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Prince George's County Association of REALTORS®, Inc.

The Realtor® Connection



Week of August 23, 2003

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REMINDER - EVICTION LAW CHANGES EFFECTIVE AUGUST 11TH FOR SINGLE FAMILY RENTALS. . . Despite REALTOR® opposition, the Prince George's County Council passed CB-26 into law which makes changes to the current eviction process in Prince George's County. Specifically, the new law prohibits the placement of tenant's property in a "public right-of-way or on any public property." For most evictions, this law will require the owner of the property to either: rent a dumpster and dump all of the tenant's property in the dumpster after removing it from the house; or hire someone to haul the tenant's property out of the house and bring it immediately to the dump or transfer station. In any case, you WILL NOT be able to leave the property at the curb. In addition, the law also states that if the tenant is present at the time the eviction is executed, the owner of the property must give the tenant a reasonable period of time (not to exceed four hours) to remove his/her property.

PLAN TO ATTEND THE ANNUAL INSTALLATION LUNCHEON ON SEPTEMBER 18TH... The Credentials Committee has announced the slate for 2004 Officers and Directors. It is as follows: President - Connie Stommel, RE/MAX 100; President-Elect - Bea Rodgers, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage; Vice President -David Maclin, Realty Executives Main Street USA. The candidates for a two year Director position are: Judy Blowe, RE/MAX One; Aaron Countee, RE/MAX 100; Pat Dowtin, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage; Ed Haraway, RE/MAX One; Myrna Harris, Century 21 Platinum Realty; Marvin Holmes, Jr., Bernie Schultz Realty; John Lesniewski, RE/MAX 100; Stu Stern, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage; Bob Stewart, Long & Foster and Ruth Wright, Murrell, Inc. The ballots will be mailed to all members in late August and the Annual Installation Luncheon will be held at the LaFontaine Bleu on September 18th, at 12:00 Noon. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

LICENSING REQUIREMENTS FOR MARYLAND LICENSEES. . . .Maryland Residential licensees (brokers and agents) who have been licensed for less than 10 years must complete 15 hours of continuing education credit per 2-year licensing cycle. Of the 15 hours, 3 hours must be Maryland Legislative and 1.5 hours must be fair housing. Maryland Residential licensees (brokers and agents) who have been licensed for 10 years or more must complete 6 hours of continuing education credit per two 2-year licensing cycle. Of the 6 hours, 3 hours must be Maryland Legislative, 1.5 hours must be fair housing and 1.5 hours must be elective credit.

Maryland Commercial* licensees (Brokers and agents) who have been licensed for less than 10 years must complete 15 hours of continuing education credit per 2-year licensing cycle. Of the 15 hours, 3 hours must be Maryland Legislative. Maryland Commercial* licensees (Brokers and agents) who have been licensed for 10 years or more must complete 6 hours of continuing education credit per two 2-year licensing cycle. All 6 hours must be Maryland Legislative.

* Commercial licensees must certify that they have not done a residential transaction in the past 2 years nor will they be involved with a residential transaction in the next 2 years.

VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS NEEDED FOR THE HOUSE THAT MAR BUILT. . . Come to Ocean City and join other REALTORS® to begin framing the Habitat for Humanity International house on Saturday, September 6. Volunteers are needed for two shifts, 8 AM - 11 AM and 1 PM - 5 PM. For more information or to volunteer, contact us at info@mdrealtor.org. Donations are tax-deductible and should be made payable to "HFHI - Maryland Build," and sent to c/o Melinda Goforth, Habitat for Humanity International, 1010 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20005.

PRACTICE ONLY WHERE YOU ARE LICENSED. . . Please remember that is illegal to list OR show property in jurisdictions where you are not licensed. You MUST have a Maryland real estate license to list or sell in the state. This is also true in DC. If you DO NOT HAVE a DC Real Estate License, it is illegal to list OR show property in the District of Columbia.

ALL REALTORS MUST COMPLETE ETHICS TRAINING BY DECEMBER 31, 2004. . . As a requirement to membership, by December 31, 2004, ALL REALTORS® must take 2 ½ hours of ethics training, as required by NAR'S Code of Ethics and Arbitration Manual. NAR offers two online ethics courses at REALTOR.org that fulfill these obligations: one for new members and one for existing members. Questions can be directed to the Member Policy Department at (312) 329-8399 or the questions link at REALTOR.org. (NOTE: Classes are also being offered by PGCAR on a regular basis.)


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