Nominations for AREC Commissioner Seats
January 7, 2021
Dear Alabama REALTORS®:
As the State of Alabama’s largest professional organization representing the interests of the real estate industry, the Alabama Association of REALTORS® (AAR) is given the honor of nominating candidates (both REALTOR® members and non-REALTOR® licensees) for vacant seats on the Alabama Real Estate Commission (AREC), in accordance with Alabama Code (1975), §34-27-7.
AREC is the state licensing board charged with regulating all real estate licensees in Alabama. AREC’s core mission is to ensure real estate licensees comply with license law for the benefit of the public and consumer. AREC receives, investigates, and prosecutes violations of license law and oversees continuing education requirements for licensees among other duties.
The terms of three current Commissioners are set to expire in 2021, and one Commission seat is vacant. Therefore, AAR is requesting qualified candidates interested in serving as a Commissioner to submit their name for consideration or encourage someone you know to do so. AAR is searching for applicants who reside in the following Alabama Congressional Districts:
- First Congressional District (Covering portions of Baldwin, Clarke, Escambia, Mobile, Monroe, and Washington Counties.)
- Third Congressional District (Covering portions of Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Cleburne, Elmore, Lee, Macon, Montgomery, Randolph, Russell, St. Clair, Talladega, and Tallapoosa Counties.)
- Sixth Congressional District (Covering portions of Blount, Chilton, Coosa, Jefferson, and Shelby Counties.)
- Seventh Congressional District (Covering portions of Choctaw, Clarke, Dallas, Green, Hale, Jefferson, Lowndes, Marengo, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, and Wilcox Counties.)
- If you are unsure about whether you live in one of the Alabama Congressional Districts noted above, you can check your residence information here at the U.S. House of Representatives’ website.
Qualifications: Interested applicants should have strong credentials that exhibit the highest degree of real estate experience and professionalism in their personal and professional endeavors. At a minimum, applicants should meet all the qualifications set forward by Alabama law such as the following:
- A resident and citizen of Alabama for at least 10 years.
- Held an active real estate broker or salesperson license for at least 10 years.
- Not have been convicted of a violation of any federal or state real estate license law.
- Nominees should be a resident of the Congressional District they wish to serve.
- Nominees must be able to serve a five-year term beginning on October 1, 2021 and expiring on September 30, 2026.
Duties and Responsibilities: Serving as a Commissioner is an extreme honor that comes with a high degree of responsibility to carry out his/her duties. Commissioners should avoid even the appearance of impropriety in all of their activities personally, professionally, and in their duties as Commissioners. If selected, a Commissioner will become a public official and be bound by the Alabama Ethics Act and other state and federal laws that govern the activities and behavior of public officials and regulators. Commissioners may be required to attend annual ethics training, file quarterly statements of economic activity with the State Ethics Commission, as well as attend other required and/or recommended training to ensure they not only meet but exceed the minimum standard in their knowledge and understanding of the laws that govern their activities and behavior as a Commissioner.
Commissioners also have great influence and the grave responsibility as regulators and public officials over all real estate licensees in Alabama. As such, to avoid any actual or perceived undue influence or conflict of interest, and for the protection of both AAR, AREC, as well as the individual Commissioners and licensees, Commissioners may not serve in a volunteer or elected leadership position at AAR while also serving as a Commissioner. Commissioners shall otherwise enjoy all of the rights and privileges of membership and use of the REALTOR® trademark.
Application Process and Deadline: Qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest and detailed resume to AAR by Friday, February 8, 2021 by emailing Sharon Callahan at Sharon@alabamarealtors.com.
- The cover letter should provide the applicant’s home address, detail the applicant’s interest in serving as a Commissioner, and elaborate on the applicant’s real estate background, experience, and notable professional achievements.
- Please do not include letters of reference and/or recommendations; or attempt to enlist elected or appointed public officials to lobby on your behalf; or attempt to unduly influence or lobby (directly or indirectly) the Association leadership or staff on your behalf. Applicants who do not follow these instructions may be excluded from consideration.
- If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call for further guidance and instruction.