January 28, 1996
A decade ago, Bob Ward sold his first home, a modular unit with components purchased from the area's largest builder, Ryland Homes.Mr. Ward was one of Harford's smallest builders, by choice, even though his career didn't have to start that way. His father was a veteran developer, well-known in the homebuilding industry. But Ward was determined to run his own shop."I love my dad, but I preferred not to work for him," said Mr. Ward, 37. "I wanted to own a business of my own."As recently as five years ago, Mr. Ward was just one of dozens of small local builders competing for the slice of the Harford County market that Ryland, Ryan and other construction giants hadn't already gobbled.
September 23, 2001
Local real estate agents, as well as those selling new homes, were looking to this weekend to give them better insight into how the housing market is going to be affected in wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington. Agents are trying to figure out if the aftershocks of the tragedy will tighten the brakes on a sector that has already shown signs of slowing or if buyers and sellers will take advantage of dropping mortgage rates and reinvigorate the market. At Ryland Homes, traffic - the number of people who visit models - dropped 20 percent the weekend after the attacks, according to Earl Robinson, director of marketing and sales for the Baltimore metropolitan area's No. 2 builder.
February 18, 2001
Bob Ward Homes has a decorated model open at Manchester Farms, a 280-home community featuring two-story Colonials, ranchers and executive-style homes in Carroll County. Bob Ward offers 11 home plans, ranging from 1,441 square feet to 2,732 square feet, with base prices from $164,900 to $228,900. Standard features include designer oak kitchen cabinets, vinyl siding, central air-conditioning and oak interior handrails. The homes are on public water and sewer systems and come with gas heat.
December 16, 2001
Michael DeStefano, president of Annapolis-based Sturbridge Homes, was installed as president of the Home Builders Association of Maryland for 2002 last week. DeStefano, 35, said the association will continue focusing on an issue on which it has been working the past year under the outgoing president, T. Kevin Carney. "Our biggest long-term issue is to make sure that the counties and municipalities plan for the proper amount of growth that we're going to need," DeStefano said. "We want to make sure there's enough land planned for the growth that's coming."
October 17, 1999
Bob Ward Homes has a model open at Otter Creek Landing in Edgewood.The community features public water and sewers, and gas heat.The model, the Elm, is a four-bedroom, two-story Colonial with a base price of $177,000 for 1,750 square feet.The first floor features a 12-by-12-foot family room, 14-by-11-foot kitchen, 12-by-9-foot dining room, 15-by-13-foot living room, powder room, foyer and two-car garage.The second floor consists of a 15-by-13-foot master bedroom with master bath and walk-in closet, 11-by-9-foot bedroom, 10-by-9-foot bedroom and 12-by-10 foot bedroom.
January 6, 2002
Walnut Point Bob Ward Homes has a model open and 50 home sites available at Walnut Point, a community of single-family homes in Baltimore County. The Essex community offers water privileges that include a boat-launch ramp, boat storage and a 90-foot crabbing and fishing pier. Walnut Point has public water and sewer systems and gas heat on home sites of one-quarter to one-third of an acre. Bob Ward offers nine floor plans at the community of two-story colonials, contemporaries and ranchers.