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By Mike Farabaugh and Mike Farabaugh,Staff Writer | May 7, 1993
A Harford County developer lied to prospective black homebuyers to keep them out of a new development in Bel Air, a federal racial discrimination lawsuit filed yesterday charges.A sales agent for Stephen Homes Inc., the suit alleges, deliberately tried to keep blacks from buying at the Greenridge II development in Bel Air.Jonathan Pumphrey, a black hospital administrator with a wife ,, and two children, wanted to move off a noisy Bel Air street and buy a new $170,000 home at Greenridge II in January, said Andrew D. Freeman, a Baltimore attorney representing Mr. Pumphrey.
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By Lauren Harner and Lauren Harner,SUN STAFF | April 30, 2004
Greektown resembles many other Baltimore neighborhoods - rows of houses with children playing on the sidewalks while adults look on from front stoops. On several homes, the Greek flag hangs next to the American flag, a symbol of merging new and old cultures. Apart from the flags and the Acropolis Restaurant across the street, there isn't much to distinguish this section of Highlandtown at the end of Eastern Avenue from surrounding communities. That's about to change. On two walls facing the Metropolitan Church of God, a coat of light blue and white paint marks the beginning of a mural, which has been commissioned by the city to celebrate Greek-American culture in Baltimore.
BUSINESS
By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2012
Federal officials have extended a regulatory waiver that makes it easier to "flip" properties - a move meant to encourage the renovation of foreclosed homes but that critics say could herald the return of predatory schemes. The Federal Housing Administration has waived through 2014 an anti-flipping regulation, which had prevented the agency from insuring mortgages on properties sold within 90 days of acquisition. The waiver, first implemented in 2010 to bolster the flagging housing market, is intended to enable investors to buy and quickly rehab properties as the market continues to struggle.
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By Jennifer Sullivan and Jennifer Sullivan,SUN STAFF | September 2, 1999
A Taneytown man has agreed to pay $5,500, attend counseling sessions and perform community service as part of a settlement of a complaint that he threatened a local real estate agent to prevent a sale to black homebuyers.Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc., a fair-housing advocacy group, filed the complaint with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, contending Allan M. Roberts swore and used racial slurs when he confronted real estate agent Jackie E. Robertson in July and October 1998.
NEWS
By MICHAEL OLESKER | October 22, 1991
As we live in a time of general mistrust between some people of different skin color, we come now to the legal matter of Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc. vs. the Sterling Homes Corp. and its advertising firm, Jordan-Azzam Inc.Baltimore Neighborhoods fights discrimination in housing, real and perceived. Sterling Homes is a builder of houses, including some $90,000 town houses in an Anne Arundel County development called Stoney Beach, which had no complaints of discrimination until recent business involving newspaper advertising.
BUSINESS
May 5, 1996
O'Conor, Piper & Flynn set sales record of 1,314 homes in AprilO'Conor, Piper & Flynn set a sales record in April, selling 1,314 homes last month. That was more than in any April in the company's history, according to James P. O'Conor, chairman and chief executive officer of the Timonium-based firm.April's sales were up 38.8 percent over the same month in 1995. This follows a record March for OPF.Workshop scheduled for home renovatorsA workshop for those who want to renovate old homes will be held Saturday, May 18, at the Orchard Street Church, 512 Orchard St.Renovator's Roundtable '96 is being presented by the Maryland Association of Historic District Commissions.
NEWS
April 23, 1997
THE FRANKLIN-MULBERRY streets corridor was an old, declining and impoverished African-American neighborhood through which the city built an expressway in the 1970s. A school, 971 houses and 62 businesses were demolished; residents scattered to other areas.But so many people opposed the plan -- which would have condemned other black West Baltimore neighborhoods -- that after running 1.36 miles along the corridor, the road known as Interstate 170 suddenly stops -- without linking downtown with I-70 in Woodlawn.
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By Joan Jacobson and Joan Jacobson,SUN STAFF | May 29, 1997
A Baltimore housing group that polices the federal Fair Housing Act has reached a $75,000 settlement with a Baltimore County developer accused in a lawsuit of failing to make its new condominiums accessible to disabled people.Martin A. Dyer, associate director of Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc., said the federal suit was filed last year on behalf of two disabled condo owners at Falls Gable Condominiums, inside the Baltimore Beltway near Old Pimlico Road and the Jones Falls Expressway.Dyer said one condo owner had no accessible pathway for wheelchairs to her apartment, as required by federal law. In another unit, he said, an owner who uses a walker could not fully use the bathroom because the door and shower stall are too small.
NEWS
August 5, 1993
Today's low interest rates are scant consolation to would-be homeowners who simply do not have enough cash to pay the closing costs. Those costs -- which include one full year's property taxes as well as points and transfer and recordation fees -- are particularly high in Baltimore City.Late last year the municipal government earmarked $2.5 million for a program in which purchasers of homes costing $60,000 to $100,000 can borrow up to $5,000 for closing costs. The Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore is now taking the idea further by offering similar closing-cost loans for less expensive homes.
NEWS
February 7, 2002
Mayor Martin O'Malley recently announced plans for the city to take over about 5,000 of the tens of thousands of vacant properties that blight many Baltimore neighborhoods. What do you think the city should do with its abandoned properties? We are looking for 300 words or less; the deadline is Feb. 18. Letters become the property of The Sun, which reserves the right to edit them. By submitting a letter, the author grants The Sun an irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to use and republish the letter, in whole or in part, in all media and to authorize others to reprint it. Letters should include your name and address, along with a day and evening telephone number.
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