It is very easy as spring
approaches and the buyers and sellers thaw out after this winter
weather for us to get caught up in a hot spring market. First I
would like to comment on the state of the Association: Our website
is online now thanks to the tremendous work of our Member Services
Committee. This offers you an opportunity to quickly check up on
Association news. Please provide the Association with any
suggestions you may have for the site.
By: Jay Webster
The Cultural Diversity
Committee has taken several large steps in the last couple of months
to get involved in our community through the public schools and we
should have excellent participation in the calendar contest this
I would like to thank
the staff and the Holiday Party and Outing Committee on doing a
splendid job with the Holiday Party. The turnout was outstanding and
everyone that attended enjoyed the opportunity to get together in a
friendly, casual setting.
Seckler and the Educational Advisory Committee have been working
diligently on expanding the clock hour opportunities for the
community service activities is a goal that has been set by Pat
Miller and the Community Service/Public Relations Committee. Once
this information has been obtained we plan to educate our community
on how involved our members are. Please complete the form on the
back cover of this newsletter.
Legislative/Political Affairs Committee has met several times and
has made some important decisions on how to approach work with the
legislature in the upcoming session in Annapolis. We are also
talking with the County Executive's Office and the County Council on
the transfer tax issue and how that issue relates to our public
schools and the county's school teachers.
Myrna Harris, our
liaison to the Board of Education, is on the Business Advisory
Roundtable to the Superintendent of Schools and is doing an
excellent job representing our Association.
Iona Harrison and
Gloria Farrar have some tremendous plans for the REALTORS®
Political Action Committee. Our main fundraiser will be held at the
B.E.T. Soundstage on April 17, 2000.
As you can see our
members that are currently serving on committees are keeping very
busy insuring that you receive the best service possible.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this message, as you
get busy this spring, don't forget about your community around you.
Take the time to give back when you can. And giving doesn't have to
be a financial contribution. It might be getting involved in the
mentor program at James Madison Middle School in Upper Marlboro or
reading to the kids in the orthopedic wing at James Ryder Elementary
School in Clinton. There are many opportunities and those that are
already active in community service will tell you, it does make a
The Prince George's County
Association of REALTORS® Community Services/Public
Affairs Committee is interested in having a team of REALTOR®
volunteers to participate in the 2000 Christmas In April Program.
Anyone who is interested in donating their time should contact
Committee Chairman Particia Miller at (301) 218-9500 or Joan at the
Association office (301) 306-7900..
HUD Increases FHA
January 1, 2000, HUD increased FHA loan limits from the basic
nationwide limit of $121,269 to $219,849 in high-cost areas. To
obtain a copy of the Mortgagee Letter 99-38, which lists the high
cost areas and other information, go to www.hud.gov/fha/mletters/mltmenu.html.
THE ASSOCIATION OFFICES WILL BE
CLOSED ON FEBRUARY 21, 2000 FOR PRESIDENT'S DAY.
The Association is very
excited about the launching of its new website, www.pgcar.com.
Member Services Committee under the direction of Joe Carnucci have
worked very hard to produce a website that we can be proud of.
Although the site is new, we expect to have it grow each quarter to
provide even more information to our members.
If you have suggestions and/or comments, please call Joe Carnucci
(301) 627-2100 or Craig at the Association office (301) 306-7900.