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.
After sizzling throughout 2018, the Hudson County housing market continued to slow down in the second quarter of 2019. Sales were down over 6% overall from last year’s second quarter, and now down 6% for the rolling year. But this decline in sales did not have a dramatic effect on pricing, which was up about 4% overall and rising across the board: up 5% for single‑family homes, over 5% for multi‑families, and up 3% for condos. We might be seeing some impact from the 2018 Tax Reform’s $10,000 cap […]Read More
The Sussex market slowed considerably in the second quarter, with sales down even while pricing was more positive. Transactions were down sharply, falling 13% for the quarter and now down over 8% for the rolling year. But the drop in sales clearly did not indicate a lack of demand, with median pricing up over 5% for the quarter and almost 4% for the year. More importantly, inventory has finally come down to manageable levels, even though it’s still not at the 6‑month level that denotes a sellers’ market. Going forward, […]Read More
Sales in the Essex housing market went up again in the second quarter of 2019, and finally started to drive some meaningful price appreciation. Sales rose over 8% for the quarter, and finished the rolling year up over 5%. And this sustained increase in sales is finally having an impact on pricing, which was up over 2% on average and almost 4% at the median. The rolling year pricing is still relatively flat (down 1% on average, up 2% at the median), but the trend is positive […]Read More
The Morris County housing market stumbled through the second quarter of 2019, with both prices and sales down slightly. Transactions were down almost 5% from last year’s second quarter, finishing a rolling year in which they were down almost 4%. Pricing was generally flat, with the average price falling about 1% for the quarter, almost perfectly flat for the rolling year. We might be seeing some impact from the 2018 Tax Reform’s $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions (SALT Cap), which particularly affected higher‑income taxpayers like Morris […]Read More
Sales in the Passaic housing market slowed down in the second quarter of 2019, even while strong demand continued to push prices up. We continue to clear signs of a thriving seller’s market. Prices are still going up, with the average price rising almost 1% for the quarter and over 3% for the rolling year. And while relatively low levels of inventory are still holding back sales growth, causing a 6% decline in transactions this quarter, that inventory is starting to creep up as homeowners seeing prices go […]Read More
Sales growth in the Northern New Jersey housing market was suppressed by both a continued lack of inventory and the impact of the 2018 Tax Reform SALT Cap, but we did see modest but meaningful price appreciation in many county-wide markets. We believe that the market is still poised for both sales and price growth in what will be a strong summer and fall market. Regional sales were down slightly, but the results varied by county. Regional single‑family sales fell about 3% for the quarter, finishing […]Read More
The Bergen County housing market was flat through the second quarter of 2019, with both sales and pricing tracking close to last year. Single‑family home sales were down about 2%, while condo sales were up about 2%. Similarly, pricing was mixed, with both single‑family home and condo prices falling about 1% on average. We believe that the market is being hampered by both a lack of viable inventory and the 2018 Tax Reform cap on state and local tax deductions (the “SALT Cap”), which hits particularly hard […]Read More
White Plains, NY—Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has added two new Associate Brokers to its award-winning team: Peter Gorbutt and Carlos Gomez, who are both consistently-ranked multi-million dollar agents. Says Denise Friend, Regional Branch Manager, “We could not be more thrilled to have Peter and Carlos on our White Plains team of top producers. They really know this market and understand what our clients want and need and are able to deliver it all when it comes time to […]Read More
The Northern New Jersey housing market slowed a bit in the first quarter of 2019, with sales down and prices flat. But we believe that the market is still poised for sales growth and price appreciation in what will be a relatively robust spring market. Regional sales were down, but the results varied by county. Regional single-family sales fell about 4% for the quarter, but that cumulative number masked a real divergence in the county results. For example, sales were […]Read More
The housing market in Westchester and the Hudson Valley was a “tale of two markets” in the first quarter of 2019, with a sharp divergence between higher-priced and lower-priced counties. But we believe that the market is still poised for sales growth and price appreciation in what will be a relatively robust spring market. Regional sales were down, but the results varied by county and property type. Regional single-family sales fell about 3% for the quarter, but that cumulative number […]Read More