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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.

Congratulations! Renee Zurlo: Realtor of The Year and Richard Herska: “Up and Coming” Award

Congratulations to Renee Zurlo, Orange County Regional Manager, named “Realtor of the Year” by the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors (HGAR) – and to Richard Herska, Real Estate Salesperson, Nyack office, who received HGAR’s “Up and Coming Award,” selected out of a pool of 15,000 other local realtors. Renee and Rich were honored in front […]
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Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Welcomes Sharon Burke to its Pearl River, NY and Closter, NJ Offices

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty announced that Sharon Burke, a top producer in Rockland County, NY and Northern NJ, has joined its Pearl River and Closter, NJ offices. Sharon, who has risen to achieve great successes in the last three years since transitioning from her work as a Senior Analyst of Performance Assurance & Compliance […]
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Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty – Hoboken Celebrates a Successful First Year

Congratulations to the Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Hoboken team, who just celebrated their First Anniversary. “The Hoboken office has been a great addition to the Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty family, with many great achievements and record growth over this past year,” said Hoboken Branch Manager Mary Knapp. “Our office holds true […]
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NYC Agent Turns One Opcity Introduction into Three Closed Transactions!

Being a real estate agent in New York is tough. There’s a lot of competition, and everyone is doing their own thing. However, for Tracey May, that’s all she knows. Originally from Massachusetts, Tracey had always loved NYC, so that’s where she decided to get her real estate license. She moved to the city as soon as […]
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Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty-Morristown Celebrates Successful First Year, Expanding from 5 to 35 Agents!

Congratulations to Morristown Branch Manager Keith Kirkwood and all the talented agents in our new Morristown office on their 1st Birthday! The Morristown office just celebrated its First Anniversary with a big office party for agents, management, owners, affiliates, friends and family. The Morristown office started out as a team of five and now, just […]
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Real Estate Market Report: Third Quarter 2018 – Hudson County, NJ

The Hudson County housing market surged yet again in the third quarter, with prices rising overall and particularly for multi‑family and condo properties. Overall sales for the county were down almost 8% from last year’s third quarter, with both multi‑family and condo sales falling sharply due to the lack of inventory available on the market. […]
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Real Estate Market Report: Third Quarter 2018 – Sussex County, NJ

The Sussex market surged yet again in the third quarter, with small increases in sales coupled with a dramatic jump in pricing. Transactions were only up about 2% for the quarter, but that finished a year where sales rose over 9%. That’s a pretty robust showing compared to other markets in the region. This strong […]
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Real Estate Market Report: Third Quarter 2018 – Essex County, NJ

The Essex housing market experienced a strong third quarter, with both sales and prices rising in what is now a pretty robust seller’s market. Sales were up over 5% for the quarter, finishing a year in which they rose about 3%. That’s not a torrid transactional pace, but compared to other counties in the market, […]
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Real Estate Market Report: Third Quarter 2018 – Morris County, NJ

The Morris County housing market contained a series of contradictory indicators in the third quarter, with sales up, prices down, and the negotiability metrics suggesting increased leverage for sellers. Unlike most of the higher‑end markets in the region, Morris actually experienced sales growth, with sales up over 3% for the quarter, and the rolling-year totals […]
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Real Estate Market Report: Third Quarter 2018 – Passaic County, NJ

The Passaic housing market cooled off a little in the third quarter, with both sales and prices relatively flat after a robust second quarter. Indeed, we saw exactly one fewer sale in the third quarter compared to last year, and only 40 more sales for the rolling year. But this sales plateau does not indicate a lack of demand, since prices were up again, rising about 2% on average and at the median for the quarter, and finishing a rolling […]

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

The Bergen County housing market stabilized in the third quarter, with a lack of inventory continuing to stifle growth but pricing showing only mixed results. Sales were up just a tick: Single‑family home sales rose about 1% from last year’s third quarter, and condo sales rose about 2%. For the rolling year, sales in both houses and condos are down slightly, the result of inventory that continues to stick to the four‑to‑five‑month level that’s within seller market territory. But restricted […]

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Real Estate Market Report: Third Quarter 2018 – Northern New Jersey

The housing market in the Northern New Jersey suburbs of New York City cruised through the third quarter of 2018, with strong demand driving meaningful price appreciation, 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. […]

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Real Estate Market Report: Third Quarter 2018 – The Bronx

With Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty’s recent expansion into the Bronx, we are delighted to present the Rand Quarterly Market Report for Bronx County. We have been providing these quarterly market analyses or almost 15 years for the markets we service, which include Westchester and the Hudson Valley, Northern New Jersey, and now the Bronx. We hope you enjoy the Report, and if you have any questions, please reach out to your Rand Realty agent. The Bronx housing market […]

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Real Estate Market Report: Third Quarter 2018 – Dutchess County, NY

Pricing in the Dutchess housing market soared again in the third quarter, with prices rising from high demand and limited inventory. Sales were down, just as in the rest of the region, from a lack of supply, not a lack of demand, which you can see from the pricing trends: Single‑family home prices rose almost 7% on average and 12% at the median for the quarter, finishing the rolling year up 7% on average and almost 10% at the median. […]

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Real Estate Market Report: Third Quarter 2018 – Putnam County, NY

The Putnam housing market absolutely soared through the third quarter of 2018, with dramatic increases in both sales and particularly in pricing. Putnam was the only county in the region to experience sales growth this quarter, with transactions rising 3% for houses and 5% for condos. The real story was price appreciation, with prices up across the board: Houses were up 11% on average, 5% at the median, and 8% in the price‑per‑square‑foot, and condos were up 13% on average […]

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Real Estate Market Report: Third Quarter 2018 – Orange County, NY

The Orange County housing market soared yet again in the third quarter of 2018, with prices exploding upward. With inventory still very low, and demand high, house prices rose 14% on average, 8% at the median, and 12% in the price‑per‑square‑foot, while condo prices were up 17% on average, 12% at the median, and 14% in the price‑per‑square‑foot. More importantly, after years of frustrating stagnation, we’re finally seeing sustained appreciation trends in Orange County. This was the ninth straight quarter […]

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Real Estate Market Report: Third Quarter 2018 – Rockland County, NY

The Rockland housing market had another strong quarter, with prices up, even while a lack of inventory held back sales growth. Sales of houses were down almost 3% for the quarter, and are now down almost 5% for the year. But that’s more a reflection of a lack of supply, not a lack of demand, evidenced by continuing appreciation, with prices up 6% on average and 7% at the median for the quarter, and now up 6% on average and […]

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Real Estate Market Report: Third Quarter 2018 – Westchester County, NY

The Westchester housing market held steady in the third quarter of 2018, with a small decline in sales coupled with flat pricing. We believe that the decline in sales comes largely from a shortage of viable inventory, rather than a lack of demand, but it may be that the 2018 tax reform changes have hampered demand in the highest end of the market, increasing the percentage of lower‑priced homes in the mix of properties sold and thereby suppressing price appreciation. […]

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Real Estate Market Report: Third Quarter 2018 – Westchester and Hudson Valley

Despite concerns that the 2018 tax reform law would undermine housing values, Westchester and the Hudson Valley held steady in the third quarter, with prices rising throughout the region and up dramatically in some counties. Some analysts have expressed concerns about the effects of the 2018 Tax Reform law on our regional housing market. The tax law capped the deductibility of state and local taxes and reduced the mortgage interest deduction, which particularly impacts high‑tax areas, like Westchester and the […]

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