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June 30, 2004   




IN MEMORIAM . . . We have received sad news that Nick Marchese passed away on Monday, June 28th. Nick has been a Member of our Association for many years and served on a number of PGCAR Committees. He was associated with RE/MAX 100 in Camp Springs until recently when he moved to the Waldorf Office. Nick will be missed by all who knew him. Funeral arrangements are as follows: Viewing will be held on Thursday, July 1, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Huntt Funeral Home located at 3035 Old Washington Road in Waldorf. The funeral will be held at Noon on Friday, July 2nd also at the Huntt Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Charles County Hospice. We extend our sincere sympathy to Nick's family and colleagues. They are in our thoughts and prayers.

ASSOCIATION CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF INDEPENDENCE DAY . . . The Prince George's County Association of REALTORS® will be closed on Monday, July 5th, in observance of Independence Day. The Office will reopen on Tuesday, July 6th, at 9 a.m.

SUPRA e-KEY CHANGES . . . Effective Friday, June 25, 2004, Supra will be adding an automatic PC-Internet Sync ability for eKEY users who currently update their eKEY PDA device using the PC-Internet Sync process. Any eKEY user who would like to have their eKEY update automatically through the PC-Internet process will need to download the latest version of eKEY applications from the KIM Website at www.supraekey.com. All MLS office training keys should be updated with the newest applications. (Click here for instructions on how to download the applications.)

WOMEN'S COUNCIL TO HOLD ANNUAL AUCTION . . . The Prince George's County Chapter of the Women's Council will hold its Annual Auction and Dinner on Thursday, July 15th, 2004, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. This year's Auction will be held in the Atrium of the Metro Executive Terrace Building located at 8400 Corporate Drive in Landover. There are always many wonderful items for you to bid on; and the Women's Council promises you an evening of fun. Mel Schneider, Attorney-at-Law will once again be the Auctioneer. RSVP to Rose Marie Jung or contact Karen Thomas for more information. Both can be reached at Long & Foster, Bowie - 301-262-6900. The cost is $10 per person (Paid upon arrival). Come out and join the fun!!! We look forward to seeing you there.

FREE DIVERSITY AND FAIR HOUSING SEMINAR . . . On behalf of the PARTNERSHIP FOR HOUSING FOUNDATION, Foundation President Bill Neary has invited you to attend an exclusive offering of the DIVERSITY AND FAIR HOUSING SEMINAR, a new and exciting training opportunity for REALTORS®. This free seminar will be held on Wednesday, July 21, 2004 at the La Fontaine Bleu in Lanham from 9:00 am until 12:30 pm. A continental breakfast will be served. This class is being offered to the Prince George's County Association of REALTORS® as part of our ongoing partnership with the Maryland Commission on Human Relations. The Prince George's County Women's Council of REALTORS® is co-sponsoring this event.

The PARTNERSHIP FOR HOUSING FOUNDATION works with not-for-profit housing organizations and others, such as the state agencies and local governments dedicated to promoting homeownership throughout the State of Maryland. The FOUNDATION is offering this seminar statewide in collaboration with the Maryland Commission on Human Relations and the Maryland Association of REALTORS®. MAR's Equal Opportunity and Affordable Housing Committee is also helping to promote this seminar to local REALTOR® associations and other real estate professionals, including lenders, appraisers, property managers, insurers and title companies.

This educational opportunity provides effective tools to deal with discriminatory practices in the real estate industry, while promoting fair housing practices and diversity issues. Glendora Hughes, General Counsel of the Maryland Commission on Human Relations, will lead the Seminar. Additionally, this seminar has been submitted to the Maryland Real Estate Commission for 3 hours of continuing education credit. RESERVATIONS ARE A MUST. (Please click here for a registration form)

PRINCE GEORGE'S REALTORS® TO PARTNER WITH HABITAT FOR HUMANITY . . . PGCAR is moving forward with plans to partner with the Maryland Association of REALTORS® and Habitat for Humanity to restore a house in Prince George's County. PGCAR will be responsible for raising the necessary funds and providing the manpower to restore a home in our area so that a Prince George's County family will have the opportunity to experience home ownership. This is a first for our Association and we know that we can count on our members to participate with us in this very worthwhile and exciting project. We are asking all members to write a check to the Partnership for Housing Foundation. No amount is too small. All checks should be mailed to the Association office at 8400 Corporate Drive, Suite 225, Landover, MD 20785. If you would rather use your credit card, please contact Joan at the Association office. Thank you in advance for your generous support. Watch for more information.

NEW MEMBER ORIENTATION . . . REMINDER . . . The next New Member Orientation will be held on Thursday, July 22nd, 2004, at the LaFontaine Bleu beginning with registration at 4 p.m. If you have not previously attended an Orientation, you should have received a notification of this Orientation. This Orientation will provide you with a great deal of valuable information in addition to 3 hours of continuing education on Ethics. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.

REMINDER OF ETHICS TRAINING REQUIREMENT . . . The countdown is on. NAR's quadrennial ethics requirement gives every member until December 31, 2004, to take an approved Code of Ethics course. Failure to satisfy this requirement shall be considered a violation of a membership duty for which REALTOR® membership shall be suspended until such time as the training is completed. NAR offers two online ethics courses at REALTOR.org that fulfill these obligations: one for new members and one for existing members. Questions can be directed to: Member Policy Dept. (NOTE: Classes are also being offered by PGCAR on a regular basis. An Ethics Class will be offered at the LaFontaine Bleu on July 12th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

JULY & AUGUST CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASSES . . . There is still space available in the following classes:

July 12th - Ethics
Instructor - Allison Mooney. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. LaFontaine Bleu.
3 hours of MD and DC Continuing Education Credit.

July 15th - What Every Agent Should Know about Mortgages, Credit Scoring, E-Loans and the Loan Approval Process
Instructor - Michael Chelst. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. LaFontaine Bleu.
3 hours of MD Continuing Education Credit ONLY.

July 26th - MD 6 Hour Required Course consisting of MD Legislative Update (3 hours), MD Legal Update (1.5 hours) and MD Fair Housing (1.5 hours)
Instructor - Don Martin. LaFontaine Bleu
All three classes count for 6 hours of MD and DC Continuing Education Credit.

August 4th - Agency
Instructor - Al Monshower. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. LaFontaine Bleu.
3 hours of MD and DC Continuing Education Credit.

Registration fee for REALTORS® is $25 for 3 hours of credit. The 6 hour class on July 26th is $60. A $15 late fee is charged if reservations are made less than 3 days prior to any class.
NO WALK-INS. For more information call the Association office at 301-306-7900 or visit our website at www.pgcar.com.

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  :  ©2004, PGCAR
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