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The Code Toughens Its Words

An implicit antidiscrimination ban is now spelled out by a new standard of practice in the Code of Ethics. by Matt Difanis As REALTORS®, we pledge to live by the Code of Ethics outlined by the National Association of REALTORS®. NAR commemorated the 50-year anniversary of the Fair Housing Act in 2018, and fair housing has been enshrined in the REALTOR® Code since 1974—at the time mirroring …

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March President’s Message

By Tom McGroder As I write this article, we are finishing up The New York State Association of REALTORS® Mid-Winter Meetings in Albany. During the meetings, two main hot topics kept coming up, the new tenant rights law and fair housing violations. I will start with the fair housing violations. As many of you may have heard a local newspaper on Long Island conducted …

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Blast from the Past: Jacquelyn Whitbeck, 2003 GCAR Pre...

Jacquelyn has been a full-time Realtor for 30 years in Rensselaer County. Previously she was a paralegal and says she loves both of her chosen professions. She has been married for 50 years has two grown boys and five grandchildren, two golden retrievers, a cat, and a horse. Her favorite thing about being GCAR President was the total experience.  Being involved in decisions that …

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Legislative Update – Mar/Apr

  By Conor Gillis GCAR Government Affairs     NYSAR urges state lawmakers to fund new fair housing program in state budget NYSAR issued letters urging Governor Cuomo and leaders of the state legislature to include new funding in this year’s state budget to establish and maintain a state fair housing tester program. NYSAR also included support for specialized training and certification requirements for …

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Become The Hero Your Town Deserves

by The CE Shop Team A real estate agent’s job is more than about aiding home purchases, but about connecting people within their community. Are you up for the challenge? Today’s modern technological age allows us to do amazing things. All at the same time you can be texting a friend in Taiwan, reading online about Great Britain politics, while also talking to an Apple customer support …

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Coming soon: New Department of State (DOS) Regulations...

A new proposed DOS regulation impacting IDX feeds and licensees who pay a third-party to advertise where it will appear on the same webpage as another broker’s exclusive listing. This regulation is still in the public comment period but may be moving forward very soon. Licensees will have a 6-month grace period to get their IDX feeds and third-party paid advertisements in compliance. For …

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Clear Cooperation Policy is in Effect May 1st

Effective May 1, 2020, NAR’s “Clear Cooperation Policy” is in effect for all REALTOR® MLS Organizations The Board of Directors for the National Association of REALTORS voted and approved the following policy to be adopted by all REALTOR MLS’s (which includes Global MLS) by May 1, 2020.  You will be notified when the required changes are made to the Global MLS Rules and Regulations …

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REALTORS® Count

With the 2020 Census scheduled to hit mailboxes soon, the Greater Capital Association of Realtors®, together with the National Association of Realtors®, are encouraging all of our members and their clients to complete all forms quickly and accurately. While the primary purpose of the U.S. Census is to ensure that all states and communities are properly represented in Congress, the once-a-decade exercise also directs …

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