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December 2022

News

New York State Virtual Broker Summit scheduled for January 10-11, 2023
The New York State Virtual Broker Summit is a FREE event, sponsored by NYSAR, and will take place virtually on Zoom January 10-11, 2023. The Summit, tailored to NYS brokers and office managers, will cover the economy and its effects on real estate, pending and projected legislation, new and changing business models, and much more. To learn more and register, click here!

NYS REALTOR® magazine
Learn about this year’s NYSAR award winners, housing challenges and more in the November/December issue of NYS REALTOR® magazine. Read it now!

Across the Association
It’s cold outside, but things are heating up at NYSAR. Education, Advocacy and more in the latest edition of Across the Association. Watch now!

NYSREEF Scholarship Award deadline
The deadline for scholarship applications is December 31. Awards are not need-based. Applicants may be salespersons, associate brokers, brokers or appraisers and must have at least one year of full-time experience in real estate sales, be licensed and actively practicing and holding primary REALTOR® membership in NYS.
Apply now!

Education

NYSREEF December auction item
HO, HO, HO! Time for the December NYSREEF Facebook Auction item! Enjoy using this Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera + Fujifilm Instax Mini Twin Pack Instant Film + Single Pack Rainbow Film + Case + Travel Stickers, for all your fun photos. Available camera and case colors: Black, Blush Pink, White, Lilac Purple, Blue. Bidding starts at $50. Bidding ends December 31.
To bid, visit the NYSREEF Facebook Page.

The Education Department is gearing up for 2023 after a successful Triple Play REALTOR Convention & Trade Expo, December 5-8, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  We will kick the year off with several classes satisfying credit requirements in mandated areas for NYS license renewal. January is the perfect time to get four of six required areas of credit for NYS CE completed.

2023 PROGRAMS OPEN FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION ON JANUARY  2, 2023.
(Phone registrations will be accepted prior to January by calling 518-463-0300 Ext. x219)

Attend our free monthly Legal Update, January 17 at 10 a.m. with NYSAR Director of Legal Services, Anthony Gatto, Esq., to fulfill the 1-hour requirement in Recent Legal Matters.

Earn 3 credits, including 2 in Implicit Bias, on January 25, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing taught by Randy Templeman and receive 2 credits in Cultural Competency for attendance at Celebrate Diversity! with Instructor Roseann Farrow on January 27, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing will show you how implicit bias can result in fair housing violations. Practice exercises will demonstrate how to enhance your communication skills and foster business relationships with clients of all backgrounds.Celebrate Diversity! will help you examine your cultural knowledge, attitude, and behavior while discovering critical tips and techniques about cross-cultural communication, business practices and customs in the amazing quilt of the USA.

Our final January course, GRI-1 Ethics, January 30-31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., offers 7.5 hours of CE and satisfies both the 2.5 hours in Ethical Business Practice for NYS as well as the NAR mandatory 2.5 hours of NAR Code of Ethics training for NYSAR members.

MRP – Military Relocation Professional will be held February 15-16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Instructor Randy Templeman will provide the essentials on how to assist current and former military service members find housing solutions that best suit their needs. Gain an understanding of the processes and procedures involved in a military relocation and how these impact service members’ relocation and housing choices. Learn how to identify and provide services that help service members sell or find and purchase suitable homes including how to make the best use of their available benefits including VA financing. This course offers 6.5 CE hours.

Remember:  Active REALTORS® who have earned 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.

Government Affairs

NYSAR testifies at NYC public hearing on bill barring tenant criminal background checks; NYC Mayor Adams echoes crime concerns
On December 8, NYSAR’s New York City Issues Working Group Chair Melissa Gomez testified at a public hearing before the NYC Council expressing REALTOR® concerns on a bill (Int. 632) that would bar criminal background checks on prospective tenants. Following the lengthy public hearing, NYC Mayor Eric Adams walked back his prior support for the bill citing similar public safety concerns expressed by REALTORS® and other opponents of the bill. NYSAR has been actively meeting with individual City Council Members to discuss shortfalls of the legislation. You can read NYSAR’s memo in opposition to the bill here, and if you are a New York City resident, Take Action today to tell your City Council Member that you oppose the measure. Learn more.

NYSAR to launch education campaign on state’s Climate Action Council recommendations
Speaking to the Albany Business Review, NYSAR Director of Government Affairs Mike Kelly addressed ongoing actions from the state’s Climate Action Council (CAC) saying, “We have concerns that New Yorkers in large part are unaware of state government and its agencies looking to implement some laws or regulations that are going to have a direct impact on them.” Draft recommendations from the CAC are scheduled to be finalized at the end of this month and include prohibiting utilities from installing new natural gas service to existing buildings in 2024; prohibiting the replacement of gas/oil heating and cooling equipment in single-family homes and apartment buildings with up to 49 units in 2030; and prohibiting gas appliance replacements for cooking and clothes dryers in 2035. NYSAR does not oppose the overall goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and will be launching a public awareness campaign to educate voters on the recommendations. “The concern for us is there’s no conversation or analysis or reporting on how this climate action plan and its components impact housing.”

Department of State proposes new cease and desist zone in parts of Brooklyn
The Department of State is proposing the creation of a new cease and desist zone in areas of Brooklyn near East Flatbush, also referred to as Community Board 17. Public comments on the proposal will be accepted until January 23, 2023. Members of the public wishing to provide public comment can email: [email protected]. NYSAR will be providing comments on the proposal as we oppose the imposition of cease and desist zones which restrict commonly used business practices by licensed real estate professionals. To read the DOS proposal, click here.

State Supreme Court strikes down City of Newburgh good cause eviction law
On Tuesday, State Supreme Court Justice Sandra Sciortino struck down the City of Newburgh’s local good cause eviction law (Local Law 6), ruling that it conflicted with state property law. The lawsuit was brought against the city council by a group of local landlords. Judge Sciortino’s decision noted that while state law enables landlords to evict tenants who overstay their leases, Newburgh’s law “expands the rights of the tenant” by requiring landlords to do more to evict renters and clearly conflicts with landlord’s rights. The City of Newburgh could appeal the decision. Learn more.

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RPAC

New York REALTORS® reach RPAC goal for 11th consecutive year!
New York REALTORS® stepped up once again to exceed our critically important 2022 RPAC Federal Disbursements Allocation goal. This marks the 11th consecutive year of reaching this milestone. New York also surpassed our 2022 National Fundraising goal of over $1.1 million and our President’s Circle goal. Final numbers are being crunched and reconciled with NAR now, but we are happy to report these important milestones have been reached. Stay tuned for a comprehensive 2022 RPAC summary in the weeks ahead. Thank you all for the support and dedication to RPAC, making these benchmarks possible. NAR has not released the 2023 RPAC goals yet, NYSAR will share those goals with local boards upon receipt.

 

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.