1st woman chairman for Mortgage Bankers

Industry Notes

October 30, 2005

Regina M. Lowrie, president of Gateway Funding Diversified Mortgage Services in Horsham, Pa., has been elected the new chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association. The announcement was made last week at MBA's 92nd Annual Convention & Expo in Orlando, Fla. Lowrie is the first woman to become chairman of the association. The organization also elected John Robbins, chairman and chief executive officer of American Mortgage Network and AmNet Mortgage Inc., both based in San Diego, as chairman-elect.

Development: Baltimore County

Beazer Homes to start 2nd phase of project

Beazer Homes, the nation's sixth- largest homebuilder, is about to begin sales on the second phase of its Baltimore-area project, The Parke at Mount Washington. This second phase includes 326 luxury, single-family homes in Baltimore County just north of the city/county line, has a waiting list for sales, which will start this fall, according to Beazer Homes. The development will feature seven four-bedroom models priced in the $600s. Off Smith Avenue, the Parke will have a community clubhouse, playground, swimming pool and tennis courts.

Listing service: Rockville

MRIS names general counsel

Erik. M. Feig has been named vice president and general counsel at Rockville-based Metropolitan Regional Information Systems Inc., which operates the multiple listing service in this region. Feig, formerly an attorney in the Reston, Va., office of law firm DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP, has a long-standing relationship with MRIS, company officials said. "Erik has served as outside counsel to MRIS for several years in a variety of transactional and strategic matters, with a particular emphasis on information technology and intellectual property rights," said MRIS President and Chief Executive Officer David Charron. "His background will be especially beneficial in helping us fulfill our strategic vision as MRIS heads into its second decade." Feig earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and a juris doctorate from Fordham Law School.

Homebuying: Baltimore

Housing center to hold workshop

Garwyn Oaks Housing Resource Center is sponsoring a free homebuying workshop Nov. 12. Real estate and mortgage professionals will provide information about selecting, qualifying for and purchasing a home. The workshop will be at 6 p.m. at 2610 Garrison Blvd. Information and registration: 410-947-0084.

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