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Joe Rand, our Editor-in-Chief and lead contributor is the Chief Creative Officer at Howard Hanna | 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.

NAHREP Honors 2 Super Star Agents from our Rand Realty Team

Nanuet, NY – Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty is honored to have two of our agents, Elizabeth Muniz and Wanda Diaferia, be recognized by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals®️ (NAHREP®️). This award recognizes the industry’s leading Hispanic real estate agents and brokers from across the country.  NAHREP agents represent a combined […]
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What’s Next For The Housing Marketing In The Pandemic Era?

So what’s going to happen to the real estate market this summer? Will it recover from the Pandemic and the Lockdown? We looked at three prior catastrophic events — 9/11, the financial crisis, and Superstorm Sandy — and came up with 7 reasons to be optimistic about the resilience of the housing market. Join us […]
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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 – 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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Third Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Orange County, New York

  The Orange County housing market cruised through the third quarter of 2019, with moderate increases in both sales and prices. Single-family home sales rose by almost 3% compared to last year’s third quarter, making up for a more sluggish second-quarter. Pricing was mixed, with the median price up almost 5% but the average down a tick. Why the discrepancy between the average and the median? We believe that the 2018 Tax Reform cap on state and local tax deductions […]

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Rand Realty Hires Alvis Smith To Lead Growing Team of Agents in their Bronx Office

  Nanuet, NY, September 18, 2019 – Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty today strengthened its leadership and management team with the addition of Alvis “Al” Smith. He will lead Rand’s rapidly growing Bronx office of more than 55 experienced real estate agents. In addition to bringing 18 years of real estate experience to the Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, Al Smith brings a broad spectrum of real estate experience and management to the table. As an agent, investor […]

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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 among the “Best of the Best” in The Times Herald Record Readers’ Choice Awards. With 14 years of Real Estate experience, 10 of which have been […]

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Rand Realty is Orange County’s Best Real Estate Company

Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty is Orange County’s Best Real Estate Company for the 5th Consecutive Year The Times Herald Record Readers’ Choice Best of the Best 2019 Winner — Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty Central Valley, NY – Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty has been named “Best Real Estate Company,” standing among the “Best of the Best” in  The Times Herald Record Readers’ Choice Awards. This is the fifth consecutive win for the brokerage. As a […]

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Second Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Orange County, New York

  Demand in the Orange County housing market continued to grow in the second quarter of 2019, even while a lack of inventory stifled sales growth. Single-family home sales fell sharply compared to the second quarter of 2019, dropping almost 11%, but we believe that has more to do with a shortage of supply rather than a lack of demand. Why? Because quarterly single-family home prices were way up across the board, rising almost 3% on average, 6% at the median and 8% in the price-per-square-foot. And […]

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

  The Putnam housing market cruised through the second quarter of 2019, with sales up and prices basically flat. Compared to the rest of the region, Putnam was a bit of an outlier, with single-family home sales rising 7% for the quarter and almost 1% for the rolling year – the only county in the region with rising sales. Single-family pricing was a little more mixed: flat on average, up almost 4% at the median, and down 1% in the price-per-square-foot. For the rolling year, though, prices have been […]

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