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Coastal members donate over 150 toys to Toys For Tots
December 17, 2018
Ocean City, Md. – The over 180 members of the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (Coastal) who attended the association’s 2018 Holiday Party at Seacrets donated over 150 toys to Toys For Tots.
Members of the Coastal Board of Directors stand with toy donations collected for Toys For Tots during the association’s 2018 Holiday Party at Seacrets. (From left) President-elect Joe Wilson, Director Steve Parsons, Vice President Joni Williamson, Immediate Past President Joel Maher, President Bernie Flax, Director Brandon Johnson, Director Cameron Drew, Director Grace Masten, and Director Austin Whitehead. 
All members attending the December 12, 2018 party were asked to bring a toy for a local child. Members also donated $330 that will benefit the Coastal...
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Market slows as winter sets in
December 17, 2018
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – As winter sets in across the Lower Shore, the local housing market is experiencing its annual dip in activity, according to the latest numbers from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (Coastal).
New residential settlements in November 2018 were down by 2.2 percent overall compared to the same time last year in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. Individually, settlements were up by eight percent in Worcester and were down by 9.2 percent in Wicomico and by 44.4 percent in Somerset. Year-to-date settlements across the Tri-County area totaled 4,156 as of the end of November, which is about 2.1 percent lower than the same time last year.
New listings that went on the market in November were down 7.9 percent and total active listings were down by 17.6 percent compared to the same time last year in all three counties. That translates to 441 new listings and 3,273 active...
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Coastal installs 2018-19 Board of Directors
December 10, 2018
Berlin, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (Coastal) installed its 2018-2019 Board of Directors at a recent special ceremony at The Dunes Manor Hotel in Ocean City.
Austin Whitehead, Grant Fritschle, Steve Parsons, Joel Maher, Tony Prochazka, Joe Wilson, and Brandon Johnson. (Front row, from left) Joni Williamson, Bernie Flax, Grace Masten, and Cameron Drew.
Bernie Flax, a REALTOR® and broker of EXIT Realty At The Beach in Ocean Pines, was installed as president of the association’s board.
“I’m looking forward to serving our members while leading the association into a new year with new opportunities and challenges,” Flax said.
Flax, along with the rest of the board, was...
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Coastal raises over $12,000 in charity golf tournament
December 3, 2018
Berlin, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (Coastal) recently hosted its first charity Golf Tournament at the Ocean City Golf Club, Seaside Course.
(From left) Andrew Nixon, REALTOR® and Coastal Director Brandon Johnson, REALTOR® Tim Velasco, and Eli Williamson won the Overall 1st Place prize with a score of 59.
The association raised over $12,000 for the Coastal REALTORS® Foundation, which is a fund held by the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and will be accessible to members of Coastal to support their chosen local organizations.
A total of 76 players participated in the tournament, and the following prizes were awarded by Coastal:
  • Overall 1st Place: Brandon...
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