April 6, 2014 |
My dislike for surveys is matched only by my distaste for pigeonholing segments of the population based on the results of those surveys. The latter can have unforeseen consequences, as I discovered more than a decade ago, when I began writing about baby boomers and over-55 housing preferences. During a long weekend of seminars in Scottsdale, Ariz., I listened to speaker after speaker pigeonhole baby boomers as wealthy, healthy, and wise, all eager to spend their money on amenity-rich over-55 housing the next day. I am, of course, a baby boomer.
March 13, 2014 |
ANDREA STRAUB, the Main Line Realtor accused of dumping animal carcasses on a neighbor's lawn after the neighbor and Straub put their homes up for sale at the same time, is suing CBS3 for defamation, emotional distress and more, saying the station broadcast "a preposterous and knowingly false story" about the incident. Anchor Chris May , reporter Walt Hunter , news director Susan Schiller and account executive Kim Papay also are named as defendants. Andrea Straub said she lost an annual income of about $500,000 from her job at Prudential, plus $16 million in listings, and was "effectively run out of town" after the story aired June 26. She also received "hate-filled" voice mails, email and letters, she said.
February 18, 2014
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University , the nation's oldest natural-history museum, named the following members to its governing board: Robert Drury , a partner at Laurel Capital Partners, a Radnor-based private-equity firm; Ellen Harvey , managing director at Miller Investment Management and principal at Lindsay Criswell L.L.C., and Jun Huangpu , owner of Cobbs Creek Healthcare and with Healogix. Dawn Bricker has been installed as the 2014 governor of the New Jersey Women's Council of Realtors , a national professional-development organization.
January 11, 2014 |
PITMAN It's time to make the doughnuts. The landmark Pitman Bakery is scheduled to reopen in the spring after closing more than a year ago, leaving a void along South Broadway storefronts. Retired Deptford Police Chief Dan Murphy, 47, and his wife, Veronica, 48, a registered nurse, are starting a new career and family business. They say they will carry forward some of the traditions of the former bakery while they merge it with their vision for a modern shop. "We're going to do our best to live up to the old standards and hope to see the same success," said Dan Murphy, who will oversee maintenance and finances, while his wife will be in charge of baking.
October 14, 2013 |
Looking for a great recipe for apple cinnamon sugar cookie bars? Need suggestions on where to go pumpkin picking? Local real estate agency Philly Home Girls is attracting customers by sharing favorite Philadelphia restaurants, local events, and do-it-yourself interior-design projects on social-media sites. The two-woman sales team, based at Coldwell Banker Preferred's Old City office, shifted its marketing approach earlier this year, launching a new website and Instagram account and using Twitter and Pinterest differently, along with an already-established Facebook page, to connect with clients.
September 18, 2013 |
August data released Monday by the New Jersey Association of Realtors confirm that Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties are experiencing a modest recovery in home sales and prices. The Realtors group described the data, which cover the entire state, as a "comprehensive study" of New Jersey's housing market. It was designed for use by members and consumers, association CEO Jarrod Grasso said, and is available at www.njar.com/10k . Since the data for the three South Jersey counties are based on information from Trend Multiple Listing Service and are used by Prudential Fox & Roach's HomExpert Market Report in its monthly analyses, there were no surprises.
August 30, 2013 |
Stewart L. MacDonald, 83, of Springfield, Delaware County, a Realtor for many years, died Saturday, Aug. 24, of complications from a stroke at Crozer-Keystone Hospice, Ridley Park. Known to friends as "Bud," Mr. MacDonald was a Philadelphia native who in the early 1960s moved his family to Springfield. In 1974, he founded Stapleton West Realtors on Baltimore Pike, which he owned and operated until the early 1980s. The firm specialized in residential sales. Mr. MacDonald found he preferred commercial real estate and made that his niche.
August 16, 2013 |
Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors, one of the nation's largest independent real estate brokerage companies, said Wednesday that it had been acquired by HomeServices of America Inc., an affiliate of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway. Prudential Fox & Roach, with corporate headquarters in Devon, declined to disclose terms of the acquisition. The company has 62 offices and 4,000 sales associates in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. Its Trident Group subsidiary originates mortgages, sells property and casualty insurance, and offers title and escrow services.
August 2, 2013 |
A group representing suburban real estate agents and brokers says a proposal in eastern Delaware County for inspection and repair of sewer laterals as a condition of a home sale would make transactions more complicated and expensive. While the Malvern-based Suburban Realtors Alliance understands the situation facing the Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority, the Realtor group's president and CEO, Jamie Ridge, said, the draft ordinance would violate Pennsylvania law by delaying real estate transactions indefinitely to correct building-code infractions.