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Association Executives Committee
The Association Executives Committee (A.E.C.) provides a forum for Association Executives to be informed on Association issues and procedures.  As appropriate, the A.E.C. shall provide recommendations to leadership on issues of concern of the REALTOR® organization. (December 2003)

Association Presidents, Leadership Forum
The forum informs and educates local Association Presidents so they can effectively discharge their responsibilities. It also allows local Association leadership an opportunity to inform appropriate C.A.R. committees and C.A.R. leadership of their needs. As a forum, this is not a policy-making body; however, it does refer appropriate matters to committees for consideration.

Business Technology Forum
The Business Technology Forum provides REALTORS® with education and information about technology that impacts the real estate profession. (January 2013) 

C.A.R. Scholarship Foundation/C.A.R. Education Foundation
The Trustees make scholarships available to students studying for a career in real estate. The Trustees interview potential recipients, generate scholarship funds and represent the C.A.R. Scholarship Foundation and the C.A.R. Education Foundation during the California REALTOR® EXPO.

California Distinguished REALTOR® Awards Selection
The California Distinguished REALTOR® Awards Selection Committee may select, subject to the Board of Directors approval, a recipient of the California Distinguished REALTOR® Award.  The California Distinguished REALTOR® Awards Selection Committee shall consist of six members, one of whom shall be selected by the President to serve as chairman.  All members of the committee shall have been recipients of the California Distinguished REALTOR® award or shall have been an honorary C.A.R. President.  Recipients of the California Distinguished REALTOR® award must have been a California REALTOR® for a minimum of twenty years, must have demonstrated outstanding service to C.A.R. for no less than fifteen of the twenty years of service and must be a C.A.R. Director-for-Life.  The California Distinguished REALTOR® Award shall not be awarded posthumously, shall not be awarded to the current C.A.R. President, President-elect, or Treasurer, Past Presidents, or Honorary Presidents or to more than one recipient in any elective year.  The California Distinguished REALTOR® award will be the highest recognition that C.A.R. can bestow on a member. (June 2010)

California REALTOR® Expo Advisory
The mission of the committee is to serve in an advisory role to assist in meeting the objectives of the California REALTOR® EXPO Business Plan. Guidance and direction are provided in speaker selection, program development, and exhibitor relations. The Committee is a work and information dissemination committee. It reports to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. (July 1994)

Commercial Investment Forum
The mission of the Commercial Investment Forum is to seek opportunities to unify, network, and collaborate with interested REALTORS® through communication, education, outreach and the promotion of professionalism.  (January 2016)

Communications Advisory
The mission of the committee is to serve in an advisory capacity to assist in meeting the overall communications and marketing objectives of the Association. The committee provides guidance for California Real Estate and Real Estate Technology magazines, media relations, car.org, various online communications vehicles, and Association-wide marketing and communications programs. The committee reports to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

Credentials
Description: The Credentials Committee is the First Point of Contact with all officers, directors, committee members and other C.A.R. members attending official C.A.R. Business Meetings.  The committee expedites the registration process at C.A.R. Business Meetings and issues badges, registration information, political action & officer recognition ribbons, and other pertinent materials at the meetings and California REALTOR® Expo.  In addition, the Credentials Committee members review and verify membership contact information with all officers, directors and committee members, and ensure the changed and updated information is provided to C.A.R. Membership Services and local Associations.  Items needing to be updated may be added to from time to time, but should always include current email address, primary telephone number, preferred mailing address and current member photograph.

Mission: Competent, professional and friendly service to Volunteer Members is paramount.  The committee members recognize their primary responsibility as the First Point of Contact is to greet Volunteer officers, directors and committee members and set the tone and pace for the ensuing meeting.  It is recognized that many directors and committee members are attending the business meetings for the first time and will have additional questions and require extra explanations.  Committee members will balance the need for additional information with effective crowd management when registration lines are the longest, always maintaining a professional and friendly demeanor while ensuring all needed information is communicated.   Tasks include, but are not limited to, providing official badges, registration materials, schedules, political action & officer recognition ribbons, event entry tickets, providing facility directions and ensuring all members receive last minute bulletins and changes in a timely fashion.  (January 2003)

CREPAC Trustees
The mission of the CREPAC Trustees is to further the Association's political objectives by managing and operating non-partisan campaign funds capable of providing material support to California candidates for election to local, state and federal offices. The committee has independent decision-making authority with regard to expenditures of funds. It provides informational reports to the Board of Directors. (December 1992)

Defense Strategy Advisory
The Defense Strategy Advisory Committee will serve to develop and recommend policies, procedures and programs to reduce claims against members, to enable members to obtain affordable Errors & Omissions Insurance, to reduce cost of defense and to identify risk management solutions.  (January 2005)

Educational Services Advisory
The committee serves in an advisory role to assist in meeting the objectives of the Education and Training Services Business Plan. This committee will advise the staff on potential new programs to research that provide timely and legally correct education products to real estate professionals.

Executive
The committee serves as an advisory committee to the president and oversees and assures that the business of the Association is carried out in accordance with the policies and instructions of the Board of Directors. Individual committees present recommendations to the Executive Committee before being submitted to the Board of Directors. The Executive Committee may make advisory recommendations to the Board of Directors with respect to those committee reports.

Federal
The mission of the committee is to monitor federal legislative and regulatory proposals and actions as they relate to the California's real estate industry and real estate market. It also reviews recommendations of C.A.R.'s four policy committees: Transaction and Regulatory, Land Use and Environmental, Taxation and Government Finance, and Housing to evaluate and coordinate Association policy on federal issues and proposals that have significant implications for the industry in California. The committee assists in advocacy of recommended policies to appropriate N.A.R. Committees and the public, and coordinates California directors' delegation efforts at N.A.R. meetings. It reports to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors (January 2010)

Global Real Estate Forum
The forum's purpose is to maximize the ability of all C.A.R. members to take advantage of the growing earnings potential associated with the increasing globalization of the real estate business. It strives to establish a significant leadership role for all levels of organized real estate within the international real estate and business community and hopes to attract and retain international real estate practitioners to the REALTOR® community.

Home Ownership Housing
The Committee is a Policy committee. Its mission is to develop C.A.R.'s housing policy in the homeownership segment of California's housing opportunities. It has original jurisdiction to evaluate housing legislation and regulation in the following issue areas:

Common Interest Development
Housing Policy
Manufactured Housing

Each issue area is managed during the Committee's meeting by an Issue Chair, under the direction of a committee Chair and committee Vice Chair.  The Committee reports to the Legislative or Federal level of government committee(s), as appropriate, and to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.  (January 2013)

Housing Affordability Fund
The CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® Housing Affordability Fund (H.A.F.) plays an active role in addressing the ongoing housing affordability challenges facing California.  H.A.F. will raise and distribute funds in partnership with local associations and other groups to promote housing and homeownership. (January 2016)

IMPAC Trustees
The mission of the Trustees is to advance the Association's mission and legislative objectives by managing and administering funds to support advocacy, legislative and public educational efforts at the federal, state and local levels that have an impact on real property in California. IMPAC is a policy review and work committee. The Trustees report to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for information only, and are authorized to make funding decisions without Director approval.(July 1994)

Investment Housing
The Committee is a Policy committee. Its mission is to develop C.A.R.'s housing policy in the rental segment of California's housing opportunities. It has original jurisdiction to evaluate housing legislation and regulation in the following issue areas:

Fair Housing/Equal Opportunity
Multifamily
Property Management

Each issue area is managed during the Committee's meeting by an Issue Chair, under the direction of a committee Chair and committee Vice Chair.  The Committee reports to the Legislative or Federal level of government committee(s), as appropriate, and to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.  (January 2013)

Investment Subcommitte
The Investment Subcommittee will oversee the investment of C.A.R.’s reserves, and make recommendations to the Strategic Planning and Finance Committee regarding the Association’s investment policies.  The Investment Subcommittee will be responsible for evaluating the performance of C.A.R.’s professional investment advisors, and shall make recommendations to the Strategic Planning and Finance Committee regarding the Association’s relationship with such advisors at least every three years. (March 2014)

Land Use and Environmental
The Committee is a Policy committee. Its mission is to develop C.A.R.'s land use and environmental policy agenda. It has original jurisdiction to evaluate legislation and regulation in the following issue areas as they relate to real estate:

Property Rights
Land Use and Zoning
Environmental
Resources
Subdivision and Development

Each issue area is managed during the Committee's meeting by an Issue Chair, under the direction of a committee Chair and committee Vice-Chair.  The Committee reports to the Legislative or Federal level of government committee(s), as appropriate, and to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.  (January 2010)

Legal Action Fund Trustees
The mission of the Trustees is to proactively advance the Association's mission and legal objectives by providing legal resources and/or financial support concerning legal issues that will have a statewide impact on REALTORS®, primarily in the areas of broker liability and practice and private property rights. (July 1994)

Legal Affairs Forum
The mission of the forum is to provide attorneys representing local associations and real estate firms with an opportunity to obtain and exchange information that will help them more effectively represent the association or firm. Forum members receive reports from C.A.R.'s Legal Department, hear guest speakers and participate in roundtable discussions on relevant legal issues. The forum is for information exchange, and reports to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. (October 1993)

Legislative
The mission of the committee is to monitor and supervise the state implementation of C.A.R. public policy in legislation and regulation; and to evaluate policy recommendations that arise in C.A.R.'s four public policy committees: Transaction and Regulatory, Taxation and Government Finance, Land Use and Environmental, and Housing.  The Legislative Committee reports to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.  (January 2010)

Local Government Forum
The Forum monitors local legislative and regulatory actions and trends and interprets for REALTORS®, local Associations and the public their impact on the real estate industry and property ownership. The forum recommends approaches to influence the course and form of local legislation and works with the Legislative Committee in the formation of Association policy and implementation of state-mandated legislation at the local level. It assists Boards in the development of proactive strategies to address local government housing policies.  It also aids in establishing the Government Affairs Directors program on an individual Board and/or geographical basis.

Membership
The mission of the committee is to be responsible for retention and recruitment of members, and the promotion of the benefits of REALTOR® membership. It also makes recommendations for approval of Honorary Member for Life applicants.  The committee serves a valuable role in monitoring membership policy developments at N.A.R. and assisting in the dissemination of such information to local associations. The committee identifies membership policy issues affecting local associations, studies those issues and discusses possible responses. It may recommend as needed, policy positions to the C.A.R. Board of Directors, including recommending attempts to influence member- ship policy at the National Association of REALTORS® to the best interest of California local associations. Further, the committee may serve as a forum for the exchange of information regarding membership services such as orientations at the local association level. (March 1997)

MLS Policy
The mission of the committee is to work to assure that REALTORS® remain the primary provider of information about real estate. To that end, the Committee:
a) Promotes and adopts Model MLS Rules and policies that comply with legal requirements N.A.R. policy and, where appropriate, reflect C.A.R. REALTOR® Member desired practice and use of technology
b) Facilitates the exchange of information between local Associations of REALTOR®-OWNED MLSs/Regionals and disseminates information regarding legal developments which impact the MLS.
(January 2013)

Nominating
The Nominating Committee may, but is not required to, place in nomination the names of Officers and Directors For Life to be elected for the ensuing elective year.  The Committee is also responsible for the selection of N.A.R. Directors from California.  The Nominating Committee is comprised of one voting member from each Region, selected by the C.A.R. Directors from that Region to represent the Region, and one voting Member at Large appointed by the President.  The Committee is Chaired by the Past President who served three years earlier, and the Vice Chair is the Past President who served two years prior.   The Immediate Past President serves as a non-voting committee member, and each Region also designates an alternate to represent the Region in the event the voting representative is unable to serve.  Alternates attend the meetings of the Nominating Committee.  Nominating Committee deliberations are confidential.

The Nominating Committee establishes subcommittees each year as follows:

Director For Life Subcommittee -- to recommend nominations for the position of Director For Life
N.A.R. Director Selection Subcommittee -- to recommend the selection of NAR Directors from California and alternates
Question Subcommittee --to prepare questions to pose to candidates for office
Teller Subcommittee -- to tally votes from the other Subcommittees and the full Committee

Past Presidents
The C.A.R. Past Presidents serve in an advisory role to the Leadership Team.

Political Activities Fund
The mission statement for the Committee shall be "to enhance the California Association of REALTORS® political and legislative effectiveness by evaluating proposals and allocating funds in the following areas: member education; enhancements to the Member Mobilization Program; and other political activities.

Professional Standards
The mission of the committee is to strive to promote knowledge of and compliance with the N.A.R. Code of Ethics in order to elevate the industry to its highest professional, ethical ideal. It reports to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. (July 1994)

Public Policy Issues Forum
The Forum is designed to provide an opportunity for education, information and networking regarding public policy issues that may be related to discussions in the various public policy committees. Topics, guest speakers, discussion opportunities and presentations are selected that will be the most topical and of the greatest use and interest to attending members. The Forum will focus on issues related to the public policy development of C.A.R. and to the greatest extent possible will not overlap with non-policy forums (Member-Director, REALTOR-Consumer, Forum on Forms, DRE Commissioner's Public Forum). The Forum does not consider action items or make motions, and has no reporting responsibilities. (January 2010)

REALTOR® Action Fund
The mission of the committee is to provide education and tools to increase member participation and to provide support for REALTORS® in the areas of fundraising, education and grassroots involvement at the local level.  The committee's primary function is to raise funds for the REALTOR® Action Fund, train local associations and to provide political education to local members, as needed. (January 2017)

REALTOR® Risk Management and Consumer Protection Forum

To provide a forum to identify trends and issues that may be, or are, putting REALTORS® and/or their clients at risk, to educate REALTORS®, and to provide information to other C.A.R. Committees as appropriate.  (October 2003)

Sergeant-at-Arms
The chairman of the committee is the C.A.R. Sergeant-at-Arms. Committee members are appointed to assist in seating guests at luncheons, banquets, directors meetings and EXPO general sessions. Members are classified as assistant sergeant-at-arms and act as official greeters, in addition to distributing materials for meetings and voting cards at directors' sessions. Members may be assigned to take tickets at closed functions.

Standard Forms Advisory
The mission of the committee is to serve in an advisory role in meeting the objectives of the Standard Forms Business Plan. The committee reviews existing forms for legal accuracy and relevancy, provides input in the development of new forms, and advises on policy issues to ensure that the Association is positioned to respond quickly and effectively to emerging legal requirements, new legislation, changing business practices and consumer trends. (July 1994)

-- The Forum on Forms provides the Standard Forms Advisory Committee with a vehicle for gathering and distributing information related to the creation and development of C.A.R.'s Standard Forms. Input received at the Forum on Forms is carefully evaluated by the Committee and is crucial to the Committee in meeting its core mission goals.

Strategic Planning and Finance
The committee coordinates the planning and budgeting activities of the Association.   It is responsible for setting the long term direction for the association by identifying critical issues of importance to REALTORS® based on an analysis of member needs and driving forces affecting the evolution of the real estate market and brokerage industry. The committee also works to ensure the financial viability of the Association. It reviews financial statements, recommends policy changes and reviews and approves proposed expenditures recommended by other committees that are not part of the current budget. It is responsible for developing the annual program objectives and budget which is then presented to the Board of Directors for their approval. The committee meets at each Directors meeting, receiving input from all other committees on issues of concern to the Association, and between meetings as needed. It consists of two subcommittees, Finance and Strategic Planning. The Chairman of the Committee is the Treasurer and Committee members serve staggered three-year terms.

Taxation and Government Finance
The Committee is a Policy committee. Its mission is to develop C.A.R.'s government finance and taxation policy agenda. It has original jurisdiction to evaluate legislation and regulation in the following issue areas as they relate to real estate:

Commercial Investment
Government Finance
Property Tax
Transaction Tax

Each issue area is managed during the Committee's meeting by an Issue Chair, under the direction of a committee Chair and committee Vice-Chair. The Committee reports to the Legislative or Federal level of government committee(s), as appropriate, and to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.  (January 2010)

Transaction and Regulatory
The Committee is a Policy committee. Its mission is to develop C.A.R.'s overall policy agenda as it relates to the practice of real estate. It has original jurisdiction to evaluate transactional issues, legislation and regulation in the following issue areas:

Licensure
Liability and Risk Management
Real Estate Finance
Transactional

Each issue area is managed during the Committee's meeting by an Issue Chair, under the direction of a committee Chair and committee Vice-Chair.  The Committee has jurisdiction over issues that are potentially real estate related that do not fall into another committee's jurisdiction.  The Committee reports to the Legislative or Federal level of government committee(s), as appropriate, and to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors.  (October 2010)

Young Professionals Network Forum
The Young Professionals Network Forum is part of a national group of young, career-minded real estate professionals who want to stay abreast of the latest tools, resources, and networking opportunities.


Revised: January 31, 2017


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