Below are a number of links to real estate-related websites including resources for councils, institutes, societies, and associations; New York state organizations; industry news; and state, federal and national government information.
IRS Real Estate Tax Center – tax information for business and resources specific for communities and real estate.
Small Business/Self-Employed Tax Center – tax information specifically for small business owners and the self-employed.
Association of Real Estate License Law Officials – is a global, nonprofit association made up of entities involved in regulating the practice of real estate.
Federal Emergency Management Agency – became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003 . FEMA’s continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. Visit the New York State Emergency Management Office.
Ginnie Mae – was created in 1968 as a wholly owned corporation within the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Its purpose is to serve low-to moderate-income homebuyers.
U.S. Bureau of the Census Economic Briefing Room – offers a summary of new home sales, housing starts and homeownership rates from across the country.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. Access the department’s library for details on its activities and services. The site includes a FAQ on a range of topics, from home buying to homelessness.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – furnishes extensive resources in environment-related information, including news, legislation, test methods and data. EPA’s mission is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment — air, water, and land — upon which life depends.
U.S. Small Business Administration – since its founding in 1953, the SBA has delivered about 20 million loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.
Real Estate Council, Institutes, Societies and Associations
American Society of Home Inspectors – is the oldest, largest, and most recognized organization for home inspectors in North America. Features information about home inspections and links for locating home inspectors. See also the New York State Association of Home Inspectors.
Appraisal Institute – is an international membership association of professional real estate appraisers with more than 18,000 members and 99 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and abroad. It is the acknowledged leader in residential and commercial appraisal education, research, publishing and professional membership designation programs. Visit the New York State Society of Real Estate Appraisers.
Certified Commercial Investment Members – recognized as professionals in commercial real estate brokerage, leasing, asset management, valuation and investment analysis.
Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers – The CRB designation is recognized industry-wide as the symbol of excellence in brokerage management. The most successful brokerages are owned or managed by professionals holding this prestigious designation.
Council of Residential Specialists – is a not-for-profit organization composed of nearly 40,000 CRS designees and candidates/general members. The association was created to attract and retain those REALTORS® seeking the knowledge, tools and relationship-building opportunities needed to maximize their income and professionalism in residential real estate.
Counselors of Real Estate – is an international group of seasoned real estate practitioners who provide advisory services to clients on property and land-related matters. Only 1,000 practitioners worldwide carry this designation.
Institute of Real Estate Management – recognizes the needs voiced by real estate management practitioners at all levels. IREM helps real estate professionals create opportunities, secure a professional advantage and develop successful strategies in today’s competitive real estate market.
International Real Estate Federation – In its 52 years of existence FIABCI, has built an enviable reputation as the authentic voice of international real estate. The federation is not only international but multi-disciplinary. Anyone involved in real estate can belong whether they are brokers, counselors, lawyers, appraisers, financiers, architects, developers, contractors or investors.
Mortgage Bankers Association – maintains the best one-stop reference for real estate finance information and mortgage loan information. Financial and regulatory information is available for consumers, bankers and members of the financial services industry.
National Association of Home Builders – represents more than 220,000 residential home building and remodeling industry members. Known as “the voice of the housing industry,” NAHB is affiliated with more than 800 state and local home builders associations around the country. Their site is designed for those interested in home building and the industry, containing vast resources for members and consumers. Visit the New York State Builders Association.
National Association of Home Inspectors, Inc. – established to promote and develop the home inspection industry. NAHI’s promotional activities educate the public and promote the importance of a reputable home inspection as an integral part of the residential real estate transaction.
National Association of Mortgage Brokers – is the only national trade association representing the mortgage broker industry. NAMB promotes the industry through programs and services such as education, professional certification and government affairs representation.
National Association of REALTORS® – strives to be the collective force influencing and shaping the real estate industry.
National Association of the Remodeling Industry – brings together people who work in and with the remodeling industry, belonging and growing from one another. Valuable information on lead-based paint is also available.
Real Estate Buyer’s Agent Council – is the world’s largest organization of real estate professionals concentrating on buyer representation.
REALTORS® Land Institute – is focused on land brokerage transactions of five specialized types: farms and ranches; undeveloped tracts of land; transitional and development land; subdivision and wholesaling of lots; site selection and assemblage of land parcels.
Seniors Real Estate Specialists – are REALTORS® qualified to meet the special needs and concerns of maturing Americans. A national program since 1998, The Senior Advantage Real Estate Council offers the SRES designation to identify those members who have successfully completed its education program along with other prerequisites.
Society of Industrial and Office REALTORS® – SIOR is the leading professional commercial and industrial real estate association. With more than 2,800 members in 480 cities in 20 countries, the society represents today’s most knowledgeable, experienced, and successful commercial real estate brokerage specialists.
Women’s Council of REALTORS® – is an organization of REALTORS® nationwide that provide opportunities for personal and career growth to their REALTOR® members. Visit their website for more information, a list of members and upcoming events.
New York State Organizations
New York State Association of Home Inspectors – promotes the interests of its members and the home inspection profession in New York state with respect to regulation affecting the practice of home inspections.
New York State Builders Association – through a strong partnership with its local associations, NYSBA strives to create a favorable business environment and enhance its members’ ability to provide quality housing for all New Yorkers.
New York State Commercial Association of REALTORS® – brings commercial practitioners together to increase knowledge and promote education, organize specialized seminars and excellent networking opportunities. Their website gives easy access to commercial real estate listings, as well as access to the names and addresses of commercial REALTORS®.
New York State Emergency Management Office – is responsible for coordinating all activities necessary to protect New York’s communities from natural, technological and manmade disasters and other emergencies that threaten the state.
New York State Society of Real Estate Appraisers – is the only state-wide organization of appraisers. Visit the website to search the member directory, read the quarterly newsletter and obtain an application form.
State of New York Mortgage Agency – provides information on the mortgage programs offered by New York state to assist residents in owning their own homes via several mortgage programs.
Real Estate Industry News and Related Websites
Bankrate.com – offers mortgage rate analysis and predictions.
Bestrate.com – offers current interest rates, a mortgage calculator, financial and real estate tools and current news.
CNN Financial Network – The Personal Finance section offers news and information on the housing market.
Freddie Mac – is a stockholder-owned corporation chartered by Congress in 1970 to keep money flowing to mortgage lenders in support of homeownership and rental housing. Visit the site for home buying resources, community developments and current news.
GlobeSt.com – provides in-depth and breaking commercial real estate news around the clock in major and secondary markets throughout the country. It is the premier destination for original and timely real estate related content on the Internet.
Habitat for Humanity International – is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. HFHI seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
HSH Associates – is the nation’s leading publisher of consumer loan information with housing stats, mortgage rates, financial calculators and more.
Inman News – is the nation’s leading independent real estate news service and content provider, offering a variety of products and services for the real estate professional and consumer.
Visit NAR’s REALTOR® Store to purchase business products and publications online from NAR.
National Lead Info Center – offers valuable information on the lead-based paint disclosure law.
Real Estate Broker’s Insider – has helped residential real estate broker/owners grow their businesses and increase their profits for more than 30 years, in up markets and down.
Real Estate Cyberspace Society – provides the latest real estate cyberspace strategies and tips, and includes a virtual desktop with several useful cybertools of particular value to real estate professionals.
Real Estate Intelligence Report – is a subscription based, independent real estate newsletter for brokers, sales associates, educators and regulators, providing news and perspectives on key issues affecting the residential real estate industry.
REALTOR® Magazine – Read the current issue of the National Association of REALTORS® member magazine online here.
Realty Times – is a leading real estate news service on the Internet providing buying and selling advice for consumers and money-making tips for agents and more. Website content is updated daily and is a must-read for anyone involved in real estate.
RISMEDIA – was established in 1980 as the Relocation Information Service Inc. Since then, RISMEDIA has grown into the leading independent provider of news, information, reference publications, high-level events and consulting services in the real estate and relocation industry. Consumers in need of real estate services can locate top professionals, services and information in RISMEDIA publications and online.
SchoolMatch – by Public Priority Systems, Inc. is a research and database service company that collects, audits, integrates, processes and manages information about public and private elementary and secondary schools throughout the US.