Southern Tier Wins Top Honors in NYSAR's Used Phone Drive
Posted October 16, 2014
The New York State Association of REALTORS®' Young Professionals Network Group held a used cell phone collection drive at the recent NYSAR Fall Business Meetings at Turning Stone Resort to benefit victims of domestic violence.
To encourage participation, NYSAR made it a contest between their 8 geographic regions. Coming out on top, of course, was the Southern Tier (Binghamton, Elmira-Corning, Ithaca, Cortland and Otsego-Delaware), who collected over 70 phones for this great cause!
On Thursday, October 9th, NYSAR Southern Tier Regional Vice-President and Ithaca Board of REALTORS® State Director, Amy Wood Gonzalez delivered the phones to The Advocacy Center of Tompkins County.
Amy Wood Gonzalez of NYSAR (left) and Christie Hillenbrand (right)
"Thank you so much for collecting the cell phones for our agency. It means so much not only to us but for the lives of our clients. Some of the cell phones that were collected will become phones that can be used to contact emergency personnel if needed. Any cell phone, even without minutes can be used to call 911. It is a tool that we use with our clients for safety planning purposes. The rest of the phones will be sent to the shelter alliance. From the Shelter Alliance we receive a donation that helps us give the highest level of support to our community. Thank you so much for supporting us in the work that we do!" Christie Hillenbrand, Advocate/Counselor at the Center
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IBR Raises $3350 for Habitat for Humanity for Tompkins and Cortland Counties
Posted October 14, 2014
The Ithaca Board of REALTORS® organizes and sponsors a fundraiser every year to benefit a local not-for-profit organization. This year, Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties was chosen to be the recipient and the goal was to donate "closing gifts" to five families that purchase a Habitat Home.
As is often the case, the buyers have difficulties raising the funds needed to close. This year's fundraiser was a huge success and raised enough to allocate closing gifts to six families! The donation was presented to Shannon MacCarrick, executive director of Habitat for Humanity, at the Ithaca Board of REALTORS'® annual fall luncheon on September 24th.
Lindsay Hart, co- chairman of the IBR Advertising/PR committee presents this year's donations to Shannon MacCarrick, executive director of Habitat for Humanity, at the Ithaca Board of REALTORS annual fall luncheon.
Members of the Ithaca Board of REALTORS® public relations and advertising committee include, Lindsay Hart, co-chair, Leslie Intemann, co-chair, Brent Katzman, Bintu Sidiki, Tim Thomas, Emily Doyle, and Megan Van Sickle.
Survey: Residents Satisfied with Quality of Life; Many Seeking New Homes
Posted July 30, 2014
A recent poll of Tompkins County residents conducted by the independent research firm American Strategies shows that Tompkins County residents praise the local quality of life, and that one in three Tompkins County residents are interested in moving to a new home in the next year or two.
The American Strategies survey, commissioned by the Ithaca Board of Realtors® through the National Associations of Realtors®, was conducted in an effort to better understand Tompkins County’s housing and transportation needs.
In 2004, the Tompkins County Comprehensive Plan cited a need for 4,000 new housing units in the county in the next 20 years (by 2024), as the area, with its low unemployment rate and cultural benefits, is one of the few growing counties in the state. With mortgage rates continuing to remain low, for those contemplating selling a home, the time could not be better.
The 400 residents who responded to the phone poll were asked about their housing, transportation, and municipal concerns. The results indicate that residents are generally pleased with the quality of life in Tompkins County, but are concerned about high property taxes; want good public schools; and are looking for safe transportation alternatives.
Eighty-five percent of residents polled said that the quality of life here has been consistently good. Nonetheless, those surveyed said policy makers should place tax burden relief as their number one priority. In addition, the performance of public schools was the most important factor in their perception of a positive quality of life here. They also said they place a high priority on short commutes, sidewalks, walkability, and public walking spaces. Other issues of concern to them were jobs, transportation and infrastructure, and the environment.
Of the 34% percent of residents looking to move in the next year or two
More than 60% are looking for single-family detached homes
In 2013 single-family detached homes were the large majority of the residential sales in Tompkins County (83%)
16% are looking for townhouse or condominiums
The difficulty here is that in Tompkins County there were 46 townhouses/condominiums in inventory last year, and none of them within City of Ithaca borders. These properties closed about 25% faster than single family homes that year. It is also worth noting that the 2011 Danter Report showed that Ithaca can support condominium development.
While we occasionally hear grumbling about the traffic in Ithaca, nearly 70% of residents polled said there is not enough traffic to cause concern. Most said they travel by car to work and do not carpool. Of those surveyed 32% use TCAT for travel to work, school, errands, or to get to other destinations. Of those 32%, 88% rated TCAT’s performance as “excellent” or “good”. When asked why they do not ride TCAT or use the system more frequently, respondents overwhelmingly said there are no obstacles, such as parking, reliability and overcrowding on buses. Most residents responded that they simply prefer to drive. Almost 80% say that they would not use a park-and-ride option even if it were closer to their homes. It is worth noting that over one-half of residents would like to see safer routes for riding bikes to work and would like sidewalks available.
Media Contact: Dennis Mogil, 2014 Ithaca Board of Realtors® President 607-227-6422