Louisiana REALTORS® recognizes that member input and involvement are key to the functions and successes of the state association. We need a variety of practitioners with industry knowledge and expertise to volunteer with a commitment to moving the industry and association forward. With your contributions, Louisiana REALTORS® can reach new levels of success. Descriptions of the available committees and qualifications to serve are found below. Meetings are conducted live and via video or telephone conference and commitments of each will vary depending on the area’s program of work. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please fill out the online form and we look forward to working with you!
The Commercial Team focuses on commercial and economic development issues impacting real estate in Louisiana, and serves as the voice of commercial REALTORS® within the state association. Specific programs include economic and commercial development forums, input on products, programs and services designed for commercial specialists.
The Grievance team reviews complaints and local association requests for ethics or arbitration hearings. Members must be trained in Professional Standards or willing to participate in annual training of Grievance and Professional Standards. The team is to remain on call on an as-needed basis and handles cases by conference call.
Committee members should be mature, experienced, knowledgeable persons of a judicial temperament. It is suggested that, to the extent practical, members of the Grievance Committee not serve simultaneously on the Professional Standards Committee or on the Board of Directors to avoid conflict with the prohibition on serving on more than one tribunal in the same matter.
The Legislative Committee tracks and reviews local, state, and federal legislative issues impacting the real estate industry, private property rights, and licensees in Louisiana. It monitors activities of regulatory agencies that impact real estate and involves the membership in the legislative process.
The Marketing & Member Services committee helps serve as a source of association and industry information. The group reviews and provides input into communication and marketing efforts, as well as technology-related vehicles and programs developed for REALTOR® members and enhancements to the member services. Members must attend at least two meetings to be considered as having served on this team.
The Mediation Team serves as a pool of Mediation Officers. Conducting successful mediation procedures requires tact, diplomacy, and a sense of equity. It is strongly recommended that any individual serving as a Mediation Officer have extensive prior experience on the Board’s Grievance Committee, Professional Standards Committee, and/or Board of Directors. The Mediation Officer should be thoroughly conversant with the Board’s arbitration procedures as well as with the real estate rules and regulations of the state. It is recommended that the Mediation Officer not serve concurrently as either an officer or director of the Board, or as a member of the Grievance Committee, or as a member of the Professional Standards Committee.
A Mediation Officer should be someone widely respected for fairness, experience, and impartiality. Only to the degree that all parties to the mediation can be confident that the mediator is impartial will mediation procedures be successful.
The Ombuds Committee serves as a pool of trained Ombudsmen. Every local and state association of REALTORS® is required to offer, either directly or as part of a cooperative enforcement agreement, ombudsman services to members, clients, and consumers on or before January 1, 2016.
The ombudsman’s role is primarily one of communication and conciliation, not adjudication. Ombudsmen do not determine whether ethics violations have occurred, rather they anticipate, identify, and resolve misunderstandings and disagreements before matters ripen into disputes and possible charges of unethical conduct.
At a minimum, ombudsmen should be thoroughly familiar with the Code of Ethics, state real estate regulations, and current real estate practice.
The Professional Development Committee works to provide input and develop education, professional development programs, and designations offered through LR for REALTOR® members.
Members of the Professional Standards Committee shall be selected to serve on Hearing Panels as required to hear matters of alleged unethical conduct by Board Members or to provide arbitration as requested. Members must be trained in Professional Standards or willing to participate in annual training. The team is to remain on call on an as-needed basis to participate in hearing panels.
Committee members should be mature, experienced, knowledgeable persons of a judicial temperament. It is suggested that, to the extent practical, members of the Professional Standards Committee not serve simultaneously on the Grievance Committee or on the Board of Directors to avoid conflict with the prohibition on serving on more than one tribunal in the same matter.
We are using an online system through the RAMCO Portal, for members to sign up for committees, view committee rosters, and even contact other committee members. Serving on committees has proven to be a great way to meet and work with practitioners in other markets and provides an opportunity to give back to the industry. Members will need to be sure to build your profile in order to maximize this valuable networking tool.We are using an online system through the RAMCO Portal, for members to sign up for committees, view committee rosters, and even contact other committee members. Serving on committees has proven to be a great way to meet and work with practitioners in other markets and provides an opportunity to give back to the industry. Members will need to be sure to build your profile in order to maximize this valuable networking tool.