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

Compass CEO Robert Reffkin and REBNY president James Whelan (Getty; Whelan by Anuja Shakya; iStock)

REBNY slaps Compass with $250K fine

The Real Estate Board of New York has slapped Compass with a $250,000 fine for improperly going after its competitors’ exclusive listings. In an email to New York City agents, the trade group said...

REBNY slaps Compass with $250K fine
Andrew Cuomo wants NYC workers to return to otherwise empty office buildings. (Getty)

Cuomo announces plan to get workers back to offices

 Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing a plan to get employees back in office buildings — and office landlords are...

Cuomo announces plan to get workers back to offices
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REBNY president James Whelan (Whelan by Evan Gutierrez)

Tax revenue from NYC property sales plunges $1.4B

Despite an uptick in investment and residential sales over the last month, the drop-off in tax revenue from such...

Tax revenue from NYC property sales plunges $1.4B
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

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