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

From left: BTEA's Louis Coletti, Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn and Sen. James Sanders Jr. (Getty; Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)

Hochul signs bill to raise fines for construction companies

Construction companies found criminally responsible for the death or injury of a worker will now face steeper fines, though...

Hochul signs bill to raise fines for construction companies
Compass CEO Robert Reffkin and REBNY president James Whelan (Compass, REBNY, Getty)

REBNY slams Compass for ending its own lawsuit

The Real Estate Board of New York isn’t letting Compass off the hook without a fight. Days after Compass...

REBNY slams Compass for ending its own lawsuit
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Manhattan retail rents stagnant even as foot traffic returns

Manhattan’s retail market is stabilizing as shoppers return to the city and generous pandemic-era concessions fade, but asking rents...

Manhattan retail rents stagnant even as foot traffic returns
Compass' Robert Reffkin and REBNY's James Whelan (Compass, REBNY, Getty)

Compass moves to settle REBNY lawsuit

The Real Estate Board of New York tried getting an antitrust lawsuit filed by Compass thrown out twice. The residential brokerage is the one now trying to put an end to the suit. Compass...

Compass moves to settle REBNY lawsuit
REBNY's James Whelan (Illustration by Kevin Cifuentes for The Real Deal with Getty Images, REBNY)

REBNY plans sweeping rule changes for 2023

The Real Estate Board of New York is ringing in 2023 with what the group called “significant” changes to its universal co-brokerage agreement. The new rules, which are effective Jan. 1, are tightening the...

REBNY plans sweeping rule changes for 2023
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Rental housing pipeline shrinks 68% in 3 months

The construction pipeline is getting narrower. There were 351 new building filings in New York City in the third...

Rental housing pipeline shrinks 68% in 3 months
Airbnb's Brian Chesky and Mayor Eric Adams (Getty) 

New rules could help landlords avoid Airbnb fines

There are few things that landlords, tenants and elected officials agree on, but they have unified against a common...

New rules could help landlords avoid Airbnb fines
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Manhattan and Brooklyn resi markets continue fall back to Earth

Manhattan and Brooklyn’s residential markets notched small wins last month amid rising interest rates and constrained inventory. Signed contracts...

Manhattan and Brooklyn resi markets continue fall back to Earth
Douglas Elliman's Tal Alexander (Illustration by Kevin Cifuentes for The Real Deal with Getty Images, Douglas Elliman)

REBNY censures Tal Alexander over ethics complaint

The Real Estate Board of New York censured top broker Tal Alexander over a complaint he interfered with another...

REBNY censures Tal Alexander over ethics complaint

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