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September 2019

NEWS

REALTOR® magazine: "A Real Estate Office on Wheels"Amber Weitzer brings true mobility to her brokerage as a way to more fully meet her clients’ needs and build unprecedented brand recognition for her independent firm. Learn more. 

Forbes: "Evaluate the before, during and after to build a better real estate brokerage"
"It’s really not rocket science; the better brokerage model is available to all of us. The trick is to start by analyzing the before, during and after units of our businesses." Learn more.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Registration for Triple Play REALTOR® Convention & Trade Expo now open
Every December for nearly 20 years, thousands of REALTORS®, brokers, appraisers, and other real estate professionals head to Atlantic City for the largest real estate convention and trade show of its kind in the U.S. Triple Play REALTOR® Convention & Trade Expo, which will be held December 9-12 in Atlantic City, boasts four days of education with the opportunity to earn FREE CE credit, an expansive two-day Trade Expo with more than 250 vendors, nightly social events and, so much more! Register online by October 15 for early-bird pricing of just $89 – a $50 savings compared to registering onsite.

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Landlord/tenant law guest speaker at the 2019 NYSAR Fall Business Meetings
Learn more about recent changes to the law relating to NYS landlord and tenant reforms during the Legislative Policy Forum at NYSAR’s Fall Business Meetings at Turning Stone Resort & Casino on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. Featured speakers include Nick Mastrosimone, attorney at Harris Beach PLLC, NYSAR Director of Government Affairs Mike Kelly and NAR Field Representative Zack Rubin-McCarry, who will provide insight into the top state and federal issues facing REALTORS®.
 
Department of State issues guidance to licensees on new rental laws
The NYS Department of State recently issued guidance to real estate licensees addressing the new rental laws. The purpose of the guidance was to notify licensees that the Department of State is of the opinion that certain sections of the new law “applies to real estate brokers and salespeople acting as an agent of the landlord, lessor, sub-lessor or grantor.” In other words, licensees acting on behalf of the landlord must comply with the new rental laws or face discipline from the Department of State (in addition to the outcome of any action brought by an individual or NYS agency). The guidance letter is not meant to interpret the new rental laws and should not be used by licensees to provide clarity to the landlord. To view the full guidance document, click here. 
 
NYSAR attends state Building Code Council public hearing
On September 5, NYSAR staff attended a public hearing on proposed amendments to the State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code. Currently, the proposed rule does not include a controversial requirement mandating the installation of a residential fire sprinkler system in all new one- and two-family homes or townhomes. NYSAR submitted public comment in January urging the Code Council to exclude this sprinkler mandate. NYSAR will closely monitor this issue as the Code Council meets later this month.
 
NAR update and FAQ on National Flood Insurance Program
Without Congressional action, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will expire at midnight on Monday, September 30. NAR is working with Congress and the White House to secure a long-term reauthorization of the program and attach an extension to a continuing funding resolution for the U.S. government to continue operating after September 30. To view NAR’s FAQ section, click here.

RPAC

Fitness
September RPAC auction item – Fitbit Charge 3 fitness activity tracker
Select from more than 15 exercise modes including run, bike, swim, yoga, circuit training and more while measuring calorie burn, heart rate, footsteps, active minutes and sleep quality too! Set your daily goal and track it in real time. Bidding will end on Monday, September 30 at 5 p.m. To bid, visit the RPAC of New York Facebook group or contact Derick King at (518) 463-0300 ext. 238 or by email at dking@nysar.com. 


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% 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% 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. 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% 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% 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!

See the excitement behind REALTOR Care Week, get an in-depth recap about a record setting Lobby Day 2019, find out who needs to sign a listing agreement in our Legal Lines, three NYSAR members are honored at the national level much more in the July/August issue of New York State REALTOR magazine. Read the latest issue.
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