Berkshire Hathaway presents Chairman’s Circle Platinum Awards

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors recently honored local sales teams with the Chairman’s Circle Platinum Award for their excellent sales performance for 2018, placing them in the top 1 percent of all BHHS agents nationwide.

Recipients were the Connie Berg Team, of the Jenkintown Home Marketing Center; the Laurie Condello Team, of the Spring House Home Marketing Center; the Linda Gedney Team, of the Blue Bell office; the Megan Goldstein and Joe Dudek Sales Team, of the Collegeville office; the Andrew Himes Group, of the Collegeville office; the Bob Kelley Team, of the Blue Bell office; the Sam Massey Team, of the Blue Bell office; and the Allison Wolf Team, of the Blue Bell office.

"I pride myself on being in the business for 40 years," Berg said. "My goal to clients is to be honest, trustworthy, loyal and respectful. I make solid relationships that go beyond the settlement."

Connie Berg Team members, lead by Berg, include Grant Briskin, Kate Collins, Suzanne Gourley, Victoria Klink, Jenna Koser, Leslie Portner and Natalie Rich.

Laurie Condello Team members, lead by Condello, include Matthew Condello, Tenita Kennedy, Gwen Robinson, Brian Rodgers, Charles Snyder and Robin Young.

"My team and I turn our clients' dreams into reality," Gedney said.

Linda Gedney Team members, lead by Gedney, include Kelly Bernardyn, Pat Pezick, Shirley Syfert, Neil Trueblood, Wendi Walker, Ron Gawel and Joann White.

Megan Goldstein and Joe Dudek Sales Team members, lead by Goldstein and Dudek, include Bob Benfield, Cindy Bergen, Sue Ciaciak, Jeanne Ciociola, Natalie Cressman, Rose Curtiss, Linda Downey and Karen Then.

"We are here again because of our clients and referral partners," Himes said. "Without their trust and continued support, none of this would be possible. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."

Andrew Himes Group members, lead by Himes, include Jim Werstler, Jeff Moyer, Christina Jeremicz, Michael Barnacz, Tina Trager, Gregg Rudinsky and Bruce Lyster.

Bob Kelley Team members, lead by Kelley, include Stephanie Krawulaski, Jonathan Marshall, Anthony Phillipps, Jerry Pickett, Anthony White and Iris Zettler.

"We are incredibly thankful to our clients and friends for trusting us over the last 20 years," Massey said. "They are the foundation of our success."

Sam Massey Team members, lead by Sam Massey, include Chuck Kolbe, Rachel Sugarman, Alyson Bell and Evan Rubenstein.

The team was also honored with the 5 Year Legend Award, recognizing it for reaching the five-year milestone of consecutively winning the Chairman’s Circle Award.

"My team and I are honored to be a part of Chairman's Circle Platinum and the BHHS Fox & Roach Family," Wolf said. "We are forever grateful to our wonderful clients who helped us achieve this award and contribute to the joy of our profession every single day."

Allison Wolf Teammembers, lead by Allison Wolf, include Jennifer Gallagher, Chris Mohr and Amy Piechotta.

Montco housing market surges in 2018

The latest report on housing prices in Montgomery County indicates that the housing market in the county has moved beyond recovery and is in a state of growth following the housing bubble that began to burst in 2007.

The report, released by the Montgomery County Planning Commission, shows the overall median sales price of $295,000 reflected an increase of 3.4 percent in 2018.

A total of 12,036 homes were sold in the county last year — the second highest amount in the last 10 years.

“The quality of life in Montgomery County, boosted by our parks and trails, great school districts and welcoming communities, has catalyzed the recovery of our housing market,” said Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, chair of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. “The desire to live in Montgomery County and participate in its growing economy is reflected by the data in this new report.”

The report looks at housing in terms of existing and new units.

The median sales price increased by a rate of 2.2 percent for existing units, which is the best gauge of actual home values. The median sales price for new units — $455,000 — grew more modestly with an increase of 0.4 percent as new construction continues to produce higher value homes across all housing types.

The increase in sale prices of overall units was evident through all housing types. Single-family detached home prices increased by 3.7 percent, attached home prices increased 3.1 percent and multifamily units increased in by 3.2 percent in 2018.

Many boroughs and town centers are seeing gains in their median values, partially driven by a housing stock scarcity relative to other municipalities. This has led to an overall decline in the average number of days on the market; since 2017, the number of days a home sits on the market has come down by seven.

In addition to days on the market, the average number of listings a month has decreased by nearly 500 units since 2017. This is a strong indicator of how “hot” the Montgomery County housing market has become.

The report, which also highlights emerging trends in the county and provides data for each municipality, is available in under “Reports” at montcopa.org/MCPCpublications and in MCPC’s online data portal at montcopa.org/PlanningDataPortal.

Berkshire Hathaway welcomes sales associate

Lauren Sisson, sales leader of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Realtors Jenkintown Home Marketing Center, welcomes Ashlee Bornstein Check as a sales associate.

"I joined Berkshire Hathaway Fox & Roach for their market dominance, branding and reputation in the industry, and I am excited to take my business to the next level," she remarks.

Licensed in 2015, she is an award-winning real estate agent and relocation specialist and was Rookie of the Year for the region during her first year in the industry. Formerly with Weichert Realtors, she specializes in the many neighborhoods and communities in Montgomery County.

Born and raised in Cheltenham and currently a resident of Upper Dublin, she had an early introduction to the real estate world with her father being a real estate agent for years before going into mortgage lending.

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