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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.

Real Estate Market Report: Third Quarter 2016 – Morris County, New Jersey

The Morris County housing market softened in the third quarter of 2016, with sales up modestly and prices mixed. Sales. Morris County sales were up only slightly, rising about 4% from the third quarter of last year. Even that tepid increase, though, was enough to continue a two‑year streak in which year‑on‑year sales have gone […]
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Real Estate Market Report: Third Quarter 2016 – Passaic County, New Jersey

Sales in the Passaic County housing market continued to rise in the third quarter of 2016, but these sustained levels of buyer demand are not yet having their expected impact on pricing. Sales. Passaic sales were up again in the third quarter, rising over 6% from last year and finishing the rolling year up over […]
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Real Estate Market Report: Third Quarter 2016 – Bergen County, New Jersey

The Bergen County housing market plateaued in the third quarter of 2016, with sales and prices flat over the summer after a spike in spring activity. Sales. Bergen sales were flat in the third quarter, rising less than 1% after a pretty robust period over the past two years. Indeed, even with that minimal sales […]
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Real Estate Market Report: Third Quarter 2016 – Northern New Jersey Market Overview

The Northern New Jersey housing market plateaued in the third quarter of 2016, with sales flattening out after a torrid start to the year and pricing struggling to gain traction. With inventory levels falling throughout the region, though, we expect that the market might gain strength going into 2017. Sales were basically flat throughout the […]
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Real Estate Market Report: Third Quarter 2016 – Dutchess County, New York

The Dutchess County housing market continued to strengthen in the third quarter of 2016, with a moderate increase in sales coupled with an eye‑opening spike in pricing. Sales. Dutchess single‑family home sales were up again in the third quarter, rising 8% from last year. This marked the eighth quarter in a row with year‑on‑year sales […]
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Real Estate Market Report: Third Quarter 2016 – Putnam County, New York

The Putnam County housing market surged again in the third quarter of 2016, with sales way up and prices stabilizing after a summer spike. Sales. Putnam sales were up again in the third quarter, with single‑family home closings up over 12% from last year and now up almost 22% for the year. The market is […]
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Real Estate Market Report: Third Quarter 2016 – Orange County, New York

The Orange County housing market surged again in the third quarter of 2016, with sales up dramatically and, more importantly, the first signs of meaningful price appreciation since the 2008-09 financial crisis. Sales. Orange single‑family sales were up yet again, rising over 18% from last year and now up over 25% for the rolling year. […]
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Real Estate Market Report: Third Quarter 2016 – Rockland County, New York

The Rockland County market surged again in the third quarter of 2016, with a dramatic increase in sales finally driving a meaningful yearly increase in prices. Sales. Rockland single‑family sales were up yet again, rising almost 13% from last year’s third quarter and up 20% for the rolling year. We’ve now seen sustained rates of […]
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Real Estate Market Report: Third Quarter 2016 – Westchester County

The Westchester housing market softened in the third quarter of 2016, with sales flat and prices continuing to weaken even in the face of falling inventory. SALES. Sales activity was up, but not at the pace that we’ve seen over the past few years. Single‑family home sales rose, but only by about 2%. Similarly, coop […]
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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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