|District #1 Vice Presidents
373 S. Drexel Ave.
Bexley, OH 43209
614/477-6726 FAX 614/635-3461
|Tiffany S. Meyer
J C Meyer Co. Inc.
1171 E. Main St.
Ashland, OH 44805
419.651.7535 FAX 419.281.9846
Ohio’s REALTORS gathered in mid-April to advance the interests of the profession and property owners across the state, tackle important governance issues to ensure the organization’s relevancy in the near- and long-term, and strengthen the bond with our elected officials.
The Ohio Association of REALTORS Annual Spring Legislative Conference, held April 20-22, featured a “who’s who” roster of legislative leaders, experts on the issues confronting Ohio communities and opportunities to move the organization forward.
OAR presented Joyce Goldsmith of the Akron Cleveland Association of REALTORS with its esteemed 2014 Distinguished Service Award. The DSA honors members who have dedicated 25 years or more of active involvement at all levels of the REALTOR organization, but have never served as OAR president or as a staff member of the organization. Joyce has served, with distinction, in a variety of leadership capacities within the local, state and national Associations.
OAR’s Business Technology and Young Professionals Network presented a Lunch Box Technology session featuring Ohio Sen. Frank LaRose on the importance of political involvement and technology expert Julie Beall on the unique effects of technology on the mind, body and business.
Additionally, OAR’s Board of Directors took positions on a number of legislative bills currently being debated at the Ohio State House. Specifically:
- Support Senate Bill 58 which will allow a property owner that has made a significant investment in their septic system and not creating nuisance with their system to delay the cost of immediate connection to a new sewer line.
- Oppose Senate Bill 118 which will permit local county authorities the ability to opt out of the newly implemented septic rules. This measure could potentially take Ohio back to 88 different sets of rules and standards for septic systems. Additionally, the requirement that a local authority have in place a point-of-sale inspection is counter to OAR’s long-standing position of opposing inspections tied to sale.
- Support Senate Bill 96 to clarify the payment of property taxes when a mortgage is satisfied. It’s not uncommon for mortgage lenders to work with homeowners to pay property taxes and insurance through escrow accounts. Once a mortgage has been satisfied, it’s the homeowner’s responsibility to pay property taxes, yet in some instances the owner is not aware and sometimes the mortgagee fails to notify the auditor. This measure ensures that tax payers aren’t penalized for not paying a bill they didn’t receive or have knowledge of prior to the deadline.
- Monitor Senate Bill 108. Current law requires the owners of residential rental properties located in a municipality to register their properties with the County Auditor of the county they are located. This law does not apply to properties located within a township. SB 108 would provide the same statutory requirement to rental properties in a township. OAR will monitor to make sure it continues to mirror current law and that no fee is associated with the registration process.
OAR Directors also approved a slate of candidates for leadership positions with the National Association of REALTORS, including:
- Doug McCloud, Columbus REALTORS, for 2018 NAR Region #6 Vice President
- Anjanette Frye, Dayton Area Board; Ken Parchman, Cincinnati Area Board; and Tom Williams, Youngstown Columbiana Association for one possible vacancy as a 2016-2018 NAR Director.
Directors approved a motion to conduct a staff compensation analysis to determine how current salaries compare to similarly situated positions in the private and non-profit sectors.
From a political perspective, attendees were able to discuss the pressing issues confronting the Buckeye State and nation with key policy makers and leading experts, including:
- Richard Cordray, the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, returned to his home state of Ohio to serve as keynote speaker. As the nation’s chief consumer protection watchdog, Cordray provided insight on pending changes to the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and Truth in Lending Act.
- Leadership from the Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives offered an overview of the issues being debated by the 131st General Assembly. Senate President Keith Faber (R-Celina) and Speaker Pro-Tempore Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster) discussed the Ohio budget, jobs and more.
- Anne M. Petit, superintendent of the Ohio Division of Real Estate & Professional Licensing provided an update on the status of new salesperson licensees and brokers within the state, as well as other details from the industry’s regulatory body.
- Representatives of Ohio’s Democratic and Republican parties conducted a lively session on the elections, taxes and health care. State Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Stark-Summit-Wayne) and David Pepper, Ohio Democratic Party chair, shared their thoughts and insights on the Buckeye State’s political scene.
- A panel of leading business experts – Andrew Doehrel, president and CEO, Ohio Chamber of Commerce; Roger Geiger, vice president, National Federation of Independent Businesses; Gordon Gough, president and CEO, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants; and Thomas Zaino, managing member, Zaino Hall & Farrin LLC – offered insights on Ohio’s economic climate and tax reform.
- Gary Ellsworth, senior attorney, and Don Fischbach, partner, with Calfee Halter & Griswold LLP, discussed the impact of oil and gas leases on current and future mortgages.
As you can see, it was a highly productive Spring Legislative Conference. We appreciate the opportunity you have given to us to represent your interests at OAR.
Finally…mark your calendars for Sept. 20-22 and make plans to be a part of OAR’s 105th Annual Convention & Expo. For details on speakers and special events, visit www.oarconvention.com!