January home sales increase 15 percent

Industry Watch

February 21, 1999

The Metropolitan Regional Information System reported that January sales through its multiple list system grew by 15 percent over the same period last year.

The system, which covers most of Maryland as well as parts of Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia, recorded more than 6,000 sales and more than $1 billion in sales transactions.

More than 26,000 Realtors, including those who belong to the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, subscribe to the service.

News in Brief

The National Association of Home Builders recognized in January the winners of the 1999 "Best of Seniors' Housing" awards. The awards were based on accessibility, marketability, affordability and lifestyle of the projects with regard to seniors.

One of the awards went to Pleasant View Gardens in Baltimore. The project, developed by A&R Harkins Joint Venture, won for Best Mixed Use Project.

Cornerstone Homes Inc.recently received the Quality Builders Warranty Corp. Mark of Excellence Award.

The award is given to builders who have demonstrated outstanding craftsmanship and customer service by achieving technical excellence and commitment to homeowner satisfaction.

Moore, Warfield & Glick Realtors Inc. said Tom Ettz, associate broker, completed an advanced course in marketing new homes conducted by the Residential Sales Council of the Realtors National Marketing Institute.

The two-day course covered new-home areas such as merchandising and marketing of both standing construction and pre-sale, as well as target market specificity, new products and customer acceptance and buyer after-sales service.

On the Move

Crestar Mortgage Corp. said it has appointed Susan Wilkins to manage its outreach origination department.

Moore, Warfield & Glick Realtors Inc. said Joe Showacre joined its Ocean Pines office, Paul Brandenberg and Virgil and Pam Bullis joined its Fenwick Island office. and Marsha Cooper joined its Bethany Beach office.

Century 21 Anthony-Gavern Realtors said its president and broker, Frank P. Gavern, was elected to a third term as the treasurer for the Century 21 Greater Maryland Broker's Council.

The Sentinel Title Corp. said it appointed Cheri L. Jones as manager of its Bel Air office.

Thursday: The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People sponsors a free homebuyer workshop from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Mattie B. Uzzle Outreach Center, 1211 N. Chester St. Those who participate will be eligible to apply for special homeowners loans through the NAACP. Call 410-602- 9300 or 877-NAACP-98.

Feb. 28: CHAI open house for an orientation to programs and a chance to visit houses for sale in the Upper Park Heights Avenue area. Call 410-466-1990.

March 2: Long & Foster "Career Night," 6: 30 p.m. at the Severna Park office. Call 410-544-4000.

March 2: Harbel Housing Partnership will sponsor a free home-seller workshop at 6: 30 p.m. at the Perry Hall Library, 9440 Belair Road. Call 410-444-2100.

March 3: Long & Foster "Career Night," 6 p.m. at the Kent Island office. Call 410-643-2244.

March 5-7: The Northern Virginia Woodworking Show at the Capital Expo Center in Chantilly, Va. More than 100 manufacturers will display woodworking, turning, carving and finishing materials and supplies, plus there will be seminars and free workshops. Call 301- 477-8521.

March 9: Long & Foster "Career Night," 6 p.m. at the Pasadena/Glen Burnie office. Call 410- 437-9000.

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Pub Date: 2/21/99

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