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May 25, 2007

HOLIDAY CLOSING - The association office will be closed on Monday, May 28th, in observance of Memorial Day. The association office will reopen on Tuesday, May 29th.

Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!



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 some quick information about the ways you and your company help the community!

Fill out the online volunteer questionnaire here >>

It's quick and easy, only taking 2-3 minutes of your time. Act now to spotlight and win money for a Prince George's charity!

12:00 NOON


Join us on June 14th at La Fontaine Bleu in Lanham for PGCAR's Annual REALTOR® Expo and Trade Show. The event draws nearly 650 real estate professionals from across the metro area seeking to obtain continuing education credit, learn about the industry's latest products & services, and to network with other agents. An ice cream social and prize drawing caps off this exciting day. Continental Breakfast and Lunch also included.

Earn up to 6 MD and/or DC
Continuing Education Hours

Register now!

Only $75 for Members; $100 Non-Members.

Classes offered:

  • MD Legislative Update/Advertising Obligations
    3.0 CEU - MD required & DC elective hours
    Instructor: Al Monshower
  • DC Fair Housing & Predatory Lending
    3.0 CEU - DC required hours
    Instructor: Tom Lynch
  • Creating Leverage for Your Buyer
    3.0 CEU - MD & DC elective hours
    Instructor: Matt Tove
  • MD Real Estate Ethics
    3.0 CEU - MD required & DC elective hours
    Instructor: Al Monshower
  • DC Ethics
    3.0 CEU - DC required hours
    Instructor: Tom Lynch
  • Home Inspections & Environmental Issues
    3.0 CEU - MD & DC elective hours
    Instructor: Walter Clews



presents their
Sunday, August 19, 2007 -- 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
at Martin's Crosswinds

ALL YOU CAN EAT Crabs, Peel and Eat Shrimp, Fried Fish, Roast Beef, Sirloin, BBQ Chicken, All Beef Hotdogs, Homemade Crab Soup, Seafood Salad, Pasta Salad, Dessert, Rolls & Much More

Free Beer - Wine - Sodas (Cash Bar for other Alcohol Available)

Let's Eat, Let's Dance, Let's Have a Good Time

DJ ~ Dancing ~ Door Prizes ~ Raffle

Tickets: $65 in advance

Register Online today!



As a result of the NAR midyear meeting, directors voted on several items, including a dues increase and the 2008 NAR President, President-Elect and other executive officers. The directors also discussed national and association policy, among other items. What does it mean for you?

Click here for a more detailed recap of the NAR midyear meeting and find out.




Deadline: Next Friday, June 1
Each year, PGCAR and MAR both recognize a REALTOR® in the business four years or fewer, who has demonstrated excellence in knowledge, work production, civic activity, and service to their local, state, and/or national associations. This year, applications MUST be signed by the Broker/Manager of the nominee for consideration. ONE (1) COLOR PHOTO (any size) must accompany each entry form to be used for promotional purposes. Nominations can be made by completing the entry form and returning to the PGCAR office.

Application Deadline Extended to Friday, June 8

The association is looking for suitable candidates for the REALTOR® of the Year. Criteria was updated to provide more clear instructions for several areas. Nominees still must sign the application to verify that it is accurate and complete. One ROTY application is required to be submitted by each Local Board/Association in order to be entered in the MAR competition. The winner of the State Award will be sent to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) for consideration in the national award. ONE (1) COLOR PHOTO (any size) in digital format must accompany the entry form to be used for promotional purposes.
Winners will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Local board/association activity
  • MAR/NAR association activity: Committee Service to MAR and/or NAR; attendance at MAR and/or NAR functions, Leadership Academy, Rookie REALTOR® Society, and conventions.
  • Civic activity: Participation in civic, service clubs, charitable activities, political action, fraternal or religious groups, etc.
  • Business conduct and practices: Provide specific business activities nominee has implemented to enhance the REALTOR® image and identify specific measures nominee has taken to advance his/her business and career in real estate.
  • Education: Credit given for seminars, courses toward designations, any professional education courses that improve ability and expertise (based on whole career).

    Application Deadline Extended to Friday, June 8
    Criteria is based on participation in local and state association functions, sponsorship of educational and other programs of the association, involvement in the community and fair business practices. Nominate yourself, or an affiliate you know who is deserving of this award.

    For more information contact Joan Ostenso at



    The MAR Annual Conference will be held on September 10th - 12th in Ocean City. Register now for education classes & fun day events. This year, online conference registration allows you to make any class changes online, purchase additional tickets, and receive an improved registration confirmation. COST: 3-day Registration-$225 now through August 15th; $50 discount for Rookie REALTORS®. Note: Once you have successfully entered your NRDS#, please review your contact information, and scroll down to "REGISTRATION TYPE" to choose the registration type that applies to you. Then continue registering. Register now!



    Effective January 1, 2008, all home inspectors working in Maryland must be licensed. Though the law requiring home inspector licensing is many years old, the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR) did not have enough money to implement the law until this year. Now that DLLR has funded the licensing program, home inspectors in Maryland will have the next 8 months to apply for the license. The two-year license costs $400, plus an initial fee of $50. For more information call Mark Feinroth or Bill Castelli at MAR at 800-638-6425.



    The deadline for submitting committee recommendations is TODAY, FRIDAY, MAY 25th.

    Using the database, you can recommend yourself or another suitable candidate for up to three committee positions at a time. When submitting a recommendation, you are required to include relevant comments that highlight the candidate's skills and qualifications for the position. All comments are confidential.

    We encourage you to seek recommendations from colleagues with whom you have worked closely, in particular members of state and national leadership.

    Follow these steps to access the Committee Recommendation Database*:

    1. Log-on to
    2. In the left-hand blue side bar click on "NAR Governance"
    3. Beneath that, select "Committees"
    4. In the center screen choose "2008 Committee Recommendations - Reference Page"
    5. Select "I. Submit a Committee Recommendation"

    --OR-- the link below may also be used to access the recommendation database directly on

    *Members need to have a login and password to access these databases. Contact Information Central at (800) 874-6500; for login and password assistance.




    Meet your Continuing Education requirements for Maryland and DC license renewal!

    Are You WHC Certified?
    You can be by completing the CreditSmartTM and WHC courses offered here at PGCAR on June 6 and June 8.
    Find out more about the Workforce Housing Certification program in the Housing Affordability section.

    DC licensing for real estate salespersons must be renewed by August 31, 2007!
    Register for the Expo and the June 20 class for DC required category CE. Do you have your DC required categories out of the way? Most PGCAR classes are also approved for DC elective CE. Check the class listings for specifics.

    Wednesday, June 6
    Workforce Housing Certification CreditSmartTM Training Course
    Required for WHC certification, 6 hours - no CE
    Freddie Mac
    certified trainers
    9:00 am - 3:30 pm

    Friday, June 8
    Workforce Housing Certification Three Classes in One Day!
    Required for WHC certification, 2 elective MD CE
      9:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Thursday, June 14

    Up to 6 hours of MD and DC Continuing Education
    Various Instructors 9:00 am - 4:50 pm

    Wednesday, June 20
    DC Legislative Update
    3 DC Required Legislative Update CEU; no MD CEU
    Prabhjit Singh 1:30 am - 4:30 pm

    Thursday, June 21
    3 Elective CEU, MD & DC
    Don Martin 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    MD Fair Housing
    1.5 MD Required Fair Housing CEU; 1.5 DC Elective CEU
    Don Martin 1:30 am - 3:00 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 #11-4: Disclosure of Limited Appraisal Experience
    REALTOR® A was asked by Client B, an officer of a bank, to appraise an office building. In discussing the matter, REALTOR® A pointed out that while he was an experienced appraiser, he had never appraised an office building. Client B expressed his confidence in REALTOR® A, based on years of satisfactory service in appraising residential property, and said that notwithstanding REALTOR®s A's lack of previous experience in appraising an office building, the bank wanted his judgment and asked him to accept the assignment to appraise the office building.

    Accordingly, REALTOR® A undertook the assignment, and completed his appraisal report. The report later came to the attention of REALTOR® C, who complained to the Board of REALTORS® that REALTOR® A had violated Article 11 of the Code of Ethics by taking an appraisal assignment outside the field of his experience without obtaining the assistance of an authority on office buildings.

    At the hearing, Client B appeared as a witness for REALTOR® A and stated that the assignment had been given to REALTOR® A after he had disclosed his lack of previous experience in appraising office buildings, and that the client was entirely satisfied by the manner in which REALTOR® A had completed his assignment.

    The Hearing Panel concluded that Client B's statement completely exonerated REALTOR® A of any violation of Article 11, since it was clear that he had disclosed his lack of previous experience in appraising the type of property in question, and that he had been given the assignment after this disclosure was made to the client.



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    Article Deadline Monday,
    June 11
      Space Reservation
    & Ad Copy Deadline
    June 12
    June 28

    If you are interested in writing an article or placing an ad, please contact
    Heidi Lamere at 301-731-2134, 240-888-7509 or

    Prince George's County Association of REALTORS®
    8400 Corporate Drive  :  Suite 225 : Landover MD 20785
    Phone 301-306-7900  :  Fax 301-306-8273  :  :  ©2006, PGCAR
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