Central New York Housing News

New York's REALTORS press for 2-percent property tax cap

NYSAR launches statewide campaign urging Albany to 'CAP that Tax!'

04.12.2011- ALBANY, N.Y. - A new statewide, multimedia advertising campaign, sponsored by the 50,000-member New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR), launches tomorrow in support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal for a 2-percent cap on property taxes.

"We applaud the passage of the state's fiscally responsible budget by Gov. Cuomo and the legislature. The two-percent property tax cap is the next logical step to provide meaningful relief to the Empire State's overburdened taxpayers," said Duncan MacKenzie, NYSAR chief executive officer. "Our nation-leading property tax burden is preventing young New Yorkers from achieving the American Dream of homeownership and making it tougher for seniors to keep their life-long homes."

National Association of REALTORS President Talks to Martha Stewart about the Value of Homeownership

Owning a home has always been a big part of the "American Dream." Whether you're looking to buy your first apartment, find more space for your expanding family, or downsize to a smaller location, Ron Phipps, president of the National Association of Realtors, offers some practical advice.

http://www.marthastewart.com/article/home-ownership-tips

REALTORS Committed to Fair Housing Throughout the Year

The National Association of Realtors® will join Americans across the country as they honor Fair Housing Month this April. As the leading advocate for home ownership, NAR strongly supports the Fair Housing Act and believes that anyone who is able and willing to assume the responsibilities of owning a home should have the opportunity to pursue that dream.

Why Some Americans Will Always Buy

Although the housing bubble and bust may have shattered notions that home prices have nowhere to go but up, Americans haven't lost their love for owning a home.  In the latest Allstate/National JournalHeartland Monitor poll, homeownership ranked second, just behind raising a family, in people's definition of the American Dream.

HomeGain: Homeowners who sell their home using a REALTOR fare better than those who go it alone

HomeGain, an online real estate resource that connects home buyers with sellers and real estate professionals, released the results of its For Sale By Owner (FSBO) vs. REALTOR survey and found that home sellers fare 50 percent better in getting their homes sold when using a REALTOR than those who went at it alone.

Additionally, 88 percent of homeowners that used a REALTOR to sell their homes said they would use one again, compared to 71 percent of home owners who sold their homes on their own who would use the same method in the future.

Syracuse ranked one of the top affordable major metro markets

National housing affordability reaches highest level in 20 years; Syracuse ranked one of the top affordable major metro markets

Nationwide housing affordability during the fourth quarter of 2010 rose to its highest level in the 20 years since it has been measured, according to data from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Opportunity Index (HOI).

Home Price Stabilization Seen in Most Metro Areas during Fourth Quarter, Sales Up

Home sales rebounded in 49 states during the fourth quarter with 78 markets - just over half of the available metropolitan areas - experiencing price gains from a year ago, while most of the rest saw price weakness, according to the latest survey by the National Association of REALTORS®.

GSE Structures Must Protect Taxpayers and Ensure Mortgage Availability, Says NAR

Continued government participation in the secondary mortgage market is essential to ensuring affordable and available home mortgages to qualified consumers when private lenders withdraw from the market, according to the National Association of Realtors®' recommendations for restructuring the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs).

Survey Shows Owners and Renters Agree Home Ownership Matters

A significant majority of today's home owners and renters agree owning a home is a smart long-term decision. According to a survey released by the National Association of Realtors®, 95 percent of owners and 72 percent of renters believe over several years it makes more sense to own a home.

GSAR Awards REALTOR of the Year, Broker/Manager of the Year, and more!

Onondaga County Legislator Judy Tassone installed the 2011 Directors and Presidents for the Greater Syracuse Association of REALTORS, Central New York Information Service, Home Builders & Remodelers of CNY and CNY Mortgage Bankers officers, held at the Genesee Grande on Friday, January 7th, 2011.

Over 270 were in attendance at this Celebration. Awards were handed out for; REALTOR of the Year, REALTOR Broker/Manager of the Year, Affiliate of the Year, Shining Star, and a special Lifetime Achievement Award.