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 pivots on politics; Newark sues NYC for sending homeless

REBNY pivots on politics; Newark sues NYC for sending homeless

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REBNY pivots on politics; Newark sues NYC for sending homeless
Jim Whelan (Credit: Axel Dupeux)

REBNY starts singing a different tune

Over the past few months, two occasional enemies on major real estate issues began quietly meeting. James Whelan, the newly minted president of the Real Estate Board of New York, and Gary LaBarbera, president...

REBNY starts singing a different tune
Stephen Levin, REBNY's Jim Whelan and Brad Lander (Credit: Getty Images)

The bill that won’t die: Will commercial rent control finally pass?

For decades, city officials have periodically floated the idea of controlling commercial rents. Now, a new bill seeks to...

The bill that won’t die: Will commercial rent control finally pass?
From left: JLL’s Bob Knakal, Brown Harris Stevens' John Burger and Compass’ Adelaide Polsinelli (Credit: Getty Images and iStock)

Real estate veterans will get schooled by this new law

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Jim Whelan (Credit: Axel Dupeux)

REBNY’s James Whelan: “We have to do things differently”

For nearly a decade James Whelan worked behind the scenes as the Real Estate Board of New York’s government...

REBNY’s James Whelan: “We have to do things differently”
REBNY president Jim Whelan (right) and Council member Robert Cornegy (Credit: Getty Images and iStock)

REBNY asks city to help landlords pay for lead abatement

The Real Estate Board of New York is calling on the city to help landlords cover the costs of...

REBNY asks city to help landlords pay for lead abatement
From left: Heather Domi, Jeremy Stein, Toni Haber, Leonard Steinberg and Cathy Taub (Credit: NYRAC)

Fast-growing agent group has money, members and an agenda

After a year of building resources, a new advocacy group for New York City’s residential agents is starting to...

Fast-growing agent group has money, members and an agenda
BCTC's Gary LabBarbera and REBNY's Jim Whelan

REBNY, Building Trades join forces on development, policy

The Real Estate Board of New York and the Building and Construction Trades Council, two groups that have historically...

REBNY, Building Trades join forces on development, policy
REBNY’s Real Estate Broker Confidence Index was 5.84 out of 10 for the third quarter of 2019, down 12 percent from the prior quarter but up 22 percent from last year’s all-time low. (Credit: iStock)

Broker confidence declines for another quarter: REBNY

An unfriendly regulatory environment has pushed brokers’ confidence down for the second straight quarter. But things are still better...

Broker confidence declines for another quarter: REBNY
REBNY president Jim Whelan (Credit: REBNY via Facebook, iStock)

REBNY rolls out ground rules for selling new development

Amid a surplus of new development inventory, there’s a new standard brokerage agreement that should, in theory, make life...

REBNY rolls out ground rules for selling new development
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