Piper receives award for community service
Jim Piper, executive vice president of O'Conor, Piper & Flynn ERA, has received the annual Community Service Award from the Maryland Association of Realtors. Thirteen Realtors from across the state were nominated for the award, which the MAR gives based on general community service.
Piper is co-chairman of the Baltimore Mentoring Partnership and director of the Baltimore Efficiency and Economy Foundation. In the past, he was president of the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of directors for the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. Former Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke appointed him chairman of the Market Rate Housing Commission.
Piper graduated from the University of Virginia and started as a sales associate in 1959 with Piper & Co., which evolved into OPF. Piper was OPF's president of administration from 1984 to last year, when NRT Mid-Atlantic Inc. bought OPF.
News in brief
Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, a subsidiary of Wells Fargo Bank, ranked as the state's top residential mortgage lender last year, according to recently released Home Mortgage Disclosure data. Wells Fargo, based in Des Moines, Iowa, has 22 offices in Maryland. It funded 17,608 home loans totaling $2.5 billion last year. It was also the state's top lender to ethnic minorities and low- to moderate-income homebuyers, funding 4,346 loans at $564 million and 6,121 loans totaling $643.5 million, respectively.
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