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

Douglas Durst (Getty)

Douglas Durst tapped to be next REBNY chair

Douglas Durst, chair of the Durst Organization, was nominated to be the next chair of the Real Estate Board of New York, the industry’s most influential trade group announced today. “It is hard to...

Douglas Durst tapped to be next REBNY chair
Ninve James 

REBNY taps Realtor.com exec to lead RLS

REBNY’s Residential Listing Service has a new chief. Ninve James is joining the Real Estate Board of New York to lead the RLS, the trade association announced in a release. James, a former vice...

REBNY taps Realtor.com exec to lead RLS
REBNY’s James Whelan and New York Attorney General Letitia James (Getty Images; iStock)

Broker-fee ban lawsuit postponed for the third time

State regulators and the real estate industry have postponed a showdown over tenant-paid broker fees for the third time....

Broker-fee ban lawsuit postponed for the third time
From left: Sandhya Espitia, John Canniffe and Jim Whelan (Linkedin, Whelan by Evan Gutierrez)

REBNY’s RLS chief bows out

The RLS is running without a head. John Canniffe, who joined the Real Estate Board of New York last year to run the residential listings service, has left the trade group for a new...

REBNY’s RLS chief bows out
Clockwise:  CBRE's Michael Remer, Richard Hodos and Joel Stephen with the Wizarding World Building at 935 Broadway (Images via CBRE)

CBRE’s Hodos and other Muggles win REBNY award for Harry Potter deal

When Richard Hodos and his team heard about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter eyeing New York City, they...

CBRE’s Hodos and other Muggles win REBNY award for Harry Potter deal
REBNY president James Whelan (iStock, Whelan by Anuja Shakya)

REBNY to begin issuing fines for problematic listings

A years-long effort to clean up New York residential listings data is taking the next step forward – and...

REBNY to begin issuing fines for problematic listings
Newmark’s Brian Waterman with 7 Hanover Square (Google Maps, Twitter)

Newmark nabs REBNY prize for deal with NYC Health + Hospitals

The lease deal to consolidate NYC Health + Hospitals’ six administrative offices scattered across three boroughs took almost three...

Newmark nabs REBNY prize for deal with NYC Health + Hospitals
REBNY's broker confidence index shows a sharp split between how commercial and residential brokers view the future. (iStock)

NYC commercial and residential brokers are split on market outlook

New York’s commercial brokers are all doom and gloom. Commercial brokers scored their present confidence in the Big Apple...

NYC commercial and residential brokers are split on market outlook
REBNY president James Whelan (Whelan by Anuja Shakya; iStock)

REBNY’s political contributions plummet

With Democrats in control of the state Senate, and with a growing number of progressive candidates refusing to take cash from real estate, the industry’s main lobbying group in New York has scaled back...

REBNY’s political contributions plummet
Clockwise from leftREBNY's James Whelan, StreetEasy's Matt Daimler and NYRAC's Heather McDonough Domi (Getty, iStock)

NYC’s lockdown will count as one day on the market for resi listings

In the annals of New York City’s residential market, “New York on Pause” will be reduced to one day...

NYC’s lockdown will count as one day on the market for resi listings

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