- Message from the President
It pays to work with a REALTOR® is the best
tip for sellers and buyers. Not all real estate agents are Realtors. REALTORS®
are licensed professionals who are members of the National Association of
REALTORS®, (NAR) the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR) and their
local board or association of REALTORS®. They must abide by a strict Code
of Ethics and will ensure you get what you need throughout the entire home
buying and selling process.
In a recent survey by the NAR 96% home buyers in New York State considered real estate agents to be a useful resource of expertise, knowledge and information. In the same survey the typical for-sale-by-owners in New York State sold for $68,000 in 2013 compared to $165,000 for agent assisted home sales.
REALTORS® will assist buyers by finding listings that will best match your needs. They have a network of professionals - from mortgage lenders to service providers and will inform you of local real estate values, taxes, utility costs, and municipal services and direct you to school information. REALTORS® are the experts to guide you through the process from making an offer, getting the right inspections to closing successfully.
A REALTOR® helps a seller set a realistic competitive price and guide you through all the required paperwork. REALTORS® advise you on ways to improve your home's curb appeal as well as interior staging of your home. REALTORS® professionally market your property using a Multiple Listing Service and multi-faceted advertising.
REALTORS® negotiate the best deal for you, assist with counter-offers, help resolve issues and remain objective in handling buyer concerns. REALTORS® familiarize you with closing procedures in advance.
The current real estate market is a sellers' market with low inventory of homes for sale, there is a larger volume of multiply offers. Buyers more than ever need a REALTOR® to assist in negotiating the best offer with the best terms for a successful sale.
REALTORS® are the Guardians of the American Dream of home ownership, which provides financial security and growth, stable communities and families, and strengthens our society. My professional advice to buyers and sellers - "Don't buy or sell a home on your own" - - LET A REALTOR WORK FOR YOU.
Also, don’t ever hesitate to contact me. I have a special email “Ask Christie” for you to keep in touch with me and sending your questions or comments any time, on any subject 24/7/365.
Millennium Hotel, Walden Avenue
Rescheduled - We have a new date already locked in for Monday, May 5, 2014 at the Millennium Hotel. The theme will be Cinco de Techo! Almost all the speakers are coming back and the event will be the same with only some minor changes and the fun theme. All past registrations will be transferred to the new date. For others you can sign up using Internet Member Services. For more information on the day visit www.getwirednbnar.com
Benefit of the Month: Darien Lake Direct on-line ticketing and Park Discount Program – BNAR members save money. You can now log into your own Darien Lake site to purchase tickets at a substantial savings off regular admission prices. This online benefit program offers not only substantial savings, but allows you to "print and go" so you have your ticket in hand when you get to the park with no waiting in the line to purchase tickets. To access your special tickets, click this link, then log into the site with the username and password provided. Username: B.N.A.R Password: BNAR13
April Is Fair Housing Month
Each year REALTORS® recognize the significance of the anniversary of the Fair Housing Act and reconfirm the commitment to upholding fair housing law as well as commitment to offering equal professional service to all in their search for real property. Realtors agree to the Fair Housing Declaration.
At Home With Diversity – Saturday, May 3, 2014 – 8:30 am – 5:30 pm The class teaches Realtors how to work effectively with and within fast, rapidly changing multicultural market. The course will address the topics of diversity, fair housing and business planning development and receive the At Home With Diversity certification.
Realtor Magazine Good Neighbor Awards
Recognizes Realtors who have made an extraordinary commitment to their community through volunteer work. The award typically goes to someone who has already made a significant impact on improving others lives. Five winners receive $10,000 and five receive $2,500 for their charity. Go to www.realtor.org/gna for entry form - Deadline is May 16, 2014.
Defending Our Rights and Protecting Our Profession
Kudos to the BNAR Public Affairs Committee on producing a brochure outlining our Legislative Agenda. The brochure is designed to inform members on the key legislative issues with which our Association is involved with and our position regarding each.
Read this week’s case study:
Related to Article 8 - Case #8-2: Request for Investigation Filed by Board with the State Real Estate Commission