Residential

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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Residential, Commercial Lenders Predict Low Rates, High Demand in 2021

July 14, 2021

WHITE PLAINS—It’s no secret that the residential housing buying frenzy is continuing with a vengeance in our region, with properties still receiving multiple offers and many would-be home buyers left in the dust. Low interest rates, currently hovering around 3%, are helping to ignite the desire for home ownership. Lenders throughout the New York metro…

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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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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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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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Valley National Bancorp to Acquire Westchester Bank in $220M Deal

July 1, 2021

WHITE PLAINS—New York City-based Valley National Bancorp and The Westchester Bank Holding Corporation announced on June 28 they had entered into a definitive merger agreement whereby Valley will acquire Westchester, parent company of The Westchester Bank. The acquisition of this high-performing commercial bank will provide Valley a physical footprint and additional commercial lending expertise in…

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Goldman Sachs Fund Acquires Avalon Bronxville Multifamily Property

June 30, 2021

BRONXVILLE—A 110-unit multifamily property built more than two decades ago here has been acquired by a fund managed by New York City-based Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Goldman Sachs acquired Avalon Bronxville, which was built and renovated in 2012 by owner AvalonBay Communities for an undisclosed price. Avalon Bronxville, which is located adjacent to the Metro…

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Hines Tops Off NorthLight Project at Edge-on-Hudson Development

June 25, 2021

SLEEPY HOLLOW—International real estate firm Hines reported on June 24 it had topped off its NorthLight at the Edge-on-Hudson development being built at the former General Motors minivan assembly plant site on the shores of the Hudson River here. The new apartment community will bring 246 rental apartments to a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood. NorthLight is…

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U.S. Existing-Home Sales Drop Nearly 1% in May; Northeast Sales Fall 1.4%

June 22, 2021

WASHINGTON— Existing-home sales decreased for a fourth straight month in May, according to the National Association of Realtors. Only one major U.S. region recorded a month-over-month increase, while the other three regions saw sales decline. Sales in the Northeast slid 1.4% in May. While sales declined, each of the four areas again registered double-digit year-over-year…

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Experts Predict ‘The Seller’s Market is Going to Last’

June 21, 2021

WHITE PLAINS— With mortgage rates near all-time lows and significant pent-up demand, will New York’s residential real estate market favor sellers through 2021 and beyond? Real estate experts weighed in on what’s in store for the housing market and how agents can close deals from the East End to the West Side and all throughout…

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Westchester County Board to Vote on Co-Op Disclosure Bill on June 28

June 21, 2021

WHITE PLAINS—Decades of advocating for strong laws to promote co-op disclosure in order to prevent housing discrimination by cooperative boards may finally bear fruit later this month for members of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors and the consumers they represent. The Westchester County Board of Legislators at its meeting on June 28 is expected…

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