W. Evans Buchanan, a builder here for more than 25 years and past president of the National Association of Home Builders, was one of 23 persons recently inducted into the NAHB's "housing hall of fame." Ralph J. Johnson, of Bethesda, head of the NAHB research foundation in Rockville, also was inducted, as was builder-developer John McC. Mowbray of Baltimore.

Kenneth W. Carlson, a founding member of the Ryland Homes building firm, is resigning as vice president of the Ryland Group Inc. and to form his own homebuilding and real estate firm in Columbia.

Washington realtor Richard H. Swesnik has written a book called "Acquiring and Developing Income-Producing Real Estates," (Reston Publishing Co., 240 pages, $13.95). It deals with syndication of ownership, financing and property management.

Dennis Rowland of Silver Spring has been promoted to vice president and sales manager of the Layhill office of james J. Hall Inc., realtors.

Earnest W. Armstrong has been appointed manager of new branch office of the Realteq brokerage and management firm in Suitland.

Thomas Farasy has been named vice president of Instate General Corp., the parent firm of St. Charles Associates, developer of St. Charles, Md.

Patricia J. Mathews has been installed as president of the National Society of Professional Resident Managers at a dinner a Stouffer's National Center Hotel in Arlington. Judge Alfred Burka of the D.C. Superior Court was the speaker.

Ralph C. Smith, senior vice president of Commonwealth Lannd Title Insurance Co., now is director of the firm's national title service division, which is expanding into major metropolitan areas. The Washington office is on Leesburg Pike. Smith said special services are offered to clients doing business in several markets.

Charles E. Helwig has joined Leggat McCall & Werner, a commerical realty firm with offices here, as vice president. He had been an officer of Columbia Management Inc.

Orin S. Kramer, associate director of the domestic policy staff at the White House, will discuss the future of federal housing and urban programs in a tightening economy in a a luncheon talk Tuesday before the National Housing Conference at the International Inn.

Appraiser Frank H. Kelly, a realty specialist with the Department of Transportation and immediate past president of the National Association of Review Appraisers, has been named Washington representatives for the organization, which is based in St. Paul, Minn.

Donald G. Carter, a consulting engineer in Silver Spring, has been named man of the year by the Consulting Engineers Council of Metropolitan Washington. He was cited for his educational work with consulting engineers in various parts of the nation.