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April 24, 2006

Thank you to everyone who made Wednesday's RPAC Country/Western Party and Silent Auction a great success!

 
REALTOR® EXPO AND TRADE SHOW

Early Bird Discounts End This Friday!

Mooney, Monshower, Tove, Stern, de Marlor, Kinch, Vidi, Miller – the best instructors in the region will be there. Will you?

Join us on May 4 at the Equestrian Center in Upper Marlboro for PGCAR's Annual REALTOR® Expo and Trade Show. Earn continuing education credit, learn about the industry's latest products & services, and network with other agents. A reception and prize drawing caps off this exciting day. Breakfast, lunch, exhibits, classes and reception are all included in registration.

COST: Through Friday (4/28) $75 REALTORS® $100 Non-REALTORS®
After 4/28 $100 REALTORS® $125 Non-REALTORS®
Trade Show & Reception ONLY $20 per person

 
CONGRATULATIONS TO 2006 MAR LEADERSHIP GRADUATES

Eighteen graduates from the Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR) Leadership Academy were honored at ceremonies held recently in Annapolis. Three of the graduates are members of PGCAR: John G. Allen, Alease Bowles and Ruth Wright.

 

 

 
DEADLINE RAPIDLY APPROACHING

It's time to salute the best of the best-and submitting nominations is easy! Send names of outstanding real estate professionals for the following awards no later than Friday, May 5, to jostenso@pgcar.com:

  • REALTOR® of the Year
  • Rookie REALTOR® of the Year
  • Community Service Award (goes to an individual REALTOR®)
ALSO: MAR will once again honor the top association in the state for its members' volunteer efforts in the community with the Community Action and REALTOR® Excellence (C.A.R.E.) Award. Please fill out this form so that you and the association may be recognized for your achievements. Prince George's County REALTORS® are so involved in our community. Let's let everyone know it!

 
APRIL IS

  • Fair Housing Month!
  • Mathematics Awareness Month
  • Administrative Professionals Week (April 23-29)
  • Administrative Professionals Day (April 26)

BE IN THE SPOTLIGHT. REACH OVER 150,000 HOMES AND BUSINESSES!

HURRY-HURRY-HURRY! The Gazette is accepting articles and advertisements for the monthly SPOTLIGHT ON HOMES supplement. If you are interested in writing an article or placing an ad in time for 150,000 people to see it during the HOT spring market, please contact Heidi LaMere no later than TODAY, April 24 at hlamere@gazette.net. Click here to view coverage areas.

Space Deadline TOMORROW
Tues, Apr. 25
  Ad Copy Deadline Friday,
Apr. 28
  Publication Date Thursday,
May. 11

Contact Heidi LaMere for Advertising & Submissions
240-888-7509 direct   301-731-2134 desk   hlamere@gazette.net


 

2006-2007 MAR COMMITTEE VOLUNTEER FORM

Step right up! Click here to become involved in your state REALTOR® association.

 

NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION

Our next New Member Orientation is THIS WEDNESDAY, April 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at La Fontaine Bleu.

 

NAR SECURES SMALL BUSINESS JUNK FAX RULE FLEXIBILITY

NAR applauds the new rules recently finalized by the Federal Communications Commission implementing the Junk Fax Prevention Act, which protects both consumers and businesses alike. Read more by clicking here.

 

Google, Craigslist Change Real Estate Advertising

While their real estate ventures are small, sites like Google and Craigslist are reshaping how real estate professionals reach potential buyers and sellers. Read more by clicking here.


REALTOR® STORE FEATURED ITEMS

While supplies last...15% off! 2006 Calendar Magnets make great promotional items, priced at only $12.50 for a pack of 25! Get your appointments organized with a 2006 Boss Planner, for only $21.50!
HURRY -- Only through this Friday, April 28 or while supplies last in the PGCAR REALTOR® Store.
Don't delay, buy today — All at 15% off!

 

LESS THAN A MONTH (AND 25 MILES) AWAY!!!
NAR MIDYEAR MEETINGS & TRADE EXPO

Register and make hotel reservations for the REALTORS® Midyear Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, May 15-20, in Washington, DC, online now. Hurry--reservations for hotels near the conference sell out quickly. To view preliminary schedule, click here. Remember: Registration is FREE for all REALTORS®.

 

LAISSEZ LES BON TEMPS ROULER!

From November 10 through 13, thousands of REALTORS® will celebrate NARdi Gras at the biggest and most memorable REALTORS® Conference & Expo ever! NARdi Gras will be a celebration of REALTORS® coming together to REnew, REconnect, and REenergize their careers and the city of New Orleans.

 

GOOD NEIGHBOR AWARD DONATIONS INCREASED TO $10,000

Make sure all of your fellow REALTOR® members know that the Good Neighbor Award nomination cycle has begun. Please feel free to nominate yourself or any members who should be recognized for their volunteer work, or pass this information along to them.

This year, the five winners will receive grants of $10,000 for their community cause, as well as travel expenses to attend the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in New Orleans, where the awards will be presented. Entries must be received by May 26.

For more information and an entry form, click here.

UPCOMING CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASSES

Date Course Title Instructor   Time   Hours
Apr 27 MD Real Estate Ethics - Sold Out! Don Martin 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 3
MD & DC
May 12 MD Legislative Update Don Martin 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 3
MD & DC
MD Fair Housing Don Martin 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 1.5
MD & DC
May 18 What Every REALTOR® Should Know about Mortgages Michael Chelst 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 3
MD Only
May 26 MD Real Estate Ethics Don Martin 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 3
MD & DC

Registration fee for REALTORS® is only $25 for 3 hours of credit and $15 for 1.5 hours of credit. Above classes are limited to the first 45 registrants. For reservations made less than 3 days prior to a class, please add $15 to the Tuition Fee. ABSOLUTELY NO WALK-INS. For more information call Scott Miller, Education Director, at the association office 301-306-7961 or visit our website at www.pgcar.com for the latest schedule.


Code of Ethics Case Study
Case 10-3: Equal Professional Services by the REALTORŪ

REALTOR® A was contacted by Prospect C, a female head of household, concerning a home for sale which was advertised during the previous week in the newspaper's classified real estate section. When informed by REALTOR® A that the home in question had already been sold, Prospect C asked to be shown homes in the $80,000 to $90,000 price range with three bedrooms and located near schools and playgrounds. REALTOR® A proceeded to show Prospect C a number of homes which met her stated criteria for price range, size, and location, but Prospect C was interested in none of them.

Shortly thereafter, Prospect C filed a complaint with the Board of REALTORS® against REALTOR® A, complaining that he had violated Article 10 of the Code of Ethics by failing to offer equal professional service to her because she was a woman. Prospect C contended that she did not receive the same professional service from REALTOR® A that would have been afforded to a male head of household and home seeker with the same criteria for price range, size, and location.

The complaint was referred to the Grievance Committee and after its preliminary review and evaluation, the Grievance Committee referred to its Secretary and directed that a hearing be arranged before a Hearing Panel of the Professional Standards Committee. The Secretary made the necessary arrangements and provided the proper notices and opportunity for response by REALTOR® A.

At the hearing, Prospect C expressed her complaint and concluded by saying, "It was obvious to me that REALTOR® A discriminated against me because I am a woman. In my opinion, he showed little interest in helping me find a home."

REALTOR® A responded that he was sorry Prospect C had that opinion, but that certainly he held no such attitude as charged. REALTOR® A advised the Hearing Panel that he routinely utilized a contact report for each prospect which includes identification information on the clients, provides data on price range, type of house and location preferred by the prospect, and records the homes shown to the prospect with the information on the price, type, and location of each home shown. REALTOR® A presented several such reports from his files including the report pertaining to Prospect C. Prospect C's report showed that several homes shown to her met the data supplied by her.

What do you think the hearing panel concluded? Click here for the answer!

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  :  ©2006, PGCAR
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