Home Decor Repurposing for Spring

home decor repurposing for spring
Change up your home decor this spring by repurposing what is already in your house! With the warmer weather, longer days and flowers and trees in full bloom, spring has officially arrived in the Mid Hudson Valley. As we pack up our winter essentials to make room for our spring wardrobe, it’s also the perfect time to give our homes a refresh. While we are still practicing social distancing and

REALTOR® Info After NY PAUSE: Navigating the First Steps Post Lockdown

REALTOR® Info After NY PAUSE
Now that we’ve passed May 15th, certain businesses and activities will be able to open back up. There will still be safety guidelines in place, such as wearing masks, social distancing, and limiting the amount of people allowed in or near a business, in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as we start to move back to normal life. While everything is still up in the air as

REALTOR® Wellness & Resources

REALTOR® Wellness
While the stay at home order for New York State is currently set to lift May 15th, for many, this may seem like there is light finally at the end of the tunnel. We have all been adjusting to the ‘new normal’ for the past two months, and for many, this has not been an easy adjustment. Especially for the Real Estate Industry, where stay at home orders have meant

Updates to Fair Housing and Advertising Regulations

fair housing and advertising regulations
As we round out Fair Housing month, which is celebrated each April, it is important to note the updates to from the New York Department of State regarding Fair Housing and Advertising Regulations in the Real Estate Market. As we are still in a statewide lockdown, this gives us an opportunity to take the time to read about all the Real Estate industry news, in the safety of our own

Giving Back in the Time of COVID-19

UCBR and project resilience
During this unsettling and unusual time, while the majority of the US population has been asked to stay at home in order to flatten the COVID-19 curve and help reduce the spread of the virus, those that are deemed ‘essential workers’ are out on the frontlines everyday helping battle the virus. Right here in Ulster County, we have many essential workers that are putting themselves at risk to help our

What Every REALTOR® Should Know About Fair Housing

Fair Housing
While we are all staying safe by staying home, this ‘new normal’ gives up the opportunity to brush up on our real estate knowledge. In celebration of Fair Housing Month, we thought it would be a good time to refresh our understanding of what Fair Housing means, and how vital it is to know the facts in today’s real estate market.  The Law on Fair Housing: The Fair Housing Act

Fair Housing Act at Home

April fair housing act month
April is Fair Housing Month, and here’s what you can do at home!  Each year, April is the designated month that REALTORS® observe the Fair Housing Act of 1968. The Fair Housing Act is to be abided by all professionals involved in housing sales, rentals and financial processes, to ensure equal opportunity to all prospective house buyers or renters. This year might be more relevant than ever for REALTORS® to

Advice in Navigating the Real Estate Market at Present

navigating the real estate market
During this trying time, it’s hard to not have a sense of uncertainty of when things will get back to normal. While we are practicing social distancing and to remaining at home as much as possible to help do our part in slowing down the effects of COVID-19, we look at advice from the National Association of REALTORS®  and New York Times Real Estate expert on navigating the Real Estate

Economist’s outlook of the Spring Market Trends

spring market trends real estate
In light of the current COVID-19 situation globally, Real Estate and Economic experts report that the current spring trends for the Real Estate Market are off to a strong start. With a projected 4% increase in home sales this year, as well as the lower mortgage rates, REALTORS® will be busy this year working with home buyers to find their new home. Real Estate and Economic experts Diana Olick &

Getting the Most Out of an Open Houses

getting the most out of open houses
Open houses are a great way to start your home buying journey. If you’re toying with the idea of purchasing a house, but aren’t exactly sure what type of property you would like, visiting open houses to get a sense of what is available on the market, and checking out different areas is a great option. We’ve put together a few tips to consider when visiting an open house, so

The Wellness Trend in Real Estate: What it means to the Real Estate Industry

wellness trend in real estate
In the latest news from the National Association of REALTORS®, the wellness trend in real estate has gotten attention, as it has become an increasingly important aspect to many prospective home buyers. The good news for REALTORS® and home buyers alike in Ulster County, is that one of the main draws to the area is the wellness appeal. With the open space, availability of outdoor recreation, locally sourced food, and

Making the Market Work: Marketing Tips for REALTORS®

marketing tips for realtors
While the internet has become one of the most highly trafficked resources for consumers to begin their real estate search, ensuring you, as a REALTOR® and your listings stand out online is crucial in this highly saturated space. Communicating your story, value and professionalism is critical in setting yourself apart from the competition. With advice from the UCBR & HVCRMLS, we’ve compiled best practice marketing tips for REALTORS® to help