Resorts World Catskills–Comprehensive Update

It’s been two months, and the casino is settling in.  The anticipation, and now reality, of having a full scale gambling and extended entertainment venue in Sullivan County, NY is beginning to take shape along many fronts.  Read the extended article and listen to the podcast for a fuller understanding of the what Resorts World Catskills is doing and how it is effecting the local economy and infrastructure.

Sullivan County NY Sales Data 2018

For 2017, home sales in Sullivan County NY increased by 2.2 percent with end of year total accounting for 590 home purchases.  Median prices rose from $128,000 to $135,000 accounting for a 5.5 % increase from 2016 levels.  Medium pricing is defined by 50 percent of homes sold fall above $135,000 with the remaining 50% falling below that number.  (See Local Realtors: Pace of home sales largely returning to prerecession levels)

Local Sullivan County brokers anticipate stronger sales for 2018 with many more showings occurring in the usually slower winter months.  The “Casino Effect” has shaped the Monticello, NY market to some extent by creating excitement and new motivation for home buyers to consider buying while commercial investors continue to eye the area to determine long term investment potential.

Overall, realtors® are optimistic 2018 will continue the upward trend with m.)ore buyers and somewhat higher pricing due to stronger demand.  The rental market is being driven by the new casino housing demands while other businesses continue to expand job opportunity creating a better return on investment for rental property.

Investors-Take A Second Look at Monticello Venue

Money on the lineMalaysia based Kien Huat (Corporate Name) owns almost 90 percent of Empire Resorts, the firm building the Montreign Resort at Adelaar.  The huge conglomerate is putting it’s money on the line which means some very smart people are betting that whatever the casino landscape looks like ten years from now, they’ll still be making a ton of money and be viable.

Business banter about more casino development in an over saturated market has given investors pause for thought.  Local real estate sales should have been more brisk as the build out picks up speed.  Ken Haut’s substantial investment may now stimulate a more balanced thought process for other entrepreneurs evaluating the profit potential in Sullivan County.

The risk to reward ratio is always the paradigm.  Kien Huat obviously has weighed the pros and cons and voted with many millions.  You may want to consider taking the leap.  There is no risk involved in contacting me for a frank discussion on how you can profit here in Sullivan County, NY. Take a few moments and call me at 845-492-0261.


Sullivan-Orange & Ulster Home Sales Experience Sharp Increase

Uptrend Sullivan-Orange-UlsterThe Times Herald Record reports large home sale increases in Sullivan, Ulster, and Orange County.  This overview presents a few points about the increase and factors holding back local economies. Perhaps the two largest determinants are jobs and taxes.  Reduce taxes, create jobs.  Although easy to write and talk about, it’s far more difficult to accomplish.

Our area is finally enjoying some fruits of a better national economy, improvement in lending to application ratios, and seller price capitulation. Selling prices are more in line with market realities and foreclosures still factor into median prices which have declined–that’s good for buyers, not so for sellers.

Resort/Casino development continues to be the leading edge of interest in Sullivan County.  Neighboring Orange and Ulster continue to create a commuting area whereby metropolitan folks make the trip into Penn Station via train or brave the 17/86/87 corridor.  The extension of bedroom communities is a long time trend and will continue for the foreseeable future.

All in all and for the moment, Sullivan Orange & Ulster are places to consider if you want to beat the rat race.  Consider allowing us to offer guidance for your next move up to the country.  Thanks.

Sullivan County NY Catskills Casino and Real Estate Update January 2016

casino aIt’s full speed ahead in the Sullivan County, NY Catskills. New York State has granted the required gaming license permitting the Adelaar Casino, at the Montreign Resort, to operate a full scale, Las Vegas/Atlantic City type gaming complex.

The local excitement and enthusiasm surrounding the build out is palpable with business meet-ups, rejuvenated Chambers of Commerce events, and county level, municipal planning sessions evident.

EPR has sponsored two recent job and contractor events in both Sullivan and Orange County and is the lead company responsible for resort development. According to the Wikipedia: Empire Resorts is a company that owns the Monticello Raceway racino in the Catskill Mountains 90 miles from New York City. Headquartered in Monticello, New York, Empire is 78.6% owned by Kien Huat Realty Sdn Bhd of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Local projects envision an influx of tourist dollars to be generated by the renewed interest in Sullivan County. This former tourist, destination fallen on hard times over the last fifty years, is making a come back. Investors and speculators are measuring up potential opportunities as the infrastructure revs up for the billion dollar Montreign Resort.

Look for continued commercial real estate sales to burgeon with residential rental inventory tightening. Working men and women need solid housing and in the short run, Sullivan doesn’t have near enough to accommodate the influx of temporary workers.

The rental market will continue to grow based on the new jobs created by the resort project. Expected to be completed in early 2018, two thousand plus jobs will drive the need for comfortable and affordable housing.

Residential real estate will also enjoy a boost driven by the Sullivan County revival. Still a buyer’s market right now, sellers can look forward to a more even market where fair value eventually returns to par.

All in all, prospects are brighter than ever for Sullivan County. Second home owners still have the rarefied back road byways, commercial interests will seize routes 42, 52, 55 and I86/Route 17 corridor leading to Monticello.

Look for real estate price improvement and be sure to contact me for current information about Sullivan, Ulster, Orange County.

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