Message from the President
by Eric Winklhofer

April is Fair Housing Month

For decades, REALTORS members of the National Association of REALTORS have supported a free, open market that embraces fairness and equal opportunity for all buyers and sellers. Members of the BNAR strongly support the Fair Housing Act, legislation first passed in 1968.

This year, Realtors from BNAR will join Realtors across the country to embark on a yearlong commemoration of the 51st Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act to raise awareness for fair housing issues.

REALTORS continue to recognize the significance of this important act and reconfirm our commitment to upholding fair housing law, as well as our commitment to offering equal professional service to all in their search for a home or property. REALTORS work hard to build strong communities and neighborhoods where all people can live and prosper.

Over the years, NAR has developed educational information on diversity and fair housing laws, programs and resources that have helped educate REALTORS across the country on the importance of inclusive housing practices and the promotion of diverse homeownership.

During the yearlong commemoration, NAR will further examine community fair housing issues and advocate for changes to the Fair Housing Act to prohibit.  REALTORS will focus on three key elements in 2019: acknowledging the organization’s changing role in the fight for fair housing, understanding how we as a nation are constantly improving our commitment to fair housing and ways REALTORS strive to lead efforts to address fair housing policy issues.

In Erie County you may not refuse to sell or rent or refuse to negotiate for the sale or rental or deny any housing accommodation to any person because of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, national origin, source of income, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status, familial stats or immigration and citizenship status.

Fair housing protects the American Dream of homeownership for all citizens and supports the development of healthy and diverse communities. 

FREE Economic Forecast and Demographics -2 Hrs of CE Credit

The Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS and the New York State Association of REALTORS presents an Economic Forecast and Demographics on Wednesday, May 1 at the Millennium Hotel, Walden Avenue.  Continental Breakfast will be served. Registration begins at 8:30 am and the program is from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Whether or not you need the continuing education, all members are invited to attend – seating is limited - you MUST register.  Speakers are Jaison Abel, Assistant Vice President and Function Head and Jessica Lautz, National Association of REALTORS Vice President of Demographics and Behavioral. No admission after the 9:00 a.m. start time. Here is the link to more detailed information.

FREE Legal Update – 3 Hrs CE Credit (includes 1 Hr of Agency)

Don’t miss out on the Legal Update on Thursday, May 9, at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott.  Continental Breakfast will be served. This event is sponsored by Empower. Registration begins at 8:30 am and the program is from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm.  Whether or not you need the continuing education, all members are invited to attend – seating is limited – you MUST register.  Speaker is S. Anthony Gatto, Esq., Director of Legal Services for the New York State Association of REALTORS. No admission after the 9:00 a.m. start time.  Here is the link to more detailed information.


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!

CALL TO ACTION - Please Help
ATTENTION BNAR members – a Call for Action is needed! The state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are considering an increase in a statewide real estate transfer tax AGAIN! We need YOU to send an email to the Governor, your state Senator and Assemblyperson in opposition.

To submit a Call for Action email, click here: http://bit.ly/2FvgmeH.

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