Member involvement is essential to the mission of SMAR. Our members bring a wealth of talent and experience to the day to day operation of SMAR by serving on a committee. Summaries of responsibilities may be found below. Click here for complete descriptions and requirements.
Committee meetings take place Monday through Friday between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm and are generally held at the REALTOR® Center in Hughesville. Specific meeting times are suggested as part of each committee's description; however, committee chairpersons have the option to select a different date and time. Chairpersons are asked to coordinate meeting dates with SMAR Staff.
Attendance Policy: The Committee Chair shall designate a regular time and place of meetings. Absence from three regularly scheduled meetings within a committee year (November 1 through October 31) will result in removal from the committee at the chairperson’s discretion. (Updated 9/2017, effective 1/1/2017)
Committee appointments are one-year in length – November 1st through October 31st. If you are currently serving on a committee and would like to volunteer again for the same committee, please let us know by completing the Committee Application Form below.
The incoming SMAR President is responsible for Committee appointments. Every attempt is made to appoint members to the committee(s) requested; however, in some cases such as Professional Standards and Grievance Committees, consideration is given to a balanced representation from each county, size of firm, position in firm (principal, non-principal), real estate specialty, etc. You will receive an email SMAR confirming your committee appointment(s).
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Monitors issues and trends affecting the commercial/industrial segments of the local real estate market. Responsible for sponsoring networking opportunities which attract the participation of non-residential practitioners. Committee members should have a basic understanding and interest in this specialty.
*Community Relations and CARE Award
Be a resource for members interested in serving the community, raise awareness among members of volunteer opportunities, and promote the name REALTOR® and the Association through community involvement.
Responsible for providing comprehensive, professional educational opportunities, tools, and resources to SMAR members. In addition to the subject matters required by the MD Real Estate Commission, the committee is responsible for offering a variety of topics to enable members to effectively assist clients and customers in the conveyance of real property or of any interest, right, or benefit in real property, grow their business, and minimize liability.
Qualification Considerations: Committee members should have experience in fiscal management.
To formulate, analyze, and make recommendations concerning financial planning, investment management, and special projects. This committee oversees the Association's finances and prepares the fiscal budgets of the two corporations.
Qualification Considerations: Committee members must be proficient with MAR’s state forms and the various SMAR forms.
Review and revise SMAR Standard Forms for compliance with legislative changes and for clear and concise interpretation by members and the public. Maintain legal counsel approval on all forms for the benefit of SMAR members.
Receives ethics complaints and arbitration requests to determine if, taken as true on their face, a hearing is warranted by the Professional Standards Committee. The Grievance Committee makes only such preliminary evaluation as is necessary to make these decisions. Committee members must be REALTORS®. Participation requires you to attend an annual training session.
Monitors and reviews all local legislation (existing or proposed) that affects the real estate industry and, when necessary, identifies the most appropriate lobbying strategy, i.e., grassroots, key contact, GAD, or issues campaigns, to implement in the best interests of the Association. Issues coming before the committees should be relative to the day-to-day function of area REALTORS® and not specific to particular parties.
The Professional Standards committee members serve as a hearing panel for ethics and arbitration cases. Committee members must be REALTORS®. Participation requires you to attend an annual training session.
*RPAC (REALTOR® Political Action Committee)
Is responsible for developing an ongoing education and awareness program for the Association. This program shall include a minimum of one RPAC fundraising event annually that the Committee will plan and coordinate with member and staff assistance. As a demonstration of their commitment to RPAC, each member of this Committee shall donate a minimum of $35.00 annually to RPAC.
*YPN (Young Professionals Network)
For the young and young at heart! Responsible for creating programs to encourage, foster and promote SMAR members to excel in their careers by pursuing leadership roles in local, state and national associations.