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April 7, 2002
Making appointments online proves success in showing homes Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. reported that ShowingAlert, an appointment computer system designed to help prospective buyers, has received 1,679 appointment requests in its first 60 days in service. The Fairfax, Va.-based brokerage reported that 80 percent to 90 percent of those requests resulted in showings of for-sale homes. ShowingTime, a real estate software provider, developed ShowingAlert as part of the Showing Time Appointment System, which allows home buyers to request showing appointments online.
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December 20, 2012
Five local Realtors were installed last month to positions on the Harford County Chapter of the Women's Council of Realtors in a ceremony at the Annapolis Doubletree Hotel Nov. 19. The Harford County Chapter is a professional real estate group affiliated with the Women's Council of Realtors. Charlene Lunsford of Long and Foster Real Estate Inc. was installed as the 2013 president and will serve a one-year term as president. She will be responsible for oversight of the chapter operations.
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BUSINESS
October 24, 1999
Sales of new homes in August in the Washington metropolitan area were virtually unchanged from August 1998, falling by 0.5 percent, according to the Meyers Group, a Washington firm that tracks new construction.Condominium sales were up 16.3 percent and townhouse sales were up 4.5 percent, while single- family-home sales fell 7.1 percent. Overall year-to-date sales remained up, 15.3 percent from last year.Average prices increased for all three home types in August: 0.78 percent for single-family homes ($265,932)
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July 27, 2011
President Fred Archer, Harford County Association of REALTORS® recently announced the 2011 REALTOR® of Year is Arletha (Candy) Myers associated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Bel Air.  The REALTOR® of the Year Award is bestowed upon the REALTOR® in the local association who exemplifies the model member through Real Estate Service to the Community, and the Local, State and National Associations. The purpose of the award is not to honor individuals as "super achievers"; rather it is intended to spotlight those individuals who exemplify the values and ethics of REALTORS®.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2002
Scholarship program deadline is March 1 Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.'s annual scholarship program for graduating high school seniors ends this year on March 1. The real estate company will award $1,000 to each of 100 recipients throughout the mid-Atlantic region for the 2002-2003 academic year. The monetary award is paid directly to the college or university in the student's name. Awards will be disbursed starting May 1. Criteria include school and extracurricular involvement, demonstrated financial need, work experience, SAT scores and a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2001
Carroll Realtors install officers for coming year The Carroll County Association of Realtors recently installed its officers for the coming year at a ceremony in Westminster. The association's 2002 president is Steve Meszaros, a sales office manager for O'Conor, Piper & Flynn ERA in Mount Airy. He lives in Eldersburg and is a 24-year real estate veteran. Other new officers include Gary Bockelmann, vice president, from OPF/ERA; Janice R. Kirkner, treasurer, from Long and Foster Real Estate Inc.; and John A. Eichler, secretary, from OPF/ERA.
BUSINESS
June 13, 1993
* Ashley Group Ltd., an Owings Mills-based custom homebuilder and developer, will begin construction this month on Christiana Estates, a new community of single-family homes in Carroll County. The homesites are located off Gamber Road (Route 91) between Gamber and Finksburg and will be priced from the mid-$250,000s. Information: (410) 486-1366.* Douglas Homes has announced a grand opening in the new community of Dunteachin, off Route 103 in Ellicott City. A model home and information center is open daily in Pheasant Ridge in Columbia; prices start in the $250,000s.
BUSINESS
November 1, 1998
Maryland housing agency receives national awardThe Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development has received a 1998 Award for Program Excellence from the National Council of State Housing Agencies.The department beat out 22 other states to take top honors in the "Homeownership: Empowering New Buyers" category."Forty at Four," Maryland's winning program, provides $40 million at a 4 percent interest rate for potential buyers to use in older neighborhoods with declining homeownership rates or in need of revitalization.
BUSINESS
October 13, 2002
Long & Foster to give $1,000 scholarships to 125 students Long & Foster Real Estate has increased its scholarship program to $125,000 for high school seniors entering an accredited four-year college or university. The Long & Foster program will award $1,000 to 125 recipients throughout its sales area - Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia - for the 2003-2004 academic year. The scholarship award will be paid directly to the college or university on the student's behalf.
BUSINESS
November 22, 1998
Maryland Realtors elect Harold Huggins president for 1999Harold H. Huggins was elected president of the Maryland Association of Realtors for 1999 at the group's recent annual meeting in Ocean City.Owner/broker of Harold H. Huggins Realty Inc., Huggins specializes in property management, real estate appraisals and commercial and industrial development.Also elected: William J. Armstrong, a broker with Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., president-elect; Nancy R. Simpers, a sales associate with O'Conor, Piper & Flynn ERA, treasurer; Adam D. Cockey, manager of the Wyndhurst office of O'Conor, Piper & Flynn ERA, secretary.
BUSINESS
May 29, 2005
Henry A. Strohminger III is Realtor of the Year Henry A. Strohminger III of Long & Foster Real Estate was named Realtor of the Year at the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors annual awards ceremony Wednesday. The awards, the local industry's top honors, recognize professionals who have made extraordinary contributions to the real estate profession and the community. Strohminger, current GBBR president, has been a licensed agent for 17 years. He has been active at GBBR since 1988, serving on numerous committees and task forces.
BUSINESS
October 13, 2002
Long & Foster to give $1,000 scholarships to 125 students Long & Foster Real Estate has increased its scholarship program to $125,000 for high school seniors entering an accredited four-year college or university. The Long & Foster program will award $1,000 to 125 recipients throughout its sales area - Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia - for the 2003-2004 academic year. The scholarship award will be paid directly to the college or university on the student's behalf.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2002
The General Assembly passed an emergency bill on the final day of the 2002 session, prohibiting municipalities from appealing property tax assessments out of the traditional three-year cycle. The legislation, which passed in the Senate 43-0 and in the House of Delegates 126-1, stops a practice used in recent years by Montgomery County officials who would reassess homebuyers if the property purchased had a value of more than $150,000 over its current assessment. The state estimates the legislation would cause the county to lose $4.3 million in revenue for fiscal year 2003.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2002
Making appointments online proves success in showing homes Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. reported that ShowingAlert, an appointment computer system designed to help prospective buyers, has received 1,679 appointment requests in its first 60 days in service. The Fairfax, Va.-based brokerage reported that 80 percent to 90 percent of those requests resulted in showings of for-sale homes. ShowingTime, a real estate software provider, developed ShowingAlert as part of the Showing Time Appointment System, which allows home buyers to request showing appointments online.
BUSINESS
January 20, 2002
Scholarship program deadline is March 1 Long & Foster Real Estate Inc.'s annual scholarship program for graduating high school seniors ends this year on March 1. The real estate company will award $1,000 to each of 100 recipients throughout the mid-Atlantic region for the 2002-2003 academic year. The monetary award is paid directly to the college or university in the student's name. Awards will be disbursed starting May 1. Criteria include school and extracurricular involvement, demonstrated financial need, work experience, SAT scores and a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2001
Low mortgage rates helped push Long & Foster Real Estate Inc., the mid-Atlantic region's largest real estate company, to its best October ever, with residential sales up nearly 17 percent over October 2000. The Fairfax, Va.-based company sold 7,349 homes last month compared with 6,371 properties sold the previous October. The company reported year-to-date sales volume of $16 billion - an 18 percent rise over a sales volume of $13.6 billion for the corresponding 10-month period last year.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2002
The General Assembly passed an emergency bill on the final day of the 2002 session, prohibiting municipalities from appealing property tax assessments out of the traditional three-year cycle. The legislation, which passed in the Senate 43-0 and in the House of Delegates 126-1, stops a practice used in recent years by Montgomery County officials who would reassess homebuyers if the property purchased had a value of more than $150,000 over its current assessment. The state estimates the legislation would cause the county to lose $4.3 million in revenue for fiscal year 2003.
BUSINESS
July 2, 1995
Real estate service available on InternetComputer owners can shop for homes via the Homes & Land real estate service on the World Wide Web, a spot on the Internet with live text and graphics.Launched in January by Homes & Land Publishing Corp., the real estate service has photos and descriptions of more than 50,000 houses listed with real estate brokers across the United States.ERA Real Estate, a national franchise system, provides an electronic database of 20,000 homes to the service. ERA has received more than 500 referrals this year from the Homes & Land service.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2001
Carroll Realtors install officers for coming year The Carroll County Association of Realtors recently installed its officers for the coming year at a ceremony in Westminster. The association's 2002 president is Steve Meszaros, a sales office manager for O'Conor, Piper & Flynn ERA in Mount Airy. He lives in Eldersburg and is a 24-year real estate veteran. Other new officers include Gary Bockelmann, vice president, from OPF/ERA; Janice R. Kirkner, treasurer, from Long and Foster Real Estate Inc.; and John A. Eichler, secretary, from OPF/ERA.
BUSINESS
August 12, 2001
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc. will handle listings for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development properties in Baltimore after acquiring a local realty firm that had received the HUD contract this year. Long & Foster, the largest real estate firm in the mid-Atlantic region, acquired American Dream Home Realty, which is based in the city's Mount Vernon neighborhood. The company did not disclose the value of the deal. American Dream Home's broker/owner, Nicholas Piscatelli, will become an associate broker and assistant vice president for Long & Foster.
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