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Association Executive News - July 2017
Call for Action: Tell Governor Cuomo to sign NY First Home into law!
NYSAR has launched a new Call for Action asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign the NY First Home initiative into law. Please take action today and share the petition link on any homepages, social media, MLS login pages, etc.  Answer Calls for Action more conveniently: Simply text the word “NYREALTOR” to 30644 to receive REALTOR Party Mobile Alerts and answer important Calls for Action that help protect our industry! 

Second quarter and June 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 second quarter and June 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.

There's still time to sign up for 2018 NYSAR committee service
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 – 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

Last call for scholarship applications
The New York State Real Estate Education Foundation provides scholarships to active New York REALTOR members wishing to pursue a national designation or certification.  Scholarships are awarded twice a year.  The application process is simple and awards are not based on need.  The next application deadline is July 31.  Please help spread the word about this valuable opportunity.  The application and eligibility requirements may be found at

Property tax growth capped at 1.84 percent for 2018
Property tax levy growth for local governments with fiscal years that close on Dec. 31, 2017 will be capped at 1.84 percent for the 2018 fiscal year, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. The 2018 fiscal year will be the fifth year in a row that local governments have had their levy growth capped at less than 2 percent. Learn more.

New York adopts regulations implementing paid family leave
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the adoption of the new regulations outlining the responsibilities of employers and insurance carriers in implementing the state’s Paid Family Leave program, which goes into effect Jan. 1, 2018. Learn more.

NAR supports House flood insurance bill
Improvements to the House Financial Services Committee bill to strengthen and reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) gained support from NAR. The most recent draft of the legislation would protect homeowners from significant rate increases when flood maps change, as well as limiting increases to fees and rate hikes to policyholders seen in earlier proposals. The current NFIP expires Sept. 30. Learn more.

Encourage your members to register for the RPR webinar on July 27
Encourage your members to 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!

How open architecture can change the real estate industry
API, application programming interface, is the buzzword of the year in real estate. It’s being talked about by many and analyzed by some, but will benefit all when this digital experience is more widely adopted. Learn more in a recent RPR article titled, “Open Architecture – What it Really Means to Associations and MLSs.” 

Remind your members to tune in to NYSAR Radio on August 15 for ‘Environmental Issues’
The Tuesday, Aug. 15, NYSAR Radio show will cover environmental issues. Tune in at 10 a.m. on Aug. 15 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 July RPAC auction item – Amazon Fire Stick with Alexa voice remote
Bidding will end at the close of business on Friday, July 28. 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 summer RPAC fundraising season is under way
The summer RPAC fundraising season is under way! Many boards have already hosted events with many more on the calendar. From theater nights and cruises to horse racing and a New York Yankees game, there is something for everyone. To view the event calendar, click here.

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.

Featured Content

The July/August digital edition of New York State REALTOR is now available!

Learn how Lobby Day 2017 was a success in pushing legislators to pass NY First Home; how long to hold on to escrow deposits; smartphone productivity tips; how NYSAR can help streamline your summer travel; and much more! Click here to read the latest issue.
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