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August NYS Housing Statistics
In August, the New York State housing market saw 13,852 closed sales, a $280,000 median sales price and an average of 62 days onmarket. An in-depth report is available for your use when talking to your agents, clients and the media. In addition to the full report, an infographic with key points and "The Skinny" video are also available. The localized monthly reports were emailed to each board last week. Learn more.

Nominations for four NAR AE awards and scholarships deadlines is October 3
NAR is accepting nominations for four prestigious AE awards and scholarships until Wednesday, October 3, 2018.
  • AE Leaders of Tomorrow Young Professional Award:Recognizes association executive young professionals who have fostered involvement and increased professionalism.
  • William D. North AE Institute Scholarship:Funding three AEs who exhibit financial need and an initiative to pursue professional growth opportunities to attend the 2019 AE Institute.
  • Judith Lindenau RCE Scholarship:Qualified candidates must demonstrate financial need and professional development intiative and must have successfully completed the REALTOR Association Management Self-Study Course. Three scholarships will be rewarded offering up to $570 to cover the expense of submitting the RCE applicant data form and the one-time certification fee.
  • Terry McDermott Community Leadership Award:Honoring an AE whose commitment to community is unsurpassed by a donation made in the recipient’s name to a charity of their choice.
You may nominate yourself or someone else for any of these awards. Learn more.

Recognize your outstanding members with the 2018 REALTOR Honor Society
The 2018 REALTOR Honor Society recognizes board/association members for their involvement during the 2017 elective year. TheHonor Society Report Formmust be completed, signed by an officer or executive officer of the board/association and returned to NYSAR by Friday, October 12. Learn more.

Core Standards Update
NYSAR's deadline for local boards/associations to submit their NAR Core Standards Compliance Form for review isNovember 13, 2018.Once submitted, NYSAR will review and certify the board/association as meeting NAR's Core Standards. NAR's deadline for this cycle is December 31, 2018.In order for NYSAR to review any compliance forms in advance, staff must first open the form on nar.realtor. Learn more.

BUSINESS MEETINGS

Register to attend NYSAR's Fall Business Meetings
NYSAR's Fall Business Meetings will be held September 30 - October 3, 2018 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY. The Business Meetings provide members with the opportunity to get directly involved with their state association and make their voices heard about important industry and association issues. In addition to the committee and Board of Directors meetings, there will be several educational, networking and fundraising opportunities. Learn more.

Ombudsman Training on Saturday, September 29
NYSAR is offering Ombudsman Training on Saturday, September 29, from 1-5 p.m. at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino. REALTOR association ombudsman receive and resolve disputes through constructive communication and advocating for consensus and understanding. This session will assist individuals who currently serve as an ombudsman as well as those looking for guidance and/or additional ombudsman training.Pre-registration by this Friday, September 21 is required and a $25 fee applies.Register while registering for the NYSAR Business Meetings.


GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Speaker announcement for Legislative Policy Forum at Fall Business Meetings
NYSAR’s Legislative Policy Forum on Tuesday, October 2 at 11 a.m. will feature guest speaker Steve Greenberg of Greenberg Public Relations. A former Press Secretary in the Assembly Speaker's Office and pollster with the Siena College Research Institute, Greenberg will share his perspective on upcoming state and federal elections. NAR Field Representative Zack Rubin-McCarry will also provide insight into the top federal and political issues facing REALTORS today. Learn more.

State Primary Election results – Cuomo wins; State Senate upsets
Gov. Andrew Cuomo defeated Cynthia Nixon in the Democratic Primary for governor with 64 percent of the vote. Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul also won re-election in her Democratic Primary against New York City Council member Jumaane Williams 48 percent to 42 percent. Letitia James, who was endorsed by Gov. Cuomo, won a four-way Democratic Primary for Attorney General with 38 percent of the vote. Democratic insurgent candidates defeated six out of the eight state Senate incumbents and former members of the Independent Democratic Coalition (IDC): Sens. Klein, Avella, Peralta, Hamilton, Alcantara and Valesky. They were defeated by Alessandra Biaggi, John Liu, Jessica Ramos, Zellnor Myrie, Robert Jackson and Rachel May, respectively. Also notable, Democratic socialist candidate Julia Salazar defeated incumbent State Sen. Martin Dilan. The State Board of Elections has updates and results from all statewide, Senate and Assembly races around the state. Learn more.

NYS Payroll Tax and what you need to know before the December Opt-in Deadline
All New York employers will face a first-time decision by this December 1 - whether to participate in the state’s “employee compensation expense program,” or “payroll tax.” This new provision of New York State tax law is intended to provide a mechanism to shield employees from the effect of a federal cap on the deduction of state personal income taxes (PIT), by shifting employee PIT tax liability to an employer-paid (and fully deductible) payroll tax. Deciding to “opt in” or not raises several payroll, taxation and human resource issues. Learn more.

NAR renews call for long-term NFIP reauthorization
Before Hurricane Florence made landfall, NAR President Elizabeth Mendenhall offered prayers and support for those in its path and renewed the call for long-term NFIP reauthorization saying, “Although the National Flood Insurance Program is currently authorized through November, the National Association of REALTORS remains focused on ensuring Congress and the White House enact long-term reauthorization and reforms to strengthen the program’s sustainability. As another potential historic flooding event looms, we urge Congress to take up the fight for responsible long-term NFIP reform as swiftly as possible.” Learn more,

Voter registration deadline is October 12
In order to vote in the general election on November 6, 2018, you must register to vote and/or update your address or party affiliation by Friday, October 12. Learn more.

RPAC

RPAC Karaoke Night, Monday, October 1
Join us for an exciting night ofkaraoke, costumes, auctions and more while attending NYSAR's Fall Business Meetings at Turning Stone. Whileregisteringfor the Business Meetings, add RPAC Karaoke Night to your registration. Your ticket will be in your envelope at check-in onsite. Learn more.

September Auction Item: Emerson Sensi WiFi Thermostat for Smart Home
Remotely control your home comfort with smartphone, tablet, Alexa and more! Enjoy the benefits of remote access to control your home temperature and the 7-day flexible scheduling to plan ahead. Named “Best Value” in smart thermostat 2018 by USA Today’s Reviewed.com. Bidding closes on Friday, September 28. Learn more.


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.

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