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President’s Message – January 2021

It is that time of year for reflection.  As we look back on 2020, we all experienced our typical daily challenges, and then we all had the ones we experienced together. It was the year that just kept giving (murder hornets, REALLY?). I think we can all agree that it was an extremely challenging year. Challenging times good or bad often create change, sometimes …

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Global MLS Looking Forward

The past year has tested everyone’s mental fortitude and required everyone to accept the fact that the only constant thing in life is change. In 2021 members can look for the following things to be happening in and around the Global MLS: Addition of the program Listing Data Checker into the MLS – this will offer an opportunity to ensure listings are reviewed early …

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Legislative Update – January

Gov. Cuomo says NY will expand COVID rent relief program After New York State distributed just $40 million of $100 million in federal CARES Act funds intended for struggling, low-income tenants, Governor Cuomo announced on December 3 that the state would rework the program so that more renters would be eligible for assistance. More details will be released in the coming days according to the state …

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GCAR Members Rally to provide assistance to the Region...

On December 10, 2020 GCAR members gathered at the Latham Regional Food Bank to help prepare food for delivery to those in great need. Many thanks to Amanda Blanchard, Karen Cahill, Jonie Civill, Judy Kaiser, Tammy Loya, Ginny O’Brien, Melissa Petalas, Tom Schlutow, and Diane Sluus for taking the time to support the Food Bank during this holiday season. The members were very impressed …

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2020 RPAC Major Investors

GCAR and RPAC recognize the following members for investing in REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) at the major investor level in 2020. Thank you to the RPAC major investors for going above and beyond with your support. RPAC investments are used to support federal, state, and local lawmakers who share the REALTOR® commitment to promoting homeownership and private property rights. By investing in RPAC, …

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2020 Committee Report

Education Committee By early April the association had pivoted all education online, working with the Department of State’s new class approval procedures and oversight proctoring requirements. Every class was re-evaluated and re­submitted. Instructors learned new techniques for distance learning presentations. GCAR’s Real Estate Professionals Institute provided 268 hours of CE at no cost to GCAR members. This year’s schedule included 93 classes, 5 designation …

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Housing Market Remains Strong in the Off Season

Throughout the Capital Region, market activity continues to trend upward for the seventh consecutive month. Typically, this time of year the market slows down but as a result of the spring/summer shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the low inventory, it looks like the market will remain fairly active throughout the winter months. Greater Capital Association of REALTORS® President, Tom McGroder of Thomas …

2020 Good Neighbor Award

As a non-profit, the Greater Capital Association of REALTORS® understands the importance of garnering community support through monetary means and volunteers who contribute their time and effort towards the goals of the many organizations throughout the Capital Region. To recognize these organizations and the individuals who work for and with them, GCAR instituted a Good Neighbor Award program in 2019 and Ginny O’Brien of …

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