MARYLAND REAL ESTATE COMMISSION
500 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Mission: Protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public
through examination, licensing, and regulatory activities regarding real estate
BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES
JULY 21, 2010, 10:30 a.m.
Highlights from the meeting:
License count 44,276
GF balance $2,296,500.90
Total GF payout $153,388.08
Team/group issues addressed
Panel and committee re-appointments
Commissioner J. Nicholas D’Ambrosia, Vice Chair (Industry)
Commissioner Marla S. Johnson (Industry)
Commissioner Juan Munoz (Consumer)
Commissioner Robin L. Pirtle (Consumer)
Commissioner Nancy R. Simpers (Industry)
Commissioner Jeff Thaler (Consumer)
Commissioner Colette P. Youngblood (Consumer)
Harry Loleas, Deputy Commissioner, O & P
Elizabeth Trimble, AAG, Counsel
Katherine F. Connelly, Executive Director
J. Steven Long, Assistant Executive Director
Patricia Hannon, Education Administrator, Session Recorder
Commissioner Anne S. Cooke, Chair (Industry)
Commissioner Georgiana S. Tyler (Industry)
PUBLIC IN ATTENDANCE:
Donald White, Pr. Geo’s Comm Coll & MREEA
Joe DeLuca, Carroll County Assn Realtors
Mark Feinroth, MAR
Bob Johnston, AACAR
Lindsay Eastwood, DLS
CALL TO ORDER:
Vice Chair J. Nicholas D’Ambrosia called the meeting to order at 10:30 a.m. Anne S. Cooke,
Chair, was absent today due of illness.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion (made by Nancy R. Simpers, seconded by Colette P. Youngblood) To approve the
minutes of the June 16, 2010 business meeting. Unanimous approval.
REPORT OF COMPLAINTS/ADMINISTRATIVE DISMISSALS:
Motion (made by Nancy R. Simpers, seconded by Marla S. Johnson) To approve the
Administrative Dismissals for the month of July 2010. Motion carried.
1. Education – In the absence of Georgiana S. Tyler, Education Chair, the education report was read by
Vice Chair D’Ambrosia. For the month of June 2010, PSI administered 498 salesperson and 41
At last month’s meeting, Commissioners asked for a review of pass rates on the state portion of
the salesperson exam because the pass rate for that portion has dropped since March 2010. The
pass rates for the national portions of both the broker and salesperson exam have not dropped. No
change in pass rate for out-of-state licensees taking Maryland’s salesperson state portion, so
further study will look at Maryland students and the salesperson exam.
An in-house confidential report was distributed to Commissioners with salesperson pass rates
compiled from records of the Maryland Higher Education Commission for the period July 1, 2008
to June 30, 2009. The report listed each real estate career school, its number of graduates, the
percent of students passing the state portion on the first attempt, and the percent passing the
2. Legislative – In the absence of Anne S. Cooke, Ms. Connelly relayed the Chair’s appointment of
Commissioner D’Ambrosia and Commissioner Johnson as Co-chairs for the next year. Both accepted
COMMENTS FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Katherine F. Connelly
1. Current license count totals 44,276, of which 4,779 are brokers, 3,139 are associate brokers, 35,589
are salespersons, 550 branch offices, 5 timeshares, 61 reciprocal brokers, 14 reciprocal associate
brokers, and 139 reciprocal salespersons. Of the total count, 4,393 are inactive.
2. Two Guaranty Fund balances were reported. On May 31, 2010 the balance was $2,414,534.66, and
on June 30, 2010 the balance was $2,296,500.90. Total payout from real estate cases for the period
July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010 (FY 2010) was $153,388.08.
3. Meetings of the Task Force to Develop an Agency Course are scheduled for August 3 and 24 and
September 7 at 2:00 p.m. in the second floor conference room at 500 North Calvert Street, Baltimore.
Meetings are open to the public to follow the discussion from the audience.
4. The Task Force to Develop a Supervision Course could use additional members, and Commissioners
were asked to make recommendations. This task force will meet on September 24, October 13, and
November 10 at 2:00 p.m. in the second floor conference room of 500 North Calvert Street,
Baltimore. Meetings are open to the public to follow the discussion from the audience.
5. A draft Do’s & Don’ts for Team and Groups was emailed to Commissioners for their comments. After
discussion, a few edits were made. It will be posted on MD REC’s website and updated as needed.
The term “realty” may not be part of a team name.
6. A disclosure form for teams and groups was prepared by Counsel. The purpose of the form is to
notify a consumer who is represented by one team member that another member of the team is
representing the other party in the transaction. Brokers have the responsibility to assure that buyers
and sellers receive this notice, understand it, and give consent prior to the broker assigning intra-
company agents from the team. For sellers, it is presented at the time of the listing; for buyers, before
showing a property. This team notification form is in addition to the standard agency disclosure form
used by a brokerage.
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7. The Commissioners reviewed advertisements from two teams. The first was a truck wrapped with
advertising. It does not meet the new laws effective October 1, 2010, and the Executive Director will
inform the licensee, who submitted the truck advertisement on behalf of the team, what needs to be
changed. The second advertisement concerned the use of “real estate” in the team name and whether
that could continue. All Commissioners agreed it is a problem and against the law on October 1.
8. As directed last month, Ms. Connelly contacted other states about the length of time their laws allow
inactive or expired status and the requirements to return to active status. The responses were varied in
number of years and in requirements to reactivate or reinstate. The Commissioners agreed with last
month’s decision to propose legislation to change sections of Maryland real estate law from a 4-year
limit to 3 years. Motion (made by Nancy R. Simpers, seconded by Robin L. Pirtle) To propose
legislation changing the time to reactivate from 4 to 3 years and changing the time to reinstate
from 4 to 3 years. All in favor; Motion passed.
9. Academy of Real Estate is the newest career school to be certified by the Maryland Higher Education
Commission to offer 60 hours of classroom instruction in principles and practices for salespersons.
10. The September business meeting date is changed to September 29, 2010 to accommodate Industry
Members who will attend the state conference.
11. A program was set up with PSI prior to 1998 that allowed pre-licensing schools to track statistics by
location, resulting in multiple location codes for some schools. Under the new PSI exam contract, the
multiple codes program has been discontinued and the schools involved have been notified of the
return to one code per school.
12. The legislative auditors completed their 2-year review.
13. The Department of Legislative Services’ 10-year evaluation is continuing. Ms. Lindsay Eastwood is
leading the evaluation.
14. Industry outreach this month – Ms. Connelly taught a continuing education course in Berlin, attended
a general membership meeting of the Prince George’s County Board with Vice Chair D’Ambrosia,
and met with regional managers in Baltimore City.
15. The Maryland Association of Realtors asked for clarification of digital signatures when there are no
face-to-face meetings, all communication is electronic. Are digital signatures on Maryland forms
legal or must the document be personally signed and faxed? After discussion, Counsel will research
and advise at the August meeting.
16. Chairwoman Anne Cooke has re-appointed panels. Commissioners D’Ambrosia, Johnson, and Thaler
are assigned to Panel #1. Commissioners Tyler, Pirtle, and Cooke will serve on Panel #2.
17. The Chair has appointed Commissioners D’Ambrosia and Johnson to serve as co-chairs of the
Legislative Committee. The PHIFA Education Task Force has ended. All other committees remain
COMMENTS FROM COUNSEL: Elizabeth Trimble
The continuing education regulations were sent to The Maryland Register for publication. No
publication date yet, possibly in late August.
COMMENTS FROM CHAIR: Anne S. Cooke – previously relayed at today’s meeting by Executive
Director in Chair’s absence
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None
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NEW BUSINESS: None
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 11:45 a.m on motion by Nancy R.
Simpers, seconded by Jeff Thaler, and agreed by all. The next monthly business meeting is Wednesday,
August 18, 2010.
APPROVED AS PRESENTED ____________________________________________________
Anne S. Cooke, Chairperson
APPROVED AS AMENDED ______________________________________________________
Anne S. Cooke, Chairperson
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