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Please urge our U.S. Senators to get to work, and PASS the bipartison "Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act."

This important legislation includes FHA condo finance reforms; streamlining of the Rural Housing Service loan process; reforms and streamlining of HUD housing services for needy families while increasing opportunities for families to transition into self-sufficiency; and several other reforms which will expand housing opportunities and save taxpayers money.

The Congressional Budget Office reports the reforms enacted by passage of this legislation will reduce spending by $311 million over the 2017 - 2021 period.
Prince George's County and Maryland real estate contract, listing, and broker forms

PGCAR recently revised and/or discontinued the listed forms. Please immediately begin using the new forms and disregard copies or electronic files containing the old/outdated blank forms. The new forms are currently available in PDF format at and will be available soon under the PGCAR directories at ZipForms and DotLoop.

Of significant importance is the discontinuance of Form #1303, the Jurisdictional Addendum to the MAR Residential Contract of Sale. This form closely mirrored PGCAR Form #1302, the Disclosure and Notice Addendum (DNA). In fact, the DNA already included all of the mandatory disclosures that were contained in Form #1303, plus several more that are recommended to protect agents and sellers from liability exposures. Having both forms created confusion. As such, the PGCAR Forms Committee acted to maintain the DNA Form over the Jurisdictional Addendum.
  1. Removed Form #503 - Notice To Tenant Lead Based Paint and Lead Based Paint Hazards:

    This form was discontinued as the suggested disclosures are now incorporated into the PGCAR Lease.

  2. Revised Form #1100 - Property Management and Exclusive Rental Agreement
    Latest revision 3/22/16.

    • Item 27 - Revised to address new legislation relative to fines for failure to obtain a rental license.
    • Item 35 - New paragraph added, "Notice To Owner - Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act."
    • Item 36 - New paragraph added, Liens / Mortgages / Judgments / Foreclosure / Bankruptcy.
    • Item 38 - New paragraph added to address legislation, "Age Restricted / Senior Rental Community / Facility."

  3. Revised Form #1105 - Single Family Dwelling Lease
    Latest revision 3/22/16.

    • Item 3 - Revised to address legislation relative to security deposit interest owed on short term rentals.
    • Item 9 - Revised to address and clarify liability for pet / service animal damages.
    • Item 20 c - New paragraph added addressing "Notice to Tenants Renting in Condominiums."
    • Item 40 - New paragraph added, "Notice To Owner - Lead Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act."
    • Item 45 - New paragraph added, "Age Restricted / Senior Rental Community / Facility."

  4. Revised Form #1301 - Addendum of Clauses
    Latest revision 3/16.

    • Item 5 - Paragraph removed. Please refer to MAR Home Inspection Addendum.
    • Item 6 - Paragraph removed. Please refer to the MAR "As Is" addendum.
    • Item 7 - Revised with grammatical clarification.
    • Item 8 - Revised with grammatical clarification.

  5. Revised Form #1302 - Prince George's County Disclosure and Notice Addendum (DNA)
    Latest revision date is 3/16.

    • Item 1 - Added Buyer / Seller initial lines to verify understanding of Item #1.
    • Item 11 - Revised to address State and County ordinances that require disclosure and clarifies that disclosure, "by Seller," is made "prior to" the time the Contract is signed.
    • Item 21 - New paragraph added, "Rental License Required."

  6. Removed Form #1303 - Jurisdictional Addendum To The MAR Residential Contract of Sale

    As indicated in the opening paragraph, this form is discontinued in favor of using PGCAR Form #1302 (DNA) as the "standard" local addendum to the MAR Residential Contract of Sale.

  7. Removed Form #1407 - Home Inspection Notice

    This form is discontinued. It is unnecessary upon removal of Paragraph #5 in the Standard Addendum of Clauses (Form # 1301).

THANK YOU! for supporting JoAnne Poole's run for the office of NAR First Vice President, and for joining us at the National Association of REALTORS® Annual Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo in DC!

Although it was a disappointing and narrow loss to JoAnne's fellow candidate John Smaby for 2017 NAR First Vice President, we are excited to see what the near future holds for our Association and how JoAnne will choose to serve next.
Real estate and homeownership legislation for Prince George's County and Maryland state


Below is a status report of issues followed by PGCAR and MAR during the 2016 Maryland General Assembly Session and 2016 Prince George's County Council. Representatives of PGCAR frequently traveled to Annapolis and Upper Marlboro to lobby legislators and testify on a number of these issues. This year, we are happy to report, that we ended the Annapolis Session with several "wins" for REALTORS®. Our efforts before the County Council are on-going, as their session runs through December.

2016 Prince George's County and Annapolis Delegation Issues
Dwayne Mingo, Director of Government Affairs - PGCAR

CR 13 - 2016 - Comprehensive Housing Strategy Ad Hoc Subcommittee
STATUS: ADOPTED - Effective March 8, 2016

This Council Resolution establishes a Comprehensive Housing Strategy Ad Hoc Subcommittee to develop a Comprehensive Housing Strategy for Prince George's County.

PGCAR ACTION - PGCAR SUPPORTS the concept and lobbied successfully to be named specifically in the resolution as a participant on the Comprehensive Housing Strategy Ad Hoc Subcommittee. A representative from PGCAR has been designated to serve on the subcommittee along with other members of the community and business interests.

HB 1025 - Prince George's County - Land Use - Zoning Powers and Review
(PG/MC 111-16)

This bill would have provided for the review of certain zoning matters by the District Council in Prince George's County in a certain manner.

PGCAR ACTION - PGCAR MONITORED this land use bill. The legislation was centered on oversight authority regarding land development in Prince George's County. Currently we have a professional planning staff and an appointed board that judges land development applications after a review process which can include public input. MNCPPC staff advises the planning board members on a wide variety of issues and adheres to the law. For the reasons stated, the current process is supported.

HB 1083 - Prince George's County - Abandoned Property - Special Property Tax Rate
(PG 432-16)

This bill would have required Prince George's County to set a special property tax rate for certain unimproved lots and certain improved real property that are deemed to be neglected. The special tax rate would be 15% higher than that imposed on other property in Prince George's County.

PGCAR ACTION - PGCAR OPPOSED the bill with the understanding and appreciation of the concerns relative to abandoned and neglected properties. These and vacant foreclosure properties have had a drastic effect on our overall property values. However, the precedent of establishing a "special tax class" that is specific to a certain property classification is a concern which could disproportionately burden certain property owners.

HB 1085 - Prince George's County - State and County Transfer Taxes - Exemptions
(PG 429-16)

This bill would have exempted from the State and Prince George's County transfer taxes instruments of writing that transfer specified residential real property to employees of a specified federal law enforcement agency no later than 1 year after the federal law enforcement agency is issued a specified use and occupancy certificate.

PGCAR ACTION - PGCAR SUPPORTED the concept with amendments and lobbied vigorously to advance the bill. The bill was predicated upon the Federal Bureau of Investigation relocating their headquarters operation to Prince George's County. Offering a reduction in transfer taxes to benefit FBI employees would've strengthened the County's commitment to bringing them here.

HB 1198 - Prince George's County - Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission - Extraordinary Development District
(PG/MC 109-16)
STATUS: PASSED - Effective June 1, 2016

The bill authorizes the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) to enter into an agreement with Prince George's County to deposit all or a portion of M-NCPPC property taxes levied by the county on the tax increment in an "extraordinary development district" into a special fund for the extraordinary development district.

PGCAR ACTION - PGCAR SUPPORTED the bill authorizing the MNCPPC to designate a new "redevelopment district" specifically designed to meet certain criteria relative to the location of a federal law enforcement facility. The bill provides the enabling authority of the Prince George's County Council to enact an Extraordinary Development District by Council Resolution.

MAR Government Affairs
Summary of 2016 Maryland General Assembly Legislative Session
Maryland Association of REALTORS®
Bill Castelli
Vice President of Government Affairs, MAR

We appreciate the organizers, sponsors, participants and anyone who donated time or money towards the scholarship fundraiser! Thankful too, for the rain waiting until after we were done!

In 2009, the Prince George's County Association of REALTORS® instituted the David Maclin Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of REALTOR® David Maclin, the 2006 PGCAR President. To date, the Scholarship Fund has provided over $50,500 in scholarships to students graduating from Prince George's County High Schools. These scholarships can be used at universities, community colleges or trade schools. Please join us at next year's 5k walk / run!
REALTORS® Recognize Excellence in Sales Production

At a gala event on March 30, 2016, the Prince George's County Association of REALTORS® recognized area REALTORS® for their 2015 sales production.

The REALTOR® Award Celebration, held at Martins Crosswinds in Greenbelt, is the Association's premiere recognition of outstanding agent performance for the calendar year 2015. REALTORS® must have attained a minimum of $2.5 million of sales activity to qualify.

Almost 100 County REALTORS® received awards recognizing their "personal best" in sales production. In all, over 240 sales agents, mortgage lenders, settlement company representatives,family, friends and colleagues were in attendance to celebrate the winners. "We've endured some troubling conditions, but now, after a six-year absence, the market is strong and the time is right to again recognize agent achievement," stated Association Executive Vice President, Mike Graziano.

Taking home the top honor of the evening, First Place Platinum Individual General Brokerage, was John Lesniewski of RE/MAX United Real Estate, with $35 million in sales activity. Placing first in the Platinum Team Competition was The Bill Franklin Team of Long and Foster Real Estate, with over $43 million in production.

Additional Awards were presented to the Rookie of the Year, Demetrius Crawford of TriStar Realty, who achieved a remarkable $4.2 million in sales volume for his first 12 months in the real estate industry. Industry stalwarts, Donald Frederick, Rose Marie Jung and Chris Majerle were awarded the REALTOR® Emeritus Award for over 40 years of consecutive service to the National Association of REALTORS® and the Prince George's County Association of REALTORS®.

Awards Chair, Desiree Callender was relentless in her effort to bring the awards back after a six-year sabbatical. "I am pleased to have such a prominent showing of qualified agents for the return of our awards recognition ceremony." One hundred qualified entries indicate that real estate in the County is doing well. Agents are busy again and like being recognized for their performance.

Individual General Brokerage - Platinum Winners (Over $10.5 million):
  1. John Lesniewski $35 Million
  2. Mike Patrick $22 Million
  3. Melanie Gamble $15 Million
  4. Anthony Mason $13 Million
  5. Young Kang $13 Million
  6. Jeff Bridgegum $13 Million
  7. Sam Barbieri $13 Million
  8. George Patterson $12 Million
  9. Gilbert Poudrier $12 Million
  10. Yolanda Muckle $12 Million
  11. Jill Crofcheck $11 Million
  12. Desiree Callender $10.5 Million

Team General Brokerage - Platinum (Over $10.5 million):
  1. The Bill Franklin Team, Bill Franklin $43 Million
  2. The Pirovic Team, Jean Bourne-Pirovic $22 Million
  3. The Lancaster Team, Cory Lancaster $21 Million

Rookie of the Year 2015:

Demetrius Crawford $4.2 Million

Affiliates are our "partners in real estate": mortgage lenders, title companies and settlement attorneys, home inspectors, home warranty companies and more. Affiliates have elected to support the real estate industry by holding membership in PGCAR, and many have chosen to sponsor our programs and events.

We encourage our REALTOR® members -- and Prince George's County home owners, buyers and sellers -- to use the Affiliates Directory when seeking real estate related service providers.

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