Message from the President, by Donna Littlefield Updated October 13, 2020

Incorporating home renovations into the “new normal” of homeownership

COVID-19 continues to reshape our lives, changing our daily routines and mandating precautionary measures that involve staying in our homes as often as we can. With people spending more time at home than ever before, home improvement projects are increasingly becoming top of mind for homeowners.

Remodeling home projects take time and patience, and REALTORSR(R)and homeowners alike recognize the feelings of accomplishment, satisfaction and potentially higher home values that come with it. During this pandemic, homeownership is invaluable, and we know that your home means everything to you – from protection, to safety, to comfort – so we’re seeing people across our region dedicating themselves to improving their homes.

Below are some facts about home renovations during the pandemic, according to a survey by the National Association of REALTORS(R) (NAR): Despite the financial difficulties brought on by the pandemic, 77% of homeowners say their home renovation budget for 2020 is the same or greater than last year.

The top three home renovations that homeowners hope to complete within their budgets in 2020 are:  (1) A new bathroom (28%);  (2) A new kitchen (23%); and  (3) Fencing in their yards (21%).

Homeowners are attuned to how the pandemic may influence prospective buyers’ preferences. A fenced-in yard, for example, the third most popular project for 2020, didn’t even make the top 10 REALTO(R) -recommended projects in NAR’s 2019 Remodeling Impact Report, which examined a variety of remodeling projects and their appeal, value and potential return on investment.

An additional 21% of homeowners expect new investments such as a home office, gym or other space will offer the greatest return — other projects REALTORS(R) would not have recommended as a top priority based on 2019 data.

Some renovation priorities remain unchanged: Kitchen and bathroom upgrades and remodels were highly recommended by REALTORS(R) in 2019, and continue to top most homeowners’ current lists.

REALTORS(R) can help homeowners understand their local real estate markets while identifying which home renovations improve quality of life and provide a greater return on investment during this 'new normal’ of homeownership. If you are interested in selling or buying a home, contact a REALTOR.  For a list go to www.bnar.org.

Sincerely,
Donna Littlefield,
BNAR President 2020
I am available, 24/7/365 so please feel free to email me


Updated As of October 22, 2020.
The ESD guidelines are still in effect.


Committees Now Forming
Do you want to be involved in the decisions that affect your business, livelihood and/or planning activities? The Committee sign-up form is now available click here! Please return it by November 27, 2020 to Debbie Norman at dnorman@bnar.org

BNAR Awards
The BNAR is accepting nomination forms for the REALTOR and REALTOR-ASSOCIATE of the Year Awards! Nominate yourself or someone else who goes beyond the real estate industry, and works in the community. Here is the criteria for the REALTOR and REALTOR-ASSOCIATE of the Year Award. Deadline for submission is November 27, 2020.

National Association of REALTORS Conference & Expo is Virtual
Find your R is the theme of this years' NAR Conference that is being held virtually from November 2 through November 18. Premier access for the meetings, events and conference activities is only $199.00. Registration is now open go to www.conference.realtor

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 jmackey@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. 


Down Syndrome Parents Group of WNY
Although the Covid-19 pandemic has halted any in-person fundraising events, we are asking agents to still donate $1.00 for Downs Syndrome Dollar Days through your Key Communicator.  The Downs Syndrome Parents Group is our President, Donna Littlefield’s charity for the year.  Contact Debbie at the BNAR to turn in your donations.  

New Member Benefit Coming Soon
The BNAR is switching our Membership Data System to MMSI.  The new system will give each agent their own profile page and will even list the classes and events coming up.  We will be unveiling it soon.

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 September 5, 2020. 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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