FCAR Policies

About FCAR

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. Recognized by the Maryland Assoc. of REALTORS® (MAR) with the organization’s CARE (Charity and REALTOR® Excellence) Award for outstanding community service in 2003, the Frederick County Association of REALTORS® (FCAR), 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 MAR and NAR 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, and the Graduate REALTOR® Institute (GRI) and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) professional designation programs are also offered on a consistent basis. All courses are offered to members, as well as, non-members. For additional information the website is available www.fcar.org.

In addition to an 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 include: Communications/Technology, Membership, Education, Awards, American Home Project, 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 has spearheaded several efforts such as scheduling an annual blood drive and organizing FCAR benefit events. This committee was recently recognized by MAR for their outstanding efforts.

The Frederick County Association of REALTORS® Charitable Fund is a component fund of The Community Foundation of Frederick County, a non-profit 501c3 organization, and all donations are tax deductible. Since 2012, the Frederick County Association of REALTORS® has awarded over $20,000 in grants to various non-profit organizations in Frederick County through this charitable fund.

The Frederick County Association of REALTORS® (FCAR) has proudly sponsored various fundraisers benefiting this fund.  We hold an annual golf tournament and auction to raise monies for the fund.  Click here to see pictures from our recent events.

The charitable fund accepts applications from charities on an annual basis. For more information about the  Frederick County Association of REALTORS® Charitable Fund,  click here. Thank you for your support.

Fair Housing

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.

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Class Cancellation Policy

To cancel a continuing education class that you have already registered for please use the class cancellation form.

Student Course Cancellation:

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 cancelled.  Cancelled education classes will be rescheduled if possible. Please call 301-663-0757 to confirm.  A message will be available on FCAR’s website (www.fcar.org) by 8:30 a.m.

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