July 11, 2002
Thelma G. Springer, a retired Howard County real estate broker, died Monday of heart failure at Ridgeway Manor Nursing Home in Catonsville. She was 96 and lived in Ellicott City. Born in Spotsylvania County, Va., Thelma G. Stephens attended schools in Savage after moving to Howard County in 1913. She became a real estate broker in 1952 and helped create the Howard County Real Estate Board, serving as its president. She operated her business, Springer and Associates Realtors, in a converted dairy barn on Montgomery Road.
November 22, 2003
David Walter Ott, a real estate broker and former college wrestler, died Tuesday of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, known as Lou Gehrig's disease, at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center & Hospital. The Towson resident was 62. Born in Baltimore and raised in Essex, he was a 1959 graduate of Kenwood High School where he was a member of the wrestling team. He was awarded a full wrestling scholarship to the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned two Atlantic Coast Conference wrestling trophies in the 137-pound weight class.
September 5, 2003
William Otto Schmidbauer, a former real estate broker convicted in April of a federal conspiracy charge, is scheduled to be sentenced this morning in a series of fraudulent property transactions that cost the government $2.5 million. Schmidbauer, a former Perry Hall real estate broker who was one of the prominent property flippers in Baltimore, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to a single count of conspiracy to make false statements. In a plea agreement with prosecutors, Schmidbauer, 64, also agreed to forfeit $690,000 in profits on deals financed by mortgages that he fraudulently obtained from federally insured institutions for his buyers.
April 17, 2005
I would like to know who to contact if a buyer signed a contract to purchase my home and gave an earnest money deposit of $1,000 to the agent and the buyer failed to close on the property for unknown reasons (I have the documentation that he was approved for the loan). I would like the deposit released to me and I have been in contact with the agent who has sent a certified letter with a Release of Obligation (returned receipt) to the buyer. The buyer has not responded. I sent a letter with all documentation to the Maryland Real Estate Commission but their response was that they have no jurisdiction in this type of complaint.
December 5, 1991
Julia Mae Hausenfluck, a retired real estate broker who was 80, died Tuesday of cancer at the home of a daughter in West Friendship.Services were being held today at the Donaldson funeral establishment in Laurel.In the late 1960s, Mrs. Hausenfluck became a real estate broker and was one of the founding partners of Kayhouse Realty. She sold her interest in the firm and retired, moving from Middle River to Sugarloaf Key, Fla., about 12 years ago.The former Julia Burton was a native of Glen Arm who was reared in Hampden.
July 10, 1994
Is it wise to buy a FSBO?FSBO is shorthand for "For Sale By Owner." A FSBO property is one that's offered for sale by sellers who aren't represented by a real estate broker.There are several reasons why sellers might choose to sell their home without a real estate broker. They may have had a horrible experience with the last broker they worked with. More common are FSBO sellers who are selling in order to save themselves the cost of a real estate commission.The number of FSBOs on the market tends to increase during a seller's market.