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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | August 5, 2011
The Hagerstown area might not be at the housing market bottom, but it is close, a national wealth and real estate expert said this week. "I can't say you are at the bottom, but I will say you are not at the top, and you are probably close to the bottom," said Robert Shemin, a nationally recognized real estate expert and New York Times best-selling author. "You are kind of like everyone else, the majority of the country," he said. "What's happened is you had a tremendous drop in the market, a run up and a run down.
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By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com | April 6, 2011
The Hagerstown Hotel and Convention Center property at 1910 Dual Highway is scheduled to be sold at a foreclosure auction on Tuesday. The sale is set for 11 a.m. at the entrance to the Washington County Courthouse, according to a notice filed by Richard E. Hagerty, substitute trustee with Troutman Sanders LLP of McLean, Va. The property is being sold because owners Watchwood LLC and Bahman Inc. defaulted under the terms of their 2006 financing agreements...
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | March 19, 2011
The president of the Berkeley County Emergency Ambulance Authority board last week defended the agency's real estate moves in recent years, countering recent claims of mismanagement that "fall just short of malfeasance. " In prepared remarks made to Berkeley County Council Thursday, Charles R. Hall III refuted charges made earlier this month by Rick Trenary, who was critical of how the ambulance authority had been spending money on facilities. The council will hold a public hearing on April 7 to consider response from the community on the ambulance authority's request to increase its household fee by $15 a year.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | January 28, 2011
Real estate values in Berkeley County are down about 6 percent from 2010, Berkeley County Assessor Patricia A. "Patsy" Kilmer told members of Berkeley County Council Friday. The council had convened as the county Board of Review and Equalization for the first time this year. Although residential values have continued to decline, Kilmer told council members they may hear complaints from taxpayers who saw assessment increases because of the lifting of a freeze on property values to benefit seniors instituted in 2007 by her predecessor, the late Preston B. Gooden.
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July 24, 2010
Name of business: APM Real Estate Professionals & Advantage Property Management Group Owner: Carol Price Address: 19918B Jefferson Blvd., Hagerstown Opening date: Feb. 8 Products and services: Real estate listing and selling, plus an established program to prepare tenants to become home-owners and landlords to sellers. Market area: Tri-State and surrounding area How did you get into your business, or what motivated you to start it?
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By DAN DEARTH | May 11, 2010
CLEAR SPRING -- Clear Spring residents will notice an increase to their real estate taxes, and water and sewer rates when the town's budget for fiscal year 2010-11 takes effect July 1. During its meeting Monday, the Clear Spring Town Council voted unanimously to approve the $533,848 budget, which is $8,018 more than the existing $525,830 budget. No one attended a public hearing at Town Hall before the vote was taken. Mayor Paul D. Hose Jr. said the increases are needed to help pay for reductions in financial aid from the county and state governments.
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By DAVE McMILLION | December 21, 2009
Click here to view all of our finalists! HAGERSTOWN -- It's official. Matt Dattilio is Hagerstown's hottest man. After 1,975 votes were cast Monday night to determine the hottest man during an event at Bulls & Bears restaurant, the Coldwell-Banker Innovation real estate agent came away the winner. Cheers went up from a crowd of about 140 people as Dattilio walked down a staircase and received good wishes from supporters. Despite being Hub City's biggest hunk, Dattilio said he figured life will be "pretty normal" from now on. Was he surprised?
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | December 4, 2009
GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- The Greencastle-Antrim School Board has capped real estate tax increases for the 2010 school year, forcing the district to balance its budget this June through careful expenditure control. In a unanimous vote Thursday, the board adopted a resolution that caps real estate taxes for the coming school year at the Act 1 limit, which for Greencastle is 3.2 mills. Each school district much choose whether it will set the cap or not before January of each year, Business Manager Richard Lipella said.
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By HEATHER KEELS | November 16, 2009
WASHINGTON COUNTY -- Construction is moving along swiftly on a T. Rowe Price backup data-recovery center being built at the intersection of Downsville Pike and Rench Road south of Hagerstown, a company official said. Crews are putting up the structural exterior walls and steel, and intend to have the building roofed in by winter, said T. Rowe Price Vice President Mark Ruhe, who oversees the company's real estate. Local economic development officials announced the project in February, when the Washington County Commissioners agreed to offer T. Rowe Price an $810,000 incentive.
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By ELLEN JAMES MARTIN | September 4, 2009
Though the overall economy has yet to recover, property values in some areas have held up remarkably well in recent years, which can surprise people who plan to buy in one of these communities, real estate specialists say. "High-demand neighborhoods are places where buyer interest is growing, yet housing inventory is limited. They're relatively few in number, but these places do exist -- even now," says Leo Berard, a real estate broker and charter president of the National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents (www.
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