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By Steve Kilar | December 19, 2012
Homebuyers in 18 metro markets including Baltimore are feeling more confident about the residential real estate market, according to a survey released this week by real estate firm Redfin. Seven in 10 active homebuyers believe that home prices will increase in their neighborhood within the next year, according to the survey. That's up from six in 10 during the third quarter of the year. In the first quarter of 2012, just three in 10 people said they expected prices to rise in their community in the next 12 months.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2014
A federal judge authorized a class-action suit Wednesday against one of the state's largest real estate groups, after a Howard County couple accused it of running a half-million dollar kickback scheme with a title insurance company. A suit filed in Baltimore by home buyers Christine and Patrick Baehr alleges The Creig Northrop Team, which has offices across central Maryland, of illegally accepting payments from Lakeview Title in exchange for sending the firm business. "We are pleased with the court's ruling, and we will continue to to vigorously prosecute this class action on behalf of our clients," said the couple's attorney, Gregory T. Lawrence of Baltimore law firm Conti Fenn & Lawrence.
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September 14, 1993
Those entering the real estate market this autumn will find a unique set of circumstances -- a buyer's market and interest rates at 25-year lows. In such a heady atmosphere, it is easy to get carried away and lose caution.Home-buying requires studious research. Prospective buyers in brand-new developments ought to recognize the extent to which the community is likely to change with further building. Shoppers for older homes, meanwhile, ought to have them professionally inspected for structural and mechanical soundness.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2013
Kristina and Anthony Pannone spent eight months looking for a house. The ones they liked kept getting snapped up, until they finally topped three other would-be buyers for a place in Columbia — by offering $5,100 more than the asking price. Their experience is becoming more common in the Baltimore area for a simple reason: diminishing choices. In recent months, the supply of homes for sale in the region has been at its lowest level since the housing-bubble years of the mid-2000s, according to a Baltimore Sun analysis.
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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2012
Baltimore is one of the best cities in the U.S. for homebuyers, according to a recent analysis from online housing market data firm Zillow. “Zillow analyzed data on actual sales prices compared to asking prices, the number of days listings spent on Zillow and the percentage of homes on the market with a price cut and ranked the 30 largest metro areas in the country to determine whether buyers or sellers have more negotiating power in a given market,”...
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Jamie Smith Hopkins | July 24, 2012
Lots of people buy a home as much for the school district it's in as for the property itself. If you're in that category, here are some rankings right up your alley. 1) Elementary and middle schools in the metro area (city and suburbs) ordered by the share of their students who passed the state's Maryland School Assessment test 2) Those schools ordered by the share of students scoring at the advanced level on the test The Sun's Patrick Maynard put the rankings together.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2003
The Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors has scheduled a home-buying workshop for first-time buyers this Saturday. The session is set from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 11 at 1306 Bellona Ave. in Lutherville. Topics will include pre-qualification for government programs, how to shop for a mortgage, how to choose a real estate agent and the process of buying a home. Pre-registration is recommended. Call 410-337-7200.
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By KENNETH HARNEY | November 12, 2000
When Congress headed home from Capitol Hill for the election recess, it left several major legislative efforts that would benefit homebuyers and owners either twisting in the wind or dead, including bills with unusually strong bipartisan support. Tops on the list is a bill that passed the House with the most lopsided majority of any major housing or real estate measure in the past 20 years. Originally called the American Homeownership and Economic Opportunity Act of 2000, H.R. 1776, the bill passed the House 417-8 on April 6. Then it went to the Senate, where it has been stuck ever since and has come under partisan attack.
NEWS
September 14, 1993
Those entering the real estate market this autumn will find a unique set of circumstances -- a buyer's market and interest rates at 25-year lows. In such a heady atmosphere, it is easy to get carried away and lose caution.Home-buying requires studious research. Prospective buyers in brand-new developments ought to recognize the extent to which the community is likely to change with further building. Shoppers for older homes, meanwhile, ought to have them professionally inspected for structural and mechanical soundness.
BUSINESS
March 19, 1995
Equal Representation Realty of Alexandria offers a free consumer workbook, "10-Step Plan to Homeownership." The new publication will help prospective homebuyers to determine how much cash they will need and how expensive a house they can afford. To obtain a copy, call 1-800-338-5869.ON THE MOVE* Century 21 Security Realty said Judi Hall has joined the sales team at its Anne Arundel County office at 4700 Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park.* Long & Foster announced that Debbie Attman, Charlotte Wanner, Marc Whitman, Sandra Hargrave and Lindsay Hargrave have become agents with the firm's Greenspring office on Tony Drive.
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By Steve Kilar | December 19, 2012
Homebuyers in 18 metro markets including Baltimore are feeling more confident about the residential real estate market, according to a survey released this week by real estate firm Redfin. Seven in 10 active homebuyers believe that home prices will increase in their neighborhood within the next year, according to the survey. That's up from six in 10 during the third quarter of the year. In the first quarter of 2012, just three in 10 people said they expected prices to rise in their community in the next 12 months.
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By Steve Kilar and The Baltimore Sun | December 13, 2012
Baltimore is one of the best cities in the U.S. for homebuyers, according to a recent analysis from online housing market data firm Zillow. “Zillow analyzed data on actual sales prices compared to asking prices, the number of days listings spent on Zillow and the percentage of homes on the market with a price cut and ranked the 30 largest metro areas in the country to determine whether buyers or sellers have more negotiating power in a given market,”...
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Jamie Smith Hopkins | July 24, 2012
Lots of people buy a home as much for the school district it's in as for the property itself. If you're in that category, here are some rankings right up your alley. 1) Elementary and middle schools in the metro area (city and suburbs) ordered by the share of their students who passed the state's Maryland School Assessment test 2) Those schools ordered by the share of students scoring at the advanced level on the test The Sun's Patrick Maynard put the rankings together.
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Jamie Smith Hopkins | May 28, 2012
If you just acquired some new neighbors, you're in good company: Memorial Day weekend is a popular time to move. It appeals because it's three days off in the (almost) summer, the season for moving thanks to spring homebuyers, new college graduates and newlyweds . Self-storage companies have started calling the day after this long weekend "Crazy Tuesday" because, they say, so many new movers come in to rent units (and perhaps because the industry is hoping for a smidge of the attention paid to Black Friday)
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Jamie Smith Hopkins | April 13, 2012
Good news (at least temporarily) for regular homeowners trying to sell: The drop in foreclosures in the Baltimore region has pushed more buyers toward deals where the seller isn't a bank. Such non-distress transactions jumped about 25 percent in March compared with a year earlier, while foreclosure sales fell by more than 50 percent. Analysts expect a reversal later this year in that steep foreclosure drop-off now that the national mortgage settlement is a done deal, but when (and how rapidly)
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Advertioral content by Ryan Homes | February 17, 2012
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF | June 16, 1998
A state delegate from Anne Arundel County said yesterday he is drafting legislation that would help inform homebuyers about future road extensions and other building projects.Del. John R. Leopold, a Pasadena Republican, said his bill would require sellers of new homes in Maryland to advise buyers to consult master plans and other public documents for information on projects.Those requirements -- in place in Baltimore and Howard counties -- should be applied statewide as part of a strategy to promote orderly growth, Leopold said.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2012
Two Baltimore County councilmen plan to introduce legislation they say would help better protect undeveloped areas for recreation and green space in older urban communities. Councilmen David Marks and Tom Quirk say the measure would add another layer of protection to areas that private organizations have set aside as open space. It could also help the county catalog scattered green spaces so residents and prospective homebuyers could look them up. "This is another tool that a County Councilperson can use for trying to find a better balance between development and density and open space," said Quirk, a Catonsville Democrat.
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Advertioral content by Lennar | October 21, 2011
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