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Local real estate professionals honored at annual Awards Breakfast
August 16, 2017
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August 16, 2017
 
Local real estate professionals honored at annual Awards Breakfast
 
 
(From left) Front: Cam Bunting, Bunting Realty; Susan Lloyd, Mid-Atlantic Settlement Services; Linda Moran, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty.  Rear: Brent Miller, SVN Miller Commercial Real Estate; Austin Whitehead, Whitehead Real Estate Executives; Joe Wilson, Condominium Realty. Photo attached.
 
Salisbury, Md. – In recognition of their hard work to uphold the highest of industry standards, six local real estate professionals were...
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Local REALTORS® see increased contracts, settlements in July
August 3, 2017
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – Local REALTORS® saw a spike in market activity throughout July, according to the latest numbers from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR).
 
July 2017 saw a four percent overall increase in single family home and condominium contract starts compared to the same time last year in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. Individually, single family home contracts increased by 16.9 percent in Worcester County, by 19.8 percent in Wicomico County, and by 64.3 percent in Somerset County. Condominium contracts increased by 4.7 percent in Worcester County, but decreased by 22.2 percent in Wicomico County and by 100 percent in Somerset County.
 
Settlements were also up overall in the Tri-County area by 2.5 percent. Individually, single family home settlements were down by 6.6 percent in Worcester County and by 5.3 percent in Somerset County, but were up by 14.8 percent in...
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CAR to host Beach Yoga fundraiser for Habitat
August 1, 2017
Ocean City, MD – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) will host a Beach Yoga fundraiser to benefit Habitat for Humanity on Monday, August 21 from 6 to 7 PM at the 16th Street Beach in Ocean City.
 
The cost to participate is a $20 donation that will benefit Habitat for Humanity. Pre-registration is available at www.coastalrealtors.org.
 
The instructor is Dawn Ehman, co-owner of Yogavibez in West Ocean City.
 
Following the session, participants are invited to join the group for Happy Hour at Surfin’ Betty’s, located at 16th Street and the Boards.
 
For more information about this event, call Lauren Bunting at 410-422-9899 or send an email to lwbunting@comcast.net.
 
For more information about CAR, visit...
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Placemaking pocket park constructed on Smith Island
June 14, 2017
Smith Island, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) traveled to Smith Island on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 to help build a pocket park primarily funded by a grant the association received from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).
 
(From left, back row) Nate Elko, REALTOR® Nick Elko, CAR Board Member Tony Prochazka, CAR President-elect Joel Maher, CAR President Don Bailey, CAR Executive Vice President Page Browning, CAR Board Member Joseph Wilson, CAR Board Member Brandon Johnson, Somerset County Recreation & Parks Director Clint Sterling, Maryland REALTORS® Director of Housing Programs Laurie Benner, and Somerset County Community Health Educator Crystal Bell. (Front row) Sophia and William Prochazka.
 
The local REALTORS® were joined...
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CAR to host free public Fair Housing Workshop
May 30, 2017
Salisbury, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) will host a free Fair Housing Workshop conducted by the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce.
 
The workshop is open to all REALTORS®, brokers, housing providers, landlords, property managers, and all other interested persons. The topics covered during the workshop include a history of fair housing laws, discrimination in sales, discrimination in rentals, sexual harassment by housing providers, hate crimes in housing, and protections that exist for all Marylanders. There will also be a Q&A session with the commission’s legal department.
 
The workshop is sponsored by CAR and by the Maryland Association of REALTORS®.
 
Pre-registration is required due to limited seating. Email Marie McFarland at
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CAR visits Capitol Hill for Legislative Meetings
May 26, 2017
Washington, DC – During the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Annual Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, DC, Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) members and staff traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with the federal elected officials who represent Maryland’s 1st District.
 
                    
(From left) CAR Government & Public Affairs Director Sarah Rayne, President Don Bailey, Director and Government Affairs & RPAC Chair Joe Wilson, Past President Vicki Harmon, Director Grace Masten, President-Elect Joel Maher, Executive Vice President Page Browning, and Government Affairs Committee Member Rick Proctor.
 
The group visited the offices of Rep. Andy Harris and Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van...
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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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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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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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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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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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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. 
                              
 
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 up.
 
Artisans Aroma Candles will be available for sale, with 10 percent of proceeds going to Habitat for...
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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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CAR participates in Newtown Informational Meeting with Mayor Day
October 31, 2016
Salisbury, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) recently participated in an informational meeting hosted by the Newtown Association regarding the benefits of buying and living in this historic Salisbury neighborhood.
 
      
Members of the Coastal Association of REALTORS® participated in an informational meeting with Mayor Jacob Day, representatives from the Salisbury Police Department, and representatives from the Newtown Association. 
 
Held in the home of Barry and Judith Dressel, who are on the Board of Directors for the Newtown Association, the meeting focused on how REALTORS® can sell Newtown’s historic...
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CAR welcomes 11 new REALTOR® members
October 25, 2016
Berlin, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) welcomed 11 new REALTORS® during New Member Orientation on Thursday, October 20, 2016.
 
     
(From left) Lauren Smith, Keller Williams Flagship of MD; Heather Arauz, 1st Choice Properties; Melanie Shoff, Keller Williams Realty of Delmarva; Michelle Blanchard, Keller Williams Flagship of MD; Edwin Rommel, SVN Miller Commercial Real Estate; Richard Barr, Long & Foster Real Estate; Joanie Hynes, RE/MAX Advantage Realty; Stella Barbour, NOVA Brokers LLC; Bradley Absher, Whitehead Real Estate Executives; Steven Bray, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty; and Theresa Diefendorf, Coldwell Banker Residential. 
 
New Member Orientation is a...
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CAR raises $8,000 for Coastal Hospice at the Ocean
October 6, 2016
Berlin, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) announced today that the organization raised $8,000 for the campaign to build Coastal Hospice at the Ocean.
 
(From left) REALTOR® Buddy Dykes, Coastal Hospice Director of Development Maureen McNeill, Coastal Hospice President Alane Capen, CAR Immediate Past President Linda Moran, and REALTORS® Bradley Rayfield and Ann Hammond. 
 
CAR Immediate Past President Linda Moran chose Coastal Hospice at the Ocean as the charity the association would support throughout her presidency.
 
“It has been an...
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CAR installs 2016-17 Board of Directors
October 6, 2016
Bishopville, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) installed its 2016-2017 Board of Directors at a special ceremony this week at Lighthouse Sound in Bishopville.
 
      
(Back row, from left) Director Jeff Powell, Vice President Terrence McGowan, Director Joseph Wilson, Director Brandon Johnson, Director Courtney Wright, Director Grace Masten, and Secretary Bernie Flax. (Bottom row, from left) Treasurer Joni Martin-Williamson, President Elect Joel Maher, Immediate Past President Linda Moran, President Donald Bailey, and Director Tony Prochazka.
 
Donald Bailey, a REALTOR® for Coldwell Banker Residential in Salisbury, was installed as president of the association’s board.
 
“It is an honor to serve as president of the Coastal Association of...
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