Iowa Real Estate Commission
1920 SE Hulsizer Road
Ankeny, IA 50021
January 12, 2006
Present: James Hughes, Chair; James O'Neill, Patty Daniels, Laurie Dawley, Lori Diehl
and Donald Marple.
Not Present: E. Karl Reichert
Others Present: Roger Hansen, Executive Officer; John Lundquist, Assistant Attorney
General; Dave Batts, Compliance Officer; Jeff Evans, Auditor; Sylvia King, Staff; Susan
Griffel, Education Director, and Sandy Malek, Staff.
Public: Paul McLaughlin (Iowa Association of Realtors).
The meeting was called to order at 9:03 a.m.
REQUEST FOR WAIVER OR VARIANCE FROM ADMINISTRATIVE RULES
The Commission considered a request by Scott Thomas for waiver or variance from
Administrative Rule 193E 3.3 (543B) to extend the deadline for expiration of a broker
examination passing score. Thomas failed to appear for a 9:00 a.m. personal appearance he
had requested. After discussion, Daniels moved, Diehl second to deny the application.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Marple, second Daniels, to enter into closed session pursuant to Iowa
Code 21.5(1)(d) and 21.5(1)(f) to discuss open cases. Roll call vote as follows: Hughes,
aye; O'Neill, aye; Marple, aye; Diehl, aye; Dawley, aye and Daniels, aye. Marple recused
himself from all discussion and voting from Cases 05-107 and 05-151. Commission entered
into closed session at 10:37 a.m. and returned to open session at 1:01 p.m.
Motion made by Marple, second Dawley, to accept informal settlements in Cases A05-020,
05-116, 04-147, A05-016, A05-015, 05-058 and 04-055. Motion carried unanimously.
FINDINGS OF FACT, DECISION AND ORDER
Motion made by O'Neill, second Marple, to accept "Findings of Fact, Conclusions of
Law and Order" on Case A05-010 as written. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Dawley, second Daniels, to close Cases 05-163, 05-164,
05-174, 05-175, and 05-176. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Dawley, second O'Neill, to find probable cause on Cases
05-100, 05-105, 05-107, 05-151, 05-178, A05-025 and A05-024. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Daniel, second Diehl, to deny salesperson application in Case 05-119.
Motion carried unanimously.
Motion made by Marple, second O'Neill, to approve December 14, 2005 minutes. Motion
Future IREC meetings are scheduled as follows:
Commission Meetings: Investigative Committee Meetings:
Thursday, March 2, 2006 Wednesday, March 1, 2006
(Dawley, Marple and Reichert)
Thursday, April 13, 2006 Wednesday, April 12, 2006
Thursday, May 25, 2006 Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Thursday, July 13, 2006 Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006 Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Thursday, November 2, 2006 Wednesday, November 1, 2006
Thursday, December 7, 2006 Wednesday, December 6, 2006
McLaughlin reported he'd received a question concerning bare lots and the Sellers
Property Condition Disclosure requirement.
McLaughlin then reviewed and distributed a draft of the two education changes that have
been proposed by the IAR. The first is that newly licensed salespersons take the required
buying and listing practice courses within the first twelve months of licensure as opposed
to the first thirty-six months as is currently required. Second, to allow for a maximum of
twenty-four home study credits if at least twelve of the hours are by electronic courses
(current limit is eighteen hours with no provision for electronic courses versus home
McLaughlin stated offices are using CD-ROM to maintain office records as opposed to
holding paper copies, and asked if the Commission had a stance on the issue. Hansen stated
that when the issue was addressed in the past, the Assistant Attorney General determined a
CD-ROM was acceptable as long as it was used as a back-up and not as the original file.
Lundquist stated that he would look into the legal issues and get back to the Commission.
McLaughlin then stated current legal issues before the IAR include distribution of
education funds, septic tank regulation, and internet advertising.
In closing, McLaughlin stated the next Legislative bus-in day is scheduled for February
22, 2006 for anyone interested.
Hughes reported he and Hansen appeared on the program for a meeting of the Cedar Valley
Board of Realtors in December. The meeting was well attended. No major issues or concerns
Marple reported he had addressed members of his local association and firm regarding
implementation of the new item required to be included in the Sellers Property Condition
Daniels mentioned the Des Moines Water Works practice of placing liens on properties
due to non-payment of past-due bills affects buyers, which she and others are attempting
to resolve by communicating directly with water works officials.
Hansen reported progress continues on the Division's renovation project.
Batts reported 187 complaints were filed in 2005. He added a large number of criminal
histories have expired and will need to be redone, three salesperson applications have
been denied, and several cases have been opened for nondisclosure of criminal history. He
has also opened a case on a licensee who is undergoing criminal prosecution for fraud
King reported approximately 4,100 of the 5,700 renewals mailed have been renewed, and
123 new salesperson and broker applications have been processed since January 3, 2006.
Malek reported 875 total background checks have been processed since the law
implementation on July 1, 2006. 60 of the checks have expired. Email will no longer be
used to notify Applicants when the criminal history has been received, written
notification will be sent instead.
Griffel stated she is looking at other states continuing education and home study
requirements to assist the Commission in reviewing the Iowa requirements. She is also
putting together an overview of existing post-license education programs to determine if
other changes should be recommended.
ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL'S REPORT
No report rendered.
Motion made by Marple, second Daniels, to adjourn. Motion carried unanimously. Meeting
adjourned at 1:10 p.m.
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