and also announced that Jose "Joe" Maymi, Howard Hanna | Rand Realty will be serving as NAHREP 2022…

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Governor Signs New Loft Protection Law

December 8, 2021

ALBANY—New York State Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Dec. 7 the recent enactment of legislation (S.6950/A.7667) that makes it unlawful to disrupt or fail to provide essential services and habitability for interim multiple dwelling units and allows tenants to pursue a claim in New York City Housing Court. The bill, which was signed into law…

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New York State to Launch $539 Million Homeowners Assistance Fund

December 7, 2021

ALBANY—New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Dec. 6 that New York State is the first state in the nation to receive U.S. Department of the Treasury's approval to launch its Homeowner Assistance Fund, a program that will provide up to $539 million to help eligible homeowners avert mortgage delinquency, default, foreclosure, and displacement. Applications…

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Rep. Maloney Says SALT Cap Reform is on the One-Yard Line

December 6, 2021

BEDFORD HILLS—At a press conference earlier today (Dec. 6), U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-18) expressed confidence that the reform of the unpopular SALT Cap is at hand. There have been reports that Senate Democrats are at odds over the particulars of how to reform the SALT Cap, which is to be part of President…

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FHFA Raises Conforming Loan Limits for 2022

December 1, 2021

WASHINGTON—The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today announced the conforming loan limits for mortgages to be acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) in 2022. In most of the U.S., the 2022 CLL for one-unit properties will be $647,200, an increase of $98,950 from $548,250 in 2021. The market area of the Hudson…

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Ossining, Haverstraw Win $10-Million Downtown Revitalization Awards

November 23, 2021

OSSINING—Downtown revitalization efforts in the Village of Ossining and across the Hudson in the Town of Haverstraw each got a $10-million infusion of cash. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced at an event held at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center here on Nov. 22 that Haverstraw and Ossining will receive $10 million each in…

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U.S. Existing-Home Sales Inch Up 0.8% in October; Northeast Sales Declined by 2.6%

November 23, 2021

WASHINGTON—Existing-home sales increased in October, marking two straight months of growth, according to the National Association of Realtors. Two of the four major U.S. regions saw month-over-month sales climb, one region reported a drop and the fourth area held steady in October. On a year-over-year basis, each region witnessed sales decrease. Existing-home sales in the…

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City, County and State Officials Celebrate Completion of $53.5M Project in Yonkers

November 22, 2021

YONKERS—City of Yonkers, Westchester County and New York State officials joined with the Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers and The Community Builders recently to celebrate the completion of 172 Warburton at The Ridgeway, a new $53.5-million mixed-income residential community in Southwest Yonkers. 172 Warburton at The Ridgeway continues the strong partnership between…

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Bronx Housing Market Thrived in 2021; Activity to Remain Strong in 2022

November 18, 2021

Bronx's thriving real estate market showed no signs of slowing in the third quarter of 2021. The dwindling housing supply and rising demand have resulted in a steady flow of transactions throughout the summer months. The Bronx has also been one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the highest job losses among…

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