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September 2020

News

NYSAR 2020 Virtual Fall Business Meetings
The NYSAR 2020 Virtual Fall Business Meetings are being held now through October 7. Popular sessions, including the Legislative Policy Forum, General Session and Legal Update will be held virtually. To view the entire schedule, click here.
In order to attend virtual sessions, you must register first and then access Zoom links and agendas on NYSAR Meeting Planner.

FREE Wise Agent webinar on September 29
Join Wise Agent on Tuesday, September 29 at 12 p.m. for a FREE webinar to learn how to use CRM to stay in control of your real estate business. To learn more and register, click here!

NYS REALTOR® magazine September/October issue
Learn more about REALTOR® safety, how NYSAR members are working through the COVID-19 pandemic and more in the digital version of the September/October issue of NYS REALTOR® magazine. Click here!

Education

DOS Approves Live Virtual Classroom Trainings Indefinitely
In July of this year, DOS approved Live Virtual Classroom Training as an indefinite platform. This means you can hold classes in-person, live virtual, or a combination of the two. For information on the DOS rules and regulation for Live Virtual Classroom Training please visit the NYSAR Online Education Options page.

Open for Registration: Course Development Work Shop
Join Instructor Roseann Farrow on Zoom on October 27 and 29, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  (There is no class on October 28 – it will be dedicated to working on your assignment.) There is a pre-class webinar on October 8, 2020 from 9 -10 a.m., which you will be required to attend. The cost is $495 for members and $595 for non-members. ITI graduates will receive a $100 discount off tuition and NYSAR faculty members can attend for free. To register, call 800-239-4432 or on nysarportal.com. The deadline to register is October 2. 

NYSAR Fall and Winter Zoom Classes Open for Registration
All fall and winter classes are now being held over the course of one or two days depending upon the course at regular price.  Sign up now while there is still room! Registration can be completed by logging into the NYSAR Member Portal on NYSAR.com.

Government Affairs

Legislative Policy Forum
Hear from NAR’s New York political representative Zack Rubin-McCarry and Joe Goode, CEO of American Strategies, during the Legislative Policy Forum on Wednesday, September 30 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
Joe conducts public opinion surveys and provides strategic advice for trade associations, non-profit organizations and corporations and has worked for and advised political organizations and campaigns for more than thirty years as a pollster, consultant and executive. To watch the forum, you must first register for the 2020 Virtual Fall Business Meetings and then access the NYSAR Meeting Planner for the Zoom link and agenda.

Realtor.com announces new flood risk tool feature
Realtor.com has rolled out a new property listing feature called Flood Factor, an online flood risk visualization tool that enables consumers to access comprehensive flood risk information specific to each individual property, including the FEMA flood zone and a risk score. Learn more.

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit to overturn executive order halting convictions
On September 9, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that sought to overturn Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order halting evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lawsuit had been filed by a group of Westchester County landlords claiming the order violated their rights and deprived them of income. A new directive, issued by New York State Chief Administrative Judge, mandates that no existing or new residential eviction warrants can be executed until October 1, 2020 at the earliest. Learn more.

NAR opposes CDC Eviction Order
Effective September 4, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ordered a nationwide eviction moratorium through December 31, 2020. This applies to all rental units. For a renter to be eligible for relief, they must self-certify under penalty of perjury that they meet the certain income and hardship criteria. NAR has published a summary of the order issued a statement in opposition. Learn more.

Make sure you are registered to vote #RealtorsVote
The deadline to register to vote or change your voting address is October 14. You can now request an absentee ballot from your local county board of elections if you are concerned with the risks of COVID-19. Your vote in this presidential election will also collectively determine the elections of a new state legislature, congress members, and the outcome of many local governments. That’s why #RealtorsVote.

RPAC

Virtual Name that Tune & Live Auctions to be held during NYSAR Meetings
Please save the date of Monday, October 5 from 5 – 6 p.m. for our interactive RPAC “Name that Tune” game & Live Auctions fundraiser to coincide with the NYSAR Meetings. Please register for the event when you register for the NYSAR 2020 Virtual Fall Business Meetings.

Call for Auction items to be featured during NYSAR Virtual Fall Business Meetings
in addition to the handful of live auctions to be offered during our Virtual “Name that Tune” RPAC event held during the NYSAR meetings, we will be offering silent auction items via the RPAC Facebook group throughout the duration of the virtual meetings. If local boards or individual members would like to donate auction items, please contact Derick King at [email protected] or 518-463-0300 x238 with a description of the item, the value and a photo of the item by Friday, September 25. Local boards & individual members will receive RPAC credit for auction item donations. Please note: Auction item donors will be expected to mail the items directly to the auction winner.

September RPAC auction item – GOOVI Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
GOOVI Slim Robotic Vacuum Cleaner with self-charging, 360 degree smart IQ technology sensor, multiple cleaning modes and more will make your life so much easier. You’ll ask yourself, WHY did it take me so long to get this vacuum cleaner?
Bidding will end at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30.
To bid, visit the RPAC of New York Facebook group or contact Derick King at 518-463-0300 x238 or by email at [email protected].

 

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.