Marc Wit­man

Busi­ness­man who ‘re­ally found him­self’ in real es­tate served with in­dus­try or­ga­ni­za­tions and won many awards

Baltimore Sun - - OBITUARIES - By Jac­ques Kelly jac­ques.kelly@balt­

Marc Wit­man, who sold res­i­den­tial real es­tate and was a past pres­i­dent of the Greater Bal­ti­more Board of Real­tors, died of pan­cre­atic can­cer Oct. 8 at Gilchrist Hos­pice Care of Howard County. The Pikesville res­i­dent was 66. Born in Bal­ti­more and raised in Bal­ti­more County’s Mil­ford Mill area, he was the son of Hal Wit­man, an at­tor­ney, and Miriam Wit­man, a homemaker.

He was a 1968 grad­u­ate of Mil­ford Mill High School, where he was on the golf team. He earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in busi­ness from the Univer­sity of Mary­land, Col­lege Park.

A Demo­crat, he was ac­tive in the 1960s civil rights move­ment and par­tic­i­pated in demon­stra­tions to in­te­grate the Mil­ford Mill Swim Club.

Af­ter col­lege, he worked for a mail-or­der firm and be­came its vice pres­i­dent. He also co-owned an au­to­mo­bile oil-change busi­ness.

In 1989, he changed ca­reers and re­ceived his real es­tate li­cense.

“He re­ally found him­self in that in­dus­try,” said his wife, the former Helaine Boslow. “Ev­ery­thing he learned ear­lier in life all come to­gether for him in his real es­tate ca­reer.

“Marc prided him­self in know­ing what was com­ing on the mar­ket. He knew his clients, and he knew what would make them happy,” she said. “And if his clients were happy he was thrilled.”

He worked at the Mer­rill Lynch, Mered­ith, and Long and Foster real es­tate firms. In 2007, he was one of the founders of the Strata Group, and most re­cently was a part­ner at Berk­shire Hath­away Home­sale Realty in Bare Hills.

“Marc was kind, re­source­ful, smart and clever,” said Michael Yer­man, his busi­ness part­ner. “He was a great sales­per­son. His clients came first. He was stead­fast. He fol­lowed up ev­ery­thing, on ev­ery de­tail. And he re­ally knew the in­dus­try.”

Mr. Wit­man be­came pres­i­dent of the Greater Bal­ti­more Board of Real­tors in 1999. He suc­cess­fully lob­bied the Mary­land Gen­eral Assem­bly to change re­quired tax es­crows from 13 months to six months. As a re­sult of his cam­paign, res­i­den­tial tax bills are mailed ev­ery six months.

“It made a huge dif­fer­ence in the clos­ing costs re­lated to a house,” said Alan In­gra­ham, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Greater Bal­ti­more Board of Real­tors. “Mary­land had been the third-high­est state for trans­ac­tion costs for home pur­chases, and af­ter this change, it moved all the way down to the 31st state na­tion­ally.”

Mr. In­gra­ham said his col­league was a gen­tle­man and “the consummate pro­fes­sional. He was a class act in ev­ery re­gard.”

Mr. Wit­man re­ceived nu­mer­ous pro­fes­sional awards. He was Greater Bal­ti­more’s 1996 Dis­tin­guished Re­al­tor of the Year and the 1998 Re­al­tor of the Year. He was also the 2016 re­cip­i­ent of the Greater Bal­ti­more Board’s Life­time Achieve­ment Award.

“Marc was an in­cred­i­ble tac­ti­cian. He had the an­swers to com­plex ques­tions at his fin­ger­tips. In our part­ner­ship, we never had a cross word,” said Bran­don Gaines, an­other busi­ness part­ner. “He loved do­ing deals, loved be­ing on the phone talk­ing to his loyal clients and cus­tomers. He de­rived a tremen­dous en­joy­ment from this in­dus­try.”

Pat Windisch, his as­sis­tant since 1994, said Mr. Wit­man “al­ways dressed in an im­mac­u­late suit and tie. He be­lieved in look­ing pro­fes­sional.”

For many years he wore a white shirt off­set by sus­penders.

“Ahomeis a sa­cred place — not be­cause of the walls or the floors or the fur­nish­ings, but be­cause of the life and love and spirit of the peo­ple who live in it,” said Rabbi Elissa Sachs-Ko­hen in her eu­logy for Mr. Wit­man. “Marc had a won­der­ful sense about walls and the floors, but more im­por­tantly, he cared about the peo­ple who would come and go, the peo­ple who live in the home.”

Mr. Wit­man sup­ported the Lust­garten Foun­da­tion for pan­cre­atic can­cer re­search.

He en­joyed play­ing golf at the old Ch­est­nut Ridge Golf Course. In the 1980s, he be­longed to a Wed­nes­day night sail­ing group in An­napo­lis. He also sailed to Maine.

He was a mem­ber of Bal­ti­more He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion.

Ser­vices were held Oct. 10 at Sol Levin­son and Bros.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of nearly 15 years; two daugh­ters, Sa­mara Sis­ser­man of Lutherville and Shana Wit­man of Bal­ti­more; two step­daugh­ters, Jane Frankel Sims of Lutherville and Devon Sil­ber­stein of Rye, N.Y; and six grand­chil­dren. “If his clients were happy he was thrilled,” Marc Wit­man’s wife, Helaine, said of him.

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