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Friday, January 17, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Who stole all the homes for sale in the Hudson Valley market? Pirates?

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems


It wasn't pirates, but it might as well have been. The market is currently at the lowest it's been since 2017 for homes available for sale, and it doesn't look like 2020 will be much better. 



One good thing is that mortgage rates remain at historic lows also. But the big challenge to the housing industry is the lack of homes available for sale. Last week, move.com released a report which stated:


“Last month saw the largest year-over-year decline of housing inventory in almost three years with a dramatic 12 percent decline, pushing the number of homes for sale in the U.S. to the lowest level since January 2018.”
The report also revealed that the decline in inventory stretches across all price points, as shown in the following graph:George Ratiu, Senior Economist at realtor.com, explains how this drop in available homes for sale comes at a time when more buyers are expected to enter ...

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

There's a surprise inside half the condos in those skinny luxury Manhattan towers.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems


You know all those ultra-slender, ultra-fancy tower condominiums that have been popping up out of the Manhattan concrete since 2015? Next time you look at one, bear in mind that half the condos in them are empty. Surprise! No buyers, according to Nancy Packes Data Services. The other half are probably Starbucks that have gone vertical. 

The reason for all the empty rooms over Manhattan: a combination of overly aggressive pricing and a growing public disdain for the skyline-disrupting mansions in the clouds. But really, it's all about pricing.

Comparing the prices of new development units to resale units over the last decade tells the story. In 2012, new units sold for a 22% higher prices than resale units. At the end of last year, the premium was 118%. 

Nancy Packes lists three reasons for the “extraordinary oddity of the current cycle. ”  

According to Packes, buil ...

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Monday, January 06, 2020   /   by Vanessa Saunders

How S.A.L.T. shook up Hudson Valley real estate in 2019.

By Vanessa Saunders, MBA, MIMC , Broker Owner, Global Property Systems,

When the ball at Times Square dropped to announce 2019 last January, people in the real estate community were apprehensive about the upcoming twelve months. There was plenty to be worried about.  There was a serious drought of listing inventory in 2018, and it didn't look as if there was anything on the horizon promising to kick more homes on the market. New York and New Jersey had been battling back from ten years of recession, and mortgage rates had started to rise. Even the weather was against us.

Half-way through the year, the scenery hadn't changed much, but it had brightened slightly. One bit of good news was that interest rates dropped back into the threes. As of June 2019, the benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell to 3.99 percent from 4.04 percent, according to Bankrate’s weekly survey of large lenders. The year before, it was 4.70 percent. 

But the 800-pound gorilla in the roo ...

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Friday, November 22, 2019   /   by Vanessa Saunders

20 things you should do BEFORE 2020.

I'm not a list maker but this one made me laugh, cry and pledge allegiance. Here are twenty things to do BEFORE 2020. They're from Rachel Hite, a contributor to real estate zine Inman News.(REALTORS®- If you don't read Inman, you should.) Although they are intended to apply to real estate brokers and agents, I think these twenty suggestions are good for everyone. And rather than sending you a link you can easily ignore, I'm going to re-publish them and make you read them RIGHT HERE AND NOW!


20 things you need to do before 2020.

1. Stop whining
Repeat after me: “I am in charge of my business and my personal success. I will not let outside factors sour my outlook on life and poison my joy for helping my clients. The Internet is not out to get me.”

2. Save
Budget, and minimize expenses. Get lean and mean with your finances. Create an emergency savings account and a realistic budget for living. Commit to not riding the commission roller coaster in 2020. ...

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Monday, November 18, 2019   /   by Vanessa Saunders

Look out, landlords - Rent control is on the rise.

There's a growing trend among the homeless in New York City. According to Jacquelyn Simone, policy director of Coalition for the Homeless, over the last few years, more and more of the people who come to her agency for help are working New Yorkers who simply can’t keep up with booming rental prices topping nearly $3,000 per month. As a result, she said the city is facing it’s worst homelessness crisis since The Great Depression. Simone added that the length of stay for people in the shelter system has steadily risen as the the supply of affordable apartments has declined. “About a third of families in shelter have someone who is working and just can’t afford an apartment.” 

The Joint Center for Housing Studies’ 2019 State of the Nation’s Housing report confirmed that the stock of low-cost units priced below $800 per month has actually declined 17 percent (4 million) since 2011.

Inman News reported recently that the problems seen in ...

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