October 12, 2003
The Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors has scheduled its 17th annual fair for Wednesday in Woodlawn as unprecedented housing sales continue. More than 500 people are expected for the one-day event, which will include seminars to help agents and brokers fulfill their state licensing requirements, networking sessions and vendors who supply services and products for the industry. The group also will hold its annual meeting there. The Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors - founded in 1858 and the oldest real estate board in the country - represents 3,200 agents and brokers in the area.
May 16, 1991
Virginia Zell Reeves Hall, 75, the first woman president of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors, died yesterday at Fallston General Hospital, where she had been hospitalized with cancer.The daughter of the late Mallie Moxley and George Carl Reeves Sr., Hall was born in Bel Air and graduated from Bel Air High School. She began her career as a legal secretary in Bel Air.On Nov. 11, 1936, she married J. Vernon Hall of Fork. Together, in 1956, they founded the J. Vernon Hall Inc. real estate company in Fork.
September 26, 1993
* American Properties Inc. recently donated $12,000 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association for patient care services and worldwide research program."American Properties is pleased to be able to serve our community by supporting the Muscular Dystrophy Association with a donation," said Susan J. Rettaliata, an associate broker and sales manager.* The Steve Campbell Realty Co. announced that agent Janice B. West was named Local and National Realtist of the Year at the Realtist National Convention last month in Las Vegas.
June 2, 2004
A steady procession of business leaders told City Council members yesterday that Mayor Martin O'Malley's proposed tax package will stifle Baltimore's real estate market and make it more expensive for companies to operate in the city. Representatives from the real estate, telecommunications and nonprofit industries expressed opposition to two elements of the mayor's three-pronged tax plan aimed at eliminating a projected $40 million deficit for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The council's taxation committee held hearings yesterday on O'Malley's proposed $3.50 monthly tax on traditional and wireless phones and a proposed increase in fees for recording real estate purchases, from 0.55 percent to 1 percent.
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.
August 15, 2009
Sellers have dropped their asking prices on one out of every three homes on the market in Baltimore, according to real estate site Trulia. The average drop in price was 11 percent. That adds up to $41 million in cuts, Trulia said. Only 10 other large U.S. cities have a greater percentage of homes with reduced asking prices, the company said. It looked at listings on its site at the beginning of the month to see how many were priced lower than they had been within the previous 12 months.