Help Shape Your Industry by Joining a Committee or Working Group in 2022
September 10, 2021 Governance Updates, Industry News
To carry out our strategic plans and to ensure our organizations succeed by staying relevant and serving the needs of our members, CCIAOR and CCIMLS assemble committees, task forces, and workgroups on a yearly basis. These groups help ensure that we are meeting the needs of our members and are staying on the leading edge of the real estate industry. They are also a great way to gain experience and add to your professional skill set.
For 2022, all committees and groups will meet virtually - meaning it is easier than ever to get involved! Note that occasional in-person meetings may be scheduled for specific committees or groups at the discretion of the chairperson and staff.
If you are interested in serving, please submit an interest form by October 17th. All submissions will be reviewed by the Board of Directors and appointments will be made in November.
If you have any questions about the committees and groups listed below or the process for getting involved, please reach out to Chief Operating Officer, Marissa Cyr.
CCIAOR & CCIMLS are looking for volunteers to serve on the following committees and groups in 2022. Click on the name of each committee or group for a full description and use the form at the bottom to submit your interest by October 17th!
The Finance Committee provides general oversight and direction to the Board of Directors regarding the financial and budgetary aspects of the Association and MLS operations including reviewing quarterly financial statements and recommending an annual budget to the Board of Directors. Members serve for 2 year terms. The Finance Committee meets approximately 6 times per year with meeting dates set by the Finance Committee Chair/Treasurer. Members of the Finance Committee are also invited to participate in leadership training activities of the Association.
The Grievance Committee conducts a preliminary review of ethics complaints to determine whether the complaint should be forwarded to a Hearing Panel of the Professional Standards Committee. Committee members serve three year terms. The committee meets on an as needed basis, usually monthly, to review complaints as they come in as well as to discuss trending ethical issues in the business. Members are appointed to serve a three-year term and are limited to two consecutive terms. New members to the Grievance Committee must be CCIAOR members for a minimum of three years and be able to attend a Professional Standards training scheduled in early 2022 to be eligible to serve.
The goals of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee are to increase awareness of fair housing issues, encourage diversity among Cape and Islands real estate professionals, eliminate intolerance and bias among real estate practitioners and the public, teach real estate practitioners how to operate an inclusive real estate practice, and to help grow diverse leadership within CCIAOR. The committee collaborates with staff on programming, resources and policies to educate members and the public on DE&I issues and to work toward the goals articulated above. The committee meets for 1.5 hours every other month and members are also expected to attend and participate in events and programs planned by the committee.
The Vacation Rental Committee coordinates resources, benefits, education, and advocacy efforts related to REALTOR® brokerages that manage vacation rentals. The group advises the CCIAOR Board of Directors on activities and benefits to offer members and on public policy related to the vacation rental business. The committee meets for 1.5 hours to 2 hours every other month and members are also expected to attend and participate in events and programs planned by the committee.
The Government Affairs Committee reviews current legislative and regulatory issues that have an impact on housing, land use, and business issues related to real estate and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding public policy initiatives. Members of this committee are knowledgeable about and have a keen interest in how real estate and public policy intersect in areas such as zoning bylaws, land use regulations and affordable housing. The committee meets monthly for 1 hour meetings and may meet more frequently in run ups to various town meetings.
The Community Engagement Group recommends, plans and participates in community service and outreach initiatives that further the mission and strategic plan of CCIAOR and positions REALTORS® as integral to the community. Additionally, the group helps encourage member engagement across demographic groups and geographic areas to strengthen member involvement with the Association. The committee meets monthly for 1 hour meetings and members are also expected to participate in events and programs planned by the group.
The MLS Advisory Group is a representative body of the CCIMLS membership and advises staff and the Board of Directors on the various functions of the MLS including issues related to rules, data integrity and products to ensure more accurate data, better cooperation among participants, and better products provided to the participants and subscribers. 15 CCIMLS members comprise this group including representatives from all regions of the Cape as well as small and large brokerage representatives. This committee meets every other month for approximately two hours.
The Martha’s Vineyard Advisory Group provide staff with guidance on what Martha’s Vineyard agents and brokers are looking to gain out of their current REALTOR® membership, how we can improve our programs and offerings for Island members, and how best to promote REALTOR® membership for the future. Meetings are approximately 1 hour and scheduled 4 to 6 times a year.
The Nantucket Advisory Group provide staff with guidance on what Nantucket agents and brokers are looking to gain out of their current REALTOR® membership, how we can improve our programs and offerings for Island members, and how best to promote REALTOR® membership for the future. Meetings are approximately 1 hour and scheduled 4 to 6 times a year.
CCIAOR is also looking for volunteers to serve in allocated seats on the following MAR Committees in 2022:
The charge of the Government Affairs Committee shall be to review current legislative and regulatory issues. The Committee is authorized to make decisions with MAR professional staff regarding MAR positions on regulatory and legislative issues pursuant to the MAR Public Policy Statement. The Committee shall oversee the Private Property Protection Fund to the extent authorized in the Fund’s guidelines. MAR's Government Affairs Committee reviews current legislative and regulatory issues and provides input and strategic advice to MAR leadership and staff. Meetings: Approximately 5 times per year.
The Forms Content Advisory Committee monitors and advises the MAR attorneys regarding MassForms™. The Committee discusses and implements revisions to existing forms, as well as creating new forms, when necessary. The Committee's goal is to ensure that the MAR Forms Library contains accurate, up-to-date, necessary forms to assist REALTORS throughout a real estate transaction. The Committee meets approximately 3 times per year.