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Saturday, September 27, 2003


John Capers of Capers Real Estate in Butler recently received the Distinguished Service award given by the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors.


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The award is given for a lifetime of service to the real estate industry and the association. Capers has been a member of the Realtors' association for 45 years, serving as district vice president and chairman of its political action committee several times. He has no plans to retire.

"What would I do?" he said. "People tell me I could play more golf, but I don't want to play more golf. Besides, all of this isn't work to me. It is fun."

Also honored at the association's fall business meeting were Robert Fleck of Danville, named Realtor of the Year, and Kimberly Skumanick of Scranton, who received the Realtor Active in Politics award.

Evan Braun of Mount Washington recently joined the staff at PA Mortgage Network as a loan officer. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Utah and is a licensed agent with Keller Williams in Carnegie.

Hanna Holdings Inc., the parent company of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, reported a collective volume of $874 million in August.

The Fox Chapel office, managed by Vice President Cathy Winghart, led the company with a collective volume of $23.4 million, followed by the Shadyside office, managed by Senior Vice President Bill Aiken, with $20.3 million, and the Mt. Lebanon office, managed by Vice President Ruth Foltz, with $19.2 million.

Roz Neiman, Shadyside, led in sales volume with $3.6 million, followed by Darlene Hunter, New Homes South, with $3.3 million and Kelly Meade, Shadyside, with $2.8 million. Deborah Kane, East Suburban, was No. 1 in units sold with 15, followed by Karl Owens, Sewickley, with 12, and Peggy Pongratz, Erie East, with 11.

Linda White, Erie Southwest, led in listing volume with $4 million, followed by Neiman with $2.6 million and Patricia Wright, Washington, with $2.3 million. White was first in units listed with 15.7, followed by Janet Landfried, Greenville, with 10, and Dennis Burkhardt and David Hess, both of Erie East, each with 9.5.

Howard Hanna Financial reports that Chuck Spirer led the company in closed mortgage volume with $7.7 million and in written volume with $3.8 million.

Hawthorne Homes and Bayard Crossings, Hanna's home building and land development divisions, recorded a closed and written home volume of $4 million and $1.6 million lot volume.

Karen St. Esprit of Zelienople, an agent with Coldwell Banker Real Estate's Cranberry office, has fulfilled requirements for two certifications from Cendant Mobility, one of the world's largest real estate relocation companies. Esprit, a 16-year veteran of the real estate industry, attended classes on assisting people who are relocating. She will become a Cendant Mobility Referral Specialist and Cendant Mobility Marketing Specialist.

Cathy Addessi was RE/MAX Heritage's top producer for listings closed in August. Jill Peters was the top producer for sales closed.

Howard Hanna has hired three new agents.

Tom Gazvoda of Cecil has joined the Peters office. He was an educator for 27 years in the Canon-McMillan School District and in Indianapolis. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of St. Mary Church in Cecil.

Tom Settlemire of Grove City has joined the Grove City office. He worked as a sales associate for five years with Matthews Real Estate. He received his real estate education at Polley and Associates and is a deacon at River of God Church in Grove City.

Toni Puc of McKeesport has joined the Monroeville office. She has worked as a teller for Great American Federal Bank for the past six years.


Northwood Realty Services will hold career breakfast seminars at 10 a.m. Saturday at some offices. A continental breakfast will be served.

For reservations, information or locations, call 1-800-837-3906.

Coldwell Banker Real Estate is offering free career seminars on the following dates in October. All are from 6 to 8 p.m. unless otherwise indicated:

Thursday: Shadyside

Oct. 6: Route 8

Oct. 7: Peters, Route 19/Galleria, South Hills, West Mifflin and Airport/West Regional

Oct. 8: North Hills and Upper St. Clair;

Oct. 14: Fox Chapel

Oct. 16: 7-9 p.m., East Regional and North Huntingdon

Oct. 21: 7-9 p.m., Beaver County

Oct. 23: Butler and Cranberry

Oct. 30: Squirrel Hill.

To register, call Ed Carney at 412-366-9928, ext. 305.

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