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2020 Mid-Winter Business Meetings

The New York State Association of REALTORS®’ 2020 Mid-Winter Business Meetings will be held Sunday, February 9 through Thursday, February 13, 2020, at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center, Albany, NY.

Click here for NYSAR Business Meetings FAQs.

Click here to download a full PDF containing all of the business meetings information.

On-site Registration
Please visit NYSAR’s on-site registration desk located in the King Street Courtyard to check-in and receive your name badge and final agenda. Attendees who purchased tickets to the Inaugural Dinner will receive them upon check-in.

NYSAR registration desk hours:

Sunday: 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Monday: 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday: 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday: 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Hotel Meeting Site
The Desmond Hotel & Conference Center
660 Albany-Shaker Rd, Albany, NY 12211
Check-in: 4 p.m.; Check-out: Noon

Reminders & Deadlines
Local Board/Association Leadership Conference: Free! Pre-registration is required.

RPAC VIP Lounge: Cost: $250 investment or pledge.

“The Appraisal Industry: Current Laws, Standards and How to Challenge an Appraisal” – Appraisal CE session:
3 hours real estate and appraiser CE approved. Cost: $50.

In addition to the committee meetings, the following highlighted events will be taking place:
Local Board/Association Presidents’ Networking Luncheon
Sunday, 11:30-1 p.m.
Local board/association presidents are invited to join host Jennifer Stevenson, NYSAR’s 2020 president, for an extra networking opportunity during the Leadership Conference.

Local Board/Association Leadership Conference
Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. & Monday, 8 a.m. – Noon
Designed for local board/association leadership teams and directors, this conference provides direction for forging strong partnerships in order to achieve goals, tackle issues and address challenges that are regularly faced by board/association leadership. The Conference continues Monday from 8 a.m.- Noon.
For a tentative schedule, click here.

Leadership Reception
Sunday, 5-6 p.m.
Members attending the Local Board/Association Leadership Conference are invited to enjoy a complimentary cocktail and hors d’oeuvres while networking.

Appraisal Roundtables
Monday, 11 a.m.-Noon
Join your peers at these informal sessions for lively discussion on appraisal hot topics and additional networking.

Women’s Council of REALTORS®
Monday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
To register for the WCR Lunch, please email Roseann Paggiotta at [email protected] or by phone at 914.490.7648. All WCR members are welcome to attend the WCR Membership Meeting.

Local Board/Association Forum
Monday, 12:30-2 p.m.
All attendees are encouraged to attend this interactive session to discuss industry issues and trends. Speaker details will follow.

Legal Update
Monday, 2:30-4 p.m.
During the session, NYSAR Legal Counsel Anthony Gatto, Esq. will provide an informative update on current legal issues.

President’s Reception
Monday, 6-7 p.m.
All attendees are welcome to attend the President’s Reception for networking, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

Inaugural Dinner
Monday, 7- 10 p.m.
Join the 2020 leadership team and your colleagues from around the state for an “out of this world” celebration with dinner and dancing to live music by Grand Central Station. Black-tie optional, Star Wars accessories welcome!

RPAC VIP Lounge
Tuesday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
With a new $250 RPAC pledge or investment, gain access to this exclusive area for a hearty continental breakfast, a hot lunch buffet, massages, manicures, caricatures and much more. Register online when you register for the meetings. Click here for a flyer with more details.

“The Appraisal Industry: Current Laws, Standards and How to Challenge an Appraisal”
(3 hours of appraiser and real estate CE approved)

Tuesday, 9 a.m.-Noon
Students will walk away understanding; when communication with the appraiser is permitted, how they can stay in compliance with USPAP, and local licensing laws. Instructor Rebecca Jones will also address Dodd-Frank Section F, Fannie Mae policies concerning supplemental standards of the secondary market and policies and steps to take when an appraisal rebuttal can be done. This course is designed for both appraisers and salespeople/brokers – highlighting proper communication between the two licensed professions. Submitted for 3 hours of appraiser and real estate CE. Pre-registration and $50 fee applies.

Global, Resort & Second Home Markets Committee
Tuesday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Come hear Steve Maggi, Esq. discuss myths and facts about the intricacies of the EB-5 Visa Program. He’ll also provide insights into real estate investment and give suggestions to brokers looking to work with foreign buyers about other visa categories that might apply. Mr. Maggi manages the SMA Law Firm, a specialized U.S. immigration, and consular law boutique firm based in New York City. He has extensive experience working investment visas and assisting foreign companies wanting to expand their businesses into the U.S. You won’t want to miss his presentation!

General Session
Tuesday, 2-3:30 p.m.
This must-attend session will include President Jennifer Stevenson’s State of the Association address, a presentation by NAR President Vince Malta, the presentation of the Lawrence B. Caldwell RPAC Award, the 2019 Community Service Awards and hear from our keynote speaker, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.

YPN Happy Hour
Tuesday, 5-6 p.m.
Join NYSAR’s Young Professionals Network for their Happy Hour fundraiser on Tuesday night from 5-6pm. All are welcome to attend and socialize. There will be a raffle to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities!

RPAC Reception
Tuesday, 6-7 p.m.
2019 RPAC Major Investors of $500 or more are invited to attend this recognition reception for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Invitations are being sent separately by the Government Affairs Department and you must RSVP to attend. For more information, please contact Derick King at [email protected] or 518.463.0300 x238.

Diamonds & Champagne Fundraiser
Tuesday, 7 p.m.
Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and one complimentary flute of champagne. Each flute will contain a Cubic Zirconia gemstone, except one lucky person will find a REAL diamond in their flute! Click here for more information.

RPAC Major Investor Thank You Breakfast
Wednesday, 7:30-9 a.m.
2019 RPAC Major Investors of $1,000 or more are invited to attend this complimentary thank you breakfast.

Legislative Policy Forum
Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Join NAR’s field representative for New York State Zack Rubin-McCarry for an update on federal legislative and political issues.

Local Board Education Forum
Wednesday, 1-2:30 p.m.
This is an opportunity to get your questions answered and have a discussion with the Department of State staff members on everything from qualifying courses and licensing to continuing education and license renewal. Don’t miss this semi-annual opportunity.

Young Professionals Network (YPN)
Wednesday, 1-3 p.m.
Young (and young at heart) professionals from across the state will gather for idea sharing about successful YPN activities and their effort to become more involved with the REALTOR® family.

Caucuses
Wednesday, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
All attendees are encouraged to participate in their board’s caucus to share details about the committee meetings attended that week in preparation for Thursday’s Board of Directors meeting. Please note this important change to the caucuses. The caucuses will now be organized reflecting board/association size rather than region.

  • Small Board Caucus: fewer than 400 members
  • Medium Board Caucus: between 400-999 members
  • Large Board Caucus: between 1,000-9,999 members
  • Jumbo Board Caucus: 10,000 or more members

The purpose of the caucuses is to educate the members on action items that will be presented to the Board of Directors. The remaining time may be used to discuss other matters such as NYSAR committee meeting activities. The caucuses will be run by an appointee of the Executive Committee who will report back to the full Executive Committee.

NYSAR Board of Directors New Director Training
Wednesday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
If you are a new NYSAR director, please plan to attend this mandatory training session.

Keep pulling your aluminum tabs for the Ronald McDonald House!
Join the NYSAR YPN as we once again collect aluminum pull tabs to donate to the Ronald McDonald House of Albany.

Donate your pull tabs from:

  • Soda Cans
  • Soup Cans
  • Pet Food Cans
  • Juice Cans
  • Tennis Ball Cans
  • Anything else with a pull tab!

One hundred percent of the dollars raised are put into the direct operations of the RMHC and add up to make a heartfelt impact on the critically ill children and families partaking in their services.

Save the Date!
The NYSAR 2020 Fall Business Meetings will be held at The Turning Stone Resort & Casino, in Verona, NY on October 4–7, 2020.

If you have questions about the NYSAR Business Meetings, please contact the NYSAR office at 518.463.0300.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:


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