Real Estate Luminary Howard W. Hanna, Jr. Celebrates Centennial

Pittsburgh, PA (February 5, 2020) – Real estate luminary and founder of the third-largest real estate brokerage in the country Howard W. Hanna, Jr. will be celebrating his 100th birthday on February 10, 2020.

This legend in the world of real estate founded the company in 1957 in Pittsburgh, after serving as an American Liaison Officer with the British Army in India during World War II. Mr. Hanna and his late wife, Anne Freyvogel Hanna, began the company with a modest dividend check in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh.

From one office, the company has grown to become a real estate powerhouse as not only the third-largest real estate company in the United States, but the largest family-owned and –operated real estate company in the nation. The company’s second office opened in 1973 in Fox Chapel, PA, and today, there are more than 300 Howard Hanna offices located across 10 states.

“We could not be more excited to celebrate a living legend – our father’s life has been 100 years of greatness, and we’re thrilled to observe the occasion with family and friends,” said Howard W. “Hoddy” Hanna, III, Chairman of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services.

“Our father’s accomplishments and what he built are really the backbone of what the Howard Hanna brand means today. He was always forward-thinking, always able to anticipate where the real estate world would go, and that’s why we’ve always been pioneers in a sense. Buyers and sellers recognize Howard Hanna’s ability to break new ground while maintaining a foundation of personal connection,” said Helen Hanna Casey, CEO.

Mr. Hanna is known throughout the real estate industry as a kind and caring individual who hand-writes letters and notes to associates and agents throughout the company. Today, Mr. Hanna is still very present in the company he founded, and is affectionately known as “Bop Bop” to his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and associates.

About Howard Hanna: Howard Hanna Real Estate Services is the 3rd largest real estate company in the United States, the #1 privately owned broker in the nation, and the largest home seller in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, and the Carolinas. The family-owned and -operated real estate company specializes in residential and commercial brokerage service, mortgage, closing and title insurance, land development, appraisal, property and casualty insurance, corporate relocation, and property management. In early 2019, Howard Hanna completed a partnership with the Allen Tate Companies, the 14th largest real estate company in the nation. The combined company has more than 300 offices across PA, OH, NY, VA, MI, WV, MD, NC, SC and IN, with more than 11,000 sales associates and staff who are guided by a spirit of integrity in all aspects of the real estate process. For more information, visit or

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5 thoughts on “Real Estate Luminary Howard W. Hanna, Jr. Celebrates Centennial

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  2. MSDDSM on

    Canary lined tablet in hand, a (sharpened) number 10 pencil and always sharing a great Real Estate story… I, personally, won’t ever forget how he told me about how “Alan Kells” was founded and how back then nobody hired woman, but he did without hesitation and THAT to me, is priceless! 🙂 HAPPY 100th Mr. Hanna (Bop Bop). 🙂

  3. Steve Finney on

    Loved the times when I used to stop by the Perry Highway office and visit with him. Such a great down-to-earth guy! I was PAR President and he was a State Real Estate Commissioner.

  4. MSDDSM on

    You know what we all should realize? Just imagine where we all would be, if he never made that decision to start Howard Hanna Real Estate, “THAT would have been SAD”. A second of inspiration, gave us all the ability to provide for ourselves by sustaining a “GREAT” career in Real Estate. A lot to be thankful for! Thank you “Bop Bop”.

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