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May 24, 2018 CEO Reports

DavidFreitagSpring has finally arrived, and I hope that all of our members are busy listing and showing properties to clients. At the Board, we are working on planning for our summer activities. I will give you a brief overview of some the events and meeting that we are coming.

From May 14th thru the 18th, I attended the 2018 NAR Spring Legislative meetings in Washington D.C. The Federal Legislative & Political Forum was the opening session. This forum provides a preview of significant issues confronting the real estate industry.

 William Brock Long, Administrator of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), was the first speaker. His remarks covered a broad range of disaster and emergency management topics -- from the National Flood Insurance Reauthorization to Federal Disaster Relief, Rebuilding Assistance and Mitigation in the aftermath of the record-breaking 2017 hurricane season.

 Trish Regan, of FOX Business Network, gave her views on the business and stock market climate of the country since President Trump has been in office. She began her remarks with an overview of the 2016 election. Ms. Regan shared the media was told that Hillary was going to win and that the networks would be calling the results by 9 p.m. Her opinion is that the rise in the stock market has been because of the shifting of portfolios due to the pro-business attitude of the administration. She then took questions and answered from the audience.

I along with MLS Chair Sara Riesen met with Rapattoni to go over our system with Staff. One change that we discussed was the device limit on user accounts, and we were able to increase that from 2 to 5 devices per user account. With the increased use of mobile technology, this should be a help to our members.

The Federal Priority Issues Briefing was held on Wednesday before our Capitol Hill visits. NAR Chief Lobbyist Jerry Giovaniello (who announced he would retire at the end of this year) and NAR government affairs staff, brief the members in attendance in preparation to swarm Capitol Hill.

The Federal Priority Issues on our 2018 Talking Points include:

1.Net Neutrality

2.Flood Insurance Renewal

3.Tax Policy

4.Equal Access to Housing Opportunities.

While these are the primary issues, many others were discussed in the briefing. Also, and lastly, the printed Talking Points documents were distributed to the members heading to meet their members of Congress and their staff.

At the beginning of the opening general session, 2014 NAR President Steve Brown credited the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), which is an African-American real estate trade organization with leading the charge for fair housing, when NAR was opposed to it in the 1960s.  Said Brown, “Because of NAREB, our hearts and eyes were opened on the issue of fair housing.”  He added, “Not only is it good business; it’s the right thing to do.”

HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson commented that “We need to make sure we learn from the past, so we don’t repeat those mistakes.” Discussing the present day issue of sexual harassment, Dr. Carson spoke about work to protect those who are sometimes forced to endure sexual harassment as part of obtaining housing.  Carson said, “In today’s society, no one should ever have to make the choice between having a roof over their head or tolerating harassment.”

Our Hill visit schedule was as follows;

Wednesday, May 16th

Congressman Bob Gibbs, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Senator Sherrod Brown, Senator Rob Portman, and Congressman Bob Latta

Thursday, May 17th

Congressman Jim Jordan

Due to scheduling conflicts, we had to move our meeting with Congressman Gibbs to Thursday afternoon.

We were able to meet with all of our legislators except Congresswoman Kaptur, but we did meet with her lead staff person.

Friday I attended the MLS roundtables and was able to share ideas with other MLS administrators.

NAR REALTOR Legislative Meetings – Update

  • • Dues increase of $30 was passed by NAR Board of Directors. NAR 2019 dues will be $150 plus the $35 public awareness assessment for a total of $185.
  • • The proposed 2.5% automatic increase in dues each year beginning in 2020 was removed from the proposal at this time.
  • • The Directors approved NAR obtaining a $38.5 million construction loan and a $15 million revolving line of credit to fund a 10-year Master Vision Plan to renovate the Chicago headquarters building.
  • • Charlie Oppler from New Jersey was elected NAR First Vice President winning over Sherry Meadows from Florida by nine votes.
  • • The California Association will receive Legal Action funding of up to $340,000 in the California Association vs. PDFfiller lawsuit for legal fees and expenses. CAR sued PDFfiller for copyright infringement based on the fact that PDFfiller’s website includes CAR’s copyrighted real estate transaction forms without CAR’s authorization.
  • • The Arizona Association will receive a $2 million grant to assist in their campaign to pass a constitutional amendment that would preclude the eventual imposition of a new sales tax on real estate services. The Oregon Association will receive a $1 million grant to fight a similar issue.
  • • Changes to MLS Policy 7.33 and 7.43 were approved by the Directors. This change provides for commercial members who participate in a Commercial Information Exchange (CIE) the no-cost waiver option that ioffereded to other participants under the new MLS of Choice policy.

Section 9- Enforcement of Rules or Disputes and Section 11- Ownership of MLS Compilation and Copyright of the Model MLS Rules and Regulations were modified.  Additional language added to Section 9 states that by becoming and remaining a participant, they agree to be subject to the rules and regulations and enforcement are at the sole discretion of the Committee (Board of Directors).  Additional language was added regarding complaints of Unauthorized Use of Listing Content.    This new language will be uploaded into My Committee separately. All MLS Rules and Regs should be updated to include this new language.

  • • Professional Standards changes-Effective January 1, 2019 - The Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual will be updated to clarify the role of the respondent’s Broker in Section 13(d) of the manual.

Policy Statement 45 will be amended to give Associations two options if they choose, to publish the names of Code of Ethics violators.

 Section 23 (j) and (n) Action of the Board of Directors will be amended to include the options created if a Board chooses to publish the names of COE violators.

Standards of Practice 1-7 will be amended as follows with the additional instruction and requirement that:

“Upon the written request of a cooperating broker who submits an offer to the listing broker, the listing broker shall provide a written affirmation to the cooperating broker stating that the offer has been submitted to the seller/landlord, or a written notification that the seller/landlord has waived the obligation to have the offer presented”

Six Case Interpretations will be modernized and enhanced:

Case #5-1, Case #11-11, Case #14-2, Case #15-2, Case #16-9 and Case #16-10

  • • NAR has made available Association Jurisdictional Boundaries Mapping software can be found at The software will display the congressional district, state Senate district and state house district along with the association which has jurisdiction in these districts.

In conclusion, these are just some of the significant discussion and actions that were taken at the NAR Legislative meeting.

Respectfully submitted,

David W Freitag RCE, CEO

March 12, 2018 CEO Report

CEO Report to Board

DavidFreitagWow, we are already in the middle of March! It is hard to believe that we will soon be in Columbus for the spring legislative meetings. I will attempt to recap the sessions that we have had in the past month.
On February 16th several members of the legislative committee meet with State Repersentivies Steve Arndt and Dick Stein to discuss our Boards position on House Bill 211, the Home Inspection Bill. The meetings went well, and we were able to get the commitment of support from both of the Representatives on the bill. I am happy to report that the House Economic Development, Commerce, and Labor Committee reported out to the full house, HB211 which creates the Ohio Home Inspector Board and requires licensure of home inspectors. We will continue report on the progress on the bill as it works its way through the House. If passed by the full House it will then move to the Senate.

On February 19th I had a luncheon meeting with Ed Dolinsky,Kristine Burdick, and Jeff Russell. Also attending from our Board was Steve Mack and DJ Swearingen. They are on the NORMALS Board of Governors and wanted to inform us of the changes at NORMALS. CHRIS MLS has merged with NORMALS, and they now are looking to see if they could become our MLS provider. We told them we would report to our Directors and follow up if we wanted any further information.

Our Professional Standards training class was held on February 21st at our Board Office. We had excellent attendance at this training.
On February 23rd I attended an RPAC Programs Task Force Meeting for the Ohio REALTORS in Columbus. The purpose of the RPAC Task Force would be to review: Ohio REALTORS per member goal and its effect on the Local Board Entitlement Program, Recognition Levels, and all RPAC State Awards programs (100% of Goal and Category Awards). It has been many years since the Per Member Goal, Recognition Levels and the RPAC Awards have been reviewed. There have been many changes in Ohio’s Local Boards/Associations that necessitate a review of these issues. Also, with changes in NAR’s calculation of percent participation by state associations, leadership believes serious consideration needs to be given to changing our per member RPAC goals.

The group had Discussion on the following topics;
• Currently, the Ohio per member goal is $10 per member
• NAR does not recognize PAC participation until a member contributes $15

This creates a Conflict because a board could have full member participation according to Ohio but not NAR minimums. By not suggesting a minimum contribution that is recognized by NAR as participating, Ohio does not get credit for those opting only to give $10.

Some other items for consideration:
• Should Ohio increase the per member amount to $15, bringing our minimum contribution in line with what NAR recognizes as participation?
• Would raising the per member share to $15 increase Ohio’s overall participation rating?
• Increasing the per member amount will impact how board entitlement dollars are calculated
I attended the 2018 Presidents Circle Conference from March 1st thru March 4. The President’s Circle is a group of REALTORS who contribute directly to REALTOR-friendly candidates at the federal level. Political Action Committees, like RPAC, can only legally contribute $10,000 per election cycle to a congressional candidate. The President’s Circle Program supports REALTOR Champions—members of Congress who have made significant achievements in advancing the REALTOR public policy agenda. The President’s Circle Program allows REALTORS to contribute beyond RPAC dollars and increase the strength of the REALTOR's voice on Capitol Hill. This is an annual event and Ohio had 25 members who were President Circle members in 2017.
On March 7th we held training for RPR at the Board office in three sessions, and we received great reviews on this program.
On the 14th we held New Member training for agents that have recently joined our Board. We have sent out invitations to our State officials for our dinner in Columbus scheduled for April 10th at Tony’s at the corner of Beck and High Streets.

Respectfully submitted,

David W Freitag RCE, CEO

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