Baltimore Area News Bits…

July 17, 2012

Here are some interesting stories in the news that should be of interest to forward-thinking residents of the Baltimore area from your friends at Dale Carnegie Training of Maryland and the DC Metro Area

Employers weed out job candidates with off-the-wall questions

You walk into a job interview prepared to be grilled about your skills and what you can bring to the position. Instead, the interviewer throws a curveball: “If you were a box of cereal, what would you be?” That’s an actual question Wegmans posed to a job applicant, according to, a website on which candidates anonymously discuss their interviews. Read more here

Many Md. homeowners still underwater on mortgages, but the number’s dropping

One in four Maryland borrowers owed more on his or her home than it was worth at the start of this year, according to CoreLogic’s newest estimates — a lot of people, but not quite as many as the company thinks were underwater last year. The real estate data firm put the tally at just over 335,000, down from 365,000 in the final three months of last year and the lowest figure since the summer of 2010. Read more here

Clear Capital predicts 4.7% gain in Baltimore-area home prices during the rest of the year

Real estate data firm Clear Capital predicts that the Baltimore metro area will see a boost in home prices of nearly 5 percent during the rest of the year. The company expects the region will have the 10th largest gain among the 50 biggest metro areas. Read more here

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