Roszel switches to Long & Foster

January 16, 1994|By Edward Gunts | Edward Gunts,Staff Writer

For more than two decades, real estate broker Richard J. Roszel has helped Baltimoreans buy and sell houses in some of the city's most exclusive neighborhoods -- Roland Park, Guilford, Homeland.

An ardent preservation advocate, Mr. Roszel is one of the few real estate industry representatives to serve on the city's Commission on Historical and Architectural Preservation.

He is also an officer of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, and a member of its executive and finance committees.

Starting this month, Mr. Roszel brought his expertise on Baltimore's historic houses and upper-end neighborhoods to Long & Foster Realtors, where he recently was named manager of its Roland Park office.

He made the move after 23 years at Hill & Co., a brokerage with headquarters in the Village of Cross Keys.

At Long & Foster's Roland Park office, Mr. Roszel will supervise approximately three dozen sales associates.

"We're very pleased to have him join us," said Alice Burch, vice president and Baltimore regional manager for Long & Foster.

"He's been a major part of the market for years, and he's highly respected. He has a great track record in sales. It's a good marriage for both of us."

Like many active in the real estate business in Maryland, Mr. Roszel, 54, landed his first job at the Rouse Co., where he was an administrative assistant to former Executive Vice President Willard G. Rouse.

Mr. Roszel joined Hill & Co. in 1970, and eventually became one of its owners. In 1985, when the company was purchased by Timothy M. Rodgers and Francis X. Knott, Mr. Roszel became a vice president.

"It's a new chapter for me," Mr. Roszel said of the move to Long & Foster. "It was an opportunity to manage an office for a large company, which I haven't done before."

He's also optimistic about the future of Baltimore's upscale neighborhoods, especially with the recession fading.

"The real estate market has improved generally, but it has improved specifically in Roland Park and Guilford," he said. "The better buys are in the older houses. You get more bang for your buck in an older house because the construction quality is better, in my opinion."

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