Association Executives News

Association Executive News - June 2017

May 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 May 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.

NY First Home passes both houses of Legislature
On Monday, June 19, the NY First Home Proposal (A.5616-B/S.4058-B) passed in both the New York State Senate and Assembly.  The bill will next be delivered to the governor for his approval at an undetermined time.  The NY First Home Program would allow individuals and couples to put aside money in a special savings account to be used for the upfront costs associated with purchasing a first home in New York State.  Click here for more details on the program.

2018 NYSAR committee sign up available in July
NYSAR committee sign up will be available online only between July 1 and July 31. Encourage your members to select up to six of the more than 25 NYSAR committees available in 2018. They can choose up to three termed/closed committees and three open committees/forums/working groups. Volunteers are asked to be sure they will be able to attend the association’s 2018 business meetings, which are Feb. 4-8 in Albany and Sept. 29-Oct. 3 in Verona before committing to serve. For information and to sign up, visit

There’s still time to participate in NYSAR Housing Opportunities Month!
In honor of June being NYSAR Housing Opportunities Month, and in an effort to raise awareness for housing opportunities in New York State, the NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation has set a goal of raising $5,000, which goes directly to the First-time Homebuyer Grant Program. Donate today to be a part of this effort! Learn more.   

Promote UBS Financial in 2017 and have your AEI expenses reimbursed
NYSAR is offering a $500 expense reimbursement to local board/association executive officers attending either NAR’s AEI or the NYSAR AE Conference in Saratoga from July 10-12.  To qualify for the expense reimbursement, you need only to commit to promoting NYSAR Member Perks partner UBS Financial Services. Click here to learn more.

Legislative session wraps up

While the New York State Legislative Session ended on Wednesday, June 21, NYSAR continues to advocate on behalf of REALTOR issues, including the approval of the NY First Home Program.  Additionally, NYSAR-supported legislation granting up to $90 million in aid to property owners, business and municipalities on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence Seaway effected by recent flooding has passed both houses. Unresolved legislative issues include a deal to extend mayoral control of New York City public schools, an expansion of the number of NYC charter schools, and the extension of numerous county sales tax and mortgage recording taxes across the state.  Even though the legislative session has ended, NYSAR Government Affairs staff will keep the membership updated on all legislative activities at the Capitol.

Senator Carlucci introduces legislation addressing federal elimination of state and local tax deductibility
New York State Sen. David Carlucci has introduced legislation aimed at protecting New Yorkers’ ability to deduct state and local taxes on state income taxes in the event the federal government approves legislation eliminating the deduction at the federal level.  The proposal, S.6502, would decouple the itemized deduction at the state level to federal itemized deductions, preserving New Yorkers’ ability to claim an itemized deductions for their property taxes on state tax returns.  Learn more.  

U.S. House of Representatives introduces draft of flood insurance bill, holds hearings
On May 25, the House Financial Services Committee released portions of draft legislation to reauthorize and reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The NFIP, if not reauthorized by Congress, will expire on Sept. 30, 2017.  Click here for more information on the legislation and the NFIP. Click here to find out more about the recent hearings. Click here to see how the reauthorization of the NFIP affects New York real estate.  

Travel confidently with Emergency Assistance Plus
Accidents and medical emergencies happen when you least expect, and can turn a dream vacation into a nightmare. Protect yourself and your family with NYSAR’s newest Member Perk partner, Emergency Assistance Plus, for just pennies a day. With EA+, you’ll receive medical assistance that’s invaluable when you need it most including: emergency medical evacuation, transportation home, travel assistance, personal security services and more. Best of all, as a NYSAR member you are guaranteed low group rates and cannot be turned down. Use code “NYSAR” and visit or call 877-318-9612 to learn more.

Encourage your members to register for the upcoming RPR webinar on July 27
Members can register today for the “10 Ways to Earn More Business than Your Competition” webinar on Thursday, July 27, at 2:30 p.m. Attendees will learn how to: use RPR to improve prospecting and farming strategies; run accurate comp analyses; identify distressed properties and their impact on neighborhoods; set industry standard values on home investments; and more!

Remind your members to tune in to NYSAR Radio on July 18 for ‘Disclosures Other Than Agency’
The Tuesday, July 18, NYSAR Radio show will cover disclosures other than agency. Tune in at 10 a.m. on July 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 June RPAC auction item – SONY Extra Base Bluetooth Headphones
Bidding will end at the close of business on Thursday, June 29. 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

The spring/summer RPAC fundraising season is in full swing!
Local boards across the state are busy planning and executing RPAC events late this spring and into summer. From bowling and cruises to a New York Yankees game, there is something for everyone. To see what other boards/associations have scheduled, view the RPAC event calendar

Contributions are not deductible for income tax purposes. Contributions to RPAC are voluntary and are used for political purposes. You may contribute more or less than the suggested amount. You may refuse to contribute without reprisal and the National Association of REALTORS, the New York State Association of REALTORS or any of its local boards or associations will not favor or disfavor any member because of the amount contributed. 70 percent of each contribution is used by your state PAC to support state and local political candidates. Until your NYSAR PAC reaches its PAC goal 30 percent is sent to National RPAC to support federal candidates and is charged against your limits under 2 U.S.C. 441a; after NYSAR PAC reaches its RPAC goal it may elect to retain your entire contribution for use in supporting state and local candidates.

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The May/June digital edition of New York State REALTOR is now available!

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