Top Headlines for April 30
Visit Fairhaven and GSAR/CNYIS will pay for your At Home with Diversity course
As part of the ongoing effort to promote fair housing and fair housing education, GSAR and CNYIS are excited to announce they will cover the $135 cost of the At Home with Diversity (AHWD) course for the first 100 members who complete the interactive Fairhaven: A Fair Housing Simulation training before Sept. 1.

At Home with Diversity is a NAR certification course designed to enable REALTORS® to work successfully with and within a rapidly changing multicultural market. It will help you to learn diversity sensitivity, how it applies to U.S. fair housing laws in your business, and ways to develop professional guidelines for working with people in the increasingly multicultural real estate market.

REALTORS® who take the At Home with Diversity will be able to apply for the AHWD Certification, earn 6 hours of CE, one hour of Fair Housing credit, and use it as an elective towards the ABR, GRI and CIPS designations. It also counts as a module in the C2EX program. Members, who qualify to take the course for free by completing Fairhaven, would only be responsible for the $75 certification fee.

GSAR has scheduled AHWD for Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration details will be available soon.
Missed RTB #4? Watch the video
GSAR's Raising the Bar #4 featured Yvonne Conte presenting the "7 Habits of Supremely Happy People." Conte is a motivational humorist, and stress reduction expert. She is the author of "One Word," "Serious Laughter," "Frankie Wonders" and several other books. She is the founder and director of Day of Joy, Inc., a 501c3 organization contributing thousands of dollars to local charities annually.
New-home sales reach 15-year high
Buyers are increasingly turning to newly constructed homes for more options. Sales of new single-family homes surged 20.7 percent month over month in March to a 1.02 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to new data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Census Bureau. New-home sales are at the highest annual pace since September 2006. Read more.
Cold calling prohibited through May 25
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has extended the State of Emergency through May 25. Licensees remain prohibited from making any cold calls through that date and are required to follow all current guidance, directives and reopening rules. General Business Law §399-z(5)(a) states: “It shall be unlawful for any telemarketer doing business in this state to knowingly make an unsolicited telemarketing sales call to any person in a county, city, town or village under a declared state of emergency or disaster emergency as described in sections twenty-four or twenty-eight of the executive law.” All other types of marketing such as mailers, billboards, social media, internet are permitted. You may call a FSBO if you have an identifiable purchaser interested in the property. You are prohibited from calling the FSBO to solicit the listing. You may still perform business-to-business calls so long as you are calling the number provided as the business number.
MLS Tips
Agents and brokers should be aware of MLS rule changes that take effect on May 10
The CNYIS Board of Directors approved several changes to MLS rules on April 21 and all participants should be aware of these changes in order to be in compliance when they take effect on May 10. Click here to learn more about the changes, which are highlighted in red type.

Sell Score marketing feature to debut on MLS next week
On Tuesday, May 4, Realist will be releasing its Sell Score search prospecting and marketing tool within Realist. Sell Score takes both public records and proprietary Corelogic data to determine the relative likelihood a property will be listed for sale in the next six months. By assigning each property a clear numerical grade, the Sell Score makes it easy to identify homeowners who are more likely to sell. Users will now be able to do Sell Score searching within Realist. Learn more.

New 'Check It' tool will help agents avoid potential violations
The CoreLogic Check It, which allows an agent to check a listing for potential violations by running the listing against the automated rules in our Listing Data Checker program, will be active on the MLS during May. Check It can be run while a listing is still in an incomplete status, after it's active and just after a modification is made to a listing. Correcting potential violations before the listing is uploaded will also cut down possible fines. It will also help avoid penalties under the new NAR policy requiring a hearing after three administrative sanctions within a calendar year. (See Section 7- Compliance with Rules – Authority to Impose Discipline.) Agents should not solely rely on this program to avoid violations and remain responsible for knowing all MLS rules. The MLS is making this tool available as a way to further assist agents.
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Member Benefits and Events
Welcome new GSAR members!
The Greater Syracuse Association of REALTORS® welcomes its newest members and wishes them great success.
Renee Gallant
Century 21 Leah’s Signature

Jennifer Simpson
Inquire Realty

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Coldwell Banker Prime Properties
Joan Soule
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services CNY Realty

Jonathon Whitelaw
Century 21 Galloway Realty

Bradley Zimmer
Keller Williams Realty
Please note: There will not be a New Member Set-up Seminar on Thursday, May 20, 2021. All applications received for that week will be processed for the following week. Thank you for your understanding and patience.