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


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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

John Banks

John Banks to step down as REBNY president

John Banks, who has led the Real Estate Board of New York for four years, is stepping down as president. Banks presided over the influential trade group during successful battles over the renewal of...

REBNY Awards

Newmark Knight Frank wins REBNY retail award for Alamo Drafthouse deal in FiDi

Newmark Knight Frank’s Ross Kaplan and Jeffrey Roseman took home the Real Estate Board of New York’s top retail...

From left: Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (Credit: Getty Images)

Senate and Assembly reach deal on rent laws. It doesn’t look good for the industry.

Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie reached an agreement on sweeping changes to the state’s rent...

Council member Keith Powers is a prime sponsor of Intro 1423. His office did not immediately respond to request for comment.

City Council cancels public hearing on bills to reform rental fees at eleventh hour

UPDATE Tuesday, June 11, 4:15 p.m.: At 5:44 p.m. Monday night, City Council members received an email notice that...

From left: Taconic CEO Charles Bendit, A&E Real Estate Holdings Douglas Eisenberg, Blackstone's Kathleen McCarthy, REBNY president John Banks, and New York State assembly member Carl Heastie (Credit: Getty Images and iStock)

REBNY is donating more than ever. But so are its independent-minded constituents

After midterm elections led to the ouster of many of the Real Estate Board of New York’s favorites in...

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