Message from the President

by Sharon Ciminelli 

BNAR Joins Realtors and Industry Leaders from Across the Globe to Bring Attention to Real Estate Issues

For the past week, I and other BNAR representatives joined nearly 20,000 colleagues, industry leaders and real estate experts from the U.S. and abroad at the National Realtors Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida.

This year’s conference theme, “Educate, Innovate, Celebrate,” encouraged us to educate ourselves on market trends and key real estate issues, learn about the latest technologies and innovations affecting the industry, and celebrate another year of positive growth.   We had the opportunity to make professional contacts from across the globe, as well as attend educational and informational sessions featuring nationally recognized presenters, trainers and industry experts.

Realtors are home buyers and sellers competitive advantage because we are constantly educating ourselves about the latest developments and issues affecting the real estate market and industry. This year’s conference was an incredible opportunity for me and my fellow Realtors to immerse ourselves in the newest trends and strategize solutions to the problems facing the housing market across the country and in our own communities.

Throughout the week we participated in 100-plus conference sessions, workshops, forums and classes on a broad range of real estate issues to help prepare ourselves and our businesses for 2017. This is one of the many ways Realtors raise their professionalism and skills through specialized knowledge and expertise.

Bill Brown, a second generation Realtor from Oakland, California, was installed as 2017 NAR President, stated that “Realtors are here to encourage our leaders to put forward policies that put the American dream of homeownership within reach for every American whose goal is to own their own home.”

We also had the opportunity to try out and learn about the latest state-of-the-art products and services 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 better serve clients and grow their business.

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Salvation Army Bell Ringers Volunteers Needed Friday, December 2

This event gives real estate professionals an opportunity to support a cause that is dear to them: housing. Kettle donations also fund additional programs such as food, rehabilitation and youth activities.  The money raised will stay in our local community.  Salvation Army Kettles will be at four different locations at the Galleria Mall from 10:00 am - 8:00 pm on Friday, December 2, 2016.  Two individuals per one or two hour shifts or recruit your company for the whole day - If the whole day, your real estate company name and logo will be displayed by the kettle.  Volunteers are encouraged to dress up or entertain to entice people to come to your kettle. Make it a competition or match donations made to your kettle; all for a good cause.  Students are able to use these hours towards community service learning programs at school as well.  Contact Debbie or Doreen at the BNAR at 636-9000 to register.  Sorry no literature is allowed to be distributed at the Mall.


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 December 31, 2016.  Here is the link to the list of scholarships, rules and application.

Congratulations to our New Officers and Directors for 2017:

Officers:  Rebecca VanDorn, President Elect;  Dawn Brown, President;  Eric Winklhofer, Secretary/Treasurer; Ann Aquilina, Vice President and Sharon Ciminelli who will stay on the Executive Committee as Immediate Past President.

BNAR Officers 2017

Directors:  Brendan Cunningham, Kathy Crissy, Lynne Logan and Margaret Hartman.  Also shown is current BNAR President Sharon Ciminelli and 2017 President Dawn Brown.

Committee Service for 2017

We will be soliciting volunteers for our upcoming committees.  Are you considering joining a committee?  Here is the form to submit your name and your interest.  If possible, complete the form and send to the BNAR by November 30th.   Notification of committee acceptance will be early in 2017.  Use this link to the sign up sheet.

Member Discount on Entertainment Books

Entertainment books are available for sale at BNAR for $15.00 cash/check made payable to: "Entertainment."  Stop by the BNAR for your copy


Do you know someone in your office who devotes their time to the real estate industry, their association and in the community?  Nominate them for an award.  Here is the link to the REALTOR of the Year Nomination Form and a link to the REALTOR-ASSOCIATE of the Year Nomination Form.  Deadline to submit is December 5, 2016. Click here for the Criteria for the Realtor of the Year. And Click here for the Criteria for Realtor Associate.

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