Howard Hanna Real Estate Careers

History of Howard Hanna

Howard Hanna, Jr., Founder Known as Bop Bop to his nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren, Mr. Hanna was not only the inspiration for Helen's monthly column last year titled "WWBD - What Would Bop Do?" but also our company logo store which we named the Bop Shop.

To this day, 97 years old, Mr. Hanna visits the Corporate office, attends grand openings and ground breakings, speaks at company events and sends handwritten notes to all sales associates and employees who join the company.


1957 Founded by Howard Hanna, Jr. and Anne Freyvogel Hanna as the Howard Hanna Company with one office in the Oakland/Shadyside area of Pittsburgh, two blocks from the family home. Hoddy was 10 years old, Helen was 8, and Annie was 6. The family business was an integral part of growing up in the Hanna household.

1968 Appraisal Division established

1973 1st branch office opened in Fox Chapel area on Loop Street in Aspinwall, Pennsylvania

1977 Corporate Relocation Department established

1980 Barristers Land Abstract Company established

1983 Financial Services Division established

1984 Exclusive 100% Money Back Guarantee introduced

1985 Insurance Division established

1986 The Howard Hanna Sunday Showcase of Homes debuts, second in the county to feature homes for sale on a television show

1988 “The Choo Choo Chow Chow” fundraising campaign for the Free Care Fund at Children’s Hospital begins

1992 Ranked #1 real estate broker in Pennsylvania by REAL Trends Magazine

1995 HowardHanna.com is launched, the first company to have every listing on the world wide web

1996 Howard Hanna enters the state of Ohio with the acquisition of Del Realty in the Youngstown area

1996 First office opens in the state of West Virginia (Howard Hanna Premier Properties in Morgantown)

2003 First office opens in the state of New York (Howard Hanna Holt in Chautauqua)

2003 Acquisition of Smythe Cramer Co. in Cleveland, creating the 9th largest residential brokerage in the U.S.

2006 REAL Trends Magazine ranks Howard Hanna the 5th largest real estate company in the U.S.

2007 50th anniversary celebration included the City of Pittsburgh naming a street Howard Hanna Way

2008 Acquisition of Ohio’s second largest broker, Realty One Cleveland, adding 34 offices in Northern Ohio

2009 REAL Trends Magazine ranks Howard Hanna the 4th largest real estate company in the U.S.

2012 Acquisition of Edward Surovell Realtors in Ann Arbor, Michigan

2013 Hanna Commercial Ohio merger with Chartwell Group Commercial Real Estate Brokers and Chartwell Auction Group in Cleveland, Ohio

2014 Acquisition of One Cavo, lead management company in Denver, Colorado

2014 Acquisition of Ostendorf-Morris, commercial real estate business in Cleveland, Ohio

2014 Acquisition of Langholz Wilson Ellis by Hanna Commercial in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2015 Howard Hanna, Jr. celebrates 95th birthday

2015 Merger with Nothnagle REALTORS®, #1 company in Rochester and Buffalo, New York, adding 32 offices


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