Kettler Brothers, Inc., the developer of Montgomery Village, has purchased eight acres of land at 4300 Massachusetts Ave. NW, where it plans to build a complex of 148 luxury town houses. Robert L. Cohen of Barnes, Morris & Pardoe, Inc., handled the $3.5 million sale by the Division of general welfare of the United Methodist Church and the Methodist Corp. The Kettler firm plans to begin the tradditional-styled town houses this summer.
Plans are moving ahead for the conversion of the 1,684-unit Parkfairfax apartment-town house complex on Shirley Highway, near Fairlington Villages, to condominium ownership. However, Harold A. Lewis, who is in charge of sales for International Developers, Inc., reports that no units will be available until fall. Current residents get first choice - at discounted prices. Lewis said no additional residential buildings will be added to the community, which was built in the 1940s. The present density is 13 units per acre.
A 23-member task force, headed by former HUD Secretary Robert C. Weaver, is now reviewing the future role fo the Federal Housing Administration. The group includes two former FHA Commissioners, P. N. Brownstein of Washington and Neal J. Hardy of New York City, and the current assistand HUD Secretary of housing (and Federal Housing Commissioner), Lawrence B. Simons. HUD Secretary Patricia Harris is expected to tesify on the future role of FHA before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Afairs later this month.
Courses in real estate financing and sales techniques are planned by the Alexandria Adult Distributive Education Service and the Northern Virginia Board of realtors. For information, call 549-8340. Preparatory real estate courses are also being offerered in Arlington. For information, dial 558-2581.
George P. Shafran president of the Homes for Living Network and head of Better Homes Realty in this area, has been elected to the board of the American Council for Capital Formation, a no-profit, non-partison ecnomic education and congressional lobbying organization based here.
National Real Estate Exchange, Inc., a national marketing network of realty professionals, has named Marjorie Ackerman of Bethesda as representativ in Montgomery County. Ackerman heads her own fird here.
All of the top awards for subdivision homesales were won by representatives of the Lewis & Silverman firm in a competition held by the Montgomery County Board of realtors, according to Larry Silverman, president for the firm.
Stanley Martin Communities has reported that 54 town houses were sold in five recent weeks at Willow Hills in Landover,Md. A spokesman said that VA fincancing and a program to provide moveins for $500 in cash has spurred sales in the 500-unit community, where prices begin at $43,000.
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded a certificate for "conspicuous and effective" support of HUD's commitment to full use of minoritcontractors to Barnard Lubscher, president of Construction General, Inc., Silver Spring. The firm builds HUD'assisted rental housing developments in the metropolitan area.
Amtrak has leased 5,000 square feet for a regional office at 2341 Jefferson Davis Hwy. in south Arlington, in a building owned by American Century Mortgage Investors Julien J. Studley, Inc., handled the negotiations.
The Northern Virginia Board of Realtors recently presented sales awards to 560 sales agents at a dinner-dance at the Washington Hilton. Top producers included Kenneth F. McKeehan, Lyn Phinney, James Ross Ward, Joan LeBosquet Rhodes, Michael C. Capraro, Nancy Spinks, Corneius Dolby, Liliane Knakmuhs, Ann High and Deborah webster.
Ground has been broken at Rockland and Lewis Avenues in Rockville for the construction of single-family houses in what will be called Rockville Commons. Designed by Imas Gruner, the houses will be built by BSR Construction of Rockville. Prices are expected to be in the $60,000s.
KRB, Inc., has received approval of preliminary site plans for 258 town houses to be called Woodland Hills on a 50-acre tract overlooking Montgomery Village.
Holland & Lyons Restoration has been set up as a new division of Holland & Lyons, a real estate firm that has been active in both restoration and new development in the city. James Baxter, a vice president of the firm, is in charge of the new division that will specialize in individual home restorations and renovations in the District.