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ANNOUNCEMENT: Lee Abrams joins Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Lee Abrams joins Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc.

Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc is pleased to announce that Lee Abrams has joined the team as a licensed real estate salesperson and REO Specialist in its Distressed Asset Division.

Mr. Abrams is a U.S. Naval Veteran and seasoned 20 year real estate professional having achieved successes including designation as a “Top Producer/Mega Agent” and 17 consecutive years performing as a multi-million dollar producer. He is a family man who finds purpose and joy in spending time with his wife, four children and first Grandson.

With long term REO clients ranging from national REO servicers to Hedge Funds, Mr. Abrams, commented, “The concept of offering one integrated servicing package under one roof – that combines and streamlines the valuation, property management and the sale of the asset (or lien) – is a tremendous value and huge win for my clients. And once I spent time with the team at Higgins & Welch, it was a clear choice to grow with them.”

Lee is a welcome addition to Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc. whose diverse range of real estate services spans residential and commercial sales, appraisals, property management, development, expert witness testimony & consulting, and title & settlement services.

Broker of Record, Edward A. Welch, III, responded, “We are seeing an uptick in REO activity in our Southeastern section of PA and all the signs are pointing to a corrective period in the market. We had already started to shift some focus to the Distressed Asset Market and having Lee joins us is exciting and perfect timing.”

As a member of Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc, Lee Abrams has joined a forward-minded, regional brokerage whose foundations date back to 1976 and competency includes the nine county Philadelphia Metropolitan Area

We, at Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc, along with Lee Abrams welcome the opportunity to provide you with superior solutions and services.

Please visit welchgroup.net or reach us at reo@welchgroup.net or labrams@welchgroup.net

Edward A Welch, III President & Broker of Record ewelch@welchgroup.net

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ANNOUNCEMENT- Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc., is pleased to announce the addition of Jim Butcher to the team.

Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc., is pleased to announce the addition of Jim Butcher to the team. Jim is an experienced, well-rounded entrepreneur, having run or founded multiple technology and service-related companies. After several years in the technology sector, Jim started Blue Conservation, an environmentally conscious plumbing and HVAC company, which is still thriving today. Jim resides in Ambler, Pa., with his family; earned his bachelor’s degree and MBA from La Salle University and Arcadia University, respectively; and enjoys running and other fitness-related activities. Having recently earned his PA Real Estate Salesperson license, Jim is a welcome addition to Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc., whose diverse services span commercial and residential real estate sales, appraisals, property management, and consulting In addition to real estate sales with Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc., Jim will focus on business development and heading the Property Management Division with an eye toward large portfolio and apartment building management across the Delaware Valley. He looks forward to employing his practical, collaborative, hands-on style at Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc. As a member of Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc., Jim has joined a forward-minded regional firm whose foundations date back to 1976. Internally, the firm strives to effectively motivate its dedicated and diligent staff and promote an atmosphere of mutual respect, empowerment, accountability, and team commitment. Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc., provides professional real estate sales, appraisal, property management, and consulting services for both residential and commercial clients throughout the nine-county Philadelphia metropolitan area. We at Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc., along with Jim Butcher, welcome the opportunity to provide you with the superior solutions and services to which you are accustomed. We look forward to serving you now and in the future. Please contact me directly with questions and don’t forget to visit us on the web at www.welchgroup.net. You may also reach Jim Butcher at jbutcher@welchgroup.net. Edward A. Welch, III Broker of Record ewelch@welchgroup.net 215.247.5000 Ext 102 Announcement – Jim Butcher – July 2015

Damani Zaid Hamlet Joins Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc.

Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc is pleased to announce Damani Hamlet.       

Damani, a Philadelphia educator and having recently earned his real estate sales licensure in Pennsylvania is transferring his skill set as a Technology and Business instructor into guiding his clients with successful real estate transactions. His professional background, Bachelors of Business Degree from Temple University and Master’s of Science Degree in Business from Full Sail University were a perfect combination to enter into the industry. Damani is a welcome addition to Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc. whose diverse services span residential and commercial real estate sales, appraisals, property management, and consulting.

In addition to general real estate sales with Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc., Damani will also focus on investment properties, rental leasing, and first time homebuyers from Center City and throughout Philadelphia and Suburbs.

Damani looks forward to broadening his focus in the Greater Philadelphia Area and continuing to provide the high levels of service and expertise for which Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc. is known. You can rest assured that every aspect of your home purchase or sale will be handled efficiently and virtually stress free. If you are looking for an experienced, honest, hard-working team, you have found them.

As a member of Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc, Hamlet has joined a forward-minded, regional brokerage whose foundations date back to 1976.  Clients benefit from synergies between the sales and property management department, and appraisal and consulting departments.

Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc. provides professional real estate sales, appraisal, property management, and consulting services for both Residential and Commercial clients throughout the nine county Philadelphia Metropolitan Area

We, at Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc, along with Damani Hamlet welcome the opportunity to provide you with the superior solutions and services to which you are accustomed. We look forward to serving you now and in the future.

Please contact me directly with questions and don’t forget to visit us on the web at www.welchgroup.net. You may also reach Damani at dhamlet@welchgroup.net.

Edward A. Welch, III, President
o. 215.247.5000 x. 102
c. 610.331.7655
ewelch@welchgroup.net

 

Edward A. Welch, III Designated as Accredited Senior Appraiser by the American Society of Appraisers

  Screenshot 2014-08-10 01.23.00Higgins & Welch Appraisers, LLC is pleased to announce Edward A. Welch, III has been designated ASA (Accredited Senior Appraiser) after completing the requirements set forth by the International Board of Examiners of the American Society of Appraisers. Edward’s 12 years of in-depth experience in real estate appraisal coupled with an impressive educational background and list of advanced industry-related coursework has met the rigorous Real Property Appraiser Guidelines as set forth by the American Society of Appraisers. Partial requirements include superior knowledge of USPAP and Appraisal Practice, evidence of additional Ethics and advanced professional development, additional years and experience hours, as well as letters of recommendation. Membership in American Society of Appraisers provides access to a cooperative network of knowledge and experience that covers all six major appraisal disciplines. Through member and industry resources, American Society of Appraisers will help to further superior education and industry excellence for Edward and Higgins & Welch Appraisers, LLC. Higgins & Welch Appraisers, LLC provides a wide range of valuation services including residential, commercial, High Value, Complex, Foreclosure, Reviews, Affordable, Market & Feasibility Studies and Testimony/Litigation Support. Their clients include individuals, Lending Institutions, Attorneys, Accountants, Developers, REALTORS, Municipalities, HUD, Department of Veterans Affairs, USDA and other Local, State and Federal Government Agencies As President of Higgins & Welch Appraisers, LLC, Edward looks forward to continuing to provide credible and accurate valuation services in the Greater Philadelphia Area and continuing to provide the high levels of service and expertise for which Higgins & Welch Real Appraisers, LLC is known. Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc. provides professional real estate sales, appraisal, property management, and consulting services for both Residential and Commercial clients throughout the nine county Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. Please contact Edward at ewelch@welchgroup.net, visit us on the web at www.welchgroup.net and explore the American Society of Appraisers at www.appraisers.org. Edward A. Welch, III President Announcement – Edward Welch – August 2014

Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc. Helps Staff to Become Homeowners

Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc. has joined Philadelphia Home•Buy•Now, which provides matching funds for our staff toward the purchase price of a new home within Philadelphia. Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc. will offer a $500 grant to full time staff with 18 months of employment to purchase a house. The matching grant comes from the City of Philadelphia and from Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc. Philadelphia Home•Buy•Now is administered by the Urban Affairs Coalition in partnership with the City of Philadelphia. “Philadelphia has a world class workforce. We want these talented individuals to buy homes, raise families and pursue careers within the city,” said Mayor Nutter. “Home•Buy•Now is an excellent tool for employers to recruit top talent and for the city to create more stable, flourishing neighborhoods.” Philadelphia Home Buy Now Press Release    

Kim Hartline Joins Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc.

Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc. is pleased to announce that C. Kim Hartline has joined our team to head our REO/Asset Management Division. Kim has extensive experience in the legal and financial industries. She spent the last decade of her career as the Administrator and Facilities Manager for NOVA Bank where she was responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Bank’s retail banking facilities. Kim was also involved in the design and construction of several branch facilities. Kim is also an experienced real estate professional and has held her PA real estate license since 2008. Kim earned the role of Director of REO Asset Management at NOVA Bank in 2009, where she was responsible for the management and disposal of a multi-million dollar portfolio of commercial and residential properties in and around the Philadelphia area. Through her position as Director of REO Asset Management, Kim developed an integrated network of local industry leaders and City officials, real estate professionals and investors, construction and property management professionals. With those connections and her desire to find a better way to streamline and control the asset management process, Kim developed an in-house asset management program and was able to provide efficient and cost effective asset management services tailored to her Bank’s needs. Recently deciding to tap into her deep understanding of the needs of area financial institutions and their REO and Asset Managers, Kim has joined Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc. to head its REO/Asset Management Division. There she will sell a full suite of the company’s distressed asset services including residential and commercial real estate valuation, inspection, management and leasing and disposition. Having experienced firsthand the disconnection between what banks really need and the services they receive from most real estate companies and property management companies, Kim has worked closely with Ed Welch and the rest of the Higgins & Welch team to develop a plan to provide Banks with a comprehensive and worry-free program of quality services at reasonable cost. In addition to real estate sales and asset management with Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc., Kim will also assist with investment properties throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding Suburbs. Kim is a life-long Philadelphia Area native and currently resides in Collegeville, Montgomery County. She looks forward to broadening her focus in the Greater Philadelphia Area and continuing to provide the high levels of honesty and integrity for which she is known and the service and expertise Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc. is built on. As a member of Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc., Kim has joined a forward-minded, regional real estate firm whose foundations date back to 1976. Clients benefit from synergies between the sales and property management department, and appraisal and consulting departments. Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc. provides professional real estate sales, appraisal, property management, and consulting services for both Residential and Commercial property throughout the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area. We, at Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc., along with C. Kim Hartline welcome the opportunity to provide you with the superior solutions and services to which you are accustomed. We look forward to serving you now and in the future. Please contact me directly with questions and don’t forget to visit us on the web at www.welchgroup.net. You may also reach Kim at 610-564-2456 or via email at khartline@welchgroup.net. Edward A. Welch, III, President o. 215.247.5000 c. 610.331.7655 ewelch@welchgroup.net Announcement – Kim Hartline Joins Higgins & Welch Real Estate

Peter McNicholas Joins Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc.

Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc is pleased to announce Peter McNicholas. Peter spent 13 years with independent brokerage Welsh & Lockyer in Northeast Philadelphia, and is a long-time Philadelphia native. Recently deciding to diversify his arsenal of real estate experience, Peter has embarked on the journey to obtain his real estate appraiser certification. Peter is a welcome addition to Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc. whose diverse services span commercial and residential real estate sales, appraisals, property management, and consulting. Announcement – Peter McNicholas – January 2014

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Members of the Higgins & Welch Real Estate, Inc Property Management Team supporting Philadelphia Sports Teams. Go Philadelphia Flyers!

Evolution of Higgins & Welch

It is important to remember your roots. Check out the Evolution of Higgins & Welch Real Estate. Starting in real estate sales the 1960’s in and commercial real estate sales, appraisals, property management and consulting covering the entire Greater Philadelphia Region!

Thoughts from Machu Picchu
After a week away high in the Andes Mountains and down in the Valle Segundo (Sacred Valley) of Peru I was able to have some needed me time, to refresh, recharge the batteries and gain some clarity for Mid-Year 2013. You have probably seen pictures of the famous Machu Picchu though nothing can compare to being there in some of the coolest original real estate on earth. The Quechua (now better known as the Incan) civilization was immensely advanced to have executed their engineering and it was in part through a deep collaborative effort that was pervasive in their society. Common values were important. Everyone played a role. And the sum of those roles lead to monumental achievements. My family, self and each of you were in my thoughts and this lead me to write this email to you.Upon my return I am charged to move forward with ferocity, to reflect on recent accomplishments though attack new opportunities, to work toward creating balance in our lives yet ensure that each of we are growing in the direction, capacity and level that we each desire. We have a tremendous pool of talent in our organization. This talent comes in the form of appraisers, sales agents, property managers, support staff, attorneys, construction managers, affordable housing specialists, credit repair specialists, speakers, mentors, coaches, teachers, motivators, networkers, maintenance staff, and bookkeepers (yes, I was not going to forget Ann – she writes the checks!). While it is not many hundreds of years like the Incan empire, our collective experience includes decades of private market and government sector work throughout the region. It was difficult to fathom how the Incan society could build intricate terraced villages in the vertically sloped mountainsides of the Andean range. There is little written evidence of the tools or methods that were used as the Spanish invaders are said to have destroyed it while spreading their Catholic message. What is known was that it was a collaborative society. Today, It would be to each of our benefit here at Higgins & Welch Real Estate if we better utilized these collective experiences and communicated with each other for support – to be more successful as a group than individually. To quote Richard Anderson (CEO of Delta Airlines) which delivered me from Atlanta to Lima, Peru, “I’ve found that common values are far better than any detailed manual could ever be.” There has been a terrific collaborative effort amongst many of the sales agents as co-agents and between the property managers and sales agents and I would like to see this continue throughout the organization. Appraisers can rely on sales agents and fellow appraisers for survey questions and supportive data in reports. Agents can rely on appraisers for insight on current market trends. Everyone can better document their efforts and research on the S:\\ drive for others to reference. A common set of values is another way of finding like-minded people, and for believing in what you do. I welcome and will support each of you to affect other efforts that would help streamline and better our organization. Each of you has an important symbolic gift that I have brought back from Peru. It is a replica of the Chakana, the Incan equivalent of the Catholic holy Cross or known in other civilizations the “tree of life.” Its core meaning revolves around balance – male and female; night and day; rainy season and dry season; strength and weakness. This Chakana reminded me of the core balance of our organization. Appraisal work is generated through the sales and property management; sales are generated through the appraisal and property management; and property management is generated from the sales and appraisal. To quote our Rental Team motto (Guess Who?), “Team work makes the dream work.” To the appraisers and team: I am continuing to diversify our client base so that the tradition of ample workflow continues; that the lower fees are balanced by higher fees; that the appraiser can focus solely on the effort that is the best use of their time – appraising real property. As we come closer to current appraisal trainees becoming licensed, we are also looking for already certified appraisers to join our team. A larger team of qualified appraisers means uninterrupted workflow and coverage of vacation times for our clients. In the coming months I will be shifting a large portion of my time to the evolution of the valuation department. To the sales agents and team: I am committed to providing additional support individually. Some of you have discussed with me the desire for more accountability. I have committed to delegating more responsibility so that I can dedicate more time to tailoring that support and accountability Plan for you. The process here is simple – the more I can trust and rely upon you, the more work and leads I am happy to provide. This is a trust and reliance that the client is being serviced at the highest level, that we are communicating frequently with the client, that I am kept updated and that the transaction is properly documented in its entirety. I must respond to and convert leads faster and in order to do this, I will need to more quickly turn over the lead to you and rest assured it will be treated with care and urgency. Please see me individually as desired. You may have also noticed increased general marketing in the form of printed mailers, online ads and print ads – including a recent half page ad in the Philadelphia Inquirer and rotating online ads on Philly.com. We have several endeavors currently in the works, including inclusion as service provider in the “Home Buy Now” program; appearing in speaking engagements; inclusion in several new lead generation programs and REO programs; updated website and web presence; and maybe video media/television is in the near future with help from our resident TV producer (Guess Who?). To the property managers and team: We are balancing a sustaining mode and growth mode and will continue to grow support staff and numbers of units under management; will continue to employ current technologies like our online portal and tenant epay systems; to continue to diversify the type of units under management; and to streamline and automate our internal processes and efficiencies. The key to our success are basic principles of constant and effective communication, managing properties as we would manage our own, and in working to exceed both landlord and tenant expectations. What’s next: In the coming weeks you will see new talent joining us; the unveiling of an employee home purchase grant where the Urban Affairs Coalition will match a $500 gift from Higgins & Welch for staff purchasing a primary residence in Philadelphia; an updated website with updated resource for our clients; and the Annual Fall gathering which will take place this year at a staff members groovy Zen garden (guess who?) I am grateful to be surrounded by talented individuals and to have each of you as a member of this organization. Your hard work and value is evident and appreciated. I look forward to maintaining our chakana and to serving you for years to come. Sincerely,
Ed
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