The Real Estate Insider


By: Jay Webster

It is very easy as spring approaches and the buyers and sellers thaw out after this winter weather for us to get caught up in a hot spring market. First I would like to comment on the state of the Association: Our website is online now thanks to the tremendous work of our Member Services Committee. This offers you an opportunity to quickly check up on Association news. Please provide the Association with any suggestions you may have for the site.

       The Cultural Diversity Committee has taken several large steps in the last couple of months to get involved in our community through the public schools and we should have excellent participation in the calendar contest this year.

       I would like to thank the staff and the Holiday Party and Outing Committee on doing a splendid job with the Holiday Party. The turnout was outstanding and everyone that attended enjoyed the opportunity to get together in a friendly, casual setting.

       Frank Seckler and the Educational Advisory Committee have been working diligently on expanding the clock hour opportunities for the members.

       Documenting every Association  members community service activities is a goal that has been set by Pat Miller and the Community Service/Public Relations Committee. Once this information has been obtained we plan to educate our community on how involved our members are. Please complete the form on the back cover of this newsletter.

       The Legislative/Political Affairs Committee has met several times and has made some important decisions on how to approach work with the legislature in the upcoming session in Annapolis. We are also talking with the County Executive's Office and the County Council on the transfer tax issue and how that issue relates to our public schools and the county's school teachers.

       Myrna Harris, our liaison to the Board of Education, is on the Business Advisory Roundtable to the Superintendent of Schools and is doing an excellent job representing our Association.

       Iona Harrison and Gloria Farrar have some tremendous plans for the REALTORS Political Action Committee. Our main fundraiser will be held at the B.E.T. Soundstage on April 17, 2000.


       As you can see our members that are currently serving on committees are keeping very busy insuring that you receive the best service possible.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this message, as you get busy this spring, don't forget about your community around you. Take the time to give back when you can. And giving doesn't have to be a financial contribution. It might be getting involved in the mentor program at James Madison Middle School in Upper Marlboro or reading to the kids in the orthopedic wing at James Ryder Elementary School in Clinton. There are many opportunities and those that are already active in community service will tell you, it does make a difference.

Christmas In April 

The Prince George's County Association of REALTORS Community Services/Public Affairs Committee is interested in having a team of REALTOR volunteers to participate in the 2000 Christmas In April Program. Anyone who is interested in donating their time should contact Committee Chairman Particia Miller at (301) 218-9500 or Joan at the Association office (301) 306-7900..

HUD Increases FHA Loan Limits

 Effective January 1, 2000, HUD increased FHA loan limits from the basic nationwide limit of $121,269 to $219,849 in high-cost areas. To obtain a copy of the Mortgagee Letter 99-38, which lists the high cost areas and other information, go to



The Association is very excited about the launching of its new website,  

The Member Services Committee under the direction of Joe Carnucci have worked very hard to produce a website that we can be proud of. Although the site is new, we expect to have it grow each quarter to provide even more information to our members.

If you have suggestions and/or comments, please call Joe Carnucci (301) 627-2100 or Craig at the Association office (301) 306-7900.


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