It’s that time again! Join us for the Lunch & Learn about the topic:
Construction, Development, Zoning & Building Permits Processing and Resolutions Made Simple

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Presented By: Alexis Miles, owner of Tax Abatement Today, LLC

Sponsor: Joseph V. Scorese, Firstrust Bank
Presented By: Tax Abatement Today, LLC – Alexis Miles – Owner
You will learn how Navigate the Building Permit Process, and discuss Service, Time, and Money in regards to get the process completed correctly.

Please RSVP (No Walk In’s) : Donna LePera | Director of Member Services, Greater Philadelphia Association of REALTORS®, 215-423-9381 |

Licenses and Inspections Commissioner, Prominent City Council Members
Domb & Green, Home Depot Discount Plan

HAPCO’ S General Membership Meeting will be taking place on Wednesday October 26th at the Courtyard Philadelphia Marriott Hotel, formally the Crowne Plaza. The hotel is located off City Line Avenue at 4100 Presidential Blvd. feature this year will be important presentations by ranking Philadelphia officials. The recently appointed Commissioner of the Department of licenses and inspections, David Perri, will be present to discuss with the membership the current procedures and issues facing the department. Among the various city departments, Licenses and Inspections is critical to the daily functioning of HAPCO members. Philadelphia’s building-related codes regulate the construction industry and set forth the legal responsibilities that come with property ownership. L&I promotes Code compliance through education, consultation, responsiveness to public complaints, building plan reviews, licensing and permitting processes, on-site inspections, and enforcement actions. At all times, L&I’s focus is public safety. It is critical for HAPCO members to be aware of the procedures of the department as to issuance of licenses and enforcement. HAPCO appreciates the appearance by the Commissioner at the general membership meeting and encourages all HAPCO members to attend to hear from the Commissioner, and use the opportunity to ask questions of the Commissioner as to anything related to the functioning of the Philadelphia Department of licenses and inspections.

Also present at the meeting will be to prominent members of the fluffy city Council, Councilman Allan Domb and Councilman Derek Green. While Councilman Domb and Green are relative newcomers to the City Council, each has made a significant mark upon the city in their first term. Councilman Alan Domb is well known to HAPCO members, being a substantial property owner in the city. Prior to his election to the City Council, Councilman Domb had served with HAPCO on the real estate coalition as president of the Greater Philadelphia Board of Realtors. His Chief of Staff, Diane Lucidi, had served as executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Board of Realtors.  The experience of Councilman Domb and his staff in the real estate field is unmatched, as is his knowledge of city finances and issues of taxation. Councilman Domb began working in 1980 in order to create a highly reputable real estate brokerage firm, a firm which today has helped transform Center City.  As a result of his extensive business experience, and involvement in GPAR and as a coalition member with HAPCO, Domb advocated for the rights of private property owners,  and his business skills and advocacy ability made him a successful businessman. He has now brought those significant skills to the chambers of Philadelphia City Council. The Councilman is committed to lowering the poverty rate, collecting delinquent taxes owed to the city, increasing graduation rates, and promoting job growth through the retention of existing business and creation of new businesses by further attracting millennials in the tech and manufacturing industries to Philadelphia.

Councilman Derek Green, likewise in his first term, returns to HAPCO as an elected member of the Philadelphia city Council. His last appearance was as a candidate, and HAPCO is appreciative of his taking the time to join us at the general membership meeting. Before his election, Councilman Green was the Special Counsel to Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco. In this capacity, he proposed and drafted legislation as well as reviewed and monitored local, state, and federal legislation. He also served as counsel to the Philadelphia Gas Commission Chair and the Committees on Finance and Public Health and Human Services and managed various Council hearings and meetings with constituents and executives. Prior to joining the Councilwoman’s office, Councilman Green served as a Deputy City Solicitor in the Housing and Community Development Division of the Corporate Group of the City’s Law Department. As a Deputy City Solicitor, he represented the Offices of Housing and Community Development and Neighborhood Transformation Initiatives, Commerce Department, and Vacant Property Review Committee and annually drafted, negotiated, and reviewed over $100 million in housing and economic development contracts funded by the City, PA Department of Community and Economic Development, and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Metro Philadelphia selected him as one of 6 new young political leaders, and the Philadelphia Daily News named him one of the 10 under 40 rising political stars. Councilman Green and his wife, Sheila, co-founded the first Autism Support Class at Houston Elementary School to help other Autistic children like their son.  To aid other families affected by Autism, they are a top regional fundraiser for Autism Speaks.


The presence of these two important members of the Philadelphia City Council at HAPCO’s general membership meeting is a valuable opportunity for HAPCO members to both hear from the Councilmen as to their present activities and vision for the city, as well as to present comments and questions to the Council Members At Large for them to take back to the city Council on behalf of HAPCO property owners.

Home Depot will be presenting representative Robert Blum, who will make a presentation describing use of the Home Depot discount services for HAPCO members.




Also present at the general membership meeting will be HAPCO legal counsel Darrell M Zaslow, to discuss specific issues as to the future of HAPCO, and HAPCO eviction attorney Ken Baritz, who will be present to discuss and take questions regarding the landlord-tenant eviction services.

Are youToday’s housing market is tough! These days, there’s a huge cleft between the selling and buying side and really, the more favorable position may just be the selling side. Still, if you are in the market to purchase, how do you make sure that the seller is not taking advantage of the drought and over pricing? How can you be assured the best deal possible for you time, effort, and money?

Join us on August 17, 2016 for the Philly Riverwards Sub Group Meetup at Front Street Café 1253 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19122 from 6:30-8:30PM as our friend Anil Dham from Prosperity Group, LLC teaches us, from his investment experience, the best ways to increase your chances of acquiring a great first investment property! If you are looking for a fix and flip, something to hold, or a multi-family place in this competitive housing market, you need to be here!

Don’t lose out to another buyer, get the information you need to be a real estate success!

For more information, contact Joe Scorese 215-290-5108

We’ll see you there!


Philly Riverward Sub Group


Front Street Cafe

1253 N Front St, Philadelphia, Pa

Come learn about HAPCO and how we benefit landlords around the city! 

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President Harvey Spear presenting gift to retiring Board Member Carolyn Smith at the May Board meeting.

Carolyn Smith can easily be defined as a woman of faith, job, value and substance. Her dynamic, focused and purposeful 26-year contribution to HAPCO as a board member is proof of that.

Smith always had an eye toward real estate. In her mid 20’s, she told her then fiancé that she wanted to flip houses. At the time, she was working for a major insurance company where she quickly rose in the ranks, eventually taking on a management position. After 18-years with that firm, she was unfortunately laid off.  With her newly acquired free time, she decided that now was when she would go into real estate, as she’d dreamed. She’d begun going to the library daily, reading anything she could get her hands on about the industry for six months. Armed with knowledge, and partnered with a contractor friend, her real estate career began exactly as she envisioned so many years before: buying and selling properties. Eventually, she transitioned from flipping to holding, and became a landlord. She soon learned that the idea of landlords being rich due to their property was often false, as there were varying fees and taxes imposed on them, often making it hard for them to see much profit.

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Longtime Board Member & Past President Willie Seward celebrated his 88th birthday at the May Board meeting.

She was invited by Bill Becker to see what HAPCO was about, but he knew that she would make a great board member and brought her with intentions of a successor for his board position. As a board member, she’s made it her mission to aid in strategizing against and fighting the legislation that made it hard for landlords to profit in their business.

She was a member of various committees including the Section 8 Committee where she found the most value and the greatest ability to contribute. Through her time spent there, she was able to help HAPCO effect legislative change in regards to landlords in this area. This was something she found important and realized there were many in the city who were oblivious to their landlord rights and the laws coming that would have a bearing on the way they did business. For this reason, Smith was a great advocate for HAPCO encouraging membership and generally sharing the information that she feels she would not have been able to access without her membership and involvement.

Of the many things that she’d encountered in HAPCO, Smith feels that she will miss the people the most. Though there were often differing opinions that left a room full of people in dissent, she knows that they are all well-intended and feels that she truly left with friends, bound by the common goal of making Philadelphia better fro landlords and those they effect.

As she is sitting at the edge of her HAPCO career, she is proud of the work she has done, and even the fact that she has influenced both her daughter and daughter-in-law to be in real estate. She is most looking forward to the time that she will be spending with her grand children and the future ventures she has planned.

We are grateful for your service and dedication to HAPCO’s mission. You will be greatly missed!