February 7, 2018

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

The State Board meeting for NYSCAR was held on Sunday, February 4, at The Desmond Hotel in Albany, NY. The Board members consist of all Chapter Presidents, CCIM State President, and Governors and Officers from the six Chapters: Western NY, Rochester Area, Greater Syracuse, Capital Region, Hudson Valley, Southern Tier and Metro/Long Island. The current Slate of Officers include Guy Blake - President (Hudson Valley), James Walker - 1st Vice President (Hudson Valley), Ed Gallacher, CCIM, 2nd Vice President (Greater Syracuse),  and Dana Crocker - Treasurer (Greater Syracuse). The Governors include Mercedes Brien (Rochester Area), Richard Ferro (Greater Capital), Jay Feinberg (Hudson Valley), Gordon Furlani (Greater Capital), Bob Giniecki, CCIM, SEC (Greater Capital), Jim Kelly (Greater Syracuse), Jerry Norton (Metro/Long Island), Mark Rohlin (Rochester Area), Bob Strell (Western NY), Ted Welter CCIM CPM (Rochester Area), Karen Klecar (Southern Tier), Eric Lester (Western NY), Jack Britvan (Metro/Long Island), Jack Kelly (CCIM President) and myself.

Many areas of concern to Commercial Real Estate Brokers were covered including Education, Governmental Affairs, the Annual Commercial Real Estate Conference at Turning Stone (June 4 - 6), Forms and Multiple Listing Services. There is momentum growing to address the ever-escalating price of CoStar/LoopNet for the Brokerage Community, with thoughts of creating a statewide Multiple Listing Service similar to the residential MLS. The organization in Albany known as CIREB (Commercial Industrial Real Estate Brokers, Inc.) has maintained this type of service for decades in the Capital Region. There will be more to report at our next Board Meeting during the Turning Stone Event.

The Standardized forms that are available at for members include Exclusive Listing Forms for both Sellers/Landlords and Buyers/Tenants, Purchase and Sale Agreements and Co-Broker Agreements as well as Letter of Intents and Escrow Addendums. This great resource allows practitioners to use "fill in the blank" forms to structure the agreements formally. Other useful information was exchanged, including the use of Skype to have presentations given from across the State to better inform members of various legislation that is supported by NYSCAR.

Membership on the State level has grown quite consistently over the last two years, with Realtor Members rising from 338 to 400, and the total population including Institute Affiliates (CCIM, SIOR) and Affiliates is now 875. That is a great testament to the value that NYSCAR brings to its membership.