NAR Warns of Possible Slowdown Due To Low Inventory, Rising Interest Rates

March 23, 2021

WASHINGTON—Existing-home sales declined in February, following two prior months of gains, reported the National Association of Realtors on March 22. Month-over-month, only one major region saw an increase in February, but all four U.S. regions recorded year-over-year gains. Total existing-home sales, completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, decreased 6.6% from January…

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Edge-on-Hudson Earns National NAHB Awards

March 19, 2021

SLEEPY HOLLOW—The Edge-on-Hudson, a mixed-use, transit-oriented community under development in Sleepy Hollow was honored in March with the Gold Award for 2021 MultiFamily Community of the Year at the National Association of Home Builder’s The Nationals awards program. Additionally, Edge-on-Hudson earned Gold Awards for Best Video and Best MultiFamily Model Home for The Carroll by…

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NAR: Millennials Dominate Home Buying Market, Generation Z Now Active Buyers as Well

March 17, 2021

WASHINGTON—The popularity of multigenerational homes increased over the last year, as a rising number of homebuyers purchased larger residences compared to prior years, including millennials who continue to make up the largest share of homebuyers at 37%, the National Association of Realtors reported on March 16. The finding is one of a number of trends…

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Five Questions With NAR President Charlie Oppler

March 17, 2021

Charlie Oppler took over as president of the National Association of Realtors at a pivotal time for the national organization and for the nation’s real estate industry as well. With the advent of COVID vaccines and mass distribution now underway, the 1.4 million NAR members and the nation are beginning to adjust to what will…

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Grand Lux Realty Relocates Headquarters to Chappaqua

March 15, 2021

CHAPPAQUA—Grand Lux Realty announced on March 12 that it had opened its new office in Chappaqua at 101 King St. “We established our Armonk office back in 2006,” said Michael Levy, founder and principal broker, Grand Lux Realty. “This move is bittersweet, but we are not saying goodbye to Armonk or our long-time clients. While…

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Hudson Valley Lost More Than 76,000 Jobs in 2020

March 12, 2021

ALBANY—The employment numbers for 2020 released by the New York State Department of Labor for the Hudson Valley region on March 11 were not surprising in the least, with leisure and hospitality leading the way with job losses during the 12-month period, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, that exceeded 22,000 jobs. However, job numbers released…

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Storied Anthony’s Pier 9 to be Sold; To Be Converted into Movie Studio

March 10, 2021

NEW WINDSOR—Orange County’s premier wedding, catering and event venue Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor is in contract to be sold to an entity that plans to convert the 70,000-square-foot facility into a motion picture production studio. The pending sale with the unidentified buyer was announced by The Bonura Hospitality Group, which stated it expects…

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Consumer Sentiment on Housing Dips Slightly Despite Growing Labor Market Optimism

March 9, 2021

WASHINGTON—The Fannie Mae Home Purchase Sentiment Index decreased in February by 1.2 points to 76.5. Four of the HPSI’s six components fell month over month, including most notably homebuying conditions and household income components. Offsetting much of that decline, however, was increased optimism regarding job security, with consumers reporting a significantly more positive view of…

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SPOTLIGHT ON: Jeanne Shields

March 8, 2021

A Give-Back Journey At this point in her life, Jeanne Shields is taking a little breather from her many, many philanthropic activities, including serving as a Trustee and fundraising volunteer for the Hudson Gateway Realtor Foundation. The Associate Broker with Howard Hanna | Rand Realty’s Nyack office has a very good reason for her much-needed…

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GUEST VIEWPOINT: What We Can Learn from Westchester’s Evolving Office Market

March 3, 2021

Famed American Bandstand host Dick Clark once clarified his multi-decade influence over the music industry. “I don’t set trends,” he offered, “I just find out what they are and exploit them.” Much the same can be said of Westchester County, where the area’s changing real estate landscape is more a reflection of emerging national and…

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Developer Breaks Ground on $33-Million Apartment Project in Yonkers

February 26, 2021

YONKERS—Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and other city officials joined with executives of Regency Apartment Ventures LLC on Feb. 25 to celebrate the groundbreaking of Regency on the Hudson, a seven-story 126-unit residential building at 56 Prospect St. here. The development will feature 13 units that will be designated as affordable under the city’s Affordable Housing…

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Westchester County IDA Approves New Local Hire Labor Policy

February 25, 2021

WHITE PLAINS—The Westchester County Industrial Development Agency’s Board of Directors earlier today (Feb. 25) unanimously approved a new local hire labor policy that will require incentivized project developers hire 85% of its construction workers from the local area; require its workers complete OSHA safety training; subcontractors be enrolled in a pre-apprenticeship program and that all…

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Achieving Success by Embracing the ‘Team’ Spirit

February 24, 2021

Patricia Dantzic admits she was a bit apprehensive about re-entering the workforce with a new career in real estate. After enjoying a successful profession in corporate communications in the music industry, she switched gears, earned her license and began working at a local agency. Soon afterward, she was approached by a team member from Berkshire…

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Existing U.S. Home Sales Rose Slightly in January; Northeast Home Sales Fell More Than 2%

February 22, 2021

WASHINGTON —Existing-home sales rose in January, marking two consecutive months of growth, according to the National Association of Realtors. From a month-over-month perspective, buying activity varied in the major regions. Year-over-year, all four areas recorded double-digit gains in January. Existing-home sales in the Northeast in January declined 2.2%, recording an annual rate of 870,000, a…

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