Hudson Gateway Association to co-host Global Real Estate Summit NYC

The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors will co-host the Global Real Estate Summit NYC on Oct. 2 at the New York Marriott Marquis at 1535 Broadway in Manhattan.

The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and include information and networking opportunities for real estate professionals and entrepreneurs seeking to work with foreign buyers.

HGAR Realtors
Richard Haggerty

“This is our first year participating in this exciting event, and we are looking forward to providing a wealth of valuable information for all of our members in the Hudson Valley and Manhattan,” said Richard Haggerty, CEO of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors.

According to a recent report from the National Association of Realtors, foreign buyers and recent immigrants bought $153 billion of residential property between April 2016 and March 2017, a 49 percent increase from the previous year.
In the commercial sector, 47 percent of Realtors reported an increase in the number of international clients over the past five years.
The National Association of Realtors is the premiere sponsor.

The Staten Island Board of Realtors is also organizing this year’s event, which will feature more than 25 speakers and global real estate professionals including brokers, investors, developers, legal and technology experts and government officials.

For more information and for a full list of speakers, visit globalrealestatenyc.com.

The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors is a White Plains-based, roughly 11,000-member trade association in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange counties, as well as Manhattan. Last year, the organization announced that it would merge with the Manhattan Association of Realtors.

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Home affordability erodes in first half of 2017

Most industry watchers believe home prices will keep moving up
and the strong sellers’ market will keep going for some time barring a recession.
Housing economists don’t agree, however,
on how relatively affordable the market is for buyers.

On Wednesday, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported
that the median national home price had reached a new record high at $255,600
in the second quarter. Prices in some cities are at truly eye-popping levels. A
home in the nation’s most expensive market, San Jose, California, for example,
will cost $1.18 million, NAR reported. The median sales prices in San Francisco
and Los Angeles aren’t that far behind.

Nationally, however, NAR’s data suggests that the housing market remains
solidly affordable. The trade group’s affordability index — a measure of  how easy it is for a typical wage earner to
qualify for a mortgage to cover 80 percent of the home-purchase price — remains solidly in the affordable range at 151. This is a gauge for the entire market, based on incomes, mortgage rates and home prices. A number above 100 indicates that borrower will be able
to afford the mortgage payments, assuming a 20 percent downpayment.

Notably, NAR’s affordability index for first-time buyers fell
below the 100 threshold in the second quarter, to 99.7.

NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun has warned for months about the potential for an affordability crisis, given the strong demand for homes and
ultra-tight inventories in some markets, especially at the lower-priced end of
the market. NAR’s composite affordability index has fallen from a height of
214.5 in January 2013.

“The number is above 100 comfortably, which implies that a
median-income person should easily be able to buy a median-priced home,” Yun
said in a telephone interview this week. “But it is all relative. Compared to
what it had been say, three, four, six years ago, the affordability is lower
now. And the reason why it is lower is because home prices have grown much
faster than people’s income.”

Other indices that have measured affordability have also
been weakening. The title insurance company First American Corp’s real price
index, for example, was up just over 10 percent year over year in May.

First American’s index factors in changes in wages and
mortgage rates. That index appears to indicate that home prices on a national
basis are well below the real price of homes in 2000, which is often benchmarked
as a normal market.

First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming said the real issue with the
housing market today is not the price of homes, but the lack of inventories,
which affords buyers and potential sellers fewer choices. Rising mortgage
rates and rising prices will eventually catch up with the market, however.

“There are more expensive markets than others, but
practically everywhere housing remains, by historic standards, affordable,” Fleming
said. “That said, nationally we have lost 10 percent affordability. We are
moving quickly toward decreasing affordability. That is because house prices
are significantly outpacing income growth and interest rates are beginning to
rise. Even though the level of affordability is very high, it is not getting
better, it is getting worse.” 






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  • NAR CEO Bob Goldberg: Disrupters aren’t ‘the bogeyman’

    Realtors can be a fearful lot, seeing threats in new technologies and new business models that might change the way they do business.

    The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has in some ways encouraged this mindset, often disparaging companies such as real estate tech giant Zillow Group.

    But new NAR CEO Bob Goldberg, who is determined to paint himself as a change agent, is striking a more inclusive tone at the beginning of his tenure. In an interview with Inman, Goldberg said those thought of as “disrupters” should be invited into the “tent” of organized real estate in the hopes of turning them into Realtor advocates.

    Goldberg’s plans for change in regard to technology don’t stop there. They extend to Realtors Property Resource (RPR) and Upstream and whether they can justify their existence.

    Will agents and brokers take their cue from Goldberg? Time — and Goldberg’s results — will tell.
    On embracing disruption
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    Home Prices Jump 6.2 Percent in Second Quarter; Eclipse 2016 High

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The headstrong supply and demand imbalances in much of the country slightly tempered the pace of sales and caused home prices to maintain their robust growth in the second quarter, according to the latest quarterly report by the National Association of Realtors®.

    Lawrence Yun is chief economist and senior vice president of research at the National Association of Realtors(r). Yun oversees and is responsible for a wide range of research activity for the association including NAR's Existing Home Sales statistics, Affordability Index, and Home Buyers and Sellers Profile Report. He regularly provides commentary on real estate market trends for its 1 million Realtor(r) members. (PRNewsFoto/National Association of Realtors)

    Lawrence Yun is chief economist and senior vice president of research at the National Association of Realtors(r). Yun oversees and is responsible for a wide range of research activity for the association including NAR’s Existing Home Sales statistics, Affordability Index, and Home Buyers and Sellers Profile Report. He regularly provides commentary on real estate market trends for its 1 million Realtor(r) members. (PRNewsFoto/National Association of Realtors)


    The national median existing single-family home price in the second quarter was $255,600, which is up 6.2 percent from the second quarter of 2016 ($240,700) and surpasses the third quarter of last year ($241,300) as the new peak quarterly median sales price. The median price during the first quarter increased 6.9 percent from the first quarter of 2016.  

    Single-family home prices last quarter increased in 87 percent of measured markets, with 154 out of 178 metropolitan statistical areas1 (MSAs) showing sales price gains in the second quarter compared with the second quarter of 2016. Twenty-three areas (13 percent) recorded lower median prices from a year earlier.

    Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says home prices in most metro areas continued their fast ascent in the second quarter because supply remained at pitiful levels. “The 2.2 million net new jobs created over the past year generated significant interest in purchasing a home in what was an extremely competitive spring buying season,” he said. “Listings typically flew off the market in under a month2 – and even quicker in the affordable price range – in several parts of the country. With new supply not even coming close to keeping pace, price appreciation remained swift in most markets.”

    Added Yun, “The glaring need for more new home construction is creating an affordability crisis that needs to be addressed by policy officials and local governments. An increasing share of would-be buyers are being priced out of the market and are unable to experience the wealth building benefits of homeownership.”

    Twenty-three metro areas in the second quarter (13 percent) experienced double-digit increases, down from 30 areas in the first quarter (17 percent). Overall, there were slightly more rising markets in the second quarter compared to the first quarter, when price gains were recorded in 85 percent of metro areas. 

    Total existing-home sales3, including single family and condos, slipped 0.9 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.57 million in the second quarter from 5.62 million in the first quarter, but are still 1.6 percent higher than the 5.48 million pace during the second quarter of 2016.

    At the end of the second quarter, there were 1.96 million existing homes available for sale4, which was 7.1 percent below the 2.11 million homes for sale at the end of the second quarter in 2016. The average supply during the second quarter was 4.2 months – down from 4.6 months in the second quarter of last year.

    Last quarter, a rise in the national family median income ($71,529)5 was not enough to offset weaker affordability from the combination of higher mortgage rates compared to a year ago and rising home prices. To purchase a single-family home at the national median price, a buyer making a 5 percent down payment would need an income of $56,169, a 10 percent down payment would require an income of $53,213, and $47,300 would be needed for a 20 percent down payment.

    “Mortgage rates have subsided in recent months, which has only somewhat helped take away some of the sting prospective buyers are experiencing with the deteriorating affordability conditions in many areas,” added Yun. “Household incomes may be rising and giving consumers assurance that now is a good time to buy, but these severe inventory shortages will likely continue to be a drag on sales potential the second half of the year.”

    The five most expensive housing markets in the second quarter were the San Jose, California, metro area, where the median existing single-family price was $1,183,400; San Francisco, $950,000; AnaheimSanta Ana, California, $788,000; urban Honolulu, $760,600; and San Diego, $605,000.

    The five lowest-cost metro areas in the second quarter were YoungstownWarrenBoardman, Ohio, $87,000; Cumberland, Maryland, $98,200; Decatur, Illinois, $107,400; Binghamton, New York, $109,000; and Elmira, New York, $111,600.

    Metro area condominium and cooperative prices – covering changes in 61 metro areas – showed the national median existing-condo price was $239,500 in the second quarter, up 5.4 percent from the second quarter of 2016 ($227,200). Eighty-seven percent of metro areas showed gains in their median condo price from a year ago.

    Regional Breakdown
    Total existing-home sales in the Northeast rose 1.3 percent in the second quarter and are 0.4 percent above the second quarter of 2016. The median existing single-family home price in the Northeast was $282,300 in the second quarter, up 3.2 percent from a year ago.           

    In the Midwest, existing-home sales increased 4.2 percent in the second quarter but are 0.5 percent below a year ago. The median existing single-family home price in the Midwest increased 6.6 percent to $204,000 in the second quarter from the same quarter a year ago.

    Existing-home sales in the South dipped 3.0 percent in the second quarter but are 2.5 percent higher than the second quarter of 2016. The median existing single-family home price in the South was $229,400 in the second quarter, 6.7 percent above a year earlier.

    In the West, existing-home sales decreased 3.7 percent in the second quarter but are 3.1 percent above a year ago. The median existing single-family home price in the West increased 7.5 percent to $372,400 in the second quarter from the second quarter of 2016.

    The National Association of Realtors®, “The Voice for Real Estate,” is America’s largest trade association, representing over 1.2 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

    NOTE:  NAR releases quarterly median single-family price data for approximately 175 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). In some cases the MSA prices may not coincide with data released by state and local Realtor® associations. Any discrepancy may be due to differences in geographic coverage, product mix, and timing. In the event of discrepancies, Realtors® are advised that for business purposes, local data from their association may be more relevant.

    Data tables for MSA home prices (single family and condo) are posted at http://www.realtor.org/topics/metropolitan-median-area-prices-and-affordability/data. If insufficient data is reported for a MSA in particular quarter, it is listed as N/A. For areas not covered in the tables, please contact the local association of Realtors®.

    1Areas are generally metropolitan statistical areas as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. NAR adheres to the OMB definitions, although in some areas an exact match is not possible from the available data. A list of counties included in MSA definitions is available at:  http://www.census.gov/population/estimates/metro-city/List4.txt.

    Regional median home prices are from a separate sampling that includes rural areas and portions of some smaller metros that are not included in this report; the regional percentage changes do not necessarily parallel changes in the larger metro areas. The only valid comparisons for median prices are with the same period a year earlier due to seasonality in buying patterns. Quarter-to-quarter comparisons do not compensate for seasonal changes, especially for the timing of family buying patterns.

    Median price measurement reflects the types of homes that are selling during the quarter and can be skewed at times by changes in the sales mix. For example, changes in the level of distressed sales, which are heavily discounted, can vary notably in given markets and may affect percentage comparisons. Annual price measures generally smooth out any quarterly swings.

    NAR began tracking of metropolitan area median single-family home prices in 1979; the metro area condo price series dates back to 1989.

    Because there is a concentration of condos in high-cost metro areas, the national median condo price often is higher than the median single-family price. In a given market area, condos typically cost less than single-family homes. As the reporting sample expands in the future, additional areas will be included in the condo price report.

    2According to NAR’s Realtors® Confidence Index, homes typically went under contract in 28 days during the second quarter.

    3The seasonally adjusted annual rate for a particular quarter represents what the total number of actual sales for a year would be if the relative sales pace for that quarter was maintained for four consecutive quarters. Total home sales include single family, townhomes, condominiums and co-operative housing.

    4Total inventory and month’s supply data are available back through 1999, while single-family inventory and month’s supply are available back to 1982 (prior to 1999, single-family sales accounted for more than 90 percent of transactions and condos were measured only on a quarterly basis).

    Seasonally adjusted rates are used in reporting quarterly data to factor out seasonal variations in resale activity. For example, sales volume normally is higher in the summer and relatively light in winter, primarily because of differences in the weather and household buying patterns.

    5Income figures are rounded to the nearest hundred, based on NAR modeling of Census data. Qualifying income requirements are determined using several scenarios on downpayment percentages and assume 25 percent of gross income devoted to mortgage principal and interest at a mortgage interest rate of 4.0%.

    NOTE: Existing-Home Sales for July will be released August 24, and the Pending Home Sales Index for July will be released August 31; release times are 10:00 a.m. ET.

    Information about NAR is available at www.nar.realtor. This and other news releases are posted in the “News, Blogs and Videos” tab on the website. Statistical data in this release, as well as other tables and surveys, are posted in the “Research and Statistics” tab.

     

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    SOURCE National Association of Realtors

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    Hudson Gateway Association to co-host Global Real Estate Summit …

    The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors will co-host the Global Real Estate Summit NYC on Oct. 2 at the New York Marriott Marquis at 1535 Broadway in Manhattan.

    The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and include information and networking opportunities for real estate professionals and entrepreneurs seeking to work with foreign buyers.

    HGAR Realtors
    Richard Haggerty

    “This is our first year participating in this exciting event, and we are looking forward to providing a wealth of valuable information for all of our members in the Hudson Valley and Manhattan,” said Richard Haggerty, CEO of the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors.

    According to a recent report from the National Association of Realtors, foreign buyers and recent immigrants bought $153 billion of residential property between April 2016 and March 2017, a 49 percent increase from the previous year.
    In the commercial sector, 47 percent of Realtors reported an increase in the number of international clients over the past five years.
    The National Association of Realtors is the premiere sponsor.

    The Staten Island Board of Realtors is also organizing this year’s event, which will feature more than 25 speakers and global real estate professionals including brokers, investors, developers, legal and technology experts and government officials.

    For more information and for a full list of speakers, visit globalrealestatenyc.com.

    The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors is a White Plains-based, roughly 11,000-member trade association in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland and Orange counties, as well as Manhattan. Last year, the organization announced that it would merge with the Manhattan Association of Realtors.

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    International homebuyers contribute $18.66 billion to Texas economy from 2016-2017

    AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Texas home sales from international buyers added $18.66 billion to the Texas economy from April 2016 to March 2017, according to the Texas International Homebuyers Report released today by the Texas Association of Realtors. Attracting buyers from across the globe, Texas ranked second among U.S. states for international home sales volume.

    “This surge in international home sales activity underscores the growing reputation Texas has as a global destination for owning a home or investment property,” said Vicki Fullerton, chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors. “The state’s low unemployment, diverse industry base and world class higher education institutions are just some of the reasons why international residents seek to attend college, raise a family or do business in Texas.”

    There were 34,135 international home sales in Texas between April 2016 and March 2017, a 59 percent increase from the same time frame last year and 12 percent of the 284,455 international home sales nationwide. Second only to Florida, Texas joined California, New Jersey and Arizona as the most popular states for international homebuyers. The sales dollar volume of $18.66 billion from foreign home sales in Texas during this time frame is almost double from last year’s report.

    In recent years, the ratio of Texas homebuyers from Latin America (including Mexico) compared to the rest of the world has narrowed. From April 2016 to March 2017, homebuyers from Latin America and Asia/Oceania (including China and India) each constituted approximately 40 percent of international homebuying activity in Texas.

    Texas had the highest volume of homebuyers from Mexico of any state from April 2016 to March 2017, with nearly half (43 percent) of Mexican homebuyers who purchased a home in the U.S. choosing Texas. The Lone Star State also experienced a significant share of Chinese buyers, with 11 percent of international homebuyers from China purchasing a home in Texas.

    Chairman Fullerton concluded, “As our state’s population continues to grow and diversify, it’s increasingly important for our real estate industry practitioners to be knowledgeable about the unique needs and challenges facing international homebuyers. Whether you’re an international buyer seeking to purchase a home in Texas or a Texan seeking to purchase a home abroad, a Texas Realtor with a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation can provide the expert knowledge, network and tools needed for a successful transaction.”

    About the Texas International Homebuyers Report
    The Texas International Homebuyers Report is based on survey data from the 2017 Profile of International Home Buying Activity by the National Association of Realtors, the 2011-2015 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau and the 2016 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics by the U.S. Office of Immigration Statistics. The Texas Association of Realtors distributes insights about the Texas housing market each month, including quarterly market statistics, trends among homebuyers and sellers, luxury home sales, condominium sales and more. To view the current Texas International Homebuyers Report in its entirety, visit texasrealestate.com.

    About the Texas Association of REALTORS®
    With more than 110,000 members, the Texas Association of REALTORS® is a professional membership organization that represents all aspects of real estate in Texas. We advocate on behalf of Texas REALTORS® and private-property owners to keep homeownership affordable, protect private-property rights and promote public policies that benefit homeowners. Visit texasrealestate.com to learn more.

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    512-448-4950
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    How CEO Bob Goldberg plans to smash NAR’s ‘ivory tower facade’

    The first thing that National Association of Realtors (NAR) CEO Bob Goldberg did upon addressing a crowd of association leaders at NAR’s Leadership Summit today is grab a guitar.

    “I’m going to let you in on a little secret,” said Chris Polychron, 2015 president of NAR, in introducing Goldberg to the stage and, naturally, handing him a red electric beauty.

    The real reason Goldberg wanted to be CEO, you see — is to follow in the footsteps of his hero. That hero and those footsteps were not former CEO Dale Stinton’s. Polychron explained that “Bob Goldberg is a Bruce Springsteen fan. And for 22 years, he wanted to be ‘the boss.'”

    Indeed, Goldberg has seen Springsteen live over 200 times since 1975. But his wife still won’t let him don the tight jeans and red bandana.

    Goldberg soon put the guitar away to get serious (we didn’t get to hear a strum), but the intro set the excited tone for the rest of his message to an eager crowd hoping to take back good news to their member…

    NAR warns of text message scam

    The National Association of Realtors (NAR) has released a warning about a text message scam that asks members to pay a fine or sales tax on a prize.

    In the text asking for payment of a fine, the sender says NAR has been investigating “claims of racist text and emails sent by you,” and threatens repercussions for those supposed actions.

    Shortly after the initial text, the sender shoots off another message asking for a $1,345 fine to be paid via the Square Cash app.

    The message(s) asking for payment of a fine.

    In the second version of the scam, members are told they’ve won a car or TV sponsored by NAR, but in order to get the prize, members must pay a sales tax of $1,200.

    Text scam asking for payment of sales tax.

    NAR has reported both scams to the FBI and is advising members to take the following precautions:

    • Report the incident to the FBI IC3 website.
    • Do not click on any links in the text or otherwise engage with the sender. If you have clicked on a link in a suspicious text, promptly follow up with an IT specialist to ensure that the device is free from malware.
    • Erase the text from your device. You can take a screen shot of the scam text prior to erasing it to use it in your report to the FBI.
    • If you want to follow up with the FBI after filing the IC3 report, you can call your local FBI field office.
    • If you suspect that any phone numbers or contact information were obtained due to a breach of your IT system, alert your IT department or engage an IT specialist to scan your systems and devices to make sure that you are free from malware.
    • Visit NAR’s Data Privacy and Security page for more information about how to protect your business from cybercrime.

    Email Marian McPherson.

    Amid U.S. real estate buying binge by foreign investors, Florida …

    Foreign investment in U.S. residential real estate recently skyrocketed to a new high with nearly half of all foreign sales happening in Florida, California and Texas.

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    This year’s National Association of Realtors survey of international investing in U.S. real estate once again revealed that foreign buying is focused first and foremost on Florida, where 22 percent of such activities took place. The Sunshine State was followed by California and Texas (each at 12 percent), and then by New Jersey and Arizona (four percent apiece).

    Florida was the most popular state for Canadian buyers, fueled by a sharp increase in sales dollar volume. Chinese buyers mostly chose California, while Texas was the preferred state for Mexican buyers.

    Overall, 284,455 U.S. properties were bought by foreign buyers, up 32 percent from 2016. Purchases accounted for 10 percent of the dollar volume of existing-home sales, up from 8 percent last year.

    NAR’s study found that between April 2016 and March 2017, foreign buyers and recent immigrants purchased $153 billion of residential property. That’s a 49 percent jump from $103 billion in 2016 and surpasses the $103.9 billion in purchases in 2015 as the new survey high.

    “The political and economic uncertainty both here and abroad did not deter foreigners from exponentially ramping up their purchases of U.S. property over the past year,” NAR chief economist Lawrence Yun stated.

    “While the strengthening of the U.S. dollar in relation to other currencies and steadfast home-price growth made buying a home more expensive in many areas, foreigners increasingly acted on their beliefs that the U.S. is a safe and secure place to live, work and invest.”

    Yun attributed the rise in Canadian purchasing property in U.S. markets that remain more affordable than in their own country.

    “Inventory shortages continue to drive up U.S. home values, but prices in five countries, including Canada, experienced even quicker appreciation,” said Yun.

    Foreign buyers typically paid $302,290, which was a 9.0 percent increase from the median sales price in the 2016 survey ($277,380) and above the sales price of all existing homes sold during the same period ($235,792).

    About 10 percent of foreign buyers paid over $1 million, and 44 percent of transactions were all-cash purchases, down from 50 percent in 2016.