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New For­tuna Cross­ing com­mu­nity now open Re­al­tor named Rookie of the Year

Joan Dock­tor, pres­i­dent of Berk­shire Hath­away Home­ser­vices Fox & Roach, Real­tors, con­grat­u­lated Ni­cole Mur­phy, a Blue Bell of­fice sales as­so­ci­ate, on her 2017 Pres­i­dent’s Vi­sion­ary Award in the Rookie of the Year cat­e­gory.

The Pres­i­dent’s Vi­sion­ary Awards were es­tab­lished to rec­og­nize sales as­so­ci­ates and man­agers who em­brace a vi­sion of car­ing, lead­er­ship and com­mit­ment. This an­nual awards program is de­signed to ap­plaud and honor se­lect in­di­vid­u­als for their valu­able con­tri­bu­tions to the com­pany, to their com­mu­ni­ties and to their clients. The re­cip­i­ents were cho­sen for this award through nom­i­na­tion forms and rec­om­men­da­tion let­ters from the re­gional man­agers for six dif­fer­ent cat­e­gories: Rookie of the Year, Men­tor of the Year, Man­ager of the Year, Tech­nol­ogy Spe­cial­ist, Wel­come Spe­cial­ist and Sales As­so­ci­ate Ex­cel­lence.

Pur­chas­ing a new home is a big in­vest­ment, and Mig­natti Com­pa­nies be­lieves you shouldn’t set­tle for any­thing less than the best. The Mig­natti Ad­van­tage pro­vides ev­ery home­owner with a higher level of in­cluded fea­tures that con­trib­ute to the over­all health, energy efficiency and com­fort of a new home. Mig­natti is pas­sion­ate about qual­ity con­struc­tion, which is why at the brand-new For­tuna Cross­ing com­mu­nity — lo­cated in Lans­dale — the home­builder is in­vest­ing in what goes on be­hind the walls, in­clud­ing in­su­la­tion, seal­ing, win­dows and the home’s heat­ing and air conditioning sys­tems. Fea­tures in­clude: • Energy Star-rated, two-stage, 96 per­cent AFUE fur­nace and 15 SEER air con­di­tioner. The higher efficiency, twostage fur­nace will heat your home more evenly, elim­i­nate cold spots and save on energy costs be­cause less fuel is burned while get­ting bet­ter air flow through­out your home.

• Pro­gram­mable ther­mo­stat on all floors with an elec­tronic damper sys­tem. At For­tuna Cross­ing, each home­owner will have in­de­pen­dent con­trol over the tem­per­a­ture on each floor in­stead of one ther­mo­stat con­trol­ling the en­tire home at one tem­per­a­ture.

• High-efficiency, low-e, ar­gon-filled, sin­gle-hung, tilt-in win­dows. These spe­cialty win­dows are cre­ated to neu­tral­ize the ef­fects of out­side weather on the in­side of your home. These win­dows lower UV rays, which will keep your fur­ni­ture and floor­ing more vi­brant for a longer pe­riod. It also helps to keep an even tem­per­a­ture longer so your HVAC sys­tems don’t have to work as hard.

• 2-by-6-foot ex­te­rior wall con­struc­tion with R19 in­su­la­tion. That’s 50 per­cent more in­su­la­tion com­pared to a home built to the min­i­mum code. The ex­tra in­su­la­tion helps save money in win­ter and sum­mer and means a qui­eter and more energy-ef­fi­cient home all year long.

• Water man­age­ment sys­tem. Un­con­trolled rain water pen­e­tra­tion and mois­ture in­tru­sion are two of the most com­mon ene­mies of the build­ing en­ve­lope, threat­en­ing struc­tural in­tegrity and per­for­mance.

• Mig­natti’s sig­na­ture foam, caulk and seal sys­tem at all open­ings, win­dows and doors. Mig­natti’s sig­na­ture process re­duces air leak­age and drafts.

• Home Energy Rat­ing Sys­tem (HERS) and third-party in­spec­tion. All homes at For­tuna Cross­ing will re­ceive a Home Energy Rat­ing (HERS) Cer­tifi­cate. This cer­tifi­cate is is­sued by a third­party HERS in­spec­tion rater who is in­volved from de­sign to the end of con­struc­tion and pro­vides sus­tain­abil­ity con­sult­ing and build­ing per­for­mance test­ing to help build a more durable home com­pared to the min­i­mum code stan­dard. The home will re­ceive a HERS score, like a miles-per-gal­lon sticker for your home. The lower the rat­ing, the bet­ter your home per­forms.

While all of these ef­forts are go­ing on be­hind the walls, there are equal fea­tures in­side the home. town­homes and twin homes show­case 9-foot ceil­ings on the main liv­ing lev­els; mod­ern kitchens with 42-inch maple cab­i­nets, gran­ite coun­ters and GE ap­pli­ances; and master baths with over­sized show­ers, 12-by12-inch white ce­ramic tile and shower sur­rounds.

For­tuna Cross­ing of­fers four floor­plans — the Wal­nut, Wal­nut Grande, Chest­nut and Chest­nut Grande — rang­ing from 1,699 to 2,174 square feet, three to four bed­rooms, 2.5 to 3.5 baths and one­and two-car garages.

This new town­home neigh­bor­hood by Mig­natti Com­pa­nies is lo­cated in the heart of Lans­dale, steps away from the For­tuna train sta­tion, min­utes from down­town Lans­dale and a short drive to ma­jor highways like the PA Turn­pike, Interstate 476, Route 309 and Route 202. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Wel­come Cen­ter, browse for­tuna.mig­natti. com or call 267-645-4500.

Asian-amer­i­can, Pa­cific Is­lan­der home­own­er­ship to rise

The Asian Real Es­tate As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica (AREAA), with the sup­port of Re/max LLC, is re­leas­ing the only ma­jor com­pre­hen­sive re­port about Asian-amer­i­can and Pa­cific Is­lan­der (AAPI) hous­ing and eco­nom­ics.

One of the most sur­pris­ing find­ings of the re­port is that for AAPI, de­spite hav­ing the high­est rates of ed­u­ca­tion and in­come of any racial de­mo­graphic in the U.S., typ­i­cally hav­ing high credit scores and low debt-toin­come and loan-to-value ra­tios, there are still ap­par­ent sys­temic bar­ri­ers that cause the com­mu­nity’s home­own­er­ship rates to fall well be­low the na­tional av­er­age.

AAPI home­own­er­ship is still nearly 8 per­cent lower than the U.S. av­er­age and 17 per­cent lower than non­his­panic whites.

“As the AAPI com­mu­nity con­tin­ues to grow, it is im­por­tant to have ac­cu­rate and re­li­able data to help us bet­ter un­der­stand the unique set of chal­lenges fac­ing this group when it comes to home­own­er­ship,” AREAA Na­tional Pres­i­dent Angie Lee said. “We must find out why this gap ex­ists and work with our part­ners to close it.”

“As a global net­work, Re/max un­der­stands and re­spects the cul­tural dif­fer­ences of di­verse pop­u­la­tions and how crit­i­cal it is to have busi­ness an­a­lyt­ics to guide you for ef­fec­tive strate­gies and poli­cies,” said Mike Rea­gan, se­nior vice pres­i­dent, busi­ness al­liances, Re/max LLC. “The data in this re­port sug­gests un­tapped po­ten­tial in the AAPI com­mu­nity, and we be­lieve it will bet­ter pre­pare real es­tate pro­fes­sion­als to help AAPI clients achieve the dream of home­own­er­ship.”

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — BERK­SHIRE HATH­AWAY

Blue Bell of­fice sales as­so­ci­ate Ni­cole Mur­phy, cen­ter, re­ceives the 2017 Pres­i­dent’s Vi­sion­ary Award in the Rookie of the Year cat­e­gory from Berk­shire Hath­away Pres­i­dent Joan Dock­tor, left, and Blue Bell of­fice man­ager Linda Ostrowsky.

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