Lawrence Yun is Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of Research at the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. He directs research activity for the association and regularly provides commentary on real estate market trends for its 1 million REALTOR® members. Dr. Yun creates NAR's forecasts and participates in many economic forecasting panels, including Blue Chip and the Harvard University Industrial Economist Council. He appears regularly on financial news outlets, is a frequent speaker at real estate conferences throughout the United States, and has testified before Congress.
USA Today in 2008 listed him among the top 10 economic forecasters in the country and INMAN News has named him among the 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders.
ALSO, you'll have the opportunity to meet PGCAR's 2014 Officers and Directors candidates:
|The 2013 / 2014 Candidates*
||John Lesniewski, RE/MAX United Real Estate
||Desiree Callender, Desiree Callender & Associates
||Chuck Ottley, SellState Dominion Realty
Patricia Dowtin, Long & Foster Real Estate
Fredericka Lloyd, Lloyd & Associates
Emerick Peace, Keller Williams Preferred Properties
Veera Phillips, Keller Williams Preferred Properties
Melvin Pitt, RE/MAX Specialists
|* Voting opens on September 1 at www.pgcar.com.
Come hear noted expert Lawrence Yun discuss what's on the economic horizon and answer questions.
PGCAR Offers New Maryland Short Sale Certification
This Friday, August 9
On July 1, the MARS Act became effective in Maryland, and ALL real estate licensees involved in short sales MUST COMPLY with the Act.
How do you know if you're in compliance? How do you protect yourself and avoid penalties of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment? (Yes, you read that right!)
PGCAR is here to help! Our one-day program, The New Maryland Short Sale Certification, will give you the knowledge you need to successfully navigate short sales while staying compliant with the new regulations.
||THIS Friday, August 9
||9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. registration)
||La Fontaine Bleue, 7963 Annapolis Road, Lanham, MD 20706
||Jill Pogach Michaels
||6 MD Elective CEU
|| $295 by August 7; $325 after August 7
DC Salesperson Licenses Expire August 31
- Last Chance! Earn Your 9 CE in Required Topics in 2 Days
Don't wait until August 31 to meet CE hour requirements and renew licenses through the DC Real Estate Commission.
15 total CE hours are required for license renewal.
Easily complete all 9 CE hours in required topics at PGCAR:
||Financing Issues / Update
||Thursday, August 22
||9:30 am - 12:30 pm
||Register here >
||DC Legislative Update
||Monday, August 26
||9:30 am - 12:30 pm
||Register here >
||DC Fair Housing & Predatory Lending
||Monday, August 26
||1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
||Register here >
Note that 6 CE hours in electives are also needed. Earn DC elective hours at PGCAR or online!
Annual Crab Feast
This Friday, August 9
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Knights of Columbus - College Park
Join the Prince George's County Women's Council of REALTORS®
for an all-you-can-eat crab feast!
Enjoy Maryland crabs, corn on the cob, fried and baked chicken, hot dogs,
potato salad, cole slaw, watermelon and dessert. . . and Music by D.J. Phil.
Beer, soda, and a cash bar will also be available.
Crab Feast Tickets: $54
Show up Early; Swim All Day: $5 extra
Give the Gift of Life!
PGCAR is hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive®
Next Thursday, August 15
9 am to 3 pm
at the PGCAR office:
9200 Basil Court, Suite 400
Largo, MD 20774
ALL ARE WELCOME!
FRIENDS ~ FAMILIES ~ MEMBERS
BLOOD DONORS SAVE LIVES!
GRI 200 @ PGCAR! - Starting Wednesday, September 4
Presented by the Maryland Association of REALTORS® and
Sponsored by the Prince George's County Association of REALTORS®
PGCAR Association Office
9200 Basil Court, Suite 400
Largo, MD 20774
8:30 am - 4 pm each day
Just need a few make-up classes, or want to learn in-depth knowledge of specific topics?
Sign up for individual classes by clicking class titles above.
Hurry! Classes are limited to the first 40 registrants!
CONTRACTS ALERT: UPDATED FORM 1317
Maryland Residential Property Disclosure and Disclaimer Statement
The following form was revised in July, and available at www.pgcar.com Members Only and ZipForm. Please destroy all older versions of Form PG 1317 and begin using the updated form immediately. The July 2013 revision includes the new Maryland smoke detector requirements among other changes.
Visit PGCAR Members Only to download the latest forms, and to sign up for ZipForm. ZipForm is a FREE benefit for PGCAR members!
PGCAR in the News!
County Home Sales and Prices on the Upswing
On Friday, July 12, PGCAR's President-Elect, John Lesniewski,
was interviewed by Patricia Villone of CTV News about home sales
in Prince George's County. Home prices are 16% above a year ago, and home sales are brisk - creating a favorable market for sellers.
Click here to view the video >
- College Park Live Smart Program
Up to $5,000 in Homebuyer Incentives!
College Park's program highlights affordability and convenient location to encourage home sales in the community, offering up to $5,000 in incentives to home buyers. Program details >
- Homebuyer Savings for City of Laurel
Buyers of foreclosed homes receive tax credits. The program offers a five-year descending City tax credit of up to $3,500 for buyers purchasing their primary residence within Laurel City limits.
Program Details >
- $30 Million Targeted Areas Initiative for All Homebuyers
First-Time Homebuyers Can Gain Same Benefits in ANY Prince George's County Area
Reduced interest rates starting at 2.875% (APR 3.675%) for qualified homebuyers purchasing a new primary residence. Program Details >
- Buy Suitland Initiative
$40,000 Maximum in Downpayment & Closing Cost Savings!
Up to 5% of home purchase price to first-time homebuyers or those who haven't owned within the last 3 years; Up to 7% for local civic employees. Program Details > Revised Buy Suitland Flyer >
- Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLB Atlanta)
Up to $15,000 toward a foreclosure purchase; Up to $7,500 toward the purchase of a property located in area approved for NSP funds.
Program Details >
- American Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI)
Up to $10,000 to County homebuyers who have not owned a home within the last 3 years.
Program Details >
- Freddie Mac HomeSteps SmartBuySM
Offers up to $500 for purchase of a home warranty.
Home listings and incentive details > Sign up for homesteps.com buyer leads >
Most of these programs can be used in combination. Information on these and other homebuyer savings are available at pgcar.com.
Consumer Tip: Weeds, Weeds, Go Away!
Tips to Keep the Weeds at Bay
Here's the secret to why Mary was so contrary: she took the time to plant lovely flowers, but weeds kept intruding! Weeds seem to be a natural, accepted (albeit unwelcome) aspect of gardening. If you garden, you must also weed your garden. There are ways, however, to help prevent unwanted greenery from taking root to begin with.
Follow these tips to help ensure that your garden grows only what you've planted:
For more information on these and other gardening tips, visit Houselogic.com.
- Never wake a sleeping weed seed.
Weeds lie dormant beneath the soil and wake when exposed to sunlight, so avoid disturbing the soil too much.
- Here comes the sun... NOT!
To prevent weed-seed germination, block out the sun with organic or synthetic mulch.
- When you see the first green, get mean.
Treat with a pre-emergent herbicide when your daffodils sprout.
- Go along with the crowd.
By planting your seeds or starters closer together (you can plant at 2-feet-plus depth to compensate for proximity), you'll minimize the space where weeds can grow.
PGCAR 2014 DUES - Available Online Now
| Invoices for PGCAR 2014 Dues are available online at
Dues payments are due October 1, 2013.
A late fee of $50 will be charged after November 30.
Thank you for being a part of PGCAR!
|Optional RPAC Contribution
|Optional Maclin Scholarship Fund Contribution
Earn All MD and DC Required CEU at PGCAR
DC Salespersons are required to meet their CE requirements and renew their licenses by August 31, 2013.
Nine CEU hours in required subjects and six DC Elective CEU hours must be fulfilled; CE requirements are also listed in detail at pgcar.com.
All 3 required classes will be offered by PGCAR one last time pre-deadline on August 22 and 26.
Remember! Enjoy Savings on CEU at PGCAR!
PGCAR Members and REALTORS® - Enjoy steep discounts on ALL classes held at PGCAR!
Register for ANY 3 CE class for $18 early bird, $33 regular.
Register for ANY 1.5 CE class for $11 early bird, $26 regular.
Hurry to www.pgcar.com/real-estate-ceu today >
Market Sen$e: Mortgage Rates Ever-So-Slightly Rise Again
Last Thursday, August 1, results released by Freddie Mac displayed a slight gain after the previous two weeks' modest dips.
The 30-year fixed rate averaged 4.39 percent last week. The 15-year fixed rate was also up, at 3.43 percent.
The Vice President and Chief Economist for Freddie Mac, Frank Nothaft, noted that anticipation of the Fed's monetary policy statement this week led to the increase in mortgage rates, although the released statement held no change in monetary policy.
"With mortgage rates still relatively low, the housing recovery continues to support the overall economy. May's S&P/Case Shiller® 20-city composite index was up 12.2 percent from last May and represented the largest annual increase since March 2006," Nothaft stated. "In addition, pending home sales in June hovered near a six-and-a-half year high."
Freddie Mac reports the following averages for the week ending August 1, 2013:
Freddie Mac's Weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey >
- The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.39%, up from 4.31%.
- The 15-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.43%, up from 3.39%.
- The 5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid ARM averaged 3.18%, up from 3.16%.
- The 1-year Treasury-indexed ARM averaged 2.64%, down from 2.65%
Like us on Facebook to see monthly Prince George's County home sales and weekly mortgage reports as soon as they are released!
County Home Settlements Still on the Rise in July
July home sales statistics are now available for Prince George's County!
In July, single-family home listings and settlements were both on the rise overall, with significant movement in the upper-level price ranges. Single-family listings were up 700% in the $600,000 - $699,999 range, or eight listings to 2012's one. Listings from $700,000 - $799,999 also jumped -- 600% -- with seven over last year's one. Settlements also rose, showing an 80.3% increase over last year in the $300,000 – 399,999 range (119 settlements to 66 in 2012), and 100% increases in the higher-cost brackets of $600,000 - $699,999, $700,000 - $799,999, $800,000 - $899,999, and $1,000,000 - $1,249,999.
For condo and co-op listings, notable increases were seen in the ranges of $150,000 - $199,999 (30% higher this year) and $500,000 - $599,999. And settlements were up a remarkable 128.6% for the $150,000 - $199,999 range with 16 in July 2013, compared with 7 in July 2012.
Visit www.pgcar.com/stats for more details. And don't forget to like PGCAR on Facebook to see monthly statistics first!
And coverage on the national market from REALTOR.org:
Renters Thinking More about Owning a Home, Say Homeownership is a Top Priority
Fed Fending Off Rate Rise?
Survey: Rising Rates Getting Sellers Nervous
Do You Shine Online? 9 Tips for Great Web Reviews!
Homebuyers and sellers who are new to the real estate game often turn to friends and colleagues to recommend a trusted REALTOR® -- but the referral doesn't end there. In today's cyber-savvy world, many people go a step further to look at online ratings sites and social media to see what others say about the recommended REALTOR®.
Here are 9 suggestions to help ensure your reviews are stellar:
Following these 6 rules will help to ensure that you are above par as a negotiant:
There's nothing wrong with asking for sincere praise from happy customers, and it's a great (low- or no-cost) way to generate new business!
- Don't Hide Your Hard Work.
It's great to make a tough transaction seem... well, seamless! However, if your clients are unaware of all that you do for them, they're not likely to be appreciative of your efforts. It's perfectly fine to let them know of the challenges you conquered to reach their goals; just do it after the fact, so they can brag about you.
- Ask your fans to rave about you.
When your clients tell you how happy they are with your services, ask them to go one step further and tell others, too. Direct them to ratings sites and explain that they can help you by being candid about their experience.
- Appreciation can be so tweet!
Twitter and Facebook are great - and popular - resources for professional praise.
- Request a Yelp.
Clients who are especially pleased with you may be willing to review you on LinkedIn or Yelp.
- Suggest a review site for honest accolades.
There are several websites that ask for client ratings of REALTORS® -- sites such as RealEstateRatingz.com and IncredibleAgents.com. Send your happy clients an email or text with the Web address to make it easy for them to review you.
- Ask for a signed testimonial.
You can write down the positive comments of your clients throughout the transaction, then at the closing, present the compilation to them and ask them to sign it if they agree - or write their own if they're willing.
- Look back for reviews.
Past clients are a great resource, and a request for a review is a good excuse to get back in touch with them.
- Research and plan your approach.
Look around at the real estate ratings sites and know which ones you want to send to clients. Set up an email template with websites and tips to make the process fast and easy.
- It doesn't hurt to ask!
This is your livelihood, and if you want to increase your business, ask clients to refer/review you, then make it easy for them to do so.
For additional information on these rules of negotiation, click here.
Case #16-17: Buyer Conditions Purchase Offer on Seller's
Agreement to Pay Buyer Agent's Fee
REALTOR® A filed a listed property with his local MLS offering to pay a fee for subagency services. REALTOR® B called REALTOR® A, identified himself as a buyer's agent, and asked if REALTOR® A would arrange a showing of the property to his client and himself. REALTOR® A agreed. The following day, REALTOR® B presented REALTOR® A with an offer to purchase that was contingent on the seller's agreement to pay REALTOR® B's commission. The seller accepted the offer and the sale closed shortly afterward.
REALTOR® A then filed a complaint against REALTOR® B citing Article 16 of the Code of Ethics as interpreted by Standard of Practice 16-16. He stated that REALTOR® B had interfered in REALTOR® A's relationship with his seller-client by attempting to negotiate a separate commission agreement with the seller. REALTOR® B responded that since the request that the seller pay his commission was made by REALTOR® B's client, the buyer, directly of the seller and not of the listing broker, no violation of the Code of Ethics had occurred.
Based on your understanding of the Code of Ethics Article 16, what do you think the hearing panel concluded? Click here to find out >
FREE HANDS-ON MRIS TRAINING AT PGCAR
Upcoming Dates & Courses
Tuesday, August 13 @ 10:00 am
MRIS 201: Maximize Your Productivity with MRIS
Tuesday, August 13 @ 1:30 pm
MATRIX 201: Customize Matrix to Fit Your Business
MRIS reports that agents who take advantage of their FREE workshops, also tend to seldom receive complaints and fines for misuse of the MLS. Visit www.mris.com/training for details and registration. Advance registration with MRIS is required.
Save the Date!
PGCAR's Annual Charity Event will be held on December 11
at La Fontaine Bleue
2013 MAR Annual Conference & Trade Show
Maryland REALTORS® are Bringing it Home!
OCEAN CITY, MD SEPTEMBER 9 - 11
Join your fellow REALTORS® in Bringing it Home at the Maryland Association of
Conference and Expo in Ocean City. Take part in a schedule
packed with great
events and networking opportunities including:
Three Days of CE Classes
Exciting Trade Show
Sunday Golf Tournament
Recognition Banquet Installation
2013 NAR Annual Conference - November 8 - 11
What's the secret to earning more money in real estate? Attending the 2013 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, Nov. 8-11 in San Francisco, CA. Attendees make two times the average real estate income, so you'll have the chance to network with some of the most successful pros in the industry!
Register today to take advantage of hotel room rates starting at just $129 a night; hurry! These rates won't last long!
For complete conference details, click here >
REALTORS® Federal Credit Union
Personal and Professional Lines of Credit
Whether you're consolidating higher interest debt, investing in home or business improvements, spreading tuition or annual dues payments, or simply opening a line of credit "just in case", you can cover it with a REALTORS® Federal Credit Union line of credit or personal loan.
Apply for personal or professional loans and find out more about great offers here >
SentriLock Lockbox sale expires soon! Get yours today!
Pay only $65 each (plus tax) for up to 9 lockboxes; order larger numbers and enjoy even
greater discounts! Power paddles are also discounted to $55 for a limited time. To take
advantage of these great prices, please contact Shirley at the Association office.