September 5, 2018

From the Desk of Joseph F. "Joe" Rowley, Jr., RAC NYSCAR President:

Ahhh, the hot, hot Summer is over, and Fall is around the corner. The focus of work is back front and center, now is the time to sharpen our skills and knowledge to provide the highest quality service to our customers and clients.

There are many resources provided through the National Association of Realtors (NAR), New York State Association of Realtors (NYSAR), the Commercial Board, the New York State Commercial Association of Realtors (NYSCAR) and our local chapter (RAC NYSCAR) for us to take advantage of.

The website at NAR ( is jammed packed with information on national issues for the Commercial practitioner including Commercial Research (Lending, Business Creation Index, Member Profiles, Expectations for Commercial Property Investors, International News, Market Surveys), Commercial and Investment Education, Political Advocacy and Events happening around the country. This year, the National Convention is in Boston, MA, from November 2-5, 2018, close enough to travel conveniently and witness the exciting events happening there. There are many meetings related to Commercial Real Estate that will be very beneficial.

NYSAR ( continues to be a national leader in providing education and advocacy for our industry. Be sure to read the emails that come from NYSAR; they contain many webinars to educate ourselves in vital areas of Commercial real estate including tax code changes that affect our client and ourselves as independent contractors. Triple Play, the regional convention for NY, PA and NJ will take place in Atlantic City, NJ, from December 3-6, 2018. Again, easy to get there for a great opportunity for networking, education and fun!

Our “Local Board of Choice,” NYSCAR ( drives the interests of our local Chapters to the State and Federal level. Our concerns are relayed up the chain to make changes that are beneficial to our clients. The annual Commercial Real Estate Conference has occurred for 17 straight years, promoting listings to an audience that is regional and national, fulfilling our obligation for our Sellers and Landlords to reach out to the logical buyers and tenants through their Broker relationships. The education and networking opportunities abound at this event, with many transactions starting here. This is a “can’t miss” event, be sure to watch out for the 2019 event.

We continue to host monthly events at the local Chapter level ( to promote the Commercial real estate industry with regional developers showing off their properties, major institutional projects, and mixing in boat tours for networking in a casual setting. The annual President’s Dinner and Awards Banquet is set for November 15, a great way to celebrate our many successes during the year.

We are always looking to improve our meetings, and feedback is greatly appreciated. Please reach out to me at anytime; glad to hear from you!