Message from the President

by Dawn Brown

June National Homeownership Month

June marks National Homeownership Month, which recognizes the value of homeownership to individuals, families, communities and the nation’s economy.  

From building long-term personal wealth to fostering communities, strengthening social stability and driving the national economy, the value of homeownership is indisputable, which is why the National Association of Realtors® engages consumers through Home Ownership Matters,, with the latest news, stories, and videos on housing-related public policy issues that affect them at the state, local and national levels.

Increasing homeownership is a top priority of the BNAR, our State Association and National Association of Realtors® -- the country’s 1.2 million Realtors® who believe that anyone who is able and willing to assume the responsibilities of owning a home should have the opportunity to pursue that dream in an affordable and responsible way, and through ongoing public policy efforts, the National Association of Realtors® keeps attainable home and property ownership issues on the forefront of policy debates. 

Home is also where we make memories, build our futures, and feel comfortable and secure. And this year the Home Ownership Matters campaign will engage millions of current and prospective owners across the country in an effort to protect homeownership and private property rights, which form the bedrock of the American Dream.

Visitors to the site can quickly zero in on local property issues that affect them and their families via an interactive map and sign-up to be informed about the latest policy developments.

Be it a community improvement or public policy issue, consumers can look to Realtors® as leading advocates on the real estate issues that are important to them 

For more information on Home Ownership Matters, visit Home http://homeownershipmatters.REALTOR. Be sure to also follow along throughout the month of June on Facebook: @homeownershipmatters and on Twitter: @NAR_homeowners using the hashtag #HomeOwnershipMonth to keep up with the latest information on owning a home.

BNAR Directors Wanted
The BNAR Nominating Committee is accepting nomination forms for BNAR Directors.  If you have been a member of NAR for a minimum of three years, have been on at least two BNAR committees and hold REALTOR member status with BNAR, than you may qualify.  If you would like to be a part of the decision making process, fill out the form and send to Nominating Committee Chair, Sharon Ciminelli at with a copy to BNAR Chief Executive Officer, John Leonardi at for consideration to run in this years’ elections.  Nomination forms are due by August 11, 2017

June is Homeownership Month
The New York State Association of REALTORS and NYSAR Housing Opportunities Foundation are committed to assisting New Yorkers in achieving the American Dream of becoming homeowners. The Foundation has an application process for $2,000 grants to qualified owner occupied first time homebuyers.  They are also looking for contributions to the Foundation.  All contributions are tax-deductible and help the foundation award first-time homebuyer grants to low-to-moderate income applicants working with a REALTOR to use toward their down payment and closing costs.  Anyone making a donation to the Foundation in the month of June will be entered into a drawing for a $50 American Express gift card.

(Link to Application Process) – Grant Application 

(Link to contributions to the Foundation) - Contribution Form - 

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.

Joe Cecconi
West Herr Benefits