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Industry Watch

February 23, 1997

$204,124 here equals $766,250 in Beverly Hills

Baltimore area residents can purchase a 2,200-square-foot home for $204,125 compared with $766,250 for a similar-size house in Beverly Hills, Calif., according to a recent "Home Price Comparison Index" prepared by Coldwell Banker Grempler Realty Inc.

The annual survey compares the average sales price of a "subject home" in Baltimore with those in nearly 300 markets across North America.

Oklahoma City, where the average price of a 2,200-square-foot house was $99,333, topped the Coldwell Banker list of places with the most affordable homes in America for the second consecutive year.

Beverly Hills remains the most expensive market.

Home Builders honor Szpara

Kenneth F. Szpara, an architect with D. W. Taylor Associates Inc., was named 1996 "Ambassador of the Year" by the Home Builders Association of Maryland "for outstanding efforts to strengthen HBAM through new member orientation and involvement."

Other awards: "Hammer of the Year," Brad Criddle of Benchmark Appraisal Group for "his commitment to membership retention,"

and "Spike of the Year" Bob Ward, president of Bob Ward Homes, "for his devotion to the recruitment of new members."

New chapter presidents are Mike DeStefano, Sturbridge Homes, Anne Arundel County; Jeb Bittner, Pulte Home Corp., Baltimore County; Joseph J. Fonte, Signature Development Co., Baltimore; Gregory S. Dorsey, Dorsey Developers Inc., Carroll County; Ron Bunner, Custom Designs Inc., Cecil County; Robert Kappus, Brockton Homes Inc., Harford County; and Joe Hikel, Shelter Systems Limited, Howard County.

Council presidents installed for 1997 are Mel Herzberger, American Property Management, Apartment Builders and Owners Council; Carroll Brown Jr., Matthews-Brown Contractors, Commercial Builders Committee; Jonathan Mayers, Macks & Macks, Land Development Council; Jay Van Deusen, Van Deusen Construction Inc., Remodelors Council; and John Ciresi, Atlantic First Mortgage, Sales and Marketing Council.

Vera Proctor heads Million Dollar group

Vera Proctor of Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. is the newly elected 1997 president of the Real Estate Million Dollar Association LTD of the Greater Baltimore Metropolitan area.

Other officers are vice president Lucy Plowden, O'Conor, Piper & Flynn Realtors; treasurer Carole Glick, Fiola Blum Realtors; recording secretary Andrew Mirabole, O'Conor, Piper & Flynn; and corresponding secretary Kit Clarke, Re/Max Greater Metro.

Board members include Karen Batterton, WHC Wilson Realtors;

Sharon Biggs, Coldwell Banker Grempler Realty; Rosalie Veliuona, ERA Canton Realty; Carolyn Lazzaro, Henry Strohminger, and Karen Stapf, Long & Foster; Kim Nunnally, Nunnally Realty; Jeannie Pohlhaus, Hill & Co., Jan Hayden, past president, Mary Lou Hultquist, and Joanne Stockman, O'Conor, Piper & Flynn.

During its annual meeting at the Center Club, the group presented checks to Action for the Homeless, Paul's Place, My Sister's Place, House of Ruth and Associated Jewish Charities.

Free seminar on getting ready to sell

Chateau Builders is holding a free seminar on "How to Get Your House Ready for Sale" from 10 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. March 8 at the Willows of Crofton Information Center, 2902, Middlebridge Court, Crofton.

Topics will include who's buying, what's selling, giving your house curb appeal and creating a great first impression.

For additional information or a reservation call (410) 7930707.

News in brief

Bozzuto Landscaping Co. of Greenbelt recently received six awards from the Prince George's County Beautification Committee. The firm won two awards in the "Complete Complexes" category for the Vistas of Lake Largo in Largo and the Ranier Manor Apartments in Mount Ranier. Bozzuto also received three landscaping awards for commercial maintenance. In addition the company earned a "Judge's Recognition Award" for its volunteer efforts at the South Bowie Community Center.

Ed Hatch Seminars of Greenbelt said its president, Ed Hatch, is president-elect of the Residential Sales Council of the National Association of Realtors. Hatch is a senior instructor with the council as well as a teacher with the Maryland Graduate Realtors Institute.

Coldwell Banker Grempler Realty said sales associates Razia Alidina, Sharon Beam, Sharon Dorsch, Angie Highkin, Linda Holly, Roseann Spalt, Joann Sparrow and Gene Umbarger in its Bel Air office have earned the Accredited Buyer Representative designation from the Real Estate Buyer's Agency Council, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors.

O'Conor, Piper & Flynn Realtors said Patrica Groth of the Hampstead office and Ruth Maier of the Owings Mills office have earned the Accredited Buyer Representative designation from the Real Estate Buyer's Agency Council, which was recently acquired by the National Association of Realtors.

On the move

Champion Realty said the following have joined the firm as sales associates: Suzan Erickson, Annapolis; Cindy Garhart, Bowie/Crofton; and Shelly LaRoque, Eastern Shore.

Chicago Title Insurance Co. named Walter C. Jones title operations manager in its Baltimore office.

What's new?

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Pub Date: 2/23/97

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