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April 10, 2007

 

GIVE BLOOD, GET LIMITED-EDITION T-SHIRT
PGCAR will be hosting a Blood Drive at the association office on Wednesday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call Marie at 301-306-7900, ext. 221 to volunteer. Each participant will receive a limited-edition Red Cross T-shirt.

 
 
NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS

The association is looking for suitable candidates for the REALTOR® of the Year. Winners will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Local board/association activity
  • MAR/NAR association activity: Committee Service to MAR and/or NAR; attendance at MAR and/or NAR functions, Leadership Academy, Rookie REALTOR® Society, and conventions.
  • Civic activity: Participation in civic, service clubs, charitable activities, political action, fraternal or religious groups, etc.
  • Business conduct and practices: Provide specific business activities nominee has implemented to enhance the REALTOR® image and identify specific measures nominee has taken to advance his/her business and career in real estate.
  • Education: Credit given for seminars, courses toward designations, any professional education courses that improve ability and expertise (based on whole career).

Deadline to submit nominations is FRIDAY, MAY 18. Please submit names to jostenso@pgcar.com.

 
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.

 
SAVE THE DATE!

PGCAR will be holding a General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, May 9. Watch for more info in the next couple of weeks!

 
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!

 
 
Attend CommercialSource.com Online Convention, June 18-24

CommercialSource.com, the online convention exclusively for commercial real estate professionals, is the best opportunity for industry professionals to stay on top of trends and new market opportunities. Whether you're curious about the business of commercial real estate or are a seasoned pro, this free event offers something for you. To learn more, contact Peggy Luckey at pluckey@realtors.org. Read more >>

 
April Is Fair Housing Month!

Celebrate everyone's right to homeownership this month by sharpening your knowledge about equal opportunity laws. Visit these online resources:

 
 
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.

 
 
NAR MIDYEAR MEETINGS REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
NAR's Midyear Legislative Meetings and Trade Expo

May 14 - 19, 2007
at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC

Registration is FREE for all REALTOR® members!
Please register in advance. It is much easier than registering on-site.

Not to miss: Education, Policy and Legislative Meetings
Click here for the full, and suggested Leadership or topic-focused meeting schedules. There are forums and educational events for Marketing, Technology, Legislative, Cultural Diversity, Mortgage & Lending, Second-Home Sales, and more!

Click here for Details and Registration >>

 
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.

NAR Committees are also seeking nominations for 2008 committee selections. For more information and the online nomination form, please visit REALTOR.org.

 
 
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.

 

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION

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


This Thursday, April 12
GRI Module 103: Fair Housing & Legal Update
6 Elective CEU, MD & DC
Various Instructors 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

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

Thursday, April 19
GRI Module 104: Basic Residential Financing
6 Elective CEU, MD & DC
Various Instructors 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

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

Wednesday, April 25
GRI 105: Marketing Methods
6 Elective CEU, MD & DC
Various Instructors 8:30 am - 4:00 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

MD Required Courses - Friday, May 4
MD Real Estate Ethics
3.0 MD Required CEU; 3.0 DC Elective CEU
Don Martin 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
MD Legislative Update
3.0 MD Required CEU; 3.0 DC Elective CEU
Don Martin 1:30 pm - 4:30 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 #13-3:
REALTOR®'s Obligation to Recommend Counsel When Needed
REALTOR® A was the listing broker for 25 acres of land owned by Client B. Shortly after REALTOR® A's sign was placed upon the property, Customer C called REALTOR® A and expressed interest in purchasing the property. After inspecting the property, Customer C made a full price offer. Surprised, Client B prepared a counter-offer at a higher price. REALTOR® A realized that he might have a legal claim for commission from Client B, but not wishing to jeopardize their relationship, he agreed that he would go back to Customer C and attempt to negotiate a higher price. Upon being informed of the property owner's change of mind and his requested higher price for the property, Customer C became upset and indicated his intent to consult his attorney to determine if he could force the seller to go through with the sales transaction at the price for which it had been originally offered. At this point REALTOR® A advised Customer C that, in his opinion, litigation would be lengthy and expensive and that in the final analysis the sale could not be enforced. On the basis of REALTOR® A's advice Customer C agreed to the higher price, and the transaction was consummated. Shortly after, Customer C complained to the Board of REALTORS® that REALTOR® A had provided bad advice to him. The Secretary referred the complaint to the Grievance Committee, which determined that a hearing should be held and referred the matter back to the Secretary to arrange such a hearing.

At the hearing, Customer C outlined his complaint to the Hearing Panel of the Professional Standards Committee. He indicated that he had intended to consult his attorney; however, because of the persuasive personality of REALTOR® A and REALTOR® A's assurance that legal action would be an exercise in futility, he had not done so.

REALTOR® A advised the panel that he had told Customer C that he could consult his attorney, but that, in his opinion, it would be a waste of time. He defended what he had told Customer C stating that it was only his opinion, not intended as a conclusive statement of law, and in fact, was a correct statement under the law of the state. The panel concluded that REALTOR® A, in pointing out the fact that legal action was likely to be time consuming and expensive, was stating a practical circumstance which Customer C should consider and was proper. The panel further concluded that the expression of an opinion as to the probable outcome of the case was not an "unauthorized practice of law" within the meaning of Article 13.

However, the panel noted that a REALTOR® is obligated to "recommend that legal counsel be obtained when the interest of any party to the transaction requires it."

In this case, REALTOR® A was aware that the interest of Customer C required a legal opinion as to whether Customer C could compel Client B to convey title to the property and did not intend his personal opinion to represent a "statement of law" upon which Customer C could rely. Accordingly, REALTOR® A was obligated to affirmatively recommend that Customer C consult his attorney to definitively establish the legal rights in question.

Having failed to make such recommendation, REALTOR® A was in violation of
Article 13 .

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.

  Space Reservation
& Ad Copy Deadline
Wednesday,
April 11
  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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