How’s The Market in Westchester County, NY 3rd Q 2020?

 

“In Westchester County in 3rd Quarter 2020, buyers and sellers came back into the market, with buyer activity up substantially from a year earlier.

While seller activity has improved from last quarter, sellers are not listing enough homes to meet the increased demand seen from buyers. Fast sales, multiple offers, and low inventory are likely to continue into what is normally a slower time of year. 

While the housing market cools with the changing of the seasons, all signs point to buyer activity remaining elevated as compared to the same period a year ago. The fundamentals of the housing market remain strong and indications point to a healthy and active 4th Quarter to end of the year.” 

To read the entire report please click the link below:

Westchester County 3rd Quarter 2020 Market Report

 

2020 Third Quarter Residential Real Estate Sales Report Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, and Bronx Counties, New York released on Oct. 5 by OneKey™ Multiple Listing Service LLC

Rental at The Landmark, Port Chester, NY Available July 31, 2020

This Unit Has Been Rented – call if you are interested in similar properties – Rosemary Camas 914-329-7889

This spacious SoHo 2-level loft-style studio offers a bright living room, 13′ high ceilings and over-sized windows. Unit has been freshly painted and features new wall-to-wall carpet, updated kitchen and bathroom, large walk-in closet and an indoor assigned parking space included in rent. This historic building, formerly known as the “Lifesaver Factory”, was converted in the 1980’s to loft-style condominiums. Conveniently located in the heart of Port Chester, where you can catch a movie, dinner, and shop at the Waterfront. Walk to City Center, restaurants, and the Capital Theater. Foodies can travel the culinary world and indulge in award-winning restaurants, from Americana, BBQ, Italian (including Mario Batali’s Tarry Lodge). Building amenities include a rooftop pool, sundeck, fitness room, and indoor year-round Jacuzzi. A commuter s dream – just a few blocks from the Metro-North New Haven line, bringing commuters to Grand Central Terminal in the heart of Manhattan in 30 minutes.

For additional information, questions or a showing:

Rosemary Camas
Berkshire Hathaway HS West. Pr
M: 914.329.7889

rosemary@rosemarycamas.com

 

New Site to Search for Properties – from Montauk to the Catskills

A wonderful place for consumers to search for properties from Montauk, all of Long Island and the Westchester County MLS which takes you from Manhattan to Westchester County to Rockland County and up to the Catskills…all in one place.

The first regional MLS in the New York Metro area, OneKey MLS, has announced the launch of its new consumer search website—OneKeyMLS.com.

The new listing search portal offers consumers more than 40,000 listings and some 500 communities throughout the New York Metropolitan area, making it the largest selection of for sale and lease listings from Realtors in New York State.

The new MLS was created by the Long Island Board of Realtors, Inc. and the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors, Inc.

OneKey MLS, which went live for Realtors in March, offers robust property search tools in 21 languages. Consumers are able to save searches and listings, and can share their favorites with friends and family. Every user can sign up to receive alerts on new listings, open houses and saved searches.

“OneKey MLS was created to not only provide Realtors access to innovative tools that will help them do better business, but to also make the property buying or leasing process easier for consumers,” said Jim Speer, CEO of OneKey MLS. “We are thrilled to reach this next milestone in our rollout and look forward to consumers using the site to find their new home.”

New Fair Housing and Anti Discrimination Disclosure Form

New York State Licensing Law requires that Clients of Real Estate Agents be given the following form.

New York State Housing and Anti-Discrimination Disclosure Form

Federal, State and local Fair Housing Laws provide comprehensive protections from discrimination in housing. It is unlawful for any property owner, landlord, property manager or other person who sells, rents or leases housing, to discriminate based on certain protected characteristics, which include, but are not limited to race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military status, sex, age, disability, marital status, lawful source of income or familial status. Real estate professionals must also comply with all Fair Housing Laws.

  • YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO FILE A COMPLAINT
    If you believe you have been the victim of housing discrimination you should file a complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR). Complaints may be filed by:• Downloading a complaint form from the DHR website: http://www.dhr.ny.gov;
    • Stop by a DHR office in person, or contact one of the Division’s offices, by telephone or by mail, to obtain a complaint form and/or other assistance in filing a complaint. A list of office locations is available online at: https://dhr.ny.gov/contact-us, and the Fair Housing HOTLINE at (844)-862-8703.You may also file a complaint with the NYS Department of State, Division of Licensing Services. Complaints may be filed by:• Downloading a complaint form from the Department of State’s website https://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/complaint_links.html

    • Stop by a Department’s office in person, or contact one of the Department’s offices, by telephone or by mail, to obtain a complaint form.

    • Call the Department at (518) 474-4429.
    There is no fee charged to you for these services. It is unlawful for anyone to retaliate against you for filing a complaint.

For more information on Fair Housing Act rights and responsibilities please visit https://dhr.ny.gov/fairhousing and https://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/fairhousing.html.

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Phase 2- NY State Real Estate Opening!

The light is at the end of the tunnel!  Yes, the NY STATE ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS ANNOUNCED PHASE 2 which is good news for buyers/sellers/rentals but IT IS NOT RETURN TO NORMAL YET.  Following are the guidelines issued by our State Association explaining how we are to proceed to protect the public.  Each Brokerage may have separate interpretations of these Guidelines and it is important for the public to understand we must follow these rules.

This week marked Westchester County’s official reopening for real estate!

Selling your property is a great opportunity right now -properties are  in greatly needed –  prices are holding with properties selling quickly. The market is very energized and ready!

 

  Phase 2 Guidance for Real Estate Activity

Our New York State Association of Realtors is providing the following sample guidance based upon information contained in the Interim Guidance Document issued by Empire State Development and the Department of Health. Brokers must review and affirm the Interim Guidance Document prior to implementing Phase 2 requirements.

  Guidance to in-person contact with consumers

  • Brokers are encouraged, but not required, to conduct remote walk throughs rather than in-person walk throughs (e.g. recorded/live video), where possible.
  • Whenever possible, activities should be conducted remotely with consumers.
  • Whenever in-person contact occurs with a consumer, the licensee should be wearing an appropriate face covering and maintain social distancing.

  Interaction with consumers

  • Real Estate Brokers and Agents  must limit in-person gatherings with consumers to the greatest extent possible and use other methods such as video or teleconferencing whenever possible. When videoconferencing or teleconferencing is not possible, licensees should hold meetings in open, well-ventilated spaces and ensure that individuals maintain six feet of social distance between one another and wear appropriate face coverings.
  • Real Estate Brokers and Agents should avoid driving in the same car with prospective tenants/buyers. If this cannot be avoided, face coverings must be worn by everyone in the vehicle and frequently touched areas of the vehicle should be cleaned and disinfected.

  In-person showings

  • Licensees should schedule all showings in advance, whenever possible.
  • Licensees and consumers must wear an appropriate face covering at all times.
  • Gloves and shoe coverings can also be required by the owner or broker.
  • Brokers must provide appropriate face coverings to licensees and consumers.
  • Licensees should not dispose of PPE at the property being shown.
  • Consumers should be instructed to only touch essential surfaces, such as the use of a handrail to go up or downstairs. Consumers should be instructed not to touch other areas or surfaces including cabinets, countertops, appliances, etc.
  • Licensees are responsible for cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces such as doorknobs and handrails. As a best practice, licensees should disinfect every surface that was touched during a showing.
  • Showing times should be staggered so as not to have the next scheduled buyer/tenant waiting outside for the current showing to end.
  • As a best practice, only one party should be in the property at a time. If more than one party is inside the property at the same time, 6 feet of distance must be maintained at all times between individuals, and face coverings must be worn (face coverings are already mandatory).
  • Licensees and buyers/tenants are encouraged not to bring young children or extraneous guests to property showings, when possible, or leave attended children outside.
  • Licensees should screen each seller/buyer/landlord/tenant prior to a showing. Licensees should discuss the use of the screening questionnaire with the seller/landlord and whether

  Open Houses

  • Although the Guidance Documents permits open houses, it includes restrictions.
  • Only one person may be inside the property at a time and it is the responsibility of the agent to insure this.
  • In order to prevent people waiting to enter the property in a crowd appointments should be scheduled for access.
  • Masks and gloves should not be discarded at the property by the buyer’s attending.