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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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REAL_ESTATE
March 13, 2016
As I wrote in this column last week, I recently spent a couple of hours in a room filled with enthusiastic real estate agents and brokers, all of whom appeared to be happy in their work. I talked to many of them, and everyone expressed hope for the spring market. There are those among you who will say, "Of course, they are enthusiastic because it would be counterproductive to be otherwise. " That may be true, but having covered the local real estate community through two major downturns since 1990, let me say I've seen them much less enthusiastic.
NEWS
March 9, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
A Los Angeles-based real estate investment and brokerage firm has acquired the 11-story apartment building at 1510 Chestnut St. from Philadelphia's Pearl Properties. Blatteis and Schnur closed in October on the 34-unit building, which has a ground-floor Foot Locker store, managing director Sam Brownell said Monday. The company also owns 1519 and 1521 Walnut St. Brownell declined to disclose his company's purchase price for the Chestnut Street building. A record of the transaction filed with the city assigns it a fair market value of $8.34 million.
NEWS
March 1, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Edward Brooke Stokes, 94, of Devon, an investment brokerage executive and later a commercial real estate developer, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, of respiratory failure at Dunwoody Village. Mr. Stokes was born in Philadelphia, the son of Mary Baldwin Irwin Brooke and Edward Lowber Stokes. The latter was a Republican congressman from Pennsylvania from 1931 to 1935. The younger Mr. Stokes graduated in 1940 from St. Paul's School in New Hampshire. He enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, but his studies were interrupted by service in the Army during World War II. He graduated in 1946 with a bachelor's degree in economics.
BUSINESS
February 28, 2016
Retail by Suzette Parmley does not appear today. Town by Town: In Real Estate, J1 MarketWatch: Sports (back page with Weather) Jobs: Inside Currents
REAL_ESTATE
February 14, 2016
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. There are those who might observe that a visit to Berlin, N.J., was "long-a-coming. " This Camden County borough was originally known by that name, attributed alternatively to shipwrecked sailors looking for a brook with clean water, to stagecoach travelers stopping here on an otherwise boring ride from Philadelphia to the Shore, or, most likely, to the Leni-Lenape and the Lonaconing Trail from the Delaware River to the Atlantic Ocean, as the historic marker notes.
REAL_ESTATE
February 1, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. It was the week before Christmas. You could tell by the way traffic moved through Upper Southampton's shopping areas along Second Street Pike. Unless there were accommodating signals, left turns were not easy to accomplish, as car after car of shoppers jammed the road, also known as Route 232, around lunchtime. "It can be confusing if you aren't a local," says Sharon Ermel Spadaccini, an agent with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors in New Hope, who sells in the township.
NEWS
January 22, 2016 | By Barbara Boyer, Staff Writer
A Woolwich Township man was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison for scamming financially troubled homeowners and soliciting fake real estate investments, netting more than $3 million in illegal profits, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced Wednesday. Randy Poulson, 44, had been charged in May 2014 and later pleaded guilty to mail fraud before U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb in Camden. Wednesday, Poulson was back before the judge. According to court documents, Poulson owned and operated Equity Capital Investments L.L.C.
NEWS
December 5, 2015 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
Following a molto allegro search process, the Curtis Institute of Music board on Thursday approved a new chairman. Real estate mogul Mark E. Rubenstein will succeed Nina Baroness von Maltzahn on June 1, after the end of the academic year, the school announced. Rubenstein, 74, joined the board in 2009, and has been active in matters relating to facilities, governance, and fund-raising. He advised the school on construction of Lenfest Hall, and was a major contributor to the campaign to build the addition.
NEWS
December 5, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Allen Harberg, 81, of Philadelphia, a real estate developer and entrepreneur who championed the cause of underserved neighborhoods, died Tuesday, Dec. 1, of heart failure at Chestnut Hill Hospital. A graduate of the Haverford School and Washington and Lee University, Mr. Harberg was "an entrepreneur in the truest sense of the word," his family said. As a young man, he struck out on his own, developing the Philadelphia Marine Center, the Gateway Care Center, and a joint venture between Delaware County Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian-University of Pennsylvania Hospital to build nursing homes in Wayne, Havertown, and Paoli.
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