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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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So What’s Going on in the Bergen 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 Bergen County housing market continued to strengthen in the second quarter of 2015, with sales and prices up across the board compared to last year. […]

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So What’s Going on in the Passaic 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 Passaic County housing market continued to strengthen in the second quarter of 2015, with increases in both sales and prices that reflect a sustained increase […]

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So What’s Going on in the Morris 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 Morris County housing market spiked in the second quarter of 2015, with sales up sharply and prices continuing to appreciate. If buyer demand stays strong, […]

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What Millennial Homebuyers Should Look For In a Home

Back in March, a study done by the National Association of Realtors revealed that the largest group of current homebuyers were millennials, those who are 34 years old or younger. With todays’s changing demands of what homes should include, there are certain things that millennials look for. Because of that, millennials have become an increasingly important market segment in real estate, and if you’re a millennial, like myself, you should have an idea of what to look for in a […]

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How to Hire the Right Contractor

When you own a home, there will come a time when you want to make some changes to the layout. Maybe you’re getting tired of the look, and you’re now in the mood to try something a little different. If your desired renovations are pretty significant, it would be best to hire a contractor to help bring your ideas to fruition. When you pick a contractor, however, you have to make sure they are going to do the best job […]

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Are We In a Buyer’s or Seller’s Housing Market?

The real estate industry is constantly going through changes, and that includes the climate of the market. If there is high inventory and low prices, you can bet that you are in a buyer’s market, and if there’s low inventory and high prices, you can be sure that you’re in a seller’s market. In the U.S., however, the type of market varies by location. Because of the size of the U.S., some areas might be displaying traits of a buyer’s […]

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How to Help Your Children Adjust After a Move

After moving from a home in which you’ve spent several years, to a home in a completely different location, it will take some time to get used to the new surroundings. Although it might be a little easier for adults to get accustomed to the move, it could be a little more difficult for children to come to terms with it because they are used to the routines and familiarity of their previous home life. It could take some time […]

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How to Make Friends When You Move to a New Neighborhood

Moving to a new home can be one of the most exciting chapters in your life, but it can also bring a few transitionary challenges, one of which is that you’ve moved away from your friends in your previous neighborhood. Although this may seem hard at first, today’s technology will allow you to keep in better touch with them, and you now have an opportunity to make a whole new set of friends. Here are some ways to establish friendships […]

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How to Stay Safe When Enjoying Summer Activities

With Memorial Day weekend approaching, many people are going to start heading to the beaches, strolling the boardwalks, and firing up their barbecues. There are countless things you can do during the summer while enjoying the comfortable warmth of the weather, but it’s important to know how to keep you and your children safe while doing these activities, so here are some tips on how to do so. During the summer, I love to eat barbecued food as much as […]

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How Realtors Can Protect Themselves When Showing a Home

During the spring and summer, realtors host and abundance of open houses and give private showings of their clients’ homes. If you’re a realtor and show a home to a potential buyer, you always have to make sure you know how to protect yourself. You can take numerous easy steps to accomplish this, so here are some that will help you stay safe when you’re with a homebuyer. If a potential buyer calls your office and acts suspiciously, such as […]

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