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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 Orange County Real Estate Market?: The Rand Quarterly Market Report for 2015Q3

The Orange County housing market continued to surge in the third quarter, with sales up dramatically in both single-family and condo markets. Pricing was more mixed, but it’s only a matter of time before these sustained levels of buyer demand drive meaningful price appreciation. Sales. Orange County sales spiked again in the third quarter, rising […]
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So What’s Going on in the Rockland County Real Estate Market?: The Rand Quarterly Market Report for 2015Q3

The Rockland County housing market surged in the third quarter of 2015, with sales up sharply and prices continuing to show signs of recovery. Although activity is likely to ease up a bit in the fourth quarter, Rockland still has ample room for both transactional and price growth over the longer-term. Sales. Rockland sales were […]
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So What’s Going on in the Putnam County Real Estate Market?: The Rand Quarterly Market Report for 2015Q3

The Putnam County housing market exploded in the third quarter, with sales up sharply and prices spiking. Although the current rates of growth are probably not sustainable, Putnam still has room for both sales and price increases through 2016. Sales. Putnam sales surged again in the third quarter, rising 23.8% from last year and coincidentally […]
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How to Prepare Your House for a Matterport Tour

It’s an exciting time for Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty as we continue to conduct Matterport tours for our Distinctive Collection properties. Just like we discussed back in March, the Matterport 3D camera is making a significant splash in the real estate industry, as the technology allows 360-degree scans of rooms to be taken […]
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So What’s Going on in the Westchester Real Estate Market?: The Rand Quarterly Market Report for 2015Q3

The Westchester real estate market cooled a bit in the third quarter, if only in comparison to the torrid pace set earlier in the year. Sales were up, but just slightly, and prices were a little soft compared to 2014. Sales. Single-family sales were up slightly, rising 5.7% from the third quarter of last year, […]
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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. […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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How to Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal

When you’re getting ready to sell your home, you do everything you can to make it look flawless as you go from room to room to make sure that every space is as clean and organized as can be. While you’re taking care of the inside of your home, however, it’s very important not to forget about the outside. As soon as a potential buyer pulls up in front of your home, you want them to get excited about going […]

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How to Host a Housewarming Party

You’ve just bought a home. Your furniture is all set up. Everything has been put in its proper place. All of the empty boxes have been put away. You have finally settled into your new surroundings. You have met your (hopefully friendly) neighbors. What’s next on the list? Throwing a housewarming party, of course! This is a fun, yet important, step in your transition to your new home because you want your neighbors to know you are fun and outgoing. […]

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