Friday, October 26, 2012
Looking for a new home in the area? See what's on display.
This week's roundup of area open houses features a $159,900 listing on Plateau Place in Greenbelt. SUNDAY, OCT. 28 8 Plateau Pl., Greenbelt 5820 Quebec St., Berwyn Heights 3106 Lake Ave., Cheverly 4905 Somerset Rd., Riverdale 3208 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier 6312 Westbrook Dr., New Carrollton
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
This year, the picnic features a moon bounce and other kids' activities.
Greenbelt Homes, Inc. hosts its annual members picnic Sunday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.—and this year children will enjoy special events and activities tailored for them. New kid-friendly offerings include a moon bounce, crafts and games. Kids at heart haven't been left out either. There's a hula hoop contest for all ages at 1:45 p.m. The picnic will take place in front of GHI's Administration Building and GHI will provide free food—burgers, hot dogs and vegetarian sides—until it runs out. There'll be a 50-50 raffle with drawings at 1:45 p.m. and 2:55 p.m. It costs $1 to participate, and two winners will walk away with half of all the dollars entered. GHI asks members to take part in its tradition of giving back to neighbors by bringing a non-…
Thursday, April 26, 2012
The Greenbelt Homes Woodlands Committee trimmed vines and branches from the woodlands and removed invasives.
Greenbelter Eric Zhang posted a photo essay of an Earth Day cleanup by the Greenbelt Homes, Inc. volunteer Woodland's Committee. It's part of his continued quest to blog about Greenbelt's 75th Anniversary year. "It's going to be a day of service to help restore the ecology of the GHI woodlands," Matt Berres, GHI staff liaison to the committee, told Patch on Friday, just before the cleanup. "It's a chance to come out and meet friends and neighbors and celebrate the woodlands and GHI." On Saturday, committee members and friends trimmed vines and branches back and performed invasive plant removal from an area between the 58 and 62 courts of Ridge road. Zhang reported that GHI manages nearly 86 acres of forested woodlands, and one of the …
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Neighbors gained the right to vote on creating smoke-free rows of homes in their Greenbelt cooperative.
Neighbors rallying for a smoke-free row of townhouses in Greenbelt, MD, have won the right to take their case to their housing membership at large. Their draft petition called for only one smoke-free row, but their final petition stepped it up a level — giving any row in their cooperative housing community a chance to ban smoking. Greenbelt Homes, Inc. (GHI) General Manager Eldon Ralph reported on Monday that the petition met the housing cooperatives’ requirements. Now it is in the cooperative members' court. They are slated to vote on the petition at their annual meeting on Thursday, May 17. The petitioners not only met the deadline, they also turned it in with 53 signatures, 52 of which were accepted by GHI as those of cooperative …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Sales are greater to date than they've been since 2007, but GHI's General Manager says to wait and see what happens before saying things have turned around.
On Tuesday, GHI reported 14 homes selling in the first quarter of 2012, and seven contracts already pending in the second quarter, which began April 1. GHI General Manager Eldon Ralph said sales are better thus far in 2012 than they have been since 2007, but it is still too soon to tell if they are going to turn around from the decline of the last four years. Ralph pointed to a recent example of how homes tend to do better, even in today’s market, when they are in good condition and are presentable. According to Ralph, GHI sold a home in around two weeks that had been returned to it from a member, and it was priced more than $20,000 higher than some similar sized units. It was a two bedroom frame home that GHI had done a lot of repair work…
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Fourteen GHI units have sold thus far in the first quarter of 2012.
After slowing down appreciably in the last several years, first quarter home sales have risen in Greenbelt Homes, Inc. (GHI) in 2012, according to Eldon Ralph, GHI General Manager. "The first quarter sales are definitely better than they have been since 2007," Ralph said in an interview on Thursday. In 2007, GHI sold 22 homes, but the sales dropped to 7 in 2008. Since Jan. 1 of this year, the sales have risen to 14, according to Ralph. The quarter is still in progress and will end on March 31. With a pre-purchase orientation scheduled for Saturday, it is possible the number of sales will go up further yet before the quarter comes to a close. But Ralph thinks it is too early to project whether GHI has turned the corner in regard to home …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Officer Kelly Lawson advised Greenbelters on how to reduce crime.
Officer Kelly Lawson wants to educate Greenbelt residents on how to increase personal safety and awareness. She shared some tips at Greenbelt Home, Inc.'s (GHI) last board of directors meeting and also emailed Patch three ideas on Monday to share with all Greenbelters. Three Safety Tips for Every Greenbelt Resident At GHI's board meeting, GHI General Manager Eldon Ralph discussed an incident at the GHI-owned Parkway Apartments, in which unauthorized persons entered the apartments and accosted a resident at the end of December. In response to tenant concerns, GHI wrote a letter on Jan. 30 urging tenants to be “vigilant” and provided additional precautionary measures to keep them safe. The measures included changing apartment door locks at …