Message from the President

by Joe Rivellino 

Hello Members,

Drones taking real estate marketing to new heights

Real estate agents across the country have been waiting for the Federal Aviation Administration to release guidelines permitting the use of drones for commercial purposes, such as marketing real estate. Last month, the FAA released its proposed rules, which would allow realty professionals to use drones to aid their clients in marketing and selling properties.

Unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly known as drones, are aircrafts without a human pilot aboard. Real estate agents hope to use drones to capture videos and pictures that help visualize and market clients’ residential and commercial properties. Aerial photography and video could someday be an added value that Realtors provide for all of their clients, creating eye-catching listings that stand out to potential buyers.

The new rules provide guidance on the various permits and registrations operators will need to obtain, when and where the drones can be used and the requirements for reporting accidents or injuries. It will likely take two years for the rules to be finalized and go into effect.

Some of the requirements included in the proposed rule are:

  • Commercial drones’ flights would be restricted to 500 feet in altitude, 100 miles per hour of speed and daylight hours.
  • All flights would need to be within visual line of sight of the person operating the drone.
  • Operators of commercial drones would be required to pass an aeronautical knowledge test be issued a permit to fly, which must be renewed every two years. This would be different from receiving a pilot’s license.

While drones are exciting new technology, until the rules are finalized real estate professionals cannot use drones to aid in the selling and marketing of properties and can result in heavy fines for agents.  But when the rules are finalized, drones will hopefully become an exciting, new tool to help sellers make their property even more attractive to buyers.

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.

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, starting April 23, to help remove wall and ceiling drywall, so wear your "dirty" clothes.  The address is 98 Thatcher which runs from Kensington to East Amherst about 1/2 mile W of Bailey.  Volunteer yourself or recruit your company for a day.  Contact Doreen at

April is Fair Housing Month 

April 11 marks the 47th anniversary of the passage of the Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 as amended, which enunciates a national policy of Fair Housing without regard to race, color, religion, sex, familial status, handicap and national origin, and encourages fair housing opportunities for all. REALTORS® show their support for equal opportunity in housing by displaying this declaration of following fair housing laws and their commitment to provide professional service.

REALTOR Emeritus Luncheon

BNAR members are invited to our REALTOR Emeritus Luncheon on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at The Buffalo Launch Club, 503 East River Road, Grand Island, from noon – 2:00 pm.   Cost for our REALTOR Emeriti is $12 and guests $22.00.  Join us as we honor eighteen incoming REALTOR Emeriti and network with others.  Chairs for this year’s event is  Angelo LaDuca and Floyd DoringPlease register by completing this form and returning it no later than April 17, 2015. 

Meals on Wheels Spring Flower Sale

Meals on Wheels is running a spring flower fundraiser.  Orders will be accepted until May 1 for pick up on May 8 and 9 at selection locations in Buffalo, Clarence and Orchard Park.  Here is the link to the order form.  For additional information, call 822-2201.

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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