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May 8, 2021

REALTOR® NEWS

May Free CE legal update now available for viewing
Every month throughout this year, NYSAR is hosting FREE monthly legal updates via Zoom. These updates will be available for 1 hour of CE credit that satisfies the CE requirement for training on legal matters. CE credit is available on a first come, first served basis, but the updates will also be live streamed (for non-CE credit) to watch. To watch the May 4 Legal Update video recording, click here!

NYSAR awards nominations due June 25
Nominate someone for the NYSAR REALTOR® of the Year, Community Service and Alan Yassky Distinguished Service awards by June 25. To learn more about the awards and download the nomination form, click here! 

REALTORS® Legislative Meetings
The National Association of REALTORS® Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo is held through May 14 and there is still time to register for the event. See the schedule of events and register by clicking here.

UPCOMING EVENTS

FREE MyFloodStatus 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 Agents eliminate 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. To register for their FREE 30-minute webinar on Monday, May 17 at 10:30 a.m., click here!
FREE Lead Generation Webinar
NYSAR’s Member Perk partner JustListed.social helps you promote yourself and your listings while allowing you to target buyers and sellers in a particular area and deliver compelling messaging directly to their mobile phones. Find out how they can help you generate more leads during their FREE webinar on Wednesday, May 26 at 2:00 p.m. To register, click here!

EDUCATION

Apply NOW for a NYSREEF scholarship
Want to earn a national designation? A New York State Real Estate Education Foundation scholarship will pay for half of the tuition! Learn more and apply at NYSREEF.org.
Deadline to apply is July 31, 2021.

Did you miss the Fair Housing classes?
If you missed the Fair Housing Month classes NYSAR offered, you can view the recordings (for no CE credit) by clicking here.
Need a CE Certificate from NYSAR?
View and download your certificates once a class is processed by following these steps:
1. Visit NYSAR.com
2. Go to Member Login and sign-in
3. Once signed in, go to My Classes and Meetings
4. Select My Classes
5. Select the class and print the certificate

NYSAR 2021 Class Schedule – Register Now Before Seats are Gone!

FREE Legal Update course
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 course will be held on June 28, July 26, August 16, September 13, October 20, November 18 and December 14.

GRI-1 ETHICS 
Capitalize on what sets REALTORS® apart from real estate licensees. Satisfies NAR’s mandatory ethics training requirement and NY State’s new requirement for 2.5 hours of ethical business practices for license renewal. Classes will be held: June 29–30, October 14–15.

GRI-3 AGENCY 
Provide effective, legal and ethical client representation. This includes two hours of agency training for license renewal. Classes will be held: June 10-11, September 8-9, November 8-9.

GRI-5 BUYERS 
NYS Fair Housing training and two-hour agency coursework requirements for license renewal. Classes will be held: September 1–2, December 1–2.

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

NYS announces new loan program for small landlords and businesses
The state recently announced a new program called the New York Forward Loan Fund (NYFLF), which is a new economic recovery loan program aimed at supporting small businesses and nonprofits as they reopen and small residential landlords with under 200 units who have seen a loss of rental income. Pre-applications for the New York Forward Loan Fund are now open. Small residential landlords can apply for a loan in the amount the lesser of (a) $100,000 or (b) projected reduction in 6-months’ net operating income based on actual reductions in net operating income for the month of April or May 2020. The fixed annual interest rate on the loan will be 3 percent. For more information on the application process and eligibility requirements, click here.

Gov. Cuomo signs law extending residential and commercial eviction moratoriums
On May 4, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law an extension of the COVID Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act and the Emergency Protect our Small Businesses Act prohibiting residential and commercial evictions, foreclosure proceedings, credit discrimination and negative credit reporting related to the COVID-19 pandemic until August 31, 2021. Read more here. NYSAR opposed extending the state’s eviction moratorium and expressed concerns during our Lobby Day. Additionally, on Wednesday, a federal judge struck down the nationwide eviction moratorium ruling that the CDC exceeded its authority. This ruling, however, does not impact New York’s recently approved eviction moratorium extension.

NY HERO Act law establishes new workplace minimum standards to protect from airborne diseases
On May 5, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed into law the NY HERO Act, which will require the state Department of Labor to develop and enforce minimum standards for businesses to protect workers from the spread of airborne, infectious diseases. The new standards are expected to address several areas, including when face coverings would be required in the workplace and what kind of ventilation businesses will need going forward. The new law also allows for daily fines to be imposed for non-compliance and allows workers to bring employers to court to collect damages up to $20,000. The Legislature agreed to amend the law to allow businesses to correct violations of the new standards to avoid litigation from their workers. Learn more.

MEMBER PERKS

Compare and save on auto, home, and renters insurance with MetLife Choice℠
NYSAR members can find the right coverage, at the right price, with the right carrier. MetLife Choice℠ lets you quickly and easily explore all your insurance needs all in one place. Learn more!

RPAC

Local Boards kick-off 2021 RPAC Virtual Events
Local boards are hitting the ground running with a host of virtual events to benefit RPAC. Events still on the calendar include Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® Comedy Night, NYSAR YPN Happy Hour and more in the weeks and months ahead.

Looking for a return on your RPAC Investment?
RPAC was instrumental in scoring 20 victories for REALTORS® in 2020 during a global pandemic, including Pandemic Unemployment Insurance for Independent Contractors and a Small Business rescue loan program to name a few. To view a the complete list of federal accomplishments from 2020, click here.

May RPAC auction item: Fitbit Versa 2
Spring is here, time to get moving and rack up those footsteps! Challenge yourself to remain active and track your activities with the Fitbit Versa 2 Smartwatch. Track multiple activities: walking, running, swimming, biking while tracking heart rate, quality of sleep, active minutes and so much more. Also, Amazon Alexa Is built into this watch for connecting to weather, alarms, smart home and music storage too. Bidding ends on Monday, May 31 at 5 p.m. To place a bid, visit the RPAC Facebook page. 

 

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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.