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Please Help Stop Patent Trolls and Frivolous Lawsuits Against Businesses

Please tell your U.S. Representative to support H.R. 9, the Innovation Act to stop patent trolls and protect the real estate industry from frivolous lawsuits.

REALTORS® across the country receive threatening demand letters and lawsuits alleging patent infringement based on the use of common business tools such as drop down menus or search alert functions on websites and the scanner function on a copier. These patent trolls buy vague patents and use them to turn everyday business practices into potential lawsuits.

H.R. 9 is scheduled for House floor consideration THIS WEEK. Congress must pass this common-sense comprehensive patent litigation reform to protect Main Street businesses and REALTORS® from patent troll abuse.

Thank you for your advocacy efforts!

JOIN THE PGCAR YPN SCHOOL SUPPLIES DRIVE!
Collect School Supplies in Your Office This Month

Backpacks and School Supplies Plan A: Collect school supplies and donations now through July 31 in your office. Have fun shopping for extra backpacks, pens, paper and other school supplies the weekend of August 1 with any cash donations you collect. Bring all to the PGCAR office on Monday, August 3.

Plan B: Collect donations of new school supplies, and drop off or mail them anytime during July to: PGCAR, School Supply Drive (YPN), 9200 Basil Court, 4th Floor, Largo, MD 20774.

Result: Members of the Young Professional Network of PGCAR will transport all of our donated school supplies to Prince George's County Public Schools. Hundreds of our County school children who wouldn't otherwise have backpacks and school supplies will be better prepared for learning, and beaming with smiles and appreciation of your good deed!!

Extra Credit: Take a photo of your collected school supplies. Email to comms@pgcar.org, if OK for us to publish on the PGCAR website or other communications.

Supplies Needed: Backpacks and other basic school supplies. Here's an idea list:

Elementary
Composition books (wide ruled)
Plastic school box
Glue sticks
#2 pencils
Crayons
Scissors
Facial tissues
Secondary
3-inch, 3-ring binder
Subject dividers
College-ruled notebook paper
Composition books (college ruled)
Blue or black ballpoint pens
#2 pencils
Colored pencils
Highlighter
Ruler
Book covers
Intermediate
Ruler
Protractor
College-ruled notebook paper
Highlighters
Book covers


FORM REVISIONS - JULY 2015

PLEASE NOTE: Effective Friday, July 17th, at the request of MAR, PGCAR is no longer providing MAR forms within our forms directory at PGCAR.com. PGCAR is not authorized to offer MAR forms in a PDF format. At the PGCAR Zipforms and DotLoop directories all MAR forms will be removed with the exception of the MAR listing agreements. MAR maintains their own Zipforms directory and Dotloop directory at those platforms. It is becoming increasingly more difficult to maintain MAR forms at our domains and provide members with the most recent versions. The MAR forms in PDF are available at MDREALTOR.org. This link is now prominently displayed at the Forms Page at PGCAR.com.

Prince George's County July form updates are as follows.
The listed PGCAR designed forms have been modified or discontinued as indicated below.
  1. Form #1302 - Disclosure and Notice Addendum (DNA):
    Latest revision date is 7/15.

    1. Item 1 - "Unknown" is removed as an option.
    2. Item 2 - "Unknown" is removed as an option.
    3. Item 3 - "Unknown" is removed as an option.
    4. Item 6 - Revised to add notice to purchasers that certain design standards may apply to properties purchased near military installations.
    5. Item 13 - "Unknown" is removed as an option.
    6. Item 14 - "Unknown" is removed as an option.
    7. Item 16 - "Unknown" is removed as an option.
    8. Item 17 - "Unknown" is removed as an option.
    9. Item 18 - "Unknown" is removed as an option.
  2. Form #1303 - Jurisdictional Addendum to the MAR Residential Contract of Sale:
    Latest revision date is 7/15.

    1. Item 4 - Revised to add notice to purchasers that certain design standards may apply to properties purchased near military installations.
    2. Item # 9 - "Unknown" is removed as an option.
  3. Form #1000 - PGCAR Exclusive Right to Sell Listing Contract for Land / Lot / Acreage / Farm:

    This form is discontinued in favor of the MAR Land listing agreement.
  4. Form #1108 - Rental - Addendum to PGCAR Single Family Dwelling Lease:

    This form is discontinued as all relevant information is contained in PGCAR Form #1105 - Single Family Lease.
  5. Form #1331 - Jurisdictional Addendum to Regional Sales Contract:

    The Regional Sales Contract is not being utilized in Prince George's County. As such, this form is being discontinued.
  6. Form #1352 - Conventional Financing Addendum:

    This form was intended to be used in connection with the Regional Sales Contract. The Regional Sales Contract is not being utilized in Prince George's County. As such, this form is being discontinued. MAR offers a general Conventional Financing Addendum (see MAR Forms directory).
  7. Form #1353 - Creditor Authorization Release:

    This form is discontinued.
  8. Form Checklists - Listing Forms Checklist / Contract Forms checklist:

    Both forms have been discontinued.

Please visit PGCAR Members Only to download the latest forms. Revised forms will also be updated on ZipForm, a FREE benefit to PGCAR REALTOR® members. Not signed up yet? Login to PGCAR Members Only and sign up today!
On June 17, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced it is proposing an amendment to delay August 1, 2015 implementation of the new Truth in Lending Act and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act Integrated Disclosure (TRID) regulation until October 3, 2015. On July 15, CFPB Director Cordray said before the Senate Banking Committee that early enforcement of TRID "will be diagnostic and corrective". He added that ". . . for the first period, which may last many months, the other agencies and ourselves as we work on this, if we see errors, we will point out what they are and how they should be corrected. We will not be looking to be punitive to people." Finally on July 27, the CFPB released a final rule extending the implementation deadline from August 1 to October 3.

Please visit www.realtor.org/respa for the latest information, as well as learning how to prepare for the changes by registering for the August 17 1.5 CEU Upcoming Home Lending Changes course.


COUNTY COUNCIL AND EXECUTIVE BRANCH
RESOLVE BUDGET ISSUES

The County Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Budget is now resolved in favor of the compromise offered by the County Council. The new budget took effect on July 1, 2015. It includes a number of revenue measures. Most important to real estate interests are:
  • $.04 increase in the real property tax rate (from $.96 to $1.00 per $100 in assessed value)
  • $.10 increase in the personal property tax rate
  • 1% increase in the telecommunications tax rate
  • $.015 increase in the MNCPPC tax rate
  • Various permit and license fee increases, including a $40 increase in the cost of a County-issued single family rental license (from $75 bi-annually to $115)
Read the summary of 2015 Maryland real estate legislation for a status report of other issues followed by PGCAR and MAR during the 2015 Maryland General Assembly Session and 2015 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.

Mike Graziano, PGCAR's new AE

PGCAR Announces New Executive Vice President
The PGCAR Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Graziano as its Executive Vice President.

Mike has been a part of the REALTOR® family for 27 years, most recently serving PGCAR as Director of Government Affairs. Prior to that, Mike served PGCAR in numerous capacities and served as Assistant Director of Government Affairs at the Maryland Association of REALTORS®.

During Mike's tenure with the organization he has built strong working relationships with elected officials and government representatives. Most recently Mike led the successful PGCAR effort to combat a 15% property tax increase.

Mike will be responsible for managing staff, planning and organizing PGCAR programs and activities to ensure that members receive the highest quality service, informative education and exceptional networking experiences.

PGCAR President, Desiree Callender stated, "Mike is committed to the success of the Association and has spearheaded and accomplished many of its goals. His knowledge of the organization and his connections within the industry have been and will continue to be beneficial to the effective operations of PGCAR."

"I am honored to follow in the footsteps of Joan Ostenso who has a long and distinguished history with the Association," said Graziano. "I too have a passion for real estate and the REALTOR® family. I'm excited and honored to serve as EVP and I look forward to working with our current staff, members and leadership to build upon our many successes in keeping PGCAR at the forefront of the real estate industry."

Mike assumes his new role on July 1st.
NEW! $15,000 HOMEBUYERS PROGRAM FOR COLLEGE PARK
A Second College Park Program Offers up to $5,000 in Home Buying Incentives!


$15,000 Home Ownership Program

Through a new College Park City-University Partnership (CPCUP) Home Ownership Program, employees of the University of Maryland, College Park can receive $15,000 in down payment or closing cost assistance for a home purchased anywhere in College Park. The home must be their primary residence. It can be a single-family or condominium unit.

The $15,000 funding is received as a zero-interest, ten-year forgivable loan so long as all requirements are met. These funds may be combined with other home ownership programs and grants.

The CPCUP Home Ownership Program is part of an effort to increase the number of University of Maryland employees living in the City of College Park as outlined in the University District Vision 2020.



$5,000 New Neighbors Program

College Park's New Neighbors Program provides a $5,000 grant when buying a primary residence in College Park. Applicants must agree to live in the property as their primary residence for a minimum of 5 years.

New Home   /   Resale   /   Former Rental   /   Foreclosure

Anyone purchasing their primary residence within the City of College Park which meets ANY of the following conditions is eligible for a $5,000 grant:
  • Anyone purchasing a single-family home that was previously rented for a minimum of two years.
  • Anyone purchasing a single-family home or condominium unit that is in foreclosure or short sale status.
  • Anyone purchasing a single-family home or condominium unit who is a City of College Park employee; full-time certified police officer employed by the State of Maryland, the University of Maryland, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), Prince George's County or Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission; career firefighter or full-time emergency medical technician (EMT) employed in Prince George's County; or members of a volunteer fire department in Prince George's County who can provide certification for their department.
College Park Maryland Closing Cost and Down Payment Assistance   College Park New Neighbors website >

Program Details PDF >

On Memorial Day, Governor Larry Hogan and Secretary Kenneth Holt announced a $20 million initiative that will give a significant boost to veterans and military families who are looking to buy a home in one of Maryland's 86 Sustainable Communities. Read the release.

The "You've Earned It!" initiative offers a 2.75 percent fixed-rate 30-year loan through the Maryland Mortgage Program and $10,000 in down payment assistance in the form of a zero interest deferred loan to active duty military, including members of the military reserves and National Guard, and honorably discharged veterans and veterans with a disability.

The first phase of "You've Earned It!" - aimed at qualified homebuyers with more than $25,000 in student loan debt - was announced May 4.The initiative is for a limited time until the $20 million allocation is exhausted.

Maryland's Sustainable Communities program seeks to strengthen reinvestment and revitalization in the state's older communities through state, local and private sector partnerships. There is at least one designated Sustainable Community in each of Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City. A list of Maryland's Sustainable Communities can be found here.

If you'd like to see whether a specific property address is in a sustainable community, view this map.

For more information about the Maryland Mortgage Program, as well as other loan specials, participating lenders and homeownership counselors in your area, visit the Maryland Mortgage Program website.
PGCAR REALTORS® Award $10,000 in Scholarships to High School Seniors
Photos from Maclin 5K Fundraiser Now Available
David Maclin Memorial Scholarship Fund PGCAR's David Maclin Memorial Scholarship Fund has presented four more Prince George's County high school seniors with $2,500 college scholarships.

The Fund and its accompanying "Fun Run" are one of the Association's premiere community service endeavors. In honor of the late REALTOR® David Maclin's contributions to Prince George's County, the fund recognizes a student's commitment to community service, based on the theme "How I Made A Difference In My Community."

"Community service plays an important role in building neighborhoods. These young people have demonstrated community spirit. For that, REALTORS® are excited to help them attain their future goals," said PGCAR President, Desiree Callender.

"Seeing these high school students prepare for college with the assistance of the scholarship makes me so proud," commented Juanita Maclin, the Co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee and the wife of the deceased, David Maclin.

Those receiving 2015 scholarships are:
  • Amber Nicole Braswell of the Academy of Health Sciences at PGCC in Largo, is planning to attend Towson University.
  • Milan Turia Brown of Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, is planning to attend Howard University.
  • Tarck Mitchell of Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Springdale, is planning to attend Bowie State University.
  • Armani Breahn Tinnin of Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Springdale, is planning to attend the University of Maryland-Baltimore.

Thank you to the entire Maclin family, and to the Scholarship Committee members for bringing such a "good news" story to life! We also thank all Maclin Memorial Scholarship 5K participants and sponsors, and Maclin Memorial Scholarship Fund donors and volunteers!!!

Call to Action VICTORY!
You Said "NO" to State Legislators
Imposing a 6-Month Foreclosure Moratorium
Exclusively in Prince George's County.
Legislators Listened.

THANK YOU for contacting your Delegate to oppose SB 756.

During the week of March 23, the Prince George's County Delegation in Annapolis was considering legislation to impose a six-month moratorium on foreclosures EXCLUSIVELY in Prince George's County. REALTORS® were opposed to this concept, as we believe that it would have drastically slowed our fragile real estate market recovery. The current statewide foreclosure process is fair and well conceived. There are numerous notice requirements to protect consumers and legislated mediation opportunities for consumers to negotiate with lenders. A moratorium would have caused more harm than good. We needed help to urge our Legislators in Annapolis to OPPOSE the foreclosure moratorium!

Within a few days of members contacting our Delegates, the Senate REMOVED the 6-month foreclosure moratorium which was exclusive to Prince George's County, from proposed state legislation SB 756.


DoublePlay program offers a discount on loan rates and $5,000 in down payment assistance (DPA) to Prince George's County home buyers. See details >
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