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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 30, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Martin J. Reddington, 76, of Ambler, a Realtor who owned and ran several businesses, and a force in Democratic politics in Abington Township, died at home Sunday, May 24, from skin cancer. Born in Philadelphia to John and Mary McCafferty Reddington, he grew up in Ambler, Chestnut Hill and East Germantown, and graduated from St. John's High School and La Salle University. In 1957, he met Eileen Brennan at a church dance. The two were married in 1961. Mr. Reddington served in the Air Force, and was honorably discharged.
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May 17, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Most of us believe in second chances. If we didn't, no one would ever show up at a Phillies game. The second chance I'm talking about, however, is for someone who has lost his or her house as the result of foreclosure. It's been about nine years since the start of the U.S. foreclosure crisis, which peaked at 7.7 million houses in foreclosure in 2012. With the passage of the years, once-distressed homeowners with restored credit are reentering the housing market, even though damaged credit profiles and lender rules will greatly restrict the overall share of those eligible to buy. According to the National Association of Realtors, California, Florida, and Arizona, where the foreclosure crisis started, are expected to have the largest share of return buyers within the next decade.
NEWS
April 17, 2015 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
IF YOU ARE a suburban real-estate agent doing tax-free business in Philadelphia, City Controller Alan Butkovitz is onto you. So pay up, buddy . . . or not. Apparently, the city's enforcement is kind of shabby. Butkovitz yesterday released a random review of suburban real- estate agents that found more than half didn't have a city business license or tax account. The noncompliant agents from Bucks, Montgomery and Delaware counties cost the city an estimated $380,000 in business taxes between 2010 and 2014, the review found.
NEWS
April 6, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
It's a largely untapped market Realtors can only dream about: more than 80 million Americans ages 20 to 34, prime time for starting families and moving into their first homes. The youthful answer to the industry's prayers in a home-sale market recovering too slowly. Though Realtors and builders have their money riding on a bounce in 2015, they are acknowledging that most so-called millennials can neither afford houses nor want to buy them. Many millennials look at a house as "something you can get underwater on debt with and burn your fingers on if its value goes south," said Kevin Gillen, chief economist of Meyers Research and senior research fellow at Drexel's Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, who tracks the Philadelphia region's real estate market.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
The Super Bowl is history, marking the start of a new high-stakes season: the spring real estate market. After what many industry insiders considered a disappointing 2014, hopes are high for 2015. Among factors contributing to those hopes are continued low interest rates, new 3 percent down-payment programs from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and an improving economy. Builders anticipate a boost in single-family home construction starts - critical to their long-term health - to 804,000 units nationwide, still well below the 1.5 million pre-downturn level.
NEWS
January 31, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Samuel J. Pilotti, 85, of Berwyn, a Realtor and civic leader in Philadelphia's western suburbs, died Saturday, Jan. 24, of cancer at Paoli Hospital. Born in Devon, he attended Conestoga High School, the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, and Pennsylvania State University. After 17 years as a business executive, Mr. Pilotti followed his true passion by turning his hobby - investing in real estate - into a profession. He founded Metric Realty in Paoli in 1975 and continued to work for 40 years in all phases of real estate with daughter Lisa Campbell and son David.
NEWS
January 22, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHEN JOSEPH Sindoni bought a boat for seagoing outings from the Jersey Shore, he thought his wife would be thrilled. But when she saw it, Margaret's reaction was less than enthusiastic. "Where's the bathroom?" she wanted to know. So, Joseph, always the devoted husband, went out and bought a bigger boat - a 24-footer with a bathroom. The family kept the boat for about eight years at North Wildwood, but, even though he was a former Navy man, the family didn't get that much use out of the boat and he finally sold it. Part of the problem was that Joseph Sindoni was the kind of guy whose favorite activity was work.
NEWS
January 10, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
James J. Beirne Sr., 89, a Delaware County Realtor who was active in community and church affairs, died Saturday, Jan. 3, of complications from diabetes at the Southeast Pennsylvania VA Center. A longtime resident of Drexel Hill and then Newtown Square, Mr. Beirne had lived at the center in Spring City, Chester County for the last five years. Born in Narberth, Mr. Beirne graduated from Lower Merion High School in 1943 and immediately joined the Army. He served during World War II in the Alaska Peninsula.
NEWS
December 24, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
A FORMER real estate agent who admitted he defrauded about 50 clients of more than $1 million will spend the next two years in prison for his crimes. Joseph N. Reilly, 69, was sentenced yesterday to 26 months in prison for mail fraud for scamming clients between January 2009 and April 2011. Reilly acted as a property manager for his clients, collecting rent and utility payments for owners and paying utility and tax bills, according to Patty Hartman, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office.
NEWS
December 13, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alvin "Bud" Plumer was "one of the most respected, trusted, honorable Realtors" in the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors, Allan Domb, the group's president, said. "Not only was he a nice guy," Domb said Thursday, he was "a pleasure to do business with. " Mr. Plumer was, Domb said, "a Philadelphia real estate icon in the eyes of our 2,000 members, but also in the Philadelphia community which he served. " Mr. Domb, head of the Philadelphia firm Allan Domb Real Estate, said Mr. Plumer "mentored hundreds of Realtors who went on to become successful in their real estate careers.
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