October 22, 1990 |
The Philadelphia Board of Realtors is about to enter the publishing business. The first issue of its Philadelphia Real Estate Express will appear Nov. 17, according to Bruno Friia, one of the project's organizers. The Express will run advertisements to sell or rent residential properties in the city. Friia, chief financial officer for Friia & Cos., a Realtor with offices in Philadelphia, Hawaii, Montana and San Francisco, said the free weekly would have a circulation of 75,000.
September 11, 1988 |
The Philadelphia Board of Realtors, in conjunction with its Northeast Council, will hold its first trade exhibition and round-table forum on Sept. 19. Trade Expo '88 will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Adam's Mark Hotel on City Avenue. The trade show will be open to the public, said Nan Genther, spokeswoman for the board. More than 50 exhibitors are expected to display products, services and developments in residential and commercial real estate there. Genther said Trade Expo '88 is designed as a service to members and "to pull together people in the city and in outlying areas.
December 16, 2007 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Stress-management guru Loretta LaRoche thinks Americans take life much too seriously. And as snow fell on a recent weekday, the Brooklyn-born author and TV personality delivered her message in Hall A of the Atlantic City Convention Center to a standing-room-only audience of men and women who, of late, seem to be some of the most stressed-out Americans of all. Realtors. Several thousand dues-paying members of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York had gathered there earlier this month for the region's Triple Play Convention and Trade Expo.
January 2, 1986
My heartfelt sympathy to Gerald and Carol Fox and their children for the harassment they have been exposed to by their neighbors in the City of Brotherly Love. The Pennsylvania Association of Realtors' 21,000 members understand the civil rights laws, because they are constantly reminded by their local Boards of Realtors, their state and national associations. Unfortunately, however, the public does not always understand the law. The unfortunate turn of events in Southwest Philadelphia points up the need once again for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the state Human Relations Commission to embark on a massive public education program.
February 9, 1989 |
The Whitpain Board of Supervisors has approved an amendment to the sign ordinance, despite a plea by area real estate representatives that a decision be postponed and talks be opened between the two sides. During a brief hearing Monday, the board voted, 4-1, to amend its four- month-old sign ordinance to allow lease and rental signs to be displayed in the township. Supervisor James Woods cast the only negative vote. He said that the signs and the amendment were not needed. "I didn't think it should be amended, I like it the way it is. . . . No lease signs," Woods said.
December 30, 1993 |
Harrison G. Schweig, 86, an importer, Realtor and developer, died Monday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He was a resident of Center City. Mr. Schweig got his start as an importer in the family business of George E. Schweig & Son. As a teenager during the 1920s, he decided to import "Le Testophone," the King of Horns, from France to be used by motorists in their cars. At that time automobiles were not routinely equipped with horns. When Mr. Schweig returned to America with about 100,000 of them, his father was waiting on the dock, according to Bernard Granor of Granor & Co. Realtors in Glenside, a business associate of Mr. Schweig's.
February 13, 1994 |
J. W. Yarborough leans forward on his desk and explains to a young woman on the phone the state laws on car insurance. First his voice is patient, then tolerant, then laced with a tinge of frustration. As the conversation comes to a close, he melts back into the calm yet punchy tones he uses when advising and philosophizing. "Take your time," the Realtor assures the woman. "We've been here 50 years. We're not leaving. " As a 40-year veteran in the office of Wilbur M. Whitney, the first black Realtor on the Main Line, Yarborough has spent decades as a spokesman for the boss he likes to call "Mr. W. " Now 84 and unavailable for interviews because of his health, Whitney began the business in the early 1950s.
August 28, 1992 |
The Philadelphia Board of Realtors is hoping to make it easier for home buyers to register to vote at their new city address. Under a plan announced Monday, the board is trying to get all 2,200 Realtors in the city to provide voter-registration forms to buyers at settlement. Last year, a slow one for real estate, there were just under 4,000 real estate transactions in the city. The board is following the lead of the National Association of Realtors, which has been urging local boards to encourage voter registration.
April 28, 1990 |
The city's Realtors are upset that the Goode administration wants to delay a plan to reduce the city's real estate transfer tax, the highest in the nation. Retaining the current rate - 4.07 percent - "sends the wrong message to the citizens of this city," Alan Domb, president of the Philadelphia Board of Realtors, said yesterday at a sparsely attended City Council budget hearing. Last year, Council passed budget legislation that called for gradually lowering the rate to 3 percent over five years, starting with a reduction to 3.92 percent for the fiscal year that begins July 1. But the administration has introduced a bill that "basically delays the step-down in the tax by one year," said Michael Masch, director of economic analysis for City Council.
January 7, 1990 |
On Wednesday, Allan Domb, who has set national records selling Center City luxury condominiums, will take over as president of the Philadelphia Board of Realtors at a time when many Realtors are bailing out of the business. Homes are lingering on the market for months, sales in the first half of last year were down 26 percent from 1988, and several Center City real estate offices have closed. "I'm not afraid," said Domb, 34, who began selling real estate 10 years ago. "This is a great time to be in real estate.