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What is REBNY

REBNY was created in 1896 as the state’s first real estate trade association. It works on behalf of the mutual interests of its members by promoting public and industry policies. The organization frequently speaks before government bodies with the primary goals of expanding New York’s economy, encouraging the development and renovation of commercial and residential property, enhancing the city’s appeal to investors and residents and facilitating property management.

Members have access to the Board’s various real estate professional education programs, including state-certified required courses for licensing, continuing education courses and seminars to hone professional skills, and courses to maintain the ethical standards of relations between professionals and with the public.

The Research Department, also at members’ disposal, undertakes projects to investigate current residential and commercial issues of importance to the industry; topics have included residential conversion trends and energy conservation techniques in high-rise office buildings. A zoning expert is also on hand to field a wide range of inquiries. This department publishes a number of important periodicals, including the Annual Diary & Manual, which is considered real estate’s almanac.

REBNY’s Seymour B. Durst Library, located at the midtown office, maintains the largest collection of real estate-related information of any New York City trade association. Aside from scores of professional journals, periodicals and reports on industry topics, it contains up-to-date computerized ownership and mortgage information files on properties in all five boroughs, as well as assessed valuation listings and current property maps.

Who belongs to REBNY?
REBNY members are New York City’s most talented, energetic and influential real estate professionals.
The Board’s membership consists of more than 17,000 commercial, residential, and institutional property owners, builders, managers, investors, brokers, and salespeople; banks, financial service companies, utilities, attorneys, architects, and contractors; and other associations, organizations, institutions, corporations, co-partnerships, and individuals professionally interested and engaged in business allied to New York City real estate.