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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.

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 […]
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Fourth-Quarter 2018: Real Estate Market Report – Bronx, NY

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 for almost 15 years for the markets we service, which include Westchester and the Hudson Valley, Northern New Jersey, and now the […]
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Fourth-Quarter 2018: Real Estate Market Report – Dutchess County, NY

Pricing in the Dutchess housing market soared again in the fourth quarter, with prices rising from high demand and limited inventory. Sales were down, just as in the rest of the region, with low levels of inventory holding back the market. But prices were up across the board: single‑family home prices rose over 12% on […]
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Fourth-Quarter 2018: Real Estate Market Report – Putnam County, NY

Putnam continues to show every sign of a thriving seller’s market, with low levels of inventory stifling sales growth but driving meaningful price appreciation. For the quarter, sales were down just a tick, but prices were up over 3% on average and almost 6% at the median. And that strong quarter closed a robust 2018, […]
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Fourth-Quarter 2018: Real Estate Market Report – Orange County, NY

The Orange housing market closed the best year for homeowners since the financial crisis 10 years ago, with the full‑year pricing up sharply for both single‑family homes and condos. Orange is now in a fully realized seller’s market, with low levels of inventory holding back sales, even while driving robust price appreciation. For the full […]
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Fourth-Quarter 2018: Real Estate Market Report – Rockland County, NY

The Rockland seller’s market continues to be constricted by low levels of inventory, which are holding back sales, even while driving prices up. Single‑family home sales were down sharply in the fourth quarter, falling almost 14%, finishing a full year in which they fell almost 11%. But prices were up, rising a tick on average […]
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Fourth-Quarter 2018: Real Estate Market Report – Westchester County, NY

The Westchester housing slowed slightly in the fourth quarter of 2018, particularly in the higher‑priced segments of the market, perhaps as a result of the Tax Reform cap on state and local tax deductions. For the quarter, sales of single‑family homes fell almost 6%, and pricing was mixed: down about 2% on average, up a […]
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Fourth Quarter 2018: Real Estate Market Report – Lower Hudson Valley, NY

Sales in Westchester and the Hudson Valley housing markets were down throughout the region, even while high buyer demand, coupled with low levels of inventory, drove meaningful price appreciation in most of the regional markets. Sales were down throughout the region. Regional transactions fell across the board in the fourth quarter, dropping almost 7% for […]
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Top Westchester Realtor Named Opcity Agent of the Month

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty’s Tracey May, of the White Plains office located at 222 Bloomingdale Road, was named “Opcity Agent of the Month” for December. Tracy has been in the real estate industry for close to two decades and is known as a seasoned real estate professional throughout Westchester and New York City. […]
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Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Announces Growth in Central Valley Office – Julie Piazza Joins Leadership Team

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has announced the promotion of Julie Piazza to Branch Manager of the Central Valley Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty office — the company’s top producing office in Orange County. Prior to her new position, Julie was the Business Development Manager for all five of the Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty offices in Orange County, where she was responsible for recruiting, training and coaching agents. She began her career in real estate in […]

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The Best Kept Secret of Success Revealed by Joe Rand and BHG Rand Realty’s Top-Producing Agents

Joe Rand has revealed one of BHG Rand Realty’s top secrets of success! It’s the Rand Masters Roundtable event, which has become a highly-valued “tool” for top talent; one that often translates into increased business and sales. What first started as a simple networking event for top-producing agents, is now one of our best strategies to drive business and stay competitive This year’s event was held on November 7th at the Rockland Country Club with approximately 150 agents from Westchester, […]

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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 of a crowd of 1,500 members and affiliates who were in attendance for the 102nd Annual Meeting and Member’s Day of The Hudson Gateway Association […]

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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 at Verizon Wireless, is known for helping both buyers and sellers reach their goals. In her previous position at Verizon Wireless, she identified and addressed […]

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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 to the core values of Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty: to provide the best service and create lasting relationships with our customers, our community […]

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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 she finished school and currently works with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Rand Realty. Tracey has learned a thing or two about the real estate […]

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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 one year later, has a team of 35 (with more eagerly waiting to join)! 2018 has been a huge year of growth for the office […]

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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. But that lack of supply, coupled with high levels of demand, is having a dramatic impact on pricing. Average prices were up over 8% from […]

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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 buyer demand is having its expected impact on pricing, with the average price spiking over 8% and the median up over 5%. And we’re starting […]

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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, which generally saw flat or declining sales due to the lack of inventory, it was a pretty encouraging result. And prices were up for the […]

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