Father-and-son team have combined 110 years in Dayton real estate scene

Father-and-son real estate team Harrison and Barry Weaver have 110 years of experience in the profession. Harrison Weaver, 91, spent 66 years in the industry, most of it on the commercial side of things, before retiring two years ago. He is the longest serving member of the Dayton Area Board of Realtors. CONTRIBUTED
Father-and-son real estate team Harrison and Barry Weaver have 110 years of experience in the profession. Harrison Weaver, 91, spent 66 years in the industry, most of it on the commercial side of things, before retiring two years ago. He is the longest serving member of the Dayton Area Board of Realtors. CONTRIBUTED

Harrison and Barry Weaver have enjoyed rewards of working together.

A father-and-son real estate team are celebrating more than a century of experience in the industry

Together, Harrison and Barry Weaver have 110 years in the business. Harrison, 91, of Kettering, said growing up in Dayton, all he ever wanted to be was a radio announcer because in the 1940s and 1950s, “if you were a radio announcer, you were like a god.”

But fate had different plans in store for Weaver after he left the U.S. Army in 1954 and returned to civilian life in Dayton. Like many, he went searching for a way to “earn a buck.” While mainstream vocations paid the bills for a time, they didn’t provide any satisfaction.

Then along came real estate and the opportunity to be his own boss.

“I had a brother-in-law who had a (real estate) license and he got me spurred on and I got hooked up (with residential real estate business),” he said. “It seemed to have a good future. It seemed to be if you worked hard, you could get paid well and it gave you a chance to serve the community if you ... really strived and strained to do a good job.”

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In 1955, he joined the Dayton Area Board of Realtors and gained experience at various area realtors. Developing numerous large residential communities led to him becoming a perennial member of the “Million Dollar Club” during the early 1960s. In 1967, he became a broker himself, founding Harrison H. Weaver & Associates.

But Weaver said residential real estate had its limitations and commercial real estate, to him, was “a more professional adaption”

“Commercial real estate requires ... much more knowledge and understanding of capitalizing investments and utilizing equities and things of that nature,” he said. “It’s just a more creative, a more profitable and a more assured cumulative attempt to retire. If you develop these commercial properties, get them paid off, and you might as well keep them, then you have this permanent program that is advantageous in just about every way.”

Weaver stayed involved in commercial development from the 1970s and into the 2000s, becoming involved in the development and brokerage of projects valued in the tens of millions of dollars, including a large shopping center in Eaton that now is anchored by a Kroger.

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He retired two years ago at 89 years old, but remains busy managing and maintaining his core Dayton area holdings. His 66-year tenure as a member of the Dayton Area Board of Realtors makes him the longest serving Dayton area realtor.

Weaver said he remained working for more than two decades past the age at which most people retire because he enjoyed working in the real estate world. Having his son Barry obtain his real estate license in 1979 and be a part of Harrison H. Weaver & Associates was “astoundingly good” over the years, he said.

Through the 1980s and 1990s, the father-and-son team developed numerous properties around the Dayton and central Ohio area.

“He’s a savior,” he said. “He makes the continuation of the business that I started a slam dunk.”

Barry Weaver said working with his father has been “very rewarding.”

“These days when we have our successes, new leases, good tenants and evaluation processes, with him being just a little less engaged, it’s actually a lot more fun,” he said. “He gets to enjoy just the good parts, the fun parts and the victories without having to go through the torment, sometimes, of getting there.”

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