Technology in Real Estate

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With CES 2022 returning to Las Vegas to showcase the newest and biggest trends in the tech world, it’s also a good time to look at what may be on the horizon for technology in real estate. From smart lockboxes, keyless entry doors, always online video security systems, remote monitoring, and even in-home car charging stations, technology is absolutely revolutionizing how the real estate industry works. Ulster County and the

Can Sellers Require COVID Vaccine for Showings?

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With news around vaccine mandates making headlines at the local, regional, and national level, it’s important to understand how this relates to you as a REALTOR and to your clients. It’s easy to be confused about how vaccine mandate rules may apply to you, your clients, and even the properties you show and what you need to do to be in compliance. Recently, OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration)

Interest Rate Increase in 2022

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As the unemployment rate continues to drop and the housing marking moves towards stabilization in many areas, there’s a push for the Federal Reserve to increase the interest rate. There is a hope that the interest rate increases will help put a lid on the current rate of inflation.  Presently, we’re in a hot labor market which means employers are paying more to retain employees and most people who are

What is the REALTOR Code of Ethics

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NAR’s Code of Ethics, adopted in 1913, was one of the first codifications of ethical duties adopted by any business group. The Code ensures that consumers are served by requiring REALTORS® to cooperate with each other in furthering clients’ best interests. It is an important part of being a REALTOR®, and sets REALTORS® apart from other real estate business professionals. But there’s a lot more to it than just understanding

Reasons to Invest in Real Estate in the Hudson Valley

reasons to invest in real estate in the Hudson Valley
The Hudson Valley is definitely a booming real estate market, and while it’s a great place to live and call home, it’s also a great place to invest. From tax breaks, passive income, monthly rents and even equity, there are a lot of reasons to invest in real estate in the Hudson Valley in 2022. Read on to learn more! Getting Started The Hudson Valley offers various tax breaks for

UCBR Fair Housing Challenge

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The Ulster County Board of REALTORS® is proud to host the Fair Housing Challenge. You can take the Fair Housing Challenge by completing the challenge form. Once completed, email the form to: and put “Fair Housing Challenge” in the subject line. Participation in the Fair Housing Challenge is easy. Simply complete the three components linked below, and then fill out the form and send us an email. – FAIRHAVEN: A REALTOR SIMULATION

Tips for Selling Your Home in Winter

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Winter is often seen as a slow time for home sales in the Northeast, however in recent years that trend has definitely changed with the housing market through Ulster County and the Hudson Valley staying hot hot hot all year long! From cozying up the atmosphere to removing holiday decorations, planning for winter storms, and more, we’ve got tips to help you sell your home in winter in Ulster County.

Home for the Holidays in Ulster County

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Coming home for the holidays in Ulster County is a tradition for many people. Some may have grown up in the region and later moved away, coming back to visit family and friends. Some may have vacation homes here, especially winter vacation homes that offer incredible mountain views for the season, and come to get away during Christmas or Winter Break. Some may live here year-round, having moved here from

Buying a Winter Vacation Home

buying a winter vacation home in the Hudson Valley
When it comes to vacation homes, it’s not only about finding a great summer getaway. Sure, the Hudson Valley is a great place for summer getaways with hiking and rock climbing, fishing, shopping, and a slew of other great things to do but don’t forget about winter! The Hudson Valley and Catskills regions of New York are both a part of Ulster County making winter vacationing up here amazing! But

The Pros & Cons of Buying a Fixer Upper

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What is a “fixer upper”? A fixer upper is a property that will require more repair, though it usually can be lived in or used as it is. They are popular with buyers who wish to raise the property’s potential value to get a return on their investment, or as a starter home for buyers on a budget. If you’re considering buying a fixer upper, there are a few things

Fun Winter Activities in Ulster County

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It’s that time of year again for chilly fun outside from sledding and skiing, to snowshoeing and ice skating. The Hudson Valley hosts a plethora of winter fun for you and your family to enjoy this season, and we want to make sure you don’t miss out on anything! The past year has been difficult for many, but it’s a great time to get outside and get some fresh air

Ulster County Board of REALTORS® and Hudson Valley Catskill Region MLS 2021 Annual Report

UCBR NAR housing snapshot 2021
Recently the Hudson Valley Catskill Region MLS released its 2021 Annual Meeting Report. Between membership growth and Ulster County residential sales growth, the numbers and trends were incredibly positive! Read the full story below. Ulster County Board of REALTORS® and Hudson Valley Catskill Region MLS Membership The Ulster County Board of REALTORS® has seen positive membership growth in the past years with the biggest growth coming from 2020 to 2021.