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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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CAR partners with state to build pocket park on Smith Island
March 9, 2017
Lower Shore, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR), in partnership with the Maryland Department of Planning’s Lower Eastern Shore Regional Office, has received a $5,000 Placemaking grant from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) to help make Smith Island a better place to live and visit by transforming an unused space into a vibrant public space for the community to gather and enjoy.
 
                   
 
The grant is intended to help REALTOR® associations partner with others to plan, organize, implement, and maintain placemaking projects in their communities.
 
The funds will be used to transform a vacant lot located on Smith Island Road in the Village of Ewell. The lot is owned by Ewell Fire Department and Recreation...
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CAR announces Fair Housing Calendar Contest finalists
March 9, 2017
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – After receiving almost 100 submissions, the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) has chosen three finalists – one from each of the three Lower Shore counties – in this year’s Fair Housing Calendar Contest.
  • Tashira Ballard, 3rd grade, Greenwood Elementary School
  • Lindsay Birkhead-Morton, 7th grade, Snow Hill Middle School
  • Lyric Campbell, 5th grade, North Salisbury Elementary School
Each finalist received a framed copy of their submission and a Visa gift card, compliments of CAR.
 
The three finalists have been forwarded to the Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR). Only one will be chosen for inclusion in MAR’s statewide 2018 Fair Housing Calendar. That winner will also be invited to Annapolis for a special recognition ceremony with the governor or other state...
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Nicholl earns Emeritus Status
March 3, 2017
 
Berlin, Md. – Frederick Nicholl, a REALTOR® with Frederick Nicholl & Associates in Ocean City and a member of the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR), recently achieved the coveted REALTOR® Emeritus status.
 
                                      
Frederick Nicholl, a REALTOR® with Frederick Nicholl & Associates in Ocean City, and CAR President Don Bailey. 
 
A REALTOR® is eligible for Emeritus status after holding membership in the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and CAR for a cumulative period of 40 years. Emeritus members must also complete at least one year of volunteer service for an NAR committee. However, through 2019, the one year service requirement may also be met through service at a...
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Warmer temps boost contract activity
March 3, 2017
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – Unseasonably warm temperatures have increased foot traffic on the Lower Shore and boosted contract activity, according to the latest figures from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR).
 
February 2017 saw a 46 percent increase in new single family home and condominium contract starts compared to the same time last year in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. Individually, Somerset single family home contracts increased by 53.8 percent, Worcester by 30.2 percent, and Wicomico by 26 percent. Somerset condominium contracts remained the same, but increased by 75.3 percent in Worcester and by 42.9 percent in Wicomico.
 
Settlements in all three counties were down overall by seven percent. Single family home settlements remained the same in Worcester and Wicomico counties and decreased by 7.1 percent in Somerset. Condominium settlements were down by 8.5 percent in Worcester,...
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CAR raises over $2,000 for Chefs for Habitat
February 17, 2017
Salisbury, Md. – To support President Don Bailey’s Celebrity Builder Campaign, the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) raised over $2,000 to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County’s annual Chefs for Habitat event.
 
        
(From left) Kelly Green of Mid-Atlantic Settlement Services, Mitchel Marriner of Universal Mortgage & Finance, Molly Hilligoss of Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County, Larissa Luck of Universal Mortgage & Finance, Warren Miller of Paradise Energy Solutions, and Jim Phillips of Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County. These CAR affiliate members and representatives from Habitat for Humanity judged the association’s Brick Decorating Contest to raise money for Chefs for Habitat.
 
Bailey signed up to participate as...
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Activity picks up in the new year
February 2, 2017
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – The local real estate market kicked off the new year with a slight bump in inventory and a healthy boost in contract starts, according to the latest figures from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR).
 
January 2017 saw a one percent increase in new local listings compared to the same time last year in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. Individually, Worcester single family home listings increased by 14.1 percent, Wicomico decreased by 10.6 percent, and Somerset decreased by 12.5 percent.
 
New contract starts, or pending sales, increased overall by 23 percent compared to the same time last year. Individually, Worcester single family home contract starts increased by 3.1 percent, Wicomico increased by 37.1 percent, and Somerset remained steady. Worcester condominium contract starts also saw a boost of 25.8 percent.
 
Settlements in all...
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Riley is winner of Coastal REALTORS® blood drive giveaway
February 2, 2017
Berlin, Md. – Terry Riley, a REALTOR® with Vantage Resort Realty in Ocean City, was the winner of a drawing sponsored by the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) for members who donated blood at this year’s OC Cares Blood Drive.
 
              
CAR Education & Communication Coordinator Marie McFarland presents local REALTOR® Terry Riley with a certificate for free Continuing Education.
 
Riley won 10.5 hours of required Continuing Education (CE), valued at over $100. The classes Riley will be able to complete at no cost are Legal Update; Fair Housing; Ethics, Predatory Lending & Flipping; and MDREC Agency. These classes are offered at the CAR Training Center in Berlin.
 
REALTORS® must...
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Local REALTORS® meet with state legislators in Annapolis
January 25, 2017
Annapolis, Md. – Members and staff from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) traveled to Annapolis on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 to participate in the Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR) 2017 Lobby Day.
 
       
Members and staff from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® participated in the 2017 Maryland Association of REALTORS® Lobby Day in Annapolis. (From left) Mickey Lobb; Government & Public Affairs Director Sarah Rayne; Board Member and Government Affairs and RPAC Committee Chair Joseph Wilson; Board Member Grace Masten; Sen. Jim Mathias; Past President Vicki Harmon; President Don Bailey; Vice President Terrence McGowan; and Board Member Brandon Johnson.
 
This annual event is an...
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Lower Shore housing market sees boost in 2016
January 11, 2017
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – The local housing market continues to show marked signs of improvement, according to the latest figures from the Coastal Association of REALTORS®.
 
                                               
 
In 2016, single family home sales increased by about six percent compared to 2015 in the entire Tri-County area. Contracts, or pending sales, increased by about five percent and the average sale price increased by about eight percent. New listings of single family homes decreased by about six percent.
 
Condominium sales in 2016 increased by about nine percent and average condominium sale prices decreased by about 10 percent.
 
In Worcester County alone, single family home sales increased by about four...
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CAR collects over 100 toys, raises $275 at holiday party
December 19, 2016
Ocean City, Md. – During its 2016 Holiday Party at Seacrets, the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) collected over 100 toys for the Toys For Tots Foundation and raised $275 for Habitat for Humanity.
 
        
Members of the Coastal Association of REALTORS® Membership Committee (top row, from left) Mary Burgess of Shamrock Realty Group, Rosie Beauclair of Shamrock Realty Group, Elaine Gordy of Long & Foster Real Estate in Salisbury, Lt. Col. Dick Tanner of the U.S. Marine Corp., and Kathy Lowing of EXIT Realty at the Beach. (Bottom row, from left) Larissa Luck of Universal Mortgage & Finance, Pam Wadler of Shamrock Realty Group, Marie McFarland of the Coastal Association of REALTORS®, and Bernie Flax of EXIT Realty at the Beach. 
 
The 150 CAR members attending the December...
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Local real estate market enters holiday season on a high note
December 8, 2016
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – Increased inventory is propelling sales activity on the Lower Eastern Shore, according to the latest figures from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR).
 
November 2016 saw an 18.4 percent increase in new local listings compared to the same time last year in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. Individually, Wicomico single family home listings jumped by 32.9 percent, Somerset increased by 13.3 percent, and Worcester increased by 6.7 percent.
 
New contract, or pending sales, activity increased overall by 11.6 percent. Single family home contract starts increased by 26.7 percent in Worcester County and by 27.8 percent in Somerset County. Single family home contracts decreased by 9 percent in Worcester County. Condominium contracts increased by 20.8 percent in Worcester County, while condominium contracts in Wicomico County decreased by 44.4 percent. Condominium...
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Holiday Wine Glass Paint Party to benefit Habitat
November 30, 2016
Berlin, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) is holding a Wine Glass Paint Party to benefit Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County on Friday, December 2, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Random Juxtaposition, located at 9928 Old OC Boulevard, Unit 9, at Union Station in Berlin. Sign up here.
 
                              
 
Attendees are invited to support Habitat while Kate Cashman – instructor, artist, and owner of Random Juxtaposition – guides the group in painting two holiday-themed wine glasses. The cost is $30 per person and light refreshments will be provided. The event is BYOW, or Bring Your Own Wine. Space is limited to the first 40 people who sign...
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CAR travels to DC for Leadership Training
November 22, 2016
Washington, DC – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) recently traveled to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) facility in Washington, DC for Leadership Training.
 
 
(From left) Government & Public Affairs Director Sarah Rayne, Director Brandon Johnson, Office Administrator Cindy Canigiani, Treasurer Joni Martin Williamson, Vice President Terrence McGowan, President Don Bailey, Technology Committee Chair Steve Parsons, Education Committee Chair Walt Taraila, Director Joe Wilson, Director Jeff Powell, Finance Committee Chair Chris Jett, Director Courtney Wright, Grievance Committee Chair Sheri Smith, President’s Charity Task Force Co-Chair Lauren Bunting, Secretary Bernie Flax, Immediate Past President Linda...
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CAR travels to Orlando for national conference
November 17, 2016
Orlando, Fla. – Representatives from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) recently traveled to Orlando, Florida to participate in the annual National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) 2016 Conference & Expo.
 
               
 
CAR President Don Bailey, President-elect Joel Maher, and Executive Vice President Page Browning represented the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland at the national conference.
 
About 20,000 real estate professionals from across the country attended the four-day event, which offers 100 information sessions and professional development workshops to gain education and insights into residential and commercial real estate markets, home buying...
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CAR President is Habitat Celebrity Builder
November 10, 2016
Salisbury, Md. – Don Bailey, 2016-17 President of the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) is a Celebrity Builder in the upcoming Chefs for Habitat event that benefits Habitat for Humanity of Wicomico County.
 
Bailey joins 13 other local “celebrities” in this effort to raise money to help Habitat for Humanity further its mission of providing safe, decent, and affordable housing. Celebrity Builders have been challenged to raise at least $2,000 prior to Chefs for Habitat on February 25, 2017 at Reign Restaurant & Event Center in Salisbury. At the event, the builders will compete against each other to see how quickly and accurately they can construct a Lowe’s Build and Grow play kit.
 
To boost fundraising efforts,...
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Local teachers encouraged to participate in annual Fair Housing Calendar Contest
November 7, 2016
Berlin, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) is encouraging local teachers to participate in the annual Fair Housing Calendar Contest, which sends the winning student to Annapolis for a meeting with the governor or other state official.
 
                       
The above poster was the grand prize winner for the 2017 MAR Fair Housing Calendar, which is distributed statewide. The poster was designed by Lindsay Birkhead-Morton of Snow Hill Middle School. 
 
Sponsored by the Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR), the contest is a means for REALTORS® across the state to help...
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Local inventory edges up slightly in October
November 3, 2016
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – For the first time in seven months, local inventory increased on the Lower Eastern Shore, according to the latest figures from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR).
 
October 2016 saw an overall four percent bump in new local listings compared to the same time last year in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. This increase was driven primarily by a 34.7 percent increase in condominium listings in Wicomico County. Single family home listings were down by 13.6 percent in Wicomico, by 11.2 percent in Worcester, and by 16 percent in Somerset. Condominium listings remained steady in Somerset and decreased by 33.3 percent in Worcester.
 
New contract, or pending sales, activity stayed up slightly in October, recording an overall 2.7 percent increase in the Tri-County area. However, the area saw a 17 percent dip in new...
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