Biography: Annette Chaney Collier,
Broker of Record licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware
Annette has been an entrepreneur since she
was ten years of age. Her first job was selling Christmas cards so that she
could purchase her own ten speed bike. That was a great feeling knowing that
she had made this accomplishment. Her parents, James and Annabelle Collier were
also very resourceful to her in guiding her in this endeavor. Since that time
she has worked to always try to better herself through education, travel and
established networks of people.
After graduating from Lincoln
University in Lincoln University, PA she worked for several corporations but
knew that this was not her destiny. She remembered her mother talking to her
about real estate being one of the best investments, therefore she decided at
twenty-four years of age that she would work a 9-5 and night jobs so that she
could have enough money to save to purchase her first home. She purchased a
duplex, which was her first property at twenty-four years of age and a couple
years later purchased the next in the Fitler’s Square section of Philadelphia.
In later years, she purchased and developed real estate. Annette’s belief to
this day is that real estate no matter what the economy is can be one of the best
investments. Most all wealthy people across the universe possess real estate.
In 1997, after her mother’s
death she received her real estate license and left the corporate world to become
an entrepreneur full time. Annette remembers speaking to her father about her
plans and she says she will never forget him telling her, “God bless the child
that has her own”. Therefore I worked for a real estate brokerage for four
years before establishing Able Real Estate in 2001. At such time she was able
to establish a loan on her home to finance the renovations to her office
building. Through faith all things are possible. Annette always keeps in mind
that she can not fail and that God would not have gotten her this far to fail.
As the broker of Able Real
Estate they have patrons that have come from all walks of life from the United
States, Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Europe, Africa and other parts of the world. They
include investors and home owners from all around the world that utilize their sales
division, property management and consulting services. These relations have
kept the business very interesting and prosperous. Able’s business has grown
primarily through referrals, which is the best business to receive. In addition,
the business has taught Annette about the different personality types and how
to deal with them. She believes that integrity,
trust, loyalty and faith are important in this business because you will always
have the respect of others and that it is our responsibility to care for our
community, because without their support we would not be where we are today.
Annette says that when she wakes, she says to herself that “I am blessed and
highly favored”. Throughout her career she has on a regular basis provided home
buying seminars, rental education and consultations. It has been a privilege
for her to teach at Temple University Pan African Studies Community Education
Program “Own your Own Home” course for over 12 years. In addition, she has been
an active presenter for the Philadelphia Housing Authority by attending their
monthly housing seminars to educate their clients on purchasing via the Housing
Choice Voucher program.
As she was growing up, her
father was a great admirer of the late Cecil B. Moore, Esquire, so she was
elated when she was selected as the exclusive right to sell broker for the
Cecil B. Moore Home ownership Zone-Twins at Oxford Commons. This development has
housed 151 low to moderate homeowners, located round 20th & Oxford Street. This
once blighted area now has been revitalized with new homes that are stimulating
to the City of Philadelphia economy. Annette thinks this has been one of her
In celebrating Women’s
History month Madam C.J. Walker has truly been a role model for Annette, as
well as many other entrepreneurs. The story of Madam Walker shows perseverance
as a woman of color that is admirable. She was a great business woman that was
dedicated to her community. Ms. Walker was an innovator with her business and
was able to employ and educate others. Annette like her has been able to do the
same in the real estate business, in reinventing the services that we
provide. Madam’s belief in education has
also been my practice since becoming a real estate professional. When one has
benefited the giving back shows the humbleness of not just working for capital
but to use those resources to help others.
Similar to Ms. Walker Annette
has worked diligently to establish a positive reputation in the community by
trying to fulfill commitments that she has made, and to be honest and true,
even when the truth may be hard to receive. Her involvement with political
concerns would also apply to involvement with the National Association of
Realtors Pac and the Realtist Nat Pac. These organizations address the issues of
housing concerns for all constituents.
Around 1998, she marched with ACORN against predatory lending and in
2010 Reverend Al Sharpton, march “Reclaim the Dream”. These public outreaches
are important to her because we must be proactive in addressing those issues
that affect our communities regarding housing, education, employment and
health. Also in March, 2010 she attended the first Multicultural Conference at
Capital Hill as the Regional Vice President for the National Association of
Real Estate Brokers to present a five point talking presentation to various
politicians, concerning housing issues.
In 2014 Annette was proud to
have served as the Chair for the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors Diversity
Committee where there were several events bringing recognition to Fair Housing,
National Association of Real Estate Brokers, doing business with the disabled
community, senior citizens and other concerned groups.
2013 she served as Chair for
the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors Diversity Committee where over
$1000 was raised and donated to Peoples Emergency Center via a silent auction
that had the support of the Asian Association of Realtors, National Association
of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, National Gay and Lesbian Association of
Realtors and the National Association of Real Estate Brokers.
She served as Chairwoman of
the Women’s Council of Philadelphia (2009-2011). It gave her great pleasure in
knowing that the group was able to give a family from a shelter in transition
$1,000 towards their moving expenditures.
2010 she was the Treasurer
for the Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors. Prior to that she served as Local Board President for the
National Association of Real Estate Brokers (2004-2006) and was elected as the Regional
Vice President (2008-2010). In 2005 she received the Region III National
Association of Real Estate Brokers Local Board President of the year award. In
these positions she was able to develop partnerships with several financial
institutions. Through these relationships she has been able to encourage the
need for financial products that would assist minorities in qualifying for
It has been my goal to be as knowledgeable
as possible about the real estate industry. Currently we are reaching out more
to the veterans and disabled communities.