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Baltimore County announces new zoning request dashboard

TOWSON, MD—Baltimore County’s Department of Planning has launched a new interactive web dashboard displaying zoning issues raised during the 2020 Comprehensive Zoning Map Process (CZMP), making the process more accessible to county residents. Every four years, Baltimore County residents may review the zoning classifications of any property in the county and request changes. Spanning 12 months, the process seeks input …


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Attorney General’s Home Builder Guaranty Fund pays out over $388,000 to Maryland home buyers

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh announced on Monday that in FY 2019, the Home Builder Guaranty Fund (the Guaranty Fund), administered by the Consumer Protection Division, paid a total of $388,160.39 to claimants as reimbursement for losses resulting from acts or omissions by registered home builders related to new home construction. In addition, the registrations of five builders …


Councilman Marks initiates zoning changes to protect Perry Hall Manor, eastern Perry Hall

PERRY HALL, MD—Baltimore County Councilman David Marks has initiated zoning changes to protect the rural character of Perry Hall Manor and eastern Perry Hall near Interstate-95. Under the proposal, the land east of Schroeder Avenue currently zoned DR 2 (two houses per acre) would drop to DR 1 (one house per acre). This is the lowest zoning permitted in the …

Baltimore mortgage rates steady to begin February

by Chris Montcalmo, Sierra Pacific Mortgage Freddie Mac on Thursday released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey, showing average 30-year Baltimore mortgage rates holding steady after rising last week. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.19 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending Feb. 2, 2017, unchanged from last week. A year ago at this time, …

Baltimore mortgage rates creep higher

by Chris Montcalmo, Sierra Pacific Mortgage Freddie Mac on Thursday released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey, showing average 30-year and 15-year fixed mortgage rates rising. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 4.19 percent with an average 0.4 point for the week ending Jan. 26, 2017, up from last week when it averaged 4.09 percent. A year ago …

Baltimore mortgage rates move lower for second consecutive week

by Chris Montcalmo Freddie Mac on Thursday released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey, showing average fixed mortgage rates declining for the second consecutive week – both in Baltimore and nationwide. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.54 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending June 16, 2016, down from last week when it averaged 3.60 percent. …

Baltimore mortgage rates back near 2016 lows

by Chris Montcalmo Freddie Mac on Thursday released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey, showing average fixed mortgage rates falling following the Federal Reserve’s decision to stand pat last week, and other negative economic data. Mortgage rates are now hovering just above their low point for the year. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.61 percent with an …

Baltimore mortgage rates hit new 2016 lows

Freddie Mac on Thursday released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey, showing mortgage rates declining slightly from the previous week to reach a new low for the year. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.58 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending April 14, 2016, down from last week when they averaged 3.59 percent. A …