Message from the President
by Eric Winklhofer

Where has the summer gone? 
It seems as though it just started and now it’s gone.  Hopefully you enjoyed your summer.  I can’t believe I am starting my ninth month as President and I just want to recap some of the things we have done and what else is coming up. 

It seems like yesterday I was sworn into office at the Hotel Henry in January. Thank you all who joined me. Also in January we conducted our Officer and Director Orientation as well as our Committee Leadership Workshop to get our committees formed  early. Most importantly this year we updated our Strategic Plan in March to guide BNAR’s future and along with our committees, help fulfill those goals.  Once again, we offered our members free tickets to the Buffalo Home and Garden show.  A partnership that we do not want to jeopardize.  The tickets also are a great PR piece for our Realtor members.  

Learning is priceless.  Our Economic Forecast and Legal Update were very well attended and we were able to offer free continuing education at each of the sessions.   

I hope you all enjoyed our Summer Social in August -- it was an outdoor event and I think many complained it was too hot!  And yes it was, but the ambience and networking was cool.

Coming up we have our Meatball Competition that you don’t want to miss.  This is our second annual competition with BNAR members cooking meatballs as well as judging them.  Plus proceeds go to RPAC, the lifeblood of our industry. Hurry and register!

Mark your calendars for our Annual Meeting & Election Event that will take place on October 16 at Salvatores Italian Gardens and our 30th Annual Agents’ Day & Trade Show on October 30 at the Buffalo Grand Hotel – we promise this one to be a “Boo-tacular” event.

I also want to thank everyone for donating to my charity thus far  – Lucky Fin and WNY Stem, please continue to do so.  We participated in their events and will continue to sell men’s and women’s bracelets to raise funds and help my friends  whose daughter was born with a limb difference.  You will hear our story at Agent’s Day.

Of course travelling to NYSAR and NAR meetings has also kept me busy.  Being in this position has elevated my career in many ways.   We are also in the process of forming a Shadow Board, targeting millennials, to look at our structure and possibly create a modern organization.  Interested?  Give us a shout.

As your president, I am available, 24/7/365 so please feel free to email me.

Get Ready for a “Boo-Tacular” Event

Join us for our 30th Annual Agents’ Day & Trade show on Wednesday, October 30 from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.  Costumes recommended!   The cost this year is $10.00.  Keynote Speaker is the legendary Terry Watson.  Also we are offering one-hour continuing education sessions … but you must register for the event and the classes separately!  Thanks to all of our Sponsors! 

Diamond:Empower Federal Credit Union and RealEstateSigns.com
Platinum: 2FindYourHome and M P Caroll Hardwood
Gold: CoreLogic


Registration is easy, just go to your MLS Portal and click on BNAR Member Services.  Sorry no walk-ins due to limited seating.  Lunch this year is Hearts of Palm Salad, Chicken Roulade with White Sauce, Sauteed Mixed Vegetables, Mashed Potatoes and Angel Food Cake with Raspberry Sauce.  Currently we have 50 Exhibitors and the list keeps growing.  Here’s a link to the Exhibitors to date. 
If you want to be an Exhibitor Click Here.

Here is the Agents Day Officer Flyer, please post in your Office!

Meatball Challenge Event

BNAR members are invited to attend the Second Annual “Meatball Challenge” on Thursday, September 19 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at Artisan Kitchens, 200 Amherst Street.  Chefs this year are Michael Ciminelli, Diane DiMatteo-Carney, Maria Laurendi, Marialisa Giglia-Remington, Katherine Sorrentino and Charlene Zoratti.  Judges are last year’s winners, Marie Stoklosa and Louis Vinci and Nick Pitillo, Owner of Osteria 166.  Entrants will be judged in two categories Best Meatball and Best Sauce;  there will also be a Fan Favorite for Best Meatball.  Donation is $60 per person with all proceeds going to the REALTORS Political Action Committee and you will be credited for your contribution to RPAC.  Past contributions cannot be applied to admission!  Registration a must through Member Services/Events through your MLS Portal.   Besides the sampling of meatballs, Italian wines and Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

The IRS launched a new IRS Tax Withholding Estimator
As part of a continuing effort to improve quality services for taxpayers, the IRS upgraded this tool, which replaces the Withholding Calculator, and gave it a facelift.  Use this link to the Tax Withholding Estimator.  

The IRS urges taxpayers to check their withholding each year and adjust it, if needed, to avoid tax filing surprises. The new Tax Withholding Estimator will help anyone doing tax planning for the last few months of 2019. It’s especially important to use the estimator now: 

• If a taxpayer faced an unexpected tax bill or a penalty when they filed this year.

• If a taxpayer made withholding adjustments in 2018.

• If a taxpayer has or will experience a change in marital status, dependents, income or jobs this year.

• Because taxpayers can make estimated tax payments to the IRS instead of adjusting their withholding, and the next payment deadline is Sept. 16. 
https://www.irs.gov/individuals/tax-withholding-estimator


Is it time to Renew your License? 
Not sure how or where to go? The Education Committee created this 3 minute tutorial to help you through the process. The DOS has asked us to remind our members about the proper way to answer the continuing education question on the online license renewal form.  The question asks if the licensee has completed the required CE credit or if the licensee is exempt.  If the licensee has properly completed their CE requirements OR is exempt from completing CE, the licensee should answer “YES.”  Many of those who are exempt, mistakenly answer “NO” and therefore an audit is immediately triggered.  Unfortunately, licensees are often found to have gaps in licensure or are unable to prove continuous licensure, and thus lose their exemption from required CE. 

 

A New Message from your our Education Chairperson Rose DeGeorge

Here is a short message from your BNAR Education Chairperson, Rose DeGeorge! Come home for your Education!

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