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March 16, 2019

REALTOR NEWS

NAR: "Buyers Face a Brighter Affordability Picture This Spring"
The National Association of REALTORS said slower home price growth, deflated sales, and lower mortgage rates could create abundant opportunities for potential home buyers this spring. Learn more.


Forbes: "Four Common Misconceptions Real Estate Agents Have About Customer Loyalty"
"Client loyalty isn’t won through gifts, niceties or over-the-top gestures, like many agents seem to think. While those extra measures might move the needle slightly, they’re not the most powerful way to satisfy your customers, boost referrals or guarantee repeat business by any means." Learn more.

U.S. News: "Why You Should Sell Your Home in 2019"
Here are four reasons to share with your clients as to why they should sell their homes this year. Learn more.

Realtor.com: "The Most Affordable Town to Own a Home in Every State"
Which town in New York made the list? Find out.

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

NYSAR-supported coop transparency bill introduced in Assembly
State Assemblymember Charles Lavine (D-Nassau) introduced a newly drafted bill (A.6194) to provide transparency in the application and purchase process involved in cooperative housing statewide. State Senator Brian Kavanagh (D-Manhattan), Chair of the Senate Housing Committee, will be introducing the bill in the Senate. NYSAR has been a strong advocate on this issue and will continue to work with the state legislature and interested parties to enact this legislation.

State Senate and Assembly release respective budget amendments On Tuesday, the State Senate and Assembly released their budget amendments to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive budget proposal, which he released earlier this year. The two houses staked out their positions on policy and tax issues ahead of final budget negotiations in the coming weeks. The Assembly and Senate signaled support for a pied-a-terre tax. The Assembly included a tax rate increase on New Yorkers earning over $5 million and did not include a permanent property tax cap in its budget proposal. The Senate is prioritizing campaign finance reform, making the tax cap permanent, and increasing education aid. An on-time budget is due before April 1, 2019.

State Senate investigates upstate code enforcement issues
State Senator James Skoufis (D-Hudson Valley) announced that that the Senate Oversight and Investigations Committee, which he chairs, is working with municipalities in Albany, Rockland, Orange and Westchester counties. The committee is investigating code violation problems, including landlord violations and court system challenges. The committee plans to hold a public hearing and will issue a report on its findings. Read more here.

NAR testifies before House Financial Services Committee to renew NFIP

On Wednesday, NAR 2020 Vice President Mabel Guzman testified before the House Financial Services Committee, chaired by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), to urge Congress to adopt a long-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Rep. Waters has shown support for long-term reauthorization efforts. NAR continues to work with the Congress to advance this important issue before the program is set to expire on May 31, 2019 following a series of short-term extensions. NAR testimony can be read here.

UPCOMING EVENTS


MyFloodStatus March webinars
  
Register now to learn about what flood zone information you can count on with a free, 30-minute webinar from MyFloodStatus on Monday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m. 

FREE UPS webinar on March 27
Join the UPS Circular Economy webinar on Wednesday, March 27 at 1 p.m. to gain insight on how the world is moving from a linear to a circular economy, and how best to prepare your supply chain for this megatrend. This webinar will help you better understand the circular economy, learn innovative strategies your company can follow and ask questions to experts. For more information and to register, click here.

Seller Representative Specialist course held March 25-26 in Binghamton

Elevate your standards, enhance your performance, and demonstrate the knowledge and skills essential to professionally and ethically represent sellers. Learn more. 

State of New York Mortgage Agency on March 26 in Plainview
Get an overview of the State of New York Mortgage Agency, their role in lending and the new mortgage loan products they have available to assist various types of borrowers. Learn more. 

GRI-1 held on April 9 in Syracuse
Learn how to put the Code of Ethics to work for you while maximizing your REALTOR benefits and enhance your professionalism and career through community involvement. Learn more. 

MEMBER PERKS

Save on hotels with HotelStorm
NYSAR members can save up to 55 percent over other travel sites and enjoy access to 700,000 hotels and the convenience of 24/7 concierge service. Learn more.

Hertz, dollar and Thrifty have your rental car needs covered
Find out how much you can save on a rental car with Hertz, dollar or Thrifty. Learn more.

RPAC

LIBOR’s “Luck of the Irish” RPAC Phone Bank a huge success
Congratulations to LIBOR for raising $1,500 for RPAC during an interactive “Luck of the Irish” themed RPAC Phone Bank on March 14. Thank you to the volunteer callers, staff and investors for contributing to this successful event!

Thank you to the Staten Island Board of REALTORS for raising $2,000 during an interactive beanbag toss game held during agents day this week. Special thank you to the Lawrence B. Caldwell RPAC Service Award winner Dawn Carpenter for taking the lead on this event! 

March RPAC auction item - Apple AirPods

Cut the cord! These revolutionary wireless Apple Airpods automatically connect to your iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad or Mac when you take them out of the charging case. Audio plays as soon as placed in the ear and pauses when removed from the ear. Quick access to Siri with double tap, more than 24 hour battery life with charging case, up to 11 hours talk time, rich, high-quality audio and voice, seamless switching between devices and more. Bidding ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 29. To bid, visit the RPAC of New York Facebook group  or contact Derick King (518) 463-0300 x238 or by email at dking@nysar.com.

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 March/April digital edition of New York State REALTOR is now available!

Learn more about the Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and other designations to improve your worth, recap the 2019 Mid-Winter Business Meetings and the installation of our new officers, find out when you have to disclose an existing offer to a cooperating broker and much more in the March/April issue of New York State REALTOR magazine. Read the latest issue.
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