Showalter heads new association of home inspectorsSteve...

Industry Digest

September 15, 1996

Showalter heads new association of home inspectors

Steve Showalter, president of Building Specs Inc. of Annapolis, is president of the newly formed Maryland Association of Home Inspectors.

The nonprofit group seeks to promote professionalism and continuing education among its members as well as become involved with legislation that may affect the home inspection industry in Maryland.

Other officers include George Parker, president of Inspection Consultants of Gaithersburg, vice president; Robert Gajewski, president of American Property Inspection in Frederick, treasurer; and James McLaughlin, president of Annapolis Home Inspection Services, secretary.

Affiliated with the Mid Atlantic Chapter of the National Association of Home Inspectors, the state group will hold its next meeting Oct. 1. For more information, call MAHI at (410) 267-7979 or (800) 217-7979.

Settlement funds for first-time buyers

American National Savings Bank has developed a "Settlement Expense Assistance Loan Program" to help first-time homebuyers in the Baltimore area purchase new or existing homes financed through the bank.

"One obstacle that prevents low- to moderate-income people from becoming first-time homeowners is the requirement to produce cash from their savings to pay closing costs," said A. Bruce Tucker, bank president. "American National's SELP program makes it possible for them to overcome this obstacle."

Under SELP, homebuyers would receive first mortgage financing for up to 97 percent of a home's value via a fixed-rate loan for up to 30 years.

In addition, buyers would receive an unsecured signature loan for up to five years to cover settlement costs.

American National's Settlement Expense Assistance Loan Program has been developed in cooperation with Commonwealth Mortgage Assurance Co., which will provide mortgage insurance.

Additional information is available by calling the bank at (410) 625-8625.

News in brief

Building Specs Inc. of Annapolis said its vice president, Ronald Katz, completed the Maryland Lead Paint Testing Training program and received a Lead Paint Testing Certificate from the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Laurel Homepage is the Internet location where residents can find information about events, organizations and issues affecting their community. Civic organizations and nonprofit groups are encouraged to establish a Web page at http: //www.webtrek.com/-laurel/ . Small-business listings can also be included at this site. For additional information, call Mark Doore at (301) 776-8687.

Patrick Sutton Associates is the new name for Kaplan Sutton Architects at 8 W. Madison St. The firm continues its design work in the hospitality, commercial and luxury residential markets. The staff includes Patrick Sutton, principal architect; Ricardo Cavazos, project manager; Hans Graf, project architect; zTC Nancy Secrist, interior designer; and Cynthia Gray, intern architect.

On the move

Altieri Homes promoted Wendy Altieri Taylor to vice president of sales for the Howard County custom home builder. Taylor, a 12-year veteran of the real estate industry, has been with Altieri since 1994. She is a member of the Howard County Board of Realtors and the Home Builders Association of Maryland. A graduate of Evangel College in Springfield, Mo., Taylor is co-founder of Leadership Fridays at Trinity Assembly of God in Lutherville.

HomeStar promoted David Arenz to executive vice president of retail. HomeStar manufactures and sells siding, replacement windows and kitchen cabinets through offices in Baltimore; Lorton, Va.; St. Louis; Kansas City; Dallas; and Atlanta. Arenz will continue as branch manager of the Baltimore and Lorton locations.

O'Conor, Piper & Flynn Realtors said Melissa Schiren, Yvonne Cornish Marlowe and Tom Meredith joined the firm's BWI office as sales associates.

Pub Date: 9/15/96

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