Why You Should Consider Moving to Ulster County NY

why you should consider moving to Ulster County
If you’re considering moving to Ulster County, you’re in for a real treat! This NY gem is known for sending visitors head over heels, whether it’s for the gorgeous views and ample outdoor activities surrounding you or the delicious food and drink options. Looking for more specific information about each of the lovely towns that make up Ulster County? We recommend poking around here. You can select any of the

Staying Informed on Fair Housing for Buyers and Renters

fair housing protection for buyers and renters
Last month we introduced our audience to The Fair Housing Act, an initiative that dates back to 1968. The FHA is integral to protecting the public from discrimination when shopping for a home. Whether you’re looking to rent or buy, the Fair Housing Act can help to protect you from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disabilities. Refer to our blog from last month,

2021 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings Will Be Virtual

attending the 2021 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings virtually
Charlie Oppler, the 2021 President of the National Association of REALTORS®, confirmed the 2021 REALTORS® Legislative Meetings will be all virtual mainly due to rising cases of COVID-19 in Washington, as well as around the country. You can find a full video from Charlie, complete with a transcript here. The official news release can be found here, where Oppler confirmed what went into this difficult decision. “After careful consideration, the

NAR’s Core Standards Updates on Fair Housing

2021 updates to the NAR’s Core Standards are centered around Fair Housing and diversity
New and exciting changes are coming to the NAR’s Core Standards for 2021. Fair Housing is an important topic we’ve been focusing on lately and how changes to real estate practice are becoming more inclusive and equitable. Before we dive into the updates, we’ve included some information below on what the Core Standards are and where you can find more in depth information on the requirements. The National Association of

Fair Housing Intro

fair housing intro
Have you heard of the ACT Initiative? On January 8th, 2020, the National Association of REALTORS® became an industry leader on fair housing by passing an action plan to advocate for fair housing law and policies. With the goal of protecting housing rights in the US, the ACT Initiative, or Fair Housing Action Plan, focuses on comprehensive training for agents as well as further education for the general public to

Housing Trends for 2021

housing trends 2021
The new year has officially begun and everyone is on the edge of their seats wondering what 2021 has in store for us. The Ulster County Board of REALTORS® team has been diligently monitoring the ebbs and flows of housing trends as we closed out a historic year in 2020. There are many variables that have roused a flurry of predictions of what the housing market will look like in

Looking Ahead: Must Haves For Homes in 2021

must haves for homes in 2021
New year, new normal, and new lifestyles also mean new must haves for homes in 2021. With the pandemic still rearing its ugly head, many of us cannot wait to say goodbye to 2020 and welcome 2021 with hope that things will get better in the future. If the pandemic has taught us anything, one thing is for sure that what was once considered ‘normal’ does not seem to be

Home for the Holidays: How Your REALTOR® Can Help You Find Your Dream Home for the Holidays

finding your dream home for the holidays
There is something very special and comforting about finding your dream home for the holidays, and being in that home. This often means time to relax, spend time with family and friends, and enjoy all the things which make it your home, rather than just a house. By being able to take the time you traditionally would not have during a busy work schedule, and talking walks, reading by the

Keeping Family & Community at the Heart of this Holiday Season

Keeping community at the heart of your holiday season
The snow has fallen, trees have gone up, candles have been lit, and much of the holiday spirit is in full swing in Ulster County. While it is a time to give back, and spend time with family and friends doing the heart of this holiday season, this year will likely look different for many in our community. As 2020 has proven to be a trying and difficult year for

Think Local This Holiday Season

Think Local ulster county holiday shopping
As the holiday season is upon us, and we start getting into the holiday spirit by decorating our homes, cozying up by the fire, and spending time with our family, it’s also the season of giving. As we have already started our lists of gifts for family and friends, in this new age of shopping and social distancing, it is easy to order out of convenience from big corporations. While

House Buying This Winter

house buying in winter in the Hudson valley and Ulster county
Typically, the winter season tends to be the slower buying season for Real Estate. This is often a time when the market turns into a buyer’s market. Buyers use this season to look for better deals, higher inventory, and take more time to look at properties versus the busier summer buying season. With the pandemic still looming, market experts have predicted that this winter will remain a seller’s market versus

Giving Back to Ulster County

Giving back to ulster county
During this very unique year as well as the holiday season, the Ulster County Board of REALTORS® community service team and all of our members are committed to helping our local community, those less fortunate, and those in need. Giving back to Ulster County is an important part of our work and we’re happy to be part of such a great community. We know how important this is, especially during