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October 19, 2003|By From staff and Bloomberg News reports

Waxman will supervise Long & Foster region

Lorraine Waxman has been named vice president and regional manager of Long & Foster's newly created Western Maryland and Southwestern Pennsylvania region.

Waxman will oversee seven sales offices in six counties and about 500 sales associates. She previously headed Real Estate America in Bethlehem, Pa., which merged with Long & Foster last year.

Coldwell Banker names top September producers

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage announced its top producers for September:

Andrews: Faye Johnson

Annapolis Church Circle: Martha Hoyer

Annapolis Plaza: Gail Feinstein and Melanie Graw

Bel Air/Abingdon: Bob Head

Bel Air Festival: James Maurer

Bel Air/Forest Hill: Donna Roloff

Bethesda: Lisa Patterson, Marty Apel, Pennye Green

Bowie: Mary Edwards

BWI/Linthicum: Nancy Phelps

Catonsville: Kendall Skirven

Chestertown: Rogers Smith

Columbia: Sue Wettstein-Brazzel, Bob Chew, Ronna Corman

Crofton: Donna Sweet

Dundalk: Len Webster

Easton: Charlotte Valiant

Eldersburg: Kathy Dixon

Ellicott City: Andy and Veronica Hofmann, Mitzi DePaola

Federal Hill: Judy Dyba and Judy Fox

Fells Point: Frank Lanham

Frederick: Jerry Coates

Gaithersburg: Ray Robert

Glen Burnie: Mary E. Smith

Greenspring: Barbara Vaughan

Hagerstown: Sarah Emeral-Shaool

Hampstead: Douglas Johnson

Hunt Valley: Heidi Krauss

Jacksonville/Phoenix: Kim Mercaldo and Rusty Latrobe

Lanham/Greenbelt: Emanuel Williams

Laurel: Laurie Dellane

Lexington Park: Diane Coucoules

Mount Airy: Steve Jackson

Ocean City: Wayne Phillips, Doug Galloway

Odenton: Shirley George

Owings Mills: Dolly Rosoff

Oxon Hill: Camay Davis

Pasadena: Eileen and Mark Volke

Potomac: Marsha Schuman

Reisterstown: Cynthia Grimes

Roland Park at the Stone Mill: Christine Thomas

Roland Park at Wyndhurst: Melvin Knight and Daniel Motz

Severn: Kathy Spitzongle

Severna Park: Joyce Corcoran

St. Michaels: Marie Wroten

Timonium: Mary Ann Gruntowicz

Towson/Lutherville: Glen Wischhusen

Towson/South: Kathleen Williams

Upper Marlboro: Maureen Jordan

Waldorf: Susan Cook

Westminster: Sherri Campeggi

White Marsh: Tami Caggese

Homebuilder optimism at nearly a 4-year high

U.S. homebuilder optimism surged this month to the highest in nearly four years amid signs of economic expansion as prospective buyers tried to lock in mortgage rates, an industry survey showed.

The National Association of Home Builders' housing market index jumped from 68 last month to 72 in October, the group said. Readings above 50 mean more builders view conditions as good than poor. A measure of optimism for the next six months rose from 78 to 82.

The strengthening economy, including declines in the number of Americans filing for jobless benefits, may keep housing demand strong, homebuilders said. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate has held close to the record-low 5.21 percent reached in mid-June.

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