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July 15, 2008


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Nominations are open for a few more hours. Are you, or someone you know, interested in serving as a member of the 2009 Prince George's County Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors? The PGCAR membership will elect:

  • a President-Elect,
  • a Secretary, and
  • four (4) Directors to serve two-year terms.

All terms begin this October 1, 2008. Any individual wishing to run for President-Elect or Secretary

  • must be a REALTOR® member in good standing of PGCAR,
  • must have held membership in PGCAR for a minimum of two years and
  • must have served two years as a Member of the Board of Directors during the last four years.

Those running for a Director position

  • must be a REALTOR® member in good standing of PGCAR,
  • must have held Membership in PGCAR for a minimum of two years and
  • must have served on a PGCAR Committee for one year during the last four years.

Service on the Board of Directors requires a commitment to attend Board of Directors meetings (12 per year) and participating in other PGCAR activities. Interested in having your name considered by the Credentials Committee for inclusion on the ballot? Please complete the Online Candidate Form TODAY or you can print and fax a candidate form.

Forms must be received in the Association office by 5 p.m. Today, July 15

Printed forms may be submitted by fax at 301-306-8273 or by e-mail to




PGCAR wants, and needs your involvement in your local Association. Through PGCAR's many committees you can play a major part in the leadership of our Association, as well as helping to promote the efforts and positive contributions which PGCAR members make throughout the communities in Prince George's County.

When you VOLUNTEER to serve on one of the many PGCAR Committees, you will be providing vital experience and input which will make a strong impact on our Association now and in the future.

By working hand-in-hand with your fellow REALTORS® and PGCAR Affiliates, you can SHARE your knowledge, LEARN the talents of others, MEET your peers from other companies, and HELP guide our Association toward the goal of becoming the best in the State of Maryland.

ALL members are encouraged to serve on Association committees.
Committee Members will serve from October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2009.
Forms must be received by AUGUST 1st.

Sign-Up Here >>

Linda Simpson
2008 President


Although many markets are seeing big sales gains, near-term performance remains mixed at a national level.

Read more about current homes sales and market projections >>


Prospecting in the Internet age requires you to find new ways to appeal to consumers who are inundated with names and faces of other practitioners.

Here's how to set yourself apart.

Tips to developing customer relationships here >>


Save the Date for our:

Join the festivities for this landmark celebration.
September 25th at 6 p.m. at La Fontaine Bleu



On Friday, November 7, join NAR and special guest Lionel Richie at the REALTORS® Celebrity Concert. One of the many special events included in Full Conference registration, along with plentiful opportunities for networking and numerous educational events designed to help you grow your business. Experience Growth, Possibilities, and Solutions by attending the 2008 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, November 7-10, in Orlando.

Details and registration here ...

MAR Annual Conference And Trade Show Click here to register
September 8-10 , 2008 in Ocean City, MD

Register for "One America" with Terry Watson, for Real Estate Commission Updates from Katherine Connelly (Executive Director, MD Real Estate Commission), or Negotiating in Challenging Times presented by Frank Serio.

NEW TIME - Tuesday's General Session at 8:30 AM with FEATURED KEYNOTE Shep Hyken. Don't miss the opportunity to win $500 cash. Bring your business card for the drawing during the session. Also join the Exhibitors on Tuesday for a NEW "LIGHT" lunch in the Exhibit Hall! And don't miss the Exhibit Hall Brunch on Wednesday either - where a "Grander" Grand Prize will be awarded. You must register by August 1 and be present to win.

For more on the Conference, Click Here >>


Earn ALL of your required Continuing Education hours for Maryland and DC license renewals -- and your GRI -- here at PGCAR. In relevant topics which are kept current for TODAY's Real Estate Market. Don't miss this summer's special offerings!

Did you know? The quadrennial requirement to complete an Ethics training course approved by the National Association of REALTORS® is coming due December 31, 2008. The MD Code of Ethics course taught at PGCAR fulfills this NAR requirement.

GRI Series II - FULL SERIES of 5 Classes- SOLD OUT!
27 MD Elective CEU
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

This Evening — Tuesday, July 15
MD Code of Ethics
3 MD Required Ethics CEU; 3 DC Elective CEU
Larry Hudson 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Next Monday, July 21
MAR Contract Highlights
1.5 MD Elective CE; no DC CE
Larry Hudson 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
MD Fair Housing Update
1.5 MD Required Fair Housing CEU; 1.5 DC Elective CEU
Larry Hudson 6:15 pm - 7:45 pm

Monday, August 4
DC Fair Housing & Predatory Lending
3 DC Required Fair Housing CEU
Prabhjit Singh 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Tuesday, August 5
DC License Exam Preparation
Prabhjit Singh 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Thursday, August 7
Housing Slump - Its Affect on Buyer & Seller
3 MD Elective CEU
Pat Miller 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Wednesday, August 13
MD Legislative Update
3 MD Required Legislative Update CEU; 3 DC Elective CEU
Don Martin 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Wednesday, August 20
Commercial Property
3 MD Professional Enhancement CEU
Paul Bellegarde 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Wednesday, August 27
MD Code of Ethics
3 MD Required Ethics CEU; 3 DC Elective CEU
Don Martin 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
MD Fair Housing Update
1.5 MD Required Fair Housing CEU; 1.5 DC Elective CEU
Don Martin 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Friday, October 3
GRI Series III - FULL SERIES of 5 Classes Begins
30 MD Elective CEU
8:30 am - 4:00 pm


Code of Ethics Case Study: Case #14-3:
Submission of Pertinent Facts

Buyer A filed a complaint against REALTOR® B, the listing broker, involving a property purchased earlier by Buyer A.

REALTOR® B was notified of the complaint, directed to be present at a hearing, and requested to present to a Hearing Panel of the Board's Professional Standards Committee all pertinent facts relating to the transaction. REALTOR® B's response was a statement that he would refuse to submit any information in the matter to a Hearing Panel and would not attend the scheduled hearing, on the grounds that the complaint itself was not justified.

Explaining his position, REALTOR® B stated that his participation in the transaction was exclusively as the agent of the seller; that he had not been representing the buyer; and hence, could not be subject to complaint by the buyer for simply transmitting information on behalf of the seller.

All of his statements concerning the property, REALTOR® B said, were based on information supplied to him by his client, the seller. Any error in this information, he contended, might well provide the basis for a lawsuit between the buyer and seller. As the agent of the seller, he felt that he was not answerable to the buyer for having done no more than transmit information proved to him by the seller.

Based on your understanding of the Code of Ethics Article 14, how do you think the Professional Standards Panel ruled?

Find out here >>


MAR is now accepting applications for the 2008 - 2009 Leadership Academy.

The Leadership Academy will include 8 sessions, the first on October 2, 2008 and the last - graduation day, on April 14, 2009. All applications are due by August 1st. Please be sure to indicate on the application your preferred interview date. Once received, MAR will confirm your interview date and time.

Click here for an application.


NAR has restated nondeductible dues dollars for 2008 because of the significant amount of new programming added to NAR's 2008 budget. The 2008 nondeductible amount has been increased to $25, or 31% of dues, from $18, or 22% of dues. For 2009, $26 of the $80 in dues per member will be nondeductible.

For more info contact Karen Paschal at or 312.329.8239.


The Board of Directors has voted to allow 2009 dues to be paid in installments. The 2009 dues will be billed on August 1st and are payable no later than November 30th in order to prevent late charges. The installment payments will be due as follows:

(includes voluntary RPAC contribution of $35)
(does not include voluntary RPAC contribution of $35)
August 15 - $205
Sept. 15 - $114
Oct. 15 - $114
Nov. 15 - $113
August 15 - $205
Sept. 15 - $102
Oct. 15 - $102
Nov. 15 - $102



That's right. Write an article that would be of interest to real estate consumers and submit it to Karey Major for a chance to be 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.

August 11
  Ad Copy
August 12
August 28

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

New Maryland Sales Contract Addendum Update
The Maryland non-resident seller transfer tax rate increased from 6.75% to 7.5% on July 1, 2008. Therefore, a new "Maryland Non-Resident Seller Transfer Withholding Tax Addendum" must now be used for contracts where it applies.

This updated form is available through the Members Only Forms section.

Please log in and make sure your entire forms library is current!

Prince George's County Recordation Tax Rate
On the local level the Prince George's County Council recently passed CB-10-2008. This bill was part of the County Executives budget package. Effective as of July 5, 2008 the County recordation tax increased from $2.20 to $2.50 per $500 in value. The increased rate is a temporary measure scheduled to revert back to $2.20 in July 2011. Please update this tax rate in any informational cost calculations or home seller/buyer budgeting lists you may have.

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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