Ryan Cortez, Director of Recruiting at Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty, announced that top producer Laurie Madaus has joined the company’s Bucks County office from Addison Wolfe in New Hope.
Ryan Cortez, recruiting manager for Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty, announced that Associate Broker Lawrence Wong has joined the company’s New Hope office. Licensed since 2009 with a career that began in Brooklyn, N.Y., Lawrence’s hometown, he brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to his real estate business. Lawrence has primarily worked as a listing agent and was named one of the National Association of Realtors’ “30 Under 30” earlier in his career.
The challenge of creating a sales strategy tailored to every client’s property, along with managing the showing and negotiation phases and then bringing the parties to the closing table, are what keeps Lawrence energized about his real estate career.
“Real estate appeals to me because I enjoy problem-solving. There are more intricacies and details – large and small issues that pop up — than people appreciate, and it’s my job to solve those,” says Lawrence. “I like the satisfaction of helping clients reach their goals, not just selling the property but seeing the process through for them.”
That approach earned Lawrence many word-of-mouth referrals, the “gold standard” for him as far as measuring success.
The Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty marketing platform and the company’s local and regional presence are a perfect fit for Lawrence, who also lived in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood before moving to Bucks County. He maintains his New York broker’s license and will continue to do business there and in Pennsylvania, making him a strong agent for those with interests in both markets.
Fluent in Chinese and an active real estate investor, Lawrence earned a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management. He and his family live in Buckingham Township, and he is based in the New Hope office of Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty. Reach out to Lawrence here.
Ryan Cortez, recruiting manager for Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty, announced that Brian Filko has joined the company’s Bucks County office. Brian grew up in the Lehigh Valley and moved to Bucks County 7 years ago. While new to real estate, Brian has used his engineering degree from The Pennsylvania State University and his entrepreneurial mindset to start multiple businesses including Gear Infusion as well as Doylestown Candle, an all-natural eco-friendly candle company. Prior to launching his own businesses, he worked as a mechanical engineer and product manager at Lutron Electronics for 6 years in their lighting control and automated-shade teams. Over the years, Brian has lived in Telford, Coopersburg, Allentown and Doylestown.
Brian is excited for his newest venture into real estate. “I can’t wait to use my creative mindset and passion to help my clients find their dream home” says Brian. Brian’s attention to detail, organizational skills, ability to think outside the box, and friendly nature will make him a well-suited addition to the Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty’s New Hope real-estate group.
To add to his enthusiasm for real estate, Brian just recently bought his own dream home in Doylestown with his wife Danielle and sons Ethan and Aidan. “I am so glad to have found the house of my dreams, but was sad to have the house hunting process come to an end. I can’t wait to be able to help my clients have as much fun as I had,” says Brian.
Brian will be based out of the Kurfiss SIR New Hope office and is happy to extend his market reach from Bucks County into the Lehigh Valley. Reach out to Brian at his agent page.
RealTrends & Tom Ferry announce top agents in Pennsylvania
Ryan Cortez, recruiting manager for Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty, announced that 8 of the company’s individual agents and one team were recognized as “America’s Best,” a ranking of all agents with 2021 sales volume of $20,000,000 or more. Lisa Yakulis of the company’s Main Line office is the #1 agent by sales volume in Pennsylvania as far as truly individual agents who function without a team. there are 142 real estate agents in Pennsylvania who made the “America’s Best” list in 2021.
Team Whetzel, based in the company’s Chestnut Hill office, is the #7 small (2-5 agents) team in Pennsylvania. Led by agent Kim Whetzel, the team also includes Ellen Hass, James McFadden, Nina Furia, Rebecca Morley and Anne Flynn. A team had to sell at least $30,000,000 collectively to quality for the list.
Other agents from Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty who are on the list for Pennsylvania include (listed alphabetically):
- Caryn Black – Bucks County Office
- Linda Danese – Bucks County Office
- Lisa Frushone – Bucks County Office
- Douglas Pearson – Philadelphia Center City Office
- Cary Simons – Main Line Office
- Kevin Steiger – Bucks County Office
- Wendie Steffens – Chestnut Hill Office
“Our agents are some of the most experienced and dedicated in the business, and their quality shows in their performance last year,” says Cortez. “I congratulate them as well as our agents who topped their personal bests in sales in 2021. We are fortunate to have them in the Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty family.”
June is the month when Mural Arts Philadelphia celebrates new works with dedications of murals, the return of the annual Wall Ball and the premier of a series of short films sponsored by Scribe Video Center and presented by Storyville. These films are from ‘Making Home Movies,’ a signature project of Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Porch Light program. Kurfiss Sotheby’s International Realty is in its second year of sponsorship with Mural Arts so that we can support the organization’s work throughout the city of Philadelphia as well as its art education, restorative justice and other initiatives. See the complete list of June events here.
Mural Arts Philadelphia is the nation’s largest public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change. For over 35 years, Mural Arts has united artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives. Mural Arts engages communities in 60–100 public art projects each year, and maintains its growing collection through a restoration initiative. Our core program areas—Art Education, Restorative Justice, and Porch Light—yield unique, project-based learning opportunities for thousands of youth and adults.
Each year, 15,000 residents and visitors tour Mural Arts’ outdoor art gallery, which has become part of the city’s civic landscape and a source of pride and inspiration, earning Philadelphia international recognition as the “City of Murals.”