Message from the President

by Joe Rivellino 

Hello Members,

September is Realtor Safety Awareness Month

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. To raise awareness about this vital issue, September is officially designated by the National Association of Realtors as Safety Month. 

In preparation for this event, NAR conducted surveys of Realtors and Association Executives. According to the surveys, two thirds of participating Realtors have experienced safety concerns, incidents, or other harassing situations while working.  Many others also know of other Realtors who have had similar experiences. Unfortunately one out of four has been involved in a dangerous incident or harassing situation.  Think about the Gayle Wolfer shooting that happened in our area years ago, the death of Beverly Carter and the missing Realtor in Arizona..

Safety has been identified as a number one priority for NAR. Though Realtor Safety Month is only thirty days, the commitment to this crucial issue is ongoing.  Keep this issue and the goals of Safety Month activities top-of-mind throughout the year.

Take advantage of the resources available to Realtors.  Webinars are being offered by NAR, this month,  BNAR offers the three hour continuing education Realtor Safety course and there are many more products and resources at

I have a special email “Joe on the Go” for you to keep in touch with me and sending your questions or comments any time, on any subject 24/7/365.

Breaking News - August 19, 2015: New York State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council voted 10-3 to keep existing code as is and to NOT implement a statewide mandate on fire sprinkler installation! Thank you to all who participated in our Calls For Action over the past few months, they worked!

BNAR’s Young Professionals Collecting School Supplies for St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy

School supplies are needed for Our Lady of Hope School which is part of St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy.  Drop off individual supplies or a backpack full of supplies to BNAR by August 28th so that the items can be given at the start of the school year.  Here is a list of what is needed.

Agents’ Day & Trade Show - Fall Fiesta is the Theme – Only $10.00

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, September 16, at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo – Agents’ Day provides members with education, networking and fun.  Click here to register. 

For parking instructions, click here.

Need to complete your Code of Ethics class?

The 3 hour Code of Ethics Continuing Education Class is also being offered at Agents’ Day for $30.   Please register for Agents’ Day & the Code of Ethics class separately.

Click here for a list of the day's seminars.  Please print and post in your office.

Keynote speaker is Yvonne Conte, keynote speaker and author who has published five books including best seller, Serious Laughter.  Her career has taken her to 31 states and 7 countries.  She appeared nationally on the popular ABC daytime talk show, The Caryl and Marilyn Show as a silly old woman who talks to an iron.  Sessions this year will include a three hour continuing education Code of Ethics class, New Cool Tools, I’m an Agent, Now What?, Safety, Realtor Issues, Legal, Appraisal Updates, WNY on the Move, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Old First Ward, RPR and Attitude Adjustment from 3-5 pm (compliments of the Hyatt).

Thank you to our sponsors:  Diamond Sponsor,, 2FindYourHome; Platinum Sponsor, MP Carroll Hardwood, Instanet Solutions, Barclay Damon LLP; Gold Sponsor, Homestead Funding Corp

Click here for a list of our 2015 Agents' Day Exhibitors.

West Herr Benefits
BNAR Realtor Team Store
Key Communicator Kickoff