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July 6, 2006



  Remember to check back often for new and exciting features added on-line to the updated Prince George's County Association of REALTORS® web site!
Click here to see PGCAR's new look!


PGCAR is soliciting nominations for individuals interested in serving as a member of the PGCAR Board of Directors. The PGCAR membership will elect a President-Elect, Vice President and four (4) individuals to serve two-year terms on the Board of Directors, terms beginning on October 1, 2006.

Any individual wishing to run for President-Elect or Vice President must be a member in good standing and must have served on the Board of Directors for two years during the last four years. Those running for a Director position must be a member in good standing of the Association.

Interested in having your name considered by the Credentials Committee for inclusion on the ballot?
Please complete the Candidate Form linked here.
Forms must be received in the Association office by 8:00 a.m. on July 10th. Forms may be submitted by fax at 301/306-8273 or delivered in person to 8400 Corporate Drive, Suite 225, Landover MD 20785. Hand deliveries must be made tomorrow, Friday July 7th to guarantee receipt before Monday's Credentials Committee meeting.


REALTORS® transacting business in Prince George's County Maryland should be aware of two recently enacted laws requiring mandatory disclosure notices. Both laws affect all residential sale transactions, both require separate disclosure forms... Read more »»


FREE E-PRO WORKSHOP — Next Wednesday!

Sharpen your e-skills! Learn invaluable tech tips by attending the FREE e-Pro Workshop at PGCAR this coming Wednesday, July 12. Attendees also receive a $30 discount on e-Pro course enrollment. View flyer here!
Reserve your spot here!



The next session is scheduled for July 19 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at La Fontaine Bleu. Registration information has been snail mailed to all applicable members.



New Orleans' own popular pianist, singer and bandleader Harry Connick Jr. will be the featured act of the National Association of REALTORS® Celebrity Concert on November 12 during the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in the Crescent City. Connick, with his unique contemporary style, will put some pep in the step of more than 30,000 REALTORS® and guests who are expected to inject more than 34 million in tourist dollars into the local economy during the November 9-13 conference. The Celebrity Concert is sponsored by Bank of America. Read more »»

Keynote Speakers:

Presidents Bill Clinton and
George H. W. Bush

Early Bird savings extended to August 1st

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.



    We hope that you are enjoying the Prince George's County Association of REALTORS® new automatic telephone answering system. Please remember, 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
  • The new phone directory is also available online, under Contact Us.



    The GRI 100 Series That Begins Next Week is Now Sold Out!

    Date(s) Course Title Instructor   Time   Hours
    July 10, 13, 19, 21, 26 GRI 100 Series SOLD OUT 30
    July 12 FREE e-Pro Workshop® Saul Klein 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 1.5

    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.


    The Official Homes Section of The Prince George's County Association of REALTORS® brought to you by The Gazette. This is a special pullout FULL COLOR supplement reaching over 127,000 homes and businesses in Prince George's County.

    August Internet Upgrade Special: That's right, when you buy a print ad, you receive an online advertisement for only $50! If you are interested in writing an article or placing an ad, please contact Heidi Lamere at 301-731-2134, 240-888-7509 or

    Click here to check out the AUGUST ADVERTISING SPECIALS!

    Article Deadline Monday,
    August 7
      Space Reservation
    & Ad Copy Deadline
    August 8
    August 24


    Code of Ethics Case Study
    Case #12-9: Unethical Advertising

    REALTOR® A inserted an ad in the local newspaper soliciting $5,000 investments in a "sure thing". The ad explained that he was seeking only ten investors at $5,000 each; that each investor would receive $6,000 for his investment in 30 days; or if he chose to invest for a longer period, could receive $8,000 in 90 days. The ad stated that REALTOR® A personally guaranteed this investment experience to the first ten investors who responded to the ad.

    The President of REALTOR® A's Board saw the ad and was concerned. He requested the Board's Grievance Committee to review the matter and determine if a hearing was warranted. The Grievance Committee asked REALTOR® A to demonstrate that he had put liquid assets in escrow to back up his published guarantee. REALTOR® A was at first evasive, and then explained that there was no possibility of any one losing any money as a result of his ad because he had simply been using ingenuity to develop a list of prospects interested in small real estate investments.

    The Grievance Committee referred the matter to the Professional Standards Committee of the Board for a hearing, charging a violation of Article 12 of the Code of Ethics. In the subsequent hearing, REALTOR® A explained that he had told those who inquired that the opportunity was no longer available, but that he would take their names and addresses for future investment opportunities that might arise. He explained that in this case any guarantee he would make in a tangible transaction would, of course, be fully protected by liquid assets put in escrow.

    The Hearing Panel concluded that REALTOR® A had not provided a "true picture" in his advertisement, and was in violation of Article 12.

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    Phone 301-306-7900  :  Fax 301-306-8273  :  :  ©2006, PGCAR
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