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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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CAR to host Beach Yoga fundraiser for Habitat
August 1, 2017
Ocean City, MD – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) will host a Beach Yoga fundraiser to benefit Habitat for Humanity on Monday, August 21 from 6 to 7 PM at the 16th Street Beach in Ocean City.
 
The cost to participate is a $20 donation that will benefit Habitat for Humanity. Pre-registration is available at www.coastalrealtors.org.
 
The instructor is Dawn Ehman, co-owner of Yogavibez in West Ocean City.
 
Following the session, participants are invited to join the group for Happy Hour at Surfin’ Betty’s, located at 16th Street and the Boards.
 
For more information about this event, call Lauren Bunting at 410-422-9899 or send an email to lwbunting@comcast.net.
 
For more information about CAR, visit...
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As temps heat up, so does local real estate market
July 5, 2017
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – The official start of the summer season on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore saw increased contract starts, according to the latest numbers from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR).
 
June 2017 saw a 23.5 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 21.4 percent in Worcester County, by 11.5 percent in Wicomico County, and by five percent in Somerset County. Condominium contracts increased by 39.4 percent in Worcester County and by 83.3 percent in Wicomico County. Somerset County condominium contracts decreased by 50 percent.
 
Settlements were largely down in the Tri-County area by 7.5 percent. Individually, single family home settlements decreased by 13.7 percent in Worcester County and by 13.6 percent...
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Placemaking pocket park constructed on Smith Island
June 14, 2017
Smith Island, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) traveled to Smith Island on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 to help build a pocket park primarily funded by a grant the association received from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).
 
(From left, back row) Nate Elko, REALTOR® Nick Elko, CAR Board Member Tony Prochazka, CAR President-elect Joel Maher, CAR President Don Bailey, CAR Executive Vice President Page Browning, CAR Board Member Joseph Wilson, CAR Board Member Brandon Johnson, Somerset County Recreation & Parks Director Clint Sterling, Maryland REALTORS® Director of Housing Programs Laurie Benner, and Somerset County Community Health Educator Crystal Bell. (Front row) Sophia and William Prochazka.
 
The local REALTORS® were joined...
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Lower Shore housing market thrives in Spring season
June 5, 2017
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – Listings, contracts, settlements, and sale prices all increased in the local housing market throughout May, according to the latest numbers from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR).
 
May 2017 saw a 16.3 percent overall increase 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 83.3 percent in Somerset, by 29.8 percent in Wicomico, and by 4.7 percent in Worcester. Condominium contracts increased by 14.3 percent in Wicomico and by 5.2 percent in Worcester. There were no condominium contracts recorded in Somerset.
 
Settlements were up in the overall Tri-County area by 16 percent. Individually, single family home settlements were up by 11.1 in Wicomico and were down by 3.7 percent in Worcester and by 31.2 percent in Somerset. Condominium...
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CAR to host free public Fair Housing Workshop
May 30, 2017
Salisbury, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) will host a free Fair Housing Workshop conducted by the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce.
 
The workshop is open to all REALTORS®, brokers, housing providers, landlords, property managers, and all other interested persons. The topics covered during the workshop include a history of fair housing laws, discrimination in sales, discrimination in rentals, sexual harassment by housing providers, hate crimes in housing, and protections that exist for all Marylanders. There will also be a Q&A session with the commission’s legal department.
 
The workshop is sponsored by CAR and by the Maryland Association of REALTORS®.
 
Pre-registration is required due to limited seating. Email Marie McFarland at
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CAR visits Capitol Hill for Legislative Meetings
May 26, 2017
Washington, DC – During the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Annual Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, DC, Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) members and staff traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with the federal elected officials who represent Maryland’s 1st District.
 
                    
(From left) CAR Government & Public Affairs Director Sarah Rayne, President Don Bailey, Director and Government Affairs & RPAC Chair Joe Wilson, Past President Vicki Harmon, Director Grace Masten, President-Elect Joel Maher, Executive Vice President Page Browning, and Government Affairs Committee Member Rick Proctor.
 
The group visited the offices of Rep. Andy Harris and Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van...
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Local REALTORS® oppose Salisbury tax increase
May 23, 2017
Salisbury, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR), a trade association that represents over 1,000 local real estate professionals, is opposed to the proposed property tax increase for non-owner occupied properties in the City of Salisbury.
 
              
Joel Maher, President-Elect of the Coastal Association of REALTORS®, speaks at the May 22 public hearing for Salisbury’s proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget, which includes a property tax increase for non-owner occupied properties.
 
The Salisbury City Council is currently considering a two-tier property tax structure, which would charge more for residential and commercial properties that are not owner occupied. The current tax rate for all city properties is $.9432 per $100 of assessed value. What’s...
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Coastal REALTORS® holds annual Legislative Breakfast
May 15, 2017
Salisbury, MD – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) held its annual Legislative Breakfast on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center.
 
      
(From left) CAR Director and Government Affairs and RPAC Committees Chair Joseph Wilson, Del. Chris Adams, CAR President Don Bailey, Sen. Adelaide Eckardt, Sen. Jim Mathias, Del. Charles Otto, Del. Sheree Sample-Hughes, Del. Carl Anderton, Eastern Shore Intergovernmental Affairs Liaison for Governor Larry Hogan’s Office Bunky Luffman, Del. Mary Beth Carozza, and Del. Johnny Mautz.
 
Nearly 80 REALTOR® and affiliate members, state elected officials, and local elected officials attended the event, held in the Flanders Room. Attendees enjoyed a hearty Eastern Shore breakfast while...
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Increased contracts point to busy summer
May 9, 2017
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – A recent spike in contracts or pending sales points to a busy summer season, according to the latest figures from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR).
 
April 2017 saw an 11 percent overall increase 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 7.2 percent in Worcester and by 8.5 percent in Wicomico. They decreased by 6.2 percent in Somerset. Condominium contracts increased by 16.9 percent in Worcester and by 33.3 percent in Wicomico, and remained the same in Somerset.
 
Settlements were also up in April, with the Tri-County area seeing a 9.8 percent boost. Individually, single family home settlements were up by 13.5 percent in Worcester and by 21.6 percent in Wicomico. They were down by 33.3 percent in Somerset. Condominium...
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Masten graduates from leadership academy, makes program history
May 2, 2017
Annapolis, Md. – Grace Masten, broker of Sea Grace at North Beach REALTORS® in Ocean City and a member of the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) Board of Directors, was among 21 graduates from the Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR) 17th Annual Leadership Academy honored at ceremonies held recently in Annapolis.
 
                   
(From left) National Association of REALTORS® Region 10 Vice President Leslie Rouda Smith, Local REALTOR® Grace Masten, and Maryland Association of REALTORS® President Shelly Murray. 
 
The MAR Leadership Academy was formed by REALTORS® who understand the important role they play in their community and the need to enhance the leadership skills, knowledge, and competencies of fellow REALTORS® interested in making a...
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Over 140 real estate professionals attend 2017 CAR Technology Fair
May 1, 2017
Ocean City, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) held its second annual Technology Fair on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City.
 
                  
(From left) Theresa Diefendorf of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Ocean City, Steven Parsons of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty in Ocean City, and CAR President Don Bailey and Kristy Thomas, both of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Salisbury. 
 
The event featured over 25 vendors and six workshops designed to help real estate professionals better serve their clients and be more successful with the use of modern technology. Over 140 real estate professionals, both locally and from across the state and Delaware, attended the...
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Local fair housing contest winner honored in Annapolis
April 28, 2017
Annapolis, Md. – Lindsay Birckhead-Morton, a seventh grader at Snow Hill Middle School, traveled to Annapolis with board members and staff from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 for a special recognition ceremony with Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford.
 
              
Lindsay Birckhead-Morton, a seventh grader at Snow Hill Middle School, was honored by Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford at the Maryland State House in Annapolis on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Birckhead-Morton is the statewide winner for the Lower Eastern Shore in the Maryland Association of REALTORS® Fair Housing Calendar Contest. 
 
The ceremony, held in the Maryland State House, honored 13 students from across the state who were chosen by the Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR) as...
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CAR celebrates Fair Housing Month
April 7, 2017
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) renews its commitment to Fair Housing for all this month.
 
April 2017 marks the 49th anniversary of the 1968 landmark Fair Housing Act. The act prohibits the discrimination in the sale and rental of housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or handicap. Each year REALTORS® recognize the significance of this event and reconfirm their commitment to upholding fair housing law, as well as their commitment to offering equal professional service to all in their search for real property.
 
In observance of Fair Housing Month, CAR participates in the annual Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR) Fair Housing Calendar Contest. CAR gathered over 100 poster submissions this year that depict fair housing from students in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. Last month, CAR submitted three...
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Spring real estate market kicks off with increased settlements
April 5, 2017
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – This year’s spring real estate market is off to a busy start, according to the latest figures from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR).
 
March 2017 saw a 29.2 percent overall increase in single family home and condominium settlements compared to the same time last year in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. Individually, single family home settlements increased by 32.7 percent in Worcester and by 20.5 percent in Wicomico. They decreased by 35 percent in Somerset. Condominium settlements increased by 53.9 percent in Worcester and by 20 percent in Wicomico. There were no condominium settlements in Somerset County last month, nor were they any in March 2016.
 
Contract starts in all three counties increased overall by 43.2 percent compared to the same time last year. Individually, single family home contract starts were up by 51.9 percent in...
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