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Realtors sponsor seminar on buying a first house


The Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors will hold a free seminar for first-time homebuyers tomorrow from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Sandalwood Elementary School, 900 S. Marlyn Ave. in Essex.

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

To register, contact Kristin Josephson at the real estate board, 462-2500.

Chesapeake Club

Paparazzo Construction Inc. of Farmington, Conn., has broken ground for Chesapeake Club, a 1,440-unit, 500-acre condominium project overlooking the North East River at the head of the Chesapeake Bay.

The centerpiece of the community is a 6,800-yard, par 69 golf course that opened three weeks ago. Residences will range in price from $99,000 for town houses to $169,900 for detached houses. Ten models opened recently at the site, 1 Chesapeake Club Drive in North East. The property is off Route 272, three miles south of Interstate 95.

The first residences will be ready for occupancy in 45 days, and the project is expected to take five years to complete. Callister Gately Heckmann & Bischoff of Tiburon, Calif., is the architect. Paparazzo Construction is the builder.

Upper Marlboro

General American Real Estate and Development Inc., a Columbia-based firm, has joined forces with the Dolben Co. of Boston to build a 71-unit town house community called the Oaks at Marlborough Village on land overlooking an 18-hole golf course in the Villages of Marlborough, a planned community.

General American is general partner for the project, which is funded by Ameribanc Savings Bank. Prices start below $125,000.

Around the region:

* Winchester Homes has opened 68 town houses in Bowling Brook Farms, a development in Howard County. Prices start below $150,000.

* Architect Joseph Fenton has become a project manager for Marks, Thomas and Associates Inc. He had been an associate with Cochran, Stephenson and Donkervoet. Brad Moning has become a designer for Marks, Thomas and Associates Inc. Christy Rice has been promoted to manager of the firm's computer aided design department. Michael O'Canas and Michael Stumpfoll have joined the department as computer aided design operators.

* William Cassidy has become a a sales associates for Long & Foster Realtors' new Fells Point office at 808 S. Broadway. He had worked for O'Conor, Piper & Flynn Realtors. Long & Foster's Fells Point office is a satellite of its new Roland Park office at 501 Coldspring Lane. Both are headed by Marge Knutson.

* Charlene Pitera and Chuck von Nordeck has joined Century 21 Rohe & Rohe Associates Inc. of Perry Hall/White Marsh as sales associates.

* Lawrence Buck has become director of training and recruiting for Coldwell Banker Baltimore/Washington's Prince George's County operations.

* Lisa A. Barnhill was the leader in sales production for Gilbert D. Marsiglia & Co. Inc. during 1991. Richard B. Ray was the company's leading listing agent and second in sales production. Mimi G. Wood was third in sales production.

* Century 21 Forty West Inc. recently hired Jackie McQuarrie, Ray Sweeney and Mary Baxter as sales consultants.

* David Miller has been promoted to project manager and Scott Key to senior project manager by Harkins Builders Inc.

* Henry Johnson, of Johnson-Berman Interior Design, has received an honorable mention from the American Society of Interior Designers for his restoration of the Maryland Senate chambers and offices in Annapolis. The award, in the historic preservation category, was presented at the group's 1992 Interior Design Awards Ceremony last month.

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