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Who is Uncle Sam?

by John Collins, REALTOR

The Story of America - Who is Uncle Sam?

We looked it up in Funk and Wagnalls Encyclopedia and hear is there story.

Nickname and cartoon image used to personify the United States government, deriving from the initials "U.S." and first popularized on supply containers during the War of 1812.  In its early usage it was applied derogatorily to customhouse officiers and to soldiers.  The first visual representation or caricature of an Uncle Sam figure, suited in stars and stripes, appeared in a series of political cartoons in 1832.  The character came to be seen as a shrewd Yankeee, possibly after the traits of a chaacter, Brother Jonanthan, in the play The Contrast (1787) by American jurist and playwright Royall Tyler (1757-1826).  In the 20th. Century Uncle Sam has usually been depicted with a short beard, high hat, and tailed coat.  In 1961 the United States Congress officially adopted the figure as a national symbol. 

As we approach July 4, 2009 let us think about what makes Our Country Great!.....The freedom to be whoever you want to be....God Bless America!

Let Freedom Ring! An American Creed

by John Collins, REALTOR

July 4th. is almost here and I find it the perfect time to remind people of why we live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.  Freedom is not something that just happens.  It must be worked at everyday.  God bless the military men and women who protect us and our families everyday.

An American Creed

I Believe in the United States of America as a Government of the People, By the People, For the People, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the Governed;  a Democracy in a Republic, a sovereign Nation of many Sovereign States;  a perfect union, one and inspearable, established upon the Principles of Freedom, Equality, Justice, and Humanity for which American Patriots sacrificed their Lives and fortunes.

I therefore Believe it my duty to my country to Love it, to support its Constitution, to Obey its Laws, to Respect its Flag; and to Defend it against all enemies.

William Tyler Page

God Bless America - Happy 4th.

A Tribute To America

by John Collins, REALTOR

This week before July 4th. is a time to reflect on why America is the Land of the Free and the Home of The Brave.  July 4th is really not about the picnics and fireworks, It is about saluting our military who stand ready, willing and able to protect the People of the United States of America,  24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  These brave men and women have volunteered to fight for our country, so that you and I and our families enjoy all of the freedoms given to us in The Constitution of the United States.

Preamble - The Constitution of the United States of America

We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common Defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Today and everyday when you see a military man or women, take the time to say "Thank You" for defending and protecting our homeland, so that ALL of us can live FREE.   God Bless America.

Annapolis Events and Happenings - Week of June 26

by The John Collins Real Estate Group - Annapolis, MD

June 26 - Canines and Cocktails for a Cause-Patriotic Pooch Contest invites you to start your July 4th. celebration early and show your dog's patriotism in the Patriotic Pooch contest. Lowes Annapolis Hotel, 126 West Street, Annapolis, 5 to 8 p.m. - 410-263-8683

June 27 - Day on the Bay to St. Michaels is a round trip cruise across the bay to a quaint, historic village.  Enjoy fresh seafood, boutique shopping, historic sights and the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. 410-268-7601

June 27 - Quiet Waters Park Summer Concert Series.  Seating is on the lawn.  Annapolis, Maryland - 6 p.m. - Through 8/29 - 410-222-1777

June 28 - Annapolis Coin and Currency Show features 30 coin dealers and free appraisels.  Dealers will be buying, selling and trading coin and currency.  Knights of Columbus Hall, Solomons Island Road, Annapolis, 9a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - 443-623-7025.

June 28 - Sail FREE with Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating.  Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. - 410-626-0273

Have a GREAT Weekend in Annapolis, Maryland  Once you visit you will want to stay....John



Annapolis Events and Happenings - Week of June 12

by The John Collins Real Estate Group - Annapolis, MD

June 12 - Light House Homeless Shelter 6th. Annual Golf Tournament - Compass Pointe Golf Course, Pasadena, Maryland - 410-268-4251

June 13 - Bands in the Sands - Chesapeake Bay Foundation - Good company, food, drinks and a live art auction.  Live music throughout the evening.  Phillip Merrill Environmental Center, 6 Herndon Ave. Annapolis - 5 to 10:30 p.m. $100. 443-482-2125

June 13 - South River Sojourn and Wade-In - Visit for more information. - 410-224-3760

June 13 - Annual Bay Theatre Gala - "Celebrate the Sixties" features dinner, dancing, silent auction and cash bar. The Westin Hotel, Annapolis - 7:30-11:30 p.m. - 410-268-1333

June 13 - B.I.G. Book Sale - Buy books for $.50 to $1.50 or buy a bag full for $30.00.  Lothian - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. - 410-293-6865

June 13 - Annual Quilts by the Bay Show - 30+ vendors, demonstrations - Annapolis High School, 2700 Riva Road, Annapolis - Sat. 10 to 5 - Sunday 11 to 5 p.m.

June 13 - Spring Flea Market - features outdoor, indoor and pavillion vendors offering everything you could want.  anne arundel county Fair Grounds, Crownsville - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  FREE admission - FREE Parking - 410-923-3400

June 13 - Springtime in Calvert Community Arts Fair - Featuring 41 artisans booths, Community Resource Building and the Boyd and Margaret Shields King Memorial Park, Prince Frederick.  10 to 5 p.m. - 410-257-7005

June 14 2009 Great Chesapeake Bay Swim - 4.4 mile swim across the Chesapeake Bay.  Race starts at Sandy Point State Park and Ends on Kent Island.  Proceeds go to the Maryland March of Dimes.  Visit or call Chuck Nabit Race Director - 410-727-2404

June 14 - DragonFly Dance Experiment presents "Dock Side Dance", a celebration of professional dance in Annapolis.  Special guest artists Stephanie Yezek and Leah Wrobel and the aerualists of Studio 180.  Campbell Stage at Annapolis City Dock. 1 p.m. Free -

Have a great weekend and enjoy the many events happening in the Annapolis Area.  Come visit our town and you will want to stay forever.  John

The John Collins Real Estate Group Receives Top 25 Award In April, 2009

by The John Collins Real Estate Group - Annapolis, MD

It is with great pleasure we Congratulate The John Collins Real Estate Group for finishing #25 out of 10,000 associates, in Settled Gross Commissions Year To Date for April, 2009.  John is associated with the Long and Foster Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware Division.  He specializes in the Annapolis, Maryland market area.

Congratulations to John and his Buyer Agents Robin Casey, Mary Beth Paganelli, Sherry Rogers, Susan Sames, Denise Smith for a job well done.


Annapolis Events and Happenings - Week of June 5

by The John Collins Real Estate Group - Annapolis, MD

June 5 - Relay For Life - All night event beginning 6 p.m. on June 5 and ending 6 a.m. June 6.  The Americn Cancer Society, South River High School, Edgewater, Marylnd - for more info.

June 6 - Secret Garden Tour - Explore the gardens of colonial era homes throughout the Annapolis Historic District.  The gardens of Maryland's 4 signers of the Declaration of Independence are included on the tour.  1-6  through 6/7.  410-263-4683.

June 6 - Great Strides 2009 - To support Cystic Fibrosis - Check in is 10 a.m. - Walk begins at 11 a.m. at Navy Marine Stadium, Annapolis.

June 6 - The Annapolis Food and History Walking Tour - You will learn about the rich history of Annapolis, while being introduced to 21st. Century culinary delights.  A colonial clad guide will take you on this wonderful journey.  Starts at 11 a.m. - 212-209-3370 for more info.

June 7 - First Sunday Arts Festival -Craft vendors, artists, live music, street performers, sidewalk dining.  It's free and held every First Sunday from May through October.  At first block of West Street to Calvert Street.  noon to 5 p.m. - 410-741-3267.

June 7 - Annapolis Kidney Walk - two mile dog friendly walk - Quiet Waters Park - Registration 9 a.m. - Walk 10 a.m. - 410-494-8545 - Refreshments and entertainment.

June 10 - Wednesday Night Races - Run through September 9 - Annapolis Yacht Club, 2 Compromise Street, Annapolis, 410-703-3291.

Annapolis is a great place to live and play.  Come visit us today!...John

MD Legal Bulletin - Mediation of Disputes

by The John Collins Real Estate Group - Annapolis, MD


Mediation of Disputes Pursuant to the MAR Residential Contract of Sale

Paragraph 34 of the current MAR Residential Contract of Sale provides that the Buyer and Seller agree to “mediate” disputes or claims arising in connection with their agreement and, further, that “neither party shall commence any action in any court regarding a dispute or claim arising out of or from this Contract or the transaction which is the subject of this Contract, without first mediating
the dispute or claim . . . “.

What is mediation?

Mediation is a process in which disputing parties attempt to resolve their dispute with the assistance of an impartial, trained third party – the mediator. The mediator has no power to pass judgment or make a legally binding determination regarding the dispute, but is trained to help the parties communicate openly, identify their differences and formulate a reasonable agreement to resolve the
dispute. No party can be forced to settle the dispute through the mediation process.

How does mediation differ from arbitration?

An arbitrator (as opposed to a mediator) normally has the power to render a binding decision on the dispute which is before him or her. This decision can be enforced in the same manner as a decision by a court can be enforced.

Who oversees and coordinates the mediation process?

The MAR Contract provides that the mediation shall be conducted through the MD Association of Realtors or its local boards/associations or through such other mediation service as is mutually agreed upon by the parties. The MAR has designated OM Services as the authorized mediation service provider for its program.

What happens if one of the parties files a law suit without first attempting to mediate the dispute?

Because the contract requires that the parties mediate before instituting suit any suit which is filed by a party who has not attempted to mediate first is subject to dismissal by the court.

What is the procedure for mediation?

a. One of the parties (the, “Requesting Party”) completes and submits standardized forms requesting mediation (along with the fee – see below).

b. Once the request is received a certified letter is sent to the other party (the, “Responding Party”) with forms (the “Responding Party Forms”) to be used for response.

c. The Responding Party has 30 days to respond to the request for mediation by completing and returning Responding Party Forms.

d. If the Responding Party does not respond within 30 days or advises that they are refusing or declining to mediate the file is closed and a closing letter is sent to the parties.

e. If the Responding Party responds and agrees to mediate a mediation conference is scheduled.

What happens if one of the parties refuses to mediate?

If a party refuses to mediate and a closing letter is sent by the mediation service either party is then free to institute court proceedings.

What is the cost of mediation?

The MAR contract provides that “mediation fees, costs and expenses shall be divided and paid equally by the parties to the mediation”. The Requesting Party, however, is required to submit an administrative fee of $150 at the time the request for mediation is filed. If mediation proceeds to a mediation conference, the mediator fee, due at the completion of the conference, is charged at the
rate of $200 per hour, with a two hour minimum.

Can the parties be represented by an attorney?

Any party can (but is not obligated to) have an attorney represent them in the mediation process and at the mediation conference. Any legal fees for such representation are the responsibility of the party retaining the attorney.

Where can I get more information on the mediation process and the forms used for this process?

Detailed information along with forms used for mediation can be found at the

Thanks to Andy Levy and Capitol Title for today's update. Please call John at 410-224-4999 or e-mail him at if you have any questions.

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John Collins, Realtor
JohnCollinsGroup of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc
108 Old Solomons Island Road - U4
Annapolis MD 21401
Office: 410-224-4999
Cell: 410-693-6000
Fax: 410-224-4032 Email: John@JohnCollinsGroup.
John Collins, Realtor
 Office: 410-224-4999 * Cell: 410-693-6000

 John Collins Group of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.
108 Old Solomons Island Road, Suite U-4
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
   Office: 410-224-4999 * Cell: 410-693-6000 * Fax: 410-224-4032

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John Collins, Realtor