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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.

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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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% […]
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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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Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Named Five-Star Award Winner by Cartus Broker Network

DANBURY, Conn., March 26, 2018 – Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has been named a winner of the Five-Star Award, which recognizes Cartus Broker Network members who have met or exceeded their individual objectives for outgoing broker-to-broker referral closings during the calendar 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 is a worldwide leader in employee relocation solutions. “Better […]

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Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty’s Joseph Rand Has Book Published

NANUET, NY – Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty is thrilled to announce that their chief creative officer and managing partner, Joseph Rand, recently published his first book, “Disruptors, Discounters, and Doubters,” making an impassioned appeal for reforming the real estate industry to provide better client experiences. “I’ve been preaching these ideas for years at conferences and events, and I’m excited to now have the opportunity to share these ideas more broadly,” said Joseph. “I’ve been involved with this business […]

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Fourth Quarter 2017 Real Estate Market Report: Sussex County Overview

Activity in the Sussex County housing market surged yet again in the fourth quarter of 2017, with sales up sharply even while prices continued to struggle. Sales. Sussex sales were up yet again in the fourth quarter, rising over 18% from last year and now up over 22% for the year. And the 2,348 sales for the year represented the highest calendar year total in over 10 years. Indeed, Sussex sales have now more than doubled from the bottom of […]

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Fourth Quarter 2017 Real Estate Market Report: Essex County Overview

The Essex County housing finished 2017 strong, with solid increases in both sales and prices. Sales. Essex sales activity was up again, rising almost 6% from the fourth quarter of last year. And for the full year, sales were up over 8%, hitting over 5,000 sales. This represented the largest yearly total since the height of the seller’s market over 10 years ago, and an increase of almost 70% from the bottom of the market in 2011. Prices. Essex also […]

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