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March 28, 2007

 

PGCAR AWARDS CELEBRATION
Thank you to all of our guests, award winners and sponsors who made our Awards Celebration a magical evening.
Sponsors: Pulte Homes & the Distinguished Sales Club
View a PowerPoint show of our honorees & sponsors.

 
 
EARN YOUR GRI IN 2007

PGCAR is offering GRI Series 100, 200, and 300.
Sign up for all 3, and be eligible to earn your GRI this year!

 
Come enjoy a night of entertainment
Las Vegas style and help RPAC!
Wednesday, April 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. at La Fontaine Bleu, 7963 Annapolis Road, Lanham, MD 20706.
We'll have Roulette, Blackjack, Craps, Texas Hold 'Em Poker, and more. Tickets are available through RPAC Committee Members, the association office, or Click HERE for a registration flyer.

 
LET'S SHOW THE WORLD THAT WE C.A.R.E.

Each year, MAR gives a cash prize of $10,000 to the charity of the winning association's choice to recognize their achievements of community service and charitable actions. The award is designed to raise the profile of REALTORS® and the REALTOR® association by focusing on boards that have demonstrated an extraordinary record through direct local Association community service involvement to include endeavors by its REALTOR® Members and offices.

Prince George's County REALTORS® work harder and give more than any others, and we want to show that we are the BEST. YOU CAN HELP by providing information about the many things you and your company do within the community!

Fill out the online volunteer questionnaire here >>
It's quick and easy and only takes 2-3 minutes of your time, to possibly spotlight and win money for a Prince George's charity!

 
 
NAR MIDYEAR MEETINGS REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

Once again this year, NAR's Midyear Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo will be held in Washington, DC. The meetings are scheduled for May 14-19 and online registration for the event is now open.

Click here for more information or to register >>

 
 
 

MAR COMMITTEE SIGN-UP

The 2007-2008 Committee Volunteer Form is now online. If you are already on a MAR committee, you do not automatically retain your status – you MUST fill out a form for next year. The form has been changed somewhat, and submissions are only being accepted online. The deadline for submissions is May 21. Please apply ASAP to retain a seat on your selected committees. The direct link is www.mdrealtor.org/cvf2007.aspx.

 
 
FAIR HOUSING CALENDAR

The Maryland Association of REALTORS® Equal Opportunity and Cultural Diversity Committee is starting up production for the 2008 Fair Housing Calendar. Each page of this calendar represents Fair Housing as seen through the eyes of Maryland students. This calendar project is successful due to the involvement and support from individuals like you, other REALTORS®, local associations, and private enterprises. Through generous contributions, the calendar is professionally designed and printed in full color. We encourage you to sponsor the 2008 Fair Housing calendar.

Donations of all amounts are welcome. For further details, contact info@mdrealtor.org or 1-800-638-6425.

 
 
REALTOR® MAGAZINE SEEKS ENTRIES FOR GOOD NEIGHBOR AWARDS

REALTOR® Magazine is seeking nominations for the 8th annual REALTOR® Magazine Good Neighbor Awards. The program recognizes REALTORS® who have made an extraordinary commitment to community service. The deadline to apply is May 25, 2007. Visit www.realtor.org for more information and an application.

 
 
THE MAR ANNUAL CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

September 10 - 12, 2007
at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City
Theme: "1 House, 2 House."
Sponsors: MRIS, First Horizon Home Loans, and GCAAR.

Look for registration, schedule and accommodations information coming soon to www.mdrealtor.org.

 
CONTINUING EDUCATION

Meet your Continuing Education requirements for Maryland and DC license renewal!
Sign up for multiple classes here!


This Thursday, March 29
MD Real Estate Ethics
3.0 MD Required CEU; 3.0 DC Elective CEU
Don Martin 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

DC Required Courses - Next Thursday, April 5
DC Fair Housing and Predatory Lending
3.0 Required DC CEU
Prabhjit Singh 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
DC Legislative Update
3.0 Required DC CEU
Prabhjit Singh 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

MD Required Courses - Friday, April 13
MD Legislative Update
3.0 MD Required CEU; 3.0 DC Elective CEU
Don Martin 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
MD Fair Housing
1.5 MD CEU; 1.5 DC Elective CEU
Don Martin 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Friday, April 20
New Agent Survival
3.0 Elective CEU, MD & DC
Stu Stern 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Contracts
3.0 Elective CEU, MD & DC
Stu Stern 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Thursday, April 26
MD Real Estate Ethics
3.0 MD Required CEU; 3.0 DC Elective CEU
Don Martin 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

April 2007
GRI Series 100
5 classes, 30 CEU
Various Instructors 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

August 2007
GRI Series 200
5 classes, 30 CEU
Various Instructors 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

October 2007
GRI Series 300
5 classes, 30 CEU
Various Instructors 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

 

Code of Ethics Case Study: Case #12-1: Absence of Name on Sign
Prospect A observed a sign on a vacant lot reading: "For Sale - Call 330-5215." Thinking he would be dealing with a For Sale by Owner, he called the number on the sign. He was surprised and offended that the lot was exclusively listed by REALTOR® A, and the telephone number on the sign was the home number of REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® B in REALTOR® A's office.

Prospect A filed a complaint against REALTOR® A and REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® B alleging a violation of Article 12 of the Code of Ethics.

At the hearing, REALTOR® A stated that he permitted REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® B to put up the sign. REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® B's defense was that the sign was not a "formal" advertisement, such as a newspaper advertisement, business card, or billboard, to which he understood Article 12 to apply.

The Hearing Panel determined that the sign was an advertisement within the meaning of Article 12; that its use violated that Article of the Code; and that both REALTOR® A and REALTOR-ASSOCIATE® B were in violation of Article 12.

  

INDUSTRY CORNER:  REALTORS® SEEK TO PROTECT HOME BUYERS FROM PREDATORY LENDING AND EDUCATE THEM ON MORTGAGE PRODUCTS

NAR told a Senate panel that abusive and predatory lending practices are putting our nation's communities at risk. Read more >>

For a market overview from NAR Chief Economist David Lereah on subprime lending practices, their impact on our industry, and more sensible mortgage approaches for home buyers to be aware of, Click here >>

Also, NAR has brochures available that you can share with your customers, including what current and future home owners should know about their mortgage options, and cautionary information on predatory lending practices. Available here >>

SPOTLIGHT SPECIAL

BE IN THE SPOTLIGHT FOR FREE!

That's right, FREE! Write an article that would be of interest to real estate consumers and have it published in 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.

Article Deadline Monday,
April 9
  Space Reservation
& Ad Copy Deadline
Tuesday,
April 10
  Publication
Date
Thursday,
April 26

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.




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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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