February 10, 2021

Michael Ball of PNC Institutional Asset Management presented an overview of the Association’s investment portfolio for 2020.

Upon motion by Tom Weik, second by Ferne Silberman, the minutes of the January 13, 2021 Directors’ Meeting were approved.

Ferne Silberman presented the Banquet Task Force report and the recommendation to change the event to a luncheon program. Upon motion by Corinn Kirchner, second by Wendy Stauffer, the Directors approved this recommendation. The Task Force will continue its efforts with additional modifications to this event.

The Directors received information from Bright MLS on the reestablished 2021 Commercial Workgroup to build on the base developed prior to the COVID-19 hiatus. The Directors discussed at length Zillow’s decision to use brokerage operations in all 50 states including participation in NAR and regional MLSs. Accordingly, Zillow has discontinued its syndication feed and switched to the MLS-sourced IDX feeds.

NOTE:  Subsequent to the Directors’ Meeting, Bright announced Zillow’s agreement to acquire ShowingTime showing service. Bright is holding a series of Zoom meetings with its shareholder Association Executives to determine potential alternatives.

The Outing Task Force has scheduled the 2021 Golf Outing for Thursday, September 2, 2021 at Meadia Heights Golf Club and will again offer a morning outing.

The Bylaws Committee reported it has developed several recommendations that are being held in abeyance pending completion of the Committee’s task.

The Communications Committee reported meeting but required no action.

The Community Partnerships Committee continues its efforts for a 2021 fundraiser despite not having a firm decision as to whether they will hold an in-person dinner pending COVID-19 restrictions.

The Government Affairs Committee held a Zoom meeting with Senator Martin who discussed the legislative landscape for the 2021-2022 session of Pennsylvania’s General Assembly. Topics included property tax reform, emergency powers of legislation, Pennsylvania’s budget deficit, election integrity and first-time home buyer legislation.

LCAR-PAC Trustees have scheduled the Griest Building Reception for Thursday, September 9, 2021, pending COVID-19 restrictions. The Trustees also indicated their support of the candidacy of Glenn Yoder for Supervisor of East Earl Township.

The Directors reviewed membership statistics, and staff presented the new member applications indicating that they have all been completed in full with everyone applying for an appropriate classification of membership. Upon motion by Joe Younger, second by Glenn Yoder, the Directors approved the new members.

The Association’s Treasurer’s Report and the Real Estate School Report were reviewed; and upon motion by Glenn Yoder, second by Ferne Silberman, they were accepted.

Upon review of dues collection results for 2021 and upon motion by Glenn Yoder, second by Logan Hutton, the Directors authorized that all dues must be paid on or before March 15, 2021 or membership will be terminated. Rejoining will require payment of the current reinstatement fee.

The Directors received communication from NAR regarding completion of NAR’s Code of Ethics “Cycle 6” on or before December 31, 2021. In addition, the Directors reviewed EDC’s Summary of Lancaster County’s Economic Recovery Activity.

The Directors reviewed the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s 2021-2022 Budget, NAR’s decision to hold this year’s Legislative Meetings virtually, further communication regarding NAR’s Code of Ethics revisions to Article 10-5, information regarding the COVID-19 relief legislation recently signed which allows renters and housing providers access to immediate support, the Department of Labor’s issuance of the final independent contractor rule and the extension of the eviction and foreclosure moratorium until March 31, 2021.

The Directors reviewed President Biden’s executive order directing all federal agencies to examine previous agency actions and to promulgate new actions to ensure statutes prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation.

The Directors also received communication from PAR regarding Realtors’ support of House Bill 523: Private Road Act and the presentation of the 2020 RPAC Awards — noting that LCAR was honored as one of the most improved Associations for member participation.

The Directors received a White Paper by Daniel Greenfield regarding NAR’s Article 10-5 of the Code of Ethics. Additionally, the Directors reviewed Jay Thompson’s White Paper regarding Zillow’s decision to drop its syndication feed and switch to an IDX feed now that it is licensed in all 50 states.

Tom Blefko indicated he will prepare a YouTube video on market statistics through January for the members to review. Tom also indicated he hopes to interview each of the Directors to keep members informed of their representatives.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

NOTE:  These minutes have not yet been approved by the LCAR Directors; corrections will follow, if necessary.

Lancaster County Association of Realtors®

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