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Frederick County Association of REALTORS®

478 Prospect Blvd. 

Frederick, MD 21701

301-663-0757   |   info@fcar.org

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Policies

Mission Statement

 

The mission of the Frederick County Association of REALTORS® is to support and enhance its members’ professional objectives and adherence to the Code of Ethics. The Association will achieve its mission by providing quality education for members, promoting professional and ethical behavior, and fostering a positive image within our community. The Frederick County Association of REALTORS®, looks to the future in setting our goals to assist our members, affiliates, and other area REALTORS®, as well as the many local communities which we serve.

 

FCAR is committed to the community, promoting the role of REALTORS® to the public, working with legislators to be involved in the political process and protecting property rights. FCAR works closely with Maryland REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS® to achieve these goals. 

 

Providing quality services to our membership incorporates many programs:

 

First, FCAR is dedicated to offering timely and informative educational courses to help REALTORS® expand their knowledge. Numerous continuing education courses are scheduled throughout the year. All courses are offered to members, as well as, non-members. For additional information, the website is available www.fcar.org.

 

In addition to outstanding educational program, FCAR offers many other important services including a weekly e-newsletter which covers many important topics related to the real estate industry, an interactive website for members, affiliates and the public to access vital information, monthly membership meetings, and several active committees which work within the association and the community.

 

Some of FCAR’s most visible committees include the Legislative Committee and the Community Service Committee. The Legislative Committee has been particularly active in monitoring the local political landscape and providing input to governmental agencies on topics related to fair housing, growth, impact fees, property rights, zoning, and many other issues.

 

FCAR has many other committees with dedicated members who work hard to help the organization reach its goals. Committees, which includes Membership, Education, Equal Opportunity/Cultural Diversity, Model Forms, Professional Standards, Grievance, and Affordable Housing.

 

FCAR is an active Association which strives to reach out to all.

REALTOR® Trademark

 

A REALTOR® is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®. The REALTOR® trademarks include:

  • REALTOR®

  • REALTORS®

  • REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®

  • the REALTOR® block “R” logo

 

The REALTOR® marks signify the agent must adhere to a strict Code of Ethics that protects clients, the public, and other real estate agents.

 

The term REALTOR® is a trademark owned by NAR and protected by federal law.

Community Service

 

For years, FCAR’s Community Service Committee has played a very significant role in raising money which has been donated to several outside charities and organizations, and the committee organizes FCAR benefit events. This committee was recently recognized by Maryland REALTORS® for its outstanding efforts.

Fair Housing

 

The Frederick County Association of REALTORS® supports and defends Fair Housing. The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting, buying, or securing financing for any housing. The prohibitions specifically cover discrimination because of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability and the presence of children.

 

The following list of resources is available to the public:

 

Class Cancellation Policy

 

Class Cancellation Policy

3 Hours or Less – All FCAR real estate continuing education courses of Three (3) hours in length or less shall have a $10.00 cancellation fee deducted from the refund.  The cancellation shall be received by FCAR, in writing, NO LATER THAN  Two (2) business days prior to the start of the subject class/course otherwise NO refund will be granted.

Inclement Weather Policy

 

The FCAR Office follows the policy of the Frederick County Public School (FCPS) system for inclement weather.  If FCPS Schools are closed, the Association office will be closed.  If FCPS Schools are delayed opening, the Association office hours will be delayed accordingly and any meetings, classes or events planned during the delayed hours will be canceled.  Canceled education classes will be rescheduled if possible.

 

A message will be available on FCAR’s website (www.fcar.org) by 8:30 a.m.

Website Terms and Conditions

 

This website is maintained by FCAR Communications. This FCAR website is made available by FCAR for our members and the public to share information about real estate-related topics. By accessing FCAR’s website you agree to the following terms and conditions:

  • You may not post comments that are illegal, obscene, defamatory, infringing on intellectual property rights, threatening or is otherwise objectionable. FCAR reserves the right to delete messages for any reason.

  • This website may be changed without notice and its information is not guaranteed to be complete, correct or up-to-date.

  • The opinions expressed on these pages are the opinions of the individual authors and should not be construed as reflecting the opinions of FCAR members, staff or its clients.

  • While FCAR makes every effort to present accurate and reliable information on this website, FCAR does not endorse, approve, or certify such information, nor does it guarantee its accuracy, completeness, efficacy, or timeliness. No warranties of any kind are implied or granted. FCAR or any of its employees or representatives shall be held in any way liable or responsible for results caused in relation to the information provided on this website.

  • Reference to any commercial product, process, or service does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by FCAR.

  • At certain places on this website, live links to other web sites can be accessed. Such external sites contain information created, published, maintained, or otherwise posted by organizations independent of FCAR. FCAR does not endorse, approve, certify, or control these external sites, nor any commercial product or service referenced and does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, efficacy, or timeliness of information located on these sites.

  • When visiting our Web site, your Web browser may produce pop-up advertisements. These advertisements were most likely produced by other Web sites you visited or by third-party software installed on your computer. FCAR does not endorse or recommend products or services for which you may view a pop-up advertisement on your computer screen while visiting our site.

  • FCAR assumes no responsibility for consequences resulting from the use of the information contained herein or obtained at linked sites, and expressly disclaims all liability for damages arising out of use, reference to, reliance on, or performance of such information.

  • For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, we employ software programs to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. In the event of authorized law enforcement investigations, and pursuant to any required legal process, information from these sources may be used to help identify an individual.

  • FCAR reserves the right to modify at any time these terms and conditions, in accordance with All Saints Media Terms of use.

Privacy Policy

 
  • We do not collect personally identifiable information (PII) about you unless you choose to provide that information to us.

  • Any personal information you chose to provide is protected by security practices.

  • FCAR does not sell or distribute email lists.

  • FCAR does not disclose, give, sell, or transfer any personal information about our visitors unless required for law enforcement or by Federal law.

Other Web Measurement and Customization Tools

 

We use the specified software and features below:

  • The FCAR website offers ShareThis on its websites, giving visitors the option to bookmark and share FCAR website content on certain social media sites.  Using ShareThis on FCAR webpages does not require registration or personally identifiable information. View ShareThis Privacy Policy at http://www.sharethis.com/

  • FCAR uses Bit.ly to shorten long URLs for use in email and social media messages. Bit.ly provides analytics on how many people clicked on the URLs distributed by HHS.  Bit.ly analytics do not provide any personally identifiable information about the visitors who click the shortened links. The Bit.ly Privacy Policy is available at http://bit.ly/pages/privacy

  • FCAR may use Google AdWords to provide online advertisement delivery and tracking. FCAR may employ tools provided by Google AdWords to support Display Advertising, including Remarketing, Google Display Network Impression Reporting, data collection via advertising cookies and anonymous identifiers, the DoubleClick Campaign Manager integration and/or Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting. In general, this means that third-party vendors, including Google, may show FCAR ads on sites across the Internet based upon visits to FCAR websites. To implement these tools, FCAR and third-party vendors, including Google, use first-party cookies and third-party cookies together to inform, optimize, and serve ads based on past visits to FCAR websites.  The Google AdWords Privacy Policy is available at https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/

  • FCAR may use Facebook Ads to promote events. FCAR may use tools provided by Facebook to support advertising. As with Adwords, third-party vendors may show FCAR ads on sites across the internet based upon FCAR website and Facebook visitor’s activities. To implement these tools, these vendors use third-party cookies to inform, optimize and serve ads. The Facebook Privacy Policy is available at https://www.facebook.com/policy.php

  • FCAR may employ tools provided by Google Analytics to support Display Advertising, including Remarketing, Google Display Network Impression Reporting, data collection via advertising cookies and anonymous identifiers, the DoubleClick Campaign Manager integration and/or Google Analytics Demographics and Interest Reporting. In general, this means that third-party vendors, including Google, may show FCAR ads on sites across the Internet based upon visits to FCAR websites. To implement these tools, FCAR and third-party vendors, including Google, use first-party cookies and third-party cookies together to inform, optimize, and serve ads based on past visits to FCAR websites. The Google Analytics Privacy Policy is available at https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/

  • For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, we use software programs to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage. In the event of law enforcement investigations and as part of any required legal process, information from these sources may be used to help identify an individual.

FCAR Antitrust Policy

 

​​Topics that may give an appearance of an agreement to violate the antitrust laws may not be discussed on the FCAR website.

Members shall not discuss with any competitor their individual company policies relating to prices or related types of sensitive information, including (a) commission levels, fees, business expenses or other business information or policies which would allow or encourage price fixing or maintenance; (b) bids on contracts for particular properties or any information which would allow or encourage bid rigging; (c) a firm’s competitive business decisions; (d) duration or types of listing agreements the firm will enter into or the form of compensation the firm will accept or negotiate; (e) the compensation offered or paid to a firm’s agents or employees; (f) plans concerning any proposed or existing customers, clients or territories; (g) any other actions that might be construed as concerted attempts to restrain competition, including joint attempts to control or affect prices, market conditions, marketing practices, customer choice, or the like.

Website Documents

 

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If you need help accessing information in different file formats such as PDF, Word, MP3, see Instructions for Downloading Viewers and Players.

FCAR Video Policy

 

The video recordings brought to you by FCAR are offered to the public for informational purposes only. Any and all information perceived from these videos through either visual, verbal, or written means, should be considered the sole opinions of the presenter(s). As in all cases, viewers should never take any information from these or any videos at face value and should always do their due diligence, forming their own opinions and best judgment. And where applicable, the advice of a competent legal, tax and accounting or other professional should be sought.

FCAR Photo Policy

 

FCAR reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at an event sponsored by FCAR, without the expressed written permission of those included within the photograph/video. FCAR may use the photos/videos in publications or other media material produced, used or contracted by FCAR, including, but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, social media sites, etc. To ensure the privacy of individuals and children, images will not be identified using full names or personal identifying information without written approval from the photographed subject, parent or legal guardian. A person attending an FCAR event who does not wish to have their image recorded for distribution should make their wishes known to the photographer, and/or the event organizers, and/or contact FCAR, in writing of their intentions.