Industry Watch


February 23, 2003

Homebuyer workshop is free Thursday at Apostolic Bible

The Garwyn Oaks Housing Resource Center will hold a free homebuying workshop this week to discuss items such as pre-qualifying for a loan, hiring a real estate agent and financing the purchase.

The event is scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Apostolic Bible Church, 2508 Garrison Blvd. For more information and pre-registration, call 410-542- 9050.

Homebuilding index dips but solid year is expected

The National Association of Home Builders' Housing Market Index was down two points to a 62 reading this month.

The survey, released last week, is collected from interviews with builders and has been conducted for almost 20 years. It has remained within the same range since September 2002. Homebuilders are asked to rate current sales of single-family homes and sales expectations for the next six months as good, fair or poor.

They also are asked to rate traffic of prospective buyers as either high to very high, average or low to very low.

"The bottom line is that housing is holding up very well as we head toward the spring home-buying season," NAHB Chief Economist David Seiders said in a statement. "NAHB is projecting another solid year for our industry in 2003, with a gradual leveling off of production activity as the year progresses. Our current forecast calls for 1.65 million housing starts this year, down 3.5 percent from last year's exceptionally strong 1.71 million units."

Coldwell Banker's top producers in Jan.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage announced its top producers for the past month:

Andrews: Pat Dowtin

Annapolis Church Circle: Georgie Berkinshaw

Annapolis Plaza: Tina Marine

Bel Air Abingdon: Bob Head

Bel Air Festival: Joan Garvin

Bel Air Forest Hill: Donna Roloff

Bethesda: Abby Stone and Ashk Adamiyatt

Bethesda: Jane Fairweather

Bethesda: Pennye Green

Bowie: Stu Stern

BWI/Linthicum: Nancy Phelps

Cambridge: Eddie Freeh

Catonsville: Marybeth Brohawn and Meg Christian

Chestertown: Lisa Raffetto / Dick Barker

Columbia: Paul and Jackie Duncan

Columbia: Bob Chew and Ronna Corman

Crofton: Dawn Baxter

Dundalk: Dotty Cristy

Easton: Bill Wieland

Eldersburg: Jack Piercy

Ellicott City: Gayle Briscoe

Ellicott City: Cindy Durgin

Federal Hill: Heather Perkins

Fells Point: Frank Lanham

Frederick: Cassandra Bailey

Gaithersburg: Ray Robert

Glen Burnie: John Orbell

Greenspring: Helen Won

Hagerstown: Cynthia Moler

Hampstead: Douglas Johnson

Hunt Valley: Penny Noval

Jacksonville/Phoenix: Joan McClernan

Lanham/Greenbelt: Kevin Andrews

Laurel: Karen Guiffre

Lexington Park: Gloria Abell

Mount Airy: Steve Jackson

Odenton: Lanta Workman

Owings Mills: Margaret Rome

Oxon Hill: Bernice Clarke

Pasadena: Debbie Iversen and Purnell Mack

Potomac: Jill Barsky

Reisterstown: Dave and Cookie Stone

Roland Park at the Stone Mill: Richard Gross

Roland Park at Wyndhurst: Ken Maher

Severn: Lore Peterson and Wil Tolbert

Severna Park: Pam Meyers

St. Michaels: Marie Wroten

Timonium: Joan Klein

Towson/Lutherville: Karen Ege

Towson/South: Lucy Meyer

Upper Marlboro: Maureen Jordan

Waldorf: Susan Cook

Westminster: Judy Gill

White Marsh: Tami Caggese

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