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 15, 2009, 10:30 a.m.
Highlights from the meeting:
FY 2009 ends with 49,002 licensees
Current license count is 48,858
GF balance $2,302,695.58
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Commissioner J. Nicholas D’Ambrosia, Chair (Industry)
Commissioner Anne S. Cooke, Vice Chair (Industry)
Commissioner Marla S. Johnson (Industry)
Commissioner Robin L. Pirtle (Consumer)
Commissioner Georgiana S. Tyler (Industry)
Commissioner Colette P. Youngblood (Consumer)
Harry Loleas, Deputy Commissioner, O & P
Milena Y. Trust, Assistant Attorney General
Katherine F. Connelly, Executive Director
Patricia Hannon, Education Administrator, Session Recorder
Commissioner Surina Jordan (Consumer)
Commissioner Nancy R. Simpers (Industry)
Elizabeth Trimble, AAG, Counsel
J. Steven Long, Assistant Executive Director
PUBLIC IN ATTENDANCE:
Mark Feinroth, MD Realtors
Bob Johnston, AACAR
CALL TO ORDER:
J. Nicholas D’Ambrosia, Chair, called the meeting to order at 10:45 a.m.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Motion (made by Marla S. Johnson, seconded by Colette P. Youngblood) To approve the
minutes of the June 17, 2009 business meeting. Unanimous approval. A revision to the May 20,
2009 minutes is needed. Ms. Marla S. Johnson was present and serving as a Commissioner that day.
Motion (made by Georgiana S. Tyler and seconded by Anne S. Cooke) To correct the May 20, 2009
minutes to show Commissioner Marla S. Johnson (Industry) in attendance. All in favor.
REPORT OF COMPLAINTS/ADMINISTRATIVE DISMISSALS:
Motion (made by Colette P. Youngblood, seconded by Marla S. Johnson) To approve the
Administrative Dismissals for the month of July 2009. Motion carried.
1. Education – Georgiana S. Tyler, Education Chair, reported that 394 salesperson exams and 34 broker
exams were administered by PSI, the testing vendor, in June 2009.
2. Legislative – Anne S. Cooke, Legislative Chair, and Harry Loleas, Deputy Commissioner, O&P. Mr.
Loleas reported that Senator George W. Della, Jr. is willing to meet with Chairman D’Ambrosia and
Executive Director Connelly.
COMMENTS FROM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Katherine F. Connelly
1. On June 30, 2009, the end of FY 2009, total license count was 49,002.
2. Current license count is 48,858, of which 4,923 are brokers, 3,240 are associate brokers, 39,704
salespersons, 706 branch offices, 3 timeshares, 61 reciprocal brokers, 18 reciprocal associate brokers,
and 203 reciprocal salespersons. Of the total count, 4,920 are inactive.
3. The Guaranty Fund balance as of May 31, 2009 is $2,302,695.58.
4. The Education Committee will meet on the re-draft of continue education regulations. They will bring
their recommendations to the full Commission at a later business meeting.
5. The Department’s website will be revised, and the Division of O&P and MREC will follow the new
format. The Commissioners were asked if they had specific requests of the website. One was a search
of law and regulation by word, such as advertising; other suggestions were to update disciplinary
actions to clarify period of suspension and current status; to shorten the list of prior years; to post “no
disciplinary action” in the Find Who is Licensed query. These changes will be considered in light of
availability Division-wide, needs and costs.
6. Upcoming Executive Director’s travel – to the Maryland Association of Realtors’ conference in
Ocean City in September, ARELLO’s annual conference in Miami in October, and the National
Association of Realtors’ conference in San Diego in November.
7. The new scanner has arrived and staff is learning its features and software. So far, a few years of final
orders have been scanned to begin a public record offsite. The scanner will be especially useful for
the new complaint system.
8. To assist consumers, when a complaint is filed about a trust fund violation, an auditor is immediately
sent to the brokerage to review records. In a recent trust fund complaint, a broker would not cooperate
with the auditor, so the Commission summarily suspended the broker’s license.
COMMENTS FROM COUNSEL: Elizabeth Trimble
Milena Y. Trust, Assistant Attorney General, reported in Ms. Trimble’s absence, that the latest
draft of the continuing education regulations sent to all Commissioners was not yet in regulation format.
There is still time for comments before the next meeting of the Education Committee.
COMMENTS FROM CHAIR: J. Nicholas D’Ambrosia
1. Short sales raise issues not normally addressed in residential real estate transactions. For instance,
when the seller’s lender wants to reduce the listing broker’s commission, what is the listing broker’s
recourse? Is the difference due from the seller since there was a contract between the listing broker
and seller for a set return? If so, how is the situation handled with the seller? With the buyer’s agent?
The Chairman would like more discussion on short sales issues at future business meetings.
2. Mr. D’Ambrosia will speak to the question “How to Deal with Regulators” at the July meeting of the
Government Affairs Directors of the National Association of Realtors in Charleston SC. The
participants are from local boards and state associations.
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Committee Assignments Announced by the Chair - Commissioner Johnson has volunteered to
serve on both the Legislative Committee and the Task Force to Review Agency Form. Commissioner
Pirtle volunteered for the PHIFA Education Task Force. The Chair will replace Commissioner Cooke on
the Budget Subcommittee. The Subcommittee on Teams & Groups; the Working Task Force on Teams &
Groups; the Subcommittee on Fees; and the Education Advisory Subcommittee on Distance Learning
have all ended.
Commissioner Tyler asked for clarification of how Commissioners’ requests for legislation move
forward to the 2010 legislative session. Mr. Loleas explained that proposed legislation is presented to the
Secretary, who makes a determination to forward on to the Governor as a departmental item.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 11:40 a.m. on Motion by Commissioner
Youngblood, seconded by Commissioner Pirtle, and agreed by all. The next monthly business meeting is
Wednesday, August 19, 2009.
APPROVED AS PRESENTED ____________________________________________________
J. Nicholas D’Ambrosia, Chairperson
APPROVED AS AMENDED ______________________________________________________
J. Nicholas D’Ambrosia, Chairperson
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