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November 18, 2010
Marion Catrambone Travis, 92, of Springfield, Delaware County, a retired real estate agent and Republican committeewoman, died of heart failure Monday, Nov. 15, at home. Mrs. Travis graduated from South Philadelphia High School and attended Temple University. In 1940 she married Albert Companaro, with whom she had a daughter. After their divorce, she was financial officer for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for 10 years. She then worked for accounting firms until becoming a real estate agent.
NEWS
December 16, 2011
Hilda Mary Plumley Abelson, 81, of Gladwyne, a real estate agent, died of cancer Sunday, Dec. 11, at Waverly Heights, a retirement community where she had gone for hospice care for a week. Mrs. Abelson was born in London and spent her early life in Newport, Wales. She attended Newport High School, and graduated in 1951 from Bath College with a degree in hotel management. She began her career in 1952 at Middlesex Hospital in London, managing domestic services. She met her future husband, Denis, in March 1953, when she accidentally knocked him over while swinging open a large door to the auditorium.
NEWS
March 15, 2011
A 71-year-old man was grazed in the head by a stray bullet Tuesday evening after closing his real estate office in West Philadelphia, police said. The man had left his office in the 200 block of North 60th Street and was walking east on Race Street around 7 p.m. when he was wounded, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives. The bullet left a three-inch gash in the man's scalp, Walker said. The man was taken to the Hospital of the Unievrsity of Pennsylvania, where he was treated and was expected to be released Tuesday night.
NEWS
December 18, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
HAVERFORD The case of two Main Line real estate agents accused of trying to sabotage the sale of their next-door neighbor's property because their own home also was on the market has ended much more quietly than it began. In a two-day bench trial that ended Dec. 6, District Judge Kathleen M. Valentine found Jonathan M. Straub, 41, guilty of harassment and disorderly conduct and fined him $25. Straub's trial took place after the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office withdrew similar charges in November against his wife, Andrea D. Straub, 35. Prosecutors determined there was not enough evidence to prove she was guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, Assistant District Attorney Kathleen Colgan said.
NEWS
June 1, 2010
Rose Rafferty Treacy, 65, of Philadelphia, a Realtor, died of cancer Thursday, May 27, at her home in the Spring Garden section. Mrs. Treacy grew up with six younger siblings in Carrickmore, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, where she met her future husband, Michael Treacy. In 1970, seeking opportunity, they moved to Philadelphia for a year. He worked as a carpenter, and she was a waitress. They married in 1971 in Ireland and returned to this area to stay. He became a real estate developer in Spring Garden, and she became a sales agent for Weichert Realtors in Blue Bell, where they raised a family.
REAL_ESTATE
February 16, 2014 | By Christine Bahls, For The Inquirer
You want to sell your house. What must you do first? Call Uncle Joe, an excellent plumber and avid HGTV fan, to get his opinion on your house's value. Surf the Web for the names of three Realtors. Choose one who will list your home at the highest price, with assurances that he'll keep it there if you insist. Do your homework on which questions you should ask a Realtor. Then call a non-invested professional, such as your accountant or financial adviser, for three names. And interview them.
NEWS
December 17, 1989 | By Laurie Hollman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edward A. Worthington, 93, a self-employed real estate agent and appraiser who had an office for 20 years on Walnut Street in Center City, died Friday at his son's home in Mantua, Gloucester County. He was formerly of Overbrook. Mr. Worthington was born in Baltimore and lived briefly in Springfield, Mass., before his family moved to Philadelphia when he was a child. He was a Navy veteran of World War I who returned to civilian life and got a job first in the bookkeeping department of United Gas Improvements and then for real estate agent William G. Glenn.
NEWS
July 8, 2011
Simone M. Bleuzé Clark, 88, formerly of Havertown, a retired real estate agent and volunteer, died of complications of heart failure on Monday, June 27, at Roxborough Hospital. Mrs. Clark grew up with nine siblings in Tourcoing, France. In her early teens, she was a clerical worker in a textile factory and later trained as a nurse. After the Nazis invaded her country in 1939, she was a messenger for the French Resistance. In 1946, she emigrated to the U.S. and joined an aunt in New York City.
NEWS
October 30, 2007 | By Sally A. Downey INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Teresa Kaminski Emma, 66, of West Chester, a mother of seven and a real estate agent who had a successful career marketing condominiums, died of cancer Friday at home. In the late 1970s, Mrs. Emma began selling residential homes in Delaware County for Murphy Real Estate. She later began specializing in condominium sales. In 1981 she was director of sales at Glenhardie Condominiums in Valley Forge when she was tapped to be director of sales at the Carlton House in Center City. The building had just been converted from apartments to condos.
NEWS
March 7, 2012 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anne Wivel Buck, 77, of Wyndmoor, a former real estate agent and a volunteer, died Wednesday, Feb. 29, at home of complications from a neuromuscular disease. Mrs. Buck grew up in Delaware County and spent summers in Beach Haven, N.J. She graduated in 1953 from Ridley Park High School and earned a bachelor's degree from Pembroke College of Brown University. She met her future husband, Richard E. Buck, while he was a student at Brown. They married in 1956 and moved to Wyndmoor in 1965.
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REAL_ESTATE
June 29, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Recently here in the Real Estate section, I've been looking at issues that listing agents say can make selling a house more difficult. Some are easily corrected, such as removing clutter, washing windows, or sprucing up the front gardens with mulch. Others require time and expense, including rewiring, sanding, and refinishing floors, and replacing a roof or a furnace. Today's buyers want properties in move-in condition and hang on every word of a home inspector's report, even if it's something as weird as - as a Cherry Hill seller told me - "the house has dated wallpaper.
REAL_ESTATE
June 21, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Little things mean a lot, especially to a real estate agent who is trying to sell one listing among many. Two things that may seem little but are really not so trifling when it comes to selling a house: keeping it neat for appointments, and washing the windows. "The marketplace is monopolized by first-time buyers as well as empty-nesters," said Mark Wade, who sells houses in Center City for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors. "Both sets of buyers have one thing in common," Wade said.
NEWS
April 28, 2015
IF YOU THINK (at all) about Philly state lawmakers, what comes to mind? Take a minute. Take two. Not much positive, right? Well, without getting any hopes up, meet freshman Philly state Sen. Art Haywood. He is, by any measure, apart from the pack, separate from the stream of sameness the city tends to send to Harrisburg. He did not come up through Democratic City Committee. He did not work for a politician. Most ward leaders didn't support him in last year's primary.
BUSINESS
April 17, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than half the suburban real estate agents involved in Philadelphia transactions during the four years ended June 30, 2014, did not comply with license and tax requirements, according to a survey by the Philadelphia Office of the Controller. Of the 389 agents surveyed, 108 responded, and 56 of them admitted that they did not have a commercial activity license or a business income and receipts tax account number. Those agents accounted for $56 million during the period under study, which means the city missed out on $380,000 in taxes from those sales.
NEWS
January 9, 2015 | By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
The grand houses of Northwest Philadelphia aren't a tough sell for real estate agents. The schools are another matter. Lifelong West Mount Airy resident Rich McIlhenny, a RE/MAX real estate agent, had not set foot inside a neighborhood public school until Wednesday, when he and others whose job it is to sell the city toured five of its schools. The aim was to show that, very real budget crisis aside, the city schools can be a solid option for many families. "I do a lot of my work in this area, and people are always asking, where are the good catchments?"
NEWS
October 29, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
ONE DAY, the trials for Cornelius Crawford and Jonathan Rosa will be over, their guilt or innocence decided, their appeals - there are always appeals - resolved. If there's justice, Crawford and Rosa will rot in jail for life for the carnage of last July 25. That morning, they allegedly carjacked a real-estate agent in her Toyota, pinballed psychotically through North Philly then careened onto a sidewalk, killing three kids and their mom. The crash, by the way, was not a "tragic accident," as Crawford's defense lawyer, C.P. Mirarchi III, has had the gall to characterize it. Crawford, he said, never intended to kill anyone.
NEWS
October 23, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE 45-YEAR-OLD real-estate agent was calm but tense in court yesterday as she recounted the harrowing events of July 25 that changed her life. The woman, whose first language is Cantonese, spoke of being carjacked, sexually assaulted by two men, being knocked unconscious when her car crashed - and learning in the hospital that the collision had killed three siblings and mortally wounded their mother. It all began just after 11 a.m. when she parked her SUV on 6th Street near Cumberland in North Philadelphia, where she had planned to show a home to a potential buyer.
NEWS
September 1, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was the messiest of political situations, a real schmear campaign in which the Jenkintown mayor stood to make a lot of dough. Literally. If you went past the window of Fill A Bagel one morning this month, you might have seen Jenkintown Mayor Ed Foley wearing a white chef's hat and apron while making tie-dye-colored bagels to promote the forthcoming Jenkintown arts festival. After kneading, he walked to a machine with a small conveyor belt that forms the dough into circles.
NEWS
August 10, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
KEISHA WILLIAMS was reunited with three of her children Thursday night - not at home, where they should have been nestled warmly together, but in death. After 12 days of hospitalization, Williams, 34, died from injuries she suffered during a July 25 carjacking crash in North Philadelphia that killed her three children - Keiearra Williams, 15, Thomas Reed, 10, and Terrence Moore, 7. Williams, the kids and their neighbor, Thelma Brown, were working a fruit stand at Germantown and Allegheny avenues to raise money for their church when Jonathan Rosa, 19, and Cornelius Crawford, 24, plowed into them in an SUV they had stolen from a real-estate agent just moments before, police said.
NEWS
August 6, 2014 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
ON A SUMMER day like yesterday - sunny, blue skies, not too hot - Joseph Reed and his brother, Terrance Moore, could have been outside riding their bicycles. Or maybe Joseph, 9, and Terrance, 7, could have stayed indoors, their laughter echoing through their home while they battled one another on an Xbox game or mimicked the catapulting moves of their favorite wrestlers. Either way, big sister Keiearra Williams, 15, would have been nearby, keeping an eye on her "Joe-Joe" and "Lil' Terrance.
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