Keller Williams Realty Group Volunteers for Animal Shelter

May 15, 2018

SCARSDALE—Keller Williams Realty Group associates chose to “Give Where They Live” as part of RED Day, Keller Williams' annual day of service on May 10. As part of the RED Day effort, Keller Williams Realty Group spent the day with The Humane Society in New Rochelle, collecting donations for the local animal shelter and raising…

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Westchester County, Greenburgh Agree To Senior Project at WestHELP Site

May 14, 2018

GREENBURGH—After reaching an agreement with the Town of Greenburgh, Westchester County Executive George Latimer announced on May 8th plans for the development of 74 units of affordable senior rental housing at the long vacant and controversial WestHELP site. The WestHELP site, a six-acre parcel located off Knollwood Road adjacent to the campus of Westchester Community…

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HGAR’s Chirag Shah Named a ‘Rising Star’ by Business Council

May 3, 2018

WHITE PLAINS—Realtor Chirag Shah, Principal Broker/Owner of Gateway Realty of Mamaroneck and  Lifestyle Westchester, will be honored next month along with the rest of the “Rising Stars” selected by the Business Council of Westchester. The Business Council of Westchester announced its 2018 class of “Rising Stars” on May 3. The winners will be honored on…

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Lagging Inventory Continues to be a Drag on U.S. Home Sales

April 26, 2018

WASHINGTON—Existing-home sales grew for the second consecutive month in March, but lagging inventory levels and affordability constraints kept sales activity below year ago 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, rose 1.1% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate…

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Hudson Gateway MLS Finalizes Merger Deal With Sullivan County Multiple Listing Service

April 16, 2018

WHITE PLAINS—The Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service, Inc. (HGMLS) and the Sullivan County Multiple Listing Service, Inc. (SCMLS) announced on April 13 they have finalized an agreement to combine their two MLSs, expanding the HGMLS coverage to five counties in the Hudson Valley. SCMLS currently has approximately 200 agents in 58 primary participating offices, and…

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Ginsburg-Robert Martin to Redevelop Key Downtown White Plains Complex

April 12, 2018

WHITE PLAINS— Two veteran Westchester County developers—Martin Ginsburg and Robert Weinberg—pioneers and icons in their respective sectors are teaming up on a project that can finally provide a suitable gateway to Downtown White Plains from the White Plains Train station. The two developers are embarking on a redevelopment of a more than 500,00-square-foot office complex…

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HGAR Launches New Global Business Council

April 10, 2018

WHITE PLAINS—HGAR has recently launched a new Global Business Council charged with creating global business opportunities and education for HGAR members. Robert Shandley of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty in White Plains is the chairman of the new council. The new council, comprised of approximately 17 people, is planning networking mixers along with educational…

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Talleyrand Apartments Trades for $91 Million

April 9, 2018

TARRYTOWN—An affiliate of the DSF Group has acquired the Talleyrand Apartments complex here in a deal reportedly valued at more than $90 million. Commercial brokerage firm CBRE reported that Jeffrey Dunne, Gene Pride and Eric Apfel represented the seller in the transaction for the 300-unit multifamily community. Multiple press reports citing public records stated that…

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Realtors Declare Victory Against Onerous Tax Proposals

April 5, 2018

ALBANY—Chief officials of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, while not specifically citing the old axiom, did in fact embrace the tried and true sports strategy uttered by many a head coach that “Sometimes a good offense is a good defense.” The recently passed $168.3-billion Fiscal Year 2019 New York State budget did not include…

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Debt, Smaller Down Payments Leave Millennials Vulnerable to Already Challenging Market

April 4, 2018

SANTA CLARA, CA—Rising interest rates and home prices will cause a resounding majority of millennials to modify their home search, perhaps prompting them to seek a smaller or less expensive home or even consider different neighborhoods, according to a survey released on April 4 by Two factors are contributing to market sensitivity from millennials—their…

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Survey: Housing, Economic Sentiment on Divergent Paths

March 29, 2018

WASHINGTON— New consumer findings from the National Association of Realtors surprisingly show that while a growing share of households in the first three months of the year feel more confident about the economy and their financial situation, those positive feelings are not translating to positive views that now is a good time to buy a…

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HGAR Contingent Presses State Lawmakers On Key Real Estate Legislative Agenda Items

March 22, 2018

ALBANY—A record number of members of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors traveled to the state capital on March 20 and joined Realtors from across the state to press the industry’s legislative agenda that includes advancing the implementation of a first-time home buyer’s savings account and transparency and disclosure in cooperative housing sales transactions statewide.…

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Lack of Inventory Continues to Dog U.S. and New York State Housing Markets

March 21, 2018

WASHINGTON—Chief officials with the National Association of Realtors and the New York State Association of Realtors continue to point to low inventory levels as a continuing headwind for the residential sales market. The National Association of Realtors released home sales statistics for the month of February that showed a 3% sales volume increase nationally, however,…

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UBS Settles NY Mortgage Securities Case for $230 Million

March 21, 2018

NEW YORK—New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced today (March 21) a $230-million settlement with UBS in connection with its packaging, marketing and issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities to investors prior to the housing crisis in 2006. The settlement includes $189 million worth of consumer relief for New York homeowners and communities and…

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Residential Brokerage Firm’s Office Grand Opening Marks New ‘ERA’ in Pleasantville Real Estate

March 16, 2018

PLEASANTVILLE—Founders and co-owners of ERA Insite Realty Services—Lou and Debra Budetti—announced recently the grand opening of their firm’s new Pleasantville office at 370 Manville Road here. ERA Insite has been headquartered in White Plains since 1985, with additional offices in Bronxville and Thornwood. With the recent merger of the former Century 21 Haviland with ERA…

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Westchester County, HGAR Hold Affordable Housing Expo Event

March 15, 2018

WHITE PLAINS - HGAR was one of the co-sponsors of the annual Westchester County Fair & Affordable Housing Expo held on March 10 at the Westchester County Center. From left, John Baker, Nneka Reed, Marlene Zarfes and Cecilia Alcantara of Westchester Residential Opportunities. A very well attended program at the expo focused on "Resources for…

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HGAR to Lobby State Lawmakers On Key Consumer, Industry Bills

March 7, 2018

ALBANY—A contingent of more than 40 members of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors are expected to travel to the state capital later this month to meet with state lawmakers and advocate for consumer and real estate industry reform legislation. The contingent will be led by Leah Caro and John Olivero, co-chairs of the HGAR…

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