GSAR Members News and Events

New York's REALTORS launch NY First Home campaign

NYSAR has launched a public campaign to support its NY First Home proposal to make buying a first home more affordable in New York State. The program would allow individuals to put away up to $5,000 ($10,000 for couples) per year in a designated savings account to be used solely for costs associated with the purchase of a first home. These funds would be deductible on state personal income taxes, and the principal and any gain would be tax free.

Matrix UPDATE & Hands-on Training

The NYS Alliance of MLS's announces a new timeline for Matrix cutover. The new planned date for our cutover will be after July 5th. Please read the letter below for all of the updated details on the Matrix cutover.

In the meantime, come in for some hands-on training!

Click here for the hands-on training schedule for specific dates and times for training sessions!

Click here to register for one of the sessions.

Important Changes to STAR benefit for new homeowners

This year’s budget agreement between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers included a change to the STAR program for certain new homeowners. The change will ONLY apply to homeowners that purchased a home in New York on or after March 1, 2015. These new homeowners will now receive a STAR rebate check in September rather than a STAR credit against their school tax bill. On or about May 1, property owners subject to this new program will receive a letter from their local assessor outlining this new process and how to apply to receive their rebate check.

Matrix Parallel Period is HERE!

As you know, we are gearing up for our conversion to Matrix, our new MLS platform. Remember, Matrix will be REPLACING MLXchange and Fusion. 

Parallel period for all CNYIS members began on April 4th. 

The scheduled cut-over date to Matrix is May 18th.

During this parallel period, you will still enter and modify all listings in MLXchange and Fusion. Once cut-over occurs, all listings will be entered and modified in Matrix only. (Fusion and MLXchange will remain for approximately 30 days after cut-over, for reference only. Those platforms will no longer be updated.)

There is an All Committee Meeting scheduled for next week!

If you have been assigned to a GSAR committee for 2016 there will be an All Committee Meeting next Thursday, Jan 28th., from 3-4:00 p.m. at GSAR. If you are a Committee Chair or Co-Chair we are asking that you arrive at 2:00pm for a Chair/Co-Chair meeting. Come celebrate GSAR's Visioning for 2016 and learn how your committee will play an active role in meeting visioning goals. It will be a casual meeting with wine and appetizers where you can meet and mingle with the other members of your committee and the rest of the GSAR committees.