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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.

Tri-County Realty Teams with Rand Realty

NANUET, NY – Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty continues to grow throughout Northern New Jersey, following their Wayne, New Jersey, office’s acquisition of Tri-County Realty, which was located in the township and owned by Joseph Palermo, a broker/salesperson. “I’ve had the privilege of leading my brokerage for 20 years, and I’m grateful that my […]
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Real Estate Market Report: 2nd Quarter 2018 – Hudson County, NJ

The Hudson County housing market surged again in the second quarter, with low levels of inventory stifling sales activity but driving a spike in pricing. Overall sales for the county were down about 3%, with both multi-family and condo sales falling sharply due to the lack of inventory available on the market. But that lack […]
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Real Estate Market Report: 2nd Quarter 2018 – Sussex County, NJ

The Sussex market surged again in the second quarter, with sharp increases in both sales and prices. Transactions were up over 11% from last year’s second quarter, continuing a yearlong trend that brought sales up almost 14% for the rolling year. That kind of buyer demand has winnowed down the housing supply, with the months […]
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Real Estate Market Report: 2nd Quarter 2018 – Essex County, NJ

The Essex housing market was flat for the second quarter, with mixed results in sales and pricing. Sales were up just a tick from last year, and are up about 2% for the rolling year. That said, we’re now seeing sales at levels higher than any time in the past 15 years, since the height […]
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Real Estate Market Report: 2nd Quarter 2018 – Morris County, NJ

The Morris housing market flattened out a bit in the second quarter, with sales down and prices basically flat. Quarterly sales were down for only the second time in about four years, falling over 4% and now down about 1% for the rolling year. But demand remains strong, driving prices up slightly for the quarter […]
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Real Estate Market Report: 2nd Quarter 2018 – Passaic County, NJ

The Passaic housing market surged again in the second quarter, with both sales and prices up in what is now a robust seller’s market. Falling inventory had been holding back sales in the first quarter, but we’re starting to see more homes come onto the market as sellers see prices going up. As a result, […]
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Real Estate Market Report: 2nd Quarter 2018 – Bergen County, NJ

The Bergen housing market cruised through the second quarter, as low levels of inventory continued to stifle growth even while driving prices up. Sales were mixed: single‑family home sales were up about 3% from last year’s second quarter, but condo sales fell about 2%. For the year, sales in both houses and condos are down […]
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Real Estate Market Report: 2nd Quarter 2018 – Northern New Jersey

The housing market in the Northern New Jersey suburbs of New York City continued to develop as a fully‑realized seller’s market, with low levels of housing supply shackling sales growth but generally driving price appreciation throughout the region. The regional market continues to suffer from a lack of supply. The number of homes available has […]
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Real Estate Market Report: 2nd Quarter 2018 – Bronx (Introduction Overview)

With Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty’s recent expansion into the Bronx, we are delighted to present the inaugural Rand Quarterly Market Report for Bronx County. We have been providing these quarterly market analyses for almost 15 years for the markets we service, which now include Westchester and the Hudson Valley, Northern New Jersey, and […]
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Real Estate Market Report: 2nd Quarter 2018 – Orange County

Pricing in Orange’s housing market exploded again in the second quarter, driven by high demand and low supply. Unlike the other Hudson Valley counties, sales were actually up, with house sales rising 3% for the quarter and 6% for the year. Condo sales were down for the quarter, but were still up almost 10% for the year. The real story, though, was pricing. After years of slow leaks, Orange prices are roaring back, with quarterly house prices up almost 11% […]

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Real Estate Market Report: 2nd Quarter 2018 – Rockland

Activity in Rockland’s housing market continued to be shackled by low levels of inventory in the second quarter, which drove sales down again, even while pushing prices up sharply. Transactions fell almost 10% for houses and 13% for condos, the largest drops since the market correction almost 10 years ago. As a result, pricing is way up from last year, with house prices rising over 8% on average, almost 6% at the median, and almost 5% in the price‑per‑square foot […]

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Real Estate Market Report: 2nd Quarter 2018 – Westchester

Westchester’s lack of inventory again held back sales while driving pricing up in the second quarter. Sales fell for the fourth quarter out of the last five, with activity dropping by almost 5% for houses, 13% for coops, and almost 9% for condos. But high levels of demand, coupled with this depleted supply, continued to push the rolling-year average price up: rising about 2% for houses, 4% for coops, and 1% for condos. The supply shortage may be easing, though, […]

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Real Estate Market Report: 2nd Quarter 2018 – Lower Hudson Valley (New York)

The regional housing market in the New York City northern suburbs surged again in the second quarter of 2018, with high demand and low supply driving prices up throughout the area. We are clearly in a “seller’s market.” The main story in the market right now is a textbook illustration of basic economic principles: when demand is high, and supply is low, prices go up. This is essentially what a seller’s market looks like, with low levels of inventory coupled […]

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Exit Realty Search Joins Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty

NANUET, NY – Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty is proud to announce that Exit Realty Search, located in the Bronx, New York, has merged with their company. “Throughout my time in this industry, I can’t think of a better opportunity than the one that I’ve had in leading my wonderful team,” said Benny Diasparra, broker/owner of Exit Realty Search.  “Our team has loved serving the Bronx real estate community and surrounding areas and will continue to provide the same […]

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AXRE, Corp. Joins Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty

NANUET, NY – In what continues to be Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty’s further expansion throughout Westchester County, New York, they’re excited to announce that AXRE, Corp. of White Plains has merged with their company. “My team and I have been working in this market for almost two years, and we’re thankful to have the opportunity to join Rand Realty, who’ve made a strong impression in Westchester,” said Nikolas Stanovic, president and principle broker of AXRE, Corp.  “Our team […]

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Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Launches RandConnect

NANUET, NY – Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has announced a new mobile app called RandConnect, which is designed to keep lines of communication open between all of their agents, managers, and employees. Created in partnership with Konverse, an enterprise-communication app developer, the app helps the Rand team share information throughout the company, right from their mobile devices.  “Agents need to stay connected with one another, whether they’re in the office or on-the-go,” said Matthew Rand, CEO of Rand […]

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Sharon Tucker Appointed as Manager of Rand Realty’s Pearl River Office

NANUET, NY – Following the retirement of Teresa O’Shaughnessy, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has selected Sharon Tucker as the new manager for their office in Pearl River, New York. “This past year with Rand Realty has been one of the most-memorable of my career,” said Tucker. “I’ve learned so much in my time here thus far, and I’m thankful that I had Teresa to help me transition into this new role.” Tucker came to Rand Realty in the […]

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Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Welcomes New Manager for Yonkers and Bronx Offices

NANUET, NY – Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty is thrilled to welcome Nicole Borsey to their leadership team for the Yonkers and Bronx offices. “Rand Realty teaches their agents groundbreaking techniques for navigating the real estate industry, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to lead my agents as we use those strategies to tackle some of the Hudson Valley’s most-active markets,” said Borsey. Borsey has 15 years of residential and commercial real estate experience. She has collaborated with homebuyers, […]

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Joseph Rand Honored With 2018 RISMedia Real Estate Newsmakers Award


RISMedia, publisher of Real Estate magazine, will honor Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty General Manager and Chief Creative Officer Joseph Rand as a 2018 Real Estate Newsmaker during an awards ceremony to be held on May 17 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the National Association of REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo taking place that week. RISMedia’s first annual Real Estate Newsmaker Awards are designed to recognize those individuals making headlines for their […]

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