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October 23, 2012 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer
LEONARD WARREN Simpkins Jr. would be cooking a meal or riding in his car and the muted trumpet of Miles Davis would be filling the air with jazz. Leonard was a big jazz fan and the late trumpeter was his favorite, although he also dug John Coltrane, Wes Montgomery and Charlie Parker, among others. And he didn't just listen to their music. He had firm opinions about the artists - which ones were the best and why, which ones mediocre - as well as an encyclopedic knowledge of their work.
NEWS
December 14, 2012
DEAR HARRY: I have a good pension plan where I work, and I have been contributing right up to the maximum allowed. The company matches my contributions up to 6 percent of my pay. Today, I saw some guru on TV telling people that any money above what the company will match should go into real estate. He was even going to the point of telling viewers to move to a bigger home with a bigger mortgage. With low interest rates and the threat of inflationary policies in Washington, he insisted that this was a no-brainer.
NEWS
August 25, 1995 | by Jacqueline Love, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Earni Young contributed to this story
Want to buy a house? Need advice on what to do now that you're moving for the first time? If so, the answers can be as close as your personal computer. Log on and link up to the LibertyNet, where cyberspace meets real estate. LibertyNet is a regional computer-based network with information about lots of things - community organizations, educational institutions, historic and cultural attractions, local government and business in the Philadelphia region. And real estate.
NEWS
September 5, 2000 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Selling a house can be like losing an old friend. The attachment between home and homeowner can run that deep because of the sense of history and familiarity. And when the owner is an older person and the history spans decades, the loss can be quite painful, real-estate agents say. Jean Brenner of Richboro, who has sold real estate for 23 years, knows this from personal experience. After selling her home of 18 years, she found herself getting weepy all the time. "I was depressed but didn't know why," Brenner said.
NEWS
November 12, 1993 | By Mary Blakinger, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Flora K. Rubin cannot stand inertia. That's why she teaches ethics to real-estate agents, sells about $8 million worth of real estate a year, and works on a task force that is proposing revisions in real-estate law. It's also one reason why the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors recently chose Rubin, of Narberth, for its 1993 Outstanding Service Award. "She doesn't recognize the words, 'It can't be done,' " said Rubin's friend and colleague, Carolyn Eagan. It was Eagan, executive vice president of the Main Line Board of Realtors, who submitted Rubin's name to the 26,000-member state association for consideration for the award.
NEWS
June 29, 2007 | By Harold Brubaker, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In a stunning move linked to a federal investigation, Vernon W. Hill II is leaving Commerce Bancorp Inc., which he founded more than 30 years ago and built into a $47 billion bank that helped change the face of retail banking. The Cherry Hill bank said today that Hill, 61, would immediately depart from its main operating subsidiary and would retire as chairman, president and chief executive of Commerce Bancorp on July 31. Commerce stock climbed on the news, as investors placed bets that the company will be sold.
BUSINESS
September 22, 1992 | by Earni Young, Daily News Staff Writer
When the Berlin Wall came tumbling down more than two years ago, followed by the Soviet Union, Binswanger Co. saw a golden opportunity in the rush by American firms to consolidate and relocate their European operations. After a six-month test, the Philadelphia-based firm and Auguste-Thouard of Paris yesterday formally announced the formation of Auguste-Thouard- Binswanger, which will provide international real-estate services. The partnership with France's largest commercial real-estate brokerage is unique, said Frank G. Binswanger 3rd, who has been named a managing director of the new venture.
NEWS
January 21, 1988 | By Chuck McDevitt, Special to The Inquirer
The opening of a new RE/MAX franchise real-estate office at 1001 Baltimore Pike in Springfield has been announced by Michael J. Stefonick, regional director of RE/MAX of Southeastern Pennsylvania. The Springfield office - operating under the name RE/MAX Delco - is the 46th franchise in the Southeastern Pennsylvania regional group. The franchise is owned by Paul V. Kazunas. The 4,500-square-foot office employs seven sales associates. Projections call for the addition of about 15 associates within nine months, according to Kazunas.
REAL_ESTATE
July 17, 1986 | By LEW SICHELMAN, Special to the Daily News
Two years ago Clark Firestone, an old buddy from my high- school days, was like a lot of would-be real-estate investors. He had heard about people who made fortunes in real estate while sheltering a good bit of their incomes, and he wanted to do the same. But he was scared to death. Today, Firestone and nine of his friends and neighbors are in the process of purchasing their 10th property. When the deal goes to settlement in the next few weeks, they'll own about $500,000 worth of real estate between them.
NEWS
March 27, 1987 | By CYNTHIA BURTON, Daily News Staff Writer (Staff writer Gary Thompson also contributed to this report.)
The biggest "if" in Mayor Goode's proposed $1.8 billion budget has real- estate developers and investors coming up with a few "ifs" of their own. Goode's plan to sell two city office buildings - City Hall Annex and the Municipal Services Building - for $65 million and lease them back for $14 million a year is the biggest link in the fiscal chain that would keep taxes and services where they are. But several developers said they'd rather knock...
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BUSINESS
August 13, 2016 | By Suzette Parmley, Staff Writer
Macy's announced it is closing 100 more stores by early 2017, as the department store giant shifts its attention and resources to an e-commerce and digital strategy. The closures follow the 38 Macy's closing from this past spring, including the 90,000-square-foot store at the Suburban Square shopping center in Ardmore. Macy's has not said which stores will be closed, or precisely when. But analysts predict it will be at the end of the year in time for the holidays, and for year-end store-closing clearance sales.
NEWS
August 12, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Edward T. Gay Jr., 60, of Center City, lead broker in the firm of George Gay Real Estate Inc., died Thursday, Aug. 4, of respiratory failure at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse. Known to friends as "Ted," Mr. Gay was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Willow Grove. He graduated from Upper Moreland High School in 1974 and the University of Pittsburgh in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in economics and political science. From age 16, he was employed in the business founded by his grandfather in 1923 - first as a gofer and later as the broker in charge of others in the office at 2029 Walnut St. in Center City.
BUSINESS
August 10, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, Staff Writer
Philadelphia's nightclub scene may soon be rocked by a 24-year-old dance-music impresario from Connecticut. And his mother. James and Micheline DeBerardine are transforming an aged office building near 12th and Vine Streets into what they say will be the city's biggest and most technically sophisticated dance venue. The club, to be called NOTO - short for "Not of the Ordinary" - is part of the DeBerardines' plans for Vine Street just north of Chinatown, which also include 99 new apartments.
NEWS
August 2, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, Aug. 3, for Russell E. Miller 3d, 90, formerly of Clifton Heights, a Realtor, radio show host, and writer, who died July 13 of a heart ailment in a hospice in Fort Myers, Fla. He had moved to Fort Myers 12 years ago. Born to Florence and Russell Miller Jr. in Philadelphia, Mr. Miller grew up on a farm in Ambler. He was self-educated, and, as a result, he became something of a Renaissance man, his family said. He served in the Coast Guard during World War II. Afterward, he built a career as a Realtor, and with his wife, Winifred V. Miller, he taught lawyers about real estate and estate planning.
BUSINESS
July 30, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
Despite temperatures stuck in the 90s and thousands of visitors in Philadelphia for the Democratic convention this week, the real estate industry is, so far, reporting business as usual. The South Philadelphia neighborhoods surrounding the Wells Fargo Center, where the convention is being held, appear to be affected the most. "We have postponed all neighborhood [house] showings until next week," said Barbara Capozzi, of Capozzi Real Estate & Insurance in the 3300 block of South 20th Street.
NEWS
July 30, 2016 | By Walter F. Naedele, Staff Writer
James Uibel, 54, of Collingswood, a former real estate appraiser, died of colon cancer Monday, July 25, at Samaritan Healthcare and Hospice in Mount Holly. Born in Gloucester City, Mr. Uibel graduated from Gloucester City High School in 1980, earned a bachelor's degree in theater arts at Rutgers-Camden, and in the late 1990s studied finance at Temple University. From 2005 until illness forced him to retire in 2015, Mr. Uibel was a self-employed appraiser, working from a home office, said his spouse, Michael McKeown.
REAL_ESTATE
July 11, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
Summer is not the easiest time of the year to sell a house, or to buy one, for that matter. Or is it? "I often tell sellers the best time to list is when they are ready," said Chris Somers, broker/owner of Re/Max Access in Philadelphia's Northern Liberties neighborhood. "If it happens to be the summer, that is fine, as the market is still very busy year in and year out," he said. Despite the arrival of summer, Somers said his office has been "super busy. " Not as busy as the spring, "but you certainly do not want to wait to get your property sold if you are ready now. " "And there are buyers now," he emphasized.
REAL_ESTATE
July 10, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Staff Writer
The venerable Counselors of Real Estate is a group of 1,000 individuals, invited to join, and considered the crème de la crème of the industry. Every year, the counselors come up with a list of the top issues facing real estate, and 2016-17 is no exception. Here is some of what the counselors are predicting about the residential real estate market. Age matters. Millennials have overtaken the baby boomers in sheer numbers, but both groups remain substantial real estate consumers.
REAL_ESTATE
June 19, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Staff Writer
Back in the 1990s, real estate sales data were considered closely guarded secrets - by some, at least. That meant one of the most difficult things about this job was finding numbers to support what real estate agents were saying about the market. Fortunately, there were some Realtors who thought the attempt at secrecy was nonsense and successfully argued that, in the words of one, if they didn't provide sales numbers when the market was bad, how would I know when it was good.
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