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Association Executive News - March 2017

February 2017 statewide housing market report and video available on
In addition to the 10K local report you received from either NYSAR or directly from 10K, the February 2017 statewide housing market report is available on The full statewide reports are available to NYSAR members only.
Also available on is “The Skinny,” a video highlighting our current statewide housing market conditions. Please encourage your members to share this video with consumers to help them understand the Empire State’s housing market. Learn more on the Housing Statistics page.

NYSAR launches Call for Action regarding NY First Home
On Monday, March 20, NYSAR launched a Call for Action asking state lawmakers to include NY First Home in the final state budget. This CFA is part of a final push by NYSAR before budget negotiations wrap up within the next two weeks. This is also the first state CFA of the year and any help encouraging members (via phone, email, website homepages, newsletters, social media, etc.) to visit the NY First Home online petition and sign it would be a great help and go towards fulfilling local board REALTOR advocacy requirements as part of NAR’s Core Standards.

Register attendees for NYSAR’s Spokesperson Training 
NYSAR is pleased to again offer the NYSAR Spokesperson Training program in 2017. The state association will conduct these sessions at no cost to local boards/associations to assist them in training current and future local board leaders who may serve as spokespersons by virtue of their office.

Each session will accommodate a maximum of 20 participants. All sessions will start at 10 a.m. and attendees will be provided a light lunch. The session dates and locations are:
•         Thursday, April 13 – Southern Adirondack REALTORS' office.
•         Thursday, April 20 – Mohawk Valley Association of REALTORS' office.
•         Friday, April 21 – Ithaca Board of REALTORS' office. 
•         Friday, April 28 – Staten Island Board of REALTORS' office. 

Please provide NYSAR Director of Communications Sal Prividera with the name of your attendee, his/her email address and the session they will attend by Friday, March 24. You may email him at Sessions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Vote now for NYSAR member named a NAR ‘30 Under 30’ finalist
Congratulations to Raymond Lord, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, East Hampton, NY for making the list of finalists for the National Association of REALTORS’ REALTOR Magazine “30 Under 30” contest! Encourage your members to vote for him by Friday, March 24 - the finalist who collects the most votes will be named the Web Choice Award winner, and is guaranteed a spot among this year's 30 Under 30! Learn more.

Latest ‘Legal Lines’ edition now available online
The first quarter 2017 edition of NYSAR’s Legal Lines is now available online at This edition covers a Supreme Court ruling that a broker was not entitled to a commission on a failed deal, landlords not being able to discriminate based on limited English proficiency, a possible violation of property maintenance code, a dispute regarding independent contractor status and more. Read the latest issue here.  

NYSAR’s 2017 Lobby Day is Tuesday, May 23
NYSAR is proud to announce that the 2017 Lobby Day will take place on Tuesday, May 23, at the Hilton Albany in Governor’s Rooms A and B.  Registration will be from 8-9 a.m. with the welcome address and remarks commencing at 9 a.m.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided.  For more information, please contact NYSAR Government Affairs staff at 518-463-0300 ext. 216  

Send NYSAR your board/association’s community service stories
NYSAR is looking for local boards/associations to submit their community service news to be featured in upcoming issues of New York State REALTOR magazine. Please send news and any corresponding photos to Communications Coordinator Ciara Hassenpflug at

BNAR to hold Xplode Conference on May 10
The Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS will hold the Xplode Conference, a one-day real estate technology and marketing conference open to all NYSAR members, on May 10 at the Buffalo Marriott Niagara Hotel from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees will gain valuable insight from industry leaders including Matt Fagioli, Kristi Kennelly, Matt Fowler and Tracy Weir that will ignite their real estate business in 2017. Tickets are $29 before May 1. After that they will be $49, and then $69 at the door. For more information, visit

NY First Home included in Senate Majority and IDC one-house budget resolutions
On Wednesday, March 15, the New York State Senate Majority and the Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) unveiled their one-house budgets with both including the NY First Home Proposal. The Senate Majority’s budget resolution was then voted upon and passed later that day. Joint Budget Conference Committees began deliberations on Monday, March 20.  The budget is due by March 31, 2017.

NY First Home approved by Senate Housing Committee
On the legislative track, the NY First Home Proposal (S.4058), sponsored by Senator Betty Little, advanced out of the Senate Housing, Construction and Community Development Committee to the Senate Finance Committee. Click here to visit the NY First Home website and to send an electronic message to your state legislator urging their support for the NY First Home proposal.

Legislature seeks repeal of STAR credit in budget
Both the New York State Assembly and Senate have included in their one-house budget resolutions a measure to repeal the STAR Credit program, which was enacted last year.  The STAR Credit program issues new homeowners a check for the amount of their STAR benefit as opposed to an up-front exemption, and has been met with resistance by lawmakers.  Proposed changes in this year’s budget would sunset the current credit program and return all homeowners back to the exemption program. Click here for more details on the STAR program.    
Encourage your members to register today for upcoming RPR and Taxbot webinars
Encourage your members to join RPR for an insightful look into how their dynamic data, impressive reporting tools, and one-of-a-kind app will engage, capture and retain clients at their next open house during a webinar this Thursday, March 30, at 2:30 p.m. They can also join NYSAR Member Perks partner Taxbot for the “Hidden Treasures in the Tax Code” webinar on Thursday, April 20, at 2:30 p.m. They will learn how to use “gems” within the law to write off more of their food and fun!
Good Neighbor Awards deadline is May 12
The National Association of REALTORS’ REALTOR Magazine is seeking nominations for the 2017 Good Neighbor Awards. The program recognizes REALTORS whose extraordinary commitment to community service has helped make their communities better places to live. Entries must be received by Friday, May 12. Learn more.
Remind your members to tune in to NYSAR Radio on April 18 for ‘Fair Housing’
The Tuesday, April 18, NYSAR Radio show will cover fair housing issues in honor of April being Fair Housing Month. Tune in at 10 a.m. on April 18 on your PC or Mac by using the player on the NYSAR Radio page. You will need to be logged in to listen. 

Bid on the March RPAC auction item – Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel
Bidding will end at the close of business on Friday, March 24. To place a bid, call Derick King in NYSAR’s Government Affairs Department at 518-463-0300 x238, email or join the RPAC of New York Facebook group

Looking to attend an RPAC event in your community?
Local boards have begun 2017 RPAC fundraising event planning with many events already on the calendar for the months ahead. From March Madness, bowling, happy hour gatherings and a New York Yankees game, there is something for everyone. To view the event calendar, visit the RPAC page of  

NYSAR launches new RPAC promotional flyers for 2017
Hot off the presses! A broker-specific flyer offering a few pointers on how brokers may bring RPAC into the conversation among their agents is available to download here. A flyer showing how RPAC has worked to protect the business and to defend the dream of homeownership is available to download here.

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The November/December digital edition of New York State REALTOR is now available!

Learn about this year's Community Service Award winners, see what local boards are doing to give back to their communities, meet the 2016 REALTOR of the Year, and more! Click here to read the latest issue.
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