October 13, 2007
Pulte Homes is trying to combat the housing slump with a Halloween-themed "monster" sale at seven Maryland communities, including Baltimore, with incentives that include selling at cost and guaranteeing the purchase of buyers' current dwellings. The homebuilder, one of the nation's largest, hopes to entice buyers frightened by plummeting sales, stagnant or falling prices and the potential of getting stuck with two mortgages. The builder said the size of incentives and availability vary by community and home site.
October 7, 2007
Ideal Fitness recently opened at routes 22 and 543. Owner Colin Wilcoxen converted an office suite to a personal training studio. Clients are trained in one-on-one, group, or in-home sessions. Ideal Fitness is committed to changing people's lives by helping them to become healthier through healthy lifestyle decisions and exercise. Wilcoxen, a diabetic for 15 years, has experience in personal training and nutrition. He offers customized programs with free nutritional counseling. Information: 410-420-0050.
August 18, 2007
About three years ago, back when the housing boom was still booming, David Fleming and his wife pooled their skills - hers in real estate and his in developing - and launched a building business. They incorporated as Peninsula Building Group, stocked up on land in the Baltimore region and, like many others, built on speculation, confident that they'd find buyers as the houses were finished. Then the housing market slowed. Then the subprime mortgage market for those with shaky credit collapsed.
August 26, 2006
Awards Catonsville Homes received two Maryland Awards of Excellence from the Home Builders Association of Maryland for its custom home designs in the Charleston II at Patapsco Park Estates and for design of a private residence. Designations Louis R. Woods Jr., a chef instructor at Anne Arundel Community College, has been certified an executive chef and culinary administrator by the American Culinary Federation. New contract SM Consulting Inc., in conjunction with Microsoft Corp., has contracted to provide the National Aquarium in Baltimore with a strategic business intelligence system to improve operations and track customer needs.
February 14, 2006
Jack D. Millard, a former builder and longtime Parkville resident, died at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care on Feb. 7 of complications from a broken hip. The Parkville resident was 74. Mr. Millard was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., and moved to Baltimore in 1950. He attended the University of Maryland, College Park and later owned Apex Construction Co. and IMS Construction Co. He was a former president of the Home Builders Association of Maryland. Mr. Millard retired from home building in the 1990s but was still working as a notary and handling real estate settlements.
April 8, 2005
Volunteer firefighters will square off against builders next month, when a proposed ordinance requiring sprinkler systems in all new single-family homes throughout unincorporated areas of Carroll County goes to a public hearing. The county commissioners authorized the hearing yesterday and will act on the proposal after gathering public comment. The 87 fire deaths in Maryland last year occurred in homes without sprinklers, fire officials said. "This is no different than requiring seat belts and air bags," said Richard Green Sr., who chaired the county sprinkler committee and is an assistant chief at Gamber and Community Fire Company.