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Should I Use My Family Real Estate Agent?

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

The Family Real Estate Agent

Do not use a non-expert relative Real Estate Agent to sell your home.

The expert and the family member charge the same amount, so it would be mathematically incorrect to choose the person who is less skilled.

Unfortunately, almost everyone who needs to move has a real estate agent either in his or her social circle or family. This can make it difficult to choose the BEST, most qualified Real Estate Agent.

Choosing a non-expert real estate agent will normally cost you 2-5% of the value of your home in mistakes, poor judgments, sub-par marketing, bad negotiating and incorrect pricing.

If your brother, sister, cousin, or whoever is an expert, then feel free to sign with them with confidence.

But, choosing a real estate agent who is less qualified simply because you are related to them is a recipe for disaster. You may feel obligated out of kindness, but in this case nice guys finish last. You will have to come up with some reason why you will not hire them. It is in your best interest.

If you run into problems with your real estate sale and your family member is your real estate agent, you not only risk suffering emotional stress in addition to risking the sale of your home, but you would undoubtedly regret not choosing an EXPERT from the beginning.

Please refer to our expert profile to see if your family member fits the criteria needed to qualify as an expert real estate agent. Unless your family member fits our expert profile, you absolutely should not use him or her. But how can you avoid feeling obligated to work with a non-expert Real Estate Agent whom you know?

Example:
If your family member just became a cardiologist, and you have a serious heart condition, do you want your family member operating on you only after a few surgeries, or do you want the surgeon who has been successfully performing heart surgeries for 25 years?

A family member, who does not AVERAGE 50 homes per year sold, is NOT an expert, period. Don't be too nice with YOUR MONEY. It is YOUR money after all. If you enjoy the idea of GIVING $10,000 - $50,000 to a friend or family member, just write them a check. Having them sell your home is the #1 most costly mistake of the average homeowner.

If you want an "out" to make it easier when a real estate agent you know asks, begs, and pleads for your listing, just tell them that your attorney is advising you, and you have already been referred to someone. Let them know that you found useful information on realestatewhistleblower.com.

Choose experience over personal relationship, and you will feel confident while making one of your largest monetary transactions.

Don't hire a family member unless he/she fits the expert profile.

Let the non-expert real estate agents in your life know that realestatewhistleblower.org has contact information for them on how they can get trained by experts to become more knowledgeable and successfully sell more homes. Your ability to help them become an expert is a much better gift to them than simply hiring them for your one transaction. In the end, they will become better at what they do, and you will avoid losing equity in your home by selling with the proper agent.

Taken from http://www.realestatewhistleblower.org/family-real-estate-agent.html

Avoiding Swine Flue

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Avoiding Swine Flue- From CDC

Swine Influenza (Flu)

Swine Flu website last updated April 28, 2009 6:00 AM ET

U.S. Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
(As of April 27, 2009 1:00 PM ET)
State# of laboratory
confirmed cases
California 7 cases
Kansas 2 cases
New York City 28 cases
Ohio 1 case
Texas 2 cases
TOTAL COUNT 40 cases
International Human Cases of Swine Flu Infection
See:
World Health OrganizationExternal Web Site Policy.

Human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection have been identified in the United States. Human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) virus infection also have been identified internationally. The current U.S. case count is provided below.

An investigation and response effort surrounding the outbreak of swine flu is ongoing.

CDC is working very closely with officials in states where human cases of swine influenza A (H1N1) have been identified, as well as with health officials in Mexico, Canada and the World Health Organization. This includes deploying staff domestically and internationally to provide guidance and technical support.

CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center to coordinate the agency's response to this emerging health threat and yesterday the Secretary of the Department Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, declared a public health emergency in the United States. This will allow funds to be released to support the public health response. CDC's goals during this public health emergency are to reduce transmission and illness severity, and provide information to assist health care providers, public health officials and the public in addressing the challenges posed by this newly identified influenza virus. To this end, CDC has issued a number of interim guidance documents in the past 24 hours. In addition, CDC's Division of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) is releasing one-quarter of its antiviral drugs, personal protective equipment, and respiratory protection devices to help states respond to the outbreak. Laboratory testing has found the swine influenza A (H1N1) virus susceptible to the prescription antiviral drugs oseltamivir and zanamivir. This is a rapidly evolving situation and CDC will provide updated guidance and new information as it becomes available.

Open House: 715 Washington Lane, Jenkintown

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Join Us For An Open House!

Sunday, April 26th, 2-4pm  ~~~~ 715 Washington Lane 19046

          

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View This Home's Website: www.715WashingtonLane.com

Here Is A Description Of This Lovely Home:

Absolutely Fabulous, Stately All Stone Colonial, Located In The Heart Of Jenkintown Boro With Many Updates. Very  Close To Schools, Restaurants & Shopping. This Wonderful Home Is  Loaded With Charm, Has Tons Of Windows, 9Ft Ceilings, 6" Baseboards, Tons OF Storage Space & Closets. The Foyer Is Open And Boasts Hardwood Floors and A Turned Staircase. There is Crown Molding, Chair Rails & Wainscoating Throughout the Entire First Floor. Beautiful Hardwood Floors Throughout Home. Living room with a Large Stone Fireplace, Deep Window Sills & Doors To Family Room. The Dining Room has 2 Big Windows With Deep Window Sills and A Door To The Butler Pantry That Could Be The Laundry Room. Butler Pantry Has A Door Leading To The 2 Car Garage. The Family Room Is Very Bright and Sunny and has 3 Sides Of Windows & a Door To a Patio and Fenced Yard. The Ultra Modern Eat-In Kitchen  Has 42" Cherry Cabinets, a Built-In SubZero Refrigerator, Ceramic Tile Flr & Backsplash, Granite Counters, an Exit To The Yard, an Entrance To The Upstairs Back Steps & Door To Butler Pantry. All 6 Bedrooms Are a Good Size. Fifth Bedroom on Second Floor Has Its Own Bath & Back Steps To Kitchen, Could Be the Guest Room or Aupere Suite.  Huge Room On 3rd Floor Could Be Used as An Office, Playroom or Workshop and Has Tons Of Storage and a Cedar Closet The  Entire Home Has Central Air. The  Basement Has Even More Storage, a Half Bath, & the Laundry Area Which Can Be Moved Back Upstairs. The Exterior Yard Is Fenced & Has Lots Off Street Parking. Don't Miss Out On This Beautiful, Well Maintained Home!!

Spring Garden Clean-Up

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Early spring garden guide: Around the yard

Early spring garden- crocuses
Crocuses blooming in snow
Photo: Netherlands Flower Bulb
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Start winter cleanup of the lawn when the grass is no longer sopping wet and planting beds stop being a sea of mud. Rake your lawn to get rid of dead growth, stray leaves, twigs and winter debris and let light and air to the soil level, encouraging the grass to grow.

Re-seed bare or damaged patches of lawn. Scratch up the soil with a rake first. Mix a shovel of soil with a couple of scoops of grass seed and spread in the patch you're fixing. Rake level and keep well-watered until seeds germinate and the new grass establishes.

Remove tree guards or burlap winter protection from any young trees or shrubs. Try not to leave tree guards in place over the summer. They keep rabbits and mice from nibbling on tender bark over the winter, but trees don't need them in summer. They don't allow enough air movement around the base of the trunk and that can promote rot of the bark.

Transplant any existing shrubs you want to move before they begin to leaf out.

Apply dormant oil spray to fruit trees, magnolias, crabapples and shrubs such as euonymus to control scale insects and other overwintering pests. Use this organic pest control method when the buds are swelling but the leaves haven't opened yet. Apply when temperatures are between 40 and 70 degrees F (4-21 degrees C).

Get your lawn mower checked and blades sharpened if you didn't get the job done in late winter. Sharp blades cut better and leave your lawn grass healthier.

Don't be in a rush to remove winter mulch or to cut back evergreen plants such as lavender until temperatures are reliably warm.

Freeze and thaw cycles over the winter may given some of your plants the heave-ho. Replant any perennials that the frost has heaved out of the ground as soon as you can.

Cut back the previous season's dead plant material. Clean up old perennial foliage from last season (trimmings can go into the compost). Cut back ornamental grasses. (More details on this job and care of grasses.)

Remove winter protection of mounded earth from roses. Prune rose bushes before they start to leaf out. (More information on rose care.)

Resist the urge to start digging in your flower beds too early. You can damage the soil's structure. If you pick up a handful of soil, it should fall apart, not stick together like glue. When it's dry enough, you can start to dig beds and add compost or manure in preparation for planting. (How to get your soil ready for planting.)

Getting on top of the weeding now means a lot less work later. Weeds start growing vigorously early, so when you spot them, go to it because they are easier to pull out while their roots are still shallow in early spring.

Maintain edges. Grass growth is vigorous in the early spring garden, so edge your flower beds with a sharp trench between them and the grass to keep it in bounds. Repeat this job a couple of times through the season or installing permanent edging goes a long way towards having a lower maintenance flower garden.

Taken from :http://www.flower-gardening-made-easy.com/early_spring_garden.html

Title Insurance Questions Answered

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

To understand title policy insurance in America, let's look at chain-of-title and how title companies search the public records. Title insurance companies aren't really concerned with where dinosaurs once roamed, whether our ancestors trekked across the Bering Straight or where American Indian tribes settled. Title searches begin with when the United States government stole the land, I mean claimed it -- from the U. S. patent -- and move forward from that point.

Because humans are involved in recording deed transfers and plotting land parcels, a lot can go wrong. You want title insurance because it will protect you against defects and human error.

Property Searches and Public Records

  • Property transfers were first recorded alphabetically in separate Grantor and Grantee books.
  • The books are heavy to lift and dusty.
  • County records are often maintained at local courthouses or the Clerk of Registrars.
  • Today, most records are stored on the computer.

Division of Land

  • Early deeds involved large chunks of land known as Townships.
  • Townships contain 36 sections and are six miles by six miles.
  • Sections measure one mile by one mile and contain 640 acres.
  • Half of a section is 320 acres.
  • 1/4 of a section is 160 acres.
  • 1/4 section of 1/4 section is 40 acres.
  • An acre is 43,560 square feet

Title Search Basics

  • Title searches start with the most recent deed, searching the grantee's name (the person now holding title) backwards in time, until the deed when the grantee acquired the property is located.
  • That grantor's name is then searched backwards in time in the grantee's book to find when the grantor acquired title as a grantee.
  • This process continues, and over time, the property description involves larger and larger parcels of land.
  • Eventually, the searcher finds the U. S. Patent.

Other Factors Affecting Title

Deeds establish chain-of-title, but sometimes those chains are broken. In addition, title searchers also look for reconveyances (proof that the encumbrances are paid off), and they look for easements, rights-of-way, CC&Rs, other elements affecting title to the property. Here are more records that are searched to piece title together:

  • Marriage records
  • Death certificates
  • Tax sales

Title Insurance Coverage

Depending on the title company, consumers can choose among a variety of options, but the top three choices are Owners, Lender's and Extended Coverage.

  • Basic Owner's Title Policy Coverage:
  1. Clear title to the property
  2. Incorrect signatures on documents
  3. Forgery, fraud
  4. Defective recordation
  5. Restrictive covenants
  6. Encumbrances or judgments

  • Basic Lender's Title Policy Coverage:
  1. Mechanic's liens and unrecorded liens
  2. Unrecorded easements and access rights
  3. Defects and other unrecorded documents

  • Extended Owner's Coverage
  1. Building permit violations from previous owners
  2. Subdivision maps
  3. Covenant violations from previous owners
  4. Living trusts
  5. Structure damage from mineral extractions
  6. Variety of encroachments and forgeries after title insurance is issued

Who Pays For Title Policy Insurance?

  • This depends on your local custom.
  • It can differ from county to county, but it is also negotiable in the purchase offer.
  • Sometimes sellers and buyers split the fee for the owner's policy.
  • Typically, the buyer pays for the lender's coverage.

How Long Are Title Policies Good For?

Forever, theoretically. If you are planning to resell the property within a couple years, ask your title company about "binder" coverage. Most companies will sell you a binder policy for 10% more. A binder is good for two years, often can be extended beyond that time, and the fee charged for the new buyer's policy will be the difference between what you bought the property for and the price at which it sold. In other words, you will get a credit for the amount of coverage you purchased under your own Owner's Title policy.

How Often Are Title Policy Insurance Premiums Paid?

Once. The fee is due when you buy. You will never pay it again. Title policy insurance is the best insurance policy you can ever buy.

Taken from: http://homebuying.about.com/od/homeshopping/qt/TitleInsurance.htm

Boost Curb Appeal

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Easy Ways to Boost Curb Appeal

These quick, inexpensive changes will help you have the best house on the block

By Mary Kate Hogan & Alice Garbarini Hurley
Photo by: Ryan Kios
Easy Ways to Boost Curb Appeal

Whether you simply want your home to look its smartest or you're thinking about putting it on the market in a year or two, these quick, inexpensive changes will help you have what you want: the best house on the block.

1. Get a new door. "The front door is the most telling detail of your house," says Alan Hanbury, Jr., former chairman of the Remodelors Council of the National Association of Home Builders. You can give your home's entryway an instant lift by choosing custom colors, handsome woods such as mahogany or cherry, or cut-glass storm doors.

2. Think shutters. "If you have an older house, this is one way to add character without spending a lot," says Rocco P. Orlando Jr., an architect in Ridgewood, New Jersey. You can hunt for them in antiques shops or order them from a home store. Shutters are also a good place to add vibrant accent colors like Benjamin Moore's Caribbean Blue Water, Valspar's Oatlands Yellow, or Home Depot's spicy margarita greens and chili-pepper reds.

3. Accessorize. Brass knockers, mailboxes, and lanterns are small investments that make your house look great, says Tim Carter, a syndicated home-improvement columnist (askthebuilder.com). Since these accents can lose their shine, choose tarnish-free pieces such as Baldwin Hardware's line, starting at $50 for a mail slot. House numbers, kickplates, and doorbell buttons are also available.

4. Spruce up the grounds. Trim shrubs so that doors and windows aren't hidden. Fill window boxes with vines, geraniums, and ornamental grasses, or plant tried-and-true perennials like climbing hydrangea. The garden should complement the style of the house, says Don Haldeman, owner of Sycamore Springs Garden Center in Reading, Pennsylvania. If your house is contemporary, skip the old-fashioned flowering plants and select carefully trimmed spruces or spiral topiaries.

5. Paint it right. Traditional colors are big right now, says John Crosby Freeman, a color and design consultant. And unlike eggplant purple (which was hot a few years ago), the classics never go out of style. Benjamin Moore's Historical Colors collection is the company's most popular line, with 174 shades. Timeless favorites from Valspar's American Tradition line include Coastal Peach (inspired by San Diego's Hotel Del Coronado) and Woodlawn Sterling Blue (from George Washington's daughter's estate). Since the average cost to paint a two-story home is more than $8,000, don't rush your decision. Check out homes you like in your area and ask the owners for the names of the paint colors they used.

Taken from http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/renovation/boost-curb-appeal-mar02

Tips For Avoiding Foreclosure

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Tips for Avoiding Foreclosure (FROM HUD)

Are you having trouble keeping up with your mortgage payments? Have you received a notice from your lender asking you to contact them?

If you are unable to make your mortgage payment:

1. Don't ignore the problem.

The further behind you become, the harder it will be to reinstate your loan and the more likely that you will lose your house.

2. Contact your lender as soon as you realize that you have a problem.

Lenders do not want your house. They have options to help borrowers through difficult financial times.  

3. Open and respond to all mail from your lender.

The first notices you receive will offer good information about foreclosure prevention options that can help you weather financial problems.  Later mail may include important notice of pending legal action.  Your failure to open the mail will not be an excuse in foreclosure court.

4. Know your mortgage rights.

Find your loan documents and read them so you know what your lender may do if you can't make your payments.  Learn about the foreclosure laws and timeframes in your state (as every state is different) by contacting the State Government Housing Office.  

5. Understand foreclosure prevention options.

Valuable information about foreclosure prevention (also called loss mitigation) options can be found on the internet at
portal.hud.gov/portal/page?_pageid=33,717348&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL .

6. Contact a HUD-approved housing counselor.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funds free or very low cost housing counseling nationwide.  Housing counselors can help you understand the law and your options, organize your finances and represent you in negotiations with your lender if you need this assistance.
Find a HUD-approved housing counselor near you or call (800) 569-4287 or TTY (800) 877-8339.

7. Prioritize your spending.

After healthcare, keeping your house should be your first priority.  Review your finances and see where you can cut spending in order to make your mortgage payment.  Look for optional expenses-cable TV, memberships, entertainment-that you can eliminate. Delay payments on credit cards and other "unsecured" debt until you have paid your mortgage.

8. Use your assets.  

Do you have assets-a second car, jewelry, a whole life insurance policy-that you can sell for cash to help reinstate your loan? Can anyone in your household get an extra job to bring in additional income?  Even if these efforts don't significantly increase your available cash or your income, they demonstrate to your lender that you are willing to make sacrifices to keep your home.  

9. Avoid foreclosure prevention companies.

You don't need to pay fees for foreclosure prevention help-use that money to pay the mortgage instead. Many for-profit companies will contact you promising to negotiate with your lender.  While these may be legitimate businesses, they will charge you a hefty fee (often two or three month's mortgage payment) for information and services your lender or a
HUD approved housing counselor will provide free if you contact them.

10. Don't lose your house to foreclosure recovery scams!

If any firm claims they can stop your foreclosure immediately if you sign a document appointing them to act on your behalf, you may well be signing over the title to your property and becoming a renter in your own home!  Never sign a legal document without reading and understanding all the terms and getting professional advice from an attorney, a trusted real estate professional, or a
HUD approved housing counselor.

Taken from HUD's website, http://www.hud.gov/foreclosure/foreclosuretips.cfm

Buyer Workshop Tonight

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

Join us for our Monthly Savvy Home Buyer Workshop!

Where: Abington Library

When: Thursday, April 16th at 6:30pm

Who: Home Buyers Looking For Free Information About Qualifying For & Owning A Home

Why: It's a great chance to learn about the homebuying process from the area's #1 Real Estate Team. This no-pressure workshop allows you to ask questions one-on-one of loan officers and real estate agents.

The event is free, but registration is requested. Go to www.SavvyHomeBuyerWorkshop.com

Bucks County Real Estate

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

GOOD NEWS STORY

The median price of residential resale properties in Bucks County went from $149,900 in the first quarter of 2000 to $248,000 in the first quarter of 2009.

To the untrained eye, that is

good appreciation : 65% appreciation overall, with annual appreciation of 5.75%.

Comparing investments, do you know anyone who invested in the stock market in 2000? The return on stocks has been less than 65% during the current decade.

LESS THAN GOOD NEWS (BAD NEWS?) STORY

To the trained eye, with the benefit of the chart below, life is not so pretty for those who bought from 2004-2008. From 2000-2005, the median price in the first quarter of the year increased from $149,900 to $265,000: an increase of 76%, annual appreciation of 12%. Did you ever wake up on some of those mornings when the market was going bananas (2003 -2006) and say to yourself, “this can’t go on forever . . .” Well, you were right. Historically, according to NAR statistics, median prices for singlefamily homes average an increase of approximately 5% per year over a decade:

 

In the 80s, the national median price increased 5.3% annually

In the 90s, the national median price increased 4.65% annually

. . . THE REST OF THE STORY (homage for Paul Harvey fans)

The picture is similar in other counties in the Philadelphia area. The market exceeded the above NAR standards earlier this decade and there is a price to pay for those excesses. In short, the market has a hangover and the first quarter was not a pretty picture. From a “market stabilizing” perspective, given that we have decade long appreciation of 5.75% annually, Bucks County is closer to the NAR standards and,

hopefully, this means that our market has almost “settled.”

Taken From Mr. Chips School of Real Estate News

Philly Says Goodbye To Beloved Broadcaster

by Diane Cardano-Casacio & Her Team

04/13/09 10:45 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA -- Hall of Fame broadcaster Harry Kalas, the treasured voice of Philadelphia summers and unforgettable falls, died Monday in Washington.

"We lost our voice," Phillies president David Montgomery said.

Kalas, 73, had been looking at the Phillies' lineup and talking to players inside the visitors' clubhouse at Nationals Park just minutes before he took the elevator to the Phillies' broadcast booth, where he was found unconscious at about 12:20 p.m. Phillies broadcasting manager Rob Brooks performed CPR on Kalas before medical personnel rushed him to George Washington University Medical Center, where he died at 1:20 p.m.

The cause of death was unknown. Funeral arrangements are pending.

The Phillies played their game against the Nationals and won, 9-8, but that hardly mattered. Kalas, a Philadelphia icon, had passed.

"I heard Harry's voice probably for the first time as a 9-year old kid and grew up listening to Harry and Richie Ashburn," said Phillies left-hander Jamie Moyer, who grew up a Phils fan in Souderton, Pa. "That's what I knew as a kid. I came over here in 2006 and it was the same voice. Just a super person to be around."

"What a sweetheart," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona, who was the Phillies' manager from 1997-2000. "A voice that is unmatched. I used to tease him all the time. I'd say, 'Harry, I feel like I hear you more in the winter than I do in the summer,' because he'd be on a commercial or a football game or radio. Everybody wanted him."

Kalas was a Hall of Fame talent with an infamous voice and delivery. He was inducted into the broadcaster's wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 2002, having won the Ford C. Frick Award, which is presented to broadcasters who made major contributions to baseball.

Kalas, who is survived by his wife Eileen and sons Todd, Brad and Kane, had been a Major League Baseball broadcaster for 44 years, spending the past 39 years with the Phillies.

While Philadelphians knew him as the narrator of their summers, fans across the country might have known him better as the voice for NFL Films or his voice-over work in commercials. But baseball is what Kalas loved the most, and the baseball community expressed their condolences en force Monday.

"Major League Baseball has lost one of the great voices of our generation," Commissioner Bud Selig said. "Harry Kalas was an outstanding ambassador for the game ... Baseball announcers have a special bond with their audience, and Harry represented the best of baseball not only to the fans of the Phillies, but to fans everywhere."

Everybody liked Kalas, and he seemed to like everybody.

Kalas had such status with the Phillies that he sat in the back of the team's charter flights, which typically is reserved for players.

"He came up to me today, I think right before he was about to head up to the booth and asked me if I would have his step-daughter be my guest to go to the White House," Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard said. "I told him, 'Yeah, that's no problem. Absolutely no problem.' He was happy about it."

The Phillies had been scheduled to visit President Barack Obama on Tuesday at the White House, their last celebration for winning the 2008 World Series championship. That visit has been postponed.

"He damn sure will be missed," said Dallas Green, who managed the 1980 World Series champion Phillies.

Kalas had missed the beginning of Spring Training after recovering from an undisclosed medical procedure. He arrived in Clearwater, Fla., in March, entering the final year of a three-year contract. He turned 73 on March 26. Kalas was not scheduled to broadcast on his birthday, so asked why he was at Bright House Field that afternoon he smiled and said, "For the love of the game."

He chuckled and kept walking.

But some worried about Kalas' health. He was noticeably thinner and seemed to have less energy than in the past.

"I was worried ... about him," Green said.

But every time fellow broadcaster Tom McCarthy asked how he was feeling, Kalas always responded, "I'm feeling better every day."

"You never think it's going to happen anyway, but I thought he was getting stronger with each passing day," McCarthy said.

McCarthy and the rest of the broadcasters went on without him Monday, and the players played knowing they would never hear one of Kalas' infamous "Outta here!" calls for one of their home runs again.

"I know I can speak for the Phillies when I say Harry Kalas is loved by everyone," Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt said. "All of us could relate to our daily confrontations with his smile, his charm, and his warmth. He spread his passion for people, and baseball, all over the country for almost 50 years. His voice will resonate in my mind the rest of my life. I will never be called 'Michael Jack' again without seeing his smile."

Kalas was born March 26, 1936, in Chicago. He grew up in Naperville, Ill., and graduated from the University of Iowa in 1959. He spent two years in the Army stationed in Hawaii. A member of the original Astros broadcast team in 1965, Kalas joined the Phillies six years later.

"Harry was a special friend of mine and my family for 44 years," said Phillies chairman Bill Giles, who hired Kalas. "Baseball broadcasters become an integral part of baseball fans' families. They are in the homes of fans every day for the entire season. No one will ever be able to match the joy Harry and Richie Ashburn brought to our fans for all those years. He had a great voice, understood and loved the game, and loved people."

"It's a very sad thing to have happen," said Astros general manager Ed Wade, who started his baseball career as a public relations intern for the Phillies in 1977. "You have our four decades of a guy being the voice of the Phillies. He wasn't on the national stage, but everyone knew that Harry Kalas and Phillies baseball were intertwined."

And because they were so intertwined, Phillies baseball will never sound the same again.

Kalas' family released a statement Monday: "The Kalas family is overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and affection from all of Harry's fans and friends cross America. Especially the Phillies fans whom he loved as much as the game of baseball itself."

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting contributions be sent in Kalas' memory to Phillies Charities, Inc., Phillies, 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148.

Taken from mlb.com

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