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April 12, 2004   




HAVE YOU MADE YOUR RESERVATIONS??? . . . Time to purchase your ticket to the Annual RPAC Fundraiser is running out. The Masquerade Party and Silent Auction promises to be an event to remember. The Committee has been working extremely hard to ensure an evening of fun. This annual event which will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22nd, at the LaFontaine Bleu provides you with an opportunity to enjoy an evening of fun with your fellow REALTORS® and County legislators. The tickets are $30 each and can be purchased from Committee members or from the Association office. Join us for dinner, dancing, prizes and much, much more. We look forward to seeing you there.

UNLOCK YOUR DOOR TO SUCCESS . . . Attend the 2004 REALTOR® EXPO AND TRADE SHOW at the LaFontaine Bleu on Wednesday, May 19th. The REALTOR® Expo provides an opportunity to complete six hours of continuing education in one day, obtain information from the exhibitors, and network with your fellow REALTORS®. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast. Lunch and a Reception are also included in the registration. Will you win a Palm Pilot? All registrants are eligible for the drawing. For more information, please visit PGCAR's website at www.pgcar.com.

TRADEMARK JUDGES UNANIMOUSLY UPHOLD NAR's RIGHT TO REALTOR® MARK . . . A three-judge panel of the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board unanimously ruled that the terms "REALTOR®" and "REALTORS®" are not generic terms. Petitions to cancel National Association of REALTORS®' rights to these terms were denied. In the 39-page opinion, the judges made the affirmative finding that the terms are not generic, that is, they are not synonymous with real estate agent or real estate agents, and concluded that the petitioner failed to prove otherwise. "This is a tremendous victory for REALTORS® everywhere, affirming our right to the terms ‘REALTOR® ’ and ‘REALTORS® ’, which designate the highest standards of professionalism and commitment to a strict Code of Ethics. http://www.realtor.org/publicaffairsweb.nsf/Pages/NARTrademarkCase?OpenDocument

NAR REQUIRES ALL REALTORS TO TAKE ETHICS TRAINING . . . Don't forget that, as a requirement of 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. The on-line courses are available from any screen of REALTOR.org under "Quick links". Questions can be directed to: Member Policy Dept. (NOTE: Classes are also being offered by PGCAR on a regular basis. An approved Ethics Class will be offered on monthly basis in 2004.

ONLINE REGISTRATION FOR 2004 MIDYEAR MEETINGS & TRADE EXPO NOW OPEN! . . . Join thousands of your colleagues at this year's Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, May 10-15 and be part of this historic meeting as NAR nears one million members. This important grassroots lobbying event in Washington D.C. gives you the best opportunity to show regional support for Mid-Atlantic real estate interests. Your involvement shows members of Congress that there is a unified voice on various legislative and regulatory issues affecting the real estate industry. Visit the Trade Expo, May 12-14, and actively participate in a real estate products and services marketplace where it's easy to meet with major suppliers of the real estate industry who want to inform you about the newest tools in the industry. With the Trade Expo conveniently located in the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel and FREE for all REALTORS this is simply a must attend event!

DSC MEMBERS TO MEET . . . The members of the Distinguished Sales Club are invited to attend a Cookie Housr with the DSC on Wednesday, April 21st, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the PGCAR office located at 8400 Corporate Drive, Suite 225, Landover, MD and the cost is $5 per person. The Guest Speakers will be John Burns who will speak on Selling Property when Owners Are in Bankruptcy, and Mel Schneider who will speak on Short Sales. Reservations are a MUST since space is very limited. Reservations can be made by calling Stu Stern at 301-262-6800 or Karen Thomas at 301-262-6900.

NOW IS THE TIME . . . TO GET TRAINED to use MRIS Matrix, the new Internet-based listings tool that replaces Realtor Workstation. Reservation may be made by contacting MRIS directly or by signing up on their website at www.mris.com.

2004 AWARDS NOMINATIONS . . . Forms are available to nominate the REALTOR® of the Year (ROTY), Affiliate of the Year, Distinguished Sales Associate, and Community Service Award recipient. Deadline for nominations is May 15st! If you need a form, please contact the Association Office.

Prince George's County Association of REALTORS®
8400 Corporate Drive  :  Suite 225 : Landover MD 20785
Phone 301-306-7900  :  Fax 301-306-8273  :  www.pgcar.com  :  ©2004, PGCAR

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