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Here is a list of opportunities for you to give back to and/or become involved in your community.

January 31
Final day for offices to collect donations for GCAAR's tsunami relief project

January 31
Benefit Cabaret for
Tsunami Relief at
Mimi's Bistro, 2120 P St. NW

Featuring cast members of Shakespeare Theatre's "Lorenzaccio" and special guests.
Cocktails at 6 p.m.,
Performance at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $100 (tax deductible!) Proceeds benefit UNICEF.
For more information and/or to order tickets online, click here or call The Shakespeare Theatre Box Office at 202.547.1122, option 3.

February 1
Members begin mailing in all checks for GCAAR's tsunami relief project


Housing & Community Initiatives
new and low-income homebuyer class schedule


If you are involved in an organization you would like to have spotlighted in this calendar, please e-mail us at to let us know about it.


Daily Real Estate Headlines From Inman News

January 24, 2005  


We strongly encourage you to attend to learn about the most recent changes to GCAAR forms. Randy Rothstein (Paragon Title) will explain the revisions and clarify how to properly use the forms.
Brokers and Managers
Wednesday, January 26, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 27, 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Both forums will be held at the GCAAR Conference Center in Silver Spring. There is no charge and registration is not required... but your attendance is extremely important! If you have any question, please contact Valerie Rivers at 301.590.8765 or via e-mail at

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Tsunami Relief Project Update
We extend a gracious "Thank you" to all overachiever members who have already mailed in their donations.

Offices with 100% participation:
Avery-Hess, REALTORS®

MONDAY, JANUARY 31 is the deadline for collecting GCAAR REALTORS® Care tsunami relief donations in your office (we will also accept donations at the GCAAR Board Installation on Tuesday, February 1). We ask that brokers/managers send their checks in shortly after that. GCAAR is absorbing all costs associated with collection so that every penny is used to aid homeless and/or parentless children via Save The Children.

Please make all donations in the form of a check and payable to "Save The Children." All donations to tsunami relief funds made before January 31 may be counted as part of your 2004 tax returns. Also, ask your broker if your company is participating in a donation match program.

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Need Talking Points for Tsunami Relief?
Visit our new GCAAR Cares Web section, or click on the icon to the right. NOTE: You will start to notice this icon popping up all over our Web site. These links will provide you easy, bulletpoint facts to support REALTOR®-beneficial initiatives and arguments.

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SAVE THE DATE: Second Annual DC Legislative Conference

Click here to download an
Outlook reminder for this event

The afternoon of Wednesday, February 23 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel (Freedom Plaza, corner of 14th St. & Pennsylvania Ave. NW). Schedule is still tentative. A panel of DC Council members will discuss issues most relevant to real estate and our members. A reception will follow for you to meet, greet and bend an ear of several politicos. Registration information forthcoming.

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REALTOR® Workstation Being Turned Off April 4
MRIS announces that REALTOR® Workstation will be turned off:

Monday, April 4, 2005

Over 80% of MRIS' daily search activity is now conducted on Matrix. Thanks to three major enhancement releases during 2004, Matrix functionality now far exceeds that of REALTOR® Workstation. Please make your move to Matrix. Take advantage of the multiple training options, if you have not done so already. Click here for more information.

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MAR 2005 Legislative Day: MONDAY
Monday, January 31. Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. begins the program at 3:30 p.m. at the Loews Hotel in Annapolis Reception immediately following the program begins at 6 p.m.
Meet your Senators and to discuss your issues of concern. COST: $15 cost for reception guests who did not receive a mailed invitation. The reception includes hors d'oeuvres, drinks and a free valet parking coupon. If you are interested in attending either the program or the reception, please contact Kim Dansker at 1.800.638.6425 or e-mail

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Md. Tax Loophole Targeted Again

Out-of-State Companies Avoiding Levies on Real Estate Sales, Costing Your Clients More
Click here to read more

Want to make sure this legislation is defeated? DONATE TO RPAC! Make sure we have the political power to protect you, your clients and your business interests.

Thank you to our recent significant contributors (but we need your pledge as well):

  • Carole Maclure, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. (Golden 'R')*
  • Elizabeth Blakeslee, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (Sterling 'R')*
  • Chuck Ebert, GCAAR (Sterling 'R')*
  • Susann H. Haskins, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. (Sterling 'R')*
  • Joseph Himali, Best Address Real Estate LLC (Sterling 'R')*
  • Adrian Hunnings, W.C. & A.N. Miller Development (Sterling 'R')*
  • James K. Kneussl Jr., Weichert, REALTORS® (Sterling 'R')*
  • Christopher Jeffries, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. (Sterling 'R')*
  • Barbara Miles, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage (Sterling 'R')*
  • Holly Worthington, Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. (Sterling 'R')*
  • Liz Brent, Evers & Co. Real Estate, Inc. (Capital Club)*
  • Mary Rudolph, GCAAR (Capital Club)*

*Your association leaders who believe strongly in the strength of RPAC.

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2005 Board of Directors Installation Rescheduled For Next Tuesday

February 1 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the GCAAR Conference Center, 8757 Georgia Avenue, Suite 600, Silver Spring. Numerous local, state and regional association executives will be in attendance.

Everyone is invited! Complimentary beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres will be available. Complimentary valet parking available at the Crowne Plaza-Silver Spring next door. REALTOR® Store and service area will be open during the installation.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT SERIES (formerly Brown Bag Lunch Series)
Second Wednesday of each month beginning February 9. Noon to 1:30 p.m. at the GCAAR Conference Center, Silver Spring.
Lunch provided by CorTitle.

Head over to the GCAAR office, have lunch on us and discuss current market conditions, hot topics of the day and network with fellow agents. Bring business cards and hot sheets.


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One of the Best Opportunities of the Year Is Almost Gone!

This month's spotlight:
Capital Area REALTOR® (March/April issue)   GCAAR's bi-monthly newspaper

Each issue is mailed directly to all 9,500+ members. The March/April issue will also have the 2005 Leadership Directory inserted into it. This issue is one of the most sought after of the year because it is two publications arriving in one neat package. HURRY―Ad reservation deadline is Friday, January 28. Artwork deadline: Wednesday, February 2. Click here for all the details.

Other opportunities to grow your business include:

If you ever need to find advertising and sponsorship information on, a link is conveniently located at the bottom of the left navigation bar. Click on "Advertising & Sponsorships."

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VAR/NVAR Offers CRS Course
CRS 210:
Building an Exceptional Customer Service Referral Business - March 1-2, 2005 Building an Exceptional Customer Service Referral Business is a highly interactive course designed to deliver all the essentials for refocusing the student’s business plan to a customer service centered, repeat and referral business. The information provided will help identify the expectations of the “new consumer,” the “new behaviors” necessary to meet those expectations and specific systems to make the agent’s business more productive, more profitable and more enjoyable.

  • Attracting a higher caliber client

  • Meeting the expectations of the “new consumer”

  • Dialogues and strategies for building a referral database

  • Delivery systems to generate a successful referral business

Date: March 1-2, 2005
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: NVAR-Herndon Center
520 Huntmar Park Drive
Herndon, VA 20170

For more information or to register for this class, please click here.

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Speaking of Designations...
GCAAR will offer courses for the following designations this year: ABR, CRS, GRI. Information will be finalized soon. Stay tuned!

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FREE Tax Advice Rescheduled; de Marlor Named One of Most Talented In the World
Due to the rescheduling of the GCAAR 2005 Board of Directors Installation, we must now cancel the February 1 FREE TAX ADVICE session from Linda de Marlor. We apologize for any inconvenience and strongly encourage you to attend the March 1 tax advice session.

ALSO: Art & Style Magazine recently named Linda de Marlor as #58 on its list of 2004's "66 Hottest and Most Talented Women of the Year," among such celebrities as Oprah, Shania Twain, Christina Aguilera, Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Roberts. Click here for the entire list.

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DC Area Named Top Market... AGAIN
For the third consecutive year, the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate (AFIRE) named Washington, DC as the world’s top urban real estate market. AFIRE’s annual survey examines low vacancy rates, increased value in real estate and global investment.

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Increase your arsenal!

This week's focus: Tracking Traffic & Transportation


  • Yahoo! Traffic: Click here
  • Get live traffic information with DC's Webcams: Click here
  • Montgomery County transportation e-mail updates: Click here
  • Washington Post Metro Traffic: Click here
  • Maryland State Highway Administration's "Traveler Information" (includes incident reports, lane closures, traffic cameras, local weather images, current traffic speeds on major highways and highway billboard messages): Click here
  • (hundreds of cameras of major intersections from Hampton Roads, VA, to Baltimore) Click here
  • Locate a towed vehicle in DC: Click here
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