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agency win awards

Devin O’Rourke, broker recently announced that Century 21 Colonial Real Estate has been recognized with the national Quality Service Pinnacle Award for 2016 and Patricia Smay for Pinnacle Producer for 2016.

Also recognized for regional awards were O’Rourke with a Silver Award for Productivity and Smay with a Gold Award for Productivity and Sales, according to a news release.

“All of our highly skilled agents contributed towards receiving the Quality Service Office Pinnacle Award for 2016, also in 2013, 2014 and 2015,” the news release said.

The awards were based on surveys conducted by the Century 21 Corp. submitted to buyers and sellers after a closing. In qualifying for the Quality Service Award, an agent must have a 95 percent score or higher satisfaction rate from all transactions in the year. Devin O’Rourke Jeanne O’Rourke, Smay and Rebecca Laidecker have received Pinnacle Awards in the past, the news release said.

“Our extraordinary efforts to provide the care, understanding and detail required to assist families through the buying and selling process have been recognized,” Devin O’Rourke said, according to the news release. “Our performance exemplifies Century 21 Colonial’s commitment to providing 38 years of quality service.”

Woman earns


Kristen A. Manikowski, commercial real estate analyst at Nestarick Appraisal & Consulting Inc. in Lock Haven, has been awarded the Appraisal Institute’s prestigious MAI membership designation, which is held by appraisers who are experienced in the valuation and evaluation of commercial, industrial, residential and other types of properties, and who advise clients on real estate investment decisions. The designation was granted in mid-June.

By receiving the designation, Manikowski has joined an elite group of appraisers who have met rigorous professional requirements relating to education, testing, experience and demonstration of knowledge, understanding and ability, a news release said.

The designation is received upon the successful completion of a graduate-level curriculum, which includes a comprehensive exam, a written demonstration appraisal report and attaining 4,500 hours of qualifying experience requirements. Also, designees must abide by both the appraisal profession’s Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and the Appraisal Institute’s Standards of Professional Practice and Code of Ethics.

MAIs are recognized experts in appraising properties of all kinds and form a business network encompassing markets nationwide and around the world, the news release said. Currently, about 8,000 real estate appraisal professionals hold the designation, with another 3,400 practitioners seeking it.

The Appraisal Institute is a global professional association of professional real estate appraisers, with nearly 22,000 professionals in almost 60 countries throughout the world, according to the news release. Its mission is to advance professionalism and ethics, global standards, methodologies, and practices through the professional development of property economics worldwide.

Insurance agent

earns certification

Jerry Fischer, of Fischer Insurance Agency, Williamsport, was recently honored for his ongoing pledge to education, commitment to excellence and dedication to the insurance profession, according to a news release. The Society of Certified Insurance Counselors presented Fischer with a formally inscribed certificate for his continued participation in the program.

Earning his counselor designation and maintaining all update requirements for 20 years places Fischer in the top 1 percent of all insurance professionals in the country.

“The high standards of leadership maintained by Jerry not only benefits the Fischer Insurance Agency but the insurance profession as a whole,” William T. Hold, president of the Society of Certified Insurance Counselors, said, according to the news release.

Real estate agency

presents awards

Announcement was made by Kevin Hodrick, broker, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hodrick Realty, of the Williamsport office monthly awards for May 2017, according to a news release. The award for the sales associate with top production in listings went to Amie Penfield while the sales award went to Lance Jensen.

“Amie and Lance continue to dominate our local market as top producing agents. They are always professional and look for the best ways to get the most for their clients. I am very proud of them both. “ Hodrick said, according to the news release.