Philadelphia Realtor® Anne Rubin was recently appointed to the State Real Estate Commission by Gov. Tom Wolf. The commission licenses real estate agents and brokers, administers and enforces the laws relating to real estate activities, and establishes requirements for continuing education. Its 11-member board is comprised of six real estate brokers (including one cemetery broker), three public members, a representative from the attorney general’s office and the commissioner of the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.
Rubin, a 29-year veteran of the real estate industry, is a managing partner of Century 21 Advantage Gold, the largest and No. 1-ranked Century 21 office in Pennsylvania. She’s also been recognized as the No. 1 Century 21 agent in Pennsylvania.
“It’s been a dream to serve on the real estate commission,” Rubin said. “I know I have a lot of learning to do to understand the commission’s procedures and processes in order to affect positive change for Realtors® and the consumers we’re tasked with protecting.”
Rubin, who is certified to teach real estate continuing education and pre-licensure courses, served on PAR’s Professionalism Task Force several years ago. The task force proposed recommendations for legislative and regulatory changes that resulted in House Bill 863, which was introduced by Rep. Greg Rothman (R-Cumberland), a Realtor® and previous State Real Estate Commissioner.
Rubin is a member of the Montgomery County Association of Realtors® and a secondary member of the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors®, where she previously served as president. Rubin currently serves on the Suburban Realtors® Alliance Board of Directors.
Rubin has been active with the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® as well. She’s been on the board of directors, Legislative Committee, the Standard Forms Feedback Panel and the RPAC Fundraising Committee.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro will swear Rubin into office on Friday, May 26, in Philadelphia.
Act 53 clarifies that conviction of a crime does not automatically preclude someone from being issued a state professional or occupational license. The state licensing boards/commissions must first determine if the applicant’s particular criminal offense is directly related to the duties, functions and responsibilities of the license applied for, and then must conduct an individualized assessment of the applicant.
The state issued limited waiver, which will allow approved real estate schools, with courses already approved for in-person instruction, to livestream those courses. All other requirements related to online real estate education remain in place.