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We get involved with events of all kinds in the Mahoning Valley.  We believe that in order to make a difference in the community you have to be active in that community.  As locally owned and independent brokerage for over 42 years in the Mahoning Valley, not only does all of the money we make stay here in the Valley, but all of our efforts towards growing our community is localized as well.  That's why we were so excited to be the presenting partner of the 10th annual Purple Cat and Golden Strings Radio Beer and Wine Taste on March 9th at the Maronite Center in Youngstown.  This event has been one of the largest fundraisers for these groups who support the development of opportunities for adults with disabilities.  By getting involved, you know we were aiming at making it better!

But how do improve upon an event that drives 400 plus people to it every year?  

Well, for starters, we moved the event to a larger location, capable of holding the 600+ attendees we had at this year's event.  Yeah…you read that correctly…600+ ATTENDEES!

The evening was filled with fun, food and over 40 varieties of home made beer and wine along with hot peppers for attendees to enjoy.  But there was so much more to do at the event which helped raise over $20,000 for these two charities.  

One of our patriarchs, John Burgan, sponsored a band called, Ovation, which had people dancing all night long.  One of the fastest growing brands, other than ourselves, in the area, Penguin City Beer, sponsored the bar in case attendees didn't find one of the home made brews or vinos to their liking.  Blue Wolf Events catered the event with delectable appetizers and dishes.  But an event like this does not happen without the support of local sponsors. 

More than dozen sponsors were a part of making this night possible, as well as over 50 auction items for guests to bid on and in, including a select wine pull and a handful of high end items included in an auction.  While the event was a great time for everyone who attended, it was more amazing to see the outpouring of support for two organizations who dedicate themselves to making a positive difference in the lives of people in the area.

The Purple Cat was founded in 2003 to offer day-program alternatives for adults. Clients participate in a wide range of vocational functions, creative projects and classes that develop daily-living skills. The goal is to prompt each individual to achieve his or her potential. The Purple Cat motto is: "Work hard, be kind and have fun."  All three of those were done this past weekend at the event.

One of the efforts for individuals is Golden String Radio, a unique station in that adults with disabilities are operating the station. They serve as DJs, clerical staff, creative directors, and technical support. You can listen to Golden String radio LIVE Monday through Friday from 9am-9pm by streaming it at  We were hoping to have them do the music but they deserved a night off and to have fun too.

As we sat back and looked at all that our community was able to accomplish for this event, we were proud to have been able to make this year's event not just better, but the best it has ever been.  Next years event is already in motion and we can't wait to see how we can top it again next year.


Burgan Real Estate, the fastest growing real estate brand in the Mahoning Valley, according to YES-MLS data for 2018 for Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties, officially launched today their newest residential real estate product for sellers, Burgan Real Estate's Guaranteed Sale Plan.  The product, which guarantees the company will sell a home at or above the fair market value or Burgan Real Estate will buy it, is an option available for individuals listing their home for sale through Burgan Real Estate.

"In 2018, the average number of days a home listed by Burgan Real Estate was on the market was 61 days, the lowest out of any real estate company in the Mahoning Valley," said Patrick Burgan, co-owner and broker at Burgan Real Estate.  "Burgan Real Estate's Guaranteed Sale Plan is a way for us to not only ensure we continue to become better for our clients and agents in 2019, but guarantees, to those who list their home with us, clarity on the process and the final outcome.  This will remove the stress and uncertainty that ordinarily is a part of selling a home and replaces it with peace of mind to accurately plan and focus on the next chapter of their life."  

Any individual who chooses to list their house under Burgan Real Estate's Guaranteed Sale Plan, receives a customized plan outlining the partnership details, including a thorough assessment of how the home will be listed, shown and priced. The plan is designed to not only capitalize on Burgan's ability to sell homes faster than any other Real Estate Agency in the Mahoning Valley, but it also leverages the 42-year old independently owned brokerage's abilities to sell homes for more money than any other agency in the area as well.  According to YES-MLS data for 2018 for Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana Counties, Burgan Real Estate had the highest percentage of sale price to original list price at just under 94% – the highest of any agency in the Valley.  If all of the strategies are implemented in the customized plan and the home does not sell, Burgan Real Estate will buy the home from the individual, no questions asked.

While Burgan Real Estate created a similar offering in 1987 for their clients, second-generation owners, Patrck Burgan and Sue Filipovich, resurrected the program, making it better for sellers, buyers and their own agents.  This new product offering requires a higher level of understanding of the real estate market in the area, as well as certified courses developed by Burgan Real Estate.  Only those select Burgan agents who have qualified to participate in this program based on their previous sales performance will be offered the opportunity to become certified in this product offering and make it available to their listing customers.  

"Burgan Real Estate's Guaranteed Sale Plan is a more sophisticated approach to listing your home in today's dynamic world of real estate," said Sue Filipovich, co-owner and broker at Burgan Real Estate.  "This product requires agents who not only have outperformed expectations but done so with a passion for their customers that continues to make them the leaders in the industry here in the area.  Adding this product offering to their vast array of marketing capabilities, continuing education opportunities and support from Burgan Real Estate will only make them more successful in their careers with us and for their customers."

Benefits of Burgan Real Estate's Guaranteed Sale Plan include:

·      Guaranteed closing date

·      Guaranteed sales price

·      Guaranteed possession date

·      Guaranteed peace of mind

"No other real estate company in the Mahoning Valley can make a promise to their clients like we are doing with Burgan Real Estate's Guaranteed Sale Plan.  We have always said for those who list their home with us that life is Better with Burgan, and now, with this new product, we aren't just saying it, we are proving it," said Burgan.

For more information on Burgan Real Estate's Guaranteed Sale Plan, individuals can visit

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