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While more and more people are exercising their freedom of speech by outwardly expressing who they are voting for in November, the influence of the suburbs on this election goes much deeper than a sign in a yard. To understand why the suburbs and the opportunities extended to people to live in them are going to be an important topic in this year's election, we must first go back to where it all started.

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In 1968, Congress passed the Fair Housing Act outlawing the refusal to sell or rent to any person because of race, color, disability, religion, sex, familial status, or national origin, something we can all agree is a good thing. The responsibility for enforcing this Act lies with the Office of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Justice. For over 50 years, the Act has been successful in preventing and remedying unlawful discrimination in the housing market.

However, prior to leaving office, President Obama enacted a sweeping new rule entitled, "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing" (AFFH). This rule has become a point of contention between the two candidates in the national election as President Trump recently stopped enforcement of AFFH while candidate, Joseph Biden, has promised to resurrect and implement AFFH. This is an issue that has, so far, received little attention in our upcoming national election. So, what is this rule and what effect can it have on suburban communities?

You see, HUD controls much-needed infrastructure funding to states and suburban communities, (road construction, repair, federal Surface Transportation Grants). Under AFFH, to continue to receive such critical funding, a suburban community would need to prepare and submit to HUD a detailed analysis of its housing occupancy, by categories such as race, national origin, and English proficiency. While this keeps communities in check with discrimination, it also places stipulations on the funding communities need to maintain and grow. After the analysis is submitted, the community would then need to identify any imbalances or disparities and identify factors accounting for such imbalances, such as zoning laws, housing costs, and "lack of regional collaboration," even if there is no evidence or allegation of intentional discrimination.

The AAFH then requires a plan to be developed to remedy these imbalances, which could include nullifying a suburban community's single-family zoning ordinances to enable the building of high density, multiple unit housing that is more affordable than the residences currently in that neighborhood.

While supporters of both candidates have their opinions of how AAFH will impact communities, it is undeniable that the effects of AFFH could significantly transform America's suburbs. In my next column, we'll dive into the different sides, for and against this rule, to help you, the voters, better understand the rule and its potential impact.


Youngstown Columbiana Association of REALTORS® President Patrick Burgan awarded 2020 REALTOR® of the Year!

Youngstown, OH: The Youngstown Columbiana Association of REALTORS® was honored to present the 2020 YCAR Realtor® of the Year award to 2020 President Patrick Burgan.

"The measure of achievement is doing something that you appreciate, something you believe is worthwhile." – source unknown

It has become a long-standing tradition of YCAR that every year, each member has the opportunity to nominate one person whom they believe fits the award criteria, which includes their involvement in the levels of the REALTOR® organization, their business and educational experience and their community activity. 

The purpose of this award is to recognize and honor a REALTOR® who is an active member of our association who has provided outstanding service to the real estate profession and to their community and for achievement or involvement not only in our local association but Ohio REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS® as well.

Patrick Burgan is the Co-owner/Broker of Burgan Real Estate, Burgan Friedkin Commercial Real Estate, Market Title Agency, and current President of the Youngstown Columbiana Association of Realtors®. Patrick has been active at the local board since he joined the association in 2008. He served as a Directors on the YCAR Board in 2014-2015 and ran the chairs through to serve as the President in 2020. Patrick has served on numerous committees such as Budget & Finance, Installation, Investment, Leadership Retreat, Nominating, Personnel, Professional Standards, Purchase Contract, Strategic Planning. He also served as committee chair for the Purchase Contract Committee from 2017-2019 and participates by generously donating sponsorships and time for various YCAR events. Regionally, Patrick has served as an alternate Director for the Regional MLS in 2017 and has served on the MLS User Group. For the State Association, he has served on the Property Management & Investment Forum in 2018, as the YPN appointment to the Global Business Alliance Committee in 2019, and as Chair of the Local Board Forms committee in 2020. In the community, Patrick has served on the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, donated time to Boardman Rotary, a Directors of Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown, a Trustee on the YSU Penguin Club Board of Directors and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Ohio Adoption Services.

"I am extremely flattered and humbled to be recognized as YCAR's REALTOR® of the Year, joining so many amazing past recipients who have earned this honor before me, including my father, John Burgan. The path to this recognition has been made possible by hard work done with the right team, the right peers, and the right community that continually looks to make the lives of those we help better. I am grateful for this award and for all the opportunities being a Realtor® has offered me in my professional and personal lives." 

-Patrick Burgan, 2020 President, Youngstown Columbiana Association of REALTORS®   (photo below)

About the Youngstown Columbiana Association of REALTORS®: The Youngstown Columbiana Association of REALTORS® is a non-profit trade association that was formed in 1910. It is the mission of the Youngstown Columbiana Association of REALTORS® to serve its members by protecting and enhancing the members' rights and capabilities to conduct their real estate business and increase their profit opportunities; by monitoring compliance with professional standards thus enabling members to serve the public in a competent and ethical manner; by expanding legislative influence to promote and protect private property rights for the benefit of the real estate marketplace. For more information, you can visit:


Canfield, OH (September 14, 2020) Everywhere we go, we leave a footprint. Whether we know it or not, our presence makes an impression on everyone we meet and come into contact with. For some, the footprint might be faint, but others choose to solidly plant their mark, making sure they leave a lasting impression to help people who may follow in the same path. Derrick McQueen has always been a person who has sought to leave the world better than how he found it with each step, which is why we are excited to have him apply this to our team as the newest REALTOR® with Burgan Real Estate.

Derrick, a native of Youngstown, went on to attend the Ohio State University after graduating from Ursuline High School. While a Buckeye, Derrick earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration before returning back to Youngstown to find a career to match his passions for making a difference in his hometown. He landed a career with FM101.9 JAMZ radio station as one of their Producers, working behind the scenes to produce live shows for all to enjoy. His love for the city which raised him and passion to make it better guided him to work for the City of Youngstown as a meter installer. It wasn't until he met Alan Friedkin, co-owner of Burgan Friedkin Commercial Real Estate, that he began thinking about a career in real estate and the only place that shared the same core beliefs and values as he was at Burgan Real Estate.

"Every one of our agents has their own unique way of leaving a lasting, positive impression on the people we help," said Patrick Burgan, Co-owner and Broker of the 43-year old, independent real estate agency. "Derrick McQueen's attitude, approach and passion for not only being the best version of himself but bringing the best out of others, is an intangible that will make him a successful real estate agent with us. We are lucky to have him as a part of our Burgan Real Estate family."

Outside of his career, McQueen's commitment to making an imprint of positivity on the world continues. Whether it in his relationships with his wife, Kali, and 21-year old daughter or by being active in local clubs such as the Toastmasters or alumni of Inroads, he puts everything he has into making every experience one to remember. His passion for making a difference doesn't stop there. While he enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, like the Cleveland Browns and Cavaliers, or reading books to help him grow into a better person, his favorite activity is being a mentor and financial coach to others. He has been a personal financial coordinator with the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University, advising individuals how to recover from debt situations and develop a journey to financial security and independence.

"I have always wanted to do something with my life that left a lasting imprint on the lives of others, giving them a better opportunity to live the life they have always dreamed of," said McQueen. "Patrick (Burgan), Sue (Filipovich) and the team at Burgan have created a culture and company that strives to not just find people a home but a better life. What better way to leave a lasting impression on people in our area than by working with them to find the home of their dreams?"

We leave an impression wherever we go, Derrick, and you have already left one on our family as the newest member of the Burgan Bunch. We are so lucky to have you on our team and look forward to the mark you will leave on families and individuals in the Mahoning Valley, as you help them find a better life in a new home. Welcome to Burgan Real Estate, Derrick, we look forward to the footprints you will leave as a member of our family.

About Burgan Real Estate
Burgan Real Estate has been a leader in the real estate industry in the Mahoning Valley for the past 42 years. By maintaining high standards of integrity, honesty, and transparency, Burgan has thrived and grown into one of the area's and region's most successful independent brokerages. As a second generation, locally owned business, Burgan Real Estate takes great pride in supporting the community it proudly calls "home." To see why life is Better with Burgan, visit or connect on Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn.


Burgan Friedkin Commercial Group announced today the addition of Michele McLaughlin to their team of commercial real estate ambassadors. McLaughlin brings over 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry. She became Burgan Friedkin agent this past August.

"Historically, finding a commercial real estate career opportunity in the Mahoning Valley with a company that embraces and works towards achieving an agent's professional and personal goals is rare," said the McLaughlin. "After meeting Patrick (Burgan) and Alan (Friedkin), it felt like a breath of fresh air as I found a company offering me the opportunity to be a part of a dynamic team working together to make a difference in our area by helping companies and investors find a property that is right for them and also finding a rewarding career for me."

McLaughlin, a native to the area, has been involved with commercial real estate and business. She has been fortunate enough to work with Roth Bros. and the Cafaro Company in their administrative and construction departments, respectively. She then began working for Handel Investments where, for 18 years, her experiences in assisting with leasing deals and tenant coordination of their properties ignited a desire to become a licensed commercial agent. In 2016, she successful obtained her real estate license and worked locally as a commercial real estate agent.

"Burgan Friedkin was formed to provide an alternative and better experience for people and companies looking to invest in a local property with a dynamic team who do business with a smile," said Patrick Burgan, co-owner of Burgan Friedkin. "Adding an individual, like Michele, not only brings a level of expertise through experience that other local agencies lack, but also does it with an appreciation for how guiding people through this process is much easier when you treat them with respect and kindness. "

Michele can be contacted at

Combining more than 40 years of residential and commercial real estate expertise, Burgan Friedkin is the premier commercial real estate company in Northeast Ohio. Founded in February 2020, the company is located 3223 Belmont Avenue in Youngstown and represents properties all across the Mahoning Valley. For more information, visit or call 330-759-2383.

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