Committees

Volunteer Opportunities

This is your opportunity to lead CAAR to a productive year. YOUR Association needs you. In order to accomplish our goals, we need the type of individuals who WILL lead.

CAAR is striving to: unite those engaged in all aspects of the real estate transaction; offer members the education and tools needed to better serve their clients and customers; advocate private property ownership rights; abide by the strict Code of Ethics set forth by the National Association of REALTORS and promote competency, social consciousness, political awareness and professional responsibility among its members.

Our members are governed by an elected Board of Directors and numerous Committees who respond to the day-to-day needs of the organization, in compliance with the Association Bylaws and insuring our compliance with the requirements for continued membership in both the State and NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS.

Take a moment to review this volunteer interest form and let us know which areas you have a special interest or expertise in. If you are interested in serving on a committee or task force please fax or mail your completed form to CAAR. Committee assignments run from October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2015. (Download PDF Sign Up Form Here)

Committee Descriptions

Commercial Real Estate Network

Makes recommendations regarding the operation of CREN and surpervises the activities of CREN in accordance with the rules and regulations.

  • Meets on call (2-6 times a year). 2-year term
  • Open to CREN members (limit of five)

Community Service

Work on projects within the community to help REALTORS® give back to the real estate profession and the community by becoming involved in activities which will improve life in the community.

  • Meets quarterly (4-6 times a year)
  • Open to REALTOR® & Affiliate members

Forms

Review Association forms, sales contracts, addendum, listing contracts, and input sheets to insure that they conform to MIS requirements and will recommend any changes needed to the association attorney. Also, review and make recommendations for changes to the MIS displays.

  • Meets on call (4-6 times a year)
  • Open to REALTOR® members

Governmental Affairs

This committee shall establish and maintain a legislative contact network by using existing member relationships and developing new relationships with members of the Illinois General Assembly and both county and city public officials. Through the contact network, the committee will establish an ongoing communication of REALTORS® positions and concerns to public officials. This committee is also charged with the education and fund raising efforts of the membership of CAAR with respect to the annual fundraising goals for RPAC.

  • Meets on call (2-3 times a year)
  • Open to REALTOR® & Affiliate members

Grievance

Previews all ethics complaints received by CAAR as provided in the NAR Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual.

  • Meets on call (usually as a panel member)
  • Limited availability to REALTOR® members based on experience
  • 3-year term
  • Required attendance at the professional standards seminar in Springfield conducted each year by IAR

Multiple Information Service

Supervise the activities and operation of the Multiple Information Service in accordance with the MIS Rules and Regulations, subject to approval of the Board of Directors. The committee shall consist of 9 members who are participants in the Multiple Information Service, or at the option of the Board of Directors, may be users.

  • Meets monthly
  • Open to MIS Participants or Users at the option of the Board of Directors
  • Limited availability based on experience
  • 3-year term

Member Networking Forum

The mission of the New Member Forum is to assist new REALTORS® in becoming acclimated in the business by providing networking opportunities, fostering discussion, and stimulating the open interchange of ideas on issues important to new members of the profession including duties, responsibilities and challenges. For the purposes of participation in this forum a new REALTOR® is defined as an individual who has been in the real estate business for less than four years.

  • Meets on call (4-6 times year)
  • Open to REALTOR® members

Member Services Committee

Responsible for conducting all educational activities promoted by the Association, including but not limited to, CAAR’s Orientation courses, continuing education courses, pre-license school designation courses, etc. Promote equal opportunity in housing and diversity within the real estate industry; awareness of the growing cultural diversity within our marketplace; and, seek the development of local fair housing partnerships between the local HUD office, public and private fair housing agencies, and other organizations in the housing community. Evaluate the appropriateness of existing strategic relationships, identifying other opportunities, soliciting requests for proposals from vendors and promoting existing strategic relationships to the membership. Identify and implement new member services and periodically review existing services to ensure they are still relevant. Recommend enhancements to the consumer and private side of the association’s web sites located at SeeHouses.com and oversee marketing of site and solicitation of advertisers. Oversee the CAAR sponsorship program.

  • Meets on call (3-4 times year)
  • Open to REALTORS® & Affiliate Members

Professional Standards

This committee shall conduct all hearings regarding business disputes and/or violations by the grievance committee that do not involve a question of law.

  • Meets on call (usually as a panel member)
  • Limited availability to REALTOR® members based on experience
  • 3-year term
  • Required attendance at the professional standards seminar in Springfield conducted each year by IAR

REALTOR and Affiliate

Consists of REALTORS® and Affiliates who will meet to address issues pertaining to all areas related to real estate (e.g., mortgage, appraisal, home inspection, title insurance, etc.) and to educate the membership.

  • Meets on call
  • Open to REALTOR® & Affiliate members

REALTOR and Developer Task Force

Consists of REALTORS® and Developers who will meet to discuss problems with city planning and zoning, or other problems between developers and government and make recommendations for improvement.

  • Meets on call
  • Open to REALTOR® & Affiliate members

Social

Responsible for arranging and conducting social activities on behalf of the membership and/or other committees including the Annual Awards Program, Annual Golf Outing as well as the Annual Holiday Party.

  • Meets on call (2-3 times a year)
  • Open to REALTOR® & Affiliate members