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Joe Rand, our Editor-in-Chief and lead contributor is the Chief Creative Officer at Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty.

He is the founder of the “Client-Oriented Real Estate” (“CORE”) school of real estate education, based on the idea that real estate agents should build their business by learning how to be great at the job of helping clients buy and sell homes.

He has been a featured speaker and moderator at Real Estate Connect, the RIS Media CEO Conference, the Women’s Council of REALTORS Annual Conference, and many other industry events.

He is a regular contributor to Inman Media, writing about industry issues mostly relating to agent education and client service.

He is a graduate of Georgetown University, Georgetown Law Center, Stanford Law School, and a former law professor at Brooklyn Law School and Fordham Law School.

He lives in Nyack, New York with his wife and two children.

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Launches RandConnect

NANUET, NY – Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has announced a new mobile app called RandConnect, which is designed to keep lines of communication open between all of their agents, managers, and employees. Created in partnership with Konverse, an enterprise-communication app developer, the app helps the Rand team share information throughout the company, right […]
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Sharon Tucker Appointed as Manager of Rand Realty’s Pearl River Office

NANUET, NY – Following the retirement of Teresa O’Shaughnessy, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has selected Sharon Tucker as the new manager for their office in Pearl River, New York. “This past year with Rand Realty has been one of the most-memorable of my career,” said Tucker. “I’ve learned so much in my time […]
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Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Welcomes New Manager for Yonkers and Bronx Offices

NANUET, NY – Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty is thrilled to welcome Nicole Borsey to their leadership team for the Yonkers and Bronx offices. “Rand Realty teaches their agents groundbreaking techniques for navigating the real estate industry, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead my agents as we use those strategies to tackle […]
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Joseph Rand Honored With 2018 RISMedia Real Estate Newsmakers Award


RISMedia, publisher of Real Estate magazine, will honor Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty General Manager and Chief Creative Officer Joseph Rand as a 2018 Real Estate Newsmaker during an awards ceremony to be held on May 17 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the National Association of REALTORS® Legislative […]
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Real Estate Market Report: 1st Quarter 2018 – Hudson County, NJ

Hudson County’s lack of inventory had its expected impact, driving sales down sharply but prices up dramatically in a strong first quarter. Although overall sales for all property types were up 1.6% from the prior rolling year, they were down 9% from last year’s first quarter, dropping for the first time in over three years. […]
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Real Estate Market Report: 1st Quarter 2018 – Sussex County, NJ

Sales in the Sussex market continued to surge in the first quarter, rising almost 7% and marking over three straight years of increasing transactions. This demand continues to winnow down the inventory, which was down almost 22% and is now getting close to the six‑month level that usually denotes the beginning of a seller’s market. […]
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Real Estate Market Report: 1st Quarter 2018 – Essex County, NJ

Growth in the Essex market was stifled by a lack of inventory, which was down over 17% from last year and kept sales relatively flat. But increasing demand chasing fewer homes for sale drove prices up, with the average and median both rising about 2%. We’re now seeing sustained appreciation in Essex, with the yearlong […]
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Real Estate Market Report: 1st Quarter 2018 – Morris County, NJ

The Morris market cruised through the first quarter, with increases in both sales and prices. Even an almost 20% drop in inventory did not hold sales back, with closings up over 4% from last year. But that lack of inventory did have its expected impact on pricing, which was up over 3% for both the […]
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Real Estate Market Report: 1st Quarter 2018 – Passaic County, NJ

Passaic sales growth was stifled by a lack of available homes for sale, which fell over 21% and is now down to 5.3 months of inventory. That lack of inventory drove sales down almost 4%, but also had a dramatic impact on pricing, which was up almost 6% on average and 7% at the median. […]
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Real Estate Market Report: 1st Quarter 2018 – Bergen County, NJ

Growth in the Bergen market was stifled by a lack of inventory, which suppressed sales even while it drove meaningful price appreciation. Sales were down for both property types, falling 5% for single-family homes and over 13% in condos. This was not due to a lack of demand, but a lack of supply, as inventory fell again and is now well under the six-month level that usually signals a seller’s market. That drove significant appreciation, with single-family homes now up […]

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Real Estate Market Report: 1st Quarter 2018 – Northern New Jersey

The housing market in the Northern New Jersey suburbs of New York City has become a fully‑realized seller’s market, with declining inventory stifling sales growth while driving meaningful price appreciation throughout the region. The regional market continues to suffer from a lack of inventory. The number of homes available for sale compared to last year fell sharply in every market in the region. At the current absorption rate, we are now down to well under six months of inventory in […]

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Real Estate Market Report: 1st Quarter 2018 – Dutchess County, NY

Dutchess single‑family home sales were down sharply in the first quarter, a consequence of a lack of inventory unable to meet strong demand. That’s why prices were up dramatically, rising over 10% for single‑family and almost 18% for condos. This kind of appreciation is probably not sustainable, but the yearlong numbers are also good, with average prices up almost 5% for single‑family and over 2% for condos. We expect that this pricing will eventually attract more sellers into what will […]

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Real Estate Market Report: 1st Quarter 2018 – Putnam County, NY

Putnam’s housing market exploded in the first quarter, with sales and prices sharply up. Inventory continues to fall, which will likely suppress sales in the spring market but should continue to put pressure on prices. Although the eye-popping quarterly 10% average and 9% median sales price increases are not sustainable, the yearlong appreciation of 5% on average and over 6% at the median is a welcome trend for Putnam homeowners. Indeed, the average single‑family price for the past year is […]

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Real Estate Market Report: 1st Quarter 2018 – Orange County, NY

Orange’s housing market was stifled by a lack of inventory, which fell 23% and is now down to 4.7 months. But continued demand drove average prices up sharply, rising almost 5% for single‑family and almost 8% for condos for the first quarter. We’re now seeing sustained price appreciation, with average prices up 4% for single-family and 8% for condos for the rolling year. Indeed, Orange has now had seven straight quarters of price appreciation for the first time since the […]

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Real Estate Market Report: 1st Quarter 2018 – Rockland County, NY

Rockland’s housing market was absolutely stifled in the first quarter by a depleted inventory, which was drove sales down almost 19%. Rockland demand is high, which is why single‑family prices were up across the board: almost 6% on average, over 2% at the median, and a whopping 10% in the price‑per‑square‑foot. Average prices for the year are now up over 4% for single‑family and 1% for condos. If prices keep going up, more homeowners will be tempted into the market, […]

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Real Estate Market Report: 1st Quarter 2018 – Westchester County, NY

Westchester’s activity was again stifled by a depleted inventory, which drove sales down in single‑family homes and held them flat for condos and coops. Prices were mixed, with average prices down 3% for single‑family homes and 4% for condos, even while the entry level coop market soared, rising almost 13%. Over the full year, though, average prices are trending up for all property types, rising 3% for single‑family, 2% for condos, and 5% for coops. We expect that low inventory […]

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Real Estate Market Report: 1st Quarter 2018 – Lower Hudson Valley (NY)

The housing market in the New York City northern suburbs of Westchester and the Hudson Valley has become a fully‑realized seller’s market, with declining inventory stifling sales growth while driving meaningful price appreciation throughout the region. The regional market continues to suffer from a lack of inventory. The number of homes available for sale compared to last year fell sharply in every market in the region. At the current absorption rate, we are now down to well under five months […]

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Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty to Hold Open-House Event

NANUET, NY – Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty is excited to announce that they will be holding an open-house event, where attendees can receive advice on buying and selling homes. It will take place on Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. on both days. “We’re a few weeks into spring, which means it’s the prime season for the housing industry,” said Denise Friend, Rand Realty’s regional manager for Westchester County. “Our brokerage receives many potential […]

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Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Named Silver Award Winner by Cartus Broker Network

DANBURY, Conn., March 26, 2018 – Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has been named a Silver Award winner by the Cartus Broker Network for its outstanding performance during the past year. The award was presented at the 2018 Cartus Broker Network International Conference, held March 19-21 at The Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Florida. Cartus Corporation is a worldwide leader in employee relocation solutions. The Silver Award is one of three Excellence Awards presented to principal […]

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