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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.

Third Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Bergen County, New Jersey

  The Bergen County housing market cruised through the third quarter of 2019, with increases in both sales and prices. Single‑family home sales were up almost 5%, and are now positive for the rolling year. And prices were up, rising 1.5% on average even though flat at the median. We believe that the market is […]
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Third Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Northern New Jersey

  The Northern New Jersey housing market experienced modest but meaningful price appreciation through the third quarter of 2019, even while sales growth was stifled by a lack of inventory and the impact of the 2018 Tax Reform cap on state and local tax deductions (i.e., the “SALT Cap”). Going forward, we believe that strong […]
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Third Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Passaic County, New Jersey

  The Passaic County seller’s market continued through the third quarter of 2019, with limited inventory driving strong price appreciation even while it held back sales growth. Prices keep going up, with the average price rising almost 5% for the quarter and over 4% for the rolling year. And while relatively low levels of inventory […]
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Third Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Morris County, New Jersey

  The Morris County housing market surged forward in the third quarter of 2019, with prices rising sharply even while limited inventory stifled sales growth. Prices experienced their biggest quarterly jump in over two years, rising almost 4% on average and 5% at the median compared to the third quarter of last year. For the […]
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Third Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Essex County, New Jersey

  Sales in the Essex housing market went up yet again in the third quarter of 2019, even while prices leveled off after some modest increases earlier in the year. Sales rose almost 3% for the quarter, and finished the rolling year up almost 5%. But this continued increase in sales is not yet having […]
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Third Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Sussex County, New Jersey

  The Sussex County housing market showed significant signs of strength in the third quarter of 2019, with modest sales increases coupled with sharp price appreciation. Sales were up almost 2%, a welcome change from the past two quarters. Even with that quarterly increase, though, sales are still down over 8% for the rolling year. […]
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Third Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Hudson County, New Jersey

  After sizzling throughout much of 2018, the Hudson County housing market continued its 2019 struggles through the third quarter. Sales were down almost 6% overall from last year’s third quarter, and are now down 6% for the rolling year. But even with this decline in sales, prices still appreciated modestly: average prices were up […]
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Third Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Bronx County, New York

  Pricing in the Bronx housing market surged again in the third quarter of 2019, as robust demand continued to push prices up even while a lack of inventory held sales down. Going forward, we believe that the fundamentals are strong, and expect a robust market through the winter and into 2020. Pricing. Overall pricing […]
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Third Quarter 2019: Real Estate Market Report – Westchester County, New York

  The Westchester housing market surged in the third quarter, showing signs of recovery from the lingering effects of the 2018 Tax Reform cap on state and local taxes (“SALT Cap”). Single‑family home sales were up about 1% compared to last year’s third quarter, the first year‑on‑year increase since the SALT Cap was passed. Similarly, […]
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Best Mobile Apps for Buying a House

Let’s face it, our world has become, and continues to become, increasingly technological, and we must be thankful for the mobile tools that help make stressful and challenging tasks a little less so. There are so many tech-savvy methods you can use to help guide yourself through this process, that buying a house can become a fun challenge. With your mobile devices, there is a plethora of apps you can download that will help you when you’re buying a house. […]

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So What’s Going on in the Morris County Real Estate Market?: The Rand Quarterly Market Report for 2015Q3

The Morris County housing market softened a bit in the third quarter, with sales up modestly but prices a little flat. Over the longer-term, we’re seeing sustained increases in buyer demand that are likely to have a meaningful impact on prices by 2016. Sales. Morris County sales were up modestly in the second quarter, rising 5.7%. This marked the fourth straight quarter with year-over-year sales growth, capping a rolling year where sales were up 9.4%. Indeed, the 1,768 quarterly sales […]

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So What’s Going on in the Passaic County Real Estate Market?: The Rand Quarterly Market Report for 2015Q3

The Passaic County housing market surged in the third quarter of 2015, with sales activity up dramatically but prices relatively flat. If we continue to see these kinds of increases in buyer demand, though, it’s only a matter of time before Passaic experiences meaningful price appreciation. Sales. Passaic sales were up dramatically in the second quarter, rising 22.3% from last year, marking the fourth straight quarter of year-over-year sales growth. Indeed, we’ve now seen sustained increases in buyer demand for […]

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So What’s Going on in the Bergen County Real Estate Market?: The Rand Quarterly Market Report for 2015Q3

The Bergen County housing market continued to gain momentum in the third quarter of 2015, with sales up sharply and modest price growth. If buyer demand continues to grow, it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing more meaningful price appreciation. Sales. Bergen single-family home sales surged again in the third quarter, rising 14.1% for the quarter and now up 9.0% for the rolling year. This marked the fourth straight quarter that year-over-year sales were up, and the […]

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So What’s Going on in the Dutchess County Real Estate Market?: The Rand Quarterly Market Report for 2015Q3

The Dutchess County housing market continued to enjoy sustained levels of increasing sales activity, but we’re still seeing a difficult pricing environment. These levels of buyer demand are bound to push up prices eventually, but we understand if Dutchess homeowners and sellers are getting impatient. Sales. Dutchess County single-family home sales surged in the second quarter, with transactions up 47.2% from last year. Indeed, the 667 quarterly sales represented the highest total since the third quarter of 2006, at the […]

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So What’s Going on in the Orange County Real Estate Market?: The Rand Quarterly Market Report for 2015Q3

The Orange County housing market continued to surge in the third quarter, with sales up dramatically in both single-family and condo markets. Pricing was more mixed, but it’s only a matter of time before these sustained levels of buyer demand drive meaningful price appreciation. Sales. Orange County sales spiked again in the third quarter, rising 31.5% from last year and over 25% for the rolling year. We have now seen sustained sales growth for more than three years, with transactions […]

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So What’s Going on in the Rockland County Real Estate Market?: The Rand Quarterly Market Report for 2015Q3

The Rockland County housing market surged in the third quarter of 2015, with sales up sharply and prices continuing to show signs of recovery. Although activity is likely to ease up a bit in the fourth quarter, Rockland still has ample room for both transactional and price growth over the longer-term. Sales. Rockland sales were up sharply, rising 26.5% from the third quarter of last year and now up 16.4% for the rolling year. We’ve now seen sustained rates of […]

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So What’s Going on in the Putnam County Real Estate Market?: The Rand Quarterly Market Report for 2015Q3

The Putnam County housing market exploded in the third quarter, with sales up sharply and prices spiking. Although the current rates of growth are probably not sustainable, Putnam still has room for both sales and price increases through 2016. Sales. Putnam sales surged again in the third quarter, rising 23.8% from last year and coincidentally up that same 23.8% for the year. Indeed, we have now seen sustained growth in Putnam sales for almost four years, with closings up for […]

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How to Prepare Your House for a Matterport Tour

It’s an exciting time for Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty as we continue to conduct Matterport tours for our Distinctive Collection properties. Just like we discussed back in March, the Matterport 3D camera is making a significant splash in the real estate industry, as the technology allows 360-degree scans of rooms to be taken throughout a house. Once everything is uploaded online, potential buyers can take a virtual tour and get a more in-depth view of a certain house. […]

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So What’s Going on in the Westchester Real Estate Market?: The Rand Quarterly Market Report for 2015Q3

The Westchester real estate market cooled a bit in the third quarter, if only in comparison to the torrid pace set earlier in the year. Sales were up, but just slightly, and prices were a little soft compared to 2014. Sales. Single-family sales were up slightly, rising 5.7% from the third quarter of last year, and are now up 4.9% for the rolling year. We’ve now seen sustained sales growth for almost four years, with year-over-year transactions going up in […]

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