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December 19, 2005   




 

IMPORTANT REMINDER - 2006 DUES MUST BE PAID BY DECEMBER 31 . . . 2006 Annual Dues were due on October 1. If dues remain unpaid on December 31, membership will be terminated and a $100 reinstatement fee will be assessed when dues are finally paid. Also, if you are going to turn in your key and 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.

 
HOLIDAY CLOSURE. . . PGCAR's Offices will be closed on Friday, December 23, and Monday, December 26. Offices will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, December 27. The offices will also be closed on January 2, 2006. Enjoy a safe and happy holiday!

 
 
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Click here to sign up for the PGCAR Annual Holiday Gala!   ANNUAL HOLIDAY GALA A HUGE SUCCESS. . .
PGCAR's Annual Holiday Party was held on Tuesday, December 13, at La Fontaine Bleu in Lanham. A special thank you to the Holiday Party Committee and the following sponsors whose contributions helped to make it a special night.

Beltway Title - Open Bar
Carl Zentz LLC - Dessert
Classic Settlements - Santa's Gifts
Commission Expre$$ - Caricaturist
Exit 1 Stop Realty - D.J
Exit Right Realty - Photographs
Long & Foster Real Estate - Ham and Beef Station
Norman S. Thomas Insurance - Fruit and Cheese Station
Realty Executives Andrews/Camp Springs - Fortune Teller and Tarot Card Reader

Beltway Title - Musical Chairs
Exit 1 Stop Realty - Guessing Game
Rose Marie Jung - Relay Game

Al Johnson, Countrywide Mortgage, Waldorf
Countrywide Mortgage, Greenbelt
Custom Title
Fountainhead Title Group
HomeBiz Inspection Team
Realty Depot USA
Ruth Wright - The Wright REALTOR®

We also want to thank those who so kindly contributed door prizes:
AFLAC Insurance
Harmon Homes Magazine
Norman S. Thomas Insurance

Last but not least, we want to thank all who attended and brought coats for the homeless, food for the hungry and toys for needy children. Your generosity is appreciated!

 
2005 REVIEW/2006 PREVIEW. . . President David Maclin addressed the local media last week on the state of the real estate market in Prince George's County at an annual press conference of area real estate experts. In summary, the market is cooling off from record highs, is still strong and Prince George's County is in position to be "the next address." A full transcript of the presentation may be viewed by clicking here. Maclin was quoted in the Examiner, The Gazette and by the Associated Press. Look for further coverage in The Washington Post on December 30.

 
Supra iBox available in Prince George's

REALTOR® STORE SALE: Planners. . . Get ready for 2006! Purchase a BOSS planner through January 3, 2006, and receive 10% off in the REALTOR® Store. Don't delay-buy today!

 

 

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

Date Course Title Instructor   Time   Hours
Jan 11 REALTOR® Etiquette & Professional Courtesies - Association Office Stuart Stern 9:30 am -
11:00 am
1.5
MD Only
How to Save $10K & Your Real Estate License -
Association Office
Stuart Stern 11:30 am -
1:00 pm
1.5
MD Only
Jan 13 MD Legislative Update - Association Office
This class is required for license renewal.
Don Martin 9:30 am -
12:30 pm
3
MD & DC
MD Fair Housing - Association Office
This class is required for license renewal.
Don Martin 1:30 pm -
3:00 pm
1.5
MD & DC
Jan 20 MD Real Estate Ethics - Association Office
This class is required for license renewal.
Don Martin 9:30 am -
12:30 pm
3
MD & DC

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 www.pgcar.com.

 

BE IN THE SPOTLIGHT. REACH OVER 150,000 HOMES AND BUSINESSES!

As a feature in the monthly "Spotlight On Homes" supplement, The Gazette selects an office every month that goes above and beyond the call of duty to support our communities for a FREE 3/4 page ad highlighting their community involvement. We are now looking for other offices to be spotlighted. What is your office doing? If you feel your office should be highlighted over the coming months, please contact Heidi LaMere.

Call Heidi LaMere
240-888-7509 direct   301-731-2134 desk
hlamere@gazette.net

If you have an article you would like to submit, please send it to the above email address to be considered for the next upcoming issue. If you would like your office considered for the Spotlight Office, call or email your nominations.

 

Case #12-15: Links to Other Internet Sites

Noting the increasing numbers of people using the Internet, REALTOR® A decided to have a Web site designed. She hired a consultant and proceeded to plan her site and its contents. Realizing that her Web site might be enhanced by providing a link to all the local listings on REALTOR.org, she decided to have her Web site designed to provide such a link.

A few months later, REALTOR®B, a competing broker in the same community, was surfing the Web and happened upon REALTOR® A's new Web site. Upon exploring it, he discovered the link to REALTOR.org which included REALTOR® B's listings.

REALTOR® B immediately filed an ethics complaint with the local Board of REALTORS® alleging that REALTOR® A had violated Article 12 of the Code of Ethics as interpreted by the Standard of Practice 12-4. Following review by the Board's Grievance Committee, the complaint was scheduled for a hearing before a Hearing Panel of the Board's Professional Standards Committee.

At the hearing, REALTOR® B argued that by providing a link to the listings on REALTOR.org, REALTOR® A was advertising without authority all the listings in the local MLS on the Internet Web site.

REALTOR® A countered saying that in the culture of the Internet, it is well established that links are merely a method of "pointing" or "referring" to another site; that the information had not been altered nor had any information been deleted; and that people who view the Internet Web sites understand that. She went on to analogize what she had done to distributing copies of the local homes magazine. Even though the magazine contained ads promoting other REALTORS® listings, by delivering that information to prospective buyers, she was not advertising their listings.

What do you think the hearing panel concluded? Click here for the answer!

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