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Archive: September `14
Death of REALTOR® prompts call for increased safety
September 30, 2014
Berlin, Md. – The tragic and untimely death of a 49-year-old Arkansas REALTOR®, who vanished last week after showing a home, has the Coastal Association of REALTORS® reminding local professionals to stay on guard and make safety a priority.
 
The body of Beverly Carter, married 34 years with four grandchildren, was found early Tuesday morning in a shallow grave near Cabot, north of the Little Rock area. Arron Lewis, 33, of Jacksonville, has been arrested and will be charged with kidnapping and capital murder. As Lewis was escorted out of jail to a waiting police car on Tuesday, he told reporters that he did not act alone and they chose Carter because she was a “rich broker.”
 
“Beverly’s death is a horrible tragedy for her family and friends, and for our profession,” said Sheila Dodson, executive director of Coastal REALTORS®. “REALTORS® face many safety concerns just doing their day-to-day...
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Coastal REALTOR® wins state community service award
September 18, 2014
Ocean City, Md. – Wesley Cox, a member of the Coastal Association of REALTORS® and a REALTOR® for Sperry Van Ness-Miller Commercial Real Estate in Salisbury, was honored on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 for his community service during the annual Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR) Conference & Expo in Ocean City.
 
Coastal REALTOR Wesley Cox receives the MAR 2014 Community Service Award on
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at the annual MAR Conference & Expo in Ocean City.
 
The MAR Community Service Award honors individual REALTOR® members who give unselfishly of their time to assist the communities in which they live. Cox was nominated for the honor by Coastal REALTORS®, from which he received the local Community Service Award in...
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Local REALTORS® partner to host public candidates’ forums
September 11, 2014
Berlin, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® is partnering with two local newspapers to hold candidates’ forums in Wicomico and Worcester counties in October.
 
On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, Coastal REALTORS® and The Salisbury Independent will host a Wicomico County candidates’ forum from 7 to 9 p.m. at Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury. The event will be moderated by Greg Bassett, editor of The Independent.
 
 
On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, Coastal REALTORS® and OC Today will host a Worcester County candidates’ forum from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Ocean Pines Library. The event will be moderated by Phil Jacobs, editor of OC Today.
 
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Local housing market gains momentum in August
September 3, 2014
Berlin, Md. – The local housing market is slowly gaining momentum, as single family home settlements appear to be increasing in comparison to this time last year.
 
According to the latest figures from the Coastal Association of REALTORS®, single family home settlements in August 2014, compared to August 2013, increased moderately in Wicomico and Somerset counties, as well as Ocean City. Settlements were down by 11.4 percent in Worcester County.
 
The figures also reflect an across-the-board jump on single family home sale prices compared to last month. In Wicomico County, the average sales price increased by 4.6 percent, Worcester by 10.4 percent, and Somerset by 8 percent.
 
Just as they did in July, contracts, or pending single family home sales, increased in all three counties in August, pointing to even more settlements in the near future. Contracts for condominiums also...
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