2008 February Minutes

Minutes of the Education Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
February 28, 2008

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

Paul Ciccone called the meeting to order at 9:02 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the January 31, 2008 meeting with one abstention.

The meeting adjourned at 10:15 A.M.
Next Meeting: April 3, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: Kathryn O’Leary, Education Coordinator

 


Minutes of the Member Services Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
February 28, 2008

 

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

Lisa Royea called the meeting to order at 9:07 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the January 11, 2008 minutes.

It was moved, seconded and carried to request that Sean Biggins be the April Membership meeting speaker and in the event that he cannot Vivian Torregrossa will obtain a motivational speaker for April.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Board of Directors approve the LLE member benefit.

It was moved, seconded and carried to participate in the NAR Membership Reference Guide at a cost of $50.

It was moved, seconded and carried to develop a Seller radio ad for April that will focus on pricing, making improvements, staging and curb appeal.

The meeting adjourned at 10:05 A.M.
The next meeting will be on March 27, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Member Services Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
February 28, 2008

 

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

Lisa Royea called the meeting to order at 9:07 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the January 11, 2008 minutes.

It was moved, seconded and carried to request that Sean Biggins be the April Membership meeting speaker and in the event that he cannot Vivian Torregrossa will obtain a motivational speaker for April.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Board of Directors approve the LLE member benefit.

It was moved, seconded and carried to participate in the NAR Membership Reference Guide at a cost of $50.

It was moved, seconded and carried to develop a Seller radio ad for April that will focus on pricing, making improvements, staging and curb appeal.

The meeting adjourned at 10:05 A.M.
The next meeting will be on March 27, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Connecticut REALTORS® Information Service, Inc.
February 21, 2008

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

President Susan Barnhouser called the meeting to order at 10:22 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 January 17, 2008 ECRIS Board of Directors meeting.

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

CORRESPONDENCE:
PRESIDENT’S REPORT:
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT: It was moved, seconded and carried to deny Triandafilos Tsouridis’ request to waive the $150 lost key fee.

It was moved, seconded and carried to deny William Rios’ request to waive the $150 lost key fee.

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 March 20, 2008 at 9:00 A.M. at the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®.

Respectfully submitted: Debra Chamberlain, Secretary


Minutes of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
February 21, 2008

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

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

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

Approval the minutes of the January 17, 2008 ECAR Board of Directors meeting.

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

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

PRESIDENT’S REPORT:
PRESIDENT ELECT’S REPORT:
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT’S REPORT: It was moved, seconded and carried to terminate ECAR membership for those REALTORS® and Affiliates who have not paid their dues by March 1, 2008.

It was moved, seconded and carried to donate $1,000 to the Gates Scholarship Fund.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:

FORMS COMMITTEE: It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the following changes to the Purchase & Sale Agreement and implement the changes once the Forms Committee has completed an entire review of the Purchase & Sale Agreement

6. INSPECTION EXAMINATION OF PREMISES: The Buyer represents that the Buyer has examined said property, including fixtures and personal property which convey, and is satisfied with the physical condition thereof, subject to any additional provisions and/or any inspections/tests made a part of this Agreement. Buyer further agrees neither Seller nor Seller’s agent have made any representations or promises other than those expressly stated herein, upon which Buyer has relied in making the Agreement. The property and improvements are to be conveyed in their present condition, subject to reasonable wear and use, as they are on the date of this Agreement. The Seller does not warrant and is not required to repair cosmetic conditions. The grounds shall be maintained by the Seller until the day of closing. The Buyer has the right to make a final walk-through inspection examination of the premises prior to the closing  to verify that the Seller has made any repairs required by this Agreement, that the property is in the same condition as it was at the signing of this agreement and that Seller has met the contractual obligations. If  Buyer fails to conduct this walk-through inspection examination, Seller’s repair and maintenance obligations will be deemed satisfied.  The Seller will provide access and working utilities for Buyer’s inspections/tests made a part of this Agreement final walk-through examination. In the event the Seller has not furnished Buyer with the Property Condition disclosure form required by P.A. 95-311 prior to the Buyer’s execution of this Agreement, Seller shall give and Buyer shall receive a credit of $300 off of the purchase price at closing.

8. ADJUSTMENTS: Unless otherwise stated in this Agreement, all adjustments of taxes, water, sewer, interest, condominium fees, rents, fuel, etc., will be made on the day of closing in accordance with the Residential Real Estate Closing Customs as promulgated by the Bar Association (if any), as amended, of the County in which the property is located.

17.  INSPECTION SECTION: (Buyer must initial yes or no for each inspection) In the event the Buyer does not perform any of the inspections indicated, by the indicated completion date, then such inspections are waived and no longer a contingency in this Agreement. The Seller will provide access and working utilities for Buyer’s inspections/tests.

 

18.        REMEDY CLAUSES FOR INSPECTION(S) FOR A-H ABOVE

 

A. If an inspection/test indicates fault, defect, or damage is unacceptable to the Buyer according to the criteria identified in each inspection clause, then the Buyer shall request that the Seller complete certain repairs to correct the fault(s), defect(s), damage(s), or safety issue(s) in order to continue with the purchase by giveing the Seller and/or Seller’s Broker(s) written notice within five (5) days of the completion date unless the written report is received sooner, in which case the written notice must be within five (5) days of the Buyer’s receipt of said report. The written notice shall clearly state the reason(s) that the inspection/test is unacceptable and shall include a copy of the inspection/test report. Failure of Buyer to provide written notice of an unacceptable inspection/test shall void any right of Buyer to terminate this Agreement. If Buyer provides written notice of such an unacceptable inspection/test, the Seller shall have five (5) days to inform Buyer that they are unwilling or unable to correct the unacceptable condition(s) at Seller expense. If the Seller fails to respond or Buyer and Seller cannot agree on correcting the unacceptable condition(s), the Buyer shall have the option  to terminate this Agreement by giving written notice to the Seller and/or Seller’s Broker, in which case, all sums paid on account of the purchase price shall be returned to the Buyer. If the Seller fails to respond to Buyer in writing within five (5) days or if Buyer and Seller cannot agree on correcting the unacceptable condition(s) within five (5) days of Seller’s written response to Buyer, either party shall have the option to terminate this Agreement by giving written notice to the other party, in which case all sums paid on account of the purchase price shall be returned to the Buyer.

or

 

B. If, for any reason, the Buyer is not satisfied with the results of an inspection/test, this Agreement may be terminated by the Buyer, at the Buyer’s election, without legal or equitable recourse to either party, the parties thereby releasing each other from all liability under this Agreement, and all sums paid on account of the purchase price shall be returned to the Buyer, provided however, that the Buyer shall have notified the Seller, in writing, within 5 days of the completion date(s) specified in 17 A-H, of the Buyer’s intention to so terminate. If such notice is not received within 5 days of the completion date(s) specified in 17 A-H, the parties shall be bound to perform their obligations under this Agreement.

 

Notice: This Agreement and closing adjustments shall be interpreted pursuant to the Residential Real Estate Closing Customs as promulgated by the Bar Association (if any), as amended, of the County in which the property is located.UNFINISHED BUSINESS:

NEW BUSINESS:
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:20 A.M.

The next meeting will be on March 20, 2008 at 9:00 A.M. at the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®.

Respectfully submitted: Debra Chamberlain, Secretary


Minutes of the Forms Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®, Inc.
February 19, 2008

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

Frank Busch called the meeting to order at 9:04 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the January 15, 2008 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to recommend that the Board of Directors approve the following changes to the Purchase & Sale Agreement and implement the changes once the Forms Committee has completed an entire review of the Purchase & Sale Agreement

6. INSPECTION EXAMINATION OF PREMISES: The Buyer represents that the Buyer has examined said property, including fixtures and personal property which convey, and is satisfied with the physical condition thereof, subject to any additional provisions and/or any inspections/tests made a part of this Agreement. Buyer further agrees neither Seller nor Seller’s agent have made any representations or promises other than those expressly stated herein, upon which Buyer has relied in making the Agreement. The property and improvements are to be conveyed in their present condition, subject to reasonable wear and use, as they are on the date of this Agreement. The Seller does not warrant and is not required to repair cosmetic conditions. The grounds shall be maintained by the Seller until the day of closing. The Buyer has the right to make a final walk-through inspection examination of the premises prior to the closing  to verify that the Seller has made any repairs required by this Agreement, that the property is in the same condition as it was at the signing of this agreement and that Seller has met the contractual obligations. If  Buyer fails to conduct this walk-through inspection examination, Seller’s repair and maintenance obligations will be deemed satisfied.  The Seller will provide access and working utilities for Buyer’s inspections/tests made a part of this Agreement final walk-through examination. In the event the Seller has not furnished Buyer with the Property Condition disclosure form required by P.A. 95-311 prior to the Buyer’s execution of this Agreement, Seller shall give and Buyer shall receive a credit of $300 off of the purchase price at closing.

8. ADJUSTMENTS: Unless otherwise stated in this Agreement, all adjustments of taxes, water, sewer, interest, condominium fees, rents, fuel, etc., will be made on the day of closing in accordance with the Residential Real Estate Closing Customs as promulgated by the Bar Association (if any), as amended, of the County in which the property is located.

17.  INSPECTION SECTION: (Buyer must initial yes or no for each inspection) In the event the Buyer does not perform any of the inspections indicated, by the indicated completion date, then such inspections are waived and no longer a contingency in this Agreement. The Seller will provide access and working utilities for Buyer’s inspections/tests.

18.       REMEDY CLAUSES FOR INSPECTION(S) FOR A-H ABOVE

A. If an inspection/test indicates fault, defect, or damage is unacceptable to the Buyer according to the criteria identified in each inspection clause, then the Buyer shall request that the Seller complete certain repairs to correct the fault(s), defect(s), damage(s), or safety issue(s) in order to continue with the purchase by giveing the Seller and/or Seller’s Broker(s) written notice within five (5) days of the completion date unless the written report is received sooner, in which case the written notice must be within five (5) days of the Buyer’s receipt of said report. The written notice shall clearly state the reason(s) that the inspection/test is unacceptable and shall include a copy of the inspection/test report. Failure of Buyer to provide written notice of an unacceptable inspection/test shall void any right of Buyer to terminate this Agreement. If Buyer provides written notice of such an unacceptable inspection/test, the Seller shall have five (5) days to inform Buyer that they are unwilling or unable to correct the unacceptable condition(s) at Seller expense. If the Seller fails to respond or Buyer and Seller cannot agree on correcting the unacceptable condition(s), the Buyer shall have the option  to terminate this Agreement by giving written notice to the Seller and/or Seller’s Broker, in which case, all sums paid on account of the purchase price shall be returned to the Buyer. If the Seller fails to respond to Buyer in writing within five (5) days or if Buyer and Seller cannot agree on correcting the unacceptable condition(s) within five (5) days of Seller’s written response to Buyer, either party shall have the option to terminate this Agreement by giving written notice to the other party, in which case all sums paid on account of the purchase price shall be returned to the Buyer.

or

B. If, for any reason, the Buyer is not satisfied with the results of an inspection/test, this Agreement may be terminated by the Buyer, at the Buyer’s election, without legal or equitable recourse to either party, the parties thereby releasing each other from all liability under this Agreement, and all sums paid on account of the purchase price shall be returned to the Buyer, provided however, that the Buyer shall have notified the Seller, in writing, within 5 days of the completion date(s) specified in 17 A-H, of the Buyer’s intention to so terminate. If such notice is not received within 5 days of the completion date(s) specified in 17 A-H, the parties shall be bound to perform their obligations under this Agreement.

Notice: This Agreement and closing adjustments shall be interpreted pursuant to the Residential Real Estate Closing Customs as promulgated by the Bar Association (if any), as amended, of the County in which the property is located.

The meeting adjourned at 11:15 A.M.
The next meeting will be on March 18, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted:John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Affiliate Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
February 13, 2008

In attendance: Jon Peck, Chris Albanese, John Bolduc, Donald Burbank, Alan Messier, Deborah Ordille, Martha Parrette-Pray, and Richard Zesk.
Absent: Kip Davis, Michael Hodge, Susan Napiany, Dennis Palmer, Valerie Votto, and Donna Yother.

Jon Peck called the meeting to order at 9:07 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the January 16, 2008 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to conduct a Probate Lunch & Learn Seminar in May and an Environmental Issues Lunch & Learn Seminar in September.

It was moved, seconded and carried to use the same agenda format that was used in 2005 for the general Affiliate member meeting on April 22, 2008 from 8:30 A.M. to 10:00 A.M. at the Comfort Suites in Norwich.

It was moved, seconded and carried to publish a 2008-9 Affiliate Services Directory and to promote it using the solicitation letter to Affiliates as presented.

Jon Peck appointed the following members to work on the Talent Show:

Martha Parrette-Pray, Chairman
Donald Burbank
Deborah Ordille
Dennis Palmer
Richard Zesk

The Talent Show subcommittee will consider the following ideas and present a plan at the next meeting:

Call the event ECAR Idol
Sell voting tickets at the event that will benefit the Charitable Fund
Include a donation amount in the ticket price that will benefit the Charitable Fund
Solicit sponsorships from REALTOR® firms
Create a signup form for talent
Create a panel of judges for the event
Consider using St. Bernard’s for the event on September 19, 2008

The meeting adjourned at 10:30 A.M.
The next meeting will be on March 26, 2008 at 9:00 A.M. at the Association office.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Finance Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
February 11, 2008

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

Alvin Kinsall called the meeting to order at 11:02 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the January 14, 2008 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to add liability accounts for NAR Dues Payable and CAR Dues Payable to the ECAR Balance Sheet and to remove NAR and CAR dues income and expense items from the ECAR Income Statement.

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

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

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

It was moved, seconded and carried to receive the report on the Membership Database program from MMSI for action at a later date.

The meeting adjourned at 12:00 P.M.
The next meeting will on March 10, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John F. Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the International Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
February 11, 2008

In attendance: Bruce Brast, Ron Bates, John Bolduc, Lea Borgne, Don Burbank, Merry Cassabria, Thomas Cassabria, Deb Chamberlain, Bill Cheng, Tricia Cunningham, Patricia Williams Kelley, and Priscilla Shabarekh.
Absent: Sal Costanza, Donata Delulio, Vanessa Evans, Paula Hahn, Lorelei Mitchell, Leann Souza, and Vivian Torregrossa.

Bruce Brast called the meeting to order at 10:02 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the January 14, 2008 meeting.

Guest speaker Jim O’Shea from the Norwich Chamber of Commerce discussed a seminar that will be offered in the fall on diversity and dealing with cultural differences. He sought the committee’s cooperation is promoting the event to ECAR members. Ron Bates and Tricia Cunningham were assigned to the work group to work on this event.

The committee continued to work on a checklist of items that new homeowners would need when they move into the area. Ideas should be forwarded to Merry Cassabria.

It was moved, seconded and carried to join the International Housing Coalition at a cost of $200.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:54 A.M.
The next meeting will be on March 10, 2008 at 10:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Housing Opportunity Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
February 8, 2008

In attendance: Marjorie Blizard, John Bolduc, Jill Brennan, Philip Greene, and Judy Twitty
Absent: Barnaby Bosanquet, Debra Gumbs, Mary Nasi, and Stella Neves-Elbaum.

Marjorie Blizard called the meeting to order at 9:04 A.M.

It was agreed to approve the minutes of the January 11, 2008 meeting.

The committee reviewed the PowerPoint presentation that covers the sale of city owned properties, Home From Work and HomeConnecticut proposals that will be presented to the Norwich City Council on March 17, 2008 at 6:30 P.M.

It was agreed to approve the NAR Grant media campaign.

The meeting adjourned at 10:15 A.M.

The next meeting will be on March 14, 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.
February 5, 2008

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

Samantha Storey called the meeting to order at 1:05 P.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the January 8, 2008 meeting.

It was moved, seconded and carried to conduct the Community Benefit Raffle & Bazaar at the Holiday Inn in Norwich on December 10, 2008 at 11:30 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the "Big Box" letter as presented.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:02 P.M.

The next meeting will be on March 11, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President


Minutes of the Technology & MLS Committee Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTORS®
February 5, 2008

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

Guest: Barbara Horvath, CTMLS

Marvin Elbaum called the meeting to order at 9:02 A.M.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the minutes of the January 8, 2008 meeting.

Barbara Horvath from the Connecticut Multiple Listing Service made a presentation about the new features of the MLS system.

It was moved, seconded and carried to approve the technology page and to post it on the web site.

The meeting adjourned at 11:04 A.M.
The next meeting will be on March 11, 2008 at 9:00 A.M.

Respectfully submitted: John Bolduc, Executive Vice President