2008 April Minutes

Minutes of the Member Services Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
April 24, 2008

In attendance: Lisa Royea, John Bolduc, Debra Chamberlain, Carol Christiansen, Jon Peck, Vivian Torregrossa, and Donna Yother.
Absent: Sharon Craig, Jerome King, Dennis Palmer, and Leslie Robbins.

Lisa Royea called the meeting to order at 9:05 A.M.

Marvin Elbaum of the Strategic Planning Committee conducted a focus session that will be used to develop the 2008-9 Strategic Plan.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the March 27, 2008 minutes.

It was moved, seconded and carried to discuss the creation of a mentoring program at the next committee meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to provide free attendance at the next membership meeting for new REALTOR® and Affiliate members.

It was moved, seconded and carried to request that the Strategic Planning Committee include the following questions in the 2008 ECAR Membership Survey:

1. Affiliate membership in the Association is open to those individuals whose businesses are related to the real estate industry such as attorneys, mortgage lenders, home inspectors and other related professions. With respect to Affiliate members (Check all that apply)

I recommend that my clients use affiliate members for real estate related services
I did not know what an Affiliate member was before reading this survey.
My office displays the Affiliate Services Directory for customers
I am satisfied with the services our affiliates provide
I am unsatisfied with the services of some of our affiliates.
Affiliate members are more likely than non-affiliates to be up to date on matters that concern the real estate community.
I think affiliates provide better service than non-affiliates.
I do not encourage use of affiliates by my clients.
I choose service providers for my clients based solely on my personal relationships.
I am more likely to recommend a vendor who is an affiliate member of the Association.

2. With regard to the ECAR monthly membership meetings:

a. I have attended a membership meeting in the past year.
b. I have not attended a membership meeting in the past year.
c. I have not attended membership meetings because

3. What topics would attract you to membership meetings?

4. Which of the following member benefits that can be viewed on the web site at https://www.easternctrealtors.com/ECARMemberBenefits.htm are you familiar with? (Check all that apply)

American Automobile Association
BJ’s Wholesale Price Club
Calculated Industries
CDs-2-GO
ECAR REALTOR® Supply Store
ECAR Calc
ITema web sites for members
LLE Language Services
Medical Insurance Specialists, LLC
NAR Online Product Mall
RECampus.com
SAVA Insurance
Staples Business Advantage
A Taste of New England
Tech Hotline
None of these

5. What new service would you like to see added as a member benefit?___________________

It was moved, seconded and carried to authorize Jon Peck, Dennis Palmer and Vivian Torregrossa to expend up to$1,500 for the purchase of door prizes for Agent Appreciation for the June membership meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to add the Computaught Affiliate program to the shopping page on the ECAR web site.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Board of Directors approve the Carpet Man member benefit proposal with modification of the notification requirements.

The committee agreed to discuss a group event at a Mohegan Sun basketball game at the next meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 10:25 A.M.

The next meeting will be on May 29, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Political Action Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
April 23, 2008

In attendance: Robert Kimball, John Bolduc, Debra Chamberlain, Donata Delulio, and Paula Woodward.

Absent: Lora Merrill, Thomas Switz, John Vincent, Kathleen Prater, and Joseph Presslitz.

Robert Kimball called the meeting to order at 9:05 A.M.

It was agreed to approve the minutes of the March 19, 2008 meeting.

It was agreed to utilize the CAR RPAC Treasure Chest at the June membership meetings and to have CAR send letters to 2007 RPAC contributors who have not yet donated this year.

It was agreed to have the REALTORS® at the Capitol bus leave at 1:30 in order to give members time to have lunch and to visit legislator offices after the general meeting.

It was agreed to send thank you letters to those legislators who attended REALTORS® at the Capitol and to send letters to those who did not attend expressing our disappointment that we were unable to visit with them.

It was agreed to request that the Strategic Planning Committee include the following questions on the 2008 Membership Survey:

1. The REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) collects voluntary political contributions for the purpose of assisting real estate-supported candidates win election to federal, state and local office. If real estate is your profession, then politics is your business. Have you made a contribution to the REALTORS Political Action Committee (RPAC) in 2006 or 2007?

Yes
No

2. If your answer to the previous question was no (Please check all that apply.)

I do not know what RPAC is/does.
I am opposed to supporting a PAC.
I have never been asked but would give if I was asked.
I cannot afford at this time to make any financial commitment.

3. Which of the following legislative issues facing our industry concern you the most? Please rank

these from 1 to 5, with 1 being the most important and 5 being the least important.

Affordable housing for clients
Affordable health insurance for yourself and your family
Increasing real estate property taxes
Seller conveyance taxes
Buyer conveyance taxes
Banks entering the real estate profession without being governed by the same laws and licensing requirements that we must obey.

Zoning changes which serve to limit housing by increasing lot size and/or stringently governing "wetland" areas.

4. REALTORS® at the Capitol give ECAR members the opportunity to express their views on current state legislative issues every March and only takes ½ day of your time. Have you ever attended REALTORS® at the Capitol?

Yes
No, because ___________________________

The meeting adjourned at 10:25 A.M.

The next meeting will be on May 28, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Connecticut REALTORS® Information Service, Inc.
April 17, 2008

 

In attendance: Susan Barnhouser , John Bolduc, Bruce Brast, Frank Busch, Merry Cassabria, Debra Chamberlain, Carol Christiansen, Linda Davis, Heather Edge, Alvin Kinsall, Lora Merrill, Samantha Storey, Vivian Torregrossa, and Fran Waite.
Absent: Paul Ciccone, Cathy Duprey, Marilyn Lusher, and John Vincent.

President Susan Barnhouser called the meeting to order at 10:33 A.M.

CONSENT AGENDA: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the consent agenda which contained the following items:

Approval of the minutes of the March 20, 2008 ECRIS Board of Directors meeting.

Approval of the March 31, 2008 Financial Statements subject to audit.

CORRESPONDENCE:
PRESIDENT’S REPORT:
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT:
COMMITTEE REPORTS:
UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
NEW BUSINESS:
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:35 A.M.

The next scheduled meeting will be on May 22, 2008 at 9:00 A.M. at the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®.

Respectfully submitted: Debra Chamberlain, Secretary

In attendance: Lisa Royea, John Bolduc, Debra Chamberlain, Carol Christiansen, Jon Peck, Vivian Torregrossa, and Donna Yother.
Absent: Sharon Craig, Jerome King, Dennis Palmer, and Leslie Robbins.

Lisa Royea called the meeting to order at 9:05 A.M.

Marvin Elbaum of the Strategic Planning Committee conducted a focus session that will be used to develop the 2008-9 Strategic Plan.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the March 27, 2008 minutes.

It was moved, seconded and carried to discuss the creation of a mentoring program at the next committee meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to provide free attendance at the next membership meeting for new REALTOR® and Affiliate members.

It was moved, seconded and carried to request that the Strategic Planning Committee include the following questions in the 2008 ECAR Membership Survey:

1. Affiliate membership in the Association is open to those individuals whose businesses are related to the real estate industry such as attorneys, mortgage lenders, home inspectors and other related professions. With respect to Affiliate members (Check all that apply)

I recommend that my clients use affiliate members for real estate related services
I did not know what an Affiliate member was before reading this survey.
My office displays the Affiliate Services Directory for customers
I am satisfied with the services our affiliates provide
I am unsatisfied with the services of some of our affiliates.
Affiliate members are more likely than non-affiliates to be up to date on matters that concern the real estate community.
I think affiliates provide better service than non-affiliates.
I do not encourage use of affiliates by my clients.
I choose service providers for my clients based solely on my personal relationships.
I am more likely to recommend a vendor who is an affiliate member of the Association.

2. With regard to the ECAR monthly membership meetings:

a. I have attended a membership meeting in the past year.
b. I have not attended a membership meeting in the past year.
c. I have not attended membership meetings because

3. What topics would attract you to membership meetings?

4. Which of the following member benefits that can be viewed on the web site at https://www.easternctrealtors.com/ECARMemberBenefits.htm are you familiar with? (Check all that apply)

American Automobile Association
BJ’s Wholesale Price Club
Calculated Industries
CDs-2-GO
ECAR REALTOR® Supply Store
ECAR Calc
ITema web sites for members
LLE Language Services
Medical Insurance Specialists, LLC
NAR Online Product Mall
RECampus.com
SAVA Insurance
Staples Business Advantage
A Taste of New England
Tech Hotline
None of these

5. What new service would you like to see added as a member benefit?___________________

It was moved, seconded and carried to authorize Jon Peck, Dennis Palmer and Vivian Torregrossa to expend up to$1,500 for the purchase of door prizes for Agent Appreciation for the June membership meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to add the Computaught Affiliate program to the shopping page on the ECAR web site.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Board of Directors approve the Carpet Man member benefit proposal with modification of the notification requirements.

The committee agreed to discuss a group event at a Mohegan Sun basketball game at the next meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 10:25 A.M.

The next meeting will be on May 29, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Political Action Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
April 23, 2008

In attendance: Robert Kimball, John Bolduc, Debra Chamberlain, Donata Delulio, and Paula Woodward.

Absent: Lora Merrill, Thomas Switz, John Vincent, Kathleen Prater, and Joseph Presslitz.

Robert Kimball called the meeting to order at 9:05 A.M.

It was agreed to approve the minutes of the March 19, 2008 meeting.

It was agreed to utilize the CAR RPAC Treasure Chest at the June membership meetings and to have CAR send letters to 2007 RPAC contributors who have not yet donated this year.

It was agreed to have the REALTORS® at the Capitol bus leave at 1:30 in order to give members time to have lunch and to visit legislator offices after the general meeting.

It was agreed to send thank you letters to those legislators who attended REALTORS® at the Capitol and to send letters to those who did not attend expressing our disappointment that we were unable to visit with them.

It was agreed to request that the Strategic Planning Committee include the following questions on the 2008 Membership Survey:

1. The REALTORS® Political Action Committee (RPAC) collects voluntary political contributions for the purpose of assisting real estate-supported candidates win election to federal, state and local office. If real estate is your profession, then politics is your business. Have you made a contribution to the REALTORS Political Action Committee (RPAC) in 2006 or 2007?

Yes
No

2. If your answer to the previous question was no (Please check all that apply.)

I do not know what RPAC is/does.
I am opposed to supporting a PAC.
I have never been asked but would give if I was asked.
I cannot afford at this time to make any financial commitment.

3. Which of the following legislative issues facing our industry concern you the most? Please rank

these from 1 to 5, with 1 being the most important and 5 being the least important.

Affordable housing for clients
Affordable health insurance for yourself and your family
Increasing real estate property taxes
Seller conveyance taxes
Buyer conveyance taxes
Banks entering the real estate profession without being governed by the same laws and licensing requirements that we must obey.

Zoning changes which serve to limit housing by increasing lot size and/or stringently governing "wetland" areas.

4. REALTORS® at the Capitol give ECAR members the opportunity to express their views on current state legislative issues every March and only takes ½ day of your time. Have you ever attended REALTORS® at the Capitol?

Yes
No, because ___________________________

The meeting adjourned at 10:25 A.M.

The next meeting will be on May 28, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
April 17, 2008

In attendance: Susan Barnhouser , John Bolduc, Bruce Brast, Frank Busch, Merry Cassabria, Debra Chamberlain, Carol Christiansen, Linda Davis, Heather Edge, Alvin Kinsall, Lora Merrill, Samantha Storey, Vivian Torregrossa, and Fran Waite.

Absent: Paul Ciccone, Cathy Duprey, Marilyn Lusher, and John Vincent.

President Susan Barnhouser called the meeting to order at 9:01 A.M.

Robert Kimball conducted a focus session with the Board of Directors to collect information for the 2008-9 Strategic Plan.

CONSENT AGENDA: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the consent agenda which included:

Approval the minutes of the March 20, 2008 ECAR Board of Directors meeting.

Approval of the March 31, 2008 Financial Statements subject to audit.

Approval of the new REALTOR® Agencies and REALTOR® members.

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:
PRESIDENT ELECT’S REPORT:
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the expenditure of $3,000 for the Gold Sponsorship of the CAR Issues Advocacy Golf Tournament.

It was moved, seconded and carried to not require a termination letter from the Designated REALTOR® of the firm that a member is leaving in order to transfer to another firm.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:
MEMBER SERVICES COMMITTEE: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the Itema web site for members proposal as a member benefit.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS:
NEW BUSINESS:
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:31 A.M.

The next meeting will be on May 22, 2008 at 9:00 A.M. at the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®.

Respectfully submitted: Debra Chamberlain, Secretary


Minutes of the Strategic Planning Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
April 16, 2008

Present: Carol Christiansen, Ronald Bates, John Bolduc, Marvin Elbaum, Robert Kimball , Martha Parrette-Pray, Ludwig Pulaski, Masha Robarts, Lisa Royea, and Samantha Storey.
Absent: Bruce Brast, Marjorie Blizard, Edward Bowes, Quincy Clayton, Lora Merrill, Edward Mitchell, and Thomas Switz.

Carol Christiansen called the meeting to order at 9:07 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the July 6, 2007 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the Committee Expectation as presented.

It was moved, seconded and carried to use the committees
and the Board of Directors as focus groups for the development of the 2008-9 Strategic Plan.

It was moved, seconded and carried to ask the following questions to the focus groups in order to focus on trends, issues and challenges:

1. What is your vision of the real estate industry in the future?
2. What does the Association need to provide the members in order to meet that vision?
3. What is your biggest concern today regarding the real estate industry?
4. How would you improve the existing services that are offered by the Association?

The committee agreed that the focus group moderators will be as follows:

 

 

Focus Group Moderator

April 17, 2008, 9:00 A.M.

ECAR Board of Directors

Robert Kimball

April 21, 2008, 10:00 A.M.

Golf Committee

Carol Christiansen

April 23, 2008, 9:00 A.M.

Political Action Committee

Masha Robarts

April 24, 2008, 9:00 A.M.

Member Services Committee

Marvin Elbaum

May 1, 2008, 9:00 A.M.

Education Committee

Samantha Storey

May 6, 2008, 9:00 A.M.

Technology & MLS Committee

Lisa Royea

May 6, 2008, 1:00 P.M.

Community Relations Committee

Ludwig Pulaski

May 9, 2008, 9:00 A.M.

Housing Opportunity Committee

Ronald Bates

May 19, 2008, 10:00 A.M.

International Committee

Martha Parrette

May 19, 2008, 11:00 A.M.

Finance Committee

Martha Parrette

May 20, 2008, 9:00 A.M.

Forms Committee

Carol Christiansen

May 21, 2008, 9:00 A.M.

Grievance Committee

Masha Robarts

May 22, 2008, 8:30 A.M.

Affiliate General Meeting, Comfort Suites

Carol Christiansen

It was moved, seconded and carried to conduct the retreat during second or third week of July at the Riverhouse in Haddam, the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown or the Madison Beach Hotel in Madison.

The next meeting will be on May 28, 2008 at 9:30 A.M. at the Association office.

The meeting adjourned at 10:28 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Forms Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
April 15, 2008

In attendance: Frank Busch, Stefanie Bishop, Andrew Cellemme, Paul Higgins, Lucien Laliberty, Alan Messier, and Masha Robarts.
Absent: Valerie Votto.

Guest: Betsy Gibson.

Frank Busch called the meeting to order at 9:05 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the March 18, 2008 meeting.

It was moved and seconded to table paragraph 18B of the purchase and sale agreement.

The motion was withdrawn by the maker and the seconder.

It was moved, seconded and carried to request that the Strategic Planning Committee add the following question to the 2008 ECAR Membership Survey:

1. What changes should be made to the Hubbard clause to make it more effective?

It was moved, seconded and carried that the Forms Committee present the final, revised Purchase and Sale agreement to the Board of Directors, together with a statement outlining the intent and purposes of each revision and a strong recommendation that implementation of the revised agreement be postponed until such time as the membership is sufficiently educated as to the revisions and supporting rationale.

The meeting adjourned at 11:00 A.M.

The next meeting will be on May 20, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: Stefanie Bishop, MLS Coordinator


Minutes of the International Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
April 14, 2008

In attendance: Merry Cassabria, Ron Bates, John Bolduc, Thomas Cassabria, Deb Chamberlain, Bill Cheng, Sal Costanza, Donata Delulio, Lorelei Mitchell, Priscilla Shabarekh, Camille Taylor, and Patricia Williams Kelley.

Absent: Lea Borgne, Bruce Brast, Don Burbank, Tricia Cunningham, Vanessa Evans, Paula Hahn, Leann Souza, and Vivian Torregrossa.

Merry Cassabria called the meeting to order at 10:02 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the March 10, 2008 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to request that the Strategic Planning Committee include the following questions on the 2008 ECAR Membership Survey:

1. If the Certified International courses that led to earning the CIPS designation were held in a central Connecticut location at a total course cost of approximately $1,800, would you take the courses?

Yes      No

2. Do you speak or write a foreign language fluently? No

Specify language that you speak_______________

Specify language that you write________________

3. Have you used the Spanish and Chinese translations of the Purchase & Sale Agreement, the Buyer Representation Agreement, the Exclusive Listing Agreement, the Dual Agency Agreement and the Unrepresented Persons Disclosure form that are available on the Association Forms page on the Members Only side of the web site?

Yes      No
May use them in the future.

4. If the following international real estate course topics could be approved for continuing education credit, which would you like to see offered? (Check all that apply.)

currency exchange
immigration laws and the real estate transaction
cultural customs for Eastern Connecticut ethnic groups
tax rules for foreign investors.
none of these

5. What products and/or services can the ECAR International Committee provide to assist you in serving international clients? An international client is any foreign born individual that resides in this country or abroad.

The committee members agreed to bring four ideas to the next meeting for the creation of an event or events that would "take positive action in diverse communities" in order to apply for the NAR Diversity Grant Program.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:03 A.M.

The next meeting will be on May 19, 2008 at 10:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Finance Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
April 14, 2008

In attendance: Alvin Kinsall, Ronald Bates, John Bolduc, Linda Davis, Robert Kimball, Norm Krayem, Patricia Rodgers-Longo, Thomas Switz, John Vincent, and Gail Whitney.
Absent: Bruce Brast

Alvin Kinsall called the meeting to order at 9:00 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the March 10, 2008 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the March 31, 2008 ECAR Balance Sheet and Income Statement subject to audit.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the March 31, 2008 ECAR Charitable and Education Fund Balance Sheet and Income Statement subject to audit.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the March 31, 2008 ECRIS Balance Sheet and Income Statement subject to audit.

It was moved, seconded and carried to authorize the Executive Vice President to purchase two servers and three computers at a cost not to exceed $22,000.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Facilities Planning Task Force continue negotiations to share the cost of the construction of a bypass lane at 396 Salem Turnpike, Bozrah.

The meeting adjourned at 9:50 A.M.

The next meeting will on May 19, 2008 at 11:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Housing Opportunity Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
April 11, 2008

In attendance: Marjorie Blizard, John Bolduc, Stella Neves-Elbaum, and Judy Twitty

Absent: Jill Brennan, Bradford Collins, Philip Greene, Debra Gumbs, and Mary Nasi.

Marjorie Blizard called the meeting to order at 9:06 A.M.

It was agreed to approve the minutes of the March 14, 2008 meeting.

It was agreed to contact the governing bodies of New London and Killingly to make a Housing Opportunities presentation to the body.

It was agreed to send a letter to the Eastern, Norwich, Mystic and Northeast Chambers of Commerce requesting permission to make a Home From Work presentation to the Board of Directors.

It was agreed to request that the Strategic Planning Committee include the following questions in the 2008 ECAR Membership Survey.

1. The ECAR Home From Work program encourages employers to create an employer assisted housing benefit that could include homebuyer workshops, one on one counseling and/or financial incentives. Please check the statement that applies to you:

1. I have completed the ECAR Home From Work course
2. I have completed the ECAR Home From Work course and created a program with an employer
3. I am interested in taking the Home From Work course
4. I am not interested in taking the Home From Work course
5. I need more information about the Home From Work program


2. When you think of affordable housing, which of the following first comes to mind?

1. Section 8 housing
2. First time homebuyers
3. Elderly housing
4. Housing for working families
3. What can the ECAR Housing Opportunity Committee do the promote the creation of affordable housing?

It was agreed to work with Jane Dauphinais of the Southeastern Connecticut Housing Alliance to develop a 2009 seminar that would be eligible for the NAR Housing Opportunity Grant program.

The meeting adjourned at 10:10 A.M.

The next meeting will be on May 9, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Community Relations Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors®, Inc.
April 8, 2008

In attendance: Catherine Newlin, Cheryl Auerbach, Patrick Baxter, John Bolduc, Carol Christiansen, and Catherine Howard.
Absent: Tammy Boles-Senkewitcz, Joan Casey, Joy Fichera, Ellen Foley, Lainie Holder, Marilyn Lusher, Brooke Pickett, James Ryder, Samantha Storey, and Jacqueline Thurman.

Catherine Newlin called the meeting to order at 1:07 P.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the March 11, 2008 meeting.

Two $25 gift cards from Paul’s Pasta Shop and one $50 gift card from Ruby Tuesday were received for the Community Benefit raffle.

It was moved, seconded and carried to request that the Strategic Planning Committee add the following questions to the 2008 membership survey:

1. Why do you or do you not attend the Community Benefit Raffle and Bazaar that is held in December to raise funds for local charities? (This year the event will be at the Holiday Inn in Norwich on December 5.)

Networking
Support local charities
Win prizes
Don’t have the time
Inconvenient location
Too expensive
Other (specify)

2. Please provide suggestions of where the Community Relations Committee can participate in local community events or organizations.

3. Would your decision to attend the Community Benefit Raffle & Bazaar be affected by the time of year that it is held?
Yes No

4. During which three month period would you like the Community Benefit Raffle & Bazaar to be held?
a. January – March
b. April – June
c. July – September
d. October – December
e. You may also suggest a specific month._________________

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 1:38 P.M.

The next meeting will be on April 8, 2008 at 1:00 P.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Technology & MLS Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
April 8, 2008

In attendance: Marvin Elbaum, Ronald Bates, John Bolduc, Frank Busch, Patricia Erricson, Eric Greenstein, Paul Higgins, Lucien Laliberty, Masha Robarts, Daniel Sperduto, and Fran Waite.
Absent: Sandra Thompson.

Marvin Elbaum called the meeting to order at 9:03 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the March 11, 2008 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Connecticut Multiple Listing Service allow listings to remain active with the fact that a Hubbard clause exists included in agent remarks.

It was moved, seconded and carried to add appropriate Home Review banners to the public and member sides of the web site and promote Home Review at membership meetings and through ECAR Updates.

It was moved, seconded and carried to request that the Strategic Planning Committee add the following questions to the 2008 ECAR membership survey:

1. What do you use the Association’s web site, easternctrealtors.com, Members Only Side for? (Please check all that apply.)

I’ve never used it
Calendar of Events
Shopping Online
Forms
Links to CAR, NAR
MLS Information
ECAR & ECRIS Information
Home Review information
Technology
Member Benefits
Government Affairs Page
International Page
REALTOR® Organizations
Continuing Education Requirements
ECAR Speaker’s Bureau
Helpful Information Such As Muncipality Websites and Assessment Data, Mill Rates Etc.

2. The Association is always looking for content areas that serve your needs. Please provide additional content suggestions for the Members Only side of the web site.

3. Please rank your level of expertise in the use of technology using a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being unfamiliar with technology and 5 being expert.

4. Have you visited CTReal.com, the CTMLS public web site on which you can search for properties?
Yes No

5. If the answer to #4 is yes, how do you rate the site’s ease of use?

6. 5. If the answer to #4 is yes, how do you rate the site’s content?

It was moved, seconded and carried to distribute the conduit.com toolbar to the membership using updated site links that include CTReal.com, Forms, NAR, CAR, CTMLS Corporate, and Home Review and deleting the scrolling banner and selected site links.

The meeting adjourned at 10:54 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Connecticut Multiple Listing Service add fields for Above Grade Living SF and Below Grade Living SF to Condos, Residential, and Multifamily.

The meeting adjourned at 11:10 A.M.

The next meeting will be on May 6, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Education Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
April 3, 2008

In attendance: Paul Ciccone, Ronald Bates, John Bolduc, Don Burbank, Joan Clark, Heather Edge, Patricia Erricson, Nancy Gordon, Evelynn Lyons, Alan Messier, Lorelei Mitchell, Cathy Newlin, Kathryn O’Leary, Joanne Pendleton, Doryann Plante, Edward Siciliano, Valerie Votto.
Absent: Marjorie Gatheral, Anne Burtch, Ruth Butler, Kip Davis, Brad Favreau, Nicholas Gumprecht, Lora Merrill, Candace Porter, Masha Robarts.

Paul Ciccone called the meeting to order at 9:00 A.M.
It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the February 28, 2008 meeting.

 

It was moved, seconded and carried to hold the 2nd Annual Education Fair & Trade show on October, 15, 2008 or October 22, 2008 (if the 15th is not available) at the Holiday Inn.

It was moved, seconded and carried to arrange the evening continuing education schedule in order to eliminate the need to construct a bypass lane for the proposed ECAR headquarters on Salem Turnpike in Bozrah.

It was moved, seconded and carried to encourage the Member Services Committee to include the "Compu – Taught" link as a benefit. There was 1 abstention.

It was moved, seconded and carried to offer the CRS Internet Marketing Courses on the ECAR website.

The meeting adjourned at 10:30 A.M.
Next Meeting: May 1, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: Kathryn O’Learym Education Coordinator