03/03/14 4:25pm
03/03/2014 4:25 PM

Laird Klein takes the helm as president of the Staten Island Board of Realtors.Laird Klein assumes leadership of borough’s largest not-for-profit trade organization

Laird Klein, an associate broker with Robert DeFalco Realty, has taken the helm as the 52nd president of the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR). Klein, known among his peers for his high professional standards and quick wit, was sworn into office by U.S. Congressman Michael Grimm (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn) on Jan. 23, in the Above Rooftop at the Hilton Garden Inn, Bloomfield. Presenting sponsors included Continental Home Loans and United Northern Mortgage Bankers.

“I’m looking forward to a year in which we continue raising the bar on the high standards of service provided by our members to the home buyers and home sellers in our community,” Klein said. In addition to Klein, other SIBOR officers installed at the event included (Dil) Gillani of Gillani Homes, president-elect; Claire Bisignano Chesnoff of Claire Properties, secretary-treasurer, and Traci A. Cangiano of Cangiano Estates, immediate past president. (more…)

07/15/13 6:40pm

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Whether you live on Staten Island or elsewhere, if you own a home, you know it’s an important investment.

And like the best investments, it can make you some serious money. There are people happy to stay in your spare room or park in your driveway — and pay good money for it. 

The Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) suggests you don’t let opportunities slip by.

Follow these tips to turn your property into a money-maker:

Rent out your driveway

Do you have more parking space than cars to fill it?

If you live near an express bus stop or a Staten Island Rapid Transit train station,  you can collect parking fees from drivers willing to pay for proximity.

Make your home a star

If your property’s got the face for close-ups, you might want to rent it out for film or catalog shoots. This is not new for Staten Island—think Godfather House for example.

Shop your home around to film studios, production companies, and advertising firms. If a scout picks your house, you can earn about $2,000 to $4,000 per day —not to mention the chance to watch your abode on the silver screen.

Go back to the land

Those with a green thumb and a couple hundred square feet of growing space can turn their seasonal produce yield into regular income. You can save up to $23 per plant by building an edible garden with big ticket vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, and green beans. Sometimes, money does grow on trees.

Take in boarders

Whether you have a spare bedroom or a whole spare house, there are people who want to rent it. If your abode has a certain charm and you’re willing to put in marketing hours, you can transform unused space into a monthly moneymaker.

  • Bed & breakfast: Have a cozy home and like playing host or hostess? A bed and breakfast might be for you. Costs and revenue vary greatly by the number of rooms: The more rooms at, say, $100, the more potential income, but that also means higher costs for upkeep.
  • Rent your house: If you go on vacation or are otherwise out of town for extended periods, you might consider renting out the whole house. Be prepared for a commitment of time and money to make it work, or just hire a professional property manager for peace of mind. To calculate how much you could earn, check out the rental prices of other homes in your neighborhood.

About The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.

SIBOR exists to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully and ethically; and to promote the preservation of the public’s right to own, transfer and use real property.

Comprised of over 1,600 members, SIBOR serves real estate agents, brokers and affiliated professionals throughout the borough and surrounding areas.

SIBOR is the provider of the Staten Island Multiple Listing Service Inc. (SIMLS), which works as a clearinghouse through which more than 250 local real estate firms exchange information on properties they have listed for sale. Together, its members participate in over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

All SIBOR members belong to the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

SIBOR may be reached at 718-979-0007 and viewed online at http://siborrealtors.com. SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at “Staten Island Board of Realtors,” on Twitter via @SIBOR, and on YouTube at the Staten Island Board of Realtors and RelevantPR channels.

Media Contact: Barton Horowitz

Relevant Public Relations, LLC

Headquarters: 718‑682‑1509

Mobile: 917‑715‑8761

Email: Bhorowitz@RelevantPR.com

07/12/13 4:09pm

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) is reminding homeowners to carefully check a contractor’s reputation before signing on the dotted line.

Whether you’re planning an addition for a growing family, repairing damage in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy or simply getting new storm windows, finding a competent and reliable contractor is the first step to a successful and satisfying home improvement project.

As real estate professionals and your fellow neighbors, SIBOR members know firsthand that HOME OWNERSHIP MATTERS, and your home may be your most valuable financial asset.

That’s why it’s important to be cautious when you hire someone to work on it. Home improvement and repair and maintenance contractors often advertise online, in newspapers, the Yellow Pages, and on radio and TV.

However, don’t consider an ad an indication of the quality of a contractor’s work. Your best bet is a reality check from those in the know: Friends, neighbors, or co-workers who have had improvement work done. Get written estimates from several firms. Ask for explanations for price variations. Don’t automatically choose the lowest bidder.

ASSISTANCE ON STATEN ISLAND

Locally, you can contact NARI-HIC Staten Island Home Improvement Contractors Association for information about firms in the borough. The group is a non-profit trade association with a general membership of licensed, reputable contracting firms, and a roster of associate and affiliate members who support them.

Before hiring a home-improvement professional, SIBOR suggests you consider the following information from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Depending on the size and complexity of your project, you may choose to work with a number of different professionals.

YOUR OPTIONS MAY INCLUDE:

  • General Contractors manage all aspects of your project, including hiring and supervising subcontractors, getting building permits, and scheduling inspections. They also work with architects and designers.
  • Specialty Contractors install particular products, such as cabinets and bathroom fixtures.
  • Architects design homes, additions, and major renovations. If your project includes structural changes, you may want to hire an architect who specializes in home remodeling.
  • Designers have expertise in specific areas of the home, such as kitchens and baths.
  • Design/Build Contractors provide one-stop service. They see your project through from start to finish. Some firms have architects on staff; others use certified designers.

About The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.

SIBOR exists to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully and ethically; and to promote the preservation of the public’s right to own, transfer and use real property.

Comprised of over 1,600 members, SIBOR serves real estate agents, brokers and affiliated professionals throughout the borough and surrounding areas.

SIBOR is the provider of the Staten Island Multiple Listing Service Inc. (SIMLS), which works as a clearinghouse through which more than 250 local real estate firms exchange information on properties they have listed for sale. Together, its members participate in over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

All SIBOR members belong to the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

SIBOR may be reached at 718-979-0007 and viewed online at http://siborrealtors.com. SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at “Staten Island Board of Realtors,” on Twitter via @SIBOR, and on YouTube at the Staten Island Board of Realtors and RelevantPR channels.

Media Contact: Barton Horowitz

Relevant Public Relations, LLC

Headquarters: 718‑682‑1509

Mobile: 917‑715‑8761

Email: Bhorowitz@RelevantPR.com

 

06/04/13 6:56pm

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Changes are coming to the critically important National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)  that could impact real estate transactions and property owners across the country. That’s according to experts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which manages the government’s flood insurance program, who spoke in Washington, D.C.,  to Realtors® during a session at the recent Realtors® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo.

Members of the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) attended the conference and met with legislators to discuss a variety of housing-related issues.

Kristin Robinson, a FEMA senior advisor, summarized last year’s Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act, which reauthorized the critically important NFIP through 2017 so property owners could affordably access flood insurance.

SIBOR and the National Association of Realtors® strongly supported the legislation and believes the government’s insurance program saves taxpayers property and money because it increases the number of self-insured properties and reduces the cost of post-flood disaster governmental assistance.

The NFIP is responsible for writing and renewing flood insurance policies for more than 5.6 million home and business owners in more than 21,000 communities nationwide where flood insurance is required for a mortgage. Before Congress passed the legislation, the program operated under short-term extensions.

WREAKING HAVOC

In the past five years, there were 18 extensions and several lapses in program coverage, delaying or cancelling thousands of real estate transactions daily according to NAR’s own research, wreaking havoc on real estate markets.

Robinson said the NFIP is $24 billion in debt following several disastrous storms in recent years since the costs and consequences of flooding continue to increase. “For decades the program has made flood insurance available at subsidized rates that did not reflect the true risk of flooding; artificially low rates and discounts are no longer sustainable,” she said.

Andy Neal, actuary, addressed the gradual phase-out of subsidized rates, which was included in last year’s legislation to preserve the flood insurance program and critically important property insurance coverage for the nation’s homeowners. Neal said rate subsidies are being phased out over the next several years to help increase the NFIP’s soundness and financial stability.

ROUTINE RATE INCREASES

The majority of policyholders, more than 80 percent, are not subsidized and won’t be impacted by subsidized rate changes since they are already paying full actuarial rates, he said. However, these owners could see routine annual rate increases.

“Only about 20 percent of NFIP policies receive subsidies, mostly older structures built before the community’s first flood insurance rate map was issued, which are known as pre-FIRM properties. Some of these policyholders will be impacted by the gradual phase-out of subsidized rates; an even smaller number will see immediate changes to their insurance policy rates,” said Neal.

Rate changes are likely to affect owners of subsidized pre-FIRM non-primary residences, business properties, and properties that have experienced severe repetitive flood losses. Owners of some pre-FIRM condos and multi-family units will also see their rates gradually increase. Owners of pre-FIRM primary residences will retain their subsidies unless the policy lapses; it suffers a severe, repeated flood loss; or it’s sold to a new owner, which is retroactive to July 6, 2012, when the legislation was enacted. Some grandfathered principal residences will also lose their subsidies over a several year period, but not until the communities’ flood map is revised.

CHECK WITH INSURANCE AGENT

Neal recommended that home and property owners talk to their insurance agent to determine if their property is currently being subsidized. He said flood insurance rates vary based on a property’s location, elevation and flood risk and can be as low as a few hundred dollars up to $10,000 or more if the property is well below flood level and had severe repeated flood losses.

While higher rates may place a greater burden on families, there are investments homeowners can make to either reduce or better access their flood risk so they can continue to protect their families and possessions from damaging floods. According to Neal, homeowners can lower their risk by elevating their property and potentially reduce their flood insurance rates by having an elevation certificate completed to determine the property’s elevation relative to the base flood elevation. Elevation certificates can cost several hundred dollars to complete but could potentially lower homeowners’ flood insurance premiums.

Some homeowners with flood insurance policies have already received quotes for higher rates, which may be caused by several other factors such as improvements to mapping. As FEMA improves its mapping technology and draws more accurate flood maps, some homes may now be located in a flood zone, or a higher risk zone, where flood insurance is more expensive. Also, some insurance agents may adjust rates to correct previous mistakes made about the home’s features when they are re-evaluating an insurance policy at renewal.

About The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.

SIBOR exists to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully and ethically; and to promote the preservation of the public’s right to own, transfer and use real property.

Comprised of over 1,600 members, SIBOR serves real estate agents, brokers and affiliated professionals throughout the borough and surrounding areas.

SIBOR is the provider of the Staten Island Multiple Listing Service Inc. (SIMLS), which works as a clearinghouse through which more than 250 local real estate firms exchange information on properties they have listed for sale. Together, its members participate in over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

All SIBOR members belong to the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

SIBOR may be reached at 718-979-0007 and viewed online at http://siborrealtors.com. SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at “Staten Island Board of Realtors,” on Twitter via @SIBOR, and on YouTube at the Staten Island Board of Realtors and RelevantPR channels.

Media Contact: Barton Horowitz

Relevant Public Relations, LLC

Headquarters: 718‑682‑1509

Mobile: 917‑715‑8761

Email: Bhorowitz@RelevantPR.com

04/12/13 7:36pm

By Guelda Voien/The Real Deal

Staten Island homeowners who have struggled in the five months since Hurricane Sandy to get federal disaster assistance are being urged to be patient just a little longer: Help, their city councilman told them, is on the way.

The weary homeowners heard the plea Saturday [April 6] at a real estate forum, where city officials along with building and financial experts laid out options for relocation, federally subsidized mortgages, short sales and reconstruction as well as new FEMA construction guidelines for the borough.

City Councilman James Oddo estimated the money from Washington – for either selling or repairing storm-ravaged homes – would be coming in four to six weeks, sometime in May, if all goes as planned.

“It’s almost sinful, five months later, to ask you guys to have patience,” Oddo told the crowd at the meeting, sponsored by the Staten Island Board of Realtors.

For those hardest hit, the federal dollars should allow them to sell their homes to the government and move; homeowners who want to stay put will have to follow the FEMA guidelines, which limit how and where they can rebuild. READ MORE …

04/11/13 7:44pm
04/11/2013 7:44 PM
NEW YORK (Money Magazine)

Are you a homeowner? Not planning to sell your house anytime soon?

You can still take advantage of the rebound in the market by putting your rising home equity to work for you in the long run. Seize the opportunity to refinance.If you haven’t had enough equity to refinance your mortgage at the record-low rates of the past couple of years, it’s time to try again. Chances are you own more of your home than you did a year ago; according to the Federal Reserve, homeowners’ equity rose 18% from the third quarter of 2011 to the same period last year.

Related: Does it pay to refinance?

For a traditional refi, lenders typically require 20% equity; should you fall short of that, you’ll have to choose either a refi with private mortgage insurance or an FHA loan. PMI rates have come down, so that’s probably the better choice if your credit score is above 680. Otherwise, go for the FHA, which has less stringent underwriting guidelines. READ MORE …

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Thank you for visiting the blog site of the Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association inStaten Island, N.Y.

SIBOR exists to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully and ethically; and to promote the preservation of the public’s right to own, transfer and use real property.

Comprised of over 1,600 members, SIBOR serves real estate agents, brokers and affiliated professionals throughout the borough and surrounding areas.

SIBOR is the provider of the Staten Island Multiple Listing Service Inc. (SIMLS),which works as a clearinghouse through which more than 250 local real estate firms exchange information on properties they have listed for sale. Together, its members participate in over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

All SIBOR members belong to the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

SIBOR may be reached at 718-928-3220 and viewed online at http://siborrealtors.com. SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at “Staten Island Board of Realtors,” on Twitter via @SIBOR, and on YouTube at the Staten Island Board of Realtors and RelevantPR channels.

SIBOR Media Contact: Barton Horowitz

Relevant Public Relations, LLC

Headquarters: 718‑682‑1509

Mobile: 917‑715‑8761

Email: Bhorowitz@RelevantPR.com


03/27/13 7:58pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2013

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – Vital issues relating to homeownership on post-Sandy Staten Island will be targeted on April 6 during a forum featuring an array of experts and local lawmakers.

The free event, presented by the Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR), will include a trio of informational sessions, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the organization’s headquarters: 1535 Richmond Ave., suite No. 3, Bulls Head. The public is encouraged to attend.

“This gathering will provide a convenient opportunity for owners, sellers and buyers of Staten Island homes to gather vital information in one place, at one time,” said Traci Cangiano, president of SIBOR. “The day will include three panel discussions, followed by question-and-answer sessions that hopefully will help some audience members deal with the post-Sandy challenges many Islanders are continuing to face.”

During the day, politicians, such as Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-East Shore/Brooklyn), will join with government-agency and private-sector representatives to discuss a host of issues, such as zoning, FEMA flood maps, flood insurance, credit issues, mortgage concerns, tax implications, pre- and post-Sandy property appraisals, future architectural considerations, foreclosures and loan modifications, government assistance programs, redevelopment plans for Staten Island, and more.

“There are still numerous unanswered questions regarding real estate after the storm,” said Sandy Krueger, CEO of SIBOR. “This forum will help to answer many of those questions.”

As seats are limited, pre-registration for the day is encouraged. Registration is available at:  www.SIBOR.com. For additional information about the event, call 718-928-3218, or e-mail fkoszta@sibor.com.

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Relevant Public Relations, LLC

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02/15/13 7:16pm
02/15/2013 7:16 PM

Many have reported on Robert Shiller’s recent comments on the investment aspect of homeownership. Shiller, a Yale professor and co-founder of the Case-Shiller Home Price Index, is famous for making provocative comments on house prices and the financial benefits of owning a home. In a recent Bloomberg Televisioninterview, Shiller responded to a question about homeownership as an investment this way:

“So, why was it considered an investment? That was a fad. That was an idea that took hold in the early 2000′s. And I don’t expect it to come back. Not with the same force. So people might just decide, ‘Yeah, I’ll diversify my portfolio. I’ll live in a rental.’ That is a very sensible thing for many people to do.”

Today, we would like to debate Shiller’s notion by offering three FINANCIAL reasons to purchase a home:

1.) You Can’t Live in Your IRA

When you buy your own home you are not taking available dollars away from another investment. You are replacing one housing expense (rent) which has no potential for a return on investment with another (mortgage payment) that does give you an opportunity for a return. We realize that there has been research showing that over the last 30 years renting has been less expensive than owning. That research also says that if you invested the entire difference between the rent payment and mortgage payment you may have done better financially. There are two challenges with this conclusion:

  • Today, in the vast majority of the country, renting is actually more expensive than owning a home.
  • History has proven that tenants DO NOT invest the difference in their rent and mortgage payments.

2.) Homeownership Creates Wealth

Paying a mortgage creates what financial experts call ‘forced savings’. The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University released a study titled America’s Rental Housing: Meeting Challenges, Building on Opportunities. In the study, they actually quantified the difference in family wealth between renters and homeowners:

“[R]enters have only a fraction of the net wealth of owners. Near the peak of the housing bubble in 2007, the median net wealth of homeowners was $234,600—about 46 times the $5,100 median for renters. Even if homeowner wealth fell back to 1995 levels, it would still be 27.5 times the median for renters.”

3.) There Are Tremendous Tax Advantages to Investing in a Home

There is no doubt that selling an investment such as gold is easier than selling your home. However, this liquidity comes at a price. The price is called capital gains. That is the tax you pay on any financial gain you receive from the investment. This tax doesn’t apply the same way when you sell your primary residence:

Theresa Palagonia, a CPA and the Accounting Manager for the firm G.S. Garritano & Associates, was good enough to explain the Home Sale Exclusion Rules:

“You may qualify to exclude from your income all or part of any gain from the sale of your main home.

Maximum Exclusion

You can exclude up to $250,000 of the gain on the sale of your main home if all of the following are true:

  • You meet the ownership test.
  • You meet the use test.
  • During the 2 year period ending on the date of the sale, you did not exclude gain from the sale of another home.

If you and another person owned the home jointly but file separate returns, each of you can exclude up to $250,000 of gain from the sale of your interest in the home if each of you meets the three conditions listed above.

You may be able to exclude up to $500,000 of the gain on the sale of your main home if you are married and file a joint return and meet the requirements. (Special rules apply for joint returns.)

We will let you decide for yourself whether homeownership makes sense financially.

– Reposted with permission of KEEPING CURRENT MATTERS

Thank you for visiting the blog site of the  Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.

SIBOR exists to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully and ethically; and to promote the preservation of the public’s right to own, transfer and use real property.

Comprised of over 1,600 members, SIBOR serves real estate agents, brokers and affiliated professionals throughout the borough and surrounding areas.

SIBOR is the provider of the Staten Island Multiple Listing Service Inc. (SIMLS), which works as a clearinghouse through which more than 250 local real estate firms exchange information on properties they have listed for sale. Together, its members participate in over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

All SIBOR members belong to the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

SIBOR may be reached at 718-928-3220 and viewed online at http://siborrealtors.com. SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at “Staten Island Board of Realtors,” on Twitter via @SIBOR, and on YouTube at the Staten Island Board of Realtors and RelevantPR channels.

Media Contact: Barton Horowitz

Relevant Public Relations, LLC

Headquarters: 718‑682‑1509

Mobile: 917‑715‑8761

Email: Bhorowitz@RelevantPR.com

 


02/12/13 9:14pm

About the Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.

SIBOR exists to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully and ethically; and to promote the preservation of the public’s right to own, transfer and use real property.

Comprised of over 1,600 members, SIBOR serves real estate agents, brokers and affiliated professionals throughout the borough and surrounding areas.

SIBOR is the provider of the Staten Island Multiple Listing Service Inc. (SIMLS), which works as a clearinghouse through which more than 250 local real estate firms exchange information on properties they have listed for sale. Together, its members participate in over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

All SIBOR members belong to the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

SIBOR may be reached at 718-928-3220 and viewed online at http://siborrealtors.com. SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at “Staten Island Board of Realtors,” on Twitter via @SIBOR, and on YouTube at the Staten Island Board of Realtors and RelevantPR channels.

Media Contact: Barton Horowitz

Relevant Public Relations, LLC

Headquarters: 718‑682‑1509

Mobile: 917‑715‑8761

Email: Bhorowitz@RelevantPR.com

01/22/13 10:36pm

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Traci Cangiano expresses her joy after being sworn-in by FDNY Battalion Chief John LaBarbera as the 51st president of the Staten Island Board of Realtors.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.  (Jan, 22, 2013) – The Staten Island Board of Realtors (SIBOR) contributed $10,000 to the Island’s Hurricane Sandy relief effort last Thursday evening, during a dinner gathering that witnessed the induction of Traci Cangiano of Cangiano Estates as the organization’s 51st president.

Ms. Cangiano was sworn-in by FDNY Battalion Chief John LaBarbera, who accepted the $10,000 donation on behalf of the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund of the Stephen Siller Tunnel To Towers Foundation. Laird Klein of Robert DeFalco Realty, president-elect of SIBOR presented the check.

The event at the Grand Oaks Country Club, Huguenot, featured the installation of the SIBOR and Staten Island Multiple Listing Service (SIMLS) officers and directors for 2013.

In addition to Mrs. Cangiano and Klein, other SIBOR officers installed at the event included Dilshad (Dil) Gillani of Gillani Homes, secretary/treasurer, who is also SIBOR’s 2013 Realtor of the Year, and Georgianna Diaz of Village Realty SINY, immediate past president.

Other board members include: Claire Bisignano Chesnoff;  Joan C. Camerlengo; Ann Coppola; Laura Dinten; Wayne Goldstein;  Donna A. Iadarola;  Sari Kingsley;  Vivian P. Kokkinos;  Ron Molcho;  Neila Nuzzi;  Irene Paoli; Frank Rizzo; Greg A. Sokol;  Sandy Krueger, CEO of the Staten Island Board of Realtors, and Counsel Mordecai Jacobi, Esq., board counsel.

Each year, one member of the board is a non-Realtor; this seat will be held for the second consecutive year by Philip A. Guarnieri, president and CEO of Empire State Bank.

During the evening, the National Association of Realtors® honored five Islanders, bestowing each of them with the status of “Realtor® Emeritus.” The honor was presented to Patricia Dellomo, Michael R. Diaz, Melvin (Mel) Kling, Domenica Kling and William (Bill) Wolfe for “forty consecutive years of membership in the National Association of Realtors® and in recognition of valuable and lasting contribution to the real estate profession in the Community,” reads the inscription on the awarded plaques.

STATEN ISLAND MULTIPLE LISTING SERVICE

The officers and directors of the Staten Island Multiple Listing Service Inc. (SIMLS), a wholly owned SIBOR subsidiary, also were inducted.

The following individuals, or their designates, have joined the board of directors: Joan C. Camerlengo; Thomas Crimmins; Georgianna Diaz; Gregory Diaz, and SIBOR President-Elect Laird Klein.

Returning to the SIMLS Board are: Michael Dukhovny;  Donna A. Iadarola; Ron Molcho; Mimi Neuhaus;  Frank Reali; Scott Setaro;  Kevin M. Swetsky, and John A. Vernazza. The president and CEO of the SIMLS is Sandy Krueger, CEO of SIBOR.

About The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR)

The Staten Island Board of REALTORS® (SIBOR) is the largest not-for-profit trade association in Staten Island, N.Y.

SIBOR exists to enhance the ability and opportunity of its members to conduct their business successfully and ethically; and to promote the preservation of the public’s right to own, transfer and use real property.

Comprised of over 1,600 members, SIBOR serves real estate agents, brokers and affiliated professionals throughout the borough and surrounding areas.

SIBOR is the provider of the Staten Island Multiple Listing Service Inc. (SIMLS), which works as a clearinghouse through which more than 250 local real estate firms exchange information on properties they have listed for sale. Together, its members participate in over 3,000 real estate transactions every year.

All SIBOR members belong to the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

SIBOR may be reached at 718-928-3220 and viewed online at http://siborrealtors.com. SIBOR may also be visited on Facebook at “Staten Island Board of Realtors,” on Twitter via @SIBOR, and on YouTube at the Staten Island Board of Realtors and RelevantPR channels.

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Media Contact: Barton Horowitz

Relevant Public Relations, LLC

Headquarters: 718‑682‑1509

Mobile: 917‑715‑8761

Email: Bhorowitz@RelevantPR.com