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.
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 […]Read More
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, […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More