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Archive: August `15
Local REALTORS® donate to Worcester Habitat for Humanity
August 27, 2015
Berlin, Md. – The proceeds from a 50/50 raffle held during the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) August Business Card Exchange were donated recently to the Worcester County chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
 
                          
(From left) Bernie Flax of the CAR Events Committee, Lauren Bunting of Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County, and Hope Morgan of MNET Mortgage Corp. 
 
Habitat for Humanity of Worcester County is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization that is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating, and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter...
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Coastal Association of REALTORS® joins Real Estate Standards Organization
August 19, 2015
Berlin, Md. – To ensure the clarity of its Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data, the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) has joined the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO).
 
“By joining RESO, CAR is ensuring its data is standardized so that it is easily understood by brokers, agents, and clients across the country,” said Veronica Bishop, CAR’s MLS Administrator. “For example, the definition of a bedroom or a waterfront property will be the same in our MLS as it is in an MLS owned by any other association or broker.”
 
CAR’s MLS tracks the activity of 1,000 REALTORS® in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. The MLS is a vital tool to help listing brokers find cooperative brokers working with buyers to help sell their clients’ homes. Without the collaborative incentive of the MLS, brokers would create their own separate systems of cooperation, fragmenting rather than...
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Coastal Association of REALTORS® appoints new Executive Vice President
August 12, 2015
Berlin, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) announced today that Page Browning, CAE, has joined its staff as the new Executive Vice President to lead the association’s staff and serve its over 1,000 local REALTOR® and affiliate members.
 
                                                  
                                                                              PAGE BROWNING
 
Browning brings 17 years of experience in strategic planning, membership growth, education programs, events, and other association management practices to her new role at CAR. She has a proven record of success expanding the reach of programs for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Home Builders Institute (HBI) in...
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Local REALTORS® support alternative concept for rental restrictions
August 12, 2015
Ocean City, Md. – The alternative concept for R-1A rental restrictions presented to the Ocean City Mayor and Council by Chris Mitchell, Regional Vice President of Coldwell Banker Vacations on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 has the full support of the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR).
 
The concept was approved for endorsement by the CAR Board of Directors as a means to address short-term rental concerns voiced by some homeowners in Ocean City’s R-1 Single Family Home Zoning Districts.
 
The concept was made part of the Mayor and Council’s public work session agenda packet. The council voted to instruct town staff to turn the concept into a formal proposal for consideration at a later date.
 
The preventative and enforcement measures suggested in the concept include a separate rental license for short-term rentals in R-1 zoned areas, a city inspection to ensure compliance...
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Pending home sales, settlements stay up in July
August 4, 2015
Berlin, Md. – Local REALTORS® kicked off the third quarter of 2015 with continued increases in pending sales and settlements, according to the latest figures from the Coastal Association of REALTORS®.
 
CAR’s local housing statistics for July 2015 show settlements of existing homes in the Tri-County area were up overall by 11.5 percent compared to the same month last year. Single family homes in Worcester County saw the most impressive jump of 51.1 percent. Wicomico County single family homes were also up by 6.5 percent.
 
Contracts, or pending sales, were up, showing an overall 12.5 percent increase compared to the same month last year. Condominiums in Wicomico County saw the highest jump of 57.1 percent, while single family homes in Wicomico saw an increase of 30.9 percent and condominiums in Worcester saw an increase of 18.7 percent.
 
Listings of existing homes was up...
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Local REALTORS® donate to Diakonia
August 3, 2015
Berlin, Md. – The proceeds from a 50/50 raffle held during the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) July Business Card Exchange were donated recently to Diakonia.
 
(From left) Alison McCarty of BB&T, Anna O’Neill of Diakonia, Christine Wagner of Mid Atlantic Settlement Services, Pam Wadler of the CAR Events Committee, and Susan Lloyd of Mid Atlantic Settlement Services. 
 
Diakonia operates two facilities in West Ocean City where it provides emergency and transitional housing, emergency foods, and counseling and assistance for its guests. The organization’s mission is to build a foundation for those in crisis or who are homeless while maintaining their dignity and respect, providing hope and assistance, and helping them change the direction of their lives, one step at a...
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