FALL LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST
Our Legislative Breakfast this year was
held at the Greenbelt Marriott on October 27th.
We had a terrific turnout.
Every member of the Prince George's County Council and most
of our Delegation to the State General Assembly were present.
Our elected officials were reminded of the need to reduce
transfer taxes so that Prince George's County can be competitive
with the surrounding jurisdictions. In this regard, Delegate Obie
Patterson and Delegate Joseph Vallario have introduced legislation
on the State level to accomplish this goal.
Also, Councilman Jim Estepp assured us that he would
introduce similar legislation to the County Council in the future.
The help of the entire membership is needed to make this happen.
Every time you see an elected official, remind them that we
need their support on this issue.
The Legislative Committee will be visible again this year in
Annapolis and Upper Marlboro. Please consider joining us.
This is an investment in our future.
Cultural Diversity Committee
Pursues Ambitious 2000 Agenda
Elizabeth Salchow, Chairperson
Prince George's County
is becoming increasingly diverse! The resulting changes present
exciting opportunities and challenges for each member as citizen and
as REALTOR®. What could be better than home ownership
for each and everyone! And who would be better suited to advocate
home ownership for all than we the REALTOR®? We want to
improve our ability to better understand and effectively relate to
one another and convey to the public that we stand for unity in
supports the Maryland Association's Poster/Calendar Contest. Respect
for and tolerance of diverse cultures starts with the education of
our youngsters. Our members will contact teachers from kindergarten
through eighth grade and ask them to expose the children to the
concept of fair and equal housing and to express their feelings in a
poster for next years "Being A Good Neighbor 2001"
contest. Most real estate offices should now have a copy of MAR's
"One America 2000" calendar. See how intuitively children
perceive the devastating effects of housing discrimination!
committee also urges the dissemination and publication of all
financing programs for residential properties. As true professional
REALTORS® and, especially, as Buyer Brokers, we should
utilize all types of financing. Our knowledge should not be limited
to standard products but extend into special community and B, C and
D financing opportunities. Contact your lenders and insist that they
disclose the newest and best programs for your buyers! Additionally,
each real estate office should have at least one copy of the
publication "Mortgage Product Directory" issued by the
The public knows little about REALTORS®
constant efforts to make home ownership more equitable, fair and
affordable because we tend to be reactive rather than proactive.
This will change. The members of the PGCAR Cultural Diversity
Committee will help you make a difference in the New Millennium, the
century of enlightened unity! Let's encourage each other to be
receptive to, and become aware of,
and walk and talk of deference and be respectful of all
cultures, customs and beliefs in a truly diverse world. If you feel
inspired to participate, please call Joan Ostenso at the Association
office, 301 306-7900, and ask to join our dynamic Cultural Diversity
Committee. Have a wonderful holiday