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Low inventory drives up sale prices, creates sellers’ market
April 12, 2018
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – Low inventory numbers are driving up sale prices and creating an attractive sellers’ market, according to the latest numbers from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR).
 
March 2018 saw an overall 2.7 percent dip in single family home and condominium listings compared to the same time last year in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. Individually, single family home listings decreased by 3.3 percent in Wicomico and by 3.7 percent in Somerset, but increased by 10.6 percent in Worcester. Condominium listings decreased by 7.4 percent in Worcester, by 26.7 percent in Wicomico, and by 42.9 percent in Somerset.
 
These lower inventory numbers are driving up average sale prices, which increased overall by 17.6 percent in all three counties. Average list prices were up by 18.4 percent.
 
Contracts were down overall in the Tri-County area by 3.8...
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CAR endorses Bud Church for Worcester County Commissioners
March 20, 2018
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) is pleased to announce its endorsement of longtime REALTOR® Bud Church in his reelection bid for the District 3 seat on the Worcester County Commissioners.
 
            
(From left) CAR Vice President Joseph Wilson, REALTOR® and Worcester County Commissioners incumbent Bud Church, CAR Director Austin Whitehead, CAR RPAC Chair Rick Proctor, and CAR President Joel Maher. 
 
Church is a REALTOR® Emeritus, meaning he has been a member of CAR and of the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) for over 40 years. He has served as president of CAR and as president of the Maryland REALTORS®. He’s also served as Regional Vice President for NAR. Church has been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from CAR, as well...
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CAR announces Fair Housing Art Contest finalists
March 15, 2018
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) has chosen two finalists in this year’s Fair Housing Art Contest.
 
                  
(From left) Head of Lower School Laura Holmes; 5th grader Maxi Ruggerio; CAR Board Member Austin Whitehead; 3rd grader Isha Garg; and Art Teacher Rebecca Tittermary. 
  • Isha Garg, 3rd grade, Worcester Preparatory School
  • Maxi Ruggerio, 5th grade, Worcester Preparatory School
Each finalist received a framed copy of their submission and a Visa gift card, compliments of CAR.
 
The two finalists have been forwarded to the Maryland REALTORS®. Only one will be chosen for inclusion in the statewide 2019 Fair Housing Brochure. That winner...
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CAR releases 2017 local housing reports
March 15, 2018
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) released its 2017 local housing reports for the three counties and their municipalities at the association’s Media Breakfast on Thursday, March 15, 2018.
 
According to CAR, REALTORS® in the Tri-County area sold 3,795 homes worth a total of $873.4 million throughout 2017. The average sale price of a home was $230,161. When compared to five years ago, inventory decreased by 6.2 percent, new contracts increased by 39.7 percent, home sales increased by 41.5 percent, and home values increased by 2.9 percent.
 
“Overall, the Lower Shore’s real estate market is doing very well,” said CAR President Joel Maher. “In many areas, we’re seeing 2017 numbers that surpass pre-recession numbers, which is incredible. There is a strong demand in our area,...
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CAR Reminder: Carbon monoxide alarms only required in some rentals
March 8, 2018
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – The deadline for installation of carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in some rental properties is April 1, 2018, and the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) is reminding the public that alarms are only required in properties that contain a carbon monoxide source.
 
In 2016, the Maryland General Assembly passed House Bill 849 and its companion Senate Bill 182. These bills require the installation of carbon monoxide alarms for any new and existing rental units that contain any fuel burning equipment or wood burning appliance, or has an enclosed attached garage. They are not required in rental dwelling units that are powered solely by an electric power supply,...
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February market opens good buying window
March 8, 2018
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – Local home prices are down, according to the latest numbers from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR).
 
February 2018 saw an overall 25.2 percent dip in single family home and condominium average sale prices compared to the same time last month in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. Individually, single family home prices decreased by 29.9 percent in Worcester, by 20.3 percent in Wicomico, and by 43.7 percent in Somerset. Condominium sale prices increased by four percent in Worcester and decreased by 71.2 percent in Wicomico. There was no data available for Somerset condominium sale prices. Listing prices in all three counties also decreased by an overall 25.2 percent.
 
Inventory was down overall by 11.2 percent in all three counties compared to the same time last year. Individually, single family home inventory was down by 20.9 percent in Worcester and by 32.5...
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CAR welcomes 20 new members
February 23, 2018
Berlin, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) welcomed 20 new members during New Member Orientation on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.
 
(Back Row, From left) Anne Tingle of Keller Williams Realty of Delmarva; Nona Clubb of Clubb Realty; Andrea Whittington of Condominium Realty; Jo Ann Brandt of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty; Douglas Kifolo of Condominium Realty; Linda Slacum of ERA Martin & Associates;  William Quillin of ERA Martin & Associates; Terence Wittstadt of CTW Real Property Appraisals; Kelly Wright of Long & Foster Real Estate; Karen Taraila of Keller Williams Realty of Delmarva; Leslie Scherlag of Keller Williams Realty of Delmarva; Chelsea Cloyd of Century 21 New Horizon; George Pierson of Whitney-Wallace Commercial; Chase Church of Coldwell Banker Bud Church Realty; and George...
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CAR hosts first Bowling for Business Cards event
February 5, 2018
Salisbury, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® held its first Bowling for Business Cards networking event and competition on Friday, January 26, 2018 at SouthBound Alley in Salisbury.
 
              
Team ‘Coldwell Banker Bowlers’ won first place in CAR’s inaugural Bowling for Business Cards event. (From left) Steve Parsons, Greg Erdie, Brad Rayfield, and CAR President Joel Maher. 
 
Nine teams of CAR members and guests competed to earn the top three scores. Winners received trophies and gift cards. First place went to Coldwell Banker Bowlers, comprised of Greg Erdie, CAR President Joel Maher, Steve Parsons, and Brad Rayfield. Second place went to The Strikers, comprised of Kayla Bandy, Neda Cox, Mitch Marriner, and Andy McBride. Third place went to Wells Fargo Team,...
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January real estate market sees increased contracts, settlements
February 5, 2018
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – Despite January’s frigid temperatures, local real estate activity remained steady, according to the latest numbers from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR).
 
The first month of 2018 saw an overall 12.9 percent jump in single family home and condominium contracts compared to the same time last year in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. Individually, single family home contracts increased by 35.4 percent in Wicomico County, but decreased by 1.6 percent in Worcester and by 6.7 percent in Somerset. Condominium contracts increased by 7.4 percent in Worcester County and by 200 percent in Somerset County, but decreased by 33.3 percent in Wicomico.
 
Settlements were up overall by 0.5 percent in the Tri-County area. Individually, single family home settlements increased by 88.9 percent in Somerset, but decreased by five percent in Worcester and by 11.9 percent in...
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CAR members meet with state legislators in Annapolis
January 22, 2018
Annapolis, Md. – Members and staff from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) traveled to Annapolis on Wednesday, January 17 to participate in the Maryland REALTORS® 2018 Lobby Day.
 
             
Members and staff from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® participated in the 2018 Maryland REALTORS® Lobby Day in Annapolis. (From left) Sarah Rayne, Austin Whitehead, Joni Williamson, Cameron Drew, Grace Masten, Sen. Jim Mathias, Kate Deckenback, Brandon Johnson, Vicki Harmon, Joel Maher, Page Browning, Rick Proctor, and Steve Cohen. 
 
This annual event is an opportunity for REALTOR® and affiliate members to meet with their individual state senators and delegates to discuss real estate and homeowner issues. CAR joined hundreds of REALTORS® and affiliates from across...
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CAR members respond to possible elimination of USDA loans in Ocean Pines
January 19, 2018
Ocean Pines, Md. – An upcoming review conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) could result in Ocean Pines’ loss of eligibility for Rural Housing Development Program loans, and members of the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) are concerned about funding accessibility for future buyers.
 
Last month, the USDA Rural Development Delaware/Maryland State Office released a public notice stating the department is conducting a review of all areas under its jurisdiction to identify those that no longer qualify as rural for housing programs. This review is done every five years, according to the notice, and will utilize the 2015 American Community Survey data. Among the areas under review in Maryland is Ocean Pines in Worcester County.
 
“There is a...
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Local REALTORS® earn National Emeritus status
January 11, 2018
Berlin, Md. – Three members of the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) recently achieved the coveted National REALTOR® Emeritus status.
 
              
(From left) Michael Weisner of Weisner Real Estate, CAR President Joel Maher, and Charles “Chuck” Shorley of Shore-Lea Realty. Not pictured is Lester Chandler of Coldwell Banker Residential on 64th Street in Ocean City. Chandler, Shorley, and Weisner have earned National REALTOR® Emeritus status. 
 
Lester Chandler of Coldwell Banker Residential on 64th Street in Ocean City, Charles “Chuck” Shorley of Shore-Lea Realty in Ocean City, and Michael Weisner of Weisner Real Estate in Salisbury were approved as National REALTOR® Emeritus during the 2017 National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Annual...
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Holiday real estate market shows increased activity
January 9, 2018
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – The holidays on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore boasted a slight increase in real estate activity, according to the latest numbers from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR).
 
December 2017 saw an overall one percent jump in single family home and condominium contracts compared to the same time last year in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. Individually, single family home contracts increased by 5.3 percent in Wicomico County, decreased by 21.6 percent in Worcester County, and remained the same in Somerset County. Condominium contracts increased by 20 percent in Worcester and by 100 percent in Somerset, but remained the same in Wicomico.
 
Settlements were up overall by 2.2 in the Tri-County area. Individually, single family home settlements were up by 5.3 percent in Worcester County and were down by 3.9 percent in Wicomico and by 21.1 percent in Somerset....
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CAR members donate food, cash to Maryland Food Bank
December 18, 2017
Ocean City, Md. – The over 200 members of the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) who attended the association’s 2017 Holiday Party at Seacrets donated 497 pounds of nonperishable food items and over $450 in cash to the Maryland Food Bank of the Eastern Shore.
 
           
Members of the CAR Board of Directors stand with food donations collected for the Maryland Food Bank of the Eastern Shore during the association’s 2017 Holiday Party. (From left) Director Steven Parsons, Director Grant Fritschle, President Joel Maher, Director Jeff Powell, Director Grace Masten, Director Brandon Johnson, Vice President Joe Wilson, and Director Austin Whitehead. 
 
All members attending the December 6, 2017 party were asked to bring at least one nonperishable food item. The 497 pounds of food...
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CAR installs 2017-2018 Board of Directors
December 13, 2017
Salisbury, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) installed its 2017-2018 Board of Directors at a recent special ceremony at The Ward Museum.
 
                   
(Back row, from left) Jeff Powell, Brandon Johnson, Grant Fritschle, Don Bailey, Grace Masten, Steven Parsons, and Austin Whitehead. (Front row, from left) Joe Wilson, Bernie Flax, Joel Maher, Joni Williamson, and Tony Prochazka. 
 
Joel Maher, a REALTOR® for Coldwell Banker Residential in Salisbury, was installed as president of the association’s board.
 
“It is an honor and a privilege to lead the association into another successful year,” Maher said. “CAR will continue to provide excellent service to its over 1,000 members while also increasing its outreach to consumers...
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Local market sees increased contracts, settlements in November
December 1, 2017
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – The local real estate market is seeing increased pending contracts and settlements compared to last year, according to the latest numbers from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR).
 
November 2017 saw a 7.7 percent jump in single family home and condominium contracts compared to the same time last year in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. Individually, single family home contracts increased by 22.4 percent in Worcester County, and remained the same in Wicomico and Somerset counties. Condominium contracts increased by 125 percent in Wicomico, and remained the same in Worcester and Somerset.
 
Settlements were up by 12.7 in the Tri-County area. Individually, single family home settlements were up by 31.7 percent in Worcester County and by 26.7 percent in Somerset, but were down by 11.4 percent in Wicomico. Condominium settlements were up by 14.3 percent in Worcester...
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Local commercial REALTOR® receives national recognition
November 30, 2017
Lower Eastern Shore, MD – Brent Miller of SVN Miller Commercial Real Estate has been named a 2017 National Commercial Awards honoree by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).
 
                 
Wes Cox, the 2016 CAR Outstanding Commercial REALTOR®, honors Brent Miller, the 2017 CAR Outstanding Commercial REALTOR®, at an awards ceremony in August. 
 
This honor goes annually to a select group of individuals recognized for outstanding professional achievements in commercial real estate. Miller was one of 38 REALTORS® recognized in the National Awards booklet, which was distributed at this year’s REALTOR® Conference & Expo in Chicago. He will also be recognized in an upcoming issue of NAR’s Commercial Connections, which is mailed to nearly 80,000 members of NAR,...
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CAR launches annual Fair Housing contest
November 29, 2017
Berlin, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) is encouraging local teachers and students to participate in the annual Fair Housing Art Contest, which sends winning students to Annapolis for a meeting with the governor or other state official.
 
Sponsored by the Maryland REALTORS®, the contest is a means for REALTORS® across the state to help increase awareness of this important issue. “Fair housing” pertains to the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in the sale and rental of housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status or handicap. The contest aims to teach children that discrimination is not only wrong, but illegal.
 
The format of the Fair Housing contest has changed, in that winning submissions will be displayed in an informational fair housing brochure that will be distributed statewide to public libraries, housing counseling agencies, and...
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October housing data reflects increased market activity
November 9, 2017
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – The local real estate market is seeing increased pending contracts and home prices compared to last year, according to the latest numbers from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR).
 
October 2017 saw a 29.7 percent jump in single family home and condominium contracts compared to the same time last year in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. Individually, single family home contracts increased by 34.7 percent in Worcester County, by 20.2 percent in Wicomico, and by 26.7 percent in Somerset. Condominium contracts increased by 29.3 percent in Worcester, by 200 percent in Wicomico, and remained the same in Somerset.
 
Settlements were down slightly – by 3.5 percent – in the Tri-County area. Individually, single family home settlements were up by 15.6 percent in Worcester County and by 45.5 percent in Somerset, but were down by 42.7 percent in Wicomico. Condominium...
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CAR raises $10,000 for Habitat for Humanity
October 24, 2017
Berlin, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) announced today that the organization raised $10,000 for the Wicomico and Worcester County chapters of Habitat for Humanity.
 
       
(From left) Olive Mawyer, Event and Marketing Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County; Matthew Manos, President of Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County; Don Bailey, President of CAR; and Molly Hilligoss, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County. 
 
2016-17 CAR President Don Bailey chose Habitat for Humanity as the charity the association would support throughout his presidency.
 
“Habitat’s mission of helping local families realize the dream of homeownership is very much in line with what real estate...
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Fall real estate market kicks off with increased listings, contracts
October 4, 2017
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – The local real estate market is seeing increased inventory and pending contracts compared to last year, according to the latest numbers from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR).
 
September 2017 saw a 14.2 percent jump in single family home and condominium listings compared to the same time last year in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. Individually, single family home listings increased by 8.4 percent in Worcester County, by 13.7 percent in Wicomico County, and by 15.8 percent in Somerset County. Condominium listings increased by 20 percent in Worcester County and by 100 percent in Somerset County, while Wicomico County saw a 22.2 percent decrease.
 
Pending contracts were also up overall in the Tri-County area by 26.5 percent. Individually, single family home contracts were up by 38.6 percent in Worcester County and by 33.3 percent in Somerset County, but were...
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CAR observes National REALTOR® Safety Month
September 28, 2017
Berlin, Md. – In observance of National REALTOR® Safety Month, the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) offered various safety resources and materials to its members through September.
 
                     
CAR’s Safety Course for Real Estate Professionals was taught by Walt Taraila of Keller Williams Realty of Delmarva and was attended by 30 REALTOR® members. 
 
On September 27, 2017, CAR offered the Safety Course for Real Estate Professionals to its members, free of charge. The course was held at the CAR Training Center in Berlin and was taught by Walt Taraila of Keller Williams Realty of Delmarva. The three-hour Continuing Education course covered a variety of topics, including personal safety, self-defense, and examples of potential threats, among others. The course...
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Local real estate professionals honored at annual Awards Breakfast
August 16, 2017
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Local real estate professionals honored at annual Awards Breakfast
 
 
(From left) Front: Cam Bunting, Bunting Realty; Susan Lloyd, Mid-Atlantic Settlement Services; Linda Moran, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty.  Rear: Brent Miller, SVN Miller Commercial Real Estate; Austin Whitehead, Whitehead Real Estate Executives; Joe Wilson, Condominium Realty. Photo attached.
 
Salisbury, Md. – In recognition of their hard work to uphold the highest of industry standards, six local real estate professionals were...
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Local REALTORS® see increased contracts, settlements in July
August 3, 2017
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – Local REALTORS® saw a spike in market activity throughout July, according to the latest numbers from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR).
 
July 2017 saw a four percent overall increase in single family home and condominium contract starts compared to the same time last year in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. Individually, single family home contracts increased by 16.9 percent in Worcester County, by 19.8 percent in Wicomico County, and by 64.3 percent in Somerset County. Condominium contracts increased by 4.7 percent in Worcester County, but decreased by 22.2 percent in Wicomico County and by 100 percent in Somerset County.
 
Settlements were also up overall in the Tri-County area by 2.5 percent. Individually, single family home settlements were down by 6.6 percent in Worcester County and by 5.3 percent in Somerset County, but were up by 14.8 percent in...
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CAR welcomes 14 new members
August 3, 2017
Berlin, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) welcomed 14 new members during New Member Orientation on Thursday, August 3, 2017.
 
(From left) Temeka Mumford of Keller Williams Realty in Salisbury, Amy Crawford of SVN Miller Commercial Real Estate in Salisbury, Jeffrey Evans of Coldwell Banker Residential in Salisbury, Sarah Johnson of Bunting Realty in Berlin, Jennifer Smith of Vantage Resort Realty in Ocean City, Christy Gordon of EXIT Realty at the Beach in Ocean Pines, Julie Bonneville of Coldwell Banker Residential in Salisbury, Paul Vinroot of Keller Williams Realty in Salisbury, Marc Bouloucon of Keller Williams Realty in Lewes, Daniel Hill of Keller Williams Realty in Ocean City, Allan Scarborough of Whitehead Real Estate Executives in Salisbury, Ashley Tapia of EXIT Shore Realty in Salisbury, Nancy Bolt of...
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