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Archive: May `18
Coastal visits Capitol Hill for Legislative Meetings
May 29, 2018
Washington, DC – During the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Annual Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, DC, REALTORS® from across the country, including members from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (Coastal), traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with their federal elected officials.
REALTORS® and association staff from across Maryland meet with Rep. Andy Harris on Capitol Hill during the 2018 National Association of REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Expo. 
The purpose of the visits is to share with elected officials NAR’s legislative priorities, which this year include strong net neutrality protections, long term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), tax policy improvements, and equal access to housing...
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Coastal sponsors county election candidate forums
May 22, 2018
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (Coastal) will sponsor forums for the candidates running for election in each of the three Lower Eastern Shore counties.
The Worcester County Commissioners Candidate Forum will be held on Thursday, May 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ocean Pines branch of the Worcester County Public Library. The following candidates have confirmed their participation: Chip Bertino, Jim Bunting, Judy Butler, Bud Church, Ted Elder, Joe Mitrecic, Joshua Nordstrom, Diana Purnell, Virgil Shockley, and Zackery Tyndall.
The Somerset County Commissioners Forum will be held on Tuesday, June 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Princess Anne Civic Center. The following candidates have confirmed their participation: Ken Ballard, Eddie Brimer, Mike Corbin, Charles Fisher, SueKay Ford, Charles Laird, and Deborah...
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Second quarter kicks off with increased housing inventory
May 11, 2018
Lower Eastern Shore, Md. – The second quarter of 2018 kicked off with increased housing inventory, according to the latest numbers from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (Coastal).
April 2018 saw an overall 4.6 percent increase in residential listings, compared to the same time last year in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester counties. Individually, single family home listings increased by 3.4 percent in Wicomico and by 3.6 percent in Somerset, but decreased by 5.8 percent in Worcester. Condominium listings increased by 11.5 percent in Worcester and by 66.7 percent in Wicomico, but were down by 50 percent in Somerset.
Contract starts were also up, showing a 2.5 percent increase in April throughout the Tri-County area. Individually, single family home contracts remained the same in Worcester, and increased by 2.9 percent in Wicomico and by 86.7 percent in Somerset. Condominium contracts increased by...
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Coastal REALTORS® hosts annual Legislative Reception
May 11, 2018
Salisbury, MD – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (Coastal) held its annual Legislative Reception on Wednesday, May 10, 2018 at the Ward Museum.
(From left) Del. Charles Otto, Del. Carl Anderton, Del. Sheree Sample-Hughes, Sen. Jim Mathias, Coastal Director Grace Masten, Coastal President-Elect Bernie Flax, Del. Johnny Mautz, Coastal Director Steven Parsons, Coastal President Joel Maher, Coastal Director Brandon Johnson, Del. Mary Beth Carozza, Coastal Vice President Joe Wilson, Coastal Immediate Past President Don Bailey, Coastal Director Austin Whitehead, and Del. Chris Adams. 
Over 60 REALTOR® and affiliate members, state elected officials, and local elected officials attended the event, held in the Thomas F. Mullan Jr. Legacy Center. Attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres...
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Coastal welcomes 22 new members
May 4, 2018
Berlin, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (Coastal) welcomed 22 new members during New Member Orientation on Thursday, May 3, 2018.
(From left) Albert Gjoni of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty in West Ocean City; Ann Scanlon of Coldwell Banker Commercial in Ocean City; Zachary Watkins of Condominium Realty in Ocean City; Stephen Brown of Re/Max Coast & Country in Delmar, Del.; Eka Suryadi of Keller Williams Realty of Delmarva in Ocean City; Kelly Hemmings of Coldwell Banker Residential 120th Street in Ocean City; Robert Baer of Keller Williams Realty of Delmarva in Salisbury; Amanda Forsythe of Shamrock Realty Group in Ocean Pines; James Coode of Beach Real Estate in Berlin; Karla Oass of Long & Foster Real Estate in Ocean City; Christopher Lane of Long...
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Coastal endorses Shanie Shields for Wicomico County Council
May 3, 2018
Salisbury, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (Coastal) is pleased to announce its endorsement of Eugenie “Shanie” Shields for the District 1 seat on the Wicomico County Council.

(From left) Coastal Government & Public Affairs Director Sarah Rayne, Coastal Board Secretary Joni Williamson, District 1 Candidate Shanie Shields, Coastal Director Austin Whitehead, and Coastal Director Brandon Johnson. 
Shields served on the Salisbury City Council for over 10 years and was a tireless advocate for affordable housing and homeownership. She supported a number of key initiatives that greatly benefitted the city, including the city’s flood study, repairs on Isabella Street, and cleanup of the Coty Cox River, among others.
“Shanie is...
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