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November 20, 2006

HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE HOLIDAY WEEKEND!
Please be advised that the PGCAR offices will close at 3 p.m. this Wednesday, November 22nd
in observance of Thanksgiving. We will reopen on Monday morning, November 27th at 9 a.m.

To see a list of county services that will be on a holiday schedule, please click here.

 

Join us NEXT WEEK - Nov. 30
at the Greenbelt Marriott
at 8 a.m.

This annual event provides a forum for REALTORS® to meet with their county legislators to discuss current and proposed legislation affecting real estate and private property rights in Prince George's County. Take advantage of this important opportunity to be informed and to be heard. The cost is only $17.50 per person.

Register now!

 
ANNUAL HOLIDAY GALA SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 12

Celebrate in good cheer at PGCAR's Annual Holiday Party being held Tuesday, December 12 at 6 p.m. The Holiday Committee is busy planning another fun-filled evening for PGCAR members and their guests... DJ, caricaturist, palm reader, door prizes, food, drink and always much, much more!
Register now!

ALSO, this year we will again be collecting:

  • Coats for the needy, and
  • Food for the hungry
Help this year's campaign be the biggest ever! Please begin collecting these items in your office and deliver to the association office NO LATER THAN Friday, December 15, or bring them with you to the Holiday Party.

 
'TIS THE SEASON FOR GIVING

Let us know what you and/or your office is doing or has done in the community to help the schools, homeless, aged, ill, etc. We would like to recognize you for your contributions.

 
MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL DUE NEXT WEEK!
Membership renewals have been mailed out and they may be paid online with a credit card. Dues must be received no later than November 30 in order to prevent a late charge.
Click here and log in to view, print, and pay your dues renewal online!

 
NOVEMBER IS DESIGNATION AWARENESS MONTH!

Visit the following websites for more information on these designations:

 
NEWSPAPER AD SAYS "IT'S A GREAT TIME TO BUY"

In an effort to boost buyer confidence and business for its members, NAR ran a full-page ad in the nation's top newspapers last week. The ad reminds consumers that the time is right to buy now, for several reasons:

  • The future of the housing market & economy is positive
  • Housing is a great investment
  • Interest rates are low
  • A good inventory of homes is available
  • Prices have stabilized and are starting to rise
Visit www.realtor.org to find out more or to use the ad and its text in your ads.

 
ELECTION RESULTS YIELD REALTOR® OPPORTUNITIES

Some NAR supporters in the House and Senate lost their re-election bids Tuesday, November 7, but NAR is confident of moving forward on many of their top national legislative issues in the new Washington political environment, thanks to the wide appeal of REALTOR® issues. Read more >>.

 
RECAP OF NARdi GRAS
Couldn't make it to this year's REALTORS® Conference & Expo from New Orleans? Click here to read all about the noteworthy moments at this year's event.

 
DISCOUNT BROKERAGES CAN'T REPLACE TRADITIONAL SERVICES

With the rise of web-based discount brokerages and rebaters, some thought the real estate industry would go the way of travel-agents. It hasn't, and one of the main reasons why is because of the complete array of services that a traditional real estate agent can provide. Click here to read a full article.

 
CONTINUING EDUCATION


December 7
MD Legislative Update Don Martin 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 3 CEU
MD Req. & DC elective
MD Fair Housing Update Don Martin 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 1.5 CEU
MD Req. & DC elective

December 8
Home Inspections & Environmental Issues Walter Clews 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 3 CEU
MD & DC elective
Stigmatized Properties Tony Kinch 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 1.5 CEU
MD elective only

December 13
What Every REALTOR® Should Know About Mortgages Michael Chelst 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 3 CEU
MD elective only
Maintaining Proper Records Prabhjit Singh 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm 3 CEU
MD elective only

December 15
MD Real Estate Ethics Don Martin 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 3 CEU
MD Req. & DC elective
Real Estate Tax Issues Linda de Marlor 1:00 pm- 2:30 pm 1.5 CEU
MD & DC elective

 

Code of Ethics Case Study
Case #14-3: Submission of Pertinent Facts
Buyer A filed a complaint against REALTOR® B, the listing broker, involving a property purchased earlier by Buyer A.

REALTOR® B was notified of the complaint, directed to be present at a hearing, and requested to present to a Hearing Panel of the Board's Professional Standards Committee all pertinent facts relating to the transaction. REALTOR® B's response was a statement that he would refuse to submit any information in the matter to a Hearing Panel and would not attend the scheduled hearing, on the grounds that the complaint itself was not justified.

Explaining his position, REALTOR® B stated that his participation in the transaction was exclusively as the agent of the seller; that he had not been representing the buyer; and hence, could not be subject to complaint by the buyer for simply transmitting information on behalf of the seller.

All of his statements concerning the property, REALTOR® B said, were based on information supplied to him by his client, the seller. Any error in this information, he contended, might well provide the basis for a lawsuit between the buyer and seller. As the agent of the seller, he felt that he was not answerable to the buyer for having done no more than transmit information proved to him by the seller.

REALTOR® B was advised by the Board that his reasoning was incorrect; that he was obligated by Article 14 to submit pertinent facts to a Hearing Panel of the Board's Professional Standards Committee and to participate in the hearing. REALTOR® B agreed to comply, and a hearing on the complaint was held.

SPOTLIGHT SPECIAL
BUY ONE AD, GET THE 2nd AT 25% OFF!

The Official Homes Section of The Prince George's County Association of REALTORS® brought to you by The Gazette. This is a special pullout FULL COLOR supplement reaching over 127,000 homes and businesses in Prince George's County.

Internet Upgrade Special: That's right, when you buy a print ad, you receive an online advertisement for only $50!

Article Deadline Monday,
Nov. 27
  Space Reservation
& Ad Copy Deadline
Tuesday,
Nov. 28
  Publication
Date
Thursday,
Dec. 14

If you are interested in writing an article or placing an ad, please contact
Heidi Lamere at 301-731-2134, 240-888-7509 or hlamere@gazette.net.


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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