Berlin, Md. – The Coastal Association of REALTORS® (CAR) announced today that Bernie Flax, CRS, WHC, RSPS has joined its staff as the new Chief Executive Officer to lead the association’s staff and serve its over 1,000 local REALTOR® and affiliate members.

Flax brings 17 years of local MD and DE real estate brokerage experience as well as many years of volunteer leadership within the community.  As a member of Coastal Association of REALTORS®, she has served on committees as member, chairperson, director on the board through the executive board serving as president in the 2018-2019 term while serving as a director on the Maryland REALTORS® Board of Directors.  Flax has also served on CAR’s strategic planning, search and opportunity and nominating committees and has been chairperson of the Coastal REALTORS® Charitable Foundation since it was created in 2018.   Flax was a 12-year member of Coastal Delmarva Women's Council of REALTORS® with 2 years as president and served Maryland State Women's Council of REALTORS® as a State Director and State Secretary.

"I am humbled and very excited to have been selected by the National Association of REALTORS® to be interviewed and then selected by my peers for this position,” Flax said.  “I look forward to working with the Board, Membership and Coastal Staff as a team by providing exceptional service and valuable resources to our membership to continue assisting consumers obtain safe affordable housing and homeownership." 

In welcoming Bernie, Grace Masten, President of the CAR Board of Directors said “Bernie Flax offers the ‘fresh eyes’ we were looking for to help move the Association into the future. Bernie’s expertise and the commitment she brings to our members is a ‘win-win’ for the Association. We are so proud and so very fortunate to have Bernie as our AE and I sincerely hope you will take a moment to welcome Bernie aboard.”

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More about Coastal Association of REALTORS®

The Coastal Association of REALTORS® is fortunate enough to represent over 1,000 real estate professionals in Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties. These members are engaged, informed, and active in their communities. They support the American dream of homeownership, as well as the purchase and use of all types of real property. They are local. They are accurate. They are trusted. They are REALTORS® and affiliate members.

For more information on Coastal, visit The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark unique to real estate professionals who are members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics.

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