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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Realtors February report: House sales down again, decline 7.7 percent in LV

Friday, March 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

The Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) reported that inclement weather in Februrary may have impacted sales of houses for the month.

The average sales price and median sales price increased again in February after decreases in January.

There was also a decline in new listings in February after an increase in new listings in January.

Closed sales for houses in the Lehigh Valley decreased for a second straight month, down 7.7 percent in February, with 418 houses sold, down from 453 houses sold in February 2018, according to the GLVR report released March 12.

January house sales down 5.7 percent in LV

Friday, February 22, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

The Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR) reported that January data showed a flat, but stable, start to 2019 for house sales.

But the big story for the Lehigh Valley house market is that the average sales price and median sales price decreased in January, compared to January 2018.

Also, an increase in new listings may reverse a trend.

Closed sales for houses in the Lehigh Valley decreased 5.7 percent in January, with 448 houses sold, down from 475 houses sold in January 2018. according to the GLVR.

Pediatric unit opens at Children’s Hospital

Saturday, February 16, 2019 by The Press in Business Showcase

A new inpatient pediatric unit has opened at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital on the fifth floor of the Jaindl Family Pavilion at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township.

The unit is part of a plan to bring services from more than 30 pediatric specialties under one roof at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital.

“When a child needs hospital care, it’s a difficult time for families,” Physician-in-Chief of Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital J. Nathan Hagstrom, MD, said.

LCCC vice president for finance appointed

Saturday, February 16, 2019 by The Press in Business Showcase

Vance E. Powers has been appointed vice president for finance and administrative services at Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC).

In his position at LCCC, he will have responsibility for human resources, the business office, maintenance and facilities, and public safety.

“Mr. Powers brings a strong background in finance and depth of experience in a range of functions that will undergird core services at the college,” LCCC president Dr. Ann D. Bieber said.

Carl Billera elected GLV Realtors president

Friday, February 8, 2019 by The Press in Business Showcase

Carl Billera, broker for Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Valley Partners, Emmaus, is the new president of the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR).

Billera succeeds GLVR President Sean LaSalle, a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, Macungie.

The president of GLVR holds the position for one year. He or she is elected by a nominating committee, which consists of the past president and two directors.

LVHN, Cetronia Ambulance partner on mobile stroke unit

Friday, February 8, 2019 by The Press in Business Showcase

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and Cetronia Ambulance Corps have announced a jointly-operated new mobile stroke unit, said to be the first in Pennsylvania.

The mobile stroke unit will allow evaluation and treatment sooner, potentially preventing damage to the brain while the patient is transported to a stroke-certified facility like Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) - Cedar Crest’s Comprehensive Stroke Center.

Closings of house sales down slightly for 2018 in the Lehigh Valley

Saturday, February 2, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Business Showcase

Closed sales of houses in the Lehigh Valley during 2018 were down slightly from the previous year, according to the Greater Lehigh Valley Realtors (GLVR).

Closings were down 0.6 percent, or 8,373 closed sales of houses in 2018, compared to 8,420 closed sales of houses in 2017.

In 2018, closed sales of houses decreased in nine of 12 month, with only January, August and October posting closed sales gains.

Pending sales were up slightly year-to-year, by 0.8 percent, or 8,544 in 2018, compared to 8,479 in 2017.