Article By: Deborah Donahue
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Howard Hanna Joins Forces with Morgan-Collins
York (PA) October 17, 2013 – Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, the #1 seller of homes in Pennsylvania and Ohio, today announced a merger with Morgan-Collins, Inc., increasing Howard Hanna’s presence in Central Pennsylvania. The company has offices in Harrisburg, Camp Hill, Carlisle and Hershey. This move puts Howard Hanna in position to do business for the first time in the state of Maryland, in addition to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, New York and West Virginia, where the company has 150 offices.
Howard Hanna has been helping people feel at home since 1957, when the real estate company was founded by Howard and Anne Hanna in Pittsburgh. In 1997, Howard Hanna opened their first offices in Harrisburg. The Morgan family started their company in the late 1940s and sold it in 1990 to Andy Collins. “It was important to Joe and Jim Morgan that the firm remain a family-owned business,” said Collins. “And I’m carrying on that tradition. The family-owned Hanna company is the perfect fit for my agents and our clients. I am looking forward to being able to provide all the extras a big firm offers while still offering that personal touch.” Collins is well known in the community and throughout the region. He will continue to work out of the York office as Senior Vice President and Associate Broker.
“To be the consumer’s choice in Central Pennsylvania is our goal,” said CEO Howard W. “Hoddy” Hanna, III. “We are very proud to welcome Andy and his team of more than 50 professional sales associates, who have helped many local home buyers and sellers over the years, to the Howard Hanna family. Together we will do great things and carry on the reputation of excellence they have established in York and Adams Counties.”
The addition of Morgan-Collins continues Howard Hanna’s growth plan in the Eastern United States; this is the company’s third acquisition of the year.
“We are always looking for other strategic acquisitions within our footprint,” added Hanna. “And we are interested in entering other major markets on the East Coast, notably Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.”
Howard Hanna is on track this year to hit $8 billion in closed sales volume, a 25% increase over last year.
Morgan-Collins, now operating as Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, will display the company’s green and gold signs at their current locations in York and Shrewsbury. Howard Hanna anticipates increasing the staff by 15 people. Sales associates will immediately be able to offer Howard Hanna’s 100% Money Back Guarantee along with all of Howard Hanna’s exclusive programs, while benefiting from state-of-the-art marketing tools, training and technology. Sales Associates will also benefit from marketing exposure through Howard Hanna’s other 150 offices and 5,000 sales associates and staff across PA, OH, MI, NY and WV. Additionally, Howard Hanna plans to make their York and Shrewsbury offices ‘full-service’ with the addition of mortgage, title and insurance services to their York and Shrewsbury offices in the beginning of 2014, adding an additional 10-15 jobs.
Vice President and Regional Manager for Howard Hanna’s Central Pennsylvania Region is Iva Fiorina; she is located in the Camp Hill office at 3310 Market Street and can be reached at 717-920-9600 or by email at IFiorina@howardhanna.com.
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services is the largest real estate company in Pennsylvania and Ohio and the 4th largest real estate company in the United States* with 150 offices, 5,000 sales associates and staff in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, New York and West Virginia. Guided by a spirit of integrity in all aspects of the real estate process, the company provides residential and commercial brokerage services, mortgages, closing and title insurance, land development, appraisal services, insurance services and corporate relocation and business development.
Visit www.howardhanna.com for more information.
*REAL Trends 500, ranked by closed transaction sides 2012, REAL Trends Magazine, May 2013. RISMedia Power Broker Survey, April 2013.
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