Garrett County Board of Realtors active in county for decades

From The Garrett County Republican

OAKLAND — For more than 30 years, the Garrett County Board of Realtors has been active throughout the county, not only working to assist its membership, but volunteering in numerous programs, as well.

These include Habitat for Humanity, Community Action programs including first-time home buyer programs, annual school supply drives, clothing drives, Garrett Mentors and several other organizations.

Member Larry Smith has been in real estate since 2002 and involved with the GBCR since 2005. He has served in various roles during that time, including three times as president.

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Western Md. Realtors support fracking moratorium bills

Posted: Mar 10, 2015 2:58 PM EDT Updated: Mar 10, 2015 2:58 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Md. (AP) – Real-estate brokers in far western Maryland are supporting a proposal in the Maryland General Assembly for an eight-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas pending further study.

The Garrett County Board of Realtors expressed concern Tuesday about the possible impact of fracking on public health. They say fears of health problems from well-water contamination can reduce home values by at least 20 percent.

Garrett County contains most of Maryland’s share of the gas-rich Marcellus shale.

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