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This free listing is reserved for activities and events that are open to the public at no or minimal cost.

An informational seminar on the housing market presented by Mark and Corie Dickinson of Long & Foster Realtors, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at the Broadlands Community Center, 43004 Waxpool Road, Broadlands. Also includes Mike Clark of World Mortgage and Mindy Mitchell of Sun Design, home staging.

Long & Foster announces top sales associates in Loudoun County for March. Ashburn: Pat Patino was the top producer, lister and seller with a sales volume of $4,729,712; and Kathy Jones, Nancy Pav, Kristi Stavrou and Greg Todd were the agents with the most new listings. Leesburg: Joyce Bush was top producer and seller with a sales volume of $3,668,000; and Ron Resnick was the top lister and the agent with the most new listings. Purcellville: Bill Taylor was the top producer and seller with a sales volume of $1,079,000; and Clay Bouldin was the top lister and the agent with the most new listings. Sterling/Potomac Falls: Marlene Baugh was the top producer, lister and seller with a sales volume of $9,849,740; and Fouzia Afshari and Marlene Baugh were the agents with the most new listings.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage names top sales associate in Loudoun County for March. Cheryl Walniuk, of the Dulles/Loudoun office, was named top producing agent.

Loudoun County has two new programs whose primary purpose is to preserve and rehabilitate existing affordable housing.

* The Loudoun County Home Improvement Program (LCHIP) is available countywide to low- and moderate-income homeowners who want to rehabilitate their primary residences.

* The Eastern Loudoun Revitalization Program (LCHRP) targets homes in the eastern part of the county for rehabilitation.

Both programs provide funds to renovate the primary residence of a low- to moderate-income homeowner. LCHIP is a countywide program while LCHRP is focused on properties in Loudoun County located east of Route 15. Eligibility for the programs is determined by income and loans are awarded based on credit worthiness. The loans for the countywide program have a 10-year term and may be forgivable or interest free. For the eastern Loudoun program, loans with 10-year and 20-year terms are available with a low interest rate or interest free.

Visit the Loudoun County Government Web site, www.loudoun.gov/housing/improvements or call Kelly Marrocco of the Loudoun County Department of Social Services at 703-777-0353.

The next home buyer education workshop sponsored by the Loudoun County Department of Social Services is Monday, May 15 and Wednesday, May 17, at the Cascades Library, 21030 Whitfield Place in Sterling.

The county provides home buyer education workshops to assist potential first-time home buyers in understanding the home-buying process. The six-hour workshop covers a number of topics relating to home ownership, including budgeting, credit, working with Realtors, the mortgage process and what to expect at settlement.

The workshops are held several times throughout the year over a two-evening time period from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at different locations. Attendance at both sessions is required. A schedule of workshop dates and locations is posted on the Loudoun County Government Web site at www.loudoun.gov/housing. Contact Chris Vogel of the Department of Social Services at 703-777-0389 (V/TTY).

Beginning in early May, www.Search4OpenHouses.com, a new Web site created by Bittner Communications LLC, will advertise open houses in Loudoun County in one location. Listing will be by a variety of companies, as well as "For Sale by Owner," and model homes.