The Fair Housing Act: the Hot Current Topic in Real Estate

fair housing act
The Fair Housing Act (FHA) was first passed in 1968, as part of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 that President Lyndon B. Johnson signed as an amendment to the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The Civil Rights Act in 1968 differed from the original Civil Rights Act in 1964, and expanded to include the prohibition of discrimnation of housing sales, rentals and financing based on race, religion, gender, national origin,

Ulster County Board of REALTORS® and Hudson Valley Catskill Region MLS Annual Installation Banquet

ulster county board of realtors past president
Lisa Berger, Director of Ulster County Economic Development, was the featured speaker at the Ulster County Board of REALTORS® and Hudson Valley Catskill Region MLS Annual Installation Banquet. The Ulster County Board of REALTORS® held its annual installation banquet in association with the Hudson Valley Catskill Region MLS on January 8th, at the Chateau in Kingston, NY. In addition to the installation of the new officers for both organizations, the

Home Design Trends to look out for in 2020

home design trends 2020
If this year is the year of making Ulster County your home, you’ve found your perfect REALTOR® and are gearing up to start the home buying process, the National Association of REALTORS® has put together a list of home design trends for 2020. They asked some of the Real Estate market’s most notable trend watchers and influencers what to expect and watch for this year. Here’s what you can expect

New Year, New Project: Tips for turning that fixer-upper into your home

fixer-upper home project in ulster county ny
With the start of a new year, we tend to start setting goals for what we want to achieve this year, and the future. Maybe 2020 has been your year to make your next move, and you’ve been eyeing Ulster County. With its gorgeous landscapes and quintessential towns, buying a home with character and history adds to the charm of living in the Hudson Valley. Maybe you have looked at

Get Out and Explore Ulster County: Enjoy these winter activities this season

ulster county winter activities
While enjoying time by the fire and catching up with family this holiday season, it’s often hard to think about getting out into the cold while cozied up inside. Since Ulster County is known for its outdoor activities, the winter is an amazing time to explore the area, and enjoy all the winter sports that are available to take part in right here in Ulster County. It also is a

Using an Ulster County REALTOR® as you begin your home buying journey

using an Ulster County REALTOR
Buying a house is a big decision, it can be exciting, overwhelming, confusing and a relief once you have found your dream home and are all settled in. Using an Ulster County REALTOR® as you begin your home buying journey is a key first step. For most people, home buying is something that will only happen a few times during their life, and is often the most expensive purchase you

Why use a REALTOR ® When House Hunting in Ulster County

House Hunting in Ulster County
You’ve made the decision to make Ulster County your next home, and we can relate to that decision: unbelievable beauty, incredible access to outdoor activities, a thriving year round community, while still accessible to New York City. As Ulster County has become a sought out destination for many, it’s easy to succumb to perusing online at what looks like your dream home, and wanting to go check it out. But

Ulster County Board of REALTORS® Annual Membership Meeting

UCBR Realtor of Year
Published on the November 10th, 2019 edition of the Daily Freeman about the Ulster County Board of REALTORS Annual Membership Meeting. Patrick Ryan, Ulster County Executive discusses initiatives for Ulster County at bi-annual UCBR membership meeting, and Real Estate Broker of the Year announced.  The Ulster County Board of Realtors ® held its annual membership meeting in association with the Hudson Valley Catskill Region MLS on October 30th, in Kingston, NY.

Selling a ‘Spooktacular’ House This Season

selling a haunted house
  Every house has a history, but what if the house you’re trying to sell has a history that is a bit more…ghoulish than most? If you or your community believes a house is haunted, it can make selling a bit more difficult. However, there are several options for someone with a spooky property to sell. Here are some tips for selling a ‘spooktacular’ property.   The first thing you will

Don’t be duped online: Tips for avoiding Real Estate Cyber Scams

Phishing, hacking, wire fraud − these are all ways people attempt to steal from others online. As real estate searches and transactions move more and more online, the chances of being caught up in a cyber scam are now even greater. “Most people have heard of the Nigerian prince scams or phishing emails asking for social security or banking information, but what many people don’t know is that they also

The highest price is not always the winning offer: How to make the best purchase offer in a seller’s market

You’ve made all the right decisions on your real estate search journey, you’ve worked with a Realtor® to scour the listings, toured what feels like a million houses and finally found it: the house you want to call home. The next step? Make your purchase offer; and if you are like most people, the prospect can seem quite intimidating. Especially in a seller’s market. There often can be even more