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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.

Second-Quarter 2016 Real Estate Market Report: Putnam County

The Putnam County housing market surged in the second quarter of 2016, with dramatic increases in both sales and prices. Sales. Putnam sales spiked in the second quarter, with single‑family home closings up over 36% compared to last year. The Putnam market is just sizzling, with transactions up in eight straight quarters and 16 out […]
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Second-Quarter 2016 Real Estate Market Report: Orange County

The Orange County housing market surged again in the second quarter of 2016, with sales spiking over 35% from last year. But pricing was more mixed, as Orange struggles to find its footing after years of bouncing around the bottom set after the 2008‑09 correction. Sales. Orange single‑family sales were up yet again, rising over […]
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Second-Quarter 2016 Real Estate Market Report: Rockland County

The Rockland County market surged in the second quarter of 2016, with another dramatic increase in sales coupled with an eye‑popping 10% spike in the average sales price. Sales. Rockland sales were up yet again, rising over 28% from last year’s second quarter and now up 25% for the rolling year. We’ve now seen sustained […]
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Second-Quarter 2016 Real Estate Market Report: Westchester County

The Westchester housing market surged in the second quarter of 2016, with sales activity up sharply but prices down slightly because of continued weakness in the ultra high‑end. Sales. Market activity exploded, with single‑family sales up over 22% from last year and now up over 12% for the rolling year. Year‑on‑year sales have now risen […]
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Second-Quarter 2016 Real Estate Market Report: Westchester & Hudson Valley Market Overview

The Westchester and Hudson Valley regional housing market surged again in the second quarter of 2016, with sharply rising sales finally starting to have an impact on pricing, particularly in the mid- and entry‑priced markets throughout the region. Sales. Activity continues to surge, with regional sales up over 26% compared to the second quarter of […]
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Why is the Westchester Average Sales Price Down, When Sales Are Way Up?

  Why are Westchester prices down? If you look at the Westchester single-family housing market, comparing the year-to-date 2016 to 2015 as of the end of May, what you find is a little perplexing: sales are up 12%, but prices are sharply down across the board: down 7% on average, 5% at the median, and 4% […]
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Homes in Northern New Jersey are More Affordable Right Now Than in a Generation

I have always hated it when real estate professionals say “it’s a great time to buy.”  It always seems so self-serving, and I know it immediately causes suspicion. So I’m not going to SAY that it’s a great time to buy a home right now. I’m just going to show you. Specifically, I’m going to […]
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Homes in Westchester and the Hudson Valley are More Affordable Than in a Generation

I have always hated it when real estate professionals say “it’s a great time to buy.”  It always seems so self-serving, and I know it immediately causes suspicion. So I’m not going to SAY that it’s a great time to buy a home right now. I’m just going to show you. Specifically, I’m going to […]
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First Quarter 2016 Real Estate Market Report: Sussex Market Overview

The Sussex County housing market surged again in the first quarter of 2016, with a dramatic spike in sales that continued a long.term trend of markedly higher transaction rates. Nevertheless, we are still not seeing these sustained levels of buyer demand have their expected impact on pricing, which was down yet again. Sales. Sussex sales […]
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First Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Orange County, NY

The Orange County housing market continued to grow in the first quarter of 2019, with both sales and prices up in what is now a thriving seller’s market. Low levels of single-family inventory continued to stifle sales growth, with sales only rising about 1% for the quarter and just a tick for the year. But demand remains high, evidenced by the almost 2% increase in the average sales price for the quarter, closing a rolling year in which Orange homes […]

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First Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Passiac County, NJ

The Passaic housing market continued to grow in the first quarter of 2019, with prices up again even while low levels of inventory constricted sales growth. We are seeing clear signs of a thriving seller’s market. Prices continue to go up, with the average price rising over 3% for the quarter and over 4% for the rolling year. And inventory is still falling, dropping almost 7% from last year’s first quarter and now down below the six-month level that usually […]

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First Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Putnam County, NY

The Putnam housing market got off to a relatively soft start to the year, with both sales and prices falling in a slow first quarter of 2019. Single family home sales were down almost 5%, and average prices were down almost 4%, from the first quarter of last year, maybe as a result of a slackening of demand from the 2018 Tax Reform cap on state and local tax deductions (“SALT Cap”). That said, Putnam sales were only down about […]

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First Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Rockland County, NY

The Rockland housing market surged again in the first quarter of 2019, with both sales and prices of single-family homes up for the quarter. The 8% increase in sales from the first quarter of last year was the largest increase in any county in the region, demonstrating how strong buyer demand in the county has remained. And Rockland continued to see meaningful price appreciation, with average prices up over 2% for the quarter and 4% for the year. Unlike the […]

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First Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Westchester County, NY

  The Westchester housing market stumbled through the first quarter of 2019, with both sales and prices down sharply. Sales dropped almost 5% for the first quarter and 4% for the rolling year, continuing a trend we have been watching since the enactment of the 2018 Tax Reform’s cap on state and local tax deductions (“SALT Cap”). As we expected, the SALT Cap has had a modest but meaningful impact on the higher-end Westchester market, where more home buyers are […]

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First Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Sussex County, NJ

Pricing in the Sussex market surged yet again in the first quarter of 2019, even while falling inventory suppressed sales growth. Transactions were down sharply, falling almost 12% for the quarter and now down over 2% for the rolling year. But the drop in sales clearly did not indicate a lack of demand, with average prices up almost 13% from last year’s first quarter and over 8% for the rolling year. More importantly, inventory has finally come down to manageable […]

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Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Announces New “1,000 Open Houses” Campaign this Spring

Record-Breaking Busy Spring Homebuying Season Predicted; 1,000 Open Houses to be scheduled throughout the Hudson Valley and Northern New Jersey Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has kicked off the spring season with its new “1,000 Open Houses” campaign throughout the Hudson Valley and Northern New Jersey. With 1,200 agents and 28 offices serving Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties in New York, as well as Bergen, Passaic, and Morris Counties in New Jersey – Better Homes and Gardens […]

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Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Associate Broker Barbara-Ann Cesaro-Benson Named REALTOR® Associate of the Year

Bronx, NY—Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Associate Broker, Barbara-Ann Cesaro-Benson has been named REALTOR® Associate of the Year by the Bronx Board of Realtors. She was unanimously selected by the Banquet Committee to receive the prestigious REALTOR® Associate of the Year Award. This is the second time she is receiving this honor, the first in 2005 Cesaro-Benson, born and raised in the Bronx, is an expert in the lower Westchester County and the Bronx real estate markets. A real […]

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Real Estate & Racing: A Winning Combination

RJ Smith likes to win.  Not only is he an ace broker here at Rand Realty, but he is a competitive race car driver and his car recently won the track championship for the third year in a row, with six wins. Racing with the official Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty hot rod, RJ raced in Formula 2000s across the country, and now goes dirt track racing every weekend, April through October.  “The Rand hot rod has won the […]

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Congratulations to Wyckoff Agent Anne Ryan – Named Among Bergen County’s Best Realtors®

Congratulations to Anne Ryan, one of our star agents in the Wyckoff, NJ office, who has been voted second place as “Best Realtor” for (201) Magazine’s 13th Annual Best of Bergen Poll. As a lifelong resident of Bergen County, Anne has extensive knowledge and understanding of the cities and municipalities in the area and is an expert on what each has to offer. Her familiarity with Bergen, Hudson, Passaic, Morris and Essex counties makes her a top choice for anyone […]

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