Message from the President

by Rebecca Van Dorn

I can’t believe Labor Day has passed and I am in the last quarter of my term as President of BNAR.  It has been tremendous year so far and a great learning experience for me.

Being a REALTOR is the most rewarding career, even so as President of BNAR  – but unfortunately, our business takes us where no other REALTOR has gone before.  Sounds like Star Trek but as REALTORS we too trek to so many places, meeting unfamiliar people, and many in rural areas. 

Due to our frequent contact with unfamiliar people in private locations, real estate agents face more on the job risks than many other business professionals do. That is why the National Association of REALTORS recognizes September as REALTOR Safety Month. NAR has many materials and tools for you to use including infographics, reference materials, videos, webinars and reports.  Many which you can share in your office.  Just go to -

Take safety education seriously.  Often we think we are smart enough to handle any situation, and just like law enforcement, REALTORS should have regular safety training too. This month BNAR is offering a three -hour continuing education class, Never Say Never.  Knowledge, Awareness and Empowerment.  These are the core components of REALTOR safety.  We want to help members understand the risks they face so they can be prepared. 

I know some think Labor Day is the last day of summer.  However, that is not really so. There is still summer left to enjoy; the weather looks to be cooperative in the weeks ahead and although the days seems shorter right now, the good news is that nature will provide us with leaves that turn into beautiful hues of yellows, oranges and reds to enjoy.
As your president, I am available, 24/7/365 so please feel free to email me.

Mark Your Calendars, Agents Day 2018 is
coming soon!! Click below to watch!

Agents’ Day & Trade Show
This year’s theme is MASQUERADE.  Who will you be when you walk through the door?  Our annual Agents’ Day & Trade Show will be held on Wednesday, October 10 at the Adams Mark Hotel and the cost is only $10.00 which includes continental breakfast, lunch, one hour continuing education sessions and much more!  Sponsorships and Exhibitor applications are now being accepted.  Contact Pam Nalbone at   Register today through Member Services in your MLS portal. 
To see this years Exhibitors, CLICK HERE! 
To be an Exhibitor, CLICK HERE!
Events of the Day,  CLICK HERE! 

Meatball Competition 
The first annual BNAR Meatball Competition will be held at Artisan Kitchen & Baths, 200 Amherst Street, Buffalo on Thursday, September 20 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.  The event will have five competitors vying for the honor of best meatball and Italian sauce.  Three non-partisan judges will make the ultimate determination based on taste and presentation.  The $50 entrance fee will go toward RPAC and will include hors d’oeuvres , wine and soda.  Register today through Member Services in your MLS portal.

NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation Individual Grant Programs
Qualifying individuals can apply for grants to assist with closing costs and/or down payments. The grants are gifts with no payback requirement and are available to low-to-moderate income families in New York State.  Here is the link to the Eligibility Requirements and application.  Any inquiries should be made via email to

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