Top Headlines for March 5
Gov. Cuomo announces the state will deploy fair housing testers
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new program last week to send out fair housing testers to act as potential renters or home seekers to identify potential unlawful discriminatory acts by landlords, real estate brokers and sellers. The program will be overseen by New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR). The agency has accepted bids and is finalizing contracts with six nonprofit organizations to conduct testing in western and central New York as well as New York City, Long Island and Westchester County. The governor also announced new fair housing regulations concerning real estate appraisers, which will take effect on March 17, 2021. The new regulations will require licensed and certified appraisers to receive training on fair housing and fair lending as part of their continuing education requirements.
GSAR's Raising the Bar #3 will feature 'Your Nerdy Best Friend' on March 24
On March 24, RTB#3 will feature Beth Z, "Your Nerdy Best Friend," who will share her look at "A Day in the Life of a Nerdy Professional" from 10 a.m to noon. She'll show you how you put the technology at your fingertips together to make your life easier at work and home. This fast-moving, laugh-filled session takes you hour by hour through a day in the life of a tech-savvy professional. You'll learn to:
  • Understand how technology fits into every part of your day.
  • Use technology systems that streamline projects and tasks.
  • See how the technology in your toolbox can work together.

Thank you to sponsor Empower FCU! Register for RTB#3 here.

Don't forget that if you attend four Raising the Bar sessions or three of them and Community Day, you will be eligible for a 20-percent discount on your local dues for 2022!
GSAR reaches RPAC participation goal; on its way to 2021 fundraising goal
GSAR members started 2021 with a strong showing of support for the REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC), helping the association surpass its member participation goal by more than 28 percent. By early March 776 members had contributed to RPAC to surpass the goal of 605. This member participation has resulted in the association raising 70 percent of its fundraising goal of $38,265. Learn more here.
MLS Tips
Learn how to understand your listing views
This week's MLS Tip focuses on a Matrix tip for understanding how many times, and from where, your listing has been viewed.
CNYIS semi-annual billing due by March 15
CNYIS posted the semi-annual MLS billing to all participant and subscriber accounts. All fees are due by March 15. Payments made between March 16 and April 1 will be assessed a late fee of $30. Service will be shut off for non-payment on April 5 and office shut-offs will be done on April 14. There will be an additional $75 fee due at the time service is restored.
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Member Benefits and Events
Cayuga County Chapter creates marketing opportunity for GSAR members
The Cayuga County Chapter has created a marketing opportunity for all GSAR members through the placement of advertising in the Auburn Citizen. The advertisement tells consumers that they can safely sell or buy homes with a REALTOR® and offers them a link to a listing of REALTORS who can assist them. All members have the opportunity to purchase a listing on that landing page for an annual fee of $25. Simply complete and return this form.
Welcome new GSAR members!
The Greater Syracuse Association of REALTORS® welcomes its newest members and wishes them great success.
Virginia Barella
Lake & Village Realty

Sarah Cooley
Century 21 Tucci Realty

Anthony Davis
Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Select

Rebecca DeCoste
NextHome CNY Realty

David Hall
Hunt Real Estate ERA

Kimberly Inman
Re/Max Lifestyle

Ciara Migliaccio
NextHome CNY Realty

Bari Nardella
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services CNY Realty
Sonja Phillips
Keller Williams Syracuse

Mario Pietra
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services CNY Realty

Alison Quine
Keller Williams Syracuse

Judy Salamone
Hunt Real Estate ERA

Khalia Stewart
Keller Williams Syracuse

Rhiannon Wilson
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services CNY Realty

Lana Yates
Kay Real Estate, Inc.