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June 2019

NEWS

LAST CALL for REALTOR of the Year and Community Service Award nominations
You have untilJune 24to nominate someone for the REALTOR of the Year, the highest honor NYSAR can bestow on a member, and the Community Service Award. The REALTOR of the Year Award recognizes an individual whose dedication to excellence has profoundly enhanced the professional image of REALTORS in the State of New York. For more information about the REALTOR of the Year Award,click here. To nominate an individual for the REALTOR of the Year Award,click here. To learn more about the Community Service Award,click here. To nominate someone for the Community Service Award,click here.

Reminder for AE MLS executives
The National Association of REALTORS still require MLS bylaws and rules to be submitted to them for review for conformance with their policies. To view the 2019 mandatory policy changes,click here.For the 2018 mandatory policy changes,click here.Questions? Call Patrick Reilly at (518) 463-0300 ext. 205.


UPCOMING EVENTS

AE 2019 Summer Conference to be held in Saratoga Springs in July
The AE 2019 Summer Conference will be held July 8-10 at the Embassy Suites in Saratoga Springs. The conference focuses on professional development with networking opportunities as well. Rooms have been reserved for attendees at a rate of $169 from July 7-10 until June 15. To reserve your room, click here. 

EDUCATION

Be a Hero - Help Your Members Get Free Tuition
Twice a year, the New York State Real Estate Education Foundation (NYSREEF) provides scholarship funds to NY REALTORS. The next application deadline is July 31. Be a hero in the eyes of your members by reminding them that they may be eligible for a scholarship to attend a national designation or certification course.  Share this link with your members today.
And, if your board has not yet made your 2019 contribution to raising the level of professionalism among realtors, you can donate to the education foundation by clicking here or mailing your check today. Our goal is 100% local board participation!        

License renewal clarification
The Department of State (DOS) has asked us to remind members about the proper way to answer the continuing education question on the online license renewal form. The question is whether the licensee has completed the required CE credit or if they are exempt. If the licensee has properly completed their CE requirements or is exempt from completing CE, he/she should answer “YES” to this question. Many of those who are exempt mistakenly answer “NO” and therefore an audit is immediately triggered. Unfortunately, licensees are often found to have gaps in licensure or are unable to prove continuous licensure, and thus lose their exemption from the required CE. It is up to the licensee to prove continuous licensure – the DOS does not maintain these records – so please tell your members to read the question carefully before responding!

Other Education News
  • Successful completion of the new Broker Qualifying Course completely satisfies license renewal requirements for real estate licensees (including agency and fair housing).
  • The real estate qualifying exams (salesperson and broker) are now available to candidates in these additional languages: Chinese, Haitian-Creole, Italian, Korean, Russian and Spanish. Those wishing to take the exam in one of these other languages should notify their exam proctor when reporting to a test center for the exam. There is no need to notify the DOS in advance. License applications are also available in these languages.
  • Additionally, the DOS can also approve qualifying courses in these languages, if properly submitted.

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Governor signs new rent reforms into law
On June 14, the State Legislature passed new rent reforms (A.8281/S.6458), which Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law. Specific provisions to enact a “good cause eviction” standard and automatically cap annual rent increases at 1.5 times the CPI, which NYSAR opposed by utilizing the Broker Involvement Program in a statewide Call for Action, were not included in the overall rent reform bill. More details on the new measures included in the omnibus rent bill can be found here
 
NYSAR legislative priorities
NYSAR-supported legislation continues to advance in the final days of the legislative session. Legislation (A.6082/S.3839) that would expand core CE requirements for all real estate licensees and eliminate the “grandfathering” exemption for CE passed the Assembly and is currently before the State Senate for consideration of a full vote. Another bill (A.8024/S.6249), which would provide clarification on the permissibility of licensed real estate professionals to perform certain property valuation tasks, such as Broker Price Opinions, for appraisal management companies (AMCs) recently passed unanimously in both houses and now advances to the governor’s desk for consideration.
 
NFIP extended through September 2019
On June 3, Congress passed an extension of the NFIP through September as part of a $19 billion disaster aid package. On June 13, the House Financial Services Committee voted unanimously to approve a new bill (H.R. 3167), which would reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for five years, and increase the program's mitigation tools and update its mapping scope and technology, among other reforms. The House is expected to vote on the bill in the coming weeks. Learn more.
 
Get REALTOR Calls for Action sent directly to your mobile phone – Text REALTOR to 30644
Be the first to answer important REALTOR Calls for Action by having them texted directly to your phone. Simply text the word “REALTORS” to 30644. You will receive only a few text messages per year. Learn more.

RPAC

June RPAC auction item- Apple AirPods
These revolutionary wireless Apple Airpods will change your life. Automatically connects 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 so much more.Bidding will end, COB Friday, June 28.To bid, visit the RPAC of New YorkFacebook groupor contact Derick King at 518-463-0300 x238 or atdking@nysar.com.
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 50thAnniversary Logo on White and REALTOR®-blue stripe panels. Cost: $30 RPAC Investment. To order your umbrella today,click here.
2019 Local Board RPAC Events on the Calendar
The 2019 Spring RPAC fundraising season is under way! Local boards are really cranking up the creativity in support of RPAC this year. 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 percent 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 percent 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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