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.

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Compass' Robert Reffkin and REBNY's James Whelan. (Getty, Whelan ph: Anuja Shakya)

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

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