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.
July 31, 2013 |
The owner of the South Philadelphia rowhouse that exploded Monday morning is a recently created real estate investment firm, SCK Investments L.L.C., set up to buy, rehabilitate, and resell neglected properties. What used to be a two-story home at 428 Daly St. was apparently its first investment, the only Pennsylvania property under SCK's ownership since the business was incorporated in January 2012, listing an address at 2653 S. Camac St. Its principals - Cathy Finney-Hughes, described as president on an SCK website, and executive secretary Steve Finney - failed to respond to repeated phone calls, messages, and visits from reporters.
July 7, 2013 |
The Main Line couple accused of trying to sabotage a neighbor's home sale by throwing dead mice and snakes into their yard were falsely accused, and the controversy has cost the wife her job, the couple's attorney said. Prudential Fox & Roach, which employed the couple as real estate agents, fired Andrea Straub, "presumably for the negative publicity the alleged incident caused and the sensational reporting of it," said George Bochetto, the attorney for Andrea, 34, and Jonathan Straub, 40, in a statement Wednesday.
June 28, 2013 |
ANDREA STRAUB was a shark when it came to marketing high-end homes and luxury living space in Philadelphia and on the Main Line. The 34-year-old Prudential Fox & Roach Realtor was ranked among the top half of Realtors worldwide, according to her website. But Straub and her Realtor husband, Jonathan, were so desperate to sell their own home, authorities said, that they crossed the line by putting dead animals in their next-door neighbor's driveway because that house was also on the market for about $1 million.
April 30, 2013
D EAR HARRY: We are going to move to a retirement community this summer. Reluctantly, after 47 years, we are selling our lovely home. The problem we are facing is one of choosing a broker to represent us on the sale. The house is a semi-custom one we had built with small modifications to a builder's plan. Similar homes in the area recently have sold for about $225,000. Can you please tell us what we should look for in a real-estate broker? WHAT HARRY SAYS: The market in real estate has shown some renewed vigor in the last year.
January 26, 2013 |
Joseph J. D'Amico, 94, of Drexel Hill, who rose from humble beginnings to become a Realtor and insurance broker, died Monday, Jan. 21, of prostate cancer at his home. Mr. D'Amico, the eldest of seven children, was the son of a seamstress and a Sicilian shoemaker in Philadelphia. He worked alongside his father as a young man. He graduated from Overbrook High School in 1936. His first job out of school was laying steel track for the Pennsylvania Railroad; it was the hardest work he ever did, he later told family.