5 Maryland firms among largest builders in U.S. HTC

Industry Watch

July 05, 1998

Five Maryland firms were among the 150 largest builders in the nation last year, according to statistics published in the May issue of Builder, a magazine published by the National Association of Home Builders.

The Ryland Group Inc. of Columbia led Maryland-based firms with 8,377 closings and gross revenues of $1.65 billion, to rank as the sixth largest builder in the country last year.

Harkins Builders of Silver Spring had 1,330 closings, helping the company jump from 97th in 1996 to 60th last year. Harkins had gross revenues of $97 million.

Other state builders on the list were No. 62 Washington Homes of Landover, 1,315 closings and $217 million; No. 96, the Bozzuto Group of Greenbelt, had 806 closings and $104 million; and No. 119, Regency Homes of Columbia, 601 closings.

Pulte Home Corp. of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., was the top builder in the country with 15,322 closings and gross revenues of $2.52 billion. Centex Corp of Dallas, Tex., finished second with 11,981 closings but ranked first in gross revenue with $3.8 billion.

News in brief

Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. announced the top producers for sales and listings for May in various offices.

In Anne Arundel County: Janet Hannsz, Annapolis downtown, $2 million; Michele Sinclair, Crofton, $788,900; Susan Reed, Deale, $353,000; Kathy Elliott, Fort Meade/Odenton, $425,800; Rich Kuhn, Pasadena, $2 million; Peggy Stancavage, Severna Park, $1.1 million.

In Baltimore and Baltimore County: Jack Martin, Catonsville, $552,900; David Martz, Fells Point, $424,000; Bob Fisher, Federal Hill, $542,000; Marc Witman, Greenspring, $2.2 million; Bill Smith, Perry Hall, $482,499; David J. Desser, Pikesville, $737,500; Craig Thomson, Roland Park, $412,400; Jackie Aburn, Rosedale/White Marsh, $383,900; Kelle Sawers, Towson, $1.3 million; Rick Ray, Timonium, $1.3 million.

In Carroll County: Fran Sturgill, Hampstead, $1.3 million; Carol Swinton, Eldersburg, $2.1 million; Janet Kraus, Westminster, $835,200.

In Harford County: Kathy Goff, Bel Air, $2 million.

In Howard County: Joan Cochran, Columbia, $3.4 million; Jackie Vaughan, Columbia East, $920,500; Jean Hugh, Ellicott City, $1.7 million.

In Queen Anne's County: Sharon Tryon, Kent Island, $561,000.

Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. said the Eldersburg office set a record with $12.2 million in home sales in May. Carol Winton, Kellie Patton, Bev Smith and Karen Luster each sold more than $1 million worth of homes.

O'Conor, Piper & Flynn-ERA said Michelle Estremsky, the firm's property management director, earned the Accredited Residential Manager designation from the Institute for Real Estate.

On the Move

American Skycorp Inc. said Suzy Urso and Michael Shaver joined its mortgage banking division as loan officers, and Karma Sewell and Zona Boyer came aboard as loan processors.

Janie Lee Buyer's Realty Inc. said Hazel Jones joined the company as a broker's assistant and sales associate.

O'Conor, Piper & Flynn-ERA said Scott Toback, Ed Barnik and Keith Crawley joined the firm as sales associates in its Reisterstown office.

Pub Date: 7/05/98

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