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Archive: August `14
Salisbury appoints new council member
August 29, 2014
Salisbury, Md. - In a special meeting on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, the Salisbury City Council voted to appoint John "Jack" Heath to the District 2 seat left vacant earlier in the month by the resignation of former Councilwoman Terry Cohen.
 
              John "Jack" Heath
 
Heath was appointed via an anonymous vote.
 
"Jack Heath believes in this city and has devoted decades of service to our community," said Council President Jake Day. "We are eager to welcome him aboard as a member of our team."
 
Heath has been an active member of the Salisbury community for many years and currently serves as a volunteer fire officer, Rotary Club of Salisbury member, Horizons program mentor, Salisbury University Varsity Club Board...
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Local teachers encouraged to participate in annual Fair Housing Poster Contest
August 28, 2014
Berlin, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® is encouraging local teachers to participate in the annual Fair Housing Poster Contest, which sends the winning student to Annapolis for a meeting with the governor or other state official.
 
Sponsored by the Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR), 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.
 
Artwork submitted by students must illustrate this year’s calendar theme, “Everyone Wins With Fair Housing.” Coastal REALTORS® will choose a local winner from each of three age groups. These winners will receive...
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Salisbury officials remind public of residential occupancy limits
August 25, 2014
Salisbury, Md. - The City of Salisbury reminds the public that occupancy limits exist in certain residential districts.
 
Predominantly, occupancy is limited to either a "family" as defined in the Salisbury Municipal Code or two unrelated persons. These occupancy classifications cannot be intermingled. Fines and penalties exist for non-compliance. Residents, landlords, and new leasees are encouraged to know the current occupancy requirements in single family neighborhoods.
 
The City of Salisbury passed the Tenants Bill of Rights in July 2011 that requires that renters are informed of the number of non-related persons that may live in a dwelling and that landlord retaliation is prohibited if a renter exercises his or her rights under the law or a lease.
 
"Our code enforcement officers have seen an uptick in the amount of renter issues where the number of non-related persons allowed in a dwelling...
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Local REALTORS® turn out in droves for Ocean City rental restrictions public hearing
August 20, 2014
Ocean City, Md. – In response to a possible restriction on short-term rentals in Ocean City’s single family residential zoning districts, local REALTORS®, many of whom are members of the Coastal Association of REALTORS®, shared their concerns and suggested alternatives at an August 19, 2014 Planning and Zoning Commission public hearing.
 
The restriction, proposed by city staff, would prohibit short-term rentals in the R-1 and MH zoning districts. This proposal was spurred by complaints, primarily from residents of the Mallard Island subdivision, regarding overcrowding, excessive noise, inadequate parking, and a general incompatibility between residents and tourists.
 
The commission was tasked with holding a public hearing to gather information that members would use to formulate an opinion, which will be forwarded to City Council. The issue will be considered again by the commission at its next regular...
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Coastal Association of REALTORS® recognizes members at 2014 awards ceremony
August 13, 2014
Ocean City, Md. – In recognition of their hard work to uphold the highest of industry standards, five local real estate professionals were honored during the Coastal Association of REALTORS® 2014 Annual Awards ceremony on Wednesday, August 13 at the Ocean City Marlin Club.
 
Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan was the guest speaker during this year’s award ceremony. Meehan is a REALTOR® with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage and has been a CAR member for 23 years.
 
                  Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan
 
P.J. Aldridge, a REALTOR® for Condominium Realty in Ocean City, received this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his extensive work in the local real estate...
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Local home sales slip in July, rebound expected
August 7, 2014
Berlin, Md. – While settlements dipped in July across the Tri-County area, an increase in contracts, or pending home sales, points to a rebound in the coming months, according to the latest figures from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR).
 
In comparison to July 2013, Wicomico County’s single family home settlements increased by 25.6 percent last month; but the county’s condominium settlements decreased by 37.5 percent. Worcester and Somerset counties, as well as Ocean City, saw an across-the-board decline in single family home and condominium settlements.
 
However while pending sales of condominiums appear to be down, contracts for single family homes are up in all three counties and in Ocean City. Additionally the average number of days that homes spend on the market has largely decreased in all areas, reflecting a faster turnaround on sales.
 
According to the...
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Coastal Association of REALTORS® members stay up-to-date on flood insurance regulations
August 7, 2014
 
Berlin, Md. – In recognizing the importance of protecting their customers’ financial investments, members of the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) participated in a flood insurance seminar on Thursday, July 17 at the association’s Berlin office.
 
The seminar – taught by Phillip Rager, flood business development consultant with the Harleysville, Pa.-based Nationwide Insurance – focused on various aspects of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program, including flood zones and maps, the Biggert-Waters Reform Act of 2012, and coverage limits.
 
“Anywhere it can rain, it can flood,” Rager said. “It’s important to understand a property’s flood risk and your options to financially protect...
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