Howard Hanna History

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 groundbreakings, 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 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
First office opens in the state of West Virginia (Howard Hanna Premier Properties in Morgantown)
First office opens in the state of New York (Howard Hanna Holt in Chautauqua)
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
Hanna Commercial Ohio merger with Chartwell Group Commercial Real Estate Brokers and Chartwell Auction Group in Cleveland, Ohio
Merger with William E. Wood & Associates, and their subsidiaries, Heritage Title and Towne Mortgage, adding 17 offices throughout coastal Virginia and North Carolina
Acquisition of One Cavo, lead management company in Denver, Colorado
Acquisition of Ostendorf-Morris, commercial real estate business in Cleveland, Ohio
Acquisition of Langholz Wilson Ellis by Hanna Commercial in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2015 Merger with Nothnagle REALTORS®, #1 company in Rochester and Buffalo, New York, adding 32 offices
2016 Merger with RealtyUSA, adding 65 offices throughout the state of New York
REALTrends ranks Howard Hanna Real Estate Services the 3rd Largest Real Estate Company in the Nation
Merger with 1st Priority Mortgage, Inc. and Nothnagle Home Securities
Acquisition of Welles Bowen Realtors, adding 8 offices in Northwestern Ohio
Acquisition of CMK & Associates, adding 6 offices in Upstate New York
Merger with Allen Tate Companies, adding 56 offices throughout the Carolinas
2019 Howard Hanna expands into Indiana, with new franchise office (Howard Hanna SB Real Estate) in South Bend