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Association Executive News - November 2017
REALTORS respond to advancement of tax reform bills
The House of Representatives passed their tax reform bill (H.R. 1) on Thursday, Nov. 16, with a vote of 227-205. Five GOP members from New York voted against the bill (Reps. Donovan, Faso, King, Stefanik and Zeldin). On the same day, the U.S. Senate advanced their version of tax reform legislation out of the Senate Finance Committee, setting the stage for a floor vote after Thanksgiving. REALTORS are continuing the Call for Action, now targeting the Senate. NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall had this to say: “It’s disappointing to see this legislation move forward, but the real work to shape this debate is just getting started… Make no mistake, middle-class homeowners will see their home values fall if this proposal moves forward, while large corporations walk away with the bulk of the tax cuts.” Mendenhall’s full statement can be found here. If you have not taken action yet on this critical issue, which has the potential to change the entire housing market, please do today.

October 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 October 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.

All New York State local boards/associations meet Core Standards requirements
Congratulations to all New York State local boards/associations on achieving your third-cycle NAR Core Standards certification. The NAR Core Standards are intended to make sure that every REALTOR experiences great value from their membership. Thank you for your hard work in achieving this certification.

Register for the 2018 NAR AE Institute in Charlotte, NC to be held March 23-26
The 2018 AE Institute will be held March 23-26, 2018, in Charlotte, NC. Registration opens on Wednesday, Dec. 6, and all registrations must be done online.  Register before January 31 to save $30 on Institute tuition. Registration is $560 before January 31 and $590 after that date.
Click here for more information. 

Report your local board/association 2017 REALTOR of the Year
The deadline for reporting is Friday, Dec. 29. For the Local Board/Association REALTOR of the Year reporting form, click here.  

Contact NYSAR Vice President of Board and Member Services Patrick Reilly at 518-463-0300 or email at with questions.

Register for Triple Play for free! 
All local board association executives and staff can register to attend the Triple Play Convention and Trade Expo for free. It’s a great opportunity to: join your leadership team in celebrating their success; bring along your new leaders to help them plan for the future; and hear from industry leaders about the latest issues, trends and tools. It's an ideal time to recharge your battery, while getting inspired with new ideas.  You can also take advantage of the chance to preview speakers you may want to bring to your members. Simply fax in your registration form to 301-694-5124 to register. 

MLS policy change effective July 1, 2018
At the recent NAR Board of Directors meeting, the directors voted to give agents more flexibility in MLS choices. This change affects board/association, regional MLSs and deals with a Mandatory Waiver Policy. Beginning on July 1, 2018, multiple listing services will soon be compelled to offer waivers to agents who want to opt out of their services. That means where MLSs use a jurisdictional assessment option, they’ll no longer be allowed to compel participation by all agents of a real estate firm. Instead, such MLSs will be required to provide a nonuse waiver option to all licensees who pledge to not use the MLS’s services and must be able to prove they are already affiliated with another MLS.  

Recurring MLS fees, dues, and charges may be based upon the total number of real estate brokers, sales licensees, and licensed or certified real estate appraisers affiliated with or employed by an MLS participant. However, MLSs must provide participants the option of a no-cost waiver of MLS fees, dues and charges for any licensee or licensed or certified appraiser who can demonstrate subscription to a different MLS where the principal broker participates. MLSs may, at their discretion, require waiver recipients and their participants to sign a certification for nonuse of its MLS services, which can include penalties and termination of the waiver if violated.

Note: A principal broker must still be a participant in the MLS. Non-principals may not simply join, become a user or subscriber in an MLS unless the broker is a participant. As noted in the last sentence of the previous paragraph, penalties may include termination of the waiver, if violated, along with payment of back fees and fines. Fines may not exceed $15,000. 

Save the date: 2018 NYSAR Local Board/Association Leadership Conference to be held Feb. 4-5, 2018
The 2018 NYSAR Local Board/Association Leadership Conference will be held Sunday, Feb. 4, and Monday, Feb. 5. At the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Albany, NY. Arrival and check-in opens at 11 a.m. on Feb. 4. There will be a luncheon buffet and welcome by 2018 NYSAR President CJ DelVechhio. Stay tuned for more information.

Brand NYSAR’s ‘Careers in Real Estate’ program with your board/association logo
An objective of NYSAR’s 2015-2017 Strategic Plan was to promote real estate as a career to future young professionals. Since membership begins locally, NYSAR has developed a number of tools you could use to promote real estate careers including a “Careers in Real Estate” video and rack card. NYSAR is able to co-brand these materials upon request. Please contact Director of Communications Sal Prividera at if interested. Visit for more information.

Congratulations Ed Jekel on earning RCE designation
Congratulations to Ed Jekel, CEO of the Mohawk Valley Association of REALTORS, for earning the REALTORS Certified Executive (RCE) designation. He joins the following New York Association Executives that hold the RCE designation: Suzanne Close, Greater Capital; Lance M. Evans, Jefferson Lewis and St. Lawrence; Annette M. Fachko, Buffalo Niagara; Ann Garti, Hudson Gateway; John L. Leonardi, Buffalo Niagara; Richard T. Stauffer, Hamptons and North Fork; Mike Coughlin, Clinton County and Northern Adirondack; Norma Jane, Ithaca; Laura Burns, Greater Capital; James Yockel, Greater Rochester; Ali Mann, NYSAR; Duncan MacKenzie, NYSAR; Patrick Reilly, NYSAR. 

Click here to learn the steps involved in earning the RCE designation. 

House passes five-year flood insurance extension
The House of Representatives passed legislation Tuesday, Nov. 14, to reform and reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years. The bill, which is backed by NAR, still needs Senate approval. It remains unclear whether the long-sought five-year extension will be passed before the program expires on Dec. 8, 2017. Read more here.

Encourage your members to apply for an education scholarship by Dec. 31
The New York State Real Estate Education Foundation (NYSREEF) is offering scholarships to REALTORS, which allow them to take a national designation course for free. Applications must be received by Dec. 31. Click here to learn more.

It’s now easier than ever to access 
In an effort to make it even easier for you to access the wealth of information available at, the log-in process has recently been removed from the site. Visitors are now able to see everything from key legal issues and sample legal forms to legislative priorities, Member Perks partners, education designation information and more without having to enter any information. 

To register for upcoming courses or events, look up committee membership, invest in RPAC, manage your NYSAR publications and emails and much more, you will still need to log in to the NYSAR Web Portal at To log in, enter your nine-digit NRDS ID number as your username. Unless you’ve previously changed it, your password is your last name. Passwords are case sensitive, so please capitalize the first letter.

NYSAR submits testimony at NYC hearing on co-op legislation
NYSAR submitted testimony before the New York City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings at its hearing on Nov. 8 at City Hall on two bills (here and here) regarding the application process for cooperative apartments. Also in attendance submitting testimony were cooperative board members, the NYC Commission on Human Rights and the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development. NYSAR will continue its efforts urging city and state officials to introduce and enact cooperative transparency legislation to improve access to cooperative housing.

November election results across New York State
Local elections were held across New York State on Nov. 7. Notable results include: Democrat George Latimer defeating Republican incumbent Rob Astorino for Westchester County Executive; Democrat Laura Curran defeating Republican Jack Martins for Nassau County Executive; and Republican Steve McLaughlin declaring victory over Democrat Andrea Smyth for Rensselaer County Executive. A detailed list of election results around the state can be found here.

NYS pushes back on Hudson River oil barges
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law that gives the state Department of Environmental Conservation added power to ban storage of oil barges on the Hudson River. NYSAR submitted testimony to the U.S. Coast Guard expressing concerns with federal plans to establish new anchorage sites for oil barges along the river. Read more here.

Encourage your members to take part in NYSAR’s Step Up, Stand Out challenge!
NYSAR is looking for your members’ help recruiting new faces to take part in NYSAR’s committees. They can accept our challenge today and invite their fellow members who they think would benefit from taking their membership to the next level by submitting their names using our online form. 
For every member they recruit, they’ll be entered into a drawing whereby one winner will be randomly-selected to receive two tickets to NYSAR’s 2018 Inaugural Dinner & Installation of Officers. The drawing will be held on Friday, Jan. 26. Plus, for each recruit they invite who attends the NYSAR 2018 Mid-Winter Business Meetings, they’ll receive an entry into a drawing to win a $250 credit towards their stay at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino for the 2018 Fall Business Meetings.
They can visit to submit recruits and find a helpful recruiter toolkit.

Call for 2018 Agents’ Day dates
Each year NYSAR staff attends local board/association agents' day events across the state. NYSAR is in the process of setting its schedule for 2018. When your local board/association sets its 2018 event date, please send the information to Communications Coordinator Ciara Hassenpflug at or call 518-463-0300 x207. We thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Remind your members to tune in to NYSAR Radio on Dec. 19 for ‘2017 in Review and What’s New in 2018’
The Tuesday, Dec. 19, NYSAR Radio show will take a look back at 2017 and preview what’s new for 2018. Tune in at 10 a.m. on Dec. 19 on your PC or Mac by using the player on the NYSAR Radio page

Bid on the November RPAC auction item – Samsung SmartThings Home Monitoring Kit
Bidding will end at the close of business on Monday, Nov. 27. 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

RPAC High Rollers Suite to open in Atlantic City on Wednesday, Dec. 6

When in Atlantic City, do as the high rollers do and enjoy all of the city’s pleasures in one location - the RPAC High Rollers Suite on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.
Where: Atlantic City Convention Center, Room 308/309
Cost: $250 RPAC investment (to be applied to 2018 RPAC year)
Amenities include: shoe shine; manicures; massages; professional photographs; a psychic reader; business facilities; hot lunch; beverages; and a deluxe coffee barista! To register today, contact NYSAR’s Political Affairs Coordinator Derick King at 518-463-0300 x238 or

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

Read 10 tips on how you can be successful in 2018; meet the 2017 REALTOR of the Year and Community Service Award winners; learn about NYSAR's new "Careers in Real Estate Program;" and much more! Click here to read the latest issue.
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