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August 31, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
D. Dudley Bloom, 92, of Penn Valley, a retired real estate executive, died Thursday, Aug. 20, of causes related to aging at Bryn Mawr Terrace. Mr. Bloom had several careers. He was the first businessman to suggest that travel and other everyday pieces of luggage should have wheels for ease of movement. His suggestion came in 1957 while serving as marketing vice president for what became Atlantic Luggage Company; ultimately, though, he could not convince officials at Atlantic of the efficacy of rolling luggage, so another firm patented the invention.
REAL_ESTATE
August 31, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Once, Blue Bell was known for "Realtors and gas stations," says Keller Williams Real Estate agent Gary Segal. The gas stations are largely gone now from this section of Whitpain Township, Montgomery County, replaced "by a lot of banks," Segal says. But just about every area brokerage - his included - has a Blue Bell office. Skippack Pike (Route 73) is "Real Estate Row," says Weichert Realtors' Diane Williams, who is based in its Blue Bell office.
NEWS
August 29, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
For years, Conshohocken has owned not one, but two valuable properties that sat mostly vacant, even as it rented office space for its staff. This month, the borough is rectifying that problem, with one of the buildings opening as a new borough hall and police station, and the other undergoing a market analysis to see if it might be turned into a bed and breakfast or event venue, or put to some other use. The progress was years in the making and...
BUSINESS
August 23, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The CrossPoint at Valley Forge, a 272,360-square-foot office building in Wayne, has been acquired for $89.5 million by an affiliate of KBS Realty Advisors of Newport Beach, Calif. KBS Real Estate Investment Trust III closed on the Class A office building on Aug. 18, said Mike Margolis, a Newmark Grubb Knight Frank senior managing director, who helped broker the deal. The building was constructed in 1974 and gut renovated in 2014, KBS said in a statement. jadelman@phillynews.com 215-854-2615 @jacobadelman  
NEWS
August 10, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alyce Fearn Klaus, 64, of Moorestown, a former president of the Burlington Camden County Association of Realtors, died of cancer Tuesday, Aug. 4, at home. A graduate of Camden Catholic High School, Mrs. Klaus in 1977 became assistant sales manager for the Medford office of Brick Real Estate. Eventually, she became vice president and general manager for the firm, her husband, Charles, said. When Brick was sold to the Weichert real estate firm in 1997, Mrs. Klaus became manager of its Medford office and, later, sales manager for its Moorestown office.
NEWS
August 7, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens and Kelly O'Shea, Inquirer Staff Writers
After 25 years as a television weatherman, John Bolaris is pursuing a career in real estate. "When you're making a new direction in life, the best way to succeed is to go with what you love, and real estate is my other passion," said Bolaris, 58, who lives at 2116 Chestnut Street and has a property in East Hampton, Long Island. On Wednesday, Bolaris, who is licensed in Pennsylvania and New York, officially joined The Condo Shop, the brokerage that handles sales and rentals of a number of Center City apartment and condominium buildings.
BUSINESS
August 1, 2015 | By Chris Mondics, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a lengthy drought, real estate lawyers are a hot commodity again. The biggest firms in Philadelphia and other cities with booming real estate markets say finding lawyers skilled in handling the zoning, tax, and transactional pieces of complex projects has become a near impossibility. There simply aren't enough lawyers to go around, and that has stretched existing practice groups and forced firms to move lawyers internally from other specialties. " Voracious is the word that I would use to describe what is going on," said Bart Mellits, chair of Ballard Spahr's real estate department, which has more than 100 lawyers.
REAL_ESTATE
July 26, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
The Counselors of Real Estate is a group of 1,000 individuals, invited to join, who are considered the crème de la crème of the industry. Over the last 26 years, the organization has provided considerable fodder for this column. Today's focuses on the top issues facing residential real estate in 2015-16, as seen by the group. I'm skipping over commercial real estate issues, unless they affect residential or result from housing shifts. First up: demographic shifts, with baby boomers and millennials having the greatest impact.
NEWS
July 24, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Not even a stint in a Kentucky prison cell could stop serial counterfeiter and forger Kenneth Hampton from engaging in one of Philadelphia's oldest real estate scams, federal prosecutors said. In an indictment unsealed Tuesday, Hampton, 54, was charged with recruiting three family members in a scheme to steal two West Philadelphia rowhouses by filing fraudulent deeds with the city's Department of Records. All told, investigators say, Hampton caused $87,000 in losses and kept potential property buyers tied up in court for months.
BUSINESS
July 9, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Sellers appear to be having a better time in today's market. So says a national survey by Coldwell Banker Real Estate, which compared responses in late April with the initial recovery years of 2010 to 2013. It found that: The offer the seller accepted recently was based more often on emotion than money. About 25 percent say they sold their homes in less than two weeks. Forty-seven percent received multiple offers this year, compared with 40 percent back in 2010 to 2013.
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