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Association Executive News - February 2017

January 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 January 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.

2017 NYSAR Leadership Team takes office during Mid-Winter Business Meetings
NYSAR 2017 President Dawn Carpenter, President-elect CJ DelVecchio and Secretary/Treasurer Moses Seuram took the oath of office during the inaugural dinner held on Monday, Feb. 6, during the association’s Mid-Winter Business Meetings at The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany, NY. 
In addition to the inauguration, a full slate of committee meetings took place. The General Session presentation included NYSAR President Dawn Carpenter’s State of the Association address and attendees heard from a panel of experts on 2017 industry trends. Additionally, 2016 local board/association REALTORS and REALTOR Associates of the Year and 2016 Community Service Award winners were recognized. The 2016 Lawrence B. Caldwell Award was presented to Linda Page of Rhinebeck, NY.
Visit in the coming weeks for meeting minutes and videos from the General Session and highlighted presentations.  

Promote UBS Financial in 2017 and have your AEI expenses reimbursed
Per NYSAR CEO Duncan MacKenzie’s Dec. 12, 2016 email, 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. 

New Yorkers call on Governor Cuomo and Legislature to assist first-time homebuyers
According to results from a Homeownership Poll conducted by the Siena Research Institute (SRI), 84 percent of New York voters supported the NY First Home proposal that would create a tax-free savings account to help New Yorkers save for a first home. Support for the program was bi-partisan and spread across the entire state.  Click here for more details.

NY First Home introduced in state Senate and Assembly
The NY First Home legislation (A.5616/S.4058) has now been introduced in both houses of the New York State Legislature.  In the state Senate, the bill is sponsored by Senator Betty Little and was reported to the Senate Housing Committee, which Little chairs.  The state Assembly bill is sponsored by Phil Ramos and has been reported to the Ways and Means Committee.  Last year, NY First Home passed the Senate unanimously 61-0.  NYSAR Government Affairs staff have also met with Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, chair of the Assembly’s Housing Committee, to advocate for the NY First Home program. Click here to visit the New York First Home website and to send a message to your state legislator urging their support for the NY First Home proposal.

NYSAR’s legislative and political committees meet
During NYSAR’s Mid-Winter Business Meetings, the association’s legislative and political working groups met. The REALTOR members from across New York that make up these committees took up several key legislative proposals including mandatory well testing, transfer taxes, and support for a first-time homebuyer assistance program called NY First Home.  For a full slate of reports from these committees and working groups visit

NYSAR’s NYC Issues Working Group meets in New York City
On Thursday, Feb. 16, NYSAR’s NYC Issues Working Group and members from the Co-op Issues Working Group met in Lower Manhattan to discuss the updated New York City FEMA Flood Maps and the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program.  The meeting included a presentation from Katherine Greig, deputy director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency.  Click here for more information on NYC flood maps.  

NAR pens letter to HUD on FHA premiums
The National Association of REALTORS has sent a letter to Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Designee Ben Carson asking the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to reinstate the 25 basis point reduction of the annual mortgage insurance premiums that would have applied to mortgages with a closing or disbursement date of Jan. 27, 2017.  Click here for more details and to view the letter.  

Save the date: 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.  Please stay tuned for more details!
Encourage your members to register today for upcoming tax and marketing webinars
Encourage your members to join NYSAR and Member Perks partner UBS Financial Services for a tax and retirement planning webinar on Thursday, March 2, at 2:30 p.m. This must-attend webinar will also cover the benefits of starting an Independent 401(k) plan. NYSAR Member Perks partner JSJD Media will present the “Programmatic Marketing for REALTORS” webinar on Thursday, March 23, at 2:30 p.m. Learn how to use programmatic marketing to reach homebuyers and sellers when they’re looking online for real estate-related services.
Housing Opportunities Foundation raises more than $2,000 with couture store fundraiser
The NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation raised $2,067 during the “It’s New to You” couture store fundraiser held in conjunction with the Mid-Winter Business Meetings at the Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY. Gently-used items were sold to business meeting attendees during the two-day event including men's and women's formal wear, business wear, smart casual clothing, outerwear, shoes and accessories. Proceeds from the fundraiser go directly to the foundation’s first-time homebuyer grant program. Click here for more information on the foundation.
Remind your members to tune in to NYSAR Radio on March 21 for ‘Teams’
The Tuesday, March 21, NYSAR Radio show will cover the topic of teams. Tune in at 10 a.m. on March 21 on your PC or Mac by using the player on the NYSAR Radio page. You will need to be logged in to listen. 

RPAC Lounge at the Desmond a huge success!
Once again, the RPAC Lounge held at the Desmond as part of NYSAR’s Mid-Winter Business Meetings was a success for RPAC.  The one-day event raised more than $29,000. Thank you to the 115 attendees for investing in RPAC and congratulations to Tom McCarthy from LIBOR for submitting the high bid of $300 on the TV auctioned off at the lounge.

Linda J. Page receives the 2016 Lawrence B. Caldwell RPAC Service Award 

Linda J. Page of Rhinebeck, NY was presented with the prestigious Lawrence B. Caldwell RPAC Service Award, the highest honor presented by the REALTORS Political Action Committee of New York. Page, a REALTOR for more than 40 years, is the principal broker for Fraleigh & Rakow Realty, LLC in Rhinebeck. Page was inducted into the RPAC of New York Hall of Fame in 2015 ($15,000+ lifetime), and is a consistent, outspoken advocate for RPAC. RPAC of New York reached its fundraising goal in 2012 for the first time in many years during her time as RPAC Trustee Chair. She has been a Sterling R, Major Investor ($1,000+ annually) for 11 years, and she has always incorporated creativity into her giving with inspired and thoughtful auction item donations to RPAC events and the monthly online auction series. Her consistent leadership with RPAC is a shining example for NYSAR’s entire membership.

New York REALTORS inducted into NYSAR RPAC Hall of Fame
Congratulations to the following NYSAR members on their induction into the RPAC of New York Hall of Fame in recognition of their generous $15,000 total lifetime investments in RPAC: Mary Begley, Long Island; Dorothy Botsoe, Hudson Gateway; Walter Christensen, Jefferson Lewis; John Gerace, Greater Rochester; Linda Lugo, Long Island; Moses Seuram, Long Island; Donald Scanlon, Long Island; George Wonica Jr., Brooklyn; Russ Woolley, Hudson Gateway.

Bid on the February RPAC auction item – Samsung Galaxy Tab E-nook 9.6”
Bidding will end at the close of business on Thursday, Feb. 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

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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