Monthly Archive February 2019

MLSLI and HGMLS Merge to Form Regional MLS

The Multiple Listing Service of Long Island, Inc. (MLSLI) and the Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service (HGMLS) have merged to form the New York MLS, LLC.   The new MLS will consist of approximately 40,000 real estate professionals, serving Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Bronx, and Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan and Orange Counties.

Discussions began in June 2017 between leaders of the Long Island Board of Realtors®, Inc. (LIBOR) and the Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors® (HGAR) on the possibility of consolidating the aforementioned and respectively owned MLSs to form one regional MLS.  Joseph Mottola, CEO of LIBOR/MLSLI says, “The expansion of geographic boundaries will create greater opportunities for members by providing access to a larger audience of real estate professionals for consumers alike.”

A benefit of the new MLS will be the seamless flow of data for Brokers and Agents within the New York Metro area.  Richard Haggerty, CEO of HGAR and President and Chief Strategic Growth Officer of the new MLS says, “The launch of the new MLS is an exciting move in the right direction to uniting area real estate professionals, by creating the only MLS members will need.” 

Jim Speer, the Sr. Vice President of Operations for MLSLI for over 30 years, will serve as Chief Executive Officer for the new MLS.  Speer says, “With the alliance of two successful MLSs, members gain entry to a vast selection of integrated technology tools and resources which will better serve their buyers and sellers.” 

The combined strengths of MLSLI and HGMLS will enhance the local real estate market by providing the best service for the Real Estate professionals and the customers they serve.

The yet-to-be-named new regional MLS is expected to be fully operational sometime in 2019.The Manhattan Association of REALTORS® is now a chapter of Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® Find your new home

Long Island Board of REALTORS® Expands Services to Brooklyn

The Long Island Board of REALTORS®, Inc. (LIBOR) is pleased to announce the formation of a Brooklyn Chapter. The recent westward expansion is the result of the Board’s commitment to providing services, benefits and networking opportunities to our Brooklyn membership. The Brooklyn Chapter joins the roster of LIBOR’s already established Chapters, which span from the North and South Forks of Eastern Long Island to Western Queens.

Chapters are geographically designed to meet the unique business needs of a specific market.  They have their own elected leadership who are instrumental in determining educational programs and networking opportunities that meet the needs of those members. “The formation of the new Chapter is crucial to serving REALTORS® in the Brooklyn area, which in turn will benefit the customers they serve. Increased access for our members to LIBOR’s resources will create a greater experience for all.” said Dianne Scalza, LIBOR President.

Sal Crifasi, President of the newly formed Chapter, who was instrumental in the development, explained, “The idea of creating a new Brooklyn Chapter of LIBOR is to grow the awareness of the value of the REALTOR® brand throughout the five boroughs. With the recent MLS Regionalization between LIBOR and Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® (HGAR) the need for stronger professional collaboration is vital to insure our future success.  The Brooklyn Chapter is a start.”

“The addition of a Brooklyn Chapter is an essential part of LIBOR’s strategic growth plan.  REALTORS® working in the Brooklyn community will now be empowered to take advantage of new business opportunities by getting involved with their own local Board Chapter.” said Joseph E. Mottola, LIBOR CEO. “The expansion is in alignment with LIBOR’s mission to provide to its members resources that will enable them to reach their highest potential level of business success by enhancing their value to the consumer.”The Brooklyn Chapter will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 5:00pm at The Dumbo Loft in Brooklyn. For additional information visit:

Outlook is Good as Northern Virginia March Homes Sales Jump More than 38%

FAIRFAX, Va. (April 14, 2023) – Northern Virginia home sales increased 38.4% in March,
compared to February 2023 signaling that the spring market is coming on strong, as expected
with seasonal trends. The optimism prevails despite sales dropping 32.1% compared to March
2022 as the market continues to return to pre-pandemic norms, according to the Northern
Virginia Association of Realtors® (NVAR).
“The growth from February is part of our seasonal cycle. Spring market is traditionally hot, and
we are seeing lots of interest in buying homes. Sellers still have more leverage since buyers are
challenged to find many options. The good news is that we see this changing,” explained NVAR
Board Member Cassandra Welch, Long & Foster Real Estate.
As evidence of this change, homes stayed on the market 22 days, up 57.1% compared to
March 2022 giving buyers more time to negotiate. Inventory grew from a year ago, up 59.9%
with .09 months of inventory. This number aligns with regional expectations as .09 is also the 5-
year average for months of inventory in March.
Home prices continued to remain stable, increasing ever so slightly. The median sold price for a
home in March 2023 was $665,000, up 2.3% from March 2022. There are larger fluctuations in
home prices across the country, but the Northern Virginia marketplace is particularly resilient.
“With steep prices in Northern Virginia, higher mortgage rates have made it harder for home
buyers, especially first-time home buyers, to afford a monthly payment. While there is week to
week fluctuations, we are optimistic that rates will continue to drop compared to last year,
helping with affordability,” explained NVAR CEO Ryan McLaughlin. “By working with a Realtor®,
buyers can focus on what they can control, and that is getting the best mortgage rate for their
needs and financial situation.”
The Northern Virginia Association of Realtors® reports on home sales activity for Fairfax and
Arlington counties, the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church and the towns of Vienna,
Herndon, and Clifton. Below is March 2023 regional home sales compared to March 2022 for
Northern Virginia with data derived from Bright MLS as of April 10, 2023 (total sales and listings
may not include garage/parking spaces):
• The number of closed sales in March 2023 was 1,381 units. This was down 32.1%
compared to March 2022 and up 38.4% compared to February 2023. The number of closed
sales is also down compared to (pre-pandemic) March 2019, when there were 1,586 closed
• The sold volume in March 2023 was $1,064,008,845. This was down 30.6% compared to
March 2022. This number is up compared to (pre-pandemic) March 2019, when it was
• The average sold price for a home in March 2023 was $778,316, down 0.2% from March
2022 but significantly more than March 2019 (pre-pandemic), when the average sold price
was $596,142.
• The median sold price for a home in March 2023 was $665,000. This was an increase
compared to the (pre-pandemic) March 2019 median sold price of $537,900.
• The number of active listings in March 2023 was 1,417, up 14.7% from March 2022, when
there were 1235 listings. This number was down from March 2019 (pre-pandemic) when the
number of active listings was 2,227.
• New pending sales in March 2023 were 1,600, down 30.4% compared to March 2022.
Read more about the NVAR region housing market at
NVAR Charts, Graphs, Social Media for March 2023 NVAR Housing Stats
March Housing Data: Click here.
Regional Jurisdiction Infographic: Click here.
NVAR Region Infographic: Click here.
March Market Minute Video: Click Here
These links are accessible from the Market Stats page here: Click here.
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Virginia, enhancing the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business
successfully, promoting professional competency, upholding the principles of fair housing for all,
and preserving the right to own, transfer and use real property. With offices located in Fairfax
and Herndon, NVAR has grown to more than 13,000 Realtor® and real estate service provider
members who carry out a real estate industry in a community of more than 2 million residents.
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