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Coastal REALTORS® seeks Placemaking projects for grant opportunity
September 2, 2015
Berlin, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) is seeking local Placemaking projects in need of grant funding.
 
Placemaking is a way to make your community a better place to live and work by transforming public spaces into vibrant community places. As a place becomes more desirable and welcoming, properties around that place increase in value.
 
The available funding comes from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Placemaking Micro-Grant Program, which aims to assist local associations plan, organize, implement, and maintain Placemaking activities in their communities.
 
Grant awards range from $500 to a maximum of $2,500 and CAR is eligible for two Placemaking Micro-Grants per year.
 
Projects must turn an underutilized space into a community gathering area. Examples of successful grant projects include seating, wayfinding...
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September is National REALTOR® Safety Month
September 2, 2015
Berlin, Md. – In recognition of National REALTOR® Safety Month, the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) will continue to offer various safety resources and materials to its members and brokerages.
 
                                     
 
“The real estate profession requires a lot of public interaction, and with that comes significant safety risks,” said Page Browning, Executive Vice President of CAR. “We are committed to protecting our members and their clients by providing the necessary tools to ensure safe practices when meeting clients and showing homes, among other scenarios.”
 
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) has designated September as REALTOR® Safety Month. NAR’s REALTOR® Safety Program was established more than a decade ago to empower...
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Local REALTORS® busy making contracts in August
September 2, 2015
Berlin, Md. – The busy season may be winding down, but the local real estate market is still hot, according to the latest figures from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR).
 
CAR’s local housing statistics for August 2015 showed an overall 19.5 percent increase in contracts, or pending sales, compared to the same time last year in the Tri-County area. Additionally, August’s 312 new contracts is the highest recorded in a single month so far this year.
 
Wicomico County saw the highest contract increases, with single family homes increasing by 46.2 percent and condominiums by 80 percent.
 
“Pending units are the leading indicator of sales, so obviously we’re doing quite well on the Lower Shore,” said Vicki Harmon, President of the CAR Board of Directors. “As usual, we are optimistic those contracts will translate into increased settlements in the coming...
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