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2021 GCAR REALTOR® of the Year

Jay Christiana Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Blake The GCAR Realtor of the Year Award recognizes individuals who have served not only the real estate profession in an exemplary manner but also in their communities. Each year a REALTOR of the Year Committee, which is comprised of the 5 past recipients, comes together to review nominees for this most honored recognition. The committee reviews civic activity, …

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2021 GCAR Good Neighbor Award Winners

As a not-for-profit, the Greater Capital Association of REALTORS® understands the importance of garnering community support through monetary means and volunteers who contribute their time and effort towards the goals of the many organizations throughout the Capital Region. To recognize these organizations and the individuals who work for and with them, GCAR instituted a Good Neighbor Award program in 2019, a local program to …

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Going, Going, Gone! In just 26 days….

Last month, a single-family sold just above 100 percent of the original list price in less than a month on market. That’s a reduction of 22 days over last September. A limited supply of housing and increased selling prices are keeping the Capital Region market hot. Homes are still selling at a brisk pace and listing prices continue to grow steadily over the previous …

Will Cooler Weather Bring A Cooler Market?

As fall hits the northeast cooler weather turns the leaves and often the real estate market. In the Capital Region competition remained strong last month impacting prices and inventory numbers. Pending sales were 1,177 a 31 percent change from August 2020. Closed sales slowed by 9 percent down to 1,352 from 1,485 in August 2020. Sellers contributed 1725 new listings into the mix for …

President’s Message – September/October

Value and Expectations By Jeffrey Decatur We are two-thirds of the way through the year. The insanity of the market is still going strong, but change is in the air, as it always is. But we all know that. For the last 27 plus years, I have been a member of GCAR, NYSAR, and NAR. When I first started in the business in 1994 …

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Legislative Update September/October

By Conor Gillis, NYSAR Field Representative Sheehan Signs Fair Housing Legislation Package Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan signed three pieces of legislation on Friday, including the state’s first “good-cause” eviction law. Sheehan proposed the legislation earlier this year and all three pieces passed the Common Council over the past few months. The most consequential of the new laws is one that lays out 10 possible …

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RPAC: Your Best Investment in Real Estate

RPAC 101 For more than 50 years, the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) has been one of the strongest and most successful advocacy organizations in the nation. And there’s one reason for that: REALTORS® like you. RPAC recognizes that an industry that shies away from politics is an industry whose future is unstable and uncertain. Your voluntary investments in RPAC earn us a seat …

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Phone Before You File

The Preamble of The National Association of REALTOR’S® Code of Ethics references the “Golden Rule” – “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Many of the difficulties that arise between real estate professionals stem from a lack of communication, misinformation, or both.  When an issue with another real estate professional occurs, members are encouraged to speak with the agent or …

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