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April 20, 1997

April is for learning about buying a home

April is Home Buyer Education Month in Maryland, according to a proclamation issued by Gov. Parris Glendening in support of President Clinton's National Homeownership Strategy to increase the number of homeowners by the year 2000.

The Maryland State Office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development have entered into a partnership to increase homeownership opportunities in the state.

The goal is to educate the public about the benefits of homeownership and how to achieve it.

Garden Walk is today in Original Northwood

The Original Northwood neighborhood will hold its annual Garden Walk today from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The eight gardens on the tour will be marked at the front and rear entrances. Refreshments will be served. The walk is sponsored by the Original Northwood Association and the Northwood Garden Club.

Visitors can also tour townhouses, semidetached and individual homes now for sale in Northwood. For more information on the Community Open House scheduled for the same day, call 410-366-0997.

The neighborhood is between Loch Raven Boulevard and The Alameda.

50 homes on view today in Belair-Edison

Belair-Edison Housing Service will hold its fifth annual community open house today. Fifty homes, with prices starting around $50,000, will be open to prospective buyers.

Belair-Edison surrounds Herring Run Park, with miles of wooded biker/hiker trails, ball fields, picnic areas, and plants and wildlife. The Northeast Baltimore community, along Belair Road and Erdman Avenue, is 15 minutes from downtown.

Home shoppers can stop by the Belair-Edison Housing Service Office at 3412 Belair Road from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. for light refreshments and maps. Free housing counseling is available. For more information, call 485-8422.

News in brief

D R Brasher Architects said Alyce Heather Kirk, its vice president of marketing and public relations, has been appointed to the editorial advisory board of Maryland Builder magazine.

CrossLand Mortgage Corp. recently presented a "Branch 110% Customer Services Award" for 1996 to its Lutherville office. The Lutherville location "received overwhelming positive response" for its service to borrowers and Realtors the company said.

O'Conor, Piper & Flynn Realtors said Ruth Tipton, a sales associate in its Bel Air/Abingdon office, won 1996 Certified Residential Specialist of the Year honors from the Maryland/D.C. Chapter of Certified Residential Specialists. She was cited for her "participation in activities which help enhance the real estate profession." The CRS designation is awarded by the Residential Council of the Realtors National Marketing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors. Tipton is a member of the Million Dollar Association of the Harford County Board of Realtors.

O'Conor, Piper & Flynn Realtors said Joan McAllister, a sales associate in its Bel Air/Forest Hill office, was honored by the York County Association of Realtors for selling $5 million worth of homes in Pennsylvania and Maryland during 1996.

O'Conor, Piper & Flynn Realtors said Barbara Novitsky, a sales associate in the Columbia office, has been awarded the Certified Residential Specialist designation by the Residential Sales Council of the Realtors National Marketing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Realtors. Novitsky is a member of the Howard, Anne Arundel and Prince George's boards of Realtors. She also belongs to the Women's Council of Realtors and the Business Women's Network of Howard County.

Re/Max Advantage in Columbia said Gary Pakulla sold 123 homes between January and June 1996 to rank as the No. 3 agent in the Re/Max Central Atlantic Region.

On the move

Ashley Custom Homes appointed Suzanne Martindale as a project manager for its new community in Glyndon and named Ed Goddard as a project manager for the lot owners division. Each is a licensed Realtor.

Bay Area Economics, of Berkeley, Calif., said Anita B. Morrison joined the real estate and economics consulting firm as a principal and opened its Washington area office in Silver Spring.

Century 21 Diana Realty Inc. said Sherry Heuisler joined the Bel Air firm as a sales associate.

First Town Mortgage Corp. said Jamie Platts joined its York, Pa., location as a loan processor. Platts has worked in mortgage banking for nine years. She holds an associate degree from York College.

Century 21 Forty West Inc. said Allen Schwender joined the firm as an associate broker. Schwender has 15 years' real estate experience.

Champion Realty Inc. said Cindy Garhart joined its Bowie/Crofton office as a sales associate.

First Town Mortgage Corp.said Sandy K. Quigley joined its York, Pa., office as a loan originator.

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