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March 20, 2021

REALTOR® NEWS

NYSAR March Safety Minute video now available
Each month, NYSAR will reveal a “Safety Minute” video featuring 2021 NYSAR President David Legaz. These informational videos are designed to inform and instruct REALTORS® how to practice real estate safely. To visit the new NYSAR Safety page, which features links, infographics and videos, including the March 2021 video about messaging in marketing, click here!

Virtual Lobby Day registration now open
Join your fellow REALTORS® from across the state virtually to advocate for important NYSAR legislative priorities on Tuesday, April 27. The first 300 members that register will receive a Lobby Day package in the mail from NYSAR. While registering for Lobby Day, members will also be able to register for the RPAC “School for Spies” virtual escape room event with a cost of $50. Anyone wishing to participate in the RPAC event must register before Friday, April 23. For more information and updates, including Lobby Day FAQ’s, visit the NYSAR Lobby Day page by clicking here.

Across the Association
Learn about the upcoming opportunities to get involved in NYSAR in the latest Across the Association video. Watch now!

NAR Good Neighbor Awards nominations open
The National Association of REALTORS® Good Neighbor Awards recognize REALTORS® who have made an extraordinary impact on their community, or on the national or world stage, through volunteer work. Nominations are open until May 7. To learn more and nominate someone, click here!

Take your NAR fair housing training today!
The National Association of REALTORS® has launched a fair housing training platform called Fairhaven. This interactive online simulation helps learners identify, prevent, and address discriminatory practices in real estate.
To learn more, click here!

UPCOMING EVENTS

FREE Wise Agent CRM webinar
Learn how to establish and use your CRM to save yourself time and produce more results during the FREE Wise Agent webinar on Thursday, March 25 at 1 p.m. If you can’t attend the live webinar, you can still register to receive a webinar recording. Register now!
FREE MyFloodStatus webinar
Who is your Flood Expert? Flood zone errors and confusion are rampant and REALTORS® need to know what information they can really count on! MyFloodStatus is hosting a FREE 30-minute webinar on Monday, April 5 at 10:30 a.m. To learn more and 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.

FREE Member Fair Housing Classes Sign-Up NOW!
NYSAR is launching a special series of FREE Fair Housing education courses designed for NYSAR members to celebrate Fair Housing Month. Each class is CE pending and will be held via Zoom. To learn more, 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. The course will be held on April 14, May 4, June 28, July 26, August 16, September 13, October 20, November 18 and December 14. These classes fill up fast, so register today! To watch the recording of the March Legal Update for non-CE credit, click here. 

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: March 25–26, 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

REALTORS® continue to meet with NYC councilmembers on proposed ban on criminal background checks
On March 16, NYSAR’s New York City Issues Working Group Chair Deborah Iemma and Vice-Chair Melissa Gomez, along with NYSAR and Long Island Board of REALTORS® staff met with NYC Councilmember Karen Koslowitz of Queens. The group discussed concerns with a New York City bill (Intro. 2047) that would prohibit building owners and real estate brokers from performing criminal background checks or refusing rental or occupancy based on a prospective tenant’s criminal record. REALTORS® also met with NYC Councilmember Steven Levin (Brooklyn), sponsor of the bill earlier this month, as well as with Councilmember Joseph Borelli (Staten Island) to convey serious concerns with the proposal. Meetings with other city lawmakers are ongoing.

State Legislature proposes $8 billion in new taxes as state budget negotiations begin
This week, the state Senate and Assembly adopted their respective one-house budget proposals, moving the process to the negotiations stage between the Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. An on-time budget must be passed before April 1. Both houses of the state Legislature have proposed budgets that include roughly $8 billion in new and increased taxes on businesses and wealthy New Yorkers. Some of those proposals include permanent graduated increases in the personal income tax rates on the state’s highest earners, an additional 1 percent tax on capital gains for those earning more than $1 million, applying the mortgage recording tax to any mezzanine debt or preferred equity investments, and an increase in the estate tax. The Senate also included language in its budget to decouple from the federal opportunity zones program, which the Assembly did not include. Additionally, the proposed pied-a-terre property tax on second 凯发官网网址多少homes in New York City valued at over $5 million was included in the Assembly’s budget, however excluded in the Senate’s budget. Learn more.

MEMBER PERKS

Be proactive about your safety with FOREWARN
With a phone number or name, you can instantly verify someone’s identity, including criminal histories and financial/asset information. As a FOREWARN subscriber, you can properly and safely plan for showings and open houses. 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.
Register for the event when registering for NYSAR Lobby Day by clicking here!

March RPAC auction item – Robotic Vacuum
Make Spring cleaning a breeze this year with the Yeedi WiFi Robotic Vacuum Cleaner. This item features a super large dustbin, 130 minute runtime, compatible with Alexa & Google Assistant. Perfect way to remotely clean up Pet Hair, Carpets, Wood Floors and more. Thank you to 2021 RPAC Trustees Chair, Jacqlene Rose from the Otsego-Delaware Board for donating this item. Bidding will end Wednesday, March 31 at 5 p.m. 
To bid, visit the RPAC of New York Facebook group. 

 

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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.