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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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So What’s Going on in the Westchester Real Estate Market?: The Rand Quarterly Market Report for 2015Q4

Westchester activity surged in the fourth quarter, with sales up sharply for both single-family homes and condominiums, even while prices remained stubbornly soft. Sales. Residential rose sharply, up over 13% from last year and finishing the calendar year up almost 8%. We’ve now seen sustained sales growth for four full years, with year-on-year transactions going up in 15 out of the last 17 quarters. For the 2015 year, Westchester closed over 5,700 single-family homes, the highest calendar year total since […]

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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 2015Q4

The Westchester and Hudson Valley regional housing market finished 2015 strong, with another surge in activity that drove sales up almost 17% for the year. And although this sustained increase in buyer demand has not yet had its expected impact on pricing, declining levels of inventory are now signaling that meaningful price appreciation is imminent. In other words – welcome to the seller’s market! As we have noted before in this Report, our housing market tends to run in approximately […]

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How to Manage a Multigenerational Household

Sometimes, events may occur that will either cause you and your family to move in with your parents, or have your parents move in with you. A living arrangement such as this can benefit everyone because there will be more people in a home to take care of it. Having multiple generations in your house will help bring your family closer, and there are several ways how you can make this arrangement work. Having another generation of family members move […]

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Home-Improvement Projects for the Winter

If you live on the east coast, you just got through the major snowstorm that swept across the region last weekend, with some areas even getting over two feet of snow. Hopefully by now, you have finished your shoveling and are able to get in and out of your house without much trouble. In the winter, you may feel compelled to just stay inside during your downtime as a way to limit your interaction with the cold weather. While you’re […]

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Buying and Selling a Home as a Pet Owner

If you’re buying or selling a house, there are a few things you have to consider when you have a pet. When you’re buying, you have to look into any pet ordinances in the neighborhood you’re considering, and also find a living arrangement that will work best for you and your pet. If you’re selling, you’ll have to stay on top of your cleaning game and make sure your pet makes as few messes as possible. Either way, you’ll get […]

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Should You Buy or Rent When Entering Retirement?

It’s the moment we all wait for, whether it comes after many years of dedication to our job, or recently winning the billion-dollar Powerball lottery, and that moment is your retirement. We’ve all had our own thoughts about what we would do when we eventually reached this stage of our life, whether it be traveling the world, spending more time with family, or anything else. However, once you retire, you may consider changing your living arrangements; maybe you choose to […]

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Top Real-Estate Myths

Whether you’re a homeowner looking to sell your home, or a new buyer looking for that place to call home, odds are you have come in contact with your share of real-estate myths. In fact, you may have wished there was a “Myth Busters” type of show that dealt with real estate, to help you separate fact from fiction. While we’re waiting for a show like that to be created, we want to bust some real estate myths based on […]

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What to Expect in 2016’s Real-Estate Industry

It’s hard to believe 2015 is already at a close. But it’s happening, and everyone’s getting ready for the new year and preparing their resolutions. In the real-estate industry, we’re excited for the trends that are predicted to take place in the coming year. This is a business that’s used to big and rapid changes, so we’re looking forward to what the new year has in store for us. As we enter the new year, there are plenty of agents […]

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Tips for Renting Out Your Home

Sometimes, if people try to sell their home, they may have trouble attracting a buyer. If you’re one of these people, you’re probably wondering what you’re going to do about it. Maybe you plan on consulting a realtor to change around the marketing, or maybe you’ll choose to take your home off the market for a bit. But, have you ever thought about putting your house up for rent? If you don’t have any interested buyers at the moment, renting […]

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Things to Consider When Buying a Vacation Home

  Winter begins next week, and some of you are probably wishing you had a vacation home, either to spend some time at your favorite ski resort or escape to a warmer climate to evade the bitter chill. Think about it, if you leave your home for the winter, you won’t have to worry about shoveling, driving on icy roads, and other hassles that come with the season. No matter your reasons for pursuing a vacation home, there are a […]

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