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Baltimore's 10 most expensive homes for sale [Pictures]

Baltimore's 10 most expensive homes for sale [Pictures]

Find how where Baltimore's most expensive homes on the market are and how much they are worth. MRIS provided the ranking information and images for this list.

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Senior housing could start to move to cities

Senior housing could start to move to cities

Urban living doesn't appeal just to the young and hip. Developers of senior housing are starting to test the allure of walkable communities with access to city amenities.

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Eight ways to future-proof your house for retirement

Eight ways to future-proof your house for retirement

Slowed by arthritis and worsening foot and ankle problems, Gary Blankenburg, 73, is becoming less mobile as he ages.

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Average length of foreclosure by state, by number of days

Average length of foreclosure by state, by number of days

Average length of foreclosure by state, by number of days Maryland posted one of the highest foreclosure rates in the nation in March, while home prices in the Baltimore area remained flat, according to new reports on the regional housing market released Thursday. There were 2,634 new foreclosure starts in Maryland last month, up 28 percent compared to the year before and 19 percent compared to February, according to a monthly report by RealtyTrac, a California real estate firm. Maryland's foreclosure activity runs counter to trends in the nation, which has seen 42 consecutive months of year-over-year declines, according to RealtyTrac. In the first three months of this year, it took an average of 473 days for a property to go through foreclosure in Maryland, compared to 575 last year, according to RealtyTrac. -------------------- .embed-container { position: relative; padding-bottom: 56.25%; padding-top: 30px; height: 0; overflow: hidden; max-width: 100%; height: 1500px;} .embed-container iframe, .embed-container object, .embed-container embed { position: absolute; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height:100%; }

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Foreclosure rates remained high in March in Maryland

Foreclosure rates remained high in March in Maryland

Even as the housing market recovers nationwide, echoes of the mortgage lending crisis continue to reverberate in Maryland, home to the nation's second-highest foreclosure rate last month.

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Lupin name on Baltimore building marks drug company's expansion

Lupin name on Baltimore building marks drug company's expansion

Lupin Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has placed its name in lights over the Inner Harbor, a mark of the Indian drug manufacturer's growing presence since the company located its U.S. headquarters in Baltimore more than a decade ago.

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Housing measures pass General Assembly

Housing measures pass General Assembly

State lawmakers approved a bill Monday that bars the state from using eminent domain to seize mortgages or deeds of trust for a two-year period.

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Plan for Federal Hill apartment building draws concerns about parking

Plan for Federal Hill apartment building draws concerns about parking

A proposal to build a nine-story, 305-unit apartment complex on Key Highway in front of the Digital Harbor High School prompted questions about parking and building scale at a city meeting Thursday.

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Trying to bloom: Buyers hoping more homes hit the market this spring

Trying to bloom: Buyers hoping more homes hit the market this spring

Stephanie and Jake Martin didn't have to wait long to sell their rowhouse in Baltimore's Canton neighborhood — they had a contract in three days. But buying a new place proved a bit more difficult.

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Officials hope west side properties will get another look

Officials hope west side properties will get another look

City and university officials are trying, again, to jumpstart development on the city’s west side.

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Bankruptcy cancels Westport auction for a second time

Bankruptcy cancels Westport auction for a second time

Developer Patrick Turner got more time to find an investor for his ambitious Westport waterfront project after a creditor filed an involuntary bankruptcy petition Friday against a company that owns part of the property, blocking a scheduled foreclosure auction at the last minute.

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Baltimore Lab School buys building, separates from D.C. parent

Baltimore Lab School buys building, separates from D.C. parent

The Baltimore Lab School, which serves children with learning disabilities, said Tuesday it has purchased its historic Saint Paul Street building and will move forward independently from the Washington, D.C. school involved in its founding.

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Judge denies extension to Westport team

Judge denies extension to Westport team

U.S. bankruptcy judge Robert Gordon on Tuesday denied a bid for more time sought by Westport developer Patrick Turner, who has been trying for almost a decade to turn a blank swath of Baltimore's western waterfront into a vibrant, mixed-use community.

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Ray Lewis' Owings Mills home for sale - again [Pictures]

Ray Lewis' Owings Mills home for sale - again [Pictures]

Retired Raven Ray Lewis has again placed his Owings Mills home on the market - this time, with a price drop and a new real estate agent.

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Designs for Locust Point redevelopment move forward

Designs for Locust Point redevelopment move forward

The city's design panel gave a qualified go-ahead to a new $80 million mixed use project in Locust Point Thursday, marking another step in the evolution of the once dominantly industrial neighborhood.

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Maryland posts second-highest foreclosure rate in nation

Maryland posts second-highest foreclosure rate in nation

Maryland’s foreclosure rate remained one of the highest in the nation last month, but there are some signs the situation is starting to improve, according to a new monthly report.

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Apartments planned for long-vacant downtown buildings

Apartments planned for long-vacant downtown buildings

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Baltimore-area home prices rose in February

Baltimore-area home prices rose in February

A snowy February threw a slight chill on shopping for homes throughout the Baltimore region, but prices continued to rise.

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Shortage of housing for poorest families grows

Shortage of housing for poorest families grows

It's growing increasingly difficult for the poorest families in Baltimore to find affordable rental housing, and some housing advocates worry new housing policies such as privatization could make the problem worse.

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Home purchases by institutional investors fall in Baltimore

Home purchases by institutional investors fall in Baltimore

Large investors have been snapping up homes across the country in recent years, taking advantage of depressed prices and low interest rates.

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Inn at Perry Cabin sells for $39.7 million

Inn at Perry Cabin sells for $39.7 million

The Inn at Perry Cabin, a luxurious St. Michaels hotel where parts of the movie "Wedding Crashers" were filmed, will be sold to a private real estate firm for $39.7 million.

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Mizeur criticizes Brown over foreclosures

Mizeur criticizes Brown over foreclosures

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Heather R. Mizeur on Tuesday accused her front-running rival, Lt. Anthony G. Brown, of playing “petty, cynical politics” when he criticized Attorney General Douglas F. GanslerĀ over Maryland’s burgeoning rate of home foreclosures.

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What's hot, what's not in the American home

What's hot, what's not in the American home

The American home is continuing to get bigger, while several studies show that owner preferences are shifting on what’s in and what’s out within that space.

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New homes get bigger for fifth year in a row

New homes get bigger for fifth year in a row

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Consumer advocates shifting focus to foreclosure's aftermath

Consumer advocates shifting focus to foreclosure's aftermath

The General Assembly will consider a handful of bills related to the mortgage crisis, but unlike in previous years, many focus on what happens to borrowers after foreclosure.

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Under Armour CEO backs bid to turn Recreation Pier into hotel

Under Armour CEO backs bid to turn Recreation Pier into hotel

A development group backed by Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank could breathe new life into a stalled plan to transform the landmark and long-vacant Recreation Pier in Fells Point into a luxury hotel.

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Mariner Finance expands to new Baltimore County headquarters

Mariner Finance expands to new Baltimore County headquarters

Mariner Finance will move its corporate headquarters to Baltimore County later this year, part of a broader planned expansion of the Baltimore-based consumer-loan company.

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City seeks proposals for west-side development

City seeks proposals for west-side development

The city Wednesday asked for proposals from developers for about a dozen city-owned parcels in a state-designated historic district on the west side, where many blocks have lain dormant for years.

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Maryland ranked second in green building activity

Maryland ranked second in green building activity

Maryland jumped to second place last year in a ranking of environmentally friendly building activity.

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Alex. Brown Realty partners on Oregon hotel project

Alex. Brown Realty partners on Oregon hotel project

Alex. Brown Realty, Inc. a private real estate investment manager, has bought a five-acre site in Oregon with plans for a 140-room Marriott Residence Inn.

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Maryland foreclosure rate in January ranks third highest in the country

Maryland foreclosure rate in January ranks third highest in the country

Maryland had the third highest foreclosure rate in the country in January, with one in every 543 homes touched by foreclosure filings, according to a monthly report released Thursday.

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Bed Bath & Beyond distributor signs warehouse deal

Bed Bath & Beyond distributor signs warehouse deal

A carrier for Bed Bath & Beyond is creating a distribution hub at a warehouse in Odenton.

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Arundel Village Plaza sold for $6.5 million

Arundel Village Plaza sold for $6.5 million

A Baltimore-based commercial property manager bought the Arundel Village Plaza Shopping Center in Brooklyn Park for $6.5 million last month.

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Natalie Sherman writes about commercial and residential real estate. Before joining The Baltimore Sun, she covered education, economic development and city politics for The Standard-Times in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and worked as an editorial assistant at the Boston Herald. Natalie grew up in Baltimore City. After graduating from Harvard College, she wrote for the Let’s Go travel guides in Argentina and Mexico, interned at Talking Points Memo and served as a researcher for CNN analyst David Gergen. She got her first taste of The Sun during a three-week internship in high school.

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