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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 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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Should You Buy or Rent When Entering Retirement?

It’s the moment we all wait for, whether it comes after many years of dedication to our job, or recently winning the billion-dollar Powerball lottery, and that moment is your retirement. We’ve all had our own thoughts about what we would do when we eventually reached this stage of our life, whether it be traveling […]
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Top Real-Estate Myths

Whether you’re a homeowner looking to sell your home, or a new buyer looking for that place to call home, odds are you have come in contact with your share of real-estate myths. In fact, you may have wished there was a “Myth Busters” type of show that dealt with real estate, to help you […]
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What to Expect in 2016’s Real-Estate Industry

It’s hard to believe 2015 is already at a close. But it’s happening, and everyone’s getting ready for the new year and preparing their resolutions. In the real-estate industry, we’re excited for the trends that are predicted to take place in the coming year. This is a business that’s used to big and rapid changes, […]
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Tips for Renting Out Your Home

Sometimes, if people try to sell their home, they may have trouble attracting a buyer. If you’re one of these people, you’re probably wondering what you’re going to do about it. Maybe you plan on consulting a realtor to change around the marketing, or maybe you’ll choose to take your home off the market for […]
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Things to Consider When Buying a Vacation Home

  Winter begins next week, and some of you are probably wishing you had a vacation home, either to spend some time at your favorite ski resort or escape to a warmer climate to evade the bitter chill. Think about it, if you leave your home for the winter, you won’t have to worry about […]
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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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Property Spotlight: Historic Colonial Hits the Market in White Plains Fully Renovated 1700s Westchester County Home Offered for Sale at $1,435,000

White Plains, NY —- Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has announced the listing of a historic 1710 colonial set on a beautiful 1.2-acre property for $1,435,000. The 3,471 square foot home offers classical elegance and historic charm throughout its 4 bedrooms and 3½ baths and is filled with 1700s historic touches including original architectural features. Fully renovated, the home also offers the best of contemporary living and design and is located in the heart of White Plains, a short […]

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