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Joseph N. DiStefano writes business stories for the Inquirer, including the PhillyDeals column on Sundays, Mondays and often on other days too, as well as the blog at www.philly.com/phillydeals.
It's spring: Time to head to the Jersey Shore, smell the Atlantic, and daydream about buying a beach place. Albert Slap and Bob Hubbell, long-ago Penn grads, have started a service in Florida they hope buyers and lenders will consult before signing off on 30 years of payments in these times of rising waters.
When John F. "Neutron Jack" Welch Jr. retired as chief executive of General Electric in 2001, after 20 years of shifting, selling, or shutting factories and expanding into TV networks and Asian loan offices, GE was the world's most valuable corporation.