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Marking PAR’s 100th Anniversary: Past President Sandy Stevens

By: Kim Shindle on in

Editor’s note: The Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. As part of our Member Profile feature, we’ll be highlighting some of the Realtors® who have served as president of the organization.

Name: Sandy Stevens
Company: Howard Hanna Realty Pioneers, Wellsboro
Years in real estate: 50 years
Local association: North Central Penn Board of Realtors®
Year served: 1992 president

Sandy Stevens and her husband Thad have the distinction of being the only Realtor® couple who have both served as president of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors®. Sandy served eight years after Thad’s presidency in 1984.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your younger self?
If I had the opportunity, I would tell my younger self to study harder and more than I did when I was that age. I would also tell myself to become more involved with my community and the people around me.

Why should agents get involved in their local, state and national associations?
When I talk to Realtors® in my area or in my district, I explain the benefits of becoming involved in our local, state and national associations of Realtors®. They’re going to be rewarded much more than the time they give, and they’ll have much more given back to them.

What advice would you give someone who was thinking about moving up through the offices at PAR?
If you’re going to become involved with the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® by attending meetings in Harrisburg, first become involved on committees. Then consider going through the line offices to the presidency. It’s going to be the most wonderful time of your life. You’re going to experience so many things and the rewards are wonderful.

What’s the biggest change you’ve seen in the real estate market since you started?
I started in real estate in 1970. At that time, interest rates were 18-19%. We went through a time period where the savings and loans crashed and at that time, they were our biggest mortgage lenders. So, the real estate market was sort of in the basement at the time. Now, here we are with interest rates of 3%, 4% and 5% and the real estate market is wonderful. When I started in real estate, we had a one-page Agreement of Sale form. The front of the form was the entire contract and on the back of that was pre-printed verbiage with the real estate commission rates outlined. Everything we needed was just right there on that one page. Now, we have a 13- or 14-page standard Agreement of Sale. A lot has changed over that time period.

Do you think the environment or technology will have a bigger impact on real estate in the next 100 years?
I believe technology will have a bigger impact on real estate, more than the environment does, but I’m not sure. When I think of the environment, how that could change as well, there be a lot of changes. It’s going to be amazing.

Comments (8)


  • Carol Hoke   February 13, 2020 at 8:51 am

    I am so proud to say that Sandy is my mentor and she is guiding me in my real estate career along with my accomplishments in PAR.

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  • Burgess Smith   February 13, 2020 at 10:08 am

    I remember the fun we had travelling around to different locations for our Par State Conventions. Nashville, Toronto, Baltimore and others. You and Thad did a great job representing the Pa Association of Realtors thank you. Good to see you are still active in the association.

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  • Valerie Hudson   February 13, 2020 at 11:20 am

    I am really proud of to say that Sandy is my sister and Thad is my brother and they both have proven over the years how dedicated they are to our profession. I know for me, they impressed me so much that I too have been a Realtor for over 33 years and started my own business over 20 years ago. Thanks for sharing you time, knowledge and efforts to promote what being a Realtor is all about.

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  • Charles Foht   February 13, 2020 at 12:30 pm

    Hi Sandy, you deserve recognition!

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  • Don Paul Shearer, MAI   February 13, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    Sandy and Thad provided excellent leadership to PAR and providing representation from the northern tier area of Central Pennsylvania. Both were valuable assets for many years to PAR.

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  • George E. Raad   February 14, 2020 at 10:37 am

    Sandy, you have been and still are an inspiration to all of us who take pride in being a Realtor! PAR is so fortunate to have had you and the great Leadership throughout all of our 100 years of existence as an ASSOCIATION! Thanking you and all of our Presidents for the many years of dedication and service in keeping our Profession respected!

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  • Ellen B Renish   February 14, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Great advice to all members! Thanks for your many past years of dedication and commitment to the Associations on all levels! You have always represented us well. A true Class Act!!

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  • Gretchen Songster   February 14, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    So happy to have Sandy as a mentor, co-worker and friend. We all appreciate her willingness to share her knowledge and how she epitomizes professionalism. Thanks for all you and Thad do for our business!! You are the best.

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