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April 21, 2008

 
The Best Texas Hold 'Em and Best Idol Competition is Tomorrow Night
Tuesday, April 22, 6 - 10 pm
RIGHT HERE IN PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY
Join us at La Fontaine Bleu
for the Annual RPAC Fundraiser!
REALTOR® Idol ~ Casino Games ~ Texas Hold'em Poker ~ Silent Auction

$35 RPAC Contribution = 1 Casino Night Ticket
$100 RPAC Contribution = THREE Casino Night Tickets!

 
SUPPORT RPAC. . . NOW!

A Message From 2008 RPAC Chair, Gloria Farrar - "Our influence can only be as strong as the relationships we build with our elected officials. These relationships pave the pathway to our political success. RPAC provides the opportunity to enhance our relationships with existing politicians (REALTOR® Party Friends) and a chance to build relationships with newly elected representatives, hopefully securing their membership in the "REALTOR® Party".

Complete article >>

 
PGCAR shares with great sadness the passing of one of our members, Jim Clavio.

Jim Clavio, an agent for Weichert, REALTORS® passed away on Wednesday April 16, 2008. Viewings will be held this Friday and Saturday at Robert E. Evans Funeral Home. The funeral will be held this Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at Saint Pius Catholic Church.

Viewings: Friday, April 25, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 26, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
at Robert E. Evans Funeral Home
16000 Annapolis Road (Route 450 & Race Track Road)
Bowie, MD 20715
301-464-8836

Funeral: Saturday, April 26, 11:30 a.m.
at Saint Pius Catholic Church
14720 Annapolis Road (on Route 450, just east of Route 197)
Bowie, MD 20715

His burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery on July 7, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. We extend our sincere sympathy and prayers to Jim's family and friends.

 
 
PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
WITH LT. GOVERNOR ANTHONY BROWN
Next Wednesday, April 30, 2008
7963 Annapolis Rd., Lanham, MD

sponsored by the PGCAR Commercial Committee

5:30 p.m. Registration · 6 p.m. Dinner · 7 p.m. Program

FREE to PGCAR Members ~ RSVP HERE!

 
 
AT HOME WITH DIVERSITY COURSE & CERTIFICATION

NAR and our neighbors at Anne Arundel Association of REALTORS® and the Women's Council of REALTORS® of Anne Arundel County present:

At Home with Diversity®

To prosper in today's real estate markets, REALTORS® need new skills for handling transactions that involve minority buyers or sellers. These skills are taught through the professional development course, At Home with Diversity®.

Location: Anne Arundel County Association of REALTORS®
555 Benfield Rd., Severna Park, 410-544-4554
Date: Monday, April 28, 2008
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost: $50.00

Cost includes:
6 hours of CE (Fair Housing and Professional Enhancement)
Course Materials, Light Breakfast and Lunch
At Home with Diversity Certification, Lapel Pin, Logo for your marketing (must complete training)
Credit toward the CIPS, CRS and PMN designations

Click Here for a Registration Flyer!

 
 
Rookie REALTOR® Society Presents. . .  Agency
Thursday, May 8

At La Fontaine Bleu,
7963 Annapolis Road,
Landover, MD 20785

9:30 a.m. Registration & Networking
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Agency Seminar, presented by Al Monshower, Esq. and approved for 1.5 Maryland CEU hours

FREE to all Rookies, but registration is required.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP!

 
 
NAR MIDYEAR MEETINGS & TRADE EXPO — Coming Soon!

REALTORS® will gather to address political issues, to network and learn, and for NAR governance meetings, May 12-17 in Washington, D.C.

. . . all FREE to REALTOR® members! Click here to register and start planning your schedule.

 
VOLUNTEER FOR A NAR COMMITTEE

Members! The National Association is now accepting recommendations for committee service in 2009. We encourage you to nominate yourself and others whom would make good leaders.

For NAR committee leadership positions, please go to the NAR Governance: Committees section of REALTOR.org. There you will find a direct link to the Online Committee Recommendation Database, a PowerPoint Committee Leadership training presentation, and other Committee Leadership Orientation Resources.

All committee recommendations must be submitted via the Online Committee Recommendation Database on REALTOR.org. Deadline for submission is May 27, 2008.

 
   

Toll Brothers are presenting a Prince George's County Association of REALTORS®

TOLL ADVANTAGE DAYS WEEKEND PREVIEW

This Friday, April 25, 12 Noon - 3:00 p.m.
at Marlboro Ridge, 4101 Ritchie Marlboro Road.

OUTDOOR BBQ * GAMES * RAFFLE

Tour 5 Gorgeous Decorated Models and You can Win
Specialty Gifts by Tiffany's or a $500 Gift Card
Grand Prize - $1,000 American Express Travel Voucher
(Winner must be present to be eligible)

Great Incentives for PGCAR REALTORS®
and Your Buyers During Toll Advantage Days Weekend


Marlboro Ridge
4101 Ritchie Marlboro Road
Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772

www.tollbrothers.com     www.marlbororidge.com

Contact: Pearl Murphy, Sales Manager
Toll Brothers Builders, Inc.
301-780-5781 (Sales Office) or 703-774-6606 (Cell)


 
POLL: MOST SAY IT IS A GOOD BUYER'S MARKET
40 percent believe housing prices will rise soon
35 percent think the prices of homes in their neighborhood are about right
50 percent of home owners in the Northeast say houses are still overpriced,

. . . and other interesting statistics and buyer insights at REALTOR® Magazine >>

 
MORTGAGE APPLICATIONS RISE
For the second straight week, the volume of new applications and refinancings rose, while interest rates fell.

Read more >>

 
PROSPECTING TO STRANGERS WITHOUT A SALES PITCH
You can prospect outside of your "sphere of influence" successfully. Columnist Jennifer Allan shows you how.

Full Story >>

 

 

Classes include: Lead Based Paint Legislation, Contracts, MD Code of Ethics, MD Legislative Update, Building Green for REALTORS® and DC Fair Housing & Predatory Lending.

REGISTER NOW FOR BEST SELECTION OF CLASSES >>

 

 
CONTINUING EDUCATION

You can earn ALL of your Continuing Education requirements for both the Maryland and DC license renewals-- or for your GRI -- right here at PGCAR.   Now that's easy!


This Wednesday, April 23
GRI Series I - Module 103: Fair Housing & Cultural Issues; and MD Law, Ethics, Flipping & Predatory Lending
MD CEU - 6 hours covering 1.5 Fair Housing, 3 Ethics, 1.5 hrs Elective
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Lead Base Paint Legislation
3.0 MD Required Legislative OR 3.0 MD Elective CEU
Walter Clews 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This Thursday, April 24
GRI Series I - Module 105: Marketing Methods
6 Elective CEU, MD
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Next Tuesday, April 29
Photography for REALTORS®
No CEUs
Joseph Pruden 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Next Friday, May 2
Contracts®
3 Elective CEU, MD & DC
Stu Stern 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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

Friday, July 11
GRI Series II - FULL SERIES of 5 Classes
30 Elective CEU, MD
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Friday, October 3
GRI Series III - FULL SERIES of 5 Classes
30 Elective CEU, MD
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

 

Code of Ethics Case Study: Case #10-3:
Equal Professional Services by the REALTOR®

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.

Based on your understanding of the Code of Ethics Article 10, how do you think the Professional Standards Panel ruled?

Find out here >>

SPOTLIGHT SPECIAL

BE IN THE SPOTLIGHT FOR FREE!

That's right. Write an article that would be of interest to real estate consumers and submit it to Karey Major for a chance to be 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, May 5   Ad Copy Deadline Tuesday, May 6   Publication Date Thursday, May 22

If you are interested in writing an article or placing an ad, please contact
Karey Major at 240-473-7588 or kmajor@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  :  ©2008, PGCAR

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