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REBNY membership hits 16,000, highest since 1896

By Steve Spinola

It gives me great pleasure to announce this week that The Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) has welcomed our 16,000th member, this marks a significant milestone for our organization and caps a period of steady growth and influence over the years.

The journey to 16,000 members has been a gradual process since 1896 when a group of 27 commercial brokers began holding weekly meetings at an office on Liberty Street. In 1986, when I became REBNY President, there were just over 4,000 of us.

I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to all of our devoted members who have made this achievement possible. It is through the work of our members that we are able to carry on REBNY’s advocacy for the real estate industry and to New York City as a whole.

There is no doubt in my mind that I have learned as much from our members as they have from REBNY’s many seminars, discussions, and classes, and as we approach the end of our 118th year, it is inspiring to know that REBNY’s membership continues to grow.

REBNY has launched a new marketing campaign
REBNY has launched a new marketing campaign

In recognition of our thousands of REBNY Residential and Commercial Brokers and Sales Agents, we have officially launched a new REBNY marketing campaign on CBS Radio New York broadcast and digital media properties. We did this not only to increase the public’s awareness of our organization, but also to make sure that New Yorkers understand the differences between a Broker/Sales Agent and a REBNY Broker/Sales Agent.

Our Brokerage Division’s Residential and Commercial Leadership offer informative classes and seminars hosted by industry leaders, such as the Rental Clinics, Crossfires, Negotiation Seminars, Sales Agent Bootcamps, and more. Members of our Residential and Commercial Brokerage Divisions agree to follow an industry code of ethics, and through rigorous teaching and training, our brokers and sales agents represent the very best our industry has to offer in the way of professionalism, dedication, and commitment to excellence.

This campaign is designed to make sure the consumer knows that when you’re working with a REBNY agent, it makes all the difference. It means you’re working with the right agent who has received top training, has access to the best resources, and can be trusted to offer highly skilled assistance for your real estate transaction.

Listeners of three major New York City radio stations may have already heard the new REBNY radio ads. You can keep an ear out for them on 1010 WINS, the most listened to news station in the nation, CBS-AM Newsradio 880, and Fresh 102.7.
In addition to the radio ads, we are also kicking off a digital media campaign on the CBS local NY website, which will feature streaming radio spots targeting New York City residents and businesses.

To experience this campaign firsthand, visit, and you can hear our new radio commercial at Members can log in to download and add our sonic logo to their outgoing voicemail message or ringtone. If you’re thinking about joining REBNY, keep in mind members receive many benefits including:

Access to REBNY’s research staff and REBNY’s property database
Continuing education classes (salesperson and broker qualification courses)
New York Specialist Designation course
Seminars and Networking events
Access to Residential Listing Service (RLS) shared exclusive listings among REBNY member residential brokers.
Legal Line with Attorney Neil Garfinkel – available to answer real estate related questions
Member in Need Fund
Meeting facilities and social events:
Annual Banquet; Member Luncheons, Golf & Tennis Outing and others
Publications and Research Reports: Broker Confidence Survey, New Construction Starts, New York City Residential Sales Report, REBNY Retail Report
Legislative Updates
For more information about how to become a REBNY Member contact Maryann Aviles at

In other REBNY news:
November 4 is the REBNY Members’ Luncheon, featuring “New York Real Estate Forecast: Market Trends for Today & Tomorrow,” a discussion on looking back on 2014 and predications going forward. The Luncheon takes place at the Hilton New York, and more information can be found on, or by contacting Ossie Shemtov at
REBNY is a proud partner of the 2014 Massey Knakal Multifamily Summit! This exciting two-day event is taking place on November 12 and 13 at the McGraw-Hill Conference Center, and will bring together over 850 owners, operators, investors and multifamily experts, making it the largest day-long multifamily conference in New York! It will also be featuring several guest speakers and informative panel discussions, and REBNY members can receive a $75 discount on tickets using code MP-75REBNY through Eventbrite. For more information on this event, please contact Heather Eisenstadt at or visit our website
November 19 is REBNY’s 1st Annual Commercial Brooklyn Cocktail Party! Join REBNY at Brooklyn Winery for a night of wine, light hors d’oeuvres and networking! This event is from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is $25 for REBNY Members and $45 for non-members. It is hosted by the REBNY Commercial Brooklyn Committee, and tickets are limited. Register and pay online at, and for more information please contact Jeanne Oliver-Taylor at

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