BIPOC Homeownership | Growing an Equitable Housing Market

discussing the programs supporting the growth of BIPOC homeownership
Overall homeownership has been on an upward trend since Q2 2019. New data suggests homeownership has continued to be on the rise even during the pandemic, according to the Census Bureau’s HVS. As we drill down into the data by demographic, homeownership rates remain low for Black and Latino Americans. Why is BIPOC homeownership so low? REALTOR® Magazine outlines the following, referencing data from a new study:   Those populations

Helping Kids in Need with Operation Backpack

learn how you can help your community by supporting Operation Backpack
Being a part of Ulster County means something to us. We want to give back to a community that gives so much to us. With that said, back to school season is right around the corner!   Every year our own Community Service Committee helps to rally the troops in gathering school supplies needed for the upcoming school year to help the region’s homeless youth population. We’re looking for your

Do I Need a REALTOR® to Build a House?

why you should be working with a REALTOR® for new construction
Asking yourself “Do I need a REALTOR® for new construction?” is a very fair question! This week we’re focusing on those who are interested in building their new home from scratch vs. purchasing an existing property. For more information on the REALTOR® difference, check out one of our previous blogs here.   Planning a new build is a fun and exciting experience. It’s often very different from shopping for an

Summer Fun in Ulster County, NY

summer activities to look forward to after moving to ulster county NY
Moving into a new home and into a new community in the summer time is exciting! You get the fun of enjoying your new house and exploring the area, all while the sun is shining. Moving to Ulster County is especially fun in the summertime because you get a nice balance between enjoying nature and being outdoors, as well as having access to great places to eat and fun things

The Hybrid Work Schedule | Commuting From Ulster County, NY

managing a hybrid work schedule while living in Ulster County NY
We’re sure you’ve likely heard of and even experienced the rise of remote work following the pandemic. Many of us know the commonplace jokes about Zoom meetings and company “happy hours” as everyone worked to navigate all of the challenges and changes that came with quarantine restrictions. Have you heard of a hybrid work schedule, though? Reports in the first half of 2021 are predicting the rise of a mix

Real Estate Marketing Mistakes 101

marketing strategies to avoid common real estate marketing mistakes
May reports are confirming that even with price growth slowing down on homes for sale, homes are continuing to sell FAST. As a REALTOR®, you may have had plenty of success with new clients with zero shortage in homes to sell. To that we say, congratulations! Oftentimes when we’re super successful, this is the best time to level up our skills and continue to grow. When was the last time

Moving Hacks That Will Save You Time

use these moving hacks to help save you time
If you’re getting ready to move, you might be dreading all of the packing you need to do and how to keep everything organized. Some might enjoy the organizational aspect of moving. Organizing items into boxes by room and lovingly wrapping things in newspaper or bubble wrap might be your idea of fun! Whether you enjoy the process of packing or are putting it off as long as possible, this

Quick Tips for Prepping Your House For Sale This Summer

the housing market in summer 2021 is shaping up to be a seller’s market
As the weather gets warmer, the housing market is only continuing to flourish and in the seller’s favor! Realtor.com states: “Despite skyrocketing home prices, a majority of Americans believe now is a good time to buy a home, according to a new survey from Gallup. Some 53% of Americans believe it is a good time to buy, Gallup reported Tuesday, citing the results of a survey of nearly 1,000 U.S.

The Post-Pandemic Workplace | What Does It Look Like?

post-pandemic workplace trends might not be what you’d think
The pandemic has changed much of what we have accepted as normal. For example, working a 9 to 5 office job with a commute into or within the big city has been a standard for many industries for a long time. Within the past year, however, countless people have either lost their jobs or have been working from home for an extended period of time. Some companies have started bringing

A Review of the Housing Market Report Q1 2021

reviewing the housing market report for Q1 2021
As a REALTOR®, you know just how important it is to stay on top of the latest trends. Whether it’s taking the time to take classes on the latest relevant skills or brushing up on the trends affecting your local territory. This week we’re focusing on the latter with the latest housing market report from NYSAR. NYSAR’s website dedicates an entire section to updated reports that follow housing market trends

UCBR Community Service | Berme Cleanup on the Hurley Rail Trail

The UCBR Community Service Committee hard at work
Spring is here and we’re all excited to get outside and enjoy the most beautiful parts of Ulster County. Our own UCBR Community Service Committee was hard at work on April 14th, putting in the elbow grease needed to clean up our berme located on the Hurley Rail Trail. A berme, you ask? What exactly is that? According to thefreedictionary.com, a berme (can also be spelled berm) is a “a

Professional Home Remodeling on the Rise for Summer

home remodeling on the rise this summer
Fellow REALTORS® ! Real estate professionals and industry trends are banking on people getting out and traveling more this spring and summer. As people are gearing up for their travel plans, we guarantee their minds aren’t going to be on their honey-do list they’ve been pushing to the side. Instead of doing their own research and putting the time into DIY projects, home remodeling trends are predicting people would rather