Realtors have smooth transition from Edward Surovell to Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

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Familiar faces remain at the former Edward Surovell offices in downtown Tecumseh where the transition to Howard Hanna has taken place. Photo by Mary Kay McPartlin.

In October Howard Hanna Real Estate Services announced Edward Surovell Realtors of Ann Arbor had become part of the Howard Hanna Real Estate family. Since October, Surovell management, realtors and clients have had a smooth transition to Howard Hanna, and are excited with all the new opportunities available.
“Nothing but good things are happening for us,” said Bob Fox, Manager of Adrian and Lake offices.

The Howard Hanna family is pleased with the growth and possibilities available through Surovell. “The most important part of this is Edward Surovell,” said Howard Hanna President Helen Hanna Casey. “His philosophy was very similar to ours, and we know the care taken in building his management team.”

The company entered the real estate field in 1957 when Casey’s parents, Howard and Anna, opened an office on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Today the company is the fourth largest real estate firm in the United States and the number one home seller in Pennsylvania and Ohio. The addition of Surovell to Howard Hanna has increased the number of offices to 144 in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, and Michigan.

With almost $6 billion in volume and 34,292 transaction sides last year, Howard Hanna believes the addition of Michigan will help the company to continue to grow. Often questioned by media and investors about why Howard Hanna looked to expand in the struggling state of Michigan, Casey believes the answer is a simple one.

“We are a rust belt company,” she said. “All of our markets are very similar. That is the basis of our company.”

Casey believes Howard Hanna offers a positive and confident service to those who wish to buy or sell a home. Company focus is on making the home buying and selling processes simple and uncomplicated. According to Casey, over the years this meant expanding services for clients to offer mortgage services, closing and title insurance, land development, insurance services and corporate relocation. The variety of services means home buying and selling is faster, easier and, according to Casey, Howard Hanna can guarantee satisfaction.

“The services they have for buyers, sellers, and agents, I’ve never seen,” said Sherrie Beaubien, Manager of the Tecumseh office.

“We always try to be business generators and job creators,” Casey said. “We are a very positive group of people.”

Howard Hanna also offers a wide variety of programs to make buying a home possible for people who might have trouble otherwise. Casey said one such program provides a homebuyer opportunity to new doctors who are often deep in educational debt and without any credit. Assistance programs once established with Howard Hanna do not go away, and this means a variety of options to choose from for clients and agents.

“This company probably has 10 times as many programs,” said Fox.

“We’ve tried to address programs as the need arises.” Casey added, “I do think we bring more to the table than other brokers.”

Continuing to expand in the current financial climate was a natural growth for Howard Hanna. “As long as the economy is stable, we can sell houses,” Casey said. “”We do think there’s a growth potential.”

Casey promises Howard Hanna will be a visible part of the community, like they have been in other communities. In addition to their multi-generational marketing philosophy utilizing all forms of media, offices are encouraged to do community outreach on a local level. For all national philanthropy, Howard Hanna picks up the bill.

“The focus has to be back in that community,” said Casey.

One area where Howard Hanna works hard to provide assistance is with children’s hospitals. Last year the company contributed $750,000 to children’s hospitals across the region Howard Hanna serves.

The new signs are up around Tecumseh, and the newly-transitioned Howard Hanna team is excited about their new affiliation. “We’d like to thank the communities for welcoming us,” Casey said.




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