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									 STATE COMMISSION OF REAL ESTATE APPRAISERS AND HOME INSPECTORS
                       BUSINESS MEETING
                            MINUTES

DATE:         February 12, 2008

TIME:         10:30 a.m.

PLACE:        500 N. Calvert Street
              2nd Floor Conference Room
              Baltimore, Maryland 21202

PRESENT:      Commissioner David Hanson
              Commissioner John Grewell
              Commissioner Steven McAdams
              Commissioner David Brauning
              Commissioner Patrick Murphy
              Commissioner Thomas Pirritano
              Commissioner Yvonne Lansey
              Commissioner Trevor Lee
              Commissioner Mary Ann Rush

ABSENT:       Commissioner John Heyn
              Commissioner Harvey Mosier
              Commissioner Thomas Murphy
              Commissioner Rhonda Framm

OTHERS PRESENT:              Stanley Botts, Commissioner, Occupational
                               and Professional Licensing
                             Harry Loleas, Deputy Commissioner, Occupational
                               and Professional Licensing
                             Sloane Fried Kinstler, Assistant Attorney General
                             Elwood Mosley, Executive Director
                             Patricia Schott, Administrator
                             Members of the Public

Call To Order

Commissioner David Hanson called the regular meeting of the Commission of Real Estate
Appraisers and Home Inspectors to order at 10:30 a.m.

Approval of Minutes

The minutes of the business meeting held on December 11, 2007 were approved as distributed. The
minutes of the executive session held on December 11, 2008 were approved as distributed. Motion
(I) was made by Commissioner Brauning and seconded by Commissioner Grewell that the minutes
of the business meeting be approved as distributed. This motion passed by a unanimous decision.
Motion (II) was made by Commissioner Brauning and seconded by Commissioner Grewell that the
minutes of the executive session be approved as distributed. This motion passed by a unanimous
decision.

Education/Application Real Estate Appraiser Committee Report

Commissioner McAdams reported that the Appraiser Education/Application Committee met on this
date and reviewed 25 courses and approved 24 courses and denied 1 course. Motion (III) was made
by Commissioner Brauning, seconded by Commissioner Grewell, and unanimously carried that the
Commission accept the recommendations of the Real Estate Appraisers Education Committee.

Real Estate Appraiser Complaint Committee Report

Commissioner Pirritano reported to the Commission that the Complaint Committee met prior to the
public meeting and reviewed many items of business, which had been placed before the Committee.
The disposition of which was as follows:

Complaints    -        64    cases were reviewed:
                        6    cases were closed;
                        4    cases were referred to Precharge Review;
                        3    cases were scheduled for informal hearings
                       51    cases were tabled, referred for investigation, or are
                             currently being reviewed by investigators

The Complaint Committee met prior to the public meeting in Executive Session, pursuant to
§ 10-508 (a)(7) of the State Government Article, to receive the advice of counsel regarding the
above-mentioned matters. Motion (IV) was made by Commissioner Brauning and seconded by
Commissioner Grewell that the Commission accept the report and recommendations of the
Complaint Committee. This motion passed by a unanimous decision.

Introduction of Newly Appointed Members

Chairperson Hanson introduced and welcomed newly appointed members, Trevor Lee, as a
consumer member and Mary Ann Rush, as a certified residential real estate appraiser.

Election of Officers

Chairperson Hanson opened the floor for an Election of Officers to be held for the position of
Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the Commission. Motion (V) was made by Commissioner
Patrick Murphy and seconded by Commissioner McAdams to nominate Commissioner Pirritano as
Chairperson of the Commission. This motion passed by a unanimous vote. Motion (VI) was made
by Commissioner Grewell, seconded by Commissioner Brauning that Commissioner Mosier be
nominated as Vice Chairperson of the Commission. This motion passed by a unanimous vote.



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Appraiser Subcommittee

Administrator Schott reported that the Appraisal Subcommittee had cancelled their field review of
the Commission's licensing program due to the illness of one of the two auditors. She indicated that
the field review has been rescheduled to commence on June 9-10, 2008.

Legislative Update

Senate Bill 196

Deputy Commissioner Harry Loleas reported that the Department, on behalf of the Commission
appeared before the Senate Finance Committee in support of the Senate Bill 196. Senate Bill 196
was introduced to correct and update the certain provisions applicable to home inspectors. SB 196
proposes to require home inspector applicants to pass the National Home Inspector Examination or
its equivalent; increase the pre-licensing education requirements from 48 hours to 72 hours; increase
the amount of general liability insurance licensed home inspectors must maintain from $50,000 to
$150,000, and authorizes the Commission to seek action against a home inspector for the failure to
maintain such insurance. The Bill also provides corrective language to require that certain
disclosures be made prior to an inspection; acceptance of "on-site" education; and allows the
Commission authority to approve pre-licensing education.

Senate Bill 482

Harry Loleas reported that Senate Bill 482, which is sponsored by Senator Glassman, proposes to
expand the scope of the practice of providing real estate appraisal services to include all appraisals,
regardless of whether the real estate appraisal services are rendered in connection with a federally
related transaction. SB 482 would also extend to government agencies, such as the Department of
Assessment and Taxation. He advised that he expected that it would have a significant impact on
assessors, particularly those who have been practicing as assessors for some time and would be
required to conform with the Commission’s licensing requirements if enacted. Among other
licensing requirements, applicants would have to work as a licensed trainee for a prescribed amount
of time before being eligible to obtain an appraiser license. According to the bill, if enacted, such
legislation would take effect on July 1, 2010.

Motion (VII) was made by Commissioner Pirritano that the Commission support Senate Bill 482,
seconded by Commissioner Murphy and carried by a majority vote. Commissioner Brauning
abstained from the motion. Members of the public representing the Maryland Association of
Appraisers and the Maryland Chapter of the Appraisal Institute spoke in support of Senate Bill 482.

Chairperson Report

Home Inspector Complaints

Chairman Hanson reported that the Commission has received several complaints regarding home


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inspectors. He requested an opinion from the Department as to how the Commission should handle
complaints that were received before, or allege a violation that occurred prior to the mandatory
licensing date for obtaining a home inspector license was established, and complaints stemming
from matters that otherwise could not be considered by the Commission.

A discussion ensued regarding the membership of a Home Inspector Complaint Committe of the
Commission. Motion (VIII) was made by Commissioner Grewell, seconded by Commissioner
Lansey that Commission members Mosier, Grewell, and Lee be members of the home inspector
Hearing Board.

Assistant Attorney General's Report

Assistant Attorney General Kinstler reported that there were two hearings scheduled after the
commencement of the business meeting involving an appraisal license denial hearing and an
appraisal regulatory hearing. She advised that the individual who is scheduled for a license denial
hearing was denied a license at the Commission's October 2007 meeting and subsequently requested
a license denial hearing, which was not able to be scheduled until today. As a result, Counsel
requested that, in an effort to expedite the application process, should the decision rendered by the
Hearing Board be to grant the license, that it have the Commission’s authority to be considered the
final decision of the Commission in the matter. Motion (IX) was made by Commissioner Pirritano,
seconded by Commissioner McAdams, and unanimously carried that the decision rendered in the
license denial hearing by the Hearing Board be a final decision.

Executive Session

Motion (X) was made by Commissioner Pirritano and seconded by Commissioner Lansey , and
unanimously carried that the members of the State Commission of Real Estate Appraisers and Home
Inspectors go into executive session at 11:05 a.m., in the 2nd floor conference room, 500 N. Calvert
Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. The purpose of the meeting was to receive advice of counsel. The
meeting was permitted to be closed pursuant to §10-508(7) of the State Government Article.

The Commission reconvened its regular meeting at 12:05 p.m. Motion (XI) was made by
Commissioner Pirritano, seconded by Commissioner McAdams, and unanimously carried that the
Commission accept the decisions rendered in Executive Session.




Adjournment

There being no further business to discuss Motion (XII) was made by Commissioner Pirritano,
seconded by Commissioner Lansey and unanimously carried that the meeting adjourn. The meeting
adjourned at 12:05 p.m.



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_____ Approved without corrections

_____ Approved with corrections


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      Thomas Pirritano, Chairperson                                  Date

IT WAS DETERMINED THAT THE NEXT MEETING OF THE COMMISSION WILL BE HELD
ON TUESDAY, APRIL 8, AT 10:30 A.M. IN THE 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM AT 500
N. CALVERT STREET, BALTIMORE, MD 21202.




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