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February 27, 2021

REALTOR® NEWS

January 2021 NYS housing market report
“A robust winter housing market continued into 2021 with both pending and closed sales remaining strong, according to the January 2021 New York State Housing Market Report.”
Learn more.

NAR Legislative Meetings registration open
Register now for the Virtual REALTORS® Legislative Meetings, which will be held May 3-14. Admission is complimentary for NAR Members but REALTORS® must register to attend and receive access to the virtual event platform. Register now!

Visit NYSAR’s Fair Housing web page
NYSAR has recently updated our Fair Housing webpage on NYSAR.com. There are new videos from the 2021 Mid-Winter Business Meeting as well as new helpful links from NAR. You can also access NAR’s Fair Housing training platform, Fairhaven, from this page. To learn more, click here.

NYSAR Mid-Winter Business Meetings recordings available
Recordings of events and open committee meetings during the 2021 NYSAR Virtual Mid-Winter Business Meetings, which concluded on February 12, can be found by clicking the button below. Check back often as new videos are being posted daily. Watch now!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Down Payment Resource FREE webinar
What is the main reason your buyers postpone their homeownership dream? Saving for a down payment. Learn the basics about the three most common types of homeownership programs, how to find out who offers this help, and what’s available across the country – and right in your own backyard –during the FREE Down Payment Resource webinar on Thursday, March 18 at 3 p.m. Register now!
Code of Ethics & Professional Standards Hearing Procedure Training
Interested in learning more about the professional standards process? Register now for an upcoming Code of Ethics & Professional Standards Hearing Procedures Training course, which will be held on Zoom over two half days on March 15-16, 23-24, 25-26 or 30-31. A total of 6 hours of CE credit is included. The cost is $125 for NYSAR members and $150 for non-members. Learn more!

EDUCATION

New Free Education Membership Benefit
NYSAR’s REAL program, which stands for Rise, Explore, Achieve, Lead, is a FREE educational resource page to help grow your personal and professional skills. REAL is a program that will offer quarterly educational resources on a variety of topics. The lessons each quarter will be quick, just enough to give you a taste of the topic, with additional recommended resources to keep learning. To learn more about NYSAR’s REAL Program, click here!

Register now for a NYSAR 2021 course
Registration for 2021 NYSAR education courses, which will be held on Zoom, is open! To learn more about the various designation and certification programs NYSAR offers, click here! 

License renewal
Learn from the top experts and satisfy your license renewal requirements by completing the following courses:

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. We’ll also offer live streaming for these sessions, so if you already earned your CE, you may still attend if the session is full or watch it later on NYSAR.com.

GRI-1 ETHICS 
Capitalize on what sets REALTORS® apart from real estate licensees.
Zoom: March 25–26, June 29–30, October 14–15
Satisfies NAR’s mandatory ethics training requirement and NY State’s new requirement for 2.5 hours
of ethical business practices for license renewal.

GRI-3 AGENCY 
Provide effective, legal and ethical client representation. This includes two hours of agency training for license renewal.
Zoom: 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.
Zoom: March 15–16, September 1–2, December 1–2

GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS

Governor Cuomo announces state will deploy fair housing testers
On February 25, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new program administered by NYS Homes and Community Renewal that will send out fair housing testers to act as potential renters or home seekers to identify potential unlawful discriminatory acts by landlords, real estate brokers and sellers. At this point, HCR has accepted bids and is finalizing contracts with six nonprofit organizations to conduct testing in New York City, Long Island, Westchester County and the Central New York and Western New York regions. The governor also announced new fair housing regulations concerning real estate appraisers, which will take effect on March 17, 2021. The new regulations will require licensed and certified appraisers to receive training on fair housing and fair lending as part of their continuing education requirements. The regulation is available by clicking here.

NYSAR meets with Assembly Housing Committee on fair housing
On February 24, NYSAR staff met with Assembly Housing staff to discuss a package of fair housing bills being considered in the state Legislature. During the meeting, NYSAR expressed support in the inclusion of coop fairness and transparency legislation to be part of the overall fair housing package. The state Senate passed a series of fair housing-related bills earlier this month, which NYSAR took positions supporting and opposing certain bills. NYSAR will continue to meet with lawmakers on the issue of fair housing in order to ensure policies are implemented in a practical manner rooting out illegal discrimination in housing.

NYSAR 2021 Legislative Priorities
Following approval from NYSAR’s Legislative Steering Committee, NYSAR has released its 2021 advocacy agenda, which includes protecting independent contractor status for real estate licensees, increased funding for rent relief for tenants and building owners, expanding access to homeownership and affordable housing, and standing in opposition to new taxes and unnecessary regulations such as the proposed “good cause” eviction bill. Additional priorities include support for several fair housing proposals that require continuing education on implicit bias, new fines for fair housing violations, the creation of a fair housing testing program fund, and a increase in license renewal fees for brokers ($30) and salespersons ($10) to pay for a fair housing testing program.

Governor Cuomo announces 30-day Budget Amendments
On February 24, Gov. Andrew Cuomo released his 30-day amendments to his budget proposal, which he presented on January 19. Included in his amendments were several housing-related issues, including the creation of a state fund to receive federal dollars for emergency rental assistance allocated to local governments from the December 2020 stimulus bill. Also, modifying parameters in the proposal to allow the conversion of commercial space into residential housing in New York City to require 25 percent of units be reserved for affordable housing, and amend language to permit contractual arrangements between the buyer and seller of real property allowing the buyer to pay the real estate transfer tax. The governor’s original budget proposal would have banned sellers from passing on the transfer tax to buyers. Learn more.

MEMBER PERKS

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Track your expenses with the Taxbot mobile expense tracking app all year. Sign up now for a FREE 14-day trial to track mileage with GPS, instantly scan and store receipts, integrate banking and credit cards, access expert tax advice, and more. Learn more!

RPAC

RPAC of New York Presents… “School for Spies” Virtual Escape Room Event
Kick-off NYSAR’s 2021 Virtual Lobby Day festivities by joining an interactive Virtual Escape Room event to benefit RPAC! On Lobby Day Eve on Monday, April 26, participate in “School for Spies” Virtual Escape Room. Cost: $50 RPAC Investment. Stay tuned for pre-registration information!

NAR’s 2021 RPAC Flyers and Advocacy Agenda
NAR has released a handful of resources pertaining to 2021 RPAC and Advocacy.
To view the 2021 RPAC Residential Flyer, click here.
For the 2021 RPAC Commercial Flyer, click here.
The 2021 Advocacy Agenda can be accessed by clicking 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.