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August 30, 2006

HAVE A SAFE HOLIDAY . . .
PGCAR offices will be closed on Monday, September 4, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

 

  
Join us for the celebration on Monday, September 11 at the Tantallon Country Club, from 6 to 10 p.m.

Cost is only $40. You may download a flyer for the event by clicking here.   Register here.
  

 

VOTE FOR 2007 OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

Voting continues until Noon on September 8. Before casting your ballot, please read the candidate biographies by clicking on the name of each candidate here, or by following the "Next" arrows at the bottom of each candidate biography page. Then click on the "Vote" check to the right. There is also a link on the home page of www.pgcar.com to make your voting experience easier.
To access the ballot, use the same user name and password used to enter the Members Only section.
User Name: first two letters of your first name along with your last name.
Password: last 4 numbers of your Social Security number.

(Example: Mary Brown: User Name - mabrown; Password - 1234).

If you have difficulty accessing the Web site, please contact the association office for assistance at 301-306-7900.

 

DUES BILLING

Membership renewals have been mailed and may be paid online with a credit card. Dues must be received no later than November 30, 2006 in order to prevent a late charge. Click here and log in to view, print, and pay your dues renewal online! Pay online and enjoy the convenience of receiving an itemized receipt within a few minutes via e-mail.

 

REALTOR® STORE SPECIALS

We are having a $10 SALE on the following items:

  • REALTOR® T-Shirt
  • REALTOR® baseball caps
  • Redskins football magnets (QTY: 25)
  • REALTOR® stainless steel travel mugs
  • Business card magnets (QTY: 50)
  • Brochure stands
  • Equal opportunity housing pamphlets (QTY: 50)
  • Lead paint pamphlets (QTY: 50)
  • Metal license plate frames
  • Transaction folders
  • REALTOR® note cards (QTY: 25)

Hurry - this sale won't last forever!

 
ARE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE?. . .

To vote in general elections in the state of Maryland you must be registered by October 17. If you're not already registered to vote in Maryland, please click here.

 

September 10-16 has been designated by NAR as the fourth annual REALTOR® Safety Week. Every day REALTORS® are put at risk while fulfilling the requirements of their jobs. To help protect members, NAR emphasizes simple habits that REALTORS® can employ to reduce their risks on the job. To access a wealth of safety information and tips from NAR, visit www.realtor.org/safety.

 

MAR CONFERENCE & TRADE EXPO

A FEW WEEKS AWAY!
September 17-20 in Ocean City
Join fellow REALTORS® and colleagues at the annual conference right in your own backyard. Professional development and continuing education courses offered. Networking events all three conference days and on Sunday. A HUGE trade show showing off all the new services and products to put your career in the fast lane. Sign up now!

Members:   3 days for $225
(Price goes up $25 on Sept 1st)
Tuesday only for $115
Non-members:   3 days for $315

 

BIGGER IS THE NEW BIG. . .

According to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, new single-family homes have increased in size by 48% in the past thirty years. The typical American home buyer continues to build a bigger home, no longer because he has to, simply because he can. And large houses aren't the only things that have been getting a boost in recent years; condos and cooperatives are also on the rise, accounting for almost 6% of the current housing market. Click here to read more.

 
10 BEST CITIES FOR REAL ESTATE 2006. . .

After solid double-digit appreciation in many major markets the last five years, investors and home buyers alike see the brakes on growth in 2006. Where to go? Read Broker Agent News' 2006 Top 10 List. For more extensive coverage on the housing market, also visit REALTOR.org.

 

SUMMER'S OVER - BACK TO SCHOOL!

JOIN US ON OCTOBER 19 for 6 hours of continuing education at La Fontaine Bleu from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lunch included. Mark your calendars! Registration details coming soon!

REGISTER FOR ALL OF YOUR CLASSES at once by clicking here, filling out the number of seats registering for in the left-hand boxes (1 if only registering for yourself; 2 if signing up for a total of two in your office),
then clicking the "Sign Up" button at top or bottom of page. We encourage you to register one person at a time.

CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS INCREASE for those licensed more than 10 years. Residential MD Real Estate Licensees who have been licensed 10 years or more will be required to complete 9.0 CE hours for license renewal, which must include 3.0 legislative, 1.5 fair housing, and 3.0 ethics hours. Commercial MD Real Estate Licensees who have been licensed 10 years or more will be required to complete 9.0 CE hours for license renewal, which must include 3.0 legislative and 3.0 ethics hours. For more details, visit the PGCAR Licensing CE Information page.

Date(s) Course Title Instructor   Time   CE Hours

September 14
MD Legislative Update Don Martin 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 3
MD required,
DC elective
MD Fair Housing Don Martin 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 1.5
MD required,
DC elective

September
15
Work with a Professional Appraiser Peter Vidi 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 3
MD only, elective
Title Issues? Title Solutions Peter Vidi 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm 3
MD only, elective
September 21 Real Estate Tax Issues Linda de Marlor 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. 1.5
MD & DC elective
September
22
MD Real Estate Ethics Don Martin 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 3
MD required,
DC elective

September 27
Contracts Stu Stern 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 3
MD & DC elective
How to Save 10k & your Real Estate License Stu Stern 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 1.5
MD only, elective
REALTOR® Etiquette & Professional Courtesies Stu Stern 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm 1.5
MD only, elective
October
4 - 20
GRI Series II - Full Series SOLD OUT 27
MD & DC elective

Registration fee for REALTORS® is only $30 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 www.pgcar.com for the latest schedule.

END OF THE YEAR SPOTLIGHT SPECIAL

Sign up for the last 4 issues and receive 20% off! 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.

September 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 hlamere@gazette.net.

Article Deadline Monday,
Sept. 11
  Space Reservation
& Ad Copy Deadline
Tuesday,
Sept. 12
  Publication
Date
Thursday,
Sept. 28


 

Code of Ethics Case Study
Case #1-7: Obligation to Protect Client's Interests

Client A, an Army officer, was transferred to a new duty station and listed his home for sale with REALTOR® B as the exclusive agent. He moved to his new station with the understanding that REALTOR® B, as the listing broker, would obtain a buyer as soon as possible. After six weeks, during which no word had come from REALTOR® B, the client made a weekend visit back to his former community to inspect the property. He learned that REALTOR® B had advertised the house: “Vacant-Owner transferred,” and found an “open” sign on the house but no representative present. Upon inquiry, Client A found that REALTOR® B never had a representative at the property but continually kept an "open" sign in the yard. Client A discovered that the key was kept in a combination lockbox, and when REALTOR® B received calls from potential purchasers about the property, he simply gave callers the address, advised that the key was in the lockbox, gave them the combination, and told them to look through the house by themselves and to call him back if they needed other information or wanted to make an offer.

Client A filed a complaint with the Board of REALTORS® detailing these facts, and charging REALTOR® B with failure to protect and promote a client's interests by leaving Client A's property open to vandalism, and by not making appropriate efforts to obtain a buyer.

REALTOR® B's defense during the hearing was that his advertising of the property was evidence of his effort to sell it. He stated, without being specific, that leaving keys to vacant listed property in lockboxes and advising callers to inspect property on their own was a “common local practice.”

The Hearing Panel concluded that REALTOR® B was in violation of Article 1 of the Code of Ethics because he had failed to act in a professional manner consistent with his obligations to protect and promote the interests of his client.

 
THERE IS A NEW PUBLICATION IN TOWN . . .

Metropolitan Washington Home Improvement Magazine is a free color publication showcasing the area's renovation, landscape, design and home-maintenance resources. The magazine is a monthly publication featuring articles and a comprehensive guide of local home-improvement resources. It is distributed throughout the area at home-improvement stores, showrooms, garden centers and other home-related businesses, as well as through freestanding outdoor boxes. For more information on how you can begin reaching a new audience by advertising in this publication, please contact Sandy Burke, Senior Account Manager, at (703) 838-9580 or sburke@Treb.com.
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