IN THE BUSINESS . . . Housing starts in the Washington area will jump 46 percent this year, Chicago Title Insurance Co. predicts. Chicago Title, one of the nation's largest insurers of property titles, expects starts here will total 22,100 in 1983, up from 15,100 last year, making this are the sixth-largest new-home market in the country. The leader, according to Chicago Title's forecast, will be Dallas-Fort Worth, with 65,000 starts, followed by Houston with 62,000, then Phoenix (35,000), Atlanta (29,000) and Denver (24,200). The firm expects 1.55 million starts for the nation as a whole . . . Meanwhile, sales continue strong in the area. The Northern Virginia Board of Realtors reports that April sales in its area climbed 67 percent above last year's total. The average price was up 4 percent to $107,100. Of the 1,846 units sold, 244 -- 13 percent -- were condominiums, averaging $72,130. The average price for non-condo sales was $110,332 . . . Realtor magazine, published jointly by the four Washington area real estate boards, has been cited by the National Association of Realtors for 25 years of outstanding service. The magazine has a circulation of about 15,000 . . . Events of note: the Maryland Association of Realtors has set its annual convention for June 16-18 in Ocean City. The featured speaker is to be Donald H. Treadwell . . . And the Washington Board of Realtors/Mortgage Bankers Association convention is to be held June 22-26 in Bedford, Pa. . . . The D.C. Builders Association's guest speaker at its dinner meeting Tuesday will be James E. Clay, director of the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development . . . The Maryland and D.C. chapters of the American Society of Appraisers will cosponsor a two-day seminar on Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac report forms May 23 and 24. For information, call 652-1841 . . . Washington Gas Light Co. says it will provide grants of up to $2,500 to community groups, eeducational and nonprofit organizations for energy-related research, education, and demonstration projects. For information, call 750-5530. PERSONNEL FILE . . . The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. has appointed Michael F. Coffey to the newly created post of senior vice president f regional operations. Coffey has been Freddie Mac's western regional vice president, based in Los Angeles . . . The Community Associations Institute, at its recent national convention, elected Alexandria attorney David Mercer vice president and Reston consultant Robert Gould nationl secretary. In addition, Mercer, Margo Bohn of Rickville, and Rick Leeds of Washington were elected national trustees . . . The D.C. and Prince George's chapters of the National Society of Professional Resident Managers will be installing officers Monday and Tuesday, respectively. Installed in D.C. will be: Helen Mattei, president; Janet Axtell, first vice president; Rosa Lee Goodson, second vice president; Inez H. Bishop, treasurer; Diane Scott, secretary; and George Dawson and Juanita Walker, directors. Installed in P.G. will be: Alice Mercer, president; Penny Medley, first vice president; Vernon Fleming, second vice president; Frances Phillips, corresponding secretary; Terry Ward, recording secretary; and Beverly Franks, treasurer. ON THE MOVE . . . An investment group headed by JBG Assocites has bought the eight-story Tysons Beltway Office Center building at Route 7 and Kidwell Drive. The 164,000-square-foot building is 75 percent leased. The price was $20 million . . . The law firm of Cohen, Gettings, Alper & Dunham has taken an additional 6,731 square feet at 1400 N. Uhler St. in Arlington.

CAPTION: Picture 1, An investment group headed by JBG Associates of Washington has bought the Tysons Beltway Office Center for $20 million. The 164,000-square-foot building is 75 percent leased; Picture 2, Michael F. Coffey has been named senior vice president of regional operations at the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp.