Printable Version      Email to a Friend

Back to REALTOR® Connection Archive

August 15, 2007



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

Crabs, Shrimp, Fried Fish
Sirloin, Roast Beef, Crab Soup
BBQ Chicken, All Beef Hotdogs
Seafood & Pasta Salads
Dessert, Rolls & Much More

Includes Beer ~ Wine ~ Soda
DJ ~ Dancing ~ Door Prizes ~ Raffle

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

Tickets: $65 in advance

Register Online today!

Presented by The Women's Council of REALTORS® of PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY



The Real Estate Commission has begun randomly contacting real estate licensees requesting that they provide proof of their continuing education credits for license renewal. Please make certain that your continuing education certificates are placed in a folder as the classes are completed, so that you will be prepared to send them to the Real Estate Commission upon request. Please inform your agents to do the same. There are large fines associated with failure to provide this information to the Commission when requested to do so.



Prince George's County Association of REALTORS®,
Maryland Association of REALTORS®,
The Housing Options & Planning Enterprises (HOPE),
and the
Prince George's Chapter of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers

Cordially invite you to attend
a training seminar entitled

Sustaining Homeownership:
Foreclosure Prevention for the Real Estate Community

Presented by

Chase's Homeownership Preservation Office

Immediately following the Seminar
you are also invited to

Join the Candidates for the
2008 PGCAR Board of Directors for Lunch.


When: Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Time: Registration - 9:30 am
Seminar - 10 a.m. to 12 Noon
(1.5 hours of MD CE pending)
Lunch & "Meet the Candidates" - Noon
Where: La Fontaine Bleu,
7963 Annapolis Road,
Lanham MD
  We look forward to having you join us for this informative and educational seminar which will highlight foreclosure prevention and the mortgage servicing industry.

Admission is free but you must register in advance

Please click here to register online.

The deadline to register is
Wednesday August 22, 2007.



The PGCAR Credentials Committee has met and the following Members have been determined to be qualified to run for the positions indicated.

Ballots will be mailed this Friday, August 17th to all members qualified to vote. You will have a choice to vote by paper ballot or online at Online voting will be open from August 24th until Noon on September 17th. Any paper ballots received after September 17th will not be counted.

2008 President - Linda Simpson, Weichert, REALTORS®
  President-Elect - Ruth Wright, The Wright REALTOR®, LLC
  Vice President - Michael Cerrito, Cerrito Realty, LLC
Emerick Peace, Keller Williams Preferred Properties
Directors (4 to be elected)
  Desiree Callender Desiree Callender & Associates
  Patricia Dowtin Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
  Titus Folayan Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
  Arthur Greene Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
  L. Chuck Ottley Dominion Realty Group
  Christopher Richardson RE/MAX Allegiance
  Derrick Smith Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
  Anthony Williams Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

View all of the Candidate Profiles Here!

This year's Installation of Officers and Directors will be held at Martin's Crosswinds on September 20th with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.



Go to to view AND download your own copies of photographs from the latest PGCAR Awards Ceremony. You may download your own low-res or hi-res copy.

Full Downloading Instructions:

Step 1:  Click on the photo you wish to download. If the size and quality looks good to you, move on to step two. Otherwise, click the "View Hi-Res" button for a higher quality photo.

Step 2:  Right click on the photo and choose "save as." After choosing the file in which you wish to save the picture, click "save."

Step 3:  To print your picture, go the folder in which your picture is saved, and then double-click on it. You should be able to print. To email your picture, you can right-click on it and choose “copy” and then right-click in the body of the email to "paste." You can also send your picture via email as an attachment.


To keep or share a picture, right-click! From here, you can save, email, and/or print a picture.



There are NO LIMITS to what you can gain at the 2007 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, November 13-16 in Las Vegas, Nevada. With hundreds of programs, networking opportunities, cutting edge technology, and more, you can customize your Conference & Expo experience to your needs and interests. Grow professionally and personally while gaining inspiration to be your very best. Special guests:

James Taylor     Lou Holtz     Bill Cosby     Doris Kearns

It's the 2007 Conference & Expo, and what happens here, helps you everywhere!

Early bird discount deadline is TODAY

Click here to register now!



The MAR Annual Conference will be held 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, purchase additional tickets, and receive an improved registration confirmation.

3-day Registration — Only $225 through TODAY, August 15th
$50 discount for Rookie REALTORS®. Register now!


Prince George's, Maryland & DC Officials Team Up to Help Police

Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson has joined with Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, DC Mayor Fenty and local and state law enforcement in a new effort to reduce illegal gun trafficking. The District of Columbia - Maryland Gun Trafficking Task Force will:

  • Examine ways to improve enforcement of existing laws, cross-jurisdictional data sharing, and potential legislative changes.
  • Work to share data and resources toward the goal of security integration within the State of Maryland and District of Columbia.
  • Review trace data and link guns to shops, shows, dealers, and individuals.



DC licensing for real estate salespersons must be renewed by August 31!

Sign up for multiple classes here!
Earn ALL of Your Continuing Education requirements for Maryland and DC license renewal right here at PGCAR!

This Wednesday, August 15
DC Fair Housing & Predatory Lending
3 DC Required Fair Housing CEU; no MD CEU
Prabhjit Singh 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Friday, August 24
This Mold House
3 Elective CEU, MD & DC
Vimal Kapoor 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Risk Management
3.0 Elective CEU; MD only
Vimal Kapoor 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Tuesday, August 28
Sustaining Homeownership:
Foreclosure Prevention for the Real Estate Community

1.5 MD Elective CEU, Pending Approval
  9:30 pm - 12:00 pm

Wednesday, August 29
MD Real Estate Ethics
3 MD Required Ethics CEU; 3 DC Elective
Don Martin 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Thursday, August 30
DC License Exam Preparation
Prabhjit Singh 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

August 2007
GRI Series 200 - SOLD OUT!
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 #2-3: Obligation to Disclose Defects
Seller A came to REALTOR® B's office explaining that his company was transferring him to another city and he wished to sell his home. In executing the listing contract, Seller A specified that the house had hardwood floors throughout and that the selling price would include the shutters and draperies that had been custom made for the house. Seller A said that he would like to continue to occupy the house for 90 days while his wife looked for another home at his new location, and agreed that REALTOR® B could show the house during this time without making a special appointment for each visit. Accordingly, REALTOR® B advertised the house, showed it to a number of prospective buyers, and obtained a purchase contract from Buyer C. Settlement was completed and at the expiration of the 90-day period from the date of listing, Seller A moved out and Buyer C moved in.

On the day that Buyer C moved in, seeing the house for the first time in its unfurnished condition, he quickly observed that hardwood flooring existed only on the outer rim of the floor in each room that had been visible beyond the edges of rugs when he inspected the house, and that the areas that had been previously covered by rugs in each room were of subflooring material. He complained that REALTOR® B, the listing broker, had misrepresented the house in his advertisements and in the description included in his listing form, which had specified "hardwood floors throughout." Buyer C complained to REALTOR® B, who immediately contacted Seller A. REALTOR® B pointed out that the house had been fully furnished when it was listed and Seller A had said that the house had hardwood floors throughout. Seller A acknowledged that he had so described the floors, but said the error was inadvertent since he had lived in the house for ten years since it had been custom built for him. He explained that in discussing the plans and specifications with the contractor who had built the house, the contractor had pointed out various methods of reducing construction costs, including limiting the use of hardwood flooring to the outer rim of each room's floor. Since Seller A had planned to use rugs in each room, he had agreed, and after ten years of living in the house with the subflooring covered by rugs, he had "simply forgotten about it."

REALTOR® B explained, however, that Seller A's description, which he had accepted, had resulted in misrepresentation to the buyer. "But it's a small point," said Seller A. "He'll probably use rugs too, so it really doesn't make any difference." After further pressure from REALTOR® B for some kind of adjustment for Buyer C, Seller A concluded, "It was an honest mistake. It's not important. I'm not going to do anything about it. If Buyer C thinks this is a serious matter, let him sue me."

REALTOR® B explained Seller A's attitude to Buyer C, saying that he regretted it very much, but under the circumstances could do nothing more about it. It was at this point that Buyer C filed a complaint with REALTOR® B's Board.

At the hearing before a Hearing Panel of the Professional Standards Committee of REALTOR® B's Board, during which all of these facts were brought out, the panel found that REALTOR® B had acted in good faith in accepting Seller A's description of the property. While Article 2 prohibits concealment of pertinent facts, exaggeration, and misrepresentation, REALTOR® B had faithfully represented to Buyer C information given to him by Seller A. There were no obvious reasons to suspect that hardwood floors were not present throughout as Seller A had advised. REALTOR® B was found not in violation of Article 2.



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.

Article Deadline Monday,
Sept. 10
  Space Reservation
& Ad Copy Deadline
Sept. 11
Sept. 27

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
Back to REALTOR® Connection Archive