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January 01, 1995

On-line data service for community groups

Community associations can access information from industry publications, feature articles, newsletters, community handbooks and other sources through a new on-line service called Community Associations Online.

Started Dec. 1, the service is run by the Community Associations Institute, a nonprofit group based in Alexandria, Va.

For a monthly fee, subscribers get one to five hours' use. The service costs $8 an hour after that.

The cheapest package, available only to community associations, costs $12.95 a month for members of the institute and $22.95 a month for nonmembers. It includes one free hour of service.

Charges for other individuals and businesses are $39.95 a month for members and $59.95 for nonmembers. The corporate package, allowing access by five users simultaneously and five free hours, costs 95 for members and $69.95 for nonmembers.

Robert Wadlow, director of on-line resource information for the service, said the information will be useful for officers of community associations, management companies and attorneys representing associations and others involved with the industry.

Smaller homeowners associations might find the service useful, he said, because they often cannot afford professional services, like management firms and attorneys. The bulletin board allows subscribers to get information and opinions on issues from other users.

The service has about 200 subscribers. For information, call 1-800-248-1325.

National MLS firm goes on the Internet

Homes and Land Publishing Corp., based in Tallahassee, Fla., has put its national listing of 50,000 homes for sale on the Internet.

The service, previously available through the Prodigy on-line service, will provide color photographs and detailed descriptions homes throughout the country. Electronic Realty Associates, or ERA, with 19,000 homes, will be the only national franchise to provide listings.

The service will be updated every two weeks. To access the listings, point your web server to http://www.homes.com.

Homes and Land Publishing also expects to compile a list of agents, with biographies and pictures.

* Chapel Valley Landscape Co. of Woodbine said its president, J. Landon Reeve IV, has received the "Professional Achievement Award" for meritorious service to the nursery industry from the Maryland Nurserymen's Association. Mr. Reeve was MNA president in 1980-1981.

* Corcoran Jennison Management Co. Inc., of Laurel, has received the 1994 "Community Quality Award" from the National Assisted Housing Management Association. The award cites the outstanding site management and resident service programming" at Mount Pisgah Apartments in Sumter, S.C. Mount Pisgah is managed by Westminster Co., an affiliate of Corcoran Jennison, which was also named 1994 "Property Management Company of the Year" by the National Association of Homebuilders.

* The Maryland Chapter of the Appraisal Institute elected Stephen H. Muller, a principal of Muller-Casella Associates Inc., president for 1995. An appraiser for 15 years, Mr. Muller is vice chairman of the appraisal committee for the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors.

* SMDA Architects moved its Baltimore office to a historic carriage house at 1016 Morton St. SMDA also has offices in Wheeling, W.Va.

* Szpara Residential Design, of Baltimore, was chosen by Lexington Homes to design their Hampton model, to be built at Pleasant View Farms in the Bel Air area of Harford County.

* O'Conor, Piper & Flynn announced that Sally Esterson, Barbara Krakovitz, Dolly Rosoff and Sara Rubenstein, of the Owings Mills office, and Debra Barrett and Marcia Schoenfeld, in the Reisterstown branch, have received Certified Residential Specialist designations.

* St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center received an award from the Enterprise Foundation for having the "Best Cover Story" in a national competition among newsletters for nonprofit housing organizations. Written by Lisa Bianco, the award-winning story chronicles the renovation of Sharon Towers, a decaying apartment building transformed into low-cost housing by St. Ambrose and the congregation of New Rose of Sharon Baptist Church.

The story appeared in the first issue of Homecomings, a quarterly publication created by St. Ambrose volunteers.

* Signet Mortgage Corp. announced a new "Approved HomeBuyer" program that allows home shoppers to get an approved mortgage with a guaranteed rate cap for up to nine months from the day they apply.


* Papier Interiors Inc. and Design Group said Kimberly Y. Rider has joined the Timonium firm as a designer.

* Century 21 Horizon Realty announced that Adrian Cox, Karen Cox, Stuart Cox and Olga O'Dell have joined as sales associates.

* Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. said Susan Kilborn, a salesperson in its Bethesda/Hampden Square office, has been named a member of the International Real Estate Federation, a group of 90 real estate associations in 50 countries.

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