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SentriLock Card Fees Due March 2, 2015
SentriLock card service fees are $135 for 2015 and are due March 2, 2015. SentriLock card services fees are separate from your REALTOR® dues, which were billed separately by your Primary REALTOR® Association. Like GCAAR, SentriLock does not automatically deduct from your account; payment must be submitted each billing cycle. To submit payment, you may:

1. Login to SentriLock's website, http://lb.sentrilock.com, click on the shopping cart icon, and securely pay online

2. Call their toll free number at 1.877.EASY.606 (877.327.9606) to pay via phone. You'll need to provide your SentriCard number to submit payment via phone.

GCAAR members who have not paid SentriLock by March 2, 2015 will have their SentriCard suspended. At that time a $50 reactivation fee will be added to your SentriLock account. Once full payment is received, SentriCard will be reactivated, provided all dues and fees owed to your Primary REALTOR® Association are paid in full.  

GCAAR In-Store Sale Ends Saturday - Staked Signs 50% Off
All Staked Signs are 50% off until February 28, 2015 (while supplies last). Stop by either office location to get them for only $4.75, plus sales tax! If you can't make it during the week, stop by our Rockville office on Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. (excluding holiday weekends).  

GCAAR DC Condo Form Updates
DC has updated their laws related to condominiums. Two sections of GCAAR's Form #921, "Condominium Seller Disclosure/Resale Addendum for the District are Columbia," have been amended to reflect the changes. The updated Form #921, along with an explanation of the changes, are available here.

Inclement Weather Policy
If Montgomery County schools are closed, all GCAAR classes are cancelled. If the schools are on a delayed opening schedule, morning classes will begin at 10:00 a.m. GCAAR will gladly refund your registration fee if you are unable to attend a a class or event due to extreme weather conditions. If you are concerned a class or event might be cancelled, please call (301)
 590-2000 for any updates.

Real Advocacy for REALTORS®: GCAAR's Legislative Breakfast March 9; Proposed Amendments to Housing Code Regulations
GCAAR's Legislative Breakfast is your chance to make your voice heard regarding public policy; learn about proposed amendments to DC housing code regulations...read this and more in Real Advocacy for REALTORS®, GCAAR's public policy brief.

New Security Interest Rate Calculator
As of January 1, 2015, Maryland State law has lowered the security deposit interest rate required to be returned to renters from 3% to 1.5% or a rate equal to the US Treasury Daily Yield Curve Rate (whichever is higher).

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has now made a Security Interest Rate Calculator, along with useful practice guidance, available on their website here. Please note, this interest rate calculation only applies to residential tenancies with a tenancy start date on or after, January 1, 2015.  

Prevent SentriCard® Service Interruption. 
GCAAR would like to remind brokers and agents to not provide your SentriCard® or PIN number to another agent, assistant, family member, prospective buyer, etc. If a customer service representative becomes aware that your card is in possession of an "invalid cardholder", your SentriCard® will be terminated, immediately. Your card will not be reactivated until you visit a GCAAR office with a valid photo ID. View SentriLock rules and regulations 

 

Valuable Resources

January/February 2015 Issue of Capital Area REALTOR® magazine

 

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January 2015

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