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70-Year Member Honored

70-year GRAR Member Gene Cassata standing next to his 1981 Chevy Malibu Classic
The Greater Rochester Association of REALTOR® (GRAR) honored Gene Cassata for 70 years of membership at GRAR’s annual 30-Year Member Luncheon on August 7, 2019. Mr. Cassata got his real estate license during his sophomore year at Syracuse University. He liked the profession so much, he decided not to go back for his junior year....

NAR Call for Action

Take action now to urge your lawmaker to oppose this legislation! The state legislature is considering legislation (S2892-A-Salazar/A5030-A-Hunter) that would establish a good cause eviction standard throughout New York State. This restrictive legislation would impose rent control on most residential rental buildings throughout the state and make real estate investment less attractive. It’s time to stand...

2019 Economic Forecast Presentation Re-Cap

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Danielle Hale Chief Economist,® View Danielle’s Presentation Gary Keith VP and Regional Economist, M&T Bank View Gary’s Presentation

Barb Kozel Wins “Learn Away” Trip

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Congratulations to Barb Kozel for winning the 2-night “Learn Away” getaway to the Edgewood Resort in the Thousand Islands! Barb was randomly selected from 1,174 entries. The getaway includes: 2-night stay at Edgewood Resort & Conference Center, Alexandria Bay NY 5 meals 8 hours of total educational programming / 5.5 CE hours Live music Wednesday night...

Oppose the “Prevailing Wage” Construction Mandate

June 12, 2018 NYSAR issued this important Call for Action to OPPOSE a requirement to provide prevailing wage standards on any private construction project that receives any form of public funding or support. Click here to contact your Assemblymember.

2017 Rookie of the Year

YRN Rookie REALTOR of the Year 2017 Patrick Regna
Life doesn’t always go as planned. That doesn’t mean it can’t take a great turn.   This year’s Rookie of the Year, Patrick Regna, had plans of being both a fire investigator and a professional soccer player. When neither of those materialized, he worked a 9:00 – 5:00 corporate job for five years. He felt cramped and knew he had...

2017 Realtor® of the Year

2017 Realtor® of the Year Mike Smith
Congratulations, Mike Smith, GRAR’s 2017 Realtor® of the Year! Mike began his real estate career in 1979.  He calls himself an “education junkie”.  Even though he was grandfathered in 1993 and is no longer required to take the 22.5 hours of continuing education every two years, he takes as many classes as he can.  In...

Jen Gugino, 2017 Fran Henty Award Winner

GRAR 2017 Fran Henty Award Winner, Jen Gugino
Jen Gugino is the 2017 Fran Henty Award winner and one of those people you are SO glad to have met when your paths cross.  She is 89 years young.  I hesitate to use that cliché, but there’s no other way to say it.  “Old” is not a word that fits anywhere near a sentence...