Principles and senior staff are active members of numerous organizations involved in the forefront of current real estate issues. Our on-going contributions have been as advisors, board members, guest lecturers and sponsors
A global membership association of professional real estate appraisers, the Appraisal Institute's mission is to support and advance its members as the choice for real estate solutions as well as uphold professional credentials, standards of professional practice and ethics consistent with the public good. Appraisal Institute designations, awarded after completing a rigorous program, are an assurance of working with a top professional in the field of valuation. The MAI designation of the Appraisal Institute is the most widely recognized indication of a superior level of professionalism amongst users of commercial appraisal services. There are 8 professionals in our firm holding the prestigious MAI designation. Steven J. Schleider has served as an officer and was the 2011 Chapter President of the Metropolitan New York Chapter of the Appraisal Institute.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Members of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the pre-eminent organization of its kind in the world, offer advice on a diverse range of land, property, construction and related environmental issues. RICS membership is only awarded to individuals who meet and maintain the most rigorous standards of technical knowledge, experience and expertise to the public advantage. In 2008, Steven J. Schleider was elected a Fellow of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
The Real Estate Board of New York is the industry's major trade association. Because every segment of the real estate profession is represented on its membership rolls, REBNY brings the entire industry's influence to bear on any public policy affecting its members business affairs. The Board membership consists of over 15,000 property owners, developers, brokers, managers, attorneys, architects, insurance companies, banks, utilities, quasi-public agencies, title companies, appraisers, consultants and other institutions and individuals professionally interested in New York City real estate. Steven J. Schleider serves on both the Appraisal Committee and Housing Committee, and has chaired its Appraisal committee.
URBAN GREEN COUNCIL
A non-profit organization established in 2001, Urban Green Council is the New York Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Its mission is to lead in advancing the sustainability of urban buildings through education, advocacy and research. Urban Green is funded by contributions from foundations, its 1,100 members, and over 50 corporate sponsors. In-house experts and a dedicated network of volunteers are helping to transform the built environment in New York City with models that can be replicated in urban centers nationwide. Urban Green provides a wide range of educational and networking events for its members and the green building community at large; conducts research; and advocates for change that will make cities more sustainable. Mr. Schleider is a LEED Accredited Professional with specialty in building design and construction (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
Formed in 1998, the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH) is the trade association for New York's affordable housing industry statewide. Its 300 members include for-profit and nonprofit developers, lenders, investors, syndicators, attorneys, architects and others active in the financing, construction, and operation of affordable housing. Together, NYSAFAH's members are responsible for most of the housing built in New York State with federal, state, or local subsidies. NYSAFAH advocates for policies, legislation and appropriations at the local, state and federal level that promote affordable housing. Early victories include the creation of two new state housing programs, the Homes for Working Families Program and the New York State Low Income Housing Tax Credit. In 2005, advocacy efforts resulted in the Property Tax Assessment Reform Act, of particular importance upstate. And just this year, New York created the Rural and Urban Community Investment Fund, a program developed by NYSAFAH to support mixed use affordable housing projects in urban neighborhoods, and rural affordable housing built to the scale of smaller communities. Metropolitan Valuation Services participates as an Advisory Board member for NYSAFAH and is a supporter of its annual NYC Conference.
MORTGAGE BANKERS ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK
Since 1948, the Mortgage Bankers Association of New York continues to offer its members endless opportunities for networking and education. A broad spectrum of firms and individuals choose membership in the MBAofNY, including mortgage bankers and brokers, commercial and investment banks and other institutional lenders, title companies, attorneys, accountants, appraisers, environmental and construction advisory firms. The MBAofNY continues to be a great place for lenders, their clients and consultants to the industry to meet and share their collective knowledge of the business. Most senior staff and the firm's principals are members of the MBAofNY.