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

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
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...

John Banks to step down as REBNY president
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...

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

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

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