Association News Rochester Chapter

We honored our best and brightest within the Rochester Commercial Real Estate business in 2022 at our President's Dinner on November 15. Please join us in congratulating our awardees:

  • Virginia A. Squire, CCIM -- Commercial Realtor of the Year
  • Alex Amorese -- Deal of the Year for Sale
  • Thomas C. Latta -- Deal of the Year for Lease
  • Frances L. "FL" Gorman, Esq. -- Affiliate of the Year
  • Christopher J. Passero -- Meritorious Service 
  • Justin Merriam -- Best New Talent in Commercial Real Estate

If you have been in the brokerage business long enough, you have probably received a long-winded e-mail from someone explaining a complicated subject or strategy or, perhaps, expressing frustration with how a deal is progressing. The Tech Committee would like to remind everyone ... Continue reading


Entrepreneurs, who ever thought you would have to go and register your phone number with different databases that manage caller identification and provide call spam protection. Did you know robocalls can hijack or spoof your number resulting in the number being blocked and damaging your company's ability to contact customers? Commercial real estate agents (cough), this means to plan out the use of all the phone lines you use. Four (4) databases that take the lion’s share are: Learn more ...

The Realtors Property Resource® (RPR®) is the nation’s largest property database, exclusively for REALTORS®. RPR® puts data, tools, and reports at your fingertips so you can respond to questions and requests instantly, and position yourself as an essential part of every transaction. It offers everything you need to "wow" your clients and close more deals.  Learn more ... 

Effective September 21, 2022, all New York State real estate licensees will be required to successfully complete 22.5 hours of approved continuing education that includes a minimum of each of the following:

  • 2.5 hours on ethical business practices
  • 1 hour on recent legal matters
  • 3 hours on fair housing and/or discrimination in the sale or rental of real property or an interest in real property
  • 1 hour pertaining to law of agency except in the case of the initial two-year licensing term for real estate salespersons
  • 2 hours of agency related instruction
  • 2 hours pertaining to implicit bias awareness and understanding
  • 2 hours of cultural competency training

Instruction must be completed within the two-year period immediately preceding a renewal.

The timeline for development of a property and the property’s historic uses is information that is not always clear or readily available. One way to view how a property has changed over time is using Google Earth to review historic images. You might see when an expansion occurred, when the roof was replaced, when the parking lot was repaved or sealed or other items of interest.

Look for the  symbol at the top bar in Google Earth to review images that commonly go back to the early 2000s and sometimes even earlier.

Please reach out to me at with any questions.

From the Desk of Patrick Wahl, Technology Committee Chair
August 8, 2022

The Upstate NY CCIM Chapter is bringing their “Foundations For Success In Commercial Real Estate” on August 18 and 19 to Saratoga, NY.  Details and Registration

The Google Earth Mobile App is a great way to measure distances while in the field. The App can be downloaded in the App Store.

I used the App this morning when the public record did not align to the size of a building I was touring. Using the Google Earth Mobile App, I was able to measure to within 1% of the actual building size. You can also use the Google Earth Desktop App if you are at a computer to measure ground distances and even building heights.

Please reach out to me at with any questions.

From the Desk of Patrick Wahl, Technology Committee Chair
July 7, 2022

Wondering if a property requires flood insurance? Check the FEMA Flood Maps in the Flood Map Service Center:  This is a great tool to use when you are performing your initial due diligence on a property.

Please reach out to me at with any questions.

From the Desk of Patrick Wahl, Technology Committee Chair
June 10, 2022