A Week In Business – June 7, 2019

Office Collecting Donations

OCEAN CITY – The Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Ocean City at 123rd Street is collecting food donations for St Peter’s Lutheran Church food pantry and soup kitchen as part of a companywide initiative, “Healthy Food Week.” This is the fifth year in a row that offices throughout the region have collected healthy food to support food banks and create awareness of healthy food choices in their local communities.

Those who wish to donate can drop off healthy, non-perishable food items through Monday, June 10 at the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office located at 12207 Coastal Highway Suite D in Ocean City. Donations will be accepted Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Every Wednesday, the church’s soup kitchen is open for lunch and the food pantry is open for food pick-up for the less fortunate.


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Chesney West

Bank Promotions Announced

SALISBURY — John W. Breda, president and CEO of The Bank of Delmarva, recently announced two personnel promotions.

Joining the bank in 2015, Chesney West was recently promoted to the role of business analyst. In 2017, she graduated from Wilmington University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management. In January she graduated with her Master’s Degree in Accounting from Wilmington University. West was recently accepted into the

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Kelsey Dickerson

Doctorate of Business Administration program at Wilmington University.

An employee of the bank since 2012, Kelsey Dickerson Tilghman was recently promoted to the role of project manager for the bank. Tilghman graduated from Wilmington University with a Bachelor of Science degree in General Studies in 2013 and graduated with her Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Leadership through Wilmington University in 2015. Kelsey recently completed the Maryland Banking School program where she graduated with honors.


Coastal Meets With Officials

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Annual Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, DC, REALTORS® from across the country, including members from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (Coastal), traveled to Capitol Hill to meet with their federal elected officials.

The purpose of the visits is to share with elected officials NAR’s legislative priorities, which this year include reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), an investment deadline extension for Qualified Opportunity Zones, and passage of The Equality Act to support fair housing.

Since authority for the NFIP to write insurance is set to expire on May 31, NAR members advocated for reauthorization of the program to avoid a lapse. Flood insurance is required for a federally-related mortgage in more than 20,000 communities across the country. According to NAR research, 40,000 property sales are delayed or cancelled each month of a program lapse. REALTORS® support extending the NFIP as Congress continues its bipartisan work toward responsible long-term reauthorization that includes meaningful reforms to strengthen program solvency. The House voted to extend the NFIP through September, but the measure has not yet been approved by the Senate.

The Qualified Opportunity Zone program has great potential to spur real estate development and investment, creating additional economic opportunities in these designated communities. Investors are eager to participate, but delays in the process to finalize QOZ rules have stalled the program’s momentum. Members advocated for the U.S. Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service to quickly finalize rulemaking, or Congress should act to extend deadlines for certain tax benefits created through Opportunity Zones to ensure the program’s success.

Fair housing laws improve opportunities to employment, education, and healthy communities, and NAR is proud of its commitment to equal housing policies. Ten years ago, NAR amended its Code of Ethics to require that REALTORS® provide equal professional service to the LGBTQ population. Members advocated for H.R. 5, The Equality Act, which amends our nation’s civil rights laws to ensure the American Dream is available and accessible to all Americans. H.R. 5 was passed by the House on May 17 and awaits a vote in the Senate.

“We always appreciate our elected leaders taking time out of their busy schedules to hear about real estate issues,” said Coastal President Bernie Flax. “We provided them with a lot of information, not only on these timely issues, but also on who REALTORS® are and how they impact the nation’s economy. We hope they will stand with us on these issues to support our industry and the American Dream.”