Association News

June 2020


NYSAR 2020 Virtual Fall Business Meetings
The NYSAR 2020 Virtual Fall Business Meetings are being held now through October 7. Popular sessions, including the Legislative Policy Forum, General Session and Legal Update will be held virtually. To view the entire schedule, click here.
In order to attend virtual sessions, you must register first and then access Zoom links and agendas on NYSAR Meeting Planner.

REALTOR® Emeritus Deadline
The application period for REALTOR® Emeritus ends October 2. Applications can ONLY be submitted by the local association on behalf of the member requesting Emeritus status. Applications can be accessed by clicking here. Certified REALTOR® Emeritus members do not pay dues to the National Association and are exempt from the Code of Ethics Training requirement. The NAR dues waiver does not take effect until the following dues season. Please note, the qualification for REALTOR® Emeritus requires 40 years of REALTOR® membership as well at least one year of service at the National Association level. Also, applications submitted in 2020 and beyond will require proof of one year of service* at the National Association level.
* “Service” is defined as serving as an officer, director, committee member, federal political coordinator, President’s liaison or regional coordinator to a country with which NAR holds a reciprocal agreement.

Webinar for AEs: Filing out Core Standards
NAR is hosting a webinar on October 1 at 12 p.m. open to all AE’s to provide a refresher course on filling out your Core Standards. John Sebree, RCE, Missouri REALTORS® and Donna Stone, RCE, Jefferson City Area Board of REALTORS®, will share their local/state perspective. To register for the webinar, click here.

NYS REALTOR® magazine September/October issue
Learn more about REALTOR® safety, how NYSAR members are working through the COVID-19 pandemic and more in the digital version of the September/October issue of NYS REALTOR® magazine. Click here!


DOS Approves Live Virtual Classroom Trainings Indefinitely
In July of this year, DOS approved Live Virtual Classroom Training as an indefinite platform. This means you can hold classes in-person, live virtual, or a combination of the two. For information on the DOS rules and regulation for Live Virtual Classroom Training please visit the NYSAR Online Education Options page.

Help keep the NYS Real Estate Education Foundation Strong
We need your help to keep the NYS Real Estate Education Foundation strong by making a tax-deductible contribution. Since 2003 NYSREEF has awarded over $330,000 in scholarships. During these uncertain and changing times the need for members to continue educating themselves has never been greater. Your donation will be used to train the next generation of real estate professionals, boost competence and improve ethical standards. To learn more and make a donation, click here! 

Open for Registration: Course Development Work Shop
Join Instructor Roseann Farrow on Zoom on October 27 and 29, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  (There is no class on October 28 – it will be dedicated to working on your assignment.) There is a pre-class webinar on October 8, 2020 from 9 -10 a.m., which you will be required to attend. The cost is $495 for members and $595 for non-members. ITI graduates will receive a $100 discount off tuition and NYSAR faculty members can attend for free. To register, call 800-239-4432 or on The deadline to register is October 2. 

NYSAR Fall and Winter Zoom Classes Open for Registration
All fall and winter classes are now being held over the course of one or two days depending upon the course at regular price.  Sign up now while there is still room!Registration can be completed by logging into the NYSAR Member Portal on

Government Affairs

Legislative Policy Forum
Hear from NAR’s New York political representative Zack Rubin-McCarry and Joe Goode, CEO of American Strategies, during the Legislative Policy Forum on Wednesday, September 30 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
Joe conducts public opinion surveys and provides strategic advice for trade associations, non-profit organizations and corporations and has worked for and advised political organizations and campaigns for more than thirty years as a pollster, consultant and executive. To watch the forum, you must first register for the 2020 Virtual Fall Business Meetings and then access the NYSAR Meeting Planner for the Zoom link and agenda.

Federal judge dismisses lawsuit to overturn executive order halting evictions
On September 9, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that sought to overturn Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s executive order halting evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The lawsuit had been filed by a group of Westchester County landlords claiming the order violated their rights and deprived them of income. A new directive, issued by New York State Chief Administrative Judge, mandates that no existing or new residential eviction warrants can be executed until October 1, 2020 at the earliest. Learn more.

NAR opposes CDC Eviction Order
Effective September 4, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ordered a nationwide eviction moratorium through December 31, 2020. This applies to all rental units. For a renter to be eligible for relief, they must self-certify under penalty of perjury that they meet the certain income and hardship criteria. NAR has published a summary of the order issued a statement in opposition. Read more here. NAR has also launched a FPC Call for Action. State AEs can find additional resources, including talking points, in the State AE Hub Community.

Make sure you are registered to vote #RealtorsVote
The deadline to register to vote or change your voting address is October 14. You can now request an absentee ballot from your local county board of elections if you are concerned with the risks of COVID-19. Your vote in this presidential election will also collectively determine the elections of a new state legislature, congress members, and the outcome of many local governments. That’s why #RealtorsVote.



Virtual Name that Tune & Live Auctions to be held during NYSAR Meetings
Please save the date of Monday, October 5 from 5 – 6 p.m. for our interactive RPAC “Name that Tune” game & Live Auctions fundraiser to coincide with the NYSAR Meetings. Please register for the event while registering for the NYSAR 2020 Virtual Fall Business Meetings.

Call for Auction items to be featured during NYSAR Virtual Fall Business Meetings
in addition to the handful of live auctions to be offered during our Virtual “Name that Tune” RPAC event held during the NYSAR meetings, we will be offering silent auction items via the RPAC Facebook group throughout the duration of the virtual meetings. If local boards or individual members would like to donate auction items, please contact Derick King at [email protected] or 518-463-0300 x238 with a description of the item, the value and a photo of the item by Friday, September 25. Local boards & individual members will receive RPAC credit for auction item donations. Please note: Auction item donors will be expected to mail the items directly to the auction winner.

September RPAC auction item – GOOVI Robotic Vacuum Cleaner
GOOVI Slim Robotic Vacuum Cleaner with self-charging, 360 degree smart IQ technology sensor, multiple cleaning modes and more will make your life so much easier.You’ll ask yourself, WHY did it take me so long to get this vacuum cleaner?
Bidding will end at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30.
To bid, visit the RPAC of New York Facebook group or contact Derick King at 518-463-0300 x238 or by email at [email protected].