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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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Putnam County Affordability: The Monthly Payment You Need to Buy a Home is as Low as it’s Been for the Past 15 Years

Homes in Putnam County are about as affordable as they have been in over 13 years. What do I mean by that? It’s simple. Basically, the monthly mortgage payment it takes to purchase the average-priced home in Putnam is about as low as it’s been since 2002 – and probably well before that. If you look at the attached graph, you’ll see what I’m talking about. On that graph, we’ve plotted the monthly payment that a purchaser in the county […]

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Orange County Affordability: The Monthly Payment You Need to Buy a Home is as Low as it’s Been for the Past 15 Years

Homes in Orange County are about as affordable as they have been in over 20 years. What do I mean by that? It’s simple. Basically, the monthly mortgage payment it takes to purchase the average-priced home in Orange is about as low as it’s been since 1994 – and probably well before that. If you look at the attached graph, you’ll see what I’m talking about. On that graph, we’ve plotted the monthly payment that a purchaser in the county […]

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Rockland County Affordability: The Monthly Payment You Need to Buy a Home is as Low as it’s Been for the Past 15 Years

Homes in Rockland County are about as affordable as they have been in over 13 years. What do I mean by that? It’s simple. Basically, the monthly mortgage payment it takes to purchase the average-priced home in Rockland is about as low as it’s been since 2002 – and probably well before that. If you look at the attached graph, you’ll see what I’m talking about. On that graph, we’ve plotted the monthly payment that a purchaser in the county […]

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Westchester County Affordability: The Monthly Payment You Need to Buy a Home is as Low as it’s Been for the Past 35 Years

Homes in Westchester County are about as affordable as they have been in over 30 years. What do I mean by that? It’s simple. Basically, the monthly mortgage payment it takes to purchase the average-priced home in Westchester is about as low as it’s been since 1981. If you look at the attached graph, you’ll see what I’m talking about. On that graph, we’ve plotted the monthly payment that a purchaser in the county would have to make to purchase […]

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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 2015Q2

This week, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty is releasing its Quarterly Market Report for all the counties it services: Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, and Dutchess Counties in New York; and Bergen, Passaic, and Morris Counties in New Jersey. Below is an excerpt from the report, but you can get the full Report here. The real estate market in Westchester and the Hudson Valley surged in the second quarter of 2015, with sales spiking throughout the region. But even with […]

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So What’s Going on in the Westchester Real Estate Market?: The Rand Quarterly Market Report for 2015Q2

This week, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty is releasing its Quarterly Market Report for all the counties it services: Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, and Dutchess Counties in New York; and Bergen, Passaic, and Morris Counties in New Jersey. Below is an excerpt from the report, but you can get the full Report here. The Westchester real estate market continued to strengthen in the second quarter of 2015, with sales up sharply and inventories tightening. Although pricing was more mixed, […]

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So What’s Going on in the Rockland County Real Estate Market?: The Rand Quarterly Market Report for 2015Q2

This week, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty is releasing its Quarterly Market Report for all the counties it services: Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, and Dutchess Counties in New York; and Bergen, Passaic, and Morris Counties in New Jersey. Below is an excerpt from the report, but you can get the full Report here. The Rockland County housing market continued to strengthen in the second quarter, with sales up significantly and inventories tightening. Even with these sustained increases in buyer […]

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So What’s Going on in the Orange County Real Estate Market?: The Rand Quarterly Market Report for 2015Q2

This week, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty is releasing its Quarterly Market Report for all the counties it services: Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, and Dutchess Counties in New York; and Bergen, Passaic, and Morris Counties in New Jersey. Below is an excerpt from the report, but you can get the full Report here. Activity in the Orange County housing market continued to surge in the second quarter, with sales up and inventories tightening. But pricing is still a challenge, […]

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So What’s Going on in the Putnam County Real Estate Market?: The Rand Quarterly Market Report for 2015Q2

This week, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty is releasing its Quarterly Market Report for all the counties it services: Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, and Dutchess Counties in New York; and Bergen, Passaic, and Morris Counties in New Jersey. Below is an excerpt from the report, but you can get the full Report here. The Putnam County real estate market rose again in the second quarter, with sales continuing to increase and now prices showing some positive signs of growth. […]

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So What’s Going on in the Dutchess County Real Estate Market?: The Rand Quarterly Market Report for 2015Q2

This week, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty is releasing its Quarterly Market Report for all the counties it services: Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, and Dutchess Counties in New York; and Bergen, Passaic, and Morris Counties in New Jersey. Below is an excerpt from the report, but you can get the full Report here. The Dutchess County housing market continued to strengthen in the second quarter, with sales up significantly. Even with these sustained increases in buyer demand, though, we’re […]

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