Message from the President

by Joe Rivellino 

Hello Members,

BNAR Members Attend Lobby Day

Twenty-two BNAR representatives traveled to Albany by bus on June 8, 2015 to participate in the New York State Association of Realtors annual Lobby Day.  We met with most of the seventeen Assembly and Senate representatives despite the fact that there were committee meetings and full sessions going on during our visit.  Among the topics that we discussed were:

  • The defining of the "team" designation for the Department of State,
  • Extension of the property tax cap, and
  • Support for tax incentives regarding the installation of residential fire sprinkler systems

Also NYSAR supports enactment of the following legislation:  Team Definition Legislation, Extending the Property Tax Cap; Transparence and Disclosure in Co-operative Housing, Scaffold Law Reform, Vested Rights for Property Owners, Mandate Relief, Increasing the Threshold for the Mansion Tax, Exemption of Mortgage Recording Tax for First Time Homebuyers and Tax Credit for Installation of Fire Sprinkler System.

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.

Forest Lawn Historic Cemetery Tour
Wednesday, July 15 – 9:30 am – 11:30 am
In its 159 years, Forest Lawn Cemetery has become an enduring chronicle of local history and a cultural landmark to local accomplishment.  The cemetery is a national asset and fully deserves its designation in the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places.  On this tour guests travel through Forest Lawn's historic grounds by air-conditioned motor coaches to hear stories about some of the 155,000 people buried there.  You never know who you will meet there.  The tour begins at the Delaware and Delavan gates of Forest Lawn. 

New York State Real Estate Education Foundation (NYSREEF)

Any individual who has at least one-year experience in real estate sales and/or related disciplines, who is licensed and practicing in New York State and who hold primary Realtor membership in New York State is eligible.  Scholarships available:  ABR, CIPS, Green, GRI, Resort & Second Home Property Specialist, SRES and others.  Deadline to apply is July 31, 2015.  Here is the link to the guidelines and application.

BNAR Member Forum

Network with other BNAR members on Wednesday, August 26 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Seneca Niagara Casino.  Also bring your issues/questions so that we can address them.  Beverages and hors d’ouevres will be served. 

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.

Click here for a list of the day's seminars.

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)   Use this link for a list of exhibitors to date (6/29/15)  Thank you to our sponsors:  Diamond Sponsor Realestatesigns.com    Platinum Sponsor MP Carroll Hardwood;   Gold Sponsor - Homestead Funding Corp

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

Mold Inspection, Assessment and Remediation Specialists 

This year,  Governor Cuomo signed into law requirements for the licensure of mold inspection, assessment and remediation specialists. The legislation, which had bipartisan and NYSAR support, will go into effect at the end of July, 2015.  This document fully explains the law and its ramifications.  All brokers and agents should be familiar with it.   For additional information or questions, contact Dan Locche, Director of Government Affairs, via email or at (716)636-9000.

West Herr Benefits
BNAR Realtor Team Store
Key Communicator Kickoff