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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.

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty’s Celina Rofer Voted Best Real Estate Agent

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty’s Celina Rofer Voted Best Real Estate Agent The Times Herald Record Readers’ Choice Best of the Best 2019 Winner — Celina Rofer, Associate Broker, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty    Central Valley, NY – Celina Rofer, Associate Broker, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, Central Valley has been named […]
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Second Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Bergen County, New Jersey

  The Bergen County housing market was flat through the second quarter of 2019, with both sales and pricing tracking close to last year. Single‑family home sales were down about 2%, while condo sales were up about 2%. Similarly, pricing was mixed, with both single‑family home and condo prices falling about 1% on average. We believe that the market is […]
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Second Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Northern New Jersey

  Sales growth in the Northern New Jersey housing market was suppressed by both a continued lack of inventory and the impact of the 2018 Tax Reform SALT Cap, but we did see modest but meaningful price appreciation in many county-wide markets. We believe that the market is still poised for both sales and price growth in what will be […]
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Second Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Passaic County, New Jersey

  Sales in the Passaic housing market slowed down in the second quarter of 2019, even while strong demand continued to push prices up. We continue to clear signs of a thriving seller’s market. Prices are still going up, with the average price rising almost 1% for the quarter and over 3% for the rolling year. And while relatively low levels […]
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Second Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Morris County, New Jersey

  The Morris County housing market stumbled through the second quarter of 2019, with both prices and sales down slightly. Transactions were down almost 5% from last year’s second quarter, finishing a rolling year in which they were down almost 4%. Pricing was generally flat, with the average price falling about 1% for the quarter, almost perfectly flat for the rolling year. […]
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Second Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Essex County, New Jersey

  Sales in the Essex housing market went up again in the second quarter of 2019, and finally started to drive some meaningful price appreciation. Sales rose over 8% for the quarter, and finished the rolling year up over 5%. And this sustained increase in sales is finally having an impact on pricing, which was up over 2% on average […]
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Second Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Sussex County, New Jersey

  The Sussex market slowed considerably in the second quarter, with sales down even while pricing was more positive. Transactions were down sharply, falling 13% for the quarter and now down over 8% for the rolling year. But the drop in sales clearly did not indicate a lack of demand, with median pricing up over 5% for the quarter and almost 4% […]
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Second Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Hudson County, New Jersey

  After sizzling throughout 2018, the Hudson County housing market continued to slow down in the second quarter of 2019. Sales were down over 6% overall from last year’s second quarter, and now down 6% for the rolling year. But this decline in sales did not have a dramatic effect on pricing, which was up about 4% overall and rising across the […]
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Second Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Bronx County, New York

  Strong demand in the Bronx housing market in the second quarter of 2019 drove pricing up even while limited inventory stifled sales growth. Pricing. Overall pricing was up 14.5% compared to the second quarter of last year, and up for most property types: rising a whopping 32% for single‑family homes, 4% for multi‑families, and 11% for condos. The exception […]
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First Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Westchester County, NY

  The Westchester housing market stumbled through the first quarter of 2019, with both sales and prices down sharply. Sales dropped almost 5% for the first quarter and 4% for the rolling year, continuing a trend we have been watching since the enactment of the 2018 Tax Reform’s cap on state and local tax deductions (“SALT Cap”). As we expected, the SALT Cap has had a modest but meaningful impact on the higher-end Westchester market, where more home buyers are […]

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First Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Sussex County, NJ

Pricing in the Sussex market surged yet again in the first quarter of 2019, even while falling inventory suppressed sales growth. Transactions were down sharply, falling almost 12% for the quarter and now down over 2% for the rolling year. But the drop in sales clearly did not indicate a lack of demand, with average prices up almost 13% from last year’s first quarter and over 8% for the rolling year. More importantly, inventory has finally come down to manageable […]

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Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Announces New “1,000 Open Houses” Campaign this Spring

Record-Breaking Busy Spring Homebuying Season Predicted; 1,000 Open Houses to be scheduled throughout the Hudson Valley and Northern New Jersey Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has kicked off the spring season with its new “1,000 Open Houses” campaign throughout the Hudson Valley and Northern New Jersey. With 1,200 agents and 28 offices serving Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Putnam, and Dutchess Counties in New York, as well as Bergen, Passaic, and Morris Counties in New Jersey – Better Homes and Gardens […]

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Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Associate Broker Barbara-Ann Cesaro-Benson Named REALTOR® Associate of the Year

Bronx, NY—Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Associate Broker, Barbara-Ann Cesaro-Benson has been named REALTOR® Associate of the Year by the Bronx Board of Realtors. She was unanimously selected by the Banquet Committee to receive the prestigious REALTOR® Associate of the Year Award. This is the second time she is receiving this honor, the first in 2005 Cesaro-Benson, born and raised in the Bronx, is an expert in the lower Westchester County and the Bronx real estate markets. A real […]

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Real Estate & Racing: A Winning Combination

RJ Smith likes to win.  Not only is he an ace broker here at Rand Realty, but he is a competitive race car driver and his car recently won the track championship for the third year in a row, with six wins. Racing with the official Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty hot rod, RJ raced in Formula 2000s across the country, and now goes dirt track racing every weekend, April through October.  “The Rand hot rod has won the […]

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Congratulations to Wyckoff Agent Anne Ryan – Named Among Bergen County’s Best Realtors®

Congratulations to Anne Ryan, one of our star agents in the Wyckoff, NJ office, who has been voted second place as “Best Realtor” for (201) Magazine’s 13th Annual Best of Bergen Poll. As a lifelong resident of Bergen County, Anne has extensive knowledge and understanding of the cities and municipalities in the area and is an expert on what each has to offer. Her familiarity with Bergen, Hudson, Passaic, Morris and Essex counties makes her a top choice for anyone […]

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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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