To the 2006-07 Board of Directors & Officers on being sworn in at Monday's Annual Meeting & Installation:
||Alease Bowles, Casey Lewis, |
Emerick Peace and Willie Rhone
These newly elected Officers & Directors will join Joanne Darling, Pat Dowtin, John Lesniewski and David Maclin on the Board. We look forward to their guidance and thank them for their service to the association.
This week, 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.
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.
|WHAT DID YOU DO FOR YOUR SUMMER VACATION?|
We want to know what interesting tasks, projects, volunteer and community service efforts you performed this summer. As always, any service-oriented information will be used to recognize members for their efforts next spring. Don't be shy - send your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org.
GOVERNOR'S WORKFORCE HOUSING CONFERENCE
Thursday, September 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center.
REALTOR® CE available. COST: FREE. Register now!
Deadline to register is Monday, September 18 at 9:00 a.m. There will be no on-site registration.
|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.
|MAR CONFERENCE & TRADE EXPO|
JOIN US NEXT WEEK IN OCEAN CITY!
Sunday, September 17 - Wednesday, September 20
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.
Registration is still available by fax and will be available on-site.
|RADIO STATION GIVEAWAY PROMOTIONS|
||Metro Washington Home Improvement Magazine (MWHI) will be launching several radio promotions in late September/early October. Radio stations will promote MWHI and Advertiser prizes by a live on-air trivia contest featuring home improvement questions - via live remote or with listeners calling in and interacting with the DJ. If you are interested in partnering with MWHI on these promotions, please contact Sandy Burke, Senior Account Manager, at (703) 838-9580 or sburke@Treb.com.
|SUMMER'S OVER - BACK TO SCHOOL!|
CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS INCREASE ON OCTOBER 2 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.
Registration fee for REALTORS® is only $30 for 3 hours of credit and $15 for 1.5 hours of credit. September 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.
Code of Ethics Case Study
Case #16-9: Mass Media Solicitation of Business
REALTOR® A designed an advertising campaign to promote his new marketing program. Part of REALTOR® A's campaign included a number of advertisements in the local newspaper, and billboards placed at various well-traveled intersections around the city.
The message that appeared in REALTOR® A's advertisements and on his billboards was: "Attention: All homeowners whose properties are for sale. Do you want results? If so, contact REALTOR® A. He has a new marketing program that gets results."
In response to his advertisements, REALTOR® A received a number of calls from homeowners whose properties were currently listed with other REALTORS®. Several of the REALTORS® whose clients contacted REALTOR® A filed complaints with the Board, charging REALTOR® A with unethical conduct for failing to respect the exclusive agency of other REALTORS®. The Grievance Committee considered the complaints and referred them to the Secretary to schedule a hearing by a Hearing Panel of the Professional Standards Committee.
At the hearing held by the Professional Standards Committee to consider the complaints, REALTOR® A defended his advertising campaign by saying that the campaign was undertaken through the mass media; that it was not directed toward any particular owner; that it was not an attempt to induce property owners to breach existing listing agreements; and, therefore, was not the type of solicitation prohibited by Article 16 of the Code of Ethics.
The Hearing Panel concurred with REALTOR® A on the grounds that REALTOR® A's solicitation was made through the mass media, and was not specifically directed toward property owners whose identity had come to REALTOR® A's attention through information disclosed by other REALTORS® consistent with their ethical obligation to cooperate with other brokers under Article 3 of the Code of Ethics. The panel, therefore, held that REALTOR® A's advertising campaign did not violate Article 16 of the Code of Ethics.