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November 7, 2005   

HOLIDAY CLOSURE. . . PGCAR offices will be closed this Friday, November 11, in observance of the Veterans' Day holiday.

Click here to sign up for the PGCAR Annual Legislative Breakfast! 2006 LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST. . . PGCAR will hold its Annual Legislation Breakfast next Wednesday, November 16, at 8 a.m. at the Greenbelt Marriott. This annual event provides a forum for REALTORS® to meet with their county legislators to discuss current and proposed legislation affecting real estate and private property rights in Prince George's County. Please take advantage of this important opportunity by registering to attend. The cost is only $15 per person. Click here to register!

NAR DEFENDS MORTGAGE INTEREST DEDUCTION. . . Housing is the engine that drives the economy, and to even mention reducing the tax benefits of homeownership could endanger property values. Home prices, particularly in high cost areas, could decline 15 percent if recommendations to convert the mortgage interest deduction to a tax credit are implemented. Read more on NAR's position on the Mortgage Interest Deduction.

IN MEMORIUM. . . We extend our sincere sympathy to the family, friends and agents of John Ashby, broker of Century 21 Ashby & Associates, who died on October 21st. John has been a member of PGCAR since 1987 and he will be missed by all who knew him.

We also extend our sympathy to Paul Fowler on the loss of his wife, Pat. Paul had served as Executive Vice President of PGCAR for over 25 years when he retired in 1998.

PGCAR TO HOLD BEGINNER SPANISH CLASSES. . . There are only a few places left for this six-part series being held Monday evenings from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. beginning only one week from today, on November 14th. The cost of the series will be $175 for REALTORS® and $300 for non-REALTORS®. Price includes all materials for the class plus the book, "Bienes Raices: An English-Spanish Real Estate Dictionary." Instructor: Luis Lama.

6 Session Class Schedule:
Mondays, November 14, 21 and 28
Mondays, December 5, 12 and 19

Register now! This class is almost sold out.
Click here for the registration form.

ANNUAL HOLIDAY GALA SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 13. . . Register now for PGCAR's Annual Holiday Party being held on Tuesday, December 13, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at La Fontaine Bleu. Please note that the party has been moved from Monday December 12 to this date to not conflict with the Spanish classes. The Holiday Committee under the Chairmanship of Rose Marie Jung and Vice Chairmanship of Ruth Wright have another fun-filled evening in store for PGCAR members and their guests. This event is always sold out, so don't wait until the last minute to register. You won't want to miss this one! Click here for party details and registration!

2006 DUES WERE DUE ON OCTOBER 1. . . If you have not paid your PGCAR annual dues by November 30, a late charge of $25 will be charged. Also, If you are going to turn in your key or discontinue your membership, you should do so right away. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call the association office at 301-306-7900.

Supra iBox available in Prince George's
SUPRA LOCKBOXES. . . It is very important that you do not put a PGCAR lockbox on a property located outside of Prince George's or Montgomery Counties. When listing a property outside of Prince George's or Montgomery Counties, you have two options with regard to Supra Lockbox use.
     One, you can bring your Prince George's County Lockbox to the Association office and have it deprogrammed and then have it reprogrammed for the area where the house is located.
     Two, if you feel you will be selling other houses in that area, you can purchase a lockbox from the Association in the area where the house is located.
     By putting a PGCAR Lockbox on a house located outside of Prince George's or Montgomery Counties, you are limiting access for your Seller.
Thank you for your cooperation.

Recent changes have been made in continuing education requirements. To renew a 2-year license, click here for the schedule showing the number of hours and course content required based on EXPIRATION DATE, LENGTH OF LICENSURE, AND TYPE OF SERVICES provided. PLEASE READ THE SCHEDULE CAREFULLY.

SPOTLIGHT ON PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY TO HIGHLIGHT SPECIAL OFFICES. . . As a feature in the monthly "Spotlight On Homes" supplement, Heidi LaMere of the Gazette selects an office every month that goes above and beyond the call of duty for a FREE 3/4 page ad highlighting their community involvement. Three Prince George's County offices, Long & Foster in Bowie, Century 21 Home Center and Long & Foster College Park, have already been featured. The articles outline the community efforts REALTOR® offices are involved in. We are now looking for other offices to be spotlighted. Nominations must be received at the Gazette. What is your office doing? If you feel your office should be highlighted over the coming months, please contact Heidi LaMere. Also, Heidi is our contact person if you would like to advertise in the PGCAR supplement.

NOVEMBER CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASSES . . . There is still space available in the following classes:

November 16th - MD Real Estate Ethics
Instructor - Don Martin. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Association Office.
3 hours MD and DC Continuing Education
This class is required for license renewal.

November 18th - MD Legislative Update
Instructor - Don Martin. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Association Office.
3 hours MD and DC Continuing Education
This class is required for license renewal.

November 18th - MD Fair Housing Update
Instructor - Don Martin. 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Association Office.
1.5 hours MD and DC Continuing Education
This class is required for license renewal.

Registration fee for REALTORS® is $25 for 3 hours of credit and $15 for 1.5 hours of credit. 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 Scott Miller, Education Director, at the association office 301-306-7961 or visit our website at

Prince George's County Association of REALTORS®
8400 Corporate Drive  :  Suite 225 : Landover MD 20785
Phone 301-306-7900  :  Fax 301-306-8273  :  :  ©2005, PGCAR
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