Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Announces the Promotion of Deborah Clark, Manager of the New Windsor Office

New Windsor, NYBetter Homes and Gardens Rand Realty announced the promotion of real estate veteran Deborah Clark to become the new manager of Rand Realty’s New Windsor office. Deborah has served as manager of the Pine Bush office for two-and-a-half years and will continue to act as manager there as well.  She will take over for Wayne Patterson, the previous New Windsor office manager, who will continue his career at Rand Realty, focusing on sales in the Warwick office.

“Deborah has done a great job leading our Pine Bush office and will be a dynamic addition as manager of the New Windsor office. We look forward to working with her in this new role and we’re confident her leadership skills and enthusiasm will greatly enhance the continued growth of our New Windsor team,” said Matt Rand, CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty.

Prior to launching her successful real estate career, Deborah held a corporate job with a major national company. She joined Rand Realty in 2003 and became a top producer there within her first year.

“The most rewarding part of my job is coaching and training agents on how to achieve their goals. It was so rewarding to see that 93% of our agents from the Pine Bush office surpassed their 2017 numbers in 2018,” said Deborah. “We had a banner year, maintaining our #1 Company status in Orange County, a result of great teamwork on all fronts” said Deborah.

She added, “Rand Realty provides tools that help enhance the careers of individual agents and is  truly ‘for the agent’ and making every agent a success. Agents love that we have 28 offices all under one owner, and that each of the Rands are extremely involved with every office.”

Posted on February 14, 2019 at 4:56 pm
Nina Agro | Category: New York, Orange County, Rand Country Blog

Congrats to Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Agents Named to HGAR’s 2019 Leadership Team!

Congratulations to the new Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors (HGAR) Leadership team for 2019 – which now includes nine of BHG Rand Realty agents and managers!  In particular, super kudos to Renee Zurlo, Rand Realty General Manager Greater Hudson Valley Region, who was named HGAR President for the fourth consecutive year. Renee also earned the title of HGAR’s “Realtor of the Year” for 2018. We are so excited and proud of this incredible accomplishment.

The HGAR Board of the Directors now includes: Denise Friend, Westchester County Regional Manager; Lydia Hendricks, New City Career Development Manager; Maryann Tercasio, Orange County Associate Broker; Clayton Livingston, Rand Commercial Development Leader; Roberta Bangs, New City Associate Broker; Katheryn DeClerck, Goshen Associate Broker; Robert (Bob) Shandley, Rand Commercial Real Estate Salesperson; and Richard Herska, Nyack Associate Broker.

These nine esteemed Rand Realty colleagues have been dedicated HGAR members for many years, are at the top of their field and have been in real estate for decades, and oversee numerous offices and agents throughout New York and New Jersey.

“The opportunity to serve is an opportunity to help mold the direction of the association for its members and an industry we all care about,” said Katheryn DeClerk.   “It is an honor and a pleasure to serve and I’ve always taken the stance with every decision I make that I could look into any member’s eyes and be proud of that decision.” Katheryn has been a licensed agent for 20 years. She had been a member of the Orange County Association of Realtors since 2007, and when the association merged to become HGAR, she was named HGAR’s president-elect, and then president in 2013.  In addition, Katheryn is an HGAR instructor and has participated on numerous committees, including the finance committee and education council.  She has also served on the Board of Directors for the New York State Association of Realtors as Regional Vice President. In 2013, Katheryn was appointed by the National Association of Realtors as a Federal Political Coordinator for the 18th District where she still serves as a liaison between realtors and Sean Patrick Maloney.

Says Bob Shandley, who has been named to the HGAR Board of Directors for the second year, “Being a Director of HGAR, I have the ability to communicate on behalf of my colleagues in the real estate industry and can serve as a voice for them — discussing issues that we all feel strongly about and working to make the real estate industry run as smoothly as possible.  I am also able to better inform both agents and clients of what is going on in the industry and what to expect going forward.” Bob has been a success in the real estate industry for 15 years. Five years ago, he started to get involved in various real estate organizations, including the Women’s Counsel of Realtors where he served as a communications director.

The 2019 HGAR and Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service (HGMLS) Board of Directors were installed into their leadership positions at the Installation Gala at Falkirk Estate and Country Club in Central Valley, New York.

Posted on February 8, 2019 at 12:57 pm
Nina Agro | Category: In the News, Rand Country Blog | Tagged ,

Renee Zurlo Takes on New Role as General Manager, Greater Hudson Valley Region for Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty

Nanuet, NYBetter Homes and Gardens Rand Realty’s Renee Zurlo has been named General Manager of the Greater Hudson Valley region, covering Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties. Renee will be overseeing 11 offices in her new role. Previously, Renee served as the Orange County Regional Manager at Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty. She has been a REALTOR® for over 24 years and has been with Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty for the past ten years.

“I am thrilled to share my experience and skills with an even larger scope of the Greater Hudson Valley Region,” says Renee.

June Stokes will continue in her role as Rockland County Regional Manager. “I look forward to working with Renee as we continue the company’s success in Rockland County,” says June.

According to Matt Rand, CEO, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, “Our goal with this new management structure is to accelerate our growth in the markets where we have dominant market share, as well as to serve our agents at an even higher level and help them grow their personal brand and business.”

Posted on February 6, 2019 at 11:35 am
Nina Agro | Category: Rand Country Blog | Tagged , , ,

Fourth Quarter 2018: Real Estate Market Report – Hudson County, NJ

The Hudson housing market surged yet again in the fourth quarter, with prices rising across the board. Overall sales for the county were down almost 11% from last year’s fourth quarter, with both multi‑family and condo sales falling sharply due to the lack of inventory available on the market. Indeed, for the 2018 year, sales were down 5% overall, falling 9% for multi‑families and 6% for condos, with single‑family homes being the only property type to see an increase, at 5%. But the drop in sales does not indicate a lack of demand, with prices up across the board: quarterly prices were up 14% for single‑family homes, 2% for multi‑families, and almost 7% for condos. And for the year, we’re seeing pretty dramatic price appreciation: single‑family homes up 12%, multi‑families up 12%, and condos up 7%. Going forward, we expect this to continue through a robust winter and spring market, as demand for housing in Hudson remains strong.

To learn more about Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Rand Realty, visit their website and Facebook page, and make sure to “Like” their page. You can also follow them on TwitterPinterest, and Instagram.

Posted on January 22, 2019 at 3:28 pm
Vincent Abbatecola | Category: Quarter Market Report, Rand Country Blog | Tagged , , , , ,

Fourth Quarter 2018: Real Estate Market Report – Sussex County, NJ

Pricing in the Sussex market surged yet again in the fourth quarter, even while falling inventory held sales down. Transactions were down sharply, falling almost 12% for the quarter, but finishing the year up almost 2%. But the drop in sales clearly did not indicate a lack of demand, with prices spiking across the board: up 6% on average and 13% at the median for the quarter, and finishing the 2018 year up 5% on average and 6% at the median. More importantly, inventory has finally come down to manageable levels, down to the six‑month level that usually denotes a seller’s market. Going forward, we expect continued strength in sales, coupled with meaningful price appreciation through a strong 2019.

To learn more about Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Rand Realty, visit their website and Facebook page, and make sure to “Like” their page. You can also follow them on TwitterPinterest, and Instagram.

Posted on January 22, 2019 at 2:56 pm
Vincent Abbatecola | Category: Quarter Market Report, Rand Country Blog | Tagged , , , , ,

Fourth Quarter 2018: Real Estate Market Report – Essex County, NJ

Sales in the Essex housing market went up again in the fourth quarter, but this increase in buyer demand had a middling effect on pricing. Sales rose almost 4% for the quarter, and finished the year up over 2%. But pricing was mixed: for the quarter, the average price was down over 4%, even while the median was up a tick. We saw the same thing for the full‑year results, with the average down slightly and the median up about 2%. The negotiability indicators, though, continue to support the idea that we’re in a seller’s market: homes are selling more quickly, and for very close to the asking price. And inventory continues to stay well below the six‑month level that usually denotes a seller’s market. Going forward, we do believe that prices have room for growth, and that rising prices will eventually attract more sellers, and more inventory, into the market.

To learn more about Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Rand Realty, visit their website and Facebook page, and make sure to “Like” their page. You can also follow them on TwitterPinterest, and Instagram.

Posted on January 22, 2019 at 2:27 pm
Vincent Abbatecola | Category: Quarter Market Report, Rand Country Blog | Tagged , , , , ,

Fourth-Quarter 2018: Real Estate Market Report – Morris County, NJ

The Morris housing market finished the year with a welcome burst of price appreciation, the result of low levels of inventory, coupled with strong buyer demand. After a surprising pricing decline in the third quarter, prices came back in the fourth, rising almost 3% on average and 5% at the median. That helped Morris close the year (barely) in the black, with the average and median both up just a tick. Inventory continued to stay well below the six‑month level, though, which is holding back sales: transactions were down 6% for the quarter, and finished the year down about 1%. Going forward, we do believe that prices have room for growth, and that rising prices will eventually attract more sellers, and more inventory, into the market.

To learn more about Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Rand Realty, visit their website and Facebook page, and make sure to “Like” their page. You can also follow them on TwitterPinterest, and Instagram.

Posted on January 22, 2019 at 12:58 pm
Vincent Abbatecola | Category: Quarter Market Report, Rand Country Blog | Tagged , , , , ,

Fourth-Quarter 2018: Real Estate Market Report – Passaic County, NJ

Pricing in the Passaic housing market surged in the fourth quarter, closing a robust year in which low levels of inventory suppressed sales, even while driving prices up. Inventory is still falling, dropping over 23% from last year and now down below the six‑month level that usually denotes a seller’s market. And we’re seeing that in the pricing trends, with prices up 6% on average and 7% for the quarter, finishing the full 2018 year up 5% on average and at the median. The lack of inventory is still, though, holding back sales, which fell 7% for the quarter and ended the 2018 year down almost 2%. Going forward, we expect that sales will only go up when these rising prices tempt more homeowners into the market, and that we will continue to see price appreciation through a robust winter and spring market.

To learn more about Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Rand Realty, visit their website and Facebook page, and make sure to “Like” their page. You can also follow them on TwitterPinterest, and Instagram.

Posted on January 22, 2019 at 12:30 pm
Vincent Abbatecola | Category: Quarter Market Report, Rand Country Blog | Tagged , , , , ,

Fourth-Quarter 2018: Real Estate Market Report – Bergen County, NJ

The Bergen housing market saw meaningful price appreciation in the fourth quarter, even while a lack of inventory continued to stifle sales growth. Sales were mixed, with single‑family homes down 4%, even while condos were up 3%. For the full 2018 year, sales in both houses and condos were down slightly, the result of constricted inventory levels that are now well below five months. But restricted supply, coupled with strong demand, is having its expected impact on pricing: quarterly single‑family home prices rose over 3% on average and 6% at the median, and condo prices spiked 15% on average and 8% at the median. And for the year, we’ve seen meaningful price appreciation in Bergen, with single‑family homes up 1% on average and 3% at the median, and condos up almost 8% on average and 6% at the median.
Going forward, we believe that these rising prices will eventually attract more sellers into the market, which will moderate the inventory problems and drive both sales and prices up in the spring market.

To learn more about Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Rand Realty, visit their website and Facebook page, and make sure to “Like” their page. You can also follow them on TwitterPinterest, and Instagram.

Posted on January 22, 2019 at 11:59 am
Vincent Abbatecola | Category: Quarter Market Report, Rand Country Blog | Tagged , , , , ,

Fourth-Quarter 2018: Real Estate Market Report – Northern New Jersey

Pricing in the housing market in the Northern New Jersey suburbs of New York City continued to appreciate in the fourth quarter of 2018, even while low levels of inventory suppressed sales growth throughout the region.

The regional market continues to suffer from a lack of supply. The number of homes available has settled at levels that generally signal a seller’s market, with fewer than six months of inventory in most of the Northern New Jersey markets. The lack of inventory has been stifling sales growth because the market lacks “fuel for the fire” to meet the existing buyer demand, even while driving meaningful price appreciation throughout the region.

Because of the lack of inventory, sales were down sharply. For the region, sales were down almost 5% in the quarter, falling in almost all of the counties: down 4% in Bergen, 11% in Hudson, 7% in Passaic, 6% in Morris, and 12% in Sussex. Sales were only up in Sussex and for Bergen condos. And for the 2018 year, sales were down about 1%, and down in most of the counties. That said, sales are now at levels we haven’t seen since the seller’s market of the mid‑2000s, and almost double in many places from the bottom of the market following the correction of 2008‑09.

But these low levels of inventory are also driving meaningful price appreciation. Prices rose sharply for the region, rising almost 5% for the quarter and up in most of the counties: rising 3% in Bergen, 6% in Hudson, 6% in Passaic, 3% in Morris, and 6% in Sussex (down only in Essex). For the year, we saw meaningful price appreciation throughout the region, with the regional price up almost 3%.

Going forward, we expect the seller’s market to continue. With good economic conditions, low interest rates, and attractive pricing, we expect that the Northern New Jersey market will continue to see meaningful price appreciation. This will eventually attract more sellers into the market, perhaps in time to help drive sales growth in the spring market.

To learn more about Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Rand Realty, visit their website and Facebook page, and make sure to “Like” their page. You can also follow them on TwitterPinterest, and Instagram.

Posted on January 22, 2019 at 11:29 am
Vincent Abbatecola | Category: Quarter Market Report, Rand Country Blog | Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,