The last month has a busy time at the Association with events, committee meetings and travel to both OAR, and NAR meetings.
On April the 26th MLS chair Scott Myers, Connie and I meet with representatives from Zillow to bring us up-to-date on RETSLY which is in essence their version of ListHub. They are trying to get MLS’s to allow them a feed to establish their product. UPSTREEM, AMP, RETSLY, and TRESTLE are all topics that we will need to become more educated on in the next few months.
The Charitable Foundation held its first fundraising event on April 27 and they were able to collect over $6000 in donations. The entire event was a success with a larger than expected attendance. The inclusion of local chef’s to be the judges was well received. The foundation is on its way to making money for their endeavors.
On May 3rd thru 5th I attended OAR’s Mediation Training Seminar along with Tammy Steinle held in Columbus. The instructor for this class was Bruce Aydt, who helped establish NAR’s program. This class fulfills NAR’s requirement to be able for local Boards to offer Mediation to its members.
From May 9th thru the 13th I attended NAR’s Mid-Year and Legislative meetings in Washington, D.C. The week was filled with meetings, hill visits, and roundtable discussion groups. The meetings that I attended are as follows;
- Congressional Impact and the 2016 Elections and Political forum
- CMLS Brings it to the Table
- Federal Priority Issues Briefing
- The Race for the White House
- Hill Visits with Bob Gibbs, Bob Latta, Jim Jordan
- State of Ohio meeting with Senators Brown and Portman
- MLS Policy & Listing Issues
- FAOR meeting with Rapattoni
- Supra Information meeting
- Association Management Roundtable
- Met with RPR to discuss data issues
- The board kept NAR dues at $120 for 2017, and approved a three-year extension of the $35 special assessment that funds the consumer advertising campaign, and approved creation of a uniform communications platform for NAR's committees, advisory boards, and forums.
- Engage in at least two activities per year that demonstrate how the association is the “Voice for Real Estate" in its market, and at
- least two activities demonstrating the association’s investment in the community.
- Require six hours of professional development for volunteers who carry out responsibilities that would otherwise be handled by paid staff.
- Offer, promote, or provide at least one professional development opportunity for members every year.
- Annually certify that they have conducted an activity promoting REALTOR® safety.
- Provide resources for or access to leadership development education or training for their elected REALTOR® leaders, and document those resources.
- Include a voluntary political action committee or political advocacy fund contribution on their dues statements, unless prohibited by law.
- The board decided to transition to a calendar-year compliance cycle for the standards. As a result, the next compliance cycle will last 18 months, from July 1, 2016, through Dec. 31, 2017. Watch for a complete list of updates at REALTOR.org’s Core Standards page.
The NAR policy changes that were passed are as follows;
Core Standards, among other changes, for the compliance cycle starting July 1, 2016, associations must do the following:
With concerns growing over copyright infringement, the board approved changes to the Handbook on Multiple Listing Policy to reflect the importance of MLS users granting the MLS the licenses necessary to store, reproduce, compile and distribute listing information. In addition, the board is taking steps to increase cooperation and information sharing between NAR and the Council of Multiple Listing Services, a professional trade organization for multiple listing services.
Once again our leadership team did a great job of delivering our legislative concerns with our Federal Officials. We have many challenges ahead as the MLS data wars continue. I will continue to research and use our membership in CMLS to keep the Directors informed of the changes we will face for our MLS.
David W Freitag RCE, CEO
Firelands Association of Realtors®
2710 Campbell Street ~ Sandusky, Ohio 44870
Phone 419.625.5787 | 419.625.3802 | Fax 419.625.3442
www.firelandsmls.com | www.faor.com
Sara Riesen, President 2016 David W. Freitag, RCE, CEO
As part of our MLS continued efforts to ensure the security and relevance of your listings information the Board of Directors voted to institute a new policy in regards to RETS/IDX feed set up and annual maintenance. This change will be two fold; first we will require a charge of $50 for any new RETS/IDX feeds; Second there will be an annual maintenance and review of all your office feeds that for a total annual $100 total fee. Any IDX feeds that go through the Listings Syndication Manager are at no charge to the office and will not be required to be reported on this form.
The Board felt strongly that the fee structure would be held to a minimum and the amount is an attempt to help absorb some of the actual cost required to set up and maintain these feeds. When filling out your annual form, please take time to ensure that all outgoing feeds are still attached to an actual vendor that you are still doing business with.
Again, thank you for your understanding. Our main goal is to ensure that the MLS provides relevant, fresh, clean and safe data. As technology continues to evolve we are working hard to ensure that our data remains accurate and safe. Your cooperation and membership is greatly appreciated.
CEO Report to Board
The New Year has arrived and we have been busy with planning the calendar of events for 2016. President Sara has I have already started to visit our member's offices and we plan on taking 2 days each month on these visits. Our first visits were in Tiffin and we plan on moving to Fremont next. We also are planning on visiting affiliate member's locations this year.
Our Christmas party at Camden Falls was a great success. The attendance was over 100 and we were able to see members who have not attended the party in the past. The party for this year is going to be held at the Port Clinton Yacht Club.
The OAR winter conference was held from January 16th – 19th at the Easton Hilton. We had 8 members in attendance along with me and our Attorney. This year I am serving as the Chairman of the OAR Association Executives committee. As chairman I requested that our attorney handle the education program at this meeting. D.J. prepared a class on professional standards and it was very well received. I have had many compliments on his program, and I thank him for his hard work on this class.
For 2016 the focus is still on NAR Core Standards and raising the professional standards of our members. At OAR there was a mock commission dispute, and a mock Real Estate Commission hearing with the entire Ohio Commission present. I am happy to report that our Professional Standards process is one of the best in the State.
The AE committee also had a presentation form REALTOR.com on agent rankings and reviews. All brokers need to make sure that their agents sign in to claim and update their profile data. This profile is a no cost to our members, and should be encouraged by all Brokers. This will be a focus of advertising for 2016 from REALTOR.com this year.
There is a task force working at OAR on reducing the amount of State meetings down to two. The idea is to do away with the January meeting and to add time to the April legislative meetings and the Convention.
In other news, we received word from IRS that our Foundation has been granted tax exempt status. The next step is for the Directors to establish a board to oversee this endeavor. This was a long process to get to this point and now we should be ready to take advantage of additional donation possibilities.
We finished 2015 with a profit before depreciation and we were just over our budgeted revenue. We have already collected receivables from our members from unpaid 2015 items, and we have reduced our overall past due accounts.
Many of our Committees have not yet met, and our annual planning workshop will be held after the Directors meeting on the 21st of January. The goal of this day is to set goals for the committees to work on this year.
David W Freitag RCE, CEO
We are pleased to announce that we are now exempt under IRC Section 501 (c) (3) as a public charity. Donors may now deduct contributions they make to this fund please make any donation checks payable to the Firelands Association of of REALTORS Charitable Foundation.
This new entity will be our charity arm and how we collect any funds for future charitable events. If making a donation to the Ottawa County Charitable Trust please make a memo note that you want the money to go towards that account.
This also meets one of Core Standards Requirements and puts up in full complaince with all federal and state laws.