Message from the President

by Joe Rivellino 

Hello Members,

BNAR Leadership Converge on the Nation’s Capital

BNAR leadership travelled to Washington, D.C. to attend the 2015 Realtor Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.  While in the nation’s capital we met with U.S. Senators and their staff on Capitol Hill to ensure qualified buyers and investors in the WNY community have access to safe and affordable mortgage financing and protect and advance real estate-related policies. Attending the Realtor Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo offers Realtors an opportunity to meet face-to-face with decision makers and be heard on the issues that affect the industry and consumers’ ability to buy, sell and invest in real estate. 

Realtors meetings focused on important residential and commercial real estate issues to homeowners and investors as well as extending the Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act, which expired at the end of 2014 and prevents distressed homeowners from facing excessive income tax bills on forgiven home loan debt. Realtors also urged lawmakers to protect commercial real estate related tax provisions, such as retaining like-kind exchange provisions and making permanent the 15-year depreciation period for leasehold improvements. In addition, Realtors advocated legislation to reform patent demand letters, set nationwide data security standards, and pass the Mortgage Choice Act to end discrimination against affiliated lenders.

Realtors do so much more than list and sell properties. The discussions we had about greater access to safe credit, patent reform, mortgage debt forgiveness tax relief, and commercial real estate tax provisions will help advance policies that strengthen homeownership and property rights and make a positive difference for consumers and our industry.  Homeownership and commercial investment help build strong communities and families. With the current policy debates underway in Washington, it’s a critical time for Realtors to take action and help shape the future of real estate. 

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.

Marketing Infographics for you to Customize and Use

An infographic is a visual image such as a chart or a diagram used to represent information or data and research has shown that high quality infographics are thirty times more likely to be read than text articles. The ultimate goal for all infographics is to be shared with your potential and current clients.  Based on profiles of homebuyers, sellers, consumers and home staging from the National Association of REALTORS, NYSAR has produced these infographics in word version so that you can customize by adding a text box. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FILES

  • Setting the State for Sold
  • Meet the Typical New York State Homebuyer and Seller
  • New York State REALTORS Save You Money
  • Home Improvements That Add Value
  • Ready to Buy Your First Home? 
  • It Pays to Work with a REALTOR

Congratulations Realtor Emeritus Honorees

Congratulations to our Realtor Emeritus Honorees who received a special award from the BNAR and the National Association of Realtors for forty years of service to the real estate industry:  Geraldine Andolina of Century 21 Winklhofer; Thomas Blaine of F.E. Blaine Realtors;  Michael Hooper of Hooper Realty;  Lynda Mason of Century 21 Ganey; Elizabeth and Ernest Paradiso of WNY Metro Paradiso Realty;  Sam Talarico from Coldwell Banker Integrity Real Estate;  Gary Kenline, Barbara Maturski and Renee Paul Hess from Hunt Real Estate ERA;  Leona Frank, Patricia Kowalski and Elaine McCune from MJ Peterson Real Estate;  Judith Black, Joan Grandoni, Patricia Jerome, Maurice Johnson from RealtyUSA.

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.

Volunteers Needed for Habitat for Humanity

Did you know Habitat for Humanity is celebrating their 30th anniversary?  Volunteers are needed every other Thursday.  Volunteer yourself or recruit your company for a day.  Contact Doreen at

BNAR Realtor Day at Meals on Wheels 

BNAR has named Meals on Wheels as its 2015 charity. Join us at Meals on Wheels, WNY on Thursday, May 21 at 9:00 am, 100 James E. Casey Drive, Buffalo “Community Center” for a brief overview of Meals on Wheels including a video and a tour of the facility, including commissary.  Find out ways you can help Meals on Wheels. They do wonderful work in the community; besides the food and friendship, it helps people stay in their homes. Call BNAR to register.

NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation Grant Program

First time homebuyers may qualify for a grant of $2000 through the NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation, Inc. 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.

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