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: 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
Jay Martin, James Whelan and Joe Strasburg

Rent-pocalypse 2.0: Real estate industry reacts to tenant demands

UPDATED, Oct. 18, 2019, 6:27 p.m.: Real estate industry experts say the tenant coalition’s latest demands won’t solve the...

Rent-pocalypse 2.0: Real estate industry reacts to tenant demands
Senator Brian Kavanagh and REBNY president Jim Whelan (inset) (Credit: Getty Images and Facebook)

Legislature eyes changes to “just cause eviction” bill

Just cause eviction, a measure derided by the real estate industry and abandoned last legislative session, is likely to...

Legislature eyes changes to “just cause eviction” bill
From left: REBNY president Jim Whelan, the Downtown Alliance chairman Ric Clark, and the NYC Hospitality Alliance president Melba Wilson (Credit: Facebook, iStock, Melba's Restaurant)

Business groups seize chance to amend commercial waste bill

Industry groups are trying to exploit an opening in the fight over private waste collection. Almost 30 business organizations...

Business groups seize chance to amend commercial waste bill
Hector Figueroa (Credit: Getty Images)

REBNY honors late union president Hector Figueroa with humanitarian award

Ahead of its annual banquet, the Real Estate Board of New York announced on Thursday that it will bestow...

REBNY honors late union president Hector Figueroa with humanitarian award
Brokers hold signs that read, “Don’t cap my income” and “Agents are tenants too.”

“Agents are tenants too,” claim brokers blasting bills to reduce rent costs

Hundreds of real estate professionals converged Thursday on City Hall for a public hearing about bills aimed at reducing...

“Agents are tenants too,” claim brokers blasting bills to reduce rent costs
John Banks

High expectations: A look at John Banks’ 4 years at REBNY

John Banks’ tenure as head of the Real Estate Board of New York was relatively short. But real estate...

High expectations: A look at John Banks’ 4 years at REBNY
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