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.
Pricing in the Dutchess housing market spiked in the second quarter, as low levels of inventory, coupled with high demand, drove prices up. Single‑family home prices rose over 10% on average and 8% at the median for the quarter, with both the average and median now up over 6% for the year. The condo market is a little more mixed, but the overall story is that Dutchess demand is still high, inventory is still low, and as a result, we’re […]Read More
Low levels of inventory in Putnam continued to stifle sales in the second quarter, even while pushing prices up to post‑correction highs. Sales of houses were down over 4% for the quarter, and now down almost 2% for the year, reflecting the lack of available supply on the market. But high levels of demand, coupled with that low inventory, continued to drive price appreciation, with house prices now up over 4% on average and almost 5% at the median for […]Read More
Pricing in Orange’s housing market exploded again in the second quarter, driven by high demand and low supply. Unlike the other Hudson Valley counties, sales were actually up, with house sales rising 3% for the quarter and 6% for the year. Condo sales were down for the quarter, but were still up almost 10% for the year. The real story, though, was pricing. After years of slow leaks, Orange prices are roaring back, with quarterly house prices up almost 11% […]Read More
Activity in Rockland’s housing market continued to be shackled by low levels of inventory in the second quarter, which drove sales down again, even while pushing prices up sharply. Transactions fell almost 10% for houses and 13% for condos, the largest drops since the market correction almost 10 years ago. As a result, pricing is way up from last year, with house prices rising over 8% on average, almost 6% at the median, and almost 5% in the price‑per‑square foot […]Read More
Westchester’s lack of inventory again held back sales while driving pricing up in the second quarter. Sales fell for the fourth quarter out of the last five, with activity dropping by almost 5% for houses, 13% for coops, and almost 9% for condos. But high levels of demand, coupled with this depleted supply, continued to push the rolling-year average price up: rising about 2% for houses, 4% for coops, and 1% for condos. The supply shortage may be easing, though, […]Read More
The regional housing market in the New York City northern suburbs surged again in the second quarter of 2018, with high demand and low supply driving prices up throughout the area. We are clearly in a “seller’s market.” The main story in the market right now is a textbook illustration of basic economic principles: when demand is high, and supply is low, prices go up. This is essentially what a seller’s market looks like, with low levels of inventory coupled […]Read More
NANUET, NY – Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty is proud to announce that Exit Realty Search, located in the Bronx, New York, has merged with their company. “Throughout my time in this industry, I can’t think of a better opportunity than the one that I’ve had in leading my wonderful team,” said Benny Diasparra, broker/owner of Exit Realty Search. “Our team has loved serving the Bronx real estate community and surrounding areas and will continue to provide the same […]Read More
NANUET, NY – In what continues to be Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty’s further expansion throughout Westchester County, New York, they’re excited to announce that AXRE, Corp. of White Plains has merged with their company. “My team and I have been working in this market for almost two years, and we’re thankful to have the opportunity to join Rand Realty, who’ve made a strong impression in Westchester,” said Nikolas Stanovic, president and principle broker of AXRE, Corp. “Our team […]Read More
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 from their mobile devices. “Agents need to stay connected with one another, whether they’re in the office or on-the-go,” said Matthew Rand, CEO of Rand […]Read More
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 here thus far, and I’m thankful that I had Teresa to help me transition into this new role.” Tucker came to Rand Realty in the […]Read More