PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE PGCAR OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED TOMORROW
FOR EDUCATION DAY and NEXT MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12 IN OBSERVANCE OF VETERAN'S DAY.
PLEASE HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE HOLIDAY WEEKEND!
If we want to have INFLUENCE, we must show that we are INTERESTED AND INVOLVED.
Join us and meet your county legislators on Monday, December 10 at the Greenbelt Marriott at 8 a.m. This annual event provides a forum for REALTORS® to meet with their county legislators to discuss current and proposed legislation affecting real estate and private property rights in Prince George's County. Please take advantage of this important opportunity by registering to attend. The cost is only $17.50 per person.
Rookie REALTOR® Society Meeting
This Thursday Morning, November 8
At La Fontaine Bleu, 7963 Annapolis Road
||Continental Breakfast & Registration
|10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Michael Briggs will be the instructor on
FREE to all Rookies, but reservation is required.
|ONLINE DUES RENEWAL - Avoid Late Fees|
Membership renewals have been mailed and may be paid online quick, easy, and secure with a credit card. Dues must be received no later than November 30, 2007 in order to prevent a late charge.
Click here for online dues renewal! Pay online and enjoy the convenience of receiving an itemized receipt within a few minutes via e-mail.
|NOVEMBER IS DESIGNATION AWARENESS MONTH!|
Did you know that membership surveys have shown that REALTORS® with designations earn more? Learning more allows you to earn more through additional know-how and through giving potential clients a higher comfort level. Visit the following websites for more information on the following designations:
|PGCAR HOLIDAY GALA SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 6|
Come on out for the Annual Holiday Party being held on Thursday, December 6, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at La Fontaine Bleu. The Holiday Committee is busy planning another fun-filled evening for PGCAR members and their guests... DJ, caricaturist, games, door prizes, Santa and Mrs. Claus, photos, food, drink and the PGCAR Holiday Idol Competition!
Click here to sponsor the Holiday Gala!
ALSO, this year we will again be collecting:
Help this year's campaign be the biggest ever! Please begin collecting these items in your office and deliver to the association office NO LATER THAN Friday, December 14, or bring them with you to the Holiday Party.
- Coats for the needy, and
- Food for the hungry
|PGCAR MEMBERS ONLY FORMS SECTION - Update!|
Do you know which 8 forms were updated as of October 1, 2007 . . . and do you have all of these forms?
Now it's easy to see updated forms! Log in to the PGCAR.com Members Only section, then click on "Revised" at the top of the forms listing. Forms which have been most recently updated will be listed at the top. You may also sort by form number or description.
Each year, the President is authorized to select an individual who through past service to the Association is worthy of receipt of the Distinguished Service Award. This year, the Distinguished Service Award was presented to Alease Bowles of RE/MAX 100, Camp Springs for her years of giving unselfishly of her time and talent to our Association. Alease has served as Chair of many of our Association Committees. She has served as a Director of the Association and is always willing to take on any task to benefit the Association. This year's recipient is currently President of the Prince George's Chapter of the Women's Council. Congratulations to Alease, who truly deserves this special recognition.
This year the Distinguished Sales Associate Award was presented to Casey Lewis of Murrell, Inc. Casey was selected based on her professional knowledge, business accomplishments, civic activity and her contribution to this Association.
Pat Miller of Countrywide Home Mortgage was selected as the 2007 Affiliate of the Year. Pat was selected based on her unselfish participation in local Association functions. Pat has served on many Association Committees including chairing the Community Service and Education Committees. Pat was also recognized for her business accomplishments, fair business practices and Affiliate Spirit over the years as well as her involvement in the community.
PGCAR Past President David Maclin was selected as PGCAR REALTOR® of the Year for 2007. David was recognized for his many contributions to the real estate industry, the REALTOR® Associations and especially his community and charitable contributions over the years. David was deeply involved in working with government and community leaders to make Prince George's County and Maryland a great place to live. Sadly, after losing a battle with cancer this Spring, David was not able to accept his much-deserved award which was presented to his wife of 38 years, Juanita and his daughter, Valecia. David was a shining example of an exemplary leader and we hope he knows how much we appreciated our time with him. David was also selected as Maryland's REALTOR® of the Year.
Additional Congratulations are in order for the following PGCAR Members who were honored by MAR during the Convention in Ocean City in September:
- Iona Harrison was installed as the MAR President-Elect
- Judy Blowe was honored by WCR as the State Woman of the Year
- John G. Allen received a Shining Star Award for his contribution of many hours to building Habitat houses in New Orleans
- Orlando Treadwell received a Shining Star Award for his exceptional legislative work
New at PGCAR.com. See photos from the Installation and some of the award presentations!
|SPECIAL SESSION - Progress Report|
REALTOR® RALLY - Round Two...
nearly 300 REALTORS® turn out again in Annapolis!
Thanks to our members who participated in the REALTOR® Rally last week in Annapolis! "Your willingness to give your time and energy to this grassroots effort is the most profound and effective way we demonstrate that we are the voice for real estate in Maryland," said MAR President Carole Maclure.
Hearings were held last week to review Governor O'Malley's various tax proposals, including his proposed tax on real property management services. Maryland ranks seventh in the nation's most expensive rental markets. Renters in apartments, townhouse and condo owners who pay homeowner association dues and condo fees, as well as seniors in managed, age-restricted housing ALL will pay the price for these increased taxes.
"We will continue to follow the progress of this and other bills affecting us. Your vigilance continues to help us fight this extremely controversial proposal that - if passed -- could easily be a precedent to further tax any other real estate activity. It's time to take this personally!" stated Linda Simpson, PGCAR President.
Over 22,000 emails have been sent by REALTORS® to the Governor, Lt. Governor and legislators letting them know we oppose any new tax on real estate activity. Our legislators need to continue to hear from us during this Special Session! Thank you!
|NAR ANNUAL CONFERENCE & EXPO|
THE 2007 REALTORS® Conference & Expo is Right Around the Corner!
The NAR Annual Conference happens next week, November 13-16 in Las Vegas, NV with hundreds of programs, networking opportunities, cutting edge technology, trade show and more, If you haven't registered, you can still make your plans, pack your bags and register on site in Las Vegas!
It's the 2007 Conference & Expo, and what happens here, helps you everywhere!
Sign up for multiple classes here!
You can earn ALL of Your Continuing Education requirements for both the Maryland and DC license renewals right here at PGCAR!
Code of Ethics Case Study: Case #13-1:
Preparation of Instrument Unrelated to Real Estate Transaction
Client A dropped in to see his friend, REALTOR® B, who had recently provided professional services to Client A's company. Client A said that his company was sending him on business to the Far East; that the trip would involve a good deal of air travel in remote areas; and that he would like to leave a power of attorney with his wife while he was gone "just in case." He asked REALTOR® B if he would prepare a power of attorney for him and REALTOR® B said, "It's a simple document. I'll be glad to prepare one for you," and did.
This action came to the attention of the Grievance Committee of the Board of REALTORS® , which, after review, filed a complaint with the Board's Professional Standards Committee, charging REALTOR® B with a violation of Article 13 of the Code of Ethics.
REALTOR® B's defense was that he understood Client A's request to be essentially for a real estate service since from his general knowledge of Client A's personal affairs, he knew that Client A could have no reason for giving his wife a power of attorney except to put her in a position to act in a real estate transaction. He contended that because his preparation of a legal document was directly related to real estate matters, he had rendered real estate, not legal, service to Client A.
It was the judgment of the Hearing Panel that REALTOR® B's defense was without merit; that by preparing the power of attorney, he had engaged in the practice of law in violation of Article 13 of the Code.
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