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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.

So What’s Going on in the Dutchess County Real Estate Market?: The Rand Quarterly Market Report for 2015Q4

Dutchess finished the year strong, with a nice increase in sales activity coupled with the first small signs of meaningful price appreciation. For the year, sales were up sharply while prices were basically flat. Sales. Dutchess County single-family home sales surged again in the fourth quarter, with transactions up 11% from last year. This marked […]
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So What’s Going on in the Putnam County Real Estate Market?: The Rand Quarterly Market Report for 2015Q4

Activity in Putnam surged in the fourth quarter of 2015, with sales up sharply, hitting levels we have not seen in over ten years. And although prices took a dip in the quarter, they were relatively flat for the year. Sales. Putnam sales surged again in the fourth quarter, rising almost 12% from last year […]
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So What’s Going on in the Orange County Real Estate Market?: The Rand Quarterly Market Report for 2015Q4

Orange County surged again in the fourth quarter of 2015, with sales reaching levels we have not seen in over ten years, but this rising demand has not yet had its expected impact on pricing. Sales. Orange County sales spiked again, rising 20% from the fourth quarter of last year and up 29% for all […]
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So What’s Going on in the Rockland County Real Estate Market?: The Rand Quarterly Market Report for 2015Q4

Rockland sales surged again in a torrid end to 2015, with sales reaching levels we have not seen in over 10 years and prices showing meaningful signs of appreciation. Sales. Rockland sales were up sharply, rising 26% from the fourth quarter of 2015 and up over 20% for the calendar year. We’ve now seen sustained […]
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So What’s Going on in the Westchester Real Estate Market?: The Rand Quarterly Market Report for 2015Q4

Westchester activity surged in the fourth quarter, with sales up sharply for both single-family homes and condominiums, even while prices remained stubbornly soft. Sales. Residential rose sharply, up over 13% from last year and finishing the calendar year up almost 8%. We’ve now seen sustained sales growth for four full years, with year-on-year transactions going […]
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So What’s Going on in the Market?: The Rand Quarterly Market Report for Westchester and the Hudson Valley Region for 2015Q4

The Westchester and Hudson Valley regional housing market finished 2015 strong, with another surge in activity that drove sales up almost 17% for the year. And although this sustained increase in buyer demand has not yet had its expected impact on pricing, declining levels of inventory are now signaling that meaningful price appreciation is imminent. […]
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How to Manage a Multigenerational Household

Sometimes, events may occur that will either cause you and your family to move in with your parents, or have your parents move in with you. A living arrangement such as this can benefit everyone because there will be more people in a home to take care of it. Having multiple generations in your house […]
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Home-Improvement Projects for the Winter

If you live on the east coast, you just got through the major snowstorm that swept across the region last weekend, with some areas even getting over two feet of snow. Hopefully by now, you have finished your shoveling and are able to get in and out of your house without much trouble. In the […]
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Buying and Selling a Home as a Pet Owner

If you’re buying or selling a house, there are a few things you have to consider when you have a pet. When you’re buying, you have to look into any pet ordinances in the neighborhood you’re considering, and also find a living arrangement that will work best for you and your pet. If you’re selling, […]
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So What’s Going on in the Market?: The Rand Quarterly Market Report for Westchester and the Hudson Valley Region for 2015Q3

The housing market in Westchester and the Hudson Valley surged forward in the third quarter of 2015, with sales up dramatically throughout the region. More importantly, several counties showed signs of “green shoots” of meaningful price appreciation, reflecting the impact of the sustained increases in buyer demand that we’ve seen over the past few years. Home sales continued to spike, rising 19% throughout the region. This continued a trend we’ve been tracking for several years, with year-over-year regional sales now […]

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Saying "YES!" to Support Our Local Towns and Villages

I was thinking today about our local communities and the challenges we all face from changing demographics, economics, and consumer behavior. Take traditional “local” supermarkets, for example. I live in Nyack, which has a great walkable downtown but doesn’t have a supermarket in the village – and now has seen both an A&P and a Stop & Shop close in the local area. What’s happening is that “traditional” local supermarkets are slowly getting displaced by centralized mega markets like Fairway, […]

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Removing the Mysteries Behind Co-Ops and How They Work

“Co-op,” which is short for “housing cooperative,” is one of those real estate terms that I have heard about in passing, but never really had a full understanding of what it meant. I knew a co-op was some kind of apartment, but that’s about it. If you have never owned a co-op, there’s the possibility that your understanding of what it is might be a little vague. This week, we will talk about what a co-op is and the pros […]

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Home Buying During the Back-to-School Season

We’re already at the end of the second week of September, and the new academic year is in full swing. Parents are adjusting their schedules to fit with their children’s extracurriculars, getting used to an empty nest if their children are starting college, finishing up putting away all of the summer paraphernalia, or if you have recently moved into a new home, you’re probably getting ready for your child to venture into a new school district. If none of these […]

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How to Conduct a Final Walk-Through of Your New Home

You’re almost there. You’re just about ready to close on your new home. While this should be a cause for celebration, you’re not exactly out of the woods just yet because there’s still the matter of having to do the final walk-through to make sure everything is how you want it to be before you close. As you’re doing the walk-through, here are some things you should keep in mind as you’re making sure everything is in order. One very […]

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Dutchess County Affordability: The Monthly Payment You Need to Buy a Home is as Low as it’s Been for the Past 15 Years

Homes in Dutchess County are about as affordable as they have been in over 13 years. What do I mean by that? It’s simple. Basically, the monthly mortgage payment it takes to purchase the average-priced home in Dutchess is about as low as it’s been since 2002 – and probably well before that. If you look at the attached graph, you’ll see what I’m talking about. On that graph, we’ve plotted the monthly payment that a purchaser in the county […]

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Putnam County Affordability: The Monthly Payment You Need to Buy a Home is as Low as it’s Been for the Past 15 Years

Homes in Putnam County are about as affordable as they have been in over 13 years. What do I mean by that? It’s simple. Basically, the monthly mortgage payment it takes to purchase the average-priced home in Putnam is about as low as it’s been since 2002 – and probably well before that. If you look at the attached graph, you’ll see what I’m talking about. On that graph, we’ve plotted the monthly payment that a purchaser in the county […]

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Orange County Affordability: The Monthly Payment You Need to Buy a Home is as Low as it’s Been for the Past 15 Years

Homes in Orange County are about as affordable as they have been in over 20 years. What do I mean by that? It’s simple. Basically, the monthly mortgage payment it takes to purchase the average-priced home in Orange is about as low as it’s been since 1994 – and probably well before that. If you look at the attached graph, you’ll see what I’m talking about. On that graph, we’ve plotted the monthly payment that a purchaser in the county […]

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Rockland County Affordability: The Monthly Payment You Need to Buy a Home is as Low as it’s Been for the Past 15 Years

Homes in Rockland County are about as affordable as they have been in over 13 years. What do I mean by that? It’s simple. Basically, the monthly mortgage payment it takes to purchase the average-priced home in Rockland is about as low as it’s been since 2002 – and probably well before that. If you look at the attached graph, you’ll see what I’m talking about. On that graph, we’ve plotted the monthly payment that a purchaser in the county […]

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Westchester County Affordability: The Monthly Payment You Need to Buy a Home is as Low as it’s Been for the Past 35 Years

Homes in Westchester County are about as affordable as they have been in over 30 years. What do I mean by that? It’s simple. Basically, the monthly mortgage payment it takes to purchase the average-priced home in Westchester is about as low as it’s been since 1981. If you look at the attached graph, you’ll see what I’m talking about. On that graph, we’ve plotted the monthly payment that a purchaser in the county would have to make to purchase […]

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