New hot line offers alerts on predatory...


New hot line offers alerts on predatory lending

A new hot line that offers expert advice to alert families to predatory lending practices is being started in several metropolitan areas across the nation, including Baltimore.

The campaign by Freddie Mac, called "Don't Borrow Trouble," refers people to a network of city agencies and nonprofit organizations through the hot line: 866-DBT-HELP.

The hot line will offer advice on such predatory lending practices as exorbitant interest rates, excessive fees, and deceitful lending practices.

News in brief

Long and Foster Real Estate Inc. had sales of $1.5 billion on 6,746 properties for January. The top Baltimore sales offices were Timonium, Howard County at Waverly Woods, Columbia, Annapolis, and Bel Air.

On the move

Century 21 Diana Realty Inc. of Bel Air said Erlene Miller joined the company as a sales associate.

O'Conor, Piper & Flynn ERA said Barbara Pritchard joined the real estate company's Bel Air/Abingdon office. Pritchard has 18 years of real estate experience and specializes in Harford County and the Baltimore metropolitan market.

Coldwell Banker Stevens Realtors said Kiyoko Macnew, Brad Baker, Dave Barbato and Victoria Stevens joined its Bel Air/Festival Mall office.

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