Message from the President

by Rebecca Van Dorn

50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act

This year, the National Association of REALTORS will join with us, our partners and allies in a year-long commemoration of the 50
th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. The commemoration will focus on three key elements of Fair Housing:

  • Acknowledging the organization’s past role in the fight for fair housing;
  • Understanding how we as a nation are constantly improving our commitment to fair housing; and
  • Embracing REALTORS role at the forefront of advancing fair housing, leading efforts to address community fair housing issues.

Housing plays a large role in defining a person’s quality of life.  Where you live affects your access to social, cultural, educational and many other community amenities such as schools, transportation, employment, medical services, retail and professional services, recreational and entertainment opportunities and much more Housing discrimination is an illegal obstacle to housing choice and denies people the opportunity to fully experience and enjoy the “American Dream” of choosing, owning and being responsible for their own house and home.

Fair Housing Makes US stronger.  Please take a moment to review the REALTOR Fair Housing Declaration and for more on the Fair Housing Issues use this link to the National Association of REALTORS site.

As your president, I am available, 24/7/365 so please feel free to email me.

REALTOR Emeritus Luncheon
BNAR Members are invited to our Realtor Emeritus luncheon on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 from noon until 2:00 pm at the Buffalo Launch Club, Grand Island, NY.  Our honorees this year are Sharon Bearfield, Judy Civiletto, Theresa Costanzo, Diane DiMatteo-Carney, Sarah Heitzman, Barbara Kivi , Joan Strong and Robert Wojcik. The cost is only $13.00 for our REALTOR-Emeritus and $25.00 for their guests. Please RSVP by Friday, April 20.  Here is a pdf registration form to print and send in with your check to the BNAR – attention Pam.

Help us Keep a Convicted Felon in Jail for the Shooting of Fellow Realtor Member Gayle Wolfer Sprague
Here is the link to sign the Petition to keep Cutner in prison so that Gayle and others in the community can feel safe

On March 25, 1988, Gayle Wolfer Sprague, a REALTOR from Arcade, NY was shot three times, along with her client, by Edward Beauford Cutner. The assailant’s intent was to kill Gayle and likely would have been successful if his gun had not misfired. Gayle’s assailant was sentenced to prison in 1989. He is up for parole this year and Gayle is scheduled to attend a victims’ meeting before the parole board on April 6, 2018. The more signatures Gayle can gather, the better chance that her assailant will not be granted parole. Please join us in signing the petition to keep Cutner in prison so that Gayle and others in the community can feel safe.

Walk for Cystic Fibrosis
Walk for  a healthier you and at the same time fundraise for Cystic Fibrosis. Great strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundations largest fundraising event. It provides opportunities for all people within a local community to get involved walking with friends, family and colleagues.  Walks are in May, June and September at different locations.  Use this link  to a walk/team and search for "BNAR REALTOR Walk Team" and choose your location.  Fundraising tips and toolkits are also available on their site.
Link to walk
Link to Tips and Tool kits

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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