NYSAR Updates

Governor Cuomo Extends State of Emergency, Cold Calling Still Prohibited

Governor Cuomo extended the State of Emergency to June 24, 2021.  As a result, licensees are still required to abide by all such guidance, directives and industry phased reopening that are currently in place.

Licensees are still prohibited from making any cold calls.  Real estate licensees may not make any unsolicited phone calls to a member of the public during a State of Emergency. General Business Law §399-z(5)(a) states “It shall be unlawful for any telemarketer doing business in this state to knowingly make an unsolicited telemarketing sales call to any person in a county, city, town or village under a declared state of emergency or disaster emergency as described in sections twenty-four or twenty-eight of the executive law.” All other types of marketing such as mailers, billboards, social media, internet etc., are permitted. You may call a FSBO if you have an identifiable purchaser interested in the property.  You are prohibited from calling the FSBO to solicit the listing.  You may still perform business to business calls so long as you are calling the number provided as the business number.

Remote Notarization

Governor Andrew Cuomo extended Executive Order 202.7, extending to June 16, 2021, the permission of electronic notarization. NYSAR supports allowing virtual notarization and has urged the governor to extend its allowance. For more information on the Department of State website, click here.