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September 2021

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NYSAR 2021 Fall Business Meetings
Registration for the NYSAR 2021 Fall Business Meetings is open! The meetings will be a hybrid event. Select committee meetings will be held virtually via Zoom the week of September 20-24 and in-person meetings will be held Monday, October 4 through Wednesday, October 6 at Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY.  Register now!

September REALTOR® Safety Minute
In NYSAR’s September Safety Minute, 2021 President David Legaz gives some helpful and important tips to stay safe when hosting an open house. To view the video, click here!
Visit the NYSAR REALTOR® Safety Page by clicking here.

Across the Association
In the latest Across the Association video, learn how to prepare for the NYSAR 2021 Fall Business Meetings as well as a plethora of information to stay safe on the job. Watch now!

REALTORS® Triple Play 2021
Registration is now open for REALTORS® Triple Play 2021, which is scheduled to be held December 6-9, 2021 at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, NJ. To view the schedule of events and to register, click here!

Local Board REALTOR® Safety Grant Program
The NYSAR REALTOR® Safety Grant Program is new for 2021 and offers incentive funding for local REALTOR® boards/associations to engage and educate their membership about safe business practices. The NYSAR REALTOR® Safety Grant program replaces the REALTOR® Care Week initiative. To support this effort, NYSAR will provide up to $750 to help cover program expenses. Grants will be in the form of reimbursement following completion of the event. To download the application, click here!

Education

National Designation/Certification Class Refresher
For active REALTORS® who have earned other NAR-family designations/certifications, you may retake a previously completed designation/certification course for only $50, provided your dues are current.

Second Offering of Instructor Training Institute
For the first time ever, a second offering of the NYSAR Instructor Training Institute will now be held October 12-14! The only workshop of its kind, designed for current real estate instructors, those looking to become real estate instructors as well as sales managers, team leaders and coaches. You’ll learn what makes a great learning experience, how to present effectively, classroom management techniques, how to facilitate classroom activities professionally and more. Register now!

Second Offering of Instructor Training Institute
For the first time ever, a second offering of the NYSAR Instructor Training Institute will now be held October 12-14! The only workshop of its kind, designed for current real estate instructors, those looking to become real estate instructors as well as sales managers, team leaders and coaches. You’ll learn what makes a great learning experience, how to present effectively, classroom management techniques, how to facilitate classroom activities professionally and more. Register now!

NYSAR REAL Program
Interested in learning how to more effectively communicate? NYSAR’s REAL Program is a FREE educational resource page to help grow your personal and professional skills.
Check out this quarters topic: Communication- It’s What Real Estate Is All About!

NYSREEF Monthly Facebook Auction 
The New York State Real Estate Education Foundation (NYSREEF) is running a monthly auction on Facebook to help REALTORS® earn a national designation or certification. The September auction item is an HD 4k Ultra Roku Streaming package. To learn more and place your bid, visit the New York State Real Estate Education Foundation Facebook page.
Bidding ends on Thursday, September 30 at 5 p.m.

Learn from the top experts
Spread the word to your members that in order to achieve their license renewal goals and to stay compliant with their license, they can complete the following four classes, which will be offered on Zoom, to fulfill their requirements:

LEGAL UPDATE 
Offered on October 20, November 18, and December 14. This course is taught by a NYSAR Attorney. For more information on the course, visit the FREE NYSAR Legal Update page.
To watch the August Legal Update, click here.

GRI-1 ETHICS 
Capitalize on what sets REALTORS® apart from real estate licensees. This course satisfies NAR’s mandatory ethics training requirement and NY State’s new requirement for 2.5 hours of ethical business practices for license renewal. October 14-15.

GRI-3 AGENCY 
Provide effective, legal and ethical client representation. This includes two hours of agency training for license renewal. November 8-9.

GRI-5 BUYERS 
NYS Fair Housing training and two-hour agency coursework requirements for license renewal. December 1-2.

Government Affairs

NYSAR issues two Calls for Action opposing NYC Council bills 
NYSAR has issued two Calls for Action in New York City opposing bills before the New York City Council:

  • The first bill (Int. 2047) would prohibit landlords and real estate brokers in New York City from conducting criminal background checks on prospective tenants. NYSAR has engaged City Council Members over the last year on this bill, which was introduced by Council Member Stephen Levin (Brooklyn). If you live in New York City, Take Action now urging the City Council to allow for a more balanced approach, considering the rights of other tenants and property owners.
  • The second bill (Int. 1796) would establish a system of commercial rent control in the five boroughs. This legislation fails to provide the real economic relief that small businesses need and will deter commercial real estate investment. If you live in New York City, you can respond to the second Call for Action here. Thank you for your responses.

NYSAR Fall Business Meetings – Virtual Schedule for NYSAR Legislative Working Groups
NYSAR’s Fall Business Meetings are scheduled to be a hybrid event with virtual meetings being held via Zoom from September 20-24, and in-person meetings to be held October 4-6 at Turning Stone in Verona. For a full list of virtual meetings and to register for the NYSAR Fall Business Meetings, click here.

NYSAR’s Legislative Working Group meeting schedule:
Monday, September 20

  • 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Commercial Issues Working Group
  • 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. – NYC Issues Working Group
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Co-Op Issues Working Group

Tuesday, September 21

  • 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Article 12a Working Group

Gov. Hochul extends gun violence State of Emergency until Oct. 8; cold calling still prohibited
In late August, Gov. Kathy Hochul issued her first Executive Order extending the deadline to October 8 any Executive Order previously issued which was currently in effect. This includes New York’s gun violence state of emergency order. As a result, licensees are still prohibited from making any cold calls.

Gov. Hochul and state Legislature extend residential and commercial eviction moratorium
In September, Gov. Kathy Hochul signed into law an extension of the state’s residential and commercial eviction moratorium until January 15, 2022. (S.50001/A.40001)

The new law allows landlords the ability to file an affidavit challenging in court a tenant’s hardship declaration if the landlord believes that hardship does not actually exist, and that tenant should be ineligible for eviction protections. If the tenant’s declaration of hardship is found invalid, a landlord would be able to move ahead with an eviction proceeding.

The Legislature also approved $250 million in supplemental funding for tenants and landlords that did not qualify for the original Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) funds. Of those funds, $125 million is designated for landlords with tenants who have not cooperated in applying for ERAP funds or have vacated the unit while owing arrears. This supplemental funding is in addition to the $2.45 billion in federal and state funding dedicated to the state’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program. As of August 23, the program has released only $203 million to landlords, or 7 percent of the available funds. The state has approved another $605 million in relief but has yet to get that money out. Learn more.
It is expected that the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) will create a new process for landlords to apply for this supplemental funding. For more information, click here.

RPAC

RPAC Karaoke Night tickets
RPAC Karaoke Night will be held on Tuesday, October 5 as part of the NYSAR Fall Business Meetings at Turning Stone. To pre-register, just add an RPAC Karaoke ticket to your meeting registration on nysar.com. Tickets cost $60 each. The event will once again feature silent auctions, live auctions by MC Matt Arnold and plenty of interactive performances by our talented NY REALTORS® to benefit RPAC!Call for Auction items to be featured during RPAC Karaoke at Turning Stone
Once again, we will be featuring Live and Silent Auction items as part of the RPAC Karaoke Night fundraiser to be held during NYSAR’s Fall Meetings at Turning Stone, scheduled for Tuesday, October 5. 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 and the value by Friday, September 24. Local boards & individual members will receive RPAC credit worth the market value of the auction item donations!
Looking for a return on your RPAC Investment?
Take a look at some our recent victories here in Albany following the recent conclusion of the 2021 New York State Legislative session, including the defeat of a statewide “good cause” eviction proposal and a bill to reclassify RE licensees as employees vs. Independent Contractors. Learn more!

September Auction Item: Ninja Coffee Maker 
Brew your favorite hot or cold coffee beverages with this deluxe Ninja Coffee maker with six brew sizes, including cup, travel mug, half carafe or full carafe. Programmable auto IQ, milk frother, 50oz glass carafe, Ninja Smart scoop, removable water reservoir and permanent filter also included. Bidding will end on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m.
To bid, visit the RPAC of NY Facebook group.

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.