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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.

“Award winning top White Plains Realtors Peter Gorbutt And Carlos Gomez join Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty”

White Plains, NY—Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has added two new Associate Brokers to its award-winning team: Peter Gorbutt and Carlos Gomez, who are both consistently-ranked multi-million dollar agents. Says Denise Friend, Regional Branch Manager, “We could not be more thrilled to have Peter and Carlos on our White Plains team of top producers.  […]
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Joe Rand’s Year-Round Resolutions: The Secret to Success Is to Think Big and Set Realistic Goals

The first months of a New Year is always a fast-paced period amid a flurry of activity — jumping back into work that was put on hold during the holidays and kick-starting a host of new projects.  Every successful businessperson knows that this can also be the ideal time to plan for the months and […]
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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 […]
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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 […]
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First Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Northern New Jersey

The Northern New Jersey housing market slowed a bit in the first quarter of 2019, with sales down and prices flat. But we believe that the market is still poised for sales growth and price appreciation in what will be a relatively robust spring market. Regional sales were down, but the results varied by county. […]
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First Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Lower Hudson Valley, NY

The housing market in Westchester and the Hudson Valley was a “tale of two markets” in the first quarter of 2019, with a sharp divergence between higher-priced and lower-priced counties. But we believe that the market is still poised for sales growth and price appreciation in what will be a relatively robust spring market. Regional […]
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First Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Bergen County, NJ

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 […]
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First Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Bronx County, NY

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 […]
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First Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Dutchess County, NY

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, […]
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Property Spotlight: Historic Colonial Hits the Market in White Plains Fully Renovated 1700s Westchester County Home Offered for Sale at $1,435,000

White Plains, NY —- Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has announced the listing of a historic 1710 colonial set on a beautiful 1.2-acre property for $1,435,000. The 3,471 square foot home offers classical elegance and historic charm throughout its 4 bedrooms and 3½ baths and is filled with 1700s historic touches including original architectural features. Fully renovated, the home also offers the best of contemporary living and design and is located in the heart of White Plains, a short […]

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Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Welcomes Top  Performing Agent, Annette Cicinelli

White Plains, NY—Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty announced that Annette Cicinelli, who has sold over $20M in homes, has joined the Yorktown and White Plains offices. Annette, who has risen to the top of the industry as a seasoned agent at Coldwell Banker and then Houlihan Lawrence, began her career in real estate in 1999. Known as “The Real Estate Girl,” she has been a successful REALTOR®  for 20 years, serving the entirety of Westchester County, and holds a […]

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Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Property Spotlight: Spectacular Home by Award Winning Architect Hits the Market in Scarsdale for $2,899,000

Scarsdale, NY– Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has announced the listing of a gorgeous, move-in ready five bedroom, six+ bathroom contemporary colonial, designed by award-winning architect Eran Chen featuring a loft-like flow and situated at the end of a cul-de-sac. With over 6,000 square feet of bright, sun-filled living space, the house features floor-to-ceiling windows set off by black oak floors, along with state-of-the-art LED lighting. The kitchen is the heart of the home, designed by Vicente Wolf and […]

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Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Announces the Promotion of Deborah Clark, Manager of the New Windsor Office

New Windsor, NY—Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty announced the promotion of real estate veteran Deborah Clark to become the new manager of Rand Realty’s New Windsor office. Deborah has served as manager of the Pine Bush office for two-and-a-half years and will continue to act as manager there as well.  She will take over for Wayne Patterson, the previous New Windsor office manager, who will continue his career at Rand Realty, focusing on sales in the Warwick office. “Deborah […]

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Congrats to Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Agents Named to HGAR’s 2019 Leadership Team!

Congratulations to the new Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors (HGAR) Leadership team for 2019 – which now includes nine of BHG Rand Realty agents and managers!  In particular, super kudos to Renee Zurlo, Rand Realty General Manager Greater Hudson Valley Region, who was named HGAR President for the fourth consecutive year. Renee also earned the title of HGAR’s “Realtor of the Year” for 2018. We are so excited and proud of this incredible accomplishment. The HGAR Board of the Directors […]

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Renee Zurlo Takes on New Role as General Manager, Greater Hudson Valley Region for Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty

Nanuet, NY—Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty’s Renee Zurlo has been named General Manager of the Greater Hudson Valley region, covering Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster Counties. Renee will be overseeing 11 offices in her new role. Previously, Renee served as the Orange County Regional Manager at Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty. She has been a REALTOR® for over 24 years and has been with Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty for the past ten years. “I am thrilled […]

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Joe Rand’s Year-Round Resolutions: The Secret to Success Is to Think Big and Set Realistic Goals

The first months of a New Year is always a fast-paced period amid a flurry of activity — jumping back into work that was put on hold during the holidays and kick-starting a host of new projects.  Every successful businessperson knows that this can also be the ideal time to plan for the months and year ahead, as well as to reflect on what worked and what didn’t in the previous year. Joe Rand recently provided more than 265 of […]

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Fourth Quarter 2018: Real Estate Market Report – Hudson County, NJ

The Hudson housing market surged yet again in the fourth quarter, with prices rising across the board. Overall sales for the county were down almost 11% from last year’s fourth quarter, with both multi‑family and condo sales falling sharply due to the lack of inventory available on the market. Indeed, for the 2018 year, sales were down 5% overall, falling 9% for multi‑families and 6% for condos, with single‑family homes being the only property type to see an increase, at […]

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Fourth Quarter 2018: Real Estate Market Report – Sussex County, NJ

Pricing in the Sussex market surged yet again in the fourth quarter, even while falling inventory held sales down. Transactions were down sharply, falling almost 12% for the quarter, but finishing the year up almost 2%. But the drop in sales clearly did not indicate a lack of demand, with prices spiking across the board: up 6% on average and 13% at the median for the quarter, and finishing the 2018 year up 5% on average and 6% at the […]

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Fourth Quarter 2018: Real Estate Market Report – Essex County, NJ

Sales in the Essex housing market went up again in the fourth quarter, but this increase in buyer demand had a middling effect on pricing. Sales rose almost 4% for the quarter, and finished the year up over 2%. But pricing was mixed: for the quarter, the average price was down over 4%, even while the median was up a tick. We saw the same thing for the full‑year results, with the average down slightly and the median up about […]

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