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December 3, 2022

REALTOR® NEWS

REALTORS® Triple Play 2022 
The 2022 Triple Play REALTORS® Convention & Trade Expo is scheduled for December 5-8, 2022 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The last chance to register online is December 4. Register now! Hear from national speakers, choose from more than 100 unique sessions, including CE and non-CE, enjoy the expansive two-day Trade Expo, nightly social events and much more. Learn more!

NYSREEF Scholarship Application Deadline
Since its inception in 2003, the New York State Real Estate Education Foundation (NYSREEF) has awarded nearly 1,600 scholarships to REALTORS® valued at more than $425,000. Scholarships are offered for coursework toward various designations and certifications. Applications are reviewed twice a year: the deadline for the next round of 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

Looking forward to 2023 – Let NYSAR be your Guide to Success!
NYSAR will continue offering designation, certification and specialty programs via Zoom in 2023. In addition to our usual schedule of courses, we will offer two NEW Certification courses in 2023 – Real Estate Negotiation Expert (RENE), May 1 -4, and Home Finance Resource (HFR), June 12 -13.  RENE is for those who want to sharpen their negotiation skills, learn more about behind-the-scenes issues and how to deal with them including sorting out the competing objectives of the parties involved in a transaction.  The HFR certification is designed to teach REALTORS® how to explain key pieces of the loan origination process to clients and confidently answer questions about mortgage options.

PLEASE BE ADVISED 2023 PROGRAMS ARE NOT YET OPEN FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION. ONLINE REGISTRATION OPENS JANUARY  2, 2023.

Phone registrations will be accepted prior to January; call 518-463-0300 Ext. x219.

January 25, 2023 | 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
NAR – Bias Override: Overcoming Barriers to Fair Housing
CE Hours: 3; 2 in Implicit Bias| Instructor: Randy Templeman
Members: $50
Our first Implicit Bias Zoom course being offered in 2023!  Interrupt your stereotypical thinking and avoid fair housing pitfalls using the mind science of identity, study how implicit bias can result in fair housing violations, practice exercises to enhance communication skills and foster business relationships with clients of all backgrounds.

January 27, 2023 | 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Celebrate Diversity!
CE Hours: 2 in Cultural Competency | Instructor: Roseann Farrow
Members: $40
Get your newly required credits in Cultural Competency this year! Examine your cultural knowledge, attitudes and behavior. Discuss critical tips and techniques about cross-cultural communication, business practices and customs.

January 30-31, 2023 | 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
GRI – 1: Ethics
CE Hours: 7.5; Including 2.5 Ethics | Instructor: Lin Fields
Members: $125
Capitalize on what sets REALTORS® apart from real estate licensees. Satisfies NAR’s mandatory quadrennial ethics training requirement and the New York State 2.5-hour Ethics requirement. It is a must for Professional Standards Committee members and local board leadership. Discover how to put the Code of Ethics to work for you; maximize your REALTOR® benefits; enhance your professionalism and your career through community involvement.
As a reminder, 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.

View the full Zoom Education calendar here.

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 final 2022 Legal Update course date is: December 13 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Register now!

To view a recording of the November Legal Update, click here!

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

NYSAR Call for Action 
The New York City Council has scheduled a public hearing this Thursday, December 8 at 10 a.m. on Int. 632 – a bill that would prohibit landlords and real estate agents from conducting criminal background checks on prospective tenants in New York City, also known as the “Fair Chance Housing” bill. If you are a New York City resident, Take Action today to tell your City Council Member and Mayor Eric Adams that you oppose this measure.
 
NYSAR opposes the bill as drafted and has raised public safety concerns with City Council Members. A copy of NYSAR’s memo in opposition to the bill can be read by clicking here. NYSAR and individual REALTORS® will testify at the hearing. To register to testify via zoom, click here and select the December 8, Committee on Civil and Human Rights hearing and reference the bill Int. 632 as the subject of testimony. You do not have to pre-register if you are attending the meeting in-person. To stream the hearing live, click here.
 
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.
 
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries elected House Minority Leader
This week, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) was elected next House Minority Leader following the earlier announcement that Speaker Nancy Pelosi would be stepping aside from her leadership position. NYSAR and NAR have continued to foster a productive working relationship with Rep. Jeffries since being elected to Congress in 2012. Prior to that, Rep. Jeffries served in the State Assembly from 2007 to 2012. 

MEMBER PERK

Take advantage of the UPS savings program this holiday season
NYSAR members now have access to new and improved flat rate pricing with savings of 50% on Domestic Next Day/Deferred, 30% on Ground Commercial/Residential and up to 50% on additional services. In addition, members can take advantage of UPS Smart Pickup® service for free. Learn more!

RPAC

The books are closed on the 2022 RPAC Fundraising year
The 2022 RPAC fundraising year ended on Friday, November 25. All investment in RPAC going forward will be applied to the 2023 RPAC fundraising year. NYSAR staff is processing all final 2022 RPAC investments now and will provide a detailed 2022 summary report to the membership in the weeks ahead. Thank you again to the members, local boards, RPAC of NY Chair Dorothy Botsoe and the NYSAR Leadership team for all the hard work during the 2022 RPAC year. The 2023 RPAC goals will be set by NAR soon. NYSAR staff will report those goals to the local boards as soon as they are available from NAR.

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 Local Board RPAC Events on the Calendar
Local boards are busy event planning with an RPAC picnic on the July calendar, boat cruise in August and more in the works.  To view the event calendar, click here.

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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.