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January 2, 2008

TONIGHT at MIDNIGHT, January 2, 2008, a $100 reinstatement charge will be added to all non-paid dues renewals in addition to the $25 late fee.

Save the reinstatement charge! Renew now!
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 all for a successful 2007, for your support of PGCAR and our industry!
And thank you to the majority of our members who have already renewed --- please help spread the word to those in your office who may have waited.

Rookie REALTOR® Society Presents:
It's Payday!!
Understanding the Settlement Process

Next Thursday, January 10

At La Fontaine Bleu, 7963 Annapolis Road

9:30 a.m. Registration & Networking
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. Seminar

Our instructor will be Nancy Gusman from Cosmopolitan Real Estate Settlements.

FREE to all Rookies, but registration is required.



SAFEMLS® tokens are being mailed to MRIS subscribers' home addresses through January 7.

As of December 19, 2007 all MRIS subscribers are being directed to the new Secure Login screen to access the system. However, you will still be able to login without the token for a period of time. This will ensure a successful transition as subscribers continue to receive their tokens in rounds—at a rate of 6,000 per day—and the holiday rush winds down.

When you receive your token, you are encouraged to enroll it and use it. For more information about Secure Login, be sure to open the 12/13/2007 MRIS Product Update in your Inbox. Visit the MRIS website for additional updates.

JUST for those using MRIS Dial-up Internet access: MRIS Dial-up Number to be Discontinued
As first reported in August, the following MRIS dial-up access number is being discontinued effective January 7: 800-838-7565. More details here >>

30 UNDER 30 - Application Deadline January 14

The deadline for NAR's annual "30 under 30" feature is fast approaching. This article profiles promising young real estate professionals from around the country, will be published in the June 2008 publication, and is highly publicized by REALTOR® Magazine Online, throughout the year! 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?

Apply at by January 14.

Not registered? Moved since last election?
Register by January 22

On Tuesday, February 12, Maryland will hold its Presidential Primary Election. The deadline to register to vote in the Maryland primary is Tuesday, January 22.

Click here for a Maryland Voter Registration Form >>
Click here to find your polling place >>


PGCAR would like to thank this year's sponsors for making the PGCAR Annual Holiday Gala such a great success.

Thank You Sponsors...

Beltway Title – Open Bar
Emkay Settlements – Desserts
EXIT Powerhouse Realty – Santa Claus
Home First Title Group – Photographer
Mel Schneider Title and Escrow, Inc. – DJ
SunTrust Mortgage – Ham & Turkey Station
SunTrust Mortgage – Fruit & Cheese
SunTrust Mortgage – Santa's Gifts
Troese Title – Idol Cash Prize
Village Settlements – Caricaturist

Thank you Event Sponsors...

CMG Mortgage – Joseph Altobelli
Cross Country Settlements – Gerry Whoolery
Dunn's Title & Escrow – Patrick Dunn
First Home Mortgage – Rob Mercer
Beltway Title – Vickee Curtis
VIP Title Group, LLC – Kelli Baxter
Ruth Wright – The Wright REALTOR®, LLC

THANK YOU to our Holiday Gala Committee for their dedication and service, and to everyone who attended. We hope you had a great time! Also, thank you to all members who donated coats for the needy and food for the hungry, affording more local families to celebrate the holidays this year!


Have you noticed that we are touring the Code of Ethics in each edition of the REALTOR Connection? So far, we have highlighted sections of Articles 1, 2 and 3. Each year at the beginning of the year, NAR releases updates to the Code. For your quick and easy reference, we have posted the changes online so that you can stay up to date. And we wish you an ethical 2008!

Click here to view the changes >>


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!

Tuesday, January 22
MD Real Estate Ethics
3 MD Required Ethics CEU; 3 DC Elective CEU
Larry Hudson 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday, January 24
New Agent Survival
3.0 Elective CEU, MD and DC
Stu Stern 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Agency Law
3.0 Elective CEU, MD and DC
Stu Stern 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Friday, January 25
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

Monday, January 28
Photography for REALTORS®
Joseph Pruden
Joseph Pruden 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wednesday, February 6
Environmental Issues
3.0 Elective CEU, MD and DC
Vimal Kapoor 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Risk Management
3.0 Elective CEU, MD and DC
Vimal Kapoor 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm


After two years of depressed housing sales, REALTORS® have cut their print budgets and put more money on the Web. The result has been a slingshot effect for online advertising, says a new report by Borrell Associates.

Full story >>



Despite the impressions you might get from the network news, the U.S. economy continues to churn out solid, even encouraging, numbers -- and that's important for anyone interested in real estate.

Full story >>


The shrinking dollar affects all of our wallets and one of the best measures of the average change in our purchasing power is the Consumer Price Index (CPI) that calculates the average price change of goods and services over time. Want an easy way to uninstall that program you don't want on your computer any more? These tips and more.
Full story >>


Code of Ethics Case Study: Case #3-5:
Refusal to Extend Cooperation In Sale of New Homes
REALTOR® A, who operated a brokerage business in many areas of the city, was also a home builder. For homes he built, he maintained a separate sales force and consistently refused to permit other REALTORS® to show his new homes.

This practice came to the attention of an officer of the Board of REALTORS® who made a complaint which was referred to the Professional Standards Committee by the Grievance Committee. At the hearing, the Hearing Panel asked REALTOR® A to answer charges that his policy violated Article 3 of the Code of Ethics.

REALTOR® A's defense was that Article 3 requires REALTORS® to cooperate with other brokers "except when cooperation is not in the client's best interest." He contended that in selling his own new homes there was no client; that he was not acting in the capacity of a broker, but as owner-seller; and that, under the circumstances, Article 3 did not apply to his marketing the houses he built.

Based on your understanding of the Code of Ethics Article 3, how do you think the Professional Standards Panel ruled?

Find out here >>


Coming Again Soon...

Starting in February, you can 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.

Ad Copy Deadline Tuesday, Jan. 8   Publication Date Thursday, Jan. 24

If you are interested in writing an article or placing an ad, please contact
Karey Major at 240-473-7588 or

Prince George's County Association of REALTORS®
8400 Corporate Drive  :  Suite 225 : Landover MD 20785
Phone 301-306-7900  :  Fax 301-306-8273  :  :  ©2008, PGCAR

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