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 (Credit: iStock)

Not so fast: REBNY urges agents to stay home

New York real estate agents may not be going back to work so fast. Hours after the Cuomo administration...

Not so fast: REBNY urges agents to stay home
Jim Whelan (Credit: Axel Dupeux)

“Crisis management:” James Whelan talks REBNY priorities

Real Estate Board of New York President James Whelan says the coronavirus has transformed his role into “crisis management...

“Crisis management:” James Whelan talks REBNY priorities
Is REBNY and StreetEasy’s decision a much-needed reprieve or data manipulation? (Credit: Pixabay)

Decision by StreetEasy, REBNY to stop market clock triggers debate

For years, the “days on market” clock has been part of the yin and yang of New York real...

Decision by StreetEasy, REBNY to stop market clock triggers debate
Governor Andrew Cuomo (Credit: Cuomo by Richard Drew-Pool/Getty Images; iStock)

Cuomo authorizes notaries to sign virtually

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has authorized notaries in New York State to sign documents virtually — a move that will keep real estate moving on the heels of an announcement that only essential workers may...

Cuomo authorizes notaries to sign virtually
(Credit: iStock)

REBNY orders days on market calculation to stop for resi listings

The Real Estate Board of New York is ordering the public days-on-the-market clock to stop for all its residential...

REBNY orders days on market calculation to stop for resi listings
From left: BHS' Bess Freedman, Halstead's Diane Ramirez, Cororan's Pam Liemban and REBNY's James Whelan (Credit: Getty Images

REBNY considers lending cash to brokers affected by coronavirus

The Real Estate Board of New York might tap its Member in Need fund to support agents affected by...

REBNY considers lending cash to brokers affected by coronavirus
REBNY president James Whelan (Credit: Anuja Shakya, iStock)

REBNY advises agents on open houses

 Amid calls to shut down open houses, the Real Estate Board of New York has weighed in on the question dividing New York resi agents: to show or not to show? In a memo...

REBNY advises agents on open houses
Sandhya Espitia, Beth Miller and Mckenna Warren (Credit: REBNY)

REBNY bolsters executive team

The Real Estate Board of New York has bolstered its executive ranks with three new appointments. The industry group said this week it has a new chief operating officer, chief communications and marketing officer...

REBNY bolsters executive team
New York Attorney General Letitia James and REBNY president James Whelan (Credit: James by Bonnie Biess/Getty Images for SiriusXM; Whelan by Anuja Shakya)

Three more months in limbo: Broker-fee ban lawsuit delayed

The uncertain future of broker fee payments will be prolonged until at least June. On Friday, the office of...

Three more months in limbo: Broker-fee ban lawsuit delayed
Patrick Jenkins (center) with Carl Heastie and James Whelan (Credit: Twitter, Anuja Shakya Photography)

REBNY, other biz groups tap Heastie’s bestie for tax-break campaign

A coalition of business groups including the Real Estate Board of New York has hired a lobbyist with longstanding...

REBNY, other biz groups tap Heastie’s bestie for tax-break campaign
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