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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.

How Much Are My Home Improvements Worth? The 2020 Cost v. Value Report is Out.

One of the biggest mistakes sellers make in pricing their home is assuming that they will get at least 100 cents on every dollar they put into that home since they bought it: “Well, I bought it for $450,000 ten years ago, and I put in a new kitchen for $50,000, so it’s worth at […]
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Rands Featured in 2020 Swanepoel Power 200

NANUET, NY – Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate | Rand Realty is pleased to announce that their leadership team – Matthew, Joseph, and Daniel Rand have been named to the Swanepoel Power 200, an independent ranking of the most powerful residential real estate leaders in the United States. The SP200 (Swanepoel Power 200) is […]
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Fourth Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – New York Overview

  The housing market in Westchester and the Hudson Valley closed the year with a flourish, with regional sales and prices up modestly but meaningfully. The market overall continued to show signs of recovery from the suppressive effects of the 2018 Tax Reform’s Cap on State and Local Taxes (i.e., the “SALT Cap”). Although we […]
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Fourth Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Westchester County, New York

  In the fourth quarter of 2019, the Westchester housing market continued to recover from the impact of the 2018 Tax Reform cap on state and local taxes (i.e., the “SALT Cap”). Single-family home sales were up almost 4%, the second quarterly increase in a row following seven straight declines after the SALT Cap went […]
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Fourth Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Rockland County, New York

  Activity in the Rockland housing market surged in the fourth quarter of 2019, even while the 2018 Tax Reform cap on state and local taxes (i.e., the “SALT Cap”) continued to suppress pricing growth. Single-family transactions rose over 7% for the quarter, and almost 6% for the full calendar year, reflecting high levels of […]
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Fourth Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Orange County, New York

  Pricing in the Orange County housing market surged in the fourth quarter of 2019, even while low levels of inventory continued to stifle sales growth. Pricing was up across the board, with single-family home prices rising over 8% on average and almost 9% at the median compared to last year’s fourth quarter. And for […]
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Fourth Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Dutchess County, New York

  The Dutchess county housing market surged again in the fourth quarter of 2019, closing a robust 2019 with a flourish. Sales activity was way up, with single-family home sales up almost 20% from last year’s fourth quarter, which made up for a lackluster start to 2019 – as you can see, even with the […]
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Fourth Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Putnam County, New York

  The Putnam housing market corrected a bit in a slow fourth quarter, after surges through much of the year. Single-family home sales were down about 3% for the quarter, with prices falling over 4% on average and almost 7% at the median. For the 2019 calendar year, though, Putnam’s market generally grew, with sales […]
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Fourth Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Bronx County, New York

  The Bronx housing market slowed down just a bit in the fourth quarter of 2019,  with sales falling slightly and prices topping out after a robust run-up for most of the year. We believe that, like other high-priced markets throughout the region, the Bronx might be feeling the impact of the 2018 Tax Reform’s […]
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Third Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Morris County, New Jersey

  The Morris County housing market surged forward in the third quarter of 2019, with prices rising sharply even while limited inventory stifled sales growth. Prices experienced their biggest quarterly jump in over two years, rising almost 4% on average and 5% at the median compared to the third quarter of last year. For the rolling year, prices were up more modestly, reflecting how pricing has been a little more lackluster through most of 2019. Meanwhile, though, sales are down, […]

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Third Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Essex County, New Jersey

  Sales in the Essex housing market went up yet again in the third quarter of 2019, even while prices leveled off after some modest increases earlier in the year. Sales rose almost 3% for the quarter, and finished the rolling year up almost 5%. But this continued increase in sales is not yet having a sustained impact on pricing, which was flat on average and down almost 3% at the median compared to the third quarter of last year. […]

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Third Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Sussex County, New Jersey

  The Sussex County housing market showed significant signs of strength in the third quarter of 2019, with modest sales increases coupled with sharp price appreciation. Sales were up almost 2%, a welcome change from the past two quarters. Even with that quarterly increase, though, sales are still down over 8% for the rolling year. But the real story is pricing, which was up across the board: rising almost 3% on average and 8% at the median for the quarter, […]

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Third Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Hudson County, New Jersey

  After sizzling throughout much of 2018, the Hudson County housing market continued its 2019 struggles through the third quarter. Sales were down almost 6% overall from last year’s third quarter, and are now down 6% for the rolling year. But even with this decline in sales, prices still appreciated modestly: average prices were up about 1% overall, rising almost 5% for single‑family homes and 7% for multi‑families, even while falling 2% for condos. We are clearly seeing some impact […]

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Third Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Bronx County, New York

  Pricing in the Bronx housing market surged again in the third quarter of 2019, as robust demand continued to push prices up even while a lack of inventory held sales down. Going forward, we believe that the fundamentals are strong, and expect a robust market through the winter and into 2020. Pricing. Overall pricing was up over 6% compared to the third quarter of last year, and up for most property types: rising almost 10% for single‑family homes, 5% […]

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Third Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Westchester County, New York

  The Westchester housing market surged in the third quarter, showing signs of recovery from the lingering effects of the 2018 Tax Reform cap on state and local taxes (“SALT Cap”). Single‑family home sales were up about 1% compared to last year’s third quarter, the first year‑on‑year increase since the SALT Cap was passed. Similarly, single‑family average prices rose 3.3%, the largest quarterly appreciation since the inception of the SALT Cap. Moreover, the luxury market showed signs of life with […]

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Third Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Rockland County, New York

  The Rockland housing market surged forward in the third quarter of 2019, showing the first signs of recovery from the lingering effects of the 2018 Tax Reform cap on state and local tax deductions (“SALT Cap”). Single-family home sales were up over 8% from last year’s third quarter, the largest increase since 2017, before the SALT Cap took effect. Pricing for the quarter was a little more mixed, with the median price rising over 3% but the average price […]

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Third Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – New York Overview

  The housing market in Westchester and the Hudson Valley surged forward in the third quarter of 2019, showing the first signs of recovery from the suppressive effects of the 2018 Tax Reform Cap on State and Local tax deductions (i.e., the “SALT Cap”). With the higher‑end starting to recover, we expect the market will continue to strengthen through the fourth quarter and into 2020. Single‑family sales were up regionally, and in every individual county. Regional sales rose 3.4% from […]

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Third Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Dutchess County, New York

  The Dutchess housing market surged in the third quarter of 2019, with sales and prices up sharply. Single-family home sales were up almost 4% compared to last year’s third quarter, the largest year-on-year sales increase in over two years. Indeed, the 671 closings marked the largest quarterly total since the third quarter of 2016. Similarly, single-family prices were up sharply, rising over 5% on average and over 7% at the median, with the rolling year average sales price now […]

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Third Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Putnam County, New York

  The Putnam housing market surged in the third quarter, with sales rising and prices generally appreciating. Single‑family sales were up over 9% compared to last year’s third quarter, with the 326 recorded closings marking the highest quarterly total in over three years. Pricing for the quarter was a little more mixed, with the median price rising almost 4% but the average price down a tick. Indeed, pricing for the rolling year showed the same divergence, with the median up […]

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