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February 1, 2007

 

MAR TOWN HALL MEETING

Join us for a Town Hall Meeting
Monday, February 12 at the Greenbelt Marriott
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Meet the MAR leadership and staff during an informal luncheon, and get the answers to those questions you've been yearning to ask.

FREE! But please RSVP online so we can count you in.

 

ENTERTAINERS NEEDED

We're looking for all sorts of jokers to be entertainers at our annual RPAC fundraiser in April. This year's casino-themed event needs Las Vegas-style entertainment... we need comedians, singers, dancers, magicians, musicians and more. If you've got what it takes, let us know. Contact Joan Ostsenso, Executive Vice President, at (301) 306-7900, x223 or jostenso@pgcar.com.

All talent needs to be booked by Monday, February 12.
And remember, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas!

 

PGCAR EDUCATION DAY 2007
is Wednesday, February 21, at La Fontaine Bleu, Lanham.
Registration: Only $75 for Members; $100 Non-Members.
Continental breakfast and lunch also included.
Register Now >>
Earn up to 6 hours of MD and DC Continuing Education in 1 Day!

 

CONGRATULATIONS to J. D. WILLIAMS

PGCAR's first REALTOR® Emeritus. He was presented his certification at the General Membership Meeting on January 24. J.D. has been a REALTOR® for over 40 years and is a past president, and current Chair of the Community Service Committee.

 

LET'S SHOW THE WORLD THAT WE C.A.R.E.

Each year, MAR gives a cash prize of $10,000 to the charity of the winning association's choice to recognize their achievements of community service and charitable actions. The award is designed to raise the profile of REALTORS® and the REALTOR® association by focusing on boards that have demonstrated an extraordinary record through direct local Association community service involvement to include endeavors by its REALTOR® Members and offices.

Prince George's County REALTORS® work harder and give more than any others, and we want to show that we are the BEST. YOU CAN HELP by providing information about the many things you and your company do within the community!

Look for the Community Service newsletter TOMORROW for more details on highlighting your office's volunteer efforts.

 

EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT

Click here to read our new Cultural Diversity newsletter!!!!

 

WYNN HELPS KEEP BANKS OUT OF REAL ESTATE

Representative Albert Wynn (D4) has signed on as a co-sponsor of HR 111, The Community Choice in Real Estate Act. This is the bill before Congress intended to limit banks' participation in real estate. Congressman Wynn is a good friend to the Association, continually supporting us on this issue and many others. Say thanks the next time you see him.

 

CAMPBELL APPOINTED TO COUNTY WORKGROUP

PGCAR nominee, Boyd Campbell, has been appointed to serve on the county's newly created Agricultural Preservation Workgroup. This panel is charged with making recommendations on development and land preservation in the county's rural tier. Boyd brings an abundance of experience in land use issues, currently serving on NAR's Smart Growth Advisory Group and NAR's Land Use and Property Rights Committee. Boyd will, no doubt, serve the Association well on this panel.

Congratulations and thank you Boyd!

 

MAKE A DIFFERENCE — MAKE YOUR 2007 RPAC DONATION TODAY!

...and help protect the real estate industry, your income, your home, and your clients' properties as well. Help combat attempts to place a tax on REALTOR® commissions, rises in property taxes, and introduction of impact fees. Make your RPAC contribution today!

 

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Meet all of your required Continuing Education for Maryland license renewal!
Sign up for multiple classes here!


Next Friday, February 9
New Agent Survival
Meets 3 Elective CEU, MD and DC
Stu Stern 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
MAR Contract Highlights
1.5 Elective CEU, MD only
Stu Stern 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
MD Fair Housing Update
1.5 MD Required Fair Housing CEU; 1.5 DC Elective CEU
Stu Stern 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Thursday, February 15
Creating Leverage for Your Buyer
3.0 Elective CEU, MD and DC
Matt Tove 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wednesday, February 21
Education Day
Earn up to 6 CEU, MD and DC
Various Instructors 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

April 2007
GRI Series 100
5 classes, 30 CEU
Various Instructors 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

August 2007
GRI Series 200
5 classes, 30 CEU
Various Instructors 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

October 2007
GRI Series 300
5 classes, 30 CEU
Various Instructors 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

 

Code of Ethics Case Study: Case #10-5: Use of "Choose Your Neighbor"
Form Letters as Part of a Marketing Campaign
The ABC Board of REALTORS® received a complaint from a local fair housing group alleging that REALTOR® A was using discriminatory marketing techniques, in violation of Article 10 of the Code of Ethics, as the listing broker for a property in a new subdivision.

In support of their complaint, the fair housing group provided copies of "Choose Your Neighbor" form letters sent by REALTOR® A to current neighborhood residents. The letters announced that the property was on the market and invited neighborhood residents to contact REALTOR® A if they knew of anyone who they thought might be interested in purchasing the home.

At the hearing, REALTOR® A defended his use of "Choose Your Neighbor" form letters by demonstrating that they were just one element of his marketing campaign, and were not an attempt to restrict access to the property on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or country of national origin as prohibited by Article 10. REALTOR® A produced copies of advertisements run in several newspapers, "OPEN HOUSE" flyers distributed at supermarkets throughout the town, and a copy of the property data sheet submitted to the Board's MLS. REALTOR® A remarked, " In my experience, the current residents of a neighborhood often have friends or relatives who have said that they would love to live in the neighborhood. It just makes sense to me to include contacting these folks in any marketing campaign!"

The Hearing Panel found REALTOR® A not in violation of Article 10. In their "Findings of Fact and Conclusions," the panel noted that the use of "Choose Your Neighbor" letters is not a per se violation of Article 10, but cautioned that such letters could be used in a manner inconsistent with the intent of Article 10. If used in conjunction with other marketing techniques and not as a means of limiting or restricting access to property on the basis of race, color, sex, handicap, familial status, or county of national origin, "Choose Your Neighbor" letters were another method of announcing a property's availability and attracting potential purchasers.

SPOTLIGHT SPECIAL

BE IN THE SPOTLIGHT FOR FREE!

That's right, FREE! Write an article that would be of interest to real estate consumers and have it published in 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.

Internet Upgrade Special: That's right, when you buy a print ad, you receive an online advertisement for only $50!

Article Deadline Monday,
Feb. 5
  Space Reservation
& Ad Copy Deadline
Tuesday,
Feb. 6
  Publication
Date
Thursday,
Feb. 22

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.




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