Message from the President

by Joe Rivellino 

Hello Members,

REALTORS and Industry Leaders from Across the U.S. Put Real Estate Issues in the Spotlight

I just returned from our NAR meetings in San Diego joined by roughly 20,000 colleagues, experts and industry leaders from around the country.  I also had an opportunity to make contacts with top industry professionals from around the globe.

The resources, information and skills REALTORS gathered will help us positively influence our local communities and engage local leaders. Most importantly, the new knowledge gleaned by REALTORS who attended the conference helps them more effectively serve their home buyer, seller and investor clients.

Among the panelists and speakers were NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun; FHA Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ed Golding; Charlie Cook, political analyst and publisher of “The Cook Political Report”; Jonathan Corr, president and CEO of Ellie Mae; Jim Costello, senior vice president at Real Capital Analytics; and senior staff from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Aviation Administration and Moody’s Analytics. 

REALTORS are known for their efforts advancing real estate policies and strengthening local communities, and that work ripples out in ways that have a broader impact.  The conference was another opportunity for me and other REALTORS to reflect on the successes we shared this year and strategize to further build on those efforts in 2016. That means redoubling efforts to keep real estate matters at the front of the political agenda and solving the issues holding back a full restoration of real estate markets.

Throughout the week, REALTORS participated in workshops, forums and classes to sharpen their skills and improve their businesses in the year ahead. The events focused on ways for REALTORS to further build on their role as expert advisors and industry leaders and better serve individuals looking to buy or sell a home or property.

During the conference, Tom Salomone, from Coral Springs, Florida, was installed as 2016 NAR President. “Our priorities aren’t just REALTOR’ priorities,” said Salomone. “The work of REALTORS is critical for current property owners and anyone hoping to achieve their investment or homeownership goals, and that has a real and positive effect on all Americans.”

We also had the opportunity to explore the latest innovative products and services just for real estate professionals.  Over 400 exhibitors showcased their offerings during the trade expo, the largest in real estate, exposing REALTORS to fresh ways to serve clients and grow their business.

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.


On Friday, December 4, 2015 real estate professionals across the country will unite to staff as many Salvation Army kettles as possible in their local communities.  Thousands of REALTORS will take to the streets and bell ring for real change.  Step up and help our local community, either by yourself or encourage your whole office to participate.  To join the cause use this link.

Meals on Wheels Holiday Wreath Sale
Meals on Wheels Foundation of WNY, in partnership with Lavocat’s Nursery, will once again be offering an array of beautiful high quality holiday wreaths ranging from 14 to 34 inches, plain or decorated.  Each wreath purchased helps provide Meals on Wheels services for those celebrating the holiday season alone.   Wreath and centerpiece orders are due November 20 and pick-up will be December 4 and 5.  Here is the order form.

Boost Your Earnings - NYS Real Estate Education Foundation Scholarships Towards NAR Designation Courses 

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.  Applications must be completed and postmarked by December 31, 2015.

Committees Forming for 2016

Want to be involved in the BNAR and part of the decision making process? BNAR committees are now forming for 2016.  Belonging on a committee teaches you team building, can bring you a strong network of connections, improves your leadership and management skills and helps fulfill the objectives and set goals for your association. Use this form to sign up.


Do you know someone in your office who contributes their time to the real estate industry, their association and in their community? Nominate them for an award.  Here is a link to the REALTOR of the Year Nomination form REALTOR ASSOCIATE Nomination Form.  Deadline to submit is Monday, November 30, 2015.

West Herr Benefits
BNAR Realtor Team Store
Key Communicator Kickoff