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June 20, 2006

Holiday Closures… Plan ahead! The PGCAR offices will be closed on Monday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. If you need signs or your key is not working properly, PLEASE DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE! Make plans to come to the association office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. during the week of June 26.



  We are pleased to announce the updated Prince George's County Association of REALTORS® web site was released June 19, 2006! There are many new and exciting features that will be added such as on-line class registration, REALTOR® Store shopping and more.

Be sure and check back often!

Click here to see PGCAR's new look!



Thursday, June 22, 2006 5:00 p.m. is the deadline for nominations.
Nominations made or received after June 22, 2006 will not be accepted.

Nominations for this Association's selection of the Prince George's County REALTOR® of the Year (ROTY), Affiliate of the Year, and Distinguished Sales Associate of the Year (formerly known as the REALTOR®-Associate of the Year Award), are now being sought.


Women's Council of REALTORS® Annual Auction and Dinner

Thursday, June 22, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 
Don't miss this exciting evening! Join us for the WCR Annual Auction and Dinner...
Proceeds will benefit the Annual Special Education Children's Christmas Party.   



The next session is scheduled for July 19 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at La Fontaine Bleu. More registration information to come...


Keynote Speakers:

Presidents Bill Clinton and
George H. W. Bush

Register before July 1st for Early Bird Pricing!

Click here for registration and full info on the NAR Conference & Expo in New Orleans.


MAR Conference & Trade Expo

September 17-20 in Ocean City
Join fellow REALTORS® and colleagues at the annual conference. . .

  • Exchange information
  • Earn continuing education credit
  • Learn about the latest trends
  • Enjoy stellar day trips and entertainment - some new additions!
  •        Shopping excursion to Rehoboth Beach outlet malls
           Fishing tournament
           Golf tournament
           Miniature golf
           RPAC Shark Attack Party 3
  • Keynote Speaker: TERRY WATSON
  • COST:
    Members: 3 days for $200, Tuesday only for $115
      Non-members: 3 days for $315

    WHILE AT THE MAR CONFERENCE . . . Commercial practitioners may want to attend the course "Commercial Construction, Systems & Terminology" on Monday, September 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (6 hours CE credit pending). Understand construction techniques. Define technology. Identify what tenants are looking for in facilities today. Topics include: Site development, electrical systems, mechanical systems, contract terminology and construction scheduling. Course registration includes course materials and lunch. Contact Sheryl Bergman at for information and registration.



    In order to better serve its members, the Prince George's County Association of REALTORS® has implemented an automatic telephone answering system. When you call the association office, you will be prompted to dial an extension number for the person to whom you wish to speak. You can always reach a person by dialing 221 for Faith Barron in the REALTOR® Store. A list of extensions are as follows:

  • Faith Barron, REALTOR® Store Manager/Receptionist, dial 221
  • Barbara Ford, Membership and Accounting, dial 222
  • Joan Ostenso, Executive Vice President, dial 223
  • Craig Barton, Network/Communication Manager, dial 224
  • Shirley Clayton, Supra Administrator, dial 225
  • Scott Miller, Education Director, dial 226
  • Mike Graziano, Government Affairs Director, dial 227
  • Directions, dial 241



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    GRI 100 Series-Spaces Filling Up!
    Come one, come all to "Learn More, Earn More!"
    The GRI 100 Series returns to PGCAR in July. Earn 30 hours CE for taking the entire series. Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

  • Monday, July 10-GRI 101: Building a Real Estate Business
  • Thursday, July 13-GRI 102: Prospecting and Listing Techniques
  • Wednesday, July 19-GRI 103: Fair Housing and Legal Update
  • Friday, July 21-GRI 104: Basic Residential Financing
  • Wednesday, July 26-GRI 105: Marketing Methods
  • Click here to register now

    REALTORS®: $325 for the series; $85 for a single class
    Non-REALTORS®: $650 for the series; $170 for a single class

    Date(s) Course Title Instructor   Time   Hours
    June 20 "What You Don't Know About Credit
    Can Hurt You"
    Matt Tove SOLD OUT 3

    June 23
    Contracts Stu Stern SOLD OUT 3
    MD & DC
    New Agent Survival Stu Stern 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm 3
    MD & DC
    June 28 MD Real Estate Ethics Don Martin 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 3
    MD & DC
    July 10, 13, 19, 21, 26 GRI 100 Series 8:30 am - 4:00 pm 30

    July 14
    MD Legislative Update Don Martin 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 3
    MD & DC
    MD Fair Housing Don Martin 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 1.5
    MD & DC
    July 20 What Every REALTOR® Should Know About Mortgages Michael Chelst 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 3
    July 27 MD Real Estate Ethics Don Martin 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 3
    MD & DC

    Registration fee for REALTORS® is only $25 for 3 hours of credit and $15 for 1.5 hours of credit. Above classes are limited to the first 45 registrants. For reservations made less than 3 days prior to a class, please add $15 to the Tuition Fee. ABSOLUTELY NO WALK-INS. For more information call Scott Miller, Education Director, at the association office 301-306-7961 or visit our website at for the latest schedule.


    Submit your articles now for publication in our monthly "Spotlight On Homes" supplement in The Gazette. Articles for the July edition are due by June 26. If you are interested in writing an article or placing an ad, please contact Heidi Lamere at

    Click here to check out the JULY ADVERTISING SPECIALS!

    Space Deadline Tuesday,
    June 27
      Ad Copy Deadline Friday,
    June 30
      Publication Date Thursday,
    July 13


    Code of Ethics Case Study
    Case #2-4: Obligation to Ascertain Pertinent Facts
    (Revised Case #9-10, May 1988. Transferred to Article 2, November 1994)

    Shortly after REALTOR® A, the listing broker, closed the sale of a home to Buyer B, a complaint was received by the Board charging REALTOR® A with an alleged violation of Article 2 in that he failed to disclose a substantial fact concerning the property. The charge indicated that the house was not connected to the city sanitary sewage system, but rather had a septic tank.

    In a statement to the Board's Grievance Committee, Buyer B stated that the subject was not discussed during his various conversations with REALTOR® A about the house. However, he pointed out that his own independent inquiries had revealed that the street on which the house was located was "sewered" and he naturally assumed the house was connected. He had since determined that every other house on the street for several blocks in both directions was connected. He stated that REALTOR® A, in not having disclosed this exceptional situation, had failed to disclose a pertinent fact.

    REALTOR® A's defense in a hearing before a Hearing Panel of the Professional Standards Committee was:

    1. That he did not know this particular house was not connected with the sewer;
    2. That in advertising the house, he had not represented it was being connected;
    3. That at no time, as Buyer B conceded, had he orally stated that the house was connected;
    4. That it was common knowledge that most, if not all, of the houses in the area were connected to the sewer; and
    5. That the seller, in response to REALTOR® A's questions at the time the listing was entered into, had stated that the house was connected to the sewer.
    The panel determined that the absence of a sewer connection in an area where other houses were connected was a substantial and pertinent fact in the transaction; but that the fact that the house was not connected to the sewer was not possible to determine in the course of a visual inspection and, further, that REALTOR® A had made appropriate inquiries of the seller and was entitled to rely on the representations of the seller. The panel concluded that REALTOR® A was not in violation of Article 2.
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    Phone 301-306-7900  :  Fax 301-306-8273  :  :  ©2006, PGCAR
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