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October 22, 1990 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
REAL_ESTATE
September 11, 1988 | By Linda S. Wallace, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
REAL_ESTATE
December 16, 2007 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
February 9, 1989 | By S.E. Siebert, Special to The Inquirer
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.
NEWS
December 30, 1993 | By Laura J. Bruch, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
February 13, 1994 | By Nancy Lawson, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
REAL_ESTATE
August 28, 1992 | By David I. Turner, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
April 28, 1990 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
REAL_ESTATE
January 7, 1990 | By Susan Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 18, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Population: 2,794 (2010) Median income: $88,623 Area: 0.75 sq. miles Settlements in the last three months: 9 Homes for sale: 18 Median days on market: 67 Median price (all homes): $228,000 Housing stock: From rambling Victorians to 1920s bungalows, with new townhouses and ranchers School district: Riverton (K-8); Palmyra High School SOURCES: U.S. Census Bureau, City-Data.com; Maryann Fallows, Weichert Realtors; Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors HomExpert Report.
REAL_ESTATE
April 6, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
  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.
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
January 11, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
REAL_ESTATE
October 14, 2013 | By Alison Burdo, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
September 18, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
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.
NEWS
August 30, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
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.
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