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November 20, 2007


The PGCAR office will close at 3 p.m on Wednesday, November 21.
It will reopen on Monday, November 26. Plan ahead if you will need signs or other supplies.



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!
$350 Cash prize for the PGCAR Holiday Idol winner

ALSO, this year we will again be collecting:

  • Coats for the needy, and
  • Food for the hungry
    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.


    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.

    Register now!



    Join your colleagues for an informal complimentary lunch, meet the 2008 Leadership and staff, and get the answers to those questions. . . whether it's a legislative, regulatory, legal, contract, "help me," or a "when or why" question, this is the time and place to get the answers.

    WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2007 at the WESTIN HOTEL, 49 Spa Road (at Taylor Avenue & West Street) Annapolis, MD 21401, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (INCLUDES LUNCH).

    Register with Katie Pantos at MAR by calling 410 841-6080, or e-mailing and give her 1) your name, 2) the name of your Board, and 3) that you'll be attending the 11/28 Annapolis meeting.


    RENEW YOUR REALTOR® DUES NO LATER THAN NOVEMBER 30 in order to prevent a $25 late charge.
    Click here and log in to view, print, and pay your dues renewal online!



    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 gives potential clients a higher comfort level. Visit the following websites for more information on the following designations:


    30 UNDER 30 - APPLY NOW

    REALTOR® Magazine is now accepting applications through January 14, 2008 for NAR's annual "30 under 30" feature. This article profiles promising young real estate professionals from around the country, and will be published in the June 2008 publication. A select few will appear in REALTOR® magazine online. There is no cost to apply. Selection criteria include business success, leadership, industry or community involvement, and ingenuity. Nominees must be members of NAR and under the age of 30 as of May 31, 2008. Wouldn't it be great to have a Prince George's young REALTOR® featured? Visit for the application.

    Did you notice that PGCAR has a "Rookies" Committee? We advertise the meetings here in the REALTOR® Connection, and they are always informative with terrific invited speakers. Join us next time!


    Open House


    1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

    President Carole Maclure and the Leadership cordially invite you to the Maryland Association of REALTORS® Holiday Open House
    on Thursday, December 13, 2007
    at 2594 Riva Road, Annapolis MD 21401
    RSVP: or call 800-638-6425.




    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 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.



    Did you miss the annual NAR Convention . . . or go and want to rewind some of those great speeches? Visit for the best news and coverage of Lou Holtz on Meaningful Relationships, the 2007 General Session, and more!


    Register now for Commercial Source 2007, a free, online convention being held December 4-6 that will feature trends, new opportunities, and networking. Details here >>



    How is YOUR CEU Inventory?  You can earn ALL of Your Continuing Education requirements for both the Maryland and DC license renewals right here at PGCAR!

    Sign up for multiple classes here!

    Next Thursday, November 29
    New Agent Survival
    3.0 Elective CEU, MD & DC
    Stu Stern 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
    Save 10K & Your Real Estate License
    1.5 Elective CEU, MD & DC
    Stu Stern 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
    REALTOR® Etiquette & Professional Courtesies
    1.5 Elective CEU, MD & DC
    Stu Stern 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm

    Wednesday, December 5
    MD Legislative Update
    3.0 MD Required Legislative Update CEU;
    3.0 DC Elective CEU
    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 pm - 3:00 pm

    Tuesday, December 11
    DC Fair Housing & Predatory Lending
    3 DC Required Fair Housing CEU; no MD CEU
    Prabhjit Singh 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Wednesday, December 12
    DC License Exam Preparation
    no CEU
    Prabhjit Singh 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


    Code of Ethics Case Study: Case #14-1:
    Establishing Procedure to be Followed in Handling Complaints
    A Board of REALTORS® received a complaint from REALTOR® A's client charging REALTOR® A with a violation of Article 1 of the Code of Ethics. The complaint was referred to the Chairperson of the Board's Grievance Committee, who sent a copy of it to REALTOR® A with a request that he respond and provide a specific document about the matter to the Grievance Committee for its preliminary review.

    REALTOR® A responded with a denial of the charge, and a statement that he would appear at any hearing on the appointed date and would, at that time, present all pertinent facts. He went on to indicate that on the advice of legal counsel he was unwilling to place the requested document in the hands of the Grievance Committee in advance of any hearing.

    The Grievance Committee then initiated its own complaint charging REALTOR® A with a violation of Article 14 for refusing to place the requested document before a proper tribunal.

    A hearing of the Grievance Committee's complaint was held before a Hearing Panel of the Professional Standards Committee. At the hearing, REALTOR® A again stated that it was his intention to respond specifically and factually to the charge of violating Article 1, if the complaint came before an ethics Hearing Panel and at that time he would submit all pertinent facts, including the document in question.

    It was the conclusion of the Hearing Panel that REALTOR® A's defense against the charge of violating Article 14 was not valid; and that the Grievance Committee could require advance submission of specific documents to the Grievance Committee based on the Board's professional standards procedures which authorized the Grievance Committee to request specific documents to enable the Grievance Committee to make determinations whether complaints warranted hearing. The panel found REALTOR® A in violation of Article 14 and directed him to give the requested documentation to the Grievance Committee in connection with its review of the charge of violating Article 1.



    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,
    Dec. 3
      Ad Copy
    Dec. 4
    Dec. 20

    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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