Minutes in Brief
September 9, 2020
Representative Mike Sturla addressed the Directors and members of the Government Affairs Committee regarding the Governor’s Shutdown Order and its impact on the Real Estate Industry. Numerous questions from the group received mostly “political” answers and very little clarification as to the rationale for determining that Real Estate was not essential.
Upon motion by Tom Weik, second by Richard Boas, Jr., the minutes of the August 12, 2020 Directors’ Meeting were approved.
The Directors reviewed the Weekly Market Trends report provided by Bright MLS which shows the impact on Real Estate in Pennsylvania during the COVID-19 shutdown. The Directors also received updates from Bright including the terminology change of “Master” bedroom/bathroom to “Primary” bedroom/bathroom, as well as updates to the Search and Listing Management programs regarding Agent and Client “Custom Tabs”. Building “Name Options” and “Business Opportunity” searches were also reviewed.
Tom Blefko reported on his discussion with Doug Foltz, one of LCAR’s representatives to the Bright Board, regarding the “marketing” of auction properties. It was recommended that a letter be sent to the Bright Board of Directors requesting a review of the “problems” related to the current procedures and the impact it has on potential buyers. The recommendation should include the possibility of creating a separate category for auction listings.
The Outing Task Force reported that the Annual Golf Outing was successful; however, due to the streamlined format because of COVID-19, the Outing created a surplus of only $21.30.
The Communications Committee reported meeting but required no action.
The Directors reviewed a draft 2021 Nominations Report for distribution to the membership in lieu of presenting the report at a third quarter membership meeting. The Directors approved the draft and requested that staff determine the distribution date.
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 Tom Blefko, second by Cal Yoder, the Directors approved the new members.
The Association’s Treasurer’s Report and Real Estate School Report were reviewed; and upon motion by Richard Boas, Jr., second by Joe Younger, they were accepted. After a request by the Directors at the August meeting regarding “classroom” instruction versus “online” courses between 2018 – 2020, the Directors were informed that 75 percent of students who registered during that period took classroom instruction.
The Directors received communication regarding the TL Campaign effort to raise money through solicitation of individual donations and/or offices’ “in-house” fundraisers. Individuals who donate money to the Campaign will be entered into a drawing for various prizes. Current contributions total $4,000.
The Directors reviewed communications from NAR regarding its efforts to permanently resolve the National Flood Insurance Program which is due to expire September 20, 2020. The report also included an article regarding strong July home sales showing that recovery appears to be “sticking” in the short term.
The Directors also received information regarding the Realtors Relief Foundation and its efforts to help disaster victims with temporary housing assistance. After discussion the Directors deferred the topic for further review at the next meeting.
The Directors received communication from Hank Lerner, PAR’s Legal Counsel, with information on how to reactivate an expired license if any members failed to renew by the August 29th deadline. It was noted that if a license has expired, individuals cannot practice real estate. Reactivation must be completed through the PALS website.
The Directors reviewed information from the WAV Group regarding the Broker Public Portal movement expanding with deeper integration of Homesnap with MLS systems nationwide.
The Directors received a revised Supra Proposal. After review, discussion and noting that a Zoom meeting is scheduled with Supra within the next week, The Directors decided to defer making any decision until the October meeting.
The Directors were informed that the revised Seller Property Disclosure statement will not be available until 2021.
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.