REBNY

REBNY

About: The Real Estate Board of New York, or REBNY, is a trade association that lobbies on behalf of the real estate industry in the city. The majority of its members are residential real estate agents.

Headquartered in: New York, NY

Founded in: 1896

Lead by: Chairman William C. Rudin; President James Whelan

REBNY Q&A

What does REBNY do?
The organization strives to ensure that rent regulations and various tax breaks, such as the 421a tax abatement program, benefit developers and it promotes other industry-backed government policies. It also backs political candidates it expects will favor real estate companies. The group offers professional education programs, including state-certified required courses for licensing. REBNYs annual banquet may be the most important networking event in the industry.
Who is in REBNY?
REBNY has more than 16,000 members, including real estate brokers, property owners and developers, industry lawyers, and architects.

REBNY Top Stories

June 27, 2019John Banks did a fair job leading REBNY for four years, industry sources say, but few were shocked by his decision to retire.
June 26, 2019John Banks, who led the Real Estate Board of New York for four years, is stepping down as president. 
June 12, 2019The 2019 REBNY awards celebrated NY’s top retail dealmakers at a ceremony on Tuesday night, with honors going to NKF, RFK and the Dartmouth Company.
June 5, 2019REBNY is spending big money courting Democratic Assemblymembers ahead of rent reform votes. But so are its individual constituents, who are lobbying without the trade organization.

The Latest

REBNY president James Whelan (iStock, Whelan by Anuja Shakya)

REBNY to begin issuing fines for problematic listings

A years-long effort to clean up New York residential listings data is taking the next step forward – and...

REBNY to begin issuing fines for problematic listings
Newmark’s Brian Waterman with 7 Hanover Square (Google Maps, Twitter)

Newmark nabs REBNY prize for deal with NYC Health + Hospitals

The lease deal to consolidate NYC Health + Hospitals’ six administrative offices scattered across three boroughs took almost three...

Newmark nabs REBNY prize for deal with NYC Health + Hospitals
REBNY's broker confidence index shows a sharp split between how commercial and residential brokers view the future. (iStock)

NYC commercial and residential brokers are split on market outlook

New York’s commercial brokers are all doom and gloom. Commercial brokers scored their present confidence in the Big Apple...

NYC commercial and residential brokers are split on market outlook
REBNY president James Whelan (Whelan by Anuja Shakya; iStock)

REBNY’s political contributions plummet

With Democrats in control of the state Senate, and with a growing number of progressive candidates refusing to take cash from real estate, the industry’s main lobbying group in New York has scaled back...

REBNY’s political contributions plummet
Clockwise from leftREBNY's James Whelan, StreetEasy's Matt Daimler and NYRAC's Heather McDonough Domi (Getty, iStock)

NYC’s lockdown will count as one day on the market for resi listings

In the annals of New York City’s residential market, “New York on Pause” will be reduced to one day...

NYC’s lockdown will count as one day on the market for resi listings
REBNY president James Whelan and 570 Lexington Avenue (Whelan by Evan Gutierrez, Google Maps)

REBNY lays off staff, slashes salaries

Facing a dramatic decline in membership dues, the Real Estate Board of New York has laid off staff, cut executives’ salaries and reduced its expenses. The trade group announced the cuts, including a 15...

REBNY lays off staff, slashes salaries
REBNY's James Whelan, State Sen. Julia Salazar and New York Attorney General Letitia James (Getty)

Broker-fee ban courtroom showdown pushed — again

The fate of New York’s attempted broker-fee ban will have to wait. The real estate industry and state regulators...

Broker-fee ban courtroom showdown pushed — again
As New York real estate prepares for phase two, REBNY has released a set of guidelines for conducting business in person

Health screenings, liability forms: REBNY offers guidance for in-person showings

The idea of going back to work raises a lot of tricky questions: Should we shake hands? Are offices...

Health screenings, liability forms: REBNY offers guidance for in-person showings
Jay Martin of the Community Housing Improvement Program and REBNY's James Whelan (Credit: Whelan by Axel Dupeux)

Real estate asks city for property tax mercy

Developers and landlords are asking the city to freeze property taxes, slash late fees and allow monthly payment plans....

Real estate asks city for property tax mercy
BCTC's Gary LaBarbera, BTEA's Lou Coletti and REBNY's James Whelan

Construction, real estate groups hash out reopening agreement

Construction and real estate groups are hammering out an agreement on how to reopen certain private construction sites once...

Construction, real estate groups hash out reopening agreement
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