Message from the President
by Sharon Ciminelli
BNAR Members Converge on Nation’s Capital
Myself and other representatives from BNAR took to Capitol Hill to meet with our elected officials as part of the 2016 Realtor® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. Thousands of Realtors® from across the country took part in the event, which offered an opportunity for senators, representatives and their staff to learn more about important issues facing homeowners and the real estate market and industry.
Realtors® know that the work we do is important to strengthening Western New York, and the NAR Legislative Meetings offered a chance to take that message straight to decision-makers on Capitol Hill. It’s important for elected officials to hear directly from the people they represent, and we’re thankful to Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand for taking time to learn more about our industry and the people we serve.
Also at the meeting, we honed in on important residential and commercial real estate issues for homeowners and investors in Buffalo, NY, including protecting real estate-related tax provisions like the mortgage interest deduction and 1031 like-kind exchanges, as well as reforming current Federal Housing Administration restrictions on condominium financing. Realtors® also urged lawmakers to consider additional steps to give responsible borrowers greater access to safe, affordable mortgage credit, whether for first-time homebuyers entering the market or established borrowers moving into a new home.
The work of a Realtor® encompasses more than simply helping clients buy, sell or invest in properties. Realtors® offer expert advice to their clients during some of the biggest personal and financial events they’ll ever experience. There are real opportunities to improve the landscape for consumers, and the Realtor® Legislative Meetings in Washington was a chance to highlight those opportunities for our representatives in office.
In addition to the Hill visits, we also attended meetings, regional caucuses, roundtables and idea exchanges as well as listening to some remarkable keynote speakers so that we may bring this information back to our members.
SPCA Serving Erie County Fundraiser - Wine and Wags – An event for people & pups
Join BNAR members on June 8 from 5:30 pm until 8:00 pm at Buffalo Harbor State Park on Fuhrman Blvd for the SPCA of Erie County’s fundraiser; Sample delicious food and drinks from area restaurants, wineries, and breweries. Browse and shop people and pup-friendly vendors and bid generously on gift certificates in an exciting silent auction, and win big in their basket raffle. Make a VIP reservation and enjoy access to exclusive samples plus tarot readings and a collaborative painting by Pinot's Palette. Every VIP reservation includes a complimentary wine snack tray. (Attendees must be 21 or older) General Admission is $40.00; VIP is $65.00. So hurry and make your reservations online today. https://www.yourspca.org/wine-and-wags-2016-registration. Purchase grand prize raffle tickets ahead of time using this link https://www.yourspca.org/annual-raffle-2016
NYSAR Community Service Award
NYSAR is looking for REALTORS who make an exceptional impact in their communities. We are sure many of our members are active in their communities and are deserving of the award. Plus recipient will be presented with an inscribed plaque or desk award; a monetary grant of $1,500 to your selected charity and recognized at the 2017 Mid-Winter meetings, in the New York State Realtor and NYSAR.com. Nomination forms are due June 15, 2016. Here is the link to the nomination form.
2016 BNAR President, Sharon Ciminelli, Chooses SPCA Serving Erie County as Her Charity for the Year
The SPCA Serving Erie County provides both animal rescue and educational services that empower individuals to become caring, responsible citizens who value animals as a vital part of their community. Consider adopting! In addition funds are needed to Raise the Roof. Donations are needed to pave the way to Petopia a newly built facility for the SPCA who will be moving to Harlem Road in West Seneca. Go to www.yourspca.org to find out more. Other ways to help out is donating always needed items or purchasing items needed for Petopia!