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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
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ELMSFORD—What became rather evident from a panel discussion involving mayors and chief officials from Westchester’s major cities and villages is that private real estate development has returned to the county.


Odell Highlights County's Development Prospects
Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell addresses the CID session.
Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell addresses the CID session.

MAHOPAC-Economic development and job growth must be hot-button topics in Putnam County.



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Columnists
Taking Our Seat at the Table

There is an old, but often quoted statement about politics: “If you don’t have a seat at the table, you are probably on the menu.” I have yet to discover the author, but his words live on.



Sunday, March 23, 2014
A Night to Remember

The former Associations that make up the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors have had their fair share of New York State Association of Realtors Presidents over the years. During my tenure the list includes Alan Yassky from Rockland; George Kohl, Gene Currier and John Dwyer from Orange; and Jo Levine, Hank Fries and Savo Fries from Westchester County. This past February 10th at the Desmond Hotel in Albany a first occurred—J. P. Endres of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors was inaugurated as NYSAR’s 2014 President and boy, was it a night to remember!



Saturday, March 22, 2014
P3 At Putnam County Golf Course Sets Example For Other Initiatives

The so called “P3” strategy—developing public/private partnerships for economic and community development projects— is an effective tool used by businesses and government leaders. One such effort, the Putnam County Golf Course at 187 Hill St. in Mahopac, has proven to be an excellent partnership, breathing new life into the course and catering hall, and revitalizing a real gem just minutes from the Taconic State Parkway in the heart of Putnam County.



Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Legal Corner
Speaking Intelligently to Buyers and Sellers

(Part 1 of a multi-part series)

Last month, we discussed mandatory and other required disclosures. Although many disclosures are not “required,” it is imperative that real estate licensees are knowledgeable about real estate matters and able to communicate intelligently to buyers and sellers about property ownership and property transfers.



Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Disclosure Regarding Real Estate Agency Relationships
Two months ago this column highlighted the complex nature of the real estate brokerage business, the potential difficulties for licensees and for supervising brokers, owners and managers to comply with the myriad of laws that now affect real estate transactions.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Back to Basics: The Law of Agency
Recently one of our Association leaders commented about the difficulty in finding an attorney who understands the law of agency. Unless you are a real estate licensee who deals with nuances of agency law on a regular basis or an attorney who does so with regularity, agency law concepts can be elusive. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Spotlight on...
Spotlight On

Renee Zurlo, Treasurer of the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service and Associate Broker with Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty in Central Valley, is celebrating her 20th anniversary in real estate this year. “It’s important for me to give back to an industry that has given me so much over the past 20 years,” said Zurlo, who was also instrumental in introducing the new Matrix MLS to HGAR.



Friday, March 21, 2014
Running for Real Estate

Anyone who knows Mike Gibbons knows that he’s a man who rarely stands still. A former marine, the Associate Broker at Coldwell Banker in Dobbs Ferry is always busy–running his career, running HGAR’s RPAC Committee and running marathons. (To date, he’s run eight of them!)



Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Always the Entrepreneur
The HGAR “Affiliate Member of the Year” for 2013 has been in the mortgage business for more than 18 years, and is about to open a brand new location of ASAP Mortgage on McLean Avenue in Yonkers. Irene Amato, the outgoing, vivacious company owner, describes herself as someone who was “always an entrepreneur.”

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Mortgage/Finance
Commercial Real Estate Outlook Positive, But Moderating

WASHINGTON --Market fundamentals in commercial real estate continue to improve but at a slower pace, according to the National Association of Realtors quarterly commercial real estate forecast.



Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Commercial, Multifamily Loan Delinquency Rates Fall

WASHINGTON—Delinquency rates for commercial and multifamily mortgage loans continued to decline in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association’s (MBA) Commercial/Multifamily Delinquency Report released on March 4.



Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Homerica Realty Services Exits Residential Real Estate Business

WHITE PLAINS – Bruce R. Lublin, president of Homerica Realty Services announced at the end of January 2014 he will exit the residential real estate business by closing Homerica Realty Services. Lublin stated he wants to focus his attention on his residential mortgage business operating through Homerica Mortgage Corporation, a company he founded in 1987.



Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Commercial
New Tappan Zee Bridge Task Force Recommends Bus Rapid Transit System in Place by 2018

TARRYTOWN—The final recommendations from the New NY Bridge Mass Transit Task Force exemplified its mission, according to New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald, which was to come up with a “visionary and pragmatic” mass transit system to be included with the new span when it opens in 2018.



Friday, March 21, 2014
Hyatt Place Hotel Project Breaks Ground in Yonkers

YONKERS—Developers behind a new Hyatt Place hotel here broke ground Feb. 26 on the $20-million project being built at the Cross County Shopping Center here.



Friday, March 21, 2014
State: 3,100 IBM Jobs to Stay in New York

ALBANY— New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Feb. 24 that Armonk-based IBM will maintain 3,100 high-tech jobs in the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas. The company has committed to increase its minimum job commitment to the state by 750 jobs, and maintain the 3,100 jobs through at least the end of 2016.



Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Residential
Northeast Home Prices Rise Nearly 7%

WASHINGTON—Existing-home sales fell in January to the lowest level in a year-and-a-half, but ongoing inventory shortages continue to lift prices in much of the U. S., according to the National Association of Realtors.



Friday, March 21, 2014
HGAR to Hold Event Featuring Lunch, Tour At the Culinary Institute of America for RPAC

HYDE PARK—HGAR’s RPAC Committee is welcoming spring with a trip to the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park on Tuesday April 8. The day trip will include a three-course lunch at the American Bounty Restaurant, a tour of the entire facility, and bus transportation.



Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Six Early Stage Companies Join Blueprint Accelerator Network

WHITE PLAINS—At a press conference on Feb. 28, the Westchester County Association announced the names of six promising early-stage companies that have just been accepted into the BLUEPRINT Accelerator Network, after a highly selective process.



Tuesday, March 18, 2014
HGAR Update
NAR Praises House's Passage of Flood Insurance Bill

WASHINGTON, DC-The U. S. House passed The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, H. R. 3370 on March 4 that cuts premiums for government-sponsored flood insurance.



Sunday, March 23, 2014
BOARDROOM REPORT

Leadership

HGAR President Diane Cummins advised the Directors concerning her appointment of candidates for the 2014 HGAR Leadership Committee. Pursuant to the HGAR Bylaws requirements for the Leadership Committee members, President Cummins appointed: Katheryn DeClerck, HGAR Immediate Past President as Chairman; Nancy Kennedy and Michael Graessle as two other Past Presidents; and Jennifer Mallory, Eileen Barrett, Eydie Lopez (HGAR Director) and Myriam Ramos (HGAR Director). The Directors approved the appointments to the 2014 Leadership Committee.



Sunday, March 23, 2014
HGAR Raises More Than $1,000 At Putnam RPAC Mixer in Mahopac
MAHOPAC—HGAR held another successful networking event at Ramiro’s 954 in Mahopac. The Feb. 25th program raised more than $1,000 for RPAC.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Legislative Corner
Business Council Presses Lawmakers on Key Issues

In the last week of February, I joined more than 20 members of the Business Council of Westchester who traveled to Albany for the organization’s Lobby Day to meet with the political leaders of New York State. While there, BCW urged lawmakers to seriously address spiraling costs such as pensions, health care, and property taxes while relieving burdensome regulations, such as the Wicks and Scaffold laws.



Thursday, March 20, 2014
U. S. Senate Passes Flood Insurance Bill That Delays Increases for Four Years

WASHINGTON --On Jan. 30, the United States Senate voted 67-32 to approve the Homeowner Flood Insurance AffordabilityAct  (S. 1926), sponsored by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA).



Saturday, March 01, 2014
Roseann Paggiotta Installed As Empire WCR President

NEW ROCHELLE – The Empire Chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors recently installed its 2014 slate of officers that include: President Roseann Paggiotta of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty; Carol Dorado-Galarza of Houlihan Lawrence Inc. as President elect; Alicia Albano-Squitieri of Houlihan Lawrence Inc. VP Membership; Pat Palumbo of Houlihan Lawrence Inc. as Secretary and Evelyn Roman of William Raveis Legends Realty Group as Treasurer.



Tuesday, January 21, 2014
News
Top Stories | Industry | People
Astorino Announces Bid for Governor

WHITE PLAINS-Unless another candidate emerges at the 11th hour or New York City developer Donald Trump decides to force a primary, it appears two Westchester County residents will do battle this November for the office of New York State Governor.



Sunday, March 23, 2014
Tax Reform Bill That Includes New Limits On Homeowner Benefits Looks DOA

Inman News

WASHINGTON --A long-awaited proposal to simplify and overhaul the tax code appears to be dead on arrival, with Republican leaders showing little enthusiasm for a draft proposal put forward on Feb. 26 by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-MI.



Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Realtors Oppose Rep. Camp's Plan To Limit Mortgage Interest Deduction

The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors President Steve Brown released on Feb. 26th in reaction to the tax reform proposal released by U. S. House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp:



Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Putnam County Supplement
PEDC's Hudson River Cruise Attended by 150 Stakeholders

COLD SPRING-The first annual Putnam Economic Development Corp. Gala Hudson River Cruise held on the evening of Oct. 10 on the river yacht Atlantica was a huge success, attracting approximately 150 business leaders, stakeholders, state, county and local officials.



Monday, March 24, 2014
Six Tax Delinquent Parcels Sold Through Chapter 31 Process

CARMEL – The Odell Administration reports that six tax delinquent properties have been sold via the recently established Chapter 31 sales process so far in 2013.



Monday, March 24, 2014
Making the Connection, A Conversation With:

Carmel native MaryEllen Odell was elected Putnam County Executive in November 2011 and since taking office the former Putnam County Legislator has made bolstering economic development and tourism in the county a focus of her administration’s platform.



Monday, March 24, 2014
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