Message from the President

by Dawn Brown

BNAR Representatives Head to Washington in Support of Homeownership

People generally know of Realtors® as the local real estate professionals who put their expertise to work helping clients buy and sell homes. But the core of what Realtors® do is serve their communities, helping people achieve the dream of homeownership and supporting the institutions that make Western New York a great place to live. 

That mission is front and center this week as thousands of Realtors® from around the country head to Washington, D.C. for the National Association of Realtors®’ Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.

We will use this week to sharpen our skills and stay current on the legislative and regulatory issues facing clients.  But most importantly, Realtors® will meet with members of Congress and leaders inside the administration to show their support for the policies that make homeownership possible for millions of Americans.

Whether it’s reminding legislators to make flood insurance a priority or defending important tax policies like the mortgage interest deduction, Realtors® are protecting the interests of homeowners everywhere.   That includes us, right here in Western New York.  Homeownership matters, and Realtors® are doing their part to keep the dream alive.

Congratulations to our Newest REALTOR Emeritus:
Our honorees this year are Robert Vacanti-Northeastern Appraisal;  Peter F. Hunt-Hunt Real Estate ERA;  Mary Schemm-RealtyUSA WNY, Inc.;  Christie Rothschild-MJ Peterson Real Estate; Ann Dunning-Hunt Real Estate ERA; Susan Downing-RE/MAX North; Gordon Trank-Trank Real Estate and Peter P. Scarcello-Hunt Real Estate ERA. (missing from the photo were Salvatore Balesteri-Century 21 Balesteri Real Estate;  Sylvia Frost-RealtyUSA WNY, Inc. and Catherine Tobia-RealtyUSA WNY, Inc.)  Also at the event the Lifetime Service Award was given to Harry T. Purvis-Purvis & Brown, who began his real estate career in 1958.

BNAR Presents Economic and Real Estate Outlook
Here is the LINK to the Powerpoint of the Economic and Real Estate Outlook featuring Lawrence Yun, National Association of REALTORS Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research The date was Wednesday, April 27 at the Millennium Hotel

RPAC Dollars are working for You?  The return on RPAC investments means savings for REALTORS and consumers. Did you know that $13,698 per REALTOR in additional income was generated through the homebuyer tax credit?  That is just one of our returns on RPAC investments.  Continue to invest in your business.  Give your Fair Share of $25.00.

New York State Real Estate Education Foundation Scholarships 

Any individual who has at least one year experience in real estate sales, are licensed and actively practicing in New York State and who hold primary REALTOR membership in New York State is eligible to receive a scholarship to one of the NAR Designation/Certification course.  Application must be completed and postmarked by July 31, 2017.  Here is the link to the list of scholarships, rules and application.

West Herr Benefits
Key Communicator Kickoff