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July 2022

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NYSAR Committee Signup
Signup for a 2023 NYSAR Committee by July 31! By signing up for committee service, you will be helping guide and shape your association, while gaining a deeper understanding of our industry’s issues and the value of being a member of the REALTOR® family. Everyone is invited to be an active committee member. You may sign up for up to four open committees and request up to three closed committees of the more than 25 NYSAR committees available in 2023. Committee requests will be vetted by the NYSAR Leadership Team.
To learn more about the available committees, click here. 
To signup for NYSAR committee service, click here!

NYSAR Leadership Academy
The NYSAR Leadership Academy identifies, educates, and inspires future leaders in a professional, supportive environment. The Advisory Board is seeking applicants representing a cross-section of the profession for the 2023 Leadership Academy class. Applications are due August 31. To learn more and download the application, click here!

Across the Association
Find out how to become an active member of the real estate industry, learn more about NYSAR’s Leadership Academy and more in the latest Across the Association video. Watch now!

NYSAR Award nomination deadline extended
There’s still time to nominate someone for the REALTOR® of the Year Award, Alan Yassky Distinguished Service Award and Community Service Award. Applications are being accepted until July 29.
Learn more about the awards and the award application process.

Upcoming Events

FREE MidasIQ webinar
Discover simple ways to write off big ticket items such as hobbies, college education and even weddings during the FREE MidasIQ webinar on Wednesday, July 27 at 3:00 p.m. Plus, find out how to shift a truckload of your family’s monthly expenses into legitimate deductions, and much more. Register now!

Education

NYSREEF July Auction item
The July NYSREEF auction item is a WeWatch Native 1080P 5G Projector, LED 15,000LM, WiFi Wireless, 230″ Large Screen, Home Outdoor Portable Projector that’s compatible with HDMI, TV stick, AV and USB.
This home theater projector provides a watching size from 30″ to 230″, suitable for watching movies, playing games, watching sporting events, etc. Bidding ends on July 31. To bid, visit the NYSREEF Facebook Page.

NYSAR EDUCATION CLASSES

On four consecutive days, July 26 – 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., we will hold the 12 CE credit e-PRO certification course. Randy Templeman will teach attendees how to connect with consumers, market property online and keep client data protected throughout the real estate transaction. Learn the latest in real estate marketing including social media and mobile applications. This course also qualifies as an elective for ABR, CIPS, GRI and SRS.

Seller Representative Specialist 
August 22-25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Earn 2 credits in Agency and all of your NYS required two-year elective credits by attending this program worth 15 CE credits.
Register now!

GRI – 3: Agency
August 30-31,
 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Instructor Alfred Fazio, Esq. will give you a clear understanding of agency practice, policy issues including all state and federal disclosures and how to comply with both NYS regulations and NAR’s Code of Ethics as they pertain to advertising in this 7.5 CE credit class. Register now!

Resort & Second-home Property Specialist
September 1-2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m
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Instructor Jerry Cibulski will teach you core skills to build a resort and second-home business. Learn about the recreation and lifestyle markets including luxury properties, second homes as investment opportunities, tax aspects of second-home ownership and how to put it all together to help clients make the right choices. Register now!

Fair Housing Reality Check for Brokers & Managers! 
August 29, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Members may earn their required 3 CE credits in Fair Housing for only $50 at the course taught by Roseann Farrow. At this session, designed for all real estate licensees but with brokers and managers in mind, you’ll examine and modify your attitudes and behavior to ensure you are treating all clients and customers equally.  Regardless of whether it is unintentional or subtle, discrimination is against the law. People have a right to live wherever they can afford to live, and REALTORS® have an obligation to protect that right.
Register now!

As a reminder, active REALTORS® who have earned other NAR-family designations/certifications and are looking for a refresher, may retake a previously completed designation/certification course for only $50, provided your dues are current.

FREE Legal Update course information
The one-hour Legal Update course, which is approved for continuing education (CE) credit on recent legal matters, will be held once a month and is instructed by an attorney. This is a course that you will be eligible to take one time in your license cycle as a NYSAR member.  The 2022 Legal Update course dates are: August 16September 20October 26November 21 and December 12.

Cultural Competency and Implicit Bias Courses
NYSAR is pleased to announce several of our courses have been approved to offer credit in Cultural Competency and Implicit Bias, both new NYS DOS requirements going into effect in September. Upcoming courses accredited for 2 credits in Cultural Competency include: At Home with Diversity (AHWD) September 6-7, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and the new course, Celebrate Diversity with Cultural Competency being offered from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on multiple dates including September 15, October 12, October 21 and October 31. We will offer the NAR certificate course, Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on numerous dates as well: September 8, September 21, September 29, October 14, October 26, November 3 and November 21. Designed in association with the Perception Institute, this course qualifies for 2 credits in Implicit Bias.August Course Development Workshop 
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., August 23 & 25, the Education Department will offer a Course Development Workshop taught by Roseann Farrow. Learn to write effective, interactive courses for real estate professionals. From your initial concept to creating a marketing package of your new course, discover how to build an effective learning experience. Explore how to use adult learning principles and styles to foster success; build a course, develop a timed outline with title, description, objectives and key content for DOS consideration; incorporate methods and activities to engage participants. NYSAR faculty may attend for free. Register online or by phone 1-800-239-4432.
NYSREEF Scholarship Update
Since 2004 the New York State Real Estate Education Foundation (NYSREEF), has awarded more than $417,000 in tuition scholarships for national REALTOR® designation courses. These courses help to provide participants with the latest industry-based information helping in the growth of their business and careers. The deadline to apply is July 31Apply online!

Government Affairs

NYSAR submits testimony on recommendations from State Climate Action Council
NYSAR recently submitted formal testimony to the New York State Climate Action Council expressing serious concerns regarding the costs and feasibility of several recommendations included in the Council’s Draft Scoping Plan. Among those concerns include high costs of electrification and retrofitting single-family homes to be all-electric, affordability and reliability of energy supply to consumers, and the overall impact on current and future homeowners and commercial property owners. Read NYSAR’s full testimony here. 

The Climate Action Council has made the following recommendations:

  • No new natural gas service to existing buildings;
  • Prohibiting propane, natural gas and oil equipment in new homes in 2024;
  • Prohibiting traditional heating systems in existing homes beginning in 2030;
  • Ban use of natural gas appliances (dryers, stoves, etc.) in homes beginning in 2035;
  • No gasoline vehicles sold in New York in 2035;
  • Requiring single & multifamily property owners to obtain and disclose prior year energy consumption and energy performance ratings in real estate listings.

NYC Mayor and state lawmakers to focus on homeownership
Recently, NYC Mayor Eric Adams embraced a housing plan that puts a greater emphasis on “affordable homeownership.” Part of Mayor Adams’ housing plan commits to a significant increase in resources for the existing HomeFix program to help low- and moderate-income homeowners in one- to four-unit properties fund home repairs ranging from windows to roofs. Homeownership in New York City has gained the attention of state lawmakers as well. Sen. Jamaal Bailey is part of a group of elected officials of color who are pushing for more help for New Yorkers who want to become homeowners. The city’s homeownership rate in 2019 declined to 31.9%, down from a little more than 33% a decade ago, according to the most recent NYU Furman Center State of the City report, which is half the national rate of 62%. Read more here.

Tenant organizations to abandon municipal good cause eviction efforts following State court decision
Following the recent state court ruling nullifying the city of Albany’s “good cause” eviction law, the tenant organization Housing Justice for All said they will likely abandon their approach of lobbying municipalities to pass local “good cause” eviction laws. The group is already calling for a special legislative session to pass a statewide “good cause” eviction bill, rallying at the state capitol earlier this month. So far, PoughkeepsieNewburghBeacon, and Hudson have passed local “good cause” measures. A plaintiff would likely need to challenge each local law individually for a court to consider revoking them. The city of Albany has filed an appeal to the Court’s decision striking down the law. Read more here.

Governor Hochul signs bill to increase energy efficiency standards
This month, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill into law that will broaden the powers of the state’s building code council when it comes to greenhouse-gas emissions and place tighter energy efficiency standards on new household appliances. The Advanced Building Codes, Appliances and Equipment Efficiency Standards Act requires the state Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to come up with tougher water and energy efficiency standards for standard appliances – including everything from refrigerators to ice machines to clothes dryers to commercial fryers. Anything that does not meet the new standards will not be permitted to be sold, leased or installed in New York, according to the law. The law will further require the state’s new building code to take the state’s climate goals into account “to the fullest extent possible” as they are developed. Read more here.

MEMBER PERK

Save for retirement and reduce your taxable income by setting up an Independent 401(k) plan
Through NYSAR’s partnership with UBS Financial Services, you’ll pay an annual fee of only $25 for your account. To setup an account and find out more information, contact UBS representative Christopher Michelsen at [email protected] or at 212.626.8515.

RPAC

RPAC Monthly Update
As of June 30, RPAC of New York has raised $623,760 reflecting 47% toward our 2022 fundraising goal of $1.3 million. In terms of participation, 10,339 members have invested in RPAC, representing 45% percent toward our 2022 Participation Goal of 22,808. These figures represent 16% of NYSAR’s total membership as invested in RPAC to date. To view the comprehensive monthly RPAC update, click here.

2022 Local Board RPAC Events on the Calendar
Local boards are busy event planning with an RPAC Picnic & Happy Hour on the July calendar, Boat Cruise & Baseball Game in August and more in the works.  To view the event calendar, click here.

Looking for RPAC Event Inspiration?
New York’s local boards raised over $225,000 for RPAC through 50 events held across the state in 2021 both virtual and in person. To view a complete list of these events to inspire 2022 event planning, click here.

2022 RPAC & Advocacy Materials now Available
Brand new versions of the NYSAR RPAC Flyer, NAR RPAC Flyers and 2022 advocacy agendas are now available. To view these items, click here.

July Auction Item – Bose Noise Cancelling Ear Buds in Stone Blue
Bose Noise Cancelling, Quiet Comfort Ear Buds features immersive sound at any volume, secure and comfortable fit, sweat and weather resistant, up to 6 hours of battery life. Thank you to Lanie Bittner from the Greater Rochester Association of REALTORS® for the generous donation. Bidding will end on Friday, July 29. To bid on either item, visit the RPAC of New York Facebook group.

 

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.