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June 15, 2005   




CANDIDATES FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS BEING SOUGHT. . . Have you ever thought about serving on the Board of Directors? Candidates are now being sought for the Board of Directors for 2005/2006. Four Directors will be elected this year for two year terms. To qualify to serve as a Director, you must be a member of the Prince George's County Association of REALTORS® in good standing.

To qualify to serve as an officer (Vice President, President-Elect) of the Association, you must have served a two-year term as a Director during the last four years. If you would like to be a candidate, you can obtain a Candidate Form on the website or call the Association office at 301-306-7900 and one will be mailed or faxed to you. In order to be considered, your candidate form must be received no later than July 10, 2005. The Annual Installation Reception is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday evening, September 21st. This year's event will be held at the Greenbelt Marriott. More information will follow as plans are finalized.

THE COMMUNITY ACTION AND REALTOR® EXCELLENCE (CARE) AWARD
The Community Action and REALTOR® Excellence (CARE) Award is given to associations in Maryland recognizing achievements in community service and charitable actions. REALTORS® in Prince George's County give back to their communities every day and we would like to be able to publicize your community participation. Please send a list of any community/charitable projects you and / or your company have participated in between June 2004 and June 2005 - as part of a group, office or individually. Offices are welcome to send information on their projects. You can send press releases, photos, etc. for inclusion in our Community Action album. All information can be mailed to the Association office, 8400 Corporate Drive, Suite 225, Landover, Maryland 20785. If you have questions, please contact the Association office at 301-306-7900.

DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JUNE 20th. Let's show the Maryland REALTOR® associations all the great things Prince George's County REALTORS® are doing. Don't you have community-based or charitable programs that your company has participated in that you would like to share?

SPOTLIGHT ON PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY TO HIGHLIGHT SPECIAL OFFICES. . . As a feature in the monthly "Spotlight On Homes" supplement, Heidi LaMere of the Gazette selects an office every month that goes above and beyond the call of duty for a FREE 3/4 page ad highlighting their community involvement. Two Prince George's County offices, Long & Foster in Bowie and Century 21 Home Center, have already been featured. The articles outline the community efforts REALTOR® offices are involved in. We are now looking for other offices to be spotlighted. Nominations must be received at the Gazette. What is your office doing? If you feel your office should be highlighted over the coming months, please contact Heidi LaMere.

ATTENTION MD REAL ESTATE LICENSEES!!!
Recent changes have been made in continuing education requirements. To renew a 2-year license, click here for the schedule showing the number of hours and course content required based on EXPIRATION DATE, LENGTH OF LICENSURE, AND TYPE OF SERVICES provided. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY.

WCR ANNUAL AUCTION . . .The Prince George's Chapter of the Women's Council of REALTORS® will hold its Annual Auction on July 13th in the REALTOR® Learning Center located at 8400 Corporate Drive, Suite 225, Landover, Maryland. This is always a fun event with something for everyone. A flyer will be emailed shortly. The proceeds are used for the annual Christmas Party for children with special needs. Please support this event by making calling Rose Marie Jung at 301-262-6900 to make your reservations.

MARYLAND ADVERTISING LAWS . . .Most Maryland REALTORS® know that the Maryland Real Estate Commission has spent several months attempting to clarify and improve the law and regulations that govern advertising. In April, the Commission directed its staff to begin an effort to enforce the law and regulations. Therefore, brokers, associate brokers and salespersons should review all advertising to ensure compliance with several basic rules. Please study and make sure you comply. MAR has provided a listing of the basic rules, and the actual laws and regulations, at mdrealtor.org. Please review this and all the changes that were passed during this year's General Session in Annapolis.

NONRESIDENT REAL ESTATE WITHHOLDING WILL INCREASE ON JULY 1ST . . .Nonresident Real Estate Withholding will increase from 4.75% to 6% starting July 1st. The withholding was increased to capture the county portion of income taxes not currently included in the 4.75%. The Maryland Comptroller's office is planning to release compliance information this week, which MAR will disseminate as soon as it is received. The Comptroller's office indicated that the change will take place for all settlements starting July 1st. The 7% commercial withholding will remain the same. For more information, please contact Bill.Castelli@mdrealtor.org.

JUNE CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASSES . . . There is still space available in the following classes:

June 22nd - MD 7 1/2 Hour Required Course consisting of MD Legislative Update (3 hours), MD Fair Housing (1.5 hours), and Ethics (3 hours)
Instructor - Don Martin. 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. La Fontaine Bleu.
All three classes count for 7.5 hours total MD and DC Continuing Education Credit.

Registration fee for REALTORS® is $25 for 3 hours of credit. The 7 1/2 hour class on June 22nd is $65 for REALTORS®. A $15 late fee is charged if reservations are made less than 3 days prior to any class. NO WALK-INS. For more information call the Association office at 301-306-7900 or visit our website at www.pgcar.com.

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  :  ©2005, PGCAR

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