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Announcements about new agents, new offices, new offerings to clients, and maybe a little gossip and pet photos thrown in.


Kurfiss SIR Welcomes Tim Shannon

Donald Pearson, chairman of Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty, is pleased to announce that experienced agent Tim Shannon has joined the company’s Bucks County office. A resident of Historic Bethlehem, Tim represents clients throughout Upper Bucks, Saucon Valley and the Lehigh Valley. He has been licensed since 2012 and quickly became a top performer at his previous company.

“Tim’s professionalism and track record speak for themselves,” says Pearson. “He has experience representing clients on both the buy and sell sides and in a variety of price points. His commitment to serving his clients’ interests fits well with our company and brand.”

Before starting his career in real estate, Tim worked for more than 20 years in the Washington D.C., lobbying industry. In Washington he worked for a variety of organizations, including a Fortune 100 pharmaceutical company as well as a Wall Street research firm. He brings a broad range of management, finance and negotiating skills to his real-estate career. He is fluent in German, having lived there for 10 years.

Over the past few years he has helped buyers and sellers in a variety of price ranges in the Lehigh Valley and Upper Bucks County. Tim’s move from his family’s farm in Bucks County to historic Bethlehem was depicted in a December 2015 episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters.”

Tim has a marketing degree from the University of Colorado and an MBA from Georgetown University.

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Open House Sunday

Sunday, September 11th, from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M.
 15 Beautiful Properties Throughout Bucks County and Neighboring Areas 

         Come join us this Sunday to view some of the region’s most tranquil properties scattered throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. These properties are all unique, sophisticated and timeless in their own way. Whether it’s their original hardwood floors, crown moldings, luxury entertainment areas, or dual master suites, there are features to fit every potential buyer! Note: ** indicates open house times other than 1:00 – 3:00 P.M.

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Twice each year, Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty Chairman Donald Pearson provides an update on company performance and broad market trends Continue reading

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Montgomery County Market Update

By Jennifer Riner, Trulia

While  home buyers across the U.S. feel priced out of some markets, some counties near big metro areas offer affordable options. Although inventory is dropping in the starter-home segment, not all markets are responding with rising prices. Continue reading

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163 Marienstein Rd,Upper Black Eddy, PA~$539,000

Tinicum Open House Extravaganza

Sunday, July 10th from 12:00 to 3:00 PM
 18 Beautiful Properties!
Download a printable flyer! 

This weekend is a big one for Tinicum Township in Bucks County, Pa., with the Tinicum Arts Festival at Tinicum Park on the Delaware River on Saturday, July 9, and Sunday, July 10 and plenty of Bucks County open houses. Eight real-estate brokerages, including Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty, have come together Continue reading

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Look Inside Merestone Farm, A Lake Nockamixon Waterfront Estate


This aerial view of Merestone Farm shows its direct access to Lake Nockamixon as well its pool, pool house, terraces and gardens and open land for other country pursuits.

We are pleased to introduce our first-ever 3D property video, shot at the request of agent Caryn Black. Merestone Farm, her waterfront property on Lake Nockamixon with a stone farmhouse and converted barn/guest house, is the subject.  Tour the house and the barn/guest house and see for yourself just how beautifully and tastefully renovated these two buildings are. The property has been featured in Continue reading

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A Video Intro to What We’re About

We’ve just returned from the Sotheby’s International Realty (SIR) 2016 Global Networking Event in Las Vegas, and while we enjoyed meeting 2,400 of our colleagues from around the world, most importantly we were able to attend many informative sessions and hear keynote speakers who re-energized our approach to marketing real estate and staying ahead of the competition. There will be more details to come, but in the meantime, please take a minute and check out this newly released video that serves as an introduction to the Sotheby’s International Realty brand. In it, you’ll hear not only from the top executives in charge of helping us grow, but you’ll also see why major, respected media, Including The Wall Street Journal, approach us when they are doing new advertorial/content initiatives.


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The New Hope-Solebury School District, active since 1942, is a renowned public school district

in New Hope-Solebury School District High SchoolNew Hope, Pennsylvania. The district’s impressive record of educational excellence  positively
influences the real-estate market in the New Hope-Solebury region. The appeal of the New Hope-Solebury School District is multifaceted. Perhaps most attractive is the tuition, or lack thereof; as a public school district, students pay no tuition for a world-class education. The size of the district is also appealing; with just 2 elementary schools, one middle school and one high school, the New Hope-Solebury School District is rather petite compared to its neighboring school districts. The natural beauty of New Hope and its surroundings also contributes to the attractiveness of living within the New Hope-Solebury School District. Continue reading

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The original Mount Pleasant in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park

The original Mount Pleasant in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park

Mt pleasant hall

Mount Pleasant’s center, front-to-back reception hall with side stair on the left.

Recently Curbed Philly published a guide to the 15 significant homes of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park. For those of you who don’t know, Fairmount Park is the largest municipal park system in the United States with 9,200 acres of contiguous land, dwarfing Central Park’s 843 acres in New York City. One of the homes featured in the Curbed Philly guide is the rather famous Mount Pleasant, considered an excellent example of English Colonial architecture in the United States and described in the Curbed piece this way: Continue reading

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Yes, the spring real-estate market has sprung…

Regardless of what time of year it is experts agree that staging one’s home is important when listing it for sale. They’re right. In my experience, the benefits of staging are two-fold. Firstly, when listing photos are taken, staged homes’ photos tend to turn out more appealing. The extra effort absolutely translates to the photographs. Secondly, when potential buyers walk through that front door, a carefully curated home will leave a better impression than an interior that has not had any special attention. As a real estate photographer, I deeply appreciate it when a seller has staged their home. However, staging goes beyond a good vacuuming/dusting. The devil is in the details, as it were. Continue reading

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