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October 24, 2007

 
PGCAR wishes to announce with great sadness the passing of one of our REALTOR® members, Linda Willis.

Linda was an agent with RE/MAX One in Largo. Linda has been a member of PGCAR for many years and we extend our sincere sympathy to her family, friends and fellow agents at RE/MAX One. Funeral Arrangements are as follows:

Latney's Funeral Home
3821 Georgia Ave, N.W.
Washington, DC 20011
202-723-4538

Viewing: Tonight, Wednesday 10/24, 6:00-8:00 P.M.
Funeral: Tomorrow, Thursday 10/25, 11:00 A.M.

 

Tuesday, November 6 at La Fontaine Bleu
Earn 6 CE hours for MD and DC license renewal

Classes include: Contracts "MAR", MD Code of Ethics, Flipping, Predatory Lending, REALTOR® Etiquette, MD Fair Housing Update, MD Legislative Update, DC Fair Housing & Predatory Lending, and Understanding Reverse Mortgages.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW.

 
NEW CONTRACT FORMS AVAILABLE FOR MARYLAND

BE SURE TO UPDATE YOUR ZIPFORMS SO THAT YOU ARE USING THE MOST UP-TO-DATE FORMS!

The Residential Sales Contract along with 7 other forms have all been updated as of October 1, 2007. Replace your old forms with the updates! All new forms are available in the PGCAR.com Members Only section and on ZipForm.

Maryland (MAR) Contract Forms
Revised or New as of October 1, 2007

 
NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION - TOMORROW, OCTOBER 25

La Fontaine Bleu, 7963 Annapolis Rd., Lanham, MD. Information has been sent out to all applicable members. Please plan to attend.

10 A.M. REGISTRATION AND AFFILIATE EXHIBITS
11 A.M. ORIENTATION
NOON LUNCH (AT LA FONTAINE BLEU)
1 P.M. ETHICS TRAINING (3 CE HOURS)

 
BUSINESS PLANNING
Rookie REALTOR® Society Meeting
Thursday Morning, November 8

At La Fontaine Bleu, 7963 Annapolis Road

9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast & Registration
9:30 a.m. Networking
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Business Planning

Michael Briggs will be the instructor on
Business Planning

FREE to all Rookies, but reservation is required.

RSVP HERE!

 
 


Each year, the President is authorized to select an individual who through past service to the Association is worthy of receipt of the Distinguished Service Award. This year, the Distinguished Service Award was presented to Alease Bowles of RE/MAX 100, Camp Springs for her years of giving unselfishly of her time and talent to our Association. Alease has served as Chair of many of our Association Committees. She has served as a Director of the Association and is always willing to take on any task to benefit the Association. This year's recipient is currently President of the Prince George's Chapter of the Women's Council. Congratulations to Alease, who truly deserves this special recognition.

This year the Distinguished Sales Associate Award was presented to Casey Lewis of Murrell, Inc. Casey was selected based on her professional knowledge, business accomplishments, civic activity and her contribution to this Association.

Pat Miller of Countrywide Home Mortgage was selected as the 2007 Affiliate of the Year. Pat was selected based on her unselfish participation in local Association functions. Pat has served on many Association Committees including chairing the Community Service and Education Committees. Pat was also recognized for her business accomplishments, fair business practices and Affiliate Spirit over the years as well as her involvement in the community.

PGCAR Past President David Maclin was selected as PGCAR REALTOR® of the Year for 2007. David was recognized for his many contributions to the real estate industry, the REALTOR® Associations and especially his community and charitable contributions over the years. David was deeply involved in working with government and community leaders to make Prince George's County and Maryland a great place to live. Sadly, after losing a battle with cancer this Spring, David was not able to accept his much-deserved award which was presented to his wife of 38 years, Juanita and his daughter, Valecia. David was a shining example of an exemplary leader and we hope he knows how much we appreciated our time with him. David was also selected as Maryland's REALTOR® of the Year.

Additional Congratulations are in order for the following PGCAR Members who were honored by MAR during the Convention in Ocean City in September:

  • Iona Harrison was installed as the MAR President-Elect
  • Judy Blowe was honored by WCR as the State Woman of the Year
  • John G. Allen received a Shining Star Award for his contribution of many hours to building Habitat houses in New Orleans
  • Orlando Treadwell received a Shining Star Award for his exceptional legislative work

 
SPECIAL SESSION TARGETS SHORTFALL - Starts Monday

According to the Baltimore Sun, legislative leaders in Annapolis have said that they are optimistic that the General Assembly will approve most of Gov. Martin O'Malley's tax package during the special session that will begin Monday. But Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch said prospects are more tenuous for legislation that could lead to legalized slot machine gambling, an issue that has divided the State House for more than five years. They confirmed support in both houses for the Governorís package which is aimed at wiping out a projected budget shortfall of $1.7 billion in the next fiscal year.

Governor O'Malley has proposed overhauling the income tax structure to lessen the burden on lower and middle-income Marylanders and to tax top earners much more, raising the corporate income tax rate from 7 percent to 8 percent. He would also increase the sales tax rate from 5 percent to 6 percent and extend it to a multitude of services, including property management fees; He would double the cigarette tax to $2 a pack and raise auto titling fees. The Governorís plan also calls for a property tax cut by 3 cents per $100 in assessed value. The property tax cut would be phased in over a 3 year period, however, and must be approved by the Board of Public Works.

The governor and legislative leaders say they must act before the 90-day regular session begins in January because without new revenue, they would have to make difficult budget cuts in areas such as education. They are also warning legislators that if they don't approve the tax package, their districts could lose an estimated $275 million in new revenue for counties and municipalities.

Miller said he expects a "majority" of O'Malley's proposals to become law, with some changes. REALTORS® should remain vigilant on this issue and push legislators to remove provisions that tax property management services.

PGCAR staff will monitor the Special Session beginning next week. Please let your Delegate and Senator know that you OPPOSE a new tax on property management by responding to our Call to Action below:

- ALL PGCAR MEMBERS -
URGENT CALL TO ACTION
It's time to take this personally.
Linda Simpson Linda Simpson If you are questioning why political involvement is important to our industry, you need to look no further than the Governorís proposal to apply the state sales tax to real estate property management services.

- Linda F. Simpson

Click Here to Read More >>
or

Contact the Governor and your legislators NOW -
through the MAR LEGISLATIVE ACTION CENTER!

 
ONLINE DUES RENEWAL

Membership renewals have been mailed and may be paid online quick, easy, and secure with a credit card. Dues must be received no later than November 30, 2007 in order to prevent a late charge.

Click here for online dues renewal!   Pay online and enjoy the convenience of receiving an itemized receipt within a few minutes via e-mail.

 
 
NAR ANNUAL CONFERENCE & EXPO


THE 2007 REALTORS® Conference & Expo is Right Around the Corner!
The NAR Annual Conference is taking place in a few weeks on November 13-16 in Las Vegas, NV with hundreds of programs, networking opportunities, cutting edge technology, trade show and more, If you haven't registered and plan to attend, please click on the link below to sign up, and remember:

It's the 2007 Conference & Expo, and what happens here, helps you everywhere!

Click here to register now!

 
 
CONTINUING EDUCATION

Sign up for multiple classes here!
You can earn ALL of Your Continuing Education requirements for both the Maryland and DC license renewals right here at PGCAR!


Tuesday, November 6
BACK TO SCHOOL DAY & TRADE SHOW
Up to 6 hours of MD and DC Continuing Education, Exhibits,
Continental Breakfast and Lunch
Various Instructors 8:45 am - 5:00 pm

Friday, November 9
203K Rehab
3 Elective CEU, MD & DC
Phillip Caulfield 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Thursday, November 29
New Agent Survival
3.0 Elective CEU, MD & DC
Stu Stern 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Save 10K & Your Real Estate License
1.5 Elective CEU; MD & DC
Stu Stern 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
REALTOR® Etiquette & Professional Courtesies
1.5 Elective CEU; MD & DC
Stu Stern 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

 

Code of Ethics Case Study: Case #12-10:
REALTOR® Advertising Free Market Analysis
REALTOR® A advertised in the local newspaper as follows: "Free Market Analysis With No Obligation." REALTOR® A also had certificates printed reading: "This will entitle the bearer to one FREE Comparative Market Analysis with no obligation." The certificates carried the name of REALTOR® A and his firm. REALTOR® B presented a written complaint to the Secretary of the Board filing a charge against REALTOR® A of an alleged violation of Article 12 of the Code of Ethics.

The matter was referred to the Grievance Committee, which concluded the matter should be considered by a panel of the Professional Standards Committee. A hearing was convened with both REALTOR® A and REALTOR® B present.

REALTOR® A advised the Hearing Panel that he had placed the advertisements and provided the certificates in good faith. He stated he felt his ads did present a "true picture," and were not unethical. When the panel asked if his offering of a "free market analysis" was contingent upon his obtaining a listing or commission, REALTOR® A answered in the negative. He pointed out that he charged no fee for the service and provided it as represented on the certificates.

In absence of any evidence indicating that the advertising by REALTOR® A was misleading, the Hearing Panel concluded that such advertising by REALTOR® A is not prohibited by a Board of REALTORS® unless it presents less than a "true picture." However, if a charge is filed against a REALTOR® alleging violation of Article 12 and there is a hearing before the Professional Standards Committee, determination may properly be made of the truth of any representations made.

The Hearing Panel concluded that REALTOR® A had demonstrated that his ads presented a "true picture" and that he was not in violation of Article 12.

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