Message from the President, by Amber Wesser 

Updated January 2, 2021

Welcome BNAR to 2021! I am honored to be your President for this new year. I have the pleasure of knowing many of you, but to the members I have not met, I wanted to share a little bit about me. I am a wife and a mother of 5, family is my number one. I am a strong believer in education. I have a Vocational Degree in Carpentry, a Masters Degree in HR Management and I am a constant student. I also lead a branch/team of professionals. Together we achieve more than any one of us alone.


My focus this year is on Collaboration and Empowerment. I believe that even though our members compete in the marketplace, that doesn't mean that we can not do so in a professional manner, accomplishing the goals of our clients and customers.


Together, we are empowered to improve our industry, the marketplace and solidify our importance and role in navigating the process of home ownership buying/selling and protecting the bundle of rights that come with it.


I look forward to this new year and collaborating with our 2021 Board Leaders and Association. As a member, you can contact me with any questions about our Association. May 2021 be a year for future thinking and forward movement. I believe the sky is limited only by our procrastination and self imposed boundaries.  


Sincerely,
Amber Wesser,
BNAR President 2021
I am available, 24/7/365 so please feel free to email me


Updated As of January 19, 2021.
The ESD guidelines are still in effect.


Current NYS COVID-19 Real Estate Guidelines Click Here

NYSAR Meetings January 25 - February 2 Being Held Virtually
Registration is now open for the NYSAR 2021 Mid-Winter Business Meetings! You now have the chance to attend many of the meetings that are normally held in Albany every year from home! Register today...it's FREE this year to attend and the Legal Update fills up fast. Here is the link to register. https://www.nysar.com/about-nysar/meetings-and-governance/2021-mwbm Once registered don't forget to access the meeting planner so you can add your sessions to your calendar.

Congratulations to our First Recipients of the BNAR Specialist Designation
Congratulations to Ann Croakman, Gary Gossel, Vienna Haak, Brian McMillen, Lynn Shaftic-Averill, and Alisha Alfano being the first group to graduate the prestigious Buffalo Niagara Association of REALTORS Residential Specialist Designation course. 


Back to Business. Shop Safe. Shop Smart. Shop Erie County
Shop 716 eGift cards. They do not expire and they can be texted, emailed or printed after purchase for use. The dollars stay local and benefits our participating local independent shops, restaurants, and attractions and you don't have to be an Amherst Chamber member to purchase them. Visit www.amherst.org/shop716 for more information or email shop716@amherst.org with questions.

Covid 19 Safe Showings and Best Practices
The BNAR Realtors Issues Committee and the Executive Team produced Safe Showing Instructions and our 2020 Best Practices to give you additional guidance through this time.  The New York State Association also has issued guidelines and frequently asked questions. Here is the link to NYSAR’s Covid-19 FAQ’s. For more Coronavirus updates and resources use this link.

The BNAR Office is Open by Appointment Only
Please call the BNAR office at 636-9000 to make an appointment or reach out to them via email using the following link. http://www.bnar.org/contact_us/staff/index.html.
New applications and Membership changes can be emailed to mbrown@bnar.org. For Supra, be sure your app is updated.  Contact cwalter@bnar.org to make arrangements for lockbox purchases and any other assistance with Supra and for store items.

Fair Housing
The Fair Housing Disclosure Form, that became effective June 20, is to be used the same was as you do for the Agency disclosure form.  Also BNAR Members should also use the HUD Equal Opportunity in Housing Logo in all of their advertisements and marketing materials. This would include, but not limited to, listing agreements, housing or rental applications, marketing materials, such as business cards, advertisements in newspapers or electronic media, for rent and for sale signs placed on lawns or property, mailing solicitations, listings of property sold, and any websites that BNAR Members use to promote or advertise their business. Here is a flyer on the Top 10 REALTOR Actions that you can distribute in your Office. 


The NY Department of State(DOS) License Renewals
Effective March 27, 2020, pursuant to Executive Order 202.11, any license issued by the Division of Licensing Services or New York State Athletic Commission that expires after that date shall remain in effect until January 29, 2021. Further, the Appraisal Subcommittee of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council, has advised that appraisers within New York have been granted a 90-day deferment for meeting continuing education requirements. Any license holder that is eligible to renew and does not need the extension is encouraged to do so; all other license holders may rely on the above extensions. Please note licensees who submit a renewal after the expiration date printed on their license but by September 5, 2020 will see a change in their license term dates upon renewal, however, our office will maintain a record of the EO extension and your license will considered continuous licensure for this period.Visit the Licensing webpage for updates and guidance at https://www.dos.ny.gov

 


Click the Fair Housing Logo to Watch the NAR Video
This video will highlight scenarios and provide risk management tips.

Is it time to Renew your License?
Here is a video to show you step by step how to renew your license at eAccessNY.


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