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Author Archives: Samantha J. Subin

Ocean City hotels battle short-term rentals over room tax

The Commander Hotel & Suites in Ocean City (Commander Hotel & Suites Photo)

Some hotels and motels in Ocean City and Worcester County are pushing back against short-term rental services — platforms they argue are cutting into their sales and operating at an unfair advantage because they fail to collect or remit room ...

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Does Maryland get a bad rap as a retirement state?

While a number of studies and state-by-state comparisons conclude that Maryland is not a good state for retirees, some experts say the reality of retirement is more complicated. (Depositphotos)

Bill Schwartz is letting his clients know there are cheaper places to retire outside of Maryland — a state that for many is synonymous with a high cost of living and high tax rates. “I’d be remiss in not actually ...

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Md. builder launches scholarship fund for employees’ kids

Ed and Fern Hamel (Submitted photo)

Ben Marasco never thought he could afford a doctorate, let alone attend a private university out of state.   For years, the 18-year-old planned to graduate from Howard Community College, attend the University of Maryland for his bachelor’s degree and head ...

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Weis Markets expands Md. delivery service, latest salvo in grocery wars

MacKenzie Capital LLC was able to secure the 75 percent loan-to-value, 4.15 percent, 10-year fixed-rate, non-recourse financing providing financial and prepayment flexibility over the term of the loan for two Weis Market-anchored Pennsylvania shopping centers. (File photo)

Weis Markets is the latest food retailer to expand delivery services amid the growing race to offer customers quick and easy access to groceries nationwide.  The Mid-Atlantic supermarket chain announced Tuesday the expansion of its  Weis2Go online ordering program — which ...

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Old Line bank to merge with W.Va. company

Old Line Bancshares' merger with Bay Bancorp will be its sixth merger since 2011. The $128.6 million deal is expected to close in early 2018 and make it the third largest independent commercial bank in Maryland. (File photo)

Old Line Bancshares, Inc. is set to merge with the West Virginia-based WesBanco, Inc. in an all-stock $500 million deal that reflects the industrywide trend toward consolidation.  Worldwide, banks are turning to mergers as a means to scale up, reach ...

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As apprenticeship programs grow, experts question their impact

Graduates from the Herbert J. Hoelter Vocational Training Center display their certificates after the March 13 ceremony in Baltimore. (Submitted photo)

Governments and employers nationwide are creating apprenticeship programs to train workers for hard-to-fill positions amid a growing labor shortage. But some experts question whether the programs can live up to the lavish billing they’re receiving from workforce advocates. This month, the Maryland ...

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Swimming pools the latest entry in the sharing industry

Swimming pools are the latest commodity that can be shared through an application. (Photo courtesy of Swimply)

Maryland residents and travelers looking to escape the heat wave can cool off in a private pool equipped with toys, lounge chairs and other luxury amenities thanks to a new pool-sharing app. Swimply, a new pool rental service that launched ...

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From Spider-Man to virtual tours, Md. Realtors get creative

Creig Northrop transitioned his team into an independent brokerage now operating as Northrop Realty, A Long & Foster Co. (Photo courtesy Northrop Realty, A Long & Foster Co.)

Video parodies of “Stranger Things,” “Step Brothers” and other pop-culture phenomena are some of the many ways Chi Yan attracts potential clients. “At the end of the day I want to have your attention,” said the Maryland Realtor who uses ...

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Amid rising home prices, Talbot County tackles affordability issues

Eastern Shore real estate

Growing up, Wayne Bridges easily found peers to play with in the small coastal town of St. Michaels, nestled along Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Now, his high school-age son travels a few miles to hangout with friends as more families move ...

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Md. brand takes a crack at Las Vegas market

Some of Route One Apparel's merchandise sold at Joseph's Department Store in Havre de Grace. (Submitted Photo)

A Maryland retailer is testing out the Las Vegas market, thanks to a little bit of luck. Crab Corner in Las Vegas, advertised as a Maryland-style crab house created by Maryland-raised brothers, will feature merchandise from a Maryland pride apparel brand. ...

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