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December 3, 2007

 

Grace Period Ends at Midnight Tonight!
MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL DEADLINE WAS LAST FRIDAY, NOV. 30!
Not renewed yet?   If your mailed check is postmarked today, the $25 late fee will not be charged. You may also renew online through 9:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, December 4 before the $25.00 late fee is added.

Click here and log in to view, print, and pay your dues online!

Click here for easy 1-2-3 instructions on renewing online!

Thank you to the majority of our members paying their dues on time. We want to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of our Association and real estate industry.

 

Join the festivities and celebrate at our Annual Holiday Party
This Thursday, December 6, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m.
at La Fontaine Bleu.
The Holiday Committee has planned 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

Continuing the PGCAR tradition of giving
to our community, we are again collecting:

  • Coats for the needy, and
  • Food for the hungry
    Help this year's campaign be the biggest ever!
  • Please remind those in your office, collect these items for your office, and deliver to the association office NO LATER THAN Friday, December 14. Better yet, bring them with you to the Holiday Party. We look forward to seeing you Thursday night!

     

    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!

     

    SAVE THOUSANDS AT INCOME TAX TIME
    Rookie REALTOR® Society Meeting
    Next Thursday Morning, December 13

    At La Fontaine Bleu, 7963 Annapolis Road

    9:30 a.m. Registration & Networking
    10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Save Thousands at Income Tax Time

    Our presentation will be by Michael Fine, of Tax Masters!

    FREE to all Rookies, but reservation is required.

    RSVP HERE!

     

    MAR
    Holiday
    Open House

    Next
    Thursday
    DECEMBER 13

    1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

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

                

     

    2007 REALTOR® CONVENTION RECAP

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

     
     

    THIS WEEK — ONLINE COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE CONVENTION

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

     
     

    CONTINUING EDUCATION

    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!


    This 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

    Next 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

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

     

    Code of Ethics Case Study: Case #1-2:
    Honest Treatment of All Parties
    As the exclusive agent of Client A, REALTOR® B offered Client A's house for sale, advertising it as being located near a bus stop. Prospect C, who explained that his daily schedule made it necessary for him to have a house near the bus stop, was shown Client A's property, liked it, and made a deposit. Two days later, REALTOR® B read a notice that the bus line running near Client A's house was being discontinued. He informed Prospect C of this, and Prospect C responded that he was no longer interested in Client A's house since the availability of bus transportation was essential to him. REALTOR® B informed Client A and recommended that Prospect C's deposit be returned.

    Client A reluctantly complied with REALTOR® B's recommendation, but then complained to the Board of REALTORS® that REALTOR® B had not faithfully protected and promoted his interests; that after Prospect C had express his willingness to buy, REALTORŪ B should not have made a disclosure that killed the sale since the point actually was not of major importance. The new bus route, he showed, would put a stop within six blocks of the property.

    In a hearing before a Hearing Panel of the Board's Professional Standards Committee, REALTOR® B explained that in advertising Client A's property, the fact that a bus stop was less than a block from the property had been prominently featured. He also made a point that Prospect C, in consulting with him, had emphasized that Prospect C's physical disability necessitated a home near a bus stop. Thus, in his judgment, the change in bus routing materially changed the characteristics of the property in the eyes of the prospective buyer, and he felt under his obligation to give honest treatment to all parties in the transaction, that he should inform Prospect C, and that in so doing he was not violating his obligation to his client.

    Based on your understanding of Code of Ethics Article 1, how do you think the Professional Standards Panel ruled?

    Find out here >>

    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.

    Article Deadline TODAY
    Monday,
    Dec. 3
      Ad Copy
    Deadline
    Tuesday,
    Dec. 4
      Publication
    Date
    Thursday,
    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 hlamere@gazette.net.




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