Realtors to hold free seminar for first-time homebuyers


The Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors will be holding a free seminar for first-time homebuyers Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the board's headquarters, 1501 W. Mount Royal Ave.

Topics to be covered include the choice of buying vs. renting, what to look for in a home, understanding contracts and purchasing, financial requirements for buying a home, loan information and settlement procedures.

People interested in attending may register by calling Patricia Gaydos at the board, 462-2500.


A new Sunday morning real estate television show debuts today, the product of a local group that spent more than a year developing a program that goes one step beyond forerunners in the Baltimore-Washington market.

New Homes Portfolio has its premiere at 10:30 a.m. on WBAL-TV Channel 11.

Unlike other shows that feature houses listed by different real estate companies, such as O'Conor, Piper & Flynn or Long & Foster, New Homes Portfolio is designed to showcase new home builders and their products in a format reminiscent of Evening Magazine.

During each half-hour program, host Mike Rowe will visit up to eight new home locations and talk with the builder or builder's sales representative and provide a visual tour of model homes and communities.

The Home Builders Association of Maryland has served as an industry consultant and coordinator throughout the show's development.

Builders participating in initial programs include: Macks Homes, Chateau Builders, The Ashley Group Ltd., Pulte Home Corp., Masonry Contractors Inc., AOKI Corp., Ryland Homes, Belmar Homes of Maryland, Keystone Homes, Henry J. Knott Development and American Landmark.


Leslie Legum, one of the first industrial developers active in the --

Baltimore/Washington corridor, has formed the Circle Companies, a diversified real estate ownership, management and construction group.

One of the Circle Companies is Circle Limited Partnership, which is the managing general partner of the 130-acre Cromwell Business Park near Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

Additional Circle holdings include 7272 Park Circle Drive, a 60,000-square-foot office building in the Parkway Corporate Center and partnership interest in Cromwell Station, the 30-acre site located at the southern terminus of the state's light-rail line.


Around the region:

* The Building Owners and Managers Association is offering a seminar on "Complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act" Oct. 1 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 300 Light St. in Baltimore. Registration costs $150 per person if the fee is received before Sept. 24. Registration information is available from BOMA at 752-3318.

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