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February 1, 2020


REALTOR® NEWS


Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul to speak at Mid-Winter Business Meetings
New York Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, who was elected in 2014 and re-elected for a second term in 2018, is the keynote speaker during the General Session at the NYSAR Mid-Winter Business Meetings. Hochul has worked in all levels of government, from Town Board to Congress – where she represented New York’s 26th Congressional District.

Meeting Planner is live
You can now build your schedule, download agendas and connect with fellow NYSAR Mid-Winter Business Meetings attendees on Meeting Planner! To access Meeting Planner, click here.

Code of Ethics & Professional Standards Hearing Procedures Training
Gain a full understanding of the conduct of ethics and arbitration hearings, enforcement procedures and disciplinary guidelines. Also, learn about the mediation process and explore the mandatory Ombudsman program and citation options. Instructor Patrick Reilly will be teaching the course on March 26 in Utica, March 27 in Lake Placid, March 30 in Batavia and March 31 in Binghamton.
Learn more.

2020 NYSAR REALTOR® of the Year and Community Service awards
NYSAR is now accepting nominations for the 2020 NYSAR REALTOR® of the Year and Community Service awards. Nominations are due by June 15. For more information on the awards, click here.

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS


Legislative Forum Guest Speaker: David Lombardo, host of The Capitol Pressroom
This year’s Legislative Forum at NYSAR’s Mid-Winter Business Meetings will be held February 12 at 10 a.m. in Fort Orange Rooms 7-9 and will feature guest speaker David Lombardo, host of WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom. David is an experienced journalist in state politics and previously served as Capitol reporter for the Albany Times Union. NYSAR Director of Government Affairs Mike Kelly and NAR Political Representative Zack Rubin-McCarry will also be presenting state and federal issues updates during the legislative forum.

Learn how “Good Cause” Eviction hurts tenants, building owners and homeowners
NYSAR strongly opposes state legislation (S.2892/A.5030) that would establish a “good cause” eviction standard statewide, essentially providing tenants with a lifelong lease and imposing an annual rent increase cap of 1.5 times the CPI. This would apply to all non-rent regulated buildings with four units or more. Watch and share these videos released by the Rent Stabilization Association explaining the issue and harmful impact of “good cause,” also known as “just cause” eviction. NYSAR’s strong opposition to this bill is a top legislative priority and will be highlighted at our upcoming Mid-Winter Business Meetings.

NYSAR meets with special counsel to Governor Cuomo on independent contractor issue
On Tuesday, NYSAR met with special counsel to Gov. Andrew Cuomo to discuss legislative efforts to reclassify certain app-based workers as employees and eliminate independent contractor status. NYSAR expressed its concerns with the proposal and the desire to make sure independent contractor status for licensed real estate professionals remains protected.  NYSAR will continue to meet with state lawmakers on this critical issue.

UPCOMING EVENTS


MyFloodStatus February webinar
Flood zone errors and confusion are rampant and REALTORS® need to know what information they can really count on! Learn about Accurate Flood Zone Determinations and how they help eliminate the risk of liability, reduce flood insurance premiums for homeowners, buyers, and sellers, remove properties from High-Risk Flood Zones, and increase buyer activity for “low risk” properties in High-Risk Flood Zones. The FREE, 30-minute webinar will be held on Thursday, February 6 at 10:30 a.m. Register now!

GRI-3 Agency held February 25 in Utica
Provide effective, legal and ethical client representation. It offers in-depth coverage of all forms of agency representation, associated issues and proper disclosure, and how to avoid the risk of misrepresentation, vicarious liability and breach of fiduciary duties. Learn more.

GRI-2 Business held March 4 in Canton
Take your business to the next level and gain market share. Provides the building blocks to create an effective business plan, build support structures using assistants and teams, prospect successfully and tap into niche markets, and develop policies to avoid risk. Learn more.

CIPS: Global Real Estate Local Markets held March 4 in White Plains
Gain the expertise to work with international clients in your local market. With the surge of international investment in the U.S. real estate market and the rapidly growing immigrant population, specializing in this market can help you reap great rewards. Learn more.

Member Perks


Enjoy discounts from brands you know and love, all in one convenient location
The NYSAR Member Discount Marketplace, powered by LifeMart offers discounts on everything ranging from child care to car rentals, gym memberships to groceries, theme parks to tax prep and more! Learn more.

RPAC

RPAC VIP Lounge
The annual RPAC VIP Lounge will be open on Tuesday, February 11 from 7 am to 5pm in the Fort Orange Square of the Desmond Hotel during NYSAR’s Mid-Winter Business Meetings. For a new $250 RPAC Investment, gain access to deluxe breakfast, lunch, snacks, beverages, manicure, massage, psychic reading, sketch artists, business facilities, auctions and more. Register for the RPAC VIP Lounge when registering for the NYSAR Meetings.

New York’s 2020 RPAC Fundraising Goal is $1,245,384 and Participation goal is 21,148
New York’s 2020 statewide RPAC fundraising goal has been set to $1,245,384 based upon a formula of $22.40 per member. New York’s 2020 Participation goal is 36 percent of membership or 21,148. To view the board by board fundraising  and participation goals, click here.

2020 RPAC Major Investor plans available
The 2020 RPAC Fundraising has begun and once again RPAC of New York will be offering the Major Investor Installment Plan and the Major Investor pay as you go plan. These plans are designed to allow Major Investors to stagger their payments over the course of the fundraising year. To enroll in the Major Investor installment Plan and to sign up for monthly payment options at your choice, click here.

To sign up for the Major Investor Pay as you go Plan, simply sign this form indicating your Major Investment commitment and your pledge to pay at various RPAC events throughout the year to reach your Major Investor pledge by the end of the fundraising year. As a reminder, a Major Investor is defined as investing at least $1,000 into RPAC on an annual basis. Questions? Contact NYSAR’s Political Affairs Coordinator, Derick King at 518.463.0300 x238 or by email at dking@nysar.com.

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New York State Association of REALTORS®, 130 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12210 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. 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.