Industry Watch

Industry Watch

October 03, 2004|By From staff reports

Real estate panel seeks to clarify law on names in ads

The Maryland Real Estate Commission has proposed a regulation to clarify existing law on real estate advertising.

The proposal would require the name of a realty brokerage to be the same size as the name of the associate broker or salesperson in an advertisement. It would also set size requirements in the use of team or group names. The current law requires the licensed agent or broker to include the full name of the business they are affiliated with in a meaningful and conspicuous manner.

"The commission was concerned with the ambiguity and inconsistency based simply on that language," said Harry Loleas, deputy commissioner of occupational and professional licenses. "There has been a lot of questions on what passes muster in terms of `meaningful and conspicuous.'"

Comments on the proposed regulation can be mailed to the commission's executive director, Elizabeth Beggs, 500 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21202, or faxed to 410-333-0023, and e-mailed to mrecregcomments @dllr.state.md.us. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. Oct. 8. A review and final action on the proposal will take place at the commission's public meeting at 10 a.m. Oct. 20 at the Calvert Street offices.

Realtors give Matthews life achievement award

James E. Matthews was awarded the 2004 Life Achievement Award by the Maryland Association of Realtors at its annual awards ceremony last month.

An associate broker with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Matthews was honored for his community service and more than 40 years of contributions to the real estate industry.

Susan Myszkowski, Matthews' colleague at their Timonium office, was named Rookie Realtor of the Year for her contributions to the industry as well as her charity work with Habitat for Humanity and Coldwell's mentoring program.

Homebuyer workshop Saturday in Lutherville

The Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors will sponsor a free workshop on the basics of homebuying from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Realtor group's Lutherville offices, 1306 Bellona Ave.

Preregistration is recommended. To register, call 410- 337-7200.

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