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The Phillips Story
Since 1930, there has been a man named James A. Phillips serving the people in the Queens area in a manner synonymous with honesty, integrity and professionalism. In fact there have been three generations of men with this name who have provided this service. Here is their story:
James A. Phillips III James A. Phillips Sr. born 1892; died 1969

Born and raised in Brooklyn, he married and had 10 children and moved his family to and settled in Middle Village. Started the James A. Phillips Agency, his own insurance brokerage and real estate brokerage in 1930 on Dry Harbor Rd. Middle Village. Sought to further serve his community through politics and was elected Democratic District leader in Middle Village, later became City Councilman and Queens County Democratic Leader. Founder of the James A. Phillips Regular Democratic Club, which became the springboard for many prominent Queens' politicians.

Had five children serve in WWII and two sons who lost their lives in the war. Dedicated his City Council term to helping veterans and their families. As Queens County Democratic leader fought against the corruption in Tamrnany Hall. Retired from politics in 1959. Responsible for getting Middle Village its firehouse Engine #319. Committed to helping countless people in the community and widely known as an honest politician and businessman beyond reproach.

In a 1964 dinner held in his honor, the evening's journal described him this way, "Tonight has been designated 'Jim Phillips ' Night. We need not recount his accomplishments in our District and County, for they are legend. It is impossible to list the names of his friends, from those of high political station, to the working man in the street, who know and love our Jim Phillips, for they are legion."



James A. Phillips Jr. born 1916; died 1967

Married with 6 children. The oldest of 10 children, he was a seminarian when WWII broke out. Left seminary to join Army and become one of 5 siblings to serve in WWII. After the war, he attended St. John's Law School and started a law practice in his father's real estate and insurance office on Dry Harbor Rd. Middle Village. During this period was also active in managing the political campaigns of the candidates from the JAMES A. PHILLIPS REGULAR DEMOCRATIC CLUB. After his father's retirement from politics and business, moved from Dry Harbor Rd to Eliot Ave. to expand his law office and real estate and insurance agency. Was elected Middle Village Democratic District leader in 1964. He was the founder and first commander of the Catholic War Veterans St. Margaret's Post. Killed in auto accident at age 51.


James A. Phillips III James A. Phillips III born 1950

The oldest son of 6 siblings became a licensed real estate sales person in 1969 and worked in the family business after graduating Christ the King High School and throughout the college years at Marist College.

In 1974 started a new venture with partners, creating a 5 office real estate brokerage operation, which included an office on Dry Harbor Rd, directly opposite the location where his grandfather started his business. In 1981 sold his interest in the partnership and owned and managed JAMES A. PHILLIPS REALTY, INC. from the Dry Harbor Rd. location. Began offering mortgage brokerage services in 1984 and became one of the first REGISTERED MORTGAGE BROKERS in NY State under the 1987 state legislation creating the new form of regulating and registering mortgage brokers. In1987 formed a separate entity PHILLIPS MORTGAGE SERVICES, INC. to provide these services to the public.

Responsible for taking the old “Mom and Pop” version of the real estate brokerage business and building it into one of the leading firms in Queens County. Committed to working with only full-time dedicated sales associates, emphasizing comprehensive training and high ethical standards to all of the company’s practices. Leading the local brokerage community in many practices such as:

  • First broker in NYS to utilize Video Viewing of Homes in 1984;
  • First broker in Queens County to pull credit reports on all buyers making offers
  • First broker in Queens County to pull Certificate of Occupancy reports on all listings
  • First Broker in Queens County to offer Home Warranties on company listings
  • First Broker in Middle Village to become member of MLS of LI
  • First Broker in Queens to offer Seller Property Condition Disclosures
  • First Mortgage Broker in Queens County to offer “full processing” services
  • Consistently maintained #1 market share for residential sales in Middle Village and the broader five area market place surrounding Middle Village.

Led the firm to become the #1 Coldwell Banker Franchise in Queens County since 1998 and has won the coveted Coldwell Banker Premier Office Award in 1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008. Was the only office in New York State to win this award in 2007.

Served as charter member of Citibank Mortgage Advisory Board; Manufacturer Hanover’s Mortgage Advisory Board and Chemical Bank Mortgage Advisory Board. Also served as a member of Community Planning Board #5; board member of Middle Village Property Owner’s and of the Juniper Park Civic Assoc. Past President and founding member of board of directors of the Coldwell Banker NY Affiliate Group, Inc. Served in 42nd Division of NYS Army National Guard from 1970 -1975

Founded the Juniper Park Concert Series in 1988 and ran it for 18 consecutive years serving tens of thousands of area residents .


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