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April 20, 2019

REALTOR NEWS

Realtor.com: "Mortgage Rates Tick Up as the Spring Selling Season Hangs in the Balance"
Rates for home loans edged up after reports showed the economy was shrugging off its winter sluggishness. Learn more.

Forbes: "Is A Local Market About to Grow? 13 Signs to Watch For"
"Real estate is often unpredictable. The market ebbs and flows, and it can be difficult to stay on top of everything. However, as a real estate professional or prospective investor, it’s crucial to know your local real estate trends before making any moves." Learn more.

U.S. News: "Should Home Sellers Use a Real Estate Team or a Single Agent?" 
Solo agents are an industry standard, but teams offer a novel alternative. Here's what sets the two arrangements apart. Learn more.

NAR: "Notre Dame Fire Proves Vulnerability of Historic Buildings"
"This week’s fire at Paris’ Cathedral of Notre Dame is bringing a realization that historic buildings may be prone to such tragedies. The fire spread through the wooden attic, bringing down its 300-foot spire and engulfing two-thirds of the roof, and occurred over just an hour."  Learn more.

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Attend NYSAR Lobby Day in Albany on Tuesday, May 7 
All REALTORS are welcome to attend NYSAR’s Annual Lobby Day in the Albany Empire State Plaza (Concourse – Meeting Room 6) beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Our morning’s guest speaker will be Senator Shelley Mayer (D-Westchester). NYSAR will provide breakfast and lunch and lobbying materials, and will reimburse individual members up to $150 for travel and lodging expenses. Questions? Email jburns@nysar.com.

New regulations on Appraisal Management Companies (AMCs)
NYSAR is working with the Department of State, appraisers and AMCs on additional guidance and clarification regarding new state regulations. The regulations, which are scheduled to go into effect April 27, require AMCs to register with the Department of State in order to continue to provide appraisal and some non-appraisal services. NYSAR will provide an update following these efforts.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Register for the Benetech free webinar!

Find out what actions NYS employers must take to comply with new state sexual harassment prevention requirements and how Benetech can help ensure you're compliant! To register for the free, 30-minute webinar, click here.

Seller Representative Specialist held on April 24-25 in Rochester
Elevate your standards, enhance your performance, and demonstrate the knowledge and skills essential to professionally and ethically represent sellers. Learn more. 

Seniors Real Estate Specialist to be held in Watertown on April 30-May 1
Specialize in the 50+ real estate market by expanding your knowledge of current lifestyle and housing trends; how life stages impact real estate choices; and how to develop a network of resources. Learn more.
To learn more about SRES from instructor Jeremias Maneiro, click here.

GRI-4 held in Hudson on May 2
Reduce your risk of claims, fines and lawsuits. Gain a complete understanding of legal and ethical advertising, contracts, forms, deposits, disclosures and record retention, risk management strategies, and  title insurance and settlement procedures. Learn more.

MyFloodStatus April webinar
Flood zone errors and confusion are rampant and REALTORS need information they can really count on. Join a free upcoming webinar to learn about MyFloodStatus' low-cost, pinpoint accurate, insured flood determination reports and the discount pricing you receive with your NYSAR membership! A webinar will be held Monday, April 29 at 9:30 a.m. Register now!

MEMBER PERKS

Be proactive about your safety with FOREWARN
With FOREWARN, you can instantly verify someone’s identity with a phone number or a name including criminal histories and financial/asset information. NYSAR members enjoy unlimited use at a 20 percent discount with access to FOREWARN for just $16/month. Learn more.

Save on tenant background checks with TransUnion SmartMove
Perform easy, comprehensive and reliable tenant background checks for clients with TransUnion SmartMove. NYSAR members can save $5 per screening. Learn more.

RPAC

Congratulations Dutchess County
Congratulations to the Dutchess County Association on raising more than $6,300 for RPAC during their annual RPAC bowling event held in conjunction with the Women’s Council. The sold out event featured bowling, food, RPAC Trivia and awards for various bowling achievements. Thank you to those who worked to plan this gathering including Kelly Campbell, Dan Staley, WCR, DCAR staff and to those who attended including special guest Jennifer Vucetic!

Congratulations Mohawk Valley
Congratulations to the Mohawk Valley Association on raising more than $1,000 for RPAC during an interactive RPAC bake-off competition! Thank you to the 60+ attendees who participated, those who donated their delicious baked goods and those who invested in RPAC!

Pre-Lobby Day Haunted New York State Capitol Building Tour and Dinner to benefit RPAC
Enjoy an interactive haunted tour of the historic New York State Capitol building followed by a delicious dinner at the Albany Renaissance Hotel on May 6, the night before NYSAR’s annual Lobby Day. The Capitol tour begins at 5 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds will benefit RPAC. For complete details, click here. Pre-registration is required for this event and must be completed by April 25. To register, click here.

RPAC’s Golden Anniversary Umbrella now available

Celebrate 50 years of RPAC “coverage” by investing in an limited edition RPAC golf umbrella featuring RPAC’s 50th anniversary logo on white and REALTOR-blue stripe panels. The cost is a $30 RPAC investment. To order your umbrella, click here. 

2019 Local Board RPAC Events on the Calendar
Local boards are hitting the ground running with 2019 RPAC event planning -- bowling, cooking, basketball, Dave & Busters and more. 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% 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 May/June Digital edition of New York State REALTOR is now available!

Learn first hand about the benefits the NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation offers, discover when it's a licensee's duty to cooperate, make a difference by joining a committee and/or working group, get ready for REALTOR Care Week, celebrate the life of a NYSAR past-president and much more in the May/June issue of New York State REALTOR magazine. Read the latest issue.
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