July 9, 2009
Ocwen Loan Servicing gives penalty fee refunds Ocwen Loan Servicing has refunded nearly $675,000 to borrowers in Maryland after charging them prepayment penalties that violated state law, Maryland's Office of the Commissioner of Financial Regulation said Wednesday. After the financial regulation office found some violations, Ocwen checked all its Maryland mortgages and sent refund checks to more than 180 borrowers at the end of last month, the state said. - Jamie Smith Hopkins Senior housing complex in Middle River almost done The first phase of the 196-home, $43 million Renaissance Square development in Middle River is nearing completion, with a senior housing apartment building expected to open to residents in December, developer Enterprise Homes said Wednesday.
May 15, 2005
Most new-home buyers think that smaller is better - if it comes with extra features. The National Association of Home Builders' latest survey of recent homebuyers found that 63 percent prefer more amenities to more space, which could explain why the average home size has leveled off in the past three years after growing steadily since 1970. The most popular options, according to the survey, include a walk-in pantry, island work area in the kitchen and linen closet in the bathroom. Nearly 45 percent of households preferred brick to any other material on a home's front faM-gade.
July 17, 2005
Rising home costs cause stress beyond mortgage payments The true price of rising home costs goes far beyond ballooning mortgage payments, a poll by the Homeownership Alliance finds. The Washington-based group said last week that more than half the residents surveyed worry that home costs will prevent them from sending their children to decent schools. Nearly half are considering whether to leave their communities in search of affordable, desirable housing. And almost a third have someone in the family who commutes at least an hour to work.
July 6, 1996
Jamie Smith never went to school until she earned a perfect 4.0 grade average last year in her freshman year in college.Well, not school as most of us know it. Smith was educated at her Columbia home from the day of her birth 19 years ago until she took three courses at Howard Community College before enrolling full-time at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.She never took a formal examination until she tackled the Scholastic Assessment Test and scored 1,320 of a possible 1,600.She never got a grade in any subject until she entered college and never was placed in a school "grade" -- never a fourth-grader or a high school sophomore.
March 4, 1994
Lester I. D. SmithTile salesmanLester I. D. Smith, a retired salesman for a tile company who secured the contract to furnish the tiles lining the Fort McHenry Tunnel, died Wednesday of cancer at his home in the Pinehurst area. He was 72.He was a salesman for the American Olean Tile Co. in the middle Atlantic states for 26 years and retired at the end of 1992. He won many of the company's President's Awards for successes such as the tunnel contract.Born in Narberth, Pa., he served in the Navy during World War II and graduated in 1948 from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
July 6, 2009
One teen dies, another hurt; both found near light rail Maryland transit officials say one teenage boy is dead and another is seriously injured after they were found lying on light rail tracks near the Lutherville station. Maryland Transit Administration spokeswoman Jo Greene says it's unclear what happened to the boys. She says a fare inspector on a northbound train spotted two people lying inside the southbound tracks about 3:15 p.m. Sunday. The train stopped, and the operator ran back to where the boys were lying.