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.
The Bergen County housing market coasted through the first quarter of 2019, with prices flat but sales up modestly. For the quarter, single-family sales rose almost 3%, but the average price was down just a tick. The single-family market has been slowly cruising along for the past year, with little sales growth and only about 1% of price appreciation, which is a little disappointing considering the market fundamentals. We might be seeing some impact from the 2018 Tax Reform’s $10,000 […]Read More
The Bronx housing market stumbled in the first quarter of 2019, slowing after torrid growth throughout most of 2018. Sales were down sharply for most property types, and prices were mixed. Going forward, we will be watching to see if this trend continues in the traditionally robust spring market, but believe that the fundamentals of the market are still very strong. Prices were mixed, depending on property type. The average price was up just a little more than 1% for […]Read More
Pricing in the Dutchess housing market soared again in the first quarter, with single-family home prices spiking from high demand and limited inventory. Average prices were up almost 19% from the first quarter of last year, and over 11% for the rolling year. We caution readers, though, not to read too much into that data, because the quarterly average price was skewed by a number of large-acreage multi-million-dollar sales that are not representative of the average homeowner experience. That said, […]Read More
Sales in the Essex housing market went up again in the first quarter of 2019, but this increase in buyer demand had a middling effect on pricing. Sales rose over 5% for the quarter, and finished the rolling year up almost 4%. But pricing was mixed: for the quarter, the average price was down over 4% for the quarter, and down 2% for the year. We might be seeing some impact from the 2018 Tax Reform’s $10,000 cap on state […]Read More
After sizzling throughout 2018, the Hudson County housing market slowed dramatically in the first quarter of 2019, with sales down sharply and price appreciation diminishing. Sales were down almost 15% overall from last year’s first quarter, and down for each property type. And pricing was relatively mixed compared to last year’s first quarter, with the average price down over 4% for single-family homes, up almost 6% for multi-families, and flat for condos. Now, prices are still way up for the […]Read More
The Morris County housing market slowed down in the first quarter of 2019, with sales falling sharply. Transactions were down almost 12% from last year’s first quarter, finishing a rolling year in which they were down almost 4%. We still saw some modest price appreciation, with the average price rising about 2% for the quarter, but up only a tick for the rolling year. We might be seeing some impact from the 2018 Tax Reform’s $10,000 cap on state and […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More