Don’t Overlook These Important Details When Applying for a Mortgage Loan During a Pandemic

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With mortgage rates still at an all time low, and many looking to relocate to a less populated area, homebuying, especially within the Mid Hudson Valley, has skyrocketed amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic. But before you put all your eggs in one basket, make sure you have looked at all the fine print in obtaining your mortgage. There are a few things to double check and consider when applying for

Shifting Home Buying Trends Due to COVID-19

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May and June saw a large increase in real estate home sales after a very slow spring, due to people opting to get out of large cities and relocating to smaller towns and rural areas. While most REALTORS® are reporting their markets are in recovery mode, as well as busier than this time last year, REALTORS® are also reporting that they have seen shifting home buying trends of what home

Giving Back: UCBR Gives Back to the Ulster County Community

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Being involved in local initiatives and supporting your community is an important part of giving back to the place you call home. One of the biggest draws to Ulster County and the surrounding area is not only the abundance of green space & nature parks, but also the tight knit local communities that make up Ulster County. As we are lucky to be able to call Ulster County home, UCBR

Mistakes to Avoid While Moving During a Pandemic

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With the real estate market rebounding in May and June, one crucial part of buying and selling houses is moving. While it may not be everyone’s favorite task, it’s inevitable that both buyers and sellers will be doing lots of packing and unpacking as they clear out their old residence for the new owners. As we have seen a large increase in market activity in the Mid Hudson Valley &

Avoid Steering in Real Estate While Showing Properties

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Fair Housing has been more prominent than ever in the Real Estate Market, especially in light of the recent Black Lives Matter Movement, and the Long Island undercover investigation that was brought to light earlier in the year. Ensuring you understand the Fair Housing Act, and the new legislation that went into effect June 20th to help avoid steering in real estate will also help you make the right recommendations

Congratulations to our 2019 Top Performing REALTORS®

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Each year, the Ulster County Board of REALTORS® recognizes those REALTORS®  in the Mid Hudson Valley and Catskill Region who are members of the UCBR; and have achieved outstanding performances in both the number of units sold and gross sales. The 2019 results are in, and we want to congratulate these top REALTORS® in the region by recognizing them for their hard work and efforts throughout 2019.  Gross Sales for

The Hudson Valley Real Estate Market is Rebounding

Hudson Valley real estate market is rebounding
It was a tough first quarter for the Hudson Valley Real Estate market – and the real estate market nationwide, as the pandemic put the majority of the economy on hold, while everyone sat tight in response to the large economic and socio-economic effects felt throughout the country due to COVID-19. While we are slowly emerging from quarantine, many people are shifting their lifestyles to reflect this new way of

Maintaining Business Relationships in a Crisis

maintaining business relationships in a crisis
Crises can become complicated situations to navigate, especially with clients. They often can bring out fear, stress, anxiety, which makes everyone feel on edge and uncertain. With an unpredictable climate, maintaining a strong client- REALTOR® relationship is more important than ever. As people are looking to move out of densely populated urban areas and into more open spaces, maintaining these relationships is even more important for REALTORS® in Ulster and

The Latest in Fair Housing Updates

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With the new Fair Housing Regulations going into effect June 20th, and in light of the current climate addressing race within the United States, Fair Housing should be on all REALTORS® radars. In addition to the new regulations that went into effect last week, the National Association of REALTORS®  (NAR) and the Department of Housing and Development (HUD) met last week to offer additional resources and commitments to help REALTORS®

Exterior Features to Look for in Homes

Exterior Features to Look for in Homes
Don’t overlook these exterior features while touring a property. As the Mid-Hudson Valley region has safely entered Phase II, it’s important to remember that as we slowly move towards back our normal routines, to still practice social distancing and be mindful of limiting the amount of physical contact you have while looking at homes. If you are able to clearly look at the interior of a home from the outside,

Trending Interior Paint Colors in 2020

trending interior paint colors in 2020
Here’s the scoop on trending interior paint colors in 2020! It’s been a different spring than most of us had anticipated, and chances are we have spent much more time analyzing our homes layout, decor and the colors our walls are painted. Painting the interior of our homes is something we can do while we are spending the majority of our time at home, and if done right, can be

REALTOR® News: Navigating Phase II Reopening

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As the Mid- Hudson Valley has successfully begun the re-opening process by entering Phase I, Phase II could commence as early as June 9th if everything goes to plan. With Phase II potentially happening next week, this is great news for REALTORS®. Since the Real Estate Industry is part of Phase II of the re-opening process, this would allow REALTORS® to begin working in a greater capacity than the last