Date: 12/30/16

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Date: 12/27/16

Capital Region Housing Market Continues to Thrive in Final Quarter

The housing market in the Capital Region continues to show steady increases. Housing demand is healthy and that is expected to continue into the final month of 2016. New Listings in the Capital Region increased 9 percent to 1,115. This is welcomed news in a market that has been struggling with inventory. Pending Sales were up 4 percent to 794, from 761 in November 2015.

Prices continued to gain traction. Inventory decreases and ongoing buyer demand continue to push median prices up. The Median Sales Price increased 3 percent to $199,713 from

$194,000 in November 2015. Inventory levels market-wide fell 22.9 percent to 5,808 units. Houses in the Capital Region are spending an average of 71 Days on Market Until Sale. That figure is down 17.6 percent from November 2015.

Greater Capital Association of REALTORS® President, Marie Bettini, Albany Realty Group, said sellers are encouraged as Months Supply of Inventory was down 31.0 percent to 5.8 months. “Homes are selling in fewer days and for higher prices,” said Bettini.

Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, says it’s been an outstanding three-month stretch for the housing market, nation-wide, as 2016 nears the finish line. “The healthiest job market since the Great Recession and the anticipation of some buyers to close on a home before mortgage rates accurately rose from their historically low level have combined to drive sales higher in recent months,” he said.

That trend has continued in the Capital Region, where Closed Sales were up 3 percent across the region from 838 to 866. “Buyer demand is holding up, impressively, which may be due to job gains and continued low mortgage rates,” said Greater Capital Association of REALTORS® CEO, Laura Burns. In the Capital Region, the unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent last month, from 4.1 percent in November 2015. That figure can only help the real estate market continue a healthy pace into 2017.

Date: 12/23/16

75 Hour New York Salesperson Qualifying Course

2/7/17 -3/18/17 NYS Salesperson Licensing Course- 75 Hours

  • Looking for an exciting career where you control your income?
  • Take and pass this course and the NYS licensing exam and start!
  • Six-week class offered nights & Saturday for six weeks
  • Classes start Tuesday, February 7, 2017 and run through Saturday, March 18, 2017
  • Class times are convenient busy schedules:  Tuesday/Thursdays from 6pm – 9:30pm and Saturdays, 9am -5pm
  • Class exam on Saturday, March 18th
  • Taught by experienced REALTORS®
  • Why not take the course at the Association you’ll join as a licensed agent!

 75 Hour New York Salesperson Qualifying Course

At The Greater Capital Association of REALTORS® (GCAR).

451 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205

Course Fee (due at time of registration):

  • $400.00 which includes course text book: ‘New York Real Estate For Salespersons’ by Marcia Spada, 5th edition
  • $428.00 which includes both the course text book and an optional study guide book:Cram For The Exam’ (5th edition) your guide to passing the NY Real Estate Salesperson & Broker Exams.

A licensing candidate may take the course final examination only upon satisfactory completion of the attendance requirements: students must be in attendance for 90% of the course.  Any student absent for more than 7.5 hours will not be eligible to sit for the final exam. An exam score of 70% must be achieved in order to successfully complete the course. A make up exam is available in the event the course exam is not passed. Successful completion of both attendance and exam requirements entitles the licensing candidate to sit for the New York State licensing examination.

Registration Information:

  • Call Debbie at 518-464-0191 x15 to pay by credit card
  • Register in person at the GCAR office at 451 New Karner Road, Albany, NY 12205 between 9:00am and 4:00pm.
  • Credit cards accepted: American Express, Discover, Master Card, Visa

Date: 12/21/16

NAR & NYSAR Meeting / Convention Dates

NAR & NYSAR Conventions & Events:


NYSAR Leadership Training: Feb 5 – 6, Albany NY


NYSAR Mid-Winter Business Meetings: Feb 5 – 9, Albany NY


NAR Mid-Year meetings (REALTOR Party Convention): May 15 – 20 Washington DC


NYSAR Lobby Day: May 23, 2017, Albany NY


NYSAR Fall Business Meetings: Sept 24 – 27, Verona NY


NAR Annual Convention: Nov 3 – 6, Chicago, IL