Archives: February 2011

Elfant Wissahickon REALTOR inaugurated as President of GPAR

Posted on: February 22, 2011

It is with great pride that my partners and I congratulate Mary Louise Butler, Associate Broker with Elfant Wissahickon REALTORS, on becoming the 86th President of the Greater Philadelphia Association of REALTORS. I have had the pleasure of working side by side with Mary Louise over these last 11 years and have watched her become not only a well respected and recognized real estate professional but also a major force in our professional association. She has devoted countless hours to the Greater Philadelphia Association of REALTORS and she believes that service to her profession is the key to success. Congratulations Mary Louise, your Elfant Wissahickon Family is proud of you!!!

Mary Louise Butler and partner of Elfant Wissahickon Realtors

Photo Credit Marc Barag

On February 3rd, at a dinner at the historic Germantown Cricket Club, Mary Louise Butler of Elfant Wissahickon REALTORS was inaugurated as the 86th President of the Greater Philadelphia Association of REALTORS.

Mary Louise Butler began her real estate career with Elfant Wissahickon REALTORS in 2000 and quickly became a top producing agent. She realized early on that education was a key to success. Holding several professional designations, including Graduate REALTORS Institute (GRI), Certified Residential Specialist (CRS), Seniors Real Estate Specialist (SRES), and the E-Pro designation, Mary Louise has made continuing education a priority for the last ten years. She, most recently, earned her PA State Associate Broker’s license.

Mary Louise also strongly believes that service to her community and profession is integral to professional success. Her exposure to GPAR was initiated through a new agent training session given at the Association’s office. She decided to volunteer for the Grievance Committee and has served in some capacity ever since. As Chair for the Grievance Committee from 2004 to 2008, she learned about the operations of the Association as a member of the Board of Directors. Mary Louise has also served on the Standards and Practice panel. Since 2010, Mary Louise has served as a District 3 Director of Pennsylvania Association of REALTORS, succeeding Larry DiFranco, Broker with EWR. Inspired by the dedication shown by current and past Board members, she accepted a line officer position as Secretary in 2008.

GPAR is staffed by five full time employees who are tasked with closely monitoring actions of the real estate industry, state and local government. GPAR monitors and caters to the needs of its members through education, fielding industry questions from both the members and public, and reports to the state and national Associations. “Philadelphia REALTORS should be proud of the foundation of care and connection they have built through this well run and premiere organization,” says Mary Louise. “Board members volunteer their time and exemplary talent throughout the year to further the causes of our industry, like fighting Philadelphia property tax increases, streamlining the City Certification process, opposing an increase in the Pennsylvania transfer tax, and many other crucial issues.”

Mary Louise’s role will include serving the public through educational office visits to Philadelphia Real Estate offices, appearing in public forums like City Council meetings to promote the rights of property owners, renters and real estate professionals, and enforcing and promoting the REALTOR Code of Ethics. This very effective “self-regulation” tool, the REALTOR Code of Ethics, ascribes that as members of the National Association, REALTORS pledge to protect and effectively serve the consumer through honesty in business and dedication to the “highest and best use of the land”. Thus, actively enforcing the Code focuses on and effectively protects the consumer.

Louise D’Alessandro, Broker/Partner of Elfant Wissahickon REALTORS and past president of GPAR, was honored to personally swear Mary Louise in as President. “It was a proud night for Elfant Wissahickon, and me personally to offer support to Mary Louise and GPAR in their mission to serve the region. Mary Louise exemplifies the best in the business.”

Posted by Paul Walsh

Elfant Wissahickon spreads the love

Posted on: February 8, 2011

Thanks to a wonderful idea from Craig Smith of Mortgage Masters and the great work of our amazing support staff, Elfant Wissahickon REALTORS is proud to sponsor a Valentine community service project this weekend!

This Saturday February 12, 2011 between 12 and 2pm Elfant Wissahickon REALTORS will be helping loved ones of military personnel send Valentine Greetings to their family and friends currently serving in the military. We are reaching out through all our advertising outlets and on line services to get the word out to anyone who has a loved one currently serving in the armed services.

If you have a loved one that you would like to send a Valentine Greeting, here is what you need to do: call our office before Friday February 11, 2011 at 5pm and make a reservation. On Saturday, come into our office (between 12 and 2 pm) with your message prepared and we will provide free production and editing services for a video Valentine’s Day greeting card. Please bring along a picture of your loved one along with a valid email address. Within 24 hours your video greeting will be ready and will be forwarded to your “special Valentine” anywhere in the world.

To make a reservation please call (215) 247-3600.

Happy Valentine’s Day to all and especially those of you serving in our military!

Posted by Paul Walsh