Committee Center

Committee Center

 

Our committees are the lifeblood of the Board and establish the services, education, and programs we offer to our membership. The diversity of these committees and task forces is matched by the diversity of REALTORS volunteering to participate in the process.

We need you, to ensure that the Board is meeting your professional needs and hope you will consider taking part. Simply learning about the various groups working on your behalf is a start… perhaps attending a meeting that interests you is the perfect second step… and finally we hope to see you take that final leap to becoming an active participant in our association.

 

Committee Descriptions

Finance/Audit Committee 

Mission: The Finance / Audit Committee monitors the organization’s financial standing; reviews and oversees the creating of accurate, timely, and meaningful financial statements to be presented to the board; reviews the annual budget and recommends it to the full board for approval; monitors budget implementation and financial procedures; monitors budget assets; reviews and recommends the audit review before full board approval.

Responsibilities:

1. Act as an adviser and monitor for staff administration of the day-to-day financial operations
2. Provide oversight responsible to the Board for the annual or as needed review of the investment policy.
3. The Committee will review, at least annually, the transactions within the portfolio in adherence to the investment policy.
4. The committee is to monitor any short, intermediate, and long-term capital.
6. The Finance Committee is to assist the Chief Executive Officer in developing an annual budget and ensuring that the operations are conducted pursuant to it.

Committee Composition: A seven (7) member Committee, co-Chaired by the Treasurer of the Board and MLS and comprised of current and future President’s, if known, with at least one presidential appointment from the membership at large. The Chief Executive Officer and Member Services Administrator also serve on this committee.

Grievance Committee 

Mission: To conduct preliminary investigations and evaluations of complaints forwarded to the Committee from individual members, the public, and other committees or upon the committee’s own motions. Determine whether an ethics hearing or an arbitration hearing should be held or conversely, whether it should be dismissed as insufficient on it face. The Grievance Committee DOES NOT conduct hearings and DOES NOT determine if a violation of the Code of Ethics has occurred.

Code Of Ethics – Administering the Articles and standards of practice of the National Association of REALTORS® Code of Ethics complaint process is not a job to be taken lightly. Extensive knowledge of the code is critical for the proper review of ethics and arbitration complaints.

REALTOR® Arbitration – The process of determining procuring cause can only be applied in limited circumstances when a commission dispute arises from a real estate closing. The Grievance Committee ensures that the circumstances provide for the resolution in an arbitration hearing of the Professional Standards Committee.

REALTOR® Mediation – This mediation process is made available when a complaint has been filed and has not yet been seen by the Grievance Committee. Once the Grievance Committee reviews a complaint (or request for Arbitration) Mediation is again offered as an alternate form of resolution.

Committee Member Responsibilities: (note: Committee Members are Presidential Appointments for 3 year terms).
• To investigate all requests for Ethics and Arbitration Hearings.
• Seek clarification from the complainant, if there is uncertainty whether the complaint is an ethics complaint or an arbitration complaint.
• If necessary, to help the complainant draft the complaint in proper form.
• Upon its own motion or upon instruction of the Directors, investigate the actions of a member when there is reason to believe the members conduct may be subject to disciplinary action.
• Forward appropriate complaints to the Professional Standards Committee.
• Attend an annual Professional Standards Training Program.

Committee Composition:

Five members appointed by the President, for staggered three-year terms. The President shall annually designate the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the Committee.

Investment Committee

Contracts and Forms Revision

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Issues Awareness

REACT

Berkshire REALTORS® work together with the community to identify, support and sustain charitable organizations that improve the quality of life in Berkshire County.

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Professional Standards Committee

Description: The Professional Standards Committee conducts ethics and arbitration hearings to enforce the provisions in the REALTOR® Code of Ethics and to arbitrate business disputes arising out of commission discrepancies.

Mission: Conduct Ethics and Arbitration Hearings to enforce the REALTOR® Code of Ethics and to arbitrate business disputes.

Responsibilities:

1. Be aware of the concepts of due process and be faithful to those concepts in all matters.

2. To prepare by studying the Code of Ethics and applicable hearing procedures.

3. In the case of an Ethics Hearing, to hear the matter, make findings of fact, render a decision and recommend appropriate penalty if violation of the Code is determined.

4. In the conduct of any Hearing, make a calm, objective and judicial atmosphere.

5. In the conduct of an arbitration hearing, to maintain high ethical standards of integrity, faithfulness to agency and fairness to all parties.

6. Attend annual Professional Standards Training program.

Committee Composition: At least 30 members, appointed by the President. The President’s appointments should be carefully evaluated as to real estate experience, Board Service, judicial temperament and competence. Chairperson’s Responsibilities: To appoint hearing panels and conduct periodic meetings for the purpose of Committee education regarding new procedures.

Interested in being a part of one of our committees? Submit our Volunteer Submission Form!

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Calling All Volunteers

Two of our committees are kicking off on February 8th, so we’d love for you to consider joining us!  REACT (Charitable) and Government Affairs (Advocacy). Please RSVP to Sandy Carroll if you plan to attend, so we can prepare seats and materials for all.

REACT Meeting

February 8 @ 10:00 am11:00 am
2018 REACT Taskforce

The REACT planning meetings (Real Estate Agent’s Charitable Taskforce), chaired by Mary Jane Dunlop, are tentatively scheduled for the 2nd Thursday of each month at 10 a.m.  All are invited to attend and the various projects planned each year will be coordinated at these events.  You can chose to participate in all projects, just some or one event that is important to you.  All volunteers are welcome and encouraged to attend!  Thank you. Find out more »

Government Affairs Committee Meeting

2018 Government Affairs

Chairperson Billy Keane invites interested REALTORS to participate in our Government Affairs Committee this year.  Our Government Affairs Committee works to educate and empower our membership on issues that affect the real estate industry, private property rights, and/or the Berkshire community.  We are currently studying the impact of rail service on the Berkshires, working to bring funding for smart growth to our region, and protecting home-ownership and private property rights.  We also work to support efforts enhance the property use Find out more »

REACT Needs Your Help

As Mary Jane Dunlop takes the helm of the REACT committee, with a group of passionate Realtors ready to jump in and create memorable, profitable charitable fundraisers, we are looking for your support.  The committee is hoping for seed money to get the group started in the planning.  You can expect that your favorite events

State Homeless Prevention PAG

MAR has created a Presidential Advisory Group (“PAG”) on the subject of homelessness. The group will work to consider programs and initiatives to address homelessness and the causes of homelessness in Massachusetts in concert with local, state, federal, and nongovernmental organizations in consideration of the goals set forth in the MAR Public Policy Statement and

Got an Hour for A Good Cause?

The REACT (Real Estate Agent’s Charitable Taskforce) needs you for one hour on June 24 or 25th in Great Barrington – Please volunteer to join the Berkshire REALTOR’s American Dream Team at the Relay for Life, American Cancer Society’s largest annual fundraiser each year.  We are still in need of volunteers to staff our tent
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