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REALTORSŪ running for office sweep Berks County

Published Tuesday, November 12, 2019 12:30 pm

REALTOR® Michael Rivera becomes the first Latino County Commissioner in Pennsylvania

Michael Rivera, a REALTOR® with Keller Williams Platinum, made history last night by succeeding in a turbulent and tight County Commissioner's race.

“I want to make sure Berks County continues its economic development growth, which will create jobs and keep unemployment low as well as attract people to the county. Fiscal responsibility and keeping taxes low are also important to me. We need to always be innovating and moving forward to ensure a bright future,” added Rivera.

According to our state Association of County Commissioners, based on their research, they believe he's the first Latino county commissioner in the history of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Rivera joins the Berks County board of Commissioners alongside REALTOR®-supported incumbents Kevin Barnhardt and Christian Leinbach.

South Heidelberg REALTOR® Tiffany Billingsley makes history as the first female South Heidelberg Township Supervisor

Tiffany Billingsley, a REALTOR® with Commonwealth Real Estate, won her race with 60% of the vote against three-term incumbent David A. Schaeffer for Township Supervisor.

 “Property and school taxes are higher than surrounding areas because we don’t have the amount of business to offset the residential property taxes,” stated Billingsley. “With the right people in office, now we can cut the bureaucratic red tape, streamline processes, and make our Township a more attractive place to live and to build a business.”

REALTOR® Rick Heffner wins a seat on Laureldale Borough Council, says seeing clients’ frustrations inspired him to run for office

 After fending off multiple challengers in a crowded Primary election against the incumbent Council President and Vice President, REALTOR® Rick Heffner, with RE/MAX of Reading, comfortably won his election to Laureldale Borough Council.

 “I decided that in order to better serve my clients, I had to get more involved,” he said. “For more than 30 years, I have been a homeowner, a small business owner, and a REALTOR®. I have the experience of dealing with all sides of an issue, as I have personally been on all sides over the years. Because I have encountered the issues that we as REALTORS® have to deal with during the everyday course of doing business, I decided to be proactive by getting involved with local government. In experiencing these issues firsthand, I have a much better understanding that taxes, zoning laws, and municipal inspections have on our industry.”

Many REALTORS® and homeowners in Laureldale Borough have expressed concerns regarding Laureldale’s U&O inspection practices, including requirements for funds in escrow or sidewalk repairs before settlement. Under state law, it is illegal for a municipality to require funds in escrow or repairs before settlement as a condition of property transfer.

REALTOR® Kevin Snyder succeeds in Heidelberg Township election

Kevin Snyder, a REALTOR® with RE/MAX of Reading, ran successfully on a platform of fiscal responsibility, and keeping Heidelberg Township on the right track by supporting smart growth and ensuring a fair opportunity to all those who would be involved in the zoning and development process. Kevin was the highest-vote getter, with 280 votes.

“I have always been a community minded individual. The key issues people want addressed are low taxes, improved infrastructure, safety in our Schools and fast response times from our first responders. My goal is to represent our Heidelberg Township well. We need to reset our focus to make sure we are putting the township first.”