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Chicago’s Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Starck Real Estate Adds QuickBuy

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Starck Real Estate, one of Chicagoland’s largest and most experienced real estate organizations, has introduced QuickBuy™, an alternative home sale option made available through a partnership with Moving Station, LLC, a leading U.S. iBuyer since 2012.

The relationship allows Starck Real Estate to present Midwest home sellers with a reliable “instant” offer for their home as an alternative to a traditional home sale. Consumers who request a QuickBuy™ offer from Starck can enjoy the certainty and convenience of an immediate offer with the expertise and guidance of a knowledgeable agent. Homes must qualify for the program before an offer is made. But once the seller accepts a QuickBuy™ offer, the home may close in as few as 14 days.

There is no cost for consumers to request a QuickBuy™ offer and home sellers in Northern Illinois are free to explore this new option through their local Starck Real Estate brokerage.

“Our business has always focused on the needs of consumers and adding an instant buying option is just one more way to respond to our clients and give them more choice and control over the sale of their home,” states Aaron Starck, President of Starck Real Estate. “The web is increasingly crowded with real estate algorithms and home value estimates, but the majority of consumers look to their local real estate broker for superior market intel and trusted guidance for their real estate transaction. People simply can’t get that from the internet,” he continued.

For sellers who want to test the sale of their home on the market to find a better price, but with the assurance of a cash buyout, if the home does not sell, they can also select QuickBuy™ Lock. If the home does not sell in 150 days, the seller can accept the QuickBuy™ Lock offer to close in 180 days.

Seller’s homes are qualified over the phone and after a visit from a Starck Broker, if the home qualifies, QuickBuy™ will generate an offer put together by our real estate professionals with over 25 years of residential property experience. The Starck broker will present the offer to the seller and upon acceptance typical home inspection will follow. If the offer is rejected, the agent will provide other home sale options.

© 2020 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Intero Promotes Renee Kunz and Adds Chris Moles

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Intero has promoted Renee Kunz to Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. In addition, the company is also excited to introduce Chris Moles as Managing Officer of the Silver Creek office, located in San Jose, California.

Intero, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America Inc., serves Northern California with 18 offices throughout the greater Silicon Valley. The Intero Franchise network is comprised of 55 affiliates located in Alabama, California, Nevada, Tennessee and Texas. The company is headquartered in California’s Silicon Valley.

Renee Kunz is a seasoned real estate professional that has been with Intero since the foundation in 2002 running Intero’s Hollister office. This office under Kunz’s leadership has maintained #1 market share for many years and was recognized as the best real estate office by Best of San Benito County in 2019. She is a third-generation REALTOR® and was inspired by her mother, Marilyn Ferreira, a real estate icon in San Benito County, who has been practicing real estate for almost 50 years.

In this new role, Kunz will be leading the charge with all of Intero’s strategic partners. The current partners include Prosperity Mortgage and Orange Coast Title. This role will continue to evolve as Intero adds additional ancillary services in the future.

“I am so excited about this new opportunity with Intero,” said Renee Kunz, Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. “Having been a licensed broker for more than 30 years and using my knowledge gained from leadership roles from the past and with Intero, I feel I can bring a unique perspective to help elevate our strategic partnerships to new heights.”

“Renee is smart, creative and most of all, she’s a team player,” said Brian Crane, Chief Executive Officer of Intero. “She has consistently demonstrated her ability to collaborate with our existing strategic partners to help grow our capture rates. I look forward to her helping assist our leadership team to deepen our relationships with existing, as well as future partners.”

A real estate industry veteran, Chris Moles has been with Intero for more than 10 years in the role of General Counsel. His counterpart, Heather Wang, will remain at the Cupertino Headquarters in her current role as Corporate Counsel.

Moles brings a wealth of knowledge, skills and pedigree to this new role. In addition to his extensive real estate legal background, Moles has the industry in his blood. His father, Bob Moles, had an illustrious regional and national real estate career and was a co-owner of Intero and his late uncle, Kevin Moles, was one of the founding members of Intero, opening the first Intero office in Morgan Hill, California.

“I was seeking a more active role on the sales side of the real estate business,” said Chris Moles, Intero Managing Officer. “I am so excited by this new opportunity and can’t wait to jump in with both feet to help our Silver Creek agents become the best in the business.”

“Chris has been a huge asset to Intero and Intero agents over the years as our General Counsel,” said Brian Crane, Chief Executive Officer of Intero. “Chris is the ideal person to help our REALTORS® in Silver Creek grow and build successful careers.”

© 2020 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth Real Estate Acquires Dooley and Mason Realty Group

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth Real Estate has announced the acquisition of Dooley and Mason Realty Group, a local real estate firm that has served the region north of Boston for more than 11 years.

Dooley and Mason was launched in February 2008 by realtors Judy Mason and Lisa Dooley, both of whom had more than ten years’ experience before starting their company. For over 11 years, their agency covered not only the North Reading market but more than 25 surrounding towns and cities including Amesbury, Andover, Bedford, Beverly, Billerica, Boxford, Burlington, Chelmsford, Danvers, Dracut, Everett, Georgetown, Haverhill, Ipswich, Lowell, Lynn, Lynnfield, Somerville, Medford, Malden Manchester, Marblehead, Methuen, Middleton, North Andover, Peabody, Reading, Revere, Saugus, Stoneham, Salem, Tewksbury, Topsfield, Wakefield, Wilmington, Woburn, Swampscott and Winchester.
The agency closed nearly 500 transactions and achieved more than $200 million in sales volume.

“As the industry shifted, we realized we needed more to continue to deliver the quality service we were famous for,” said Dooley. “After a thorough search of our options, it became clear that Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth Real Estate was a perfect fit.

“It’s a big company with the small company feel, where everyone pitches in to help. We are so excited to become part of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices family. By joining Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth Real Estate, we gain global recognition with a brand that has all the modern tools, technology and resources that we can implement on day one to help grow our business and better serve our customers and clients.”

The two principals and their team will join the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth Real Estate family at their Reading office located at 360 North Main St. Their team will be known within Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth Real Estate as The Dooley and Mason Realtor Group.

“We’re excited to go forward with the newest members of our growing brokerage,” said George Patsio, founding partner. “Judy and Lisa have done a phenomenal job of building their brand on the North Shore. We are confident that the combination of The Dooley and Mason Realtor Group and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth Real Estate will be a major force throughout the region.”

© 2020 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Blockchain Market Leader ShelterZoom Announces Partnership With Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty

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ShelterZoom, the inventor of Contract of Things™ (CoT™), the next milestone in the evolution of contracts, today announced a partnership with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty.

Headquartered in Mason, Ohio, BHHS Pro is a full-service brokerage with more than $1 billion in annual sales. They will play a major role in scaling ShelterZoom’s reach in Ohio – a key state in the company’s growth plans – by offering among the fastest, most secure and transparent real estate buying and selling platforms in the industry.

This partnership comes as the real estate industry undergoes enormous change fueled by modern technology like blockchain and buyers, sellers and agents who are frustrated with the time-consuming, inefficient and paperwork-heavy process that still permeates the industry. While the majority of sellers and agents have been slow to adjust, forward-thinking brokerages like BHHS Pro are ready to use ShelterZoom’s first-to-market Contract of Things platform to transform their contracts and end-to-end transactions into fully digital, interoperable and intelligent assets.

“We’re excited to get started with ShelterZoom’s blockchain-powered platform for buying and selling real estate and managing documents, contracts and transactions. It’s a truly innovative product that resolves many of the hurdles that slow down the transaction process and make it frustrating for agents and buyers alike,” said David Mussari, Managing Partner at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty. “For us, it is all about adding value to the process of buying or selling real estate. ShelterZoom’s platform offers the rare ‘win-win’ situation where our agents can better serve their clients by removing the obstacles to buying and selling properties while, simultaneously, their clients enjoy a more transparent, secure and smooth real estate experience.”

© 2019 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Intero Introduces a Designer-Curated Home Preparation Service with No Upfront Costs

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Berkshire Hathaway’s real estate brand, Intero, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc. has introduced PINNACLE, a premium designer-curated home preparation service with zero out-of-pocket cost to sellers until their home closes escrow.

Available for clients working with an Intero agent, PINNACLE provides vast, customized home-preparation options, including, but not limited to, cosmetic updates, general repairs, professional staging services, window treatments, landscaping, decluttering and moving and packing services.

Sellers who opt into Intero’s PINNACLE program will interface with their own project coordinator. These project coordinators do the work of assessing what needs to be done, and coordinate the job from start to finish with local contractors. The program also stands out for providing tailored relocation services to seniors who need additional support when moving.

“We’re proud to bring the PINNACLE program to the market,” said Brian Crane, Chief Executive Officer of Intero. “The PINNACLE program gives Intero agents and clients a progressive and effective tool to enhance the condition of the home prior to going to the market, without the upfront out-of-pocket expense. This PINNACLE program is a true differentiator in the marketplace for Intero and will add to Intero’s ability to help seller clients achieve the best results.”

The PINNACLE program is available today for any seller with a signed listing agreement with an Intero sales associate.

© 2019 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Intero Launches Intero Capital Markets

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Intero, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and wholly owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., is proud to announce that top Intero agent, Efi Luzon, will launch and manage a new division for the company called Intero Capital Markets.

Luzon brings more than 30 years of real estate experience to this new division, which is slated to invest more than $1 Billion in various Bay Area commercial opportunities over the remainder of 2019.

In addition to the investments, there will be a viable referral channel for agents that leverage their network to bring sellers with large commercial opportunities. Commercial projects that are up for consideration include large commercial holdings such as office buildings, shopping malls, apartment complexes, hotels, ground leases, mobile home parks and mixed-use parcels.

Running Intero Capital Markets is a natural progression for Luzon, who has experienced the highest level of success within the commercial real estate world. He has participated in some of the most prolific commercial transactions, not only in the Bay Area, but in the country. He has the top-three transactions, based on sales price, in the history of Intero and has more than $6 billion in sales volume over his prestigious career.

“I am very excited to get Intero Capital Markets up and running,” said Efi Luzon, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intero Capital Markets. “We are going to experience a level of success unprecedented in the commercial real estate space and I’m proud to be driving this incredible division.”

Luzon started with Intero in 2004 and has had a stellar career with the firm. In that 15-year timeframe, Luzon has had several billion dollars in real estate sales and in 2017, he was recognized by RealTrends and The Wall Street Journal as the number one agent in California and number two agent nationally, with more than $800 million in sales. In 2015, Luzon earned the most coveted award from Intero with his induction into the Hall of Fame.

“All of us at Intero are tremendously proud and excited by what Efi is building,” said Brian Crane, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Intero – A Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate. “We know this will be an extremely successful venture for both Efi and Intero.”

“Having worked with Efi for a while now, I know his skill and determination will be a powerful combination for this new division,” said Scott Chase, Vice President and Managing Officer of Intero Los Altos. “We are not only excited for Efi, but we are excited what this new division will provide for Intero and our agents.”

© 2019 David Mazor


isclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Touchdown Home Pros Joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, part of the HSF Affiliates LLC family of real estate brokerage franchise networks, has announced that independent brokerage Touchdown Home Pros of Morgantown, West Virginia, has joined its network operating as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Touchdown Home Pros Realty.

The brokerage, led by Broker/Owner Lindsay Williams, remains independently owned and operated.

“We are excited to welcome Touchdown Home Pros Realty to our network,” said Gino Blefari, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “Lindsay and her team are passionate about real estate and the service they provide their clients. They are also community-minded and embrace greater Morgantown through support and volunteerism. We’re eager to help this team grow.”

“We are the same real estate team Morgantown residents know and trust, and now we’re aligned with the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand,” said Williams. “The brand is respected and trusted – just as its Berkshire Hathaway Inc. namesake – and it offers an impressive suite of real estate tools and resources. Morgantown’s finest agents will now be even more effective in the service of local homebuyers and sellers.”

With their brand transition, Touchdown Home Pros Realty agents gain access to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ active referral and relocation networks, and its “FOREVER Cloud” technology suite, a powerful source for lead generation, marketing support, social media, video production/distribution and more. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has aligned with Salesforce to deliver world-class technology support to its network members far into the future.

The brand also provides global listing syndication, professional training and ongoing education and the exclusive Luxury Collection marketing program for premier listings. Its Prestige Magazine showcases network members’ premium listings with a strong lineup of feature stories covering topics that appeal to high-end real estate consumers.

“As an independent, I couldn’t afford to provide my agents these varied and important tools, resources and international brand support,” Williams explained. “I knew I needed to join an influential brokerage network and chose Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.”

Williams said the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand will be warmly embraced by consumers in greater Morgantown. The combination of the brand and her Touchdown Home Pros Realty company name will capture the winning spirit that’s prevalent in and around West Virginia University.

“I’m a graduate of the university and am as passionate as any Mountaineers football fan,” she said. “They call Morgantown ‘Touchdown City,’ where fans follow the Mountaineers as if the team were pros. That’s how I arrived at my Touchdown Home Pros Realty company name, and supported by the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network, we can’t be beat.”

“Lindsay Williams is a hall-of-fame-style leader whose love for real estate, and life itself, will keep her team winning for years to come,” said Chris Stuart, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “Morgantown has a terrific, go-to player in Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Touchdown Home Pros Realty.”

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is one of America’s fastest-growing real estate brokerage franchise networks with more than 50,000 agents and 1,450 offices added to the brand since its launch six years ago including global network members in Berlin, Germany; London, England; Milan, Italy; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Madrid, Spain.

© 2019 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Stovall, REALTORS® Joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, part of the HSF Affiliates LLC family of real estate brokerage franchise networks, has announced that independent brokerage Stovall, REALTORS® of Abilene, Texas, has joined its network operating as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Stovall, REALTORS®.

“We proudly welcome Steve Stovall and his team to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices,” said Gino Blefari, chairman of the network. “Abilene is an important market for our network and Stovall, REALTORS® is a strong community ambassador and a powerful source for real estate guidance and superior client service.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to join the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand,” said Stovall, a fourth generation Abilenian. “The network is trusted and respected, as is its Berkshire Hathaway Inc. namesake, and it appeals to the broadest range of real estate consumers. We believe the brand is ideal for higher-end properties and ranch properties – market segments in which we plan to grow.”

With their brand transition, Stovall, REALTORS® agents gain access to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ active referral and relocation networks, and its “FOREVER Cloud” technology suite for lead generation, marketing support, social media, video production/distribution and more. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has aligned with Salesforce to deliver world-class technology support to its network members far into the future.

The brand also provides global listing syndication, professional training and ongoing education and the exclusive Luxury Collection marketing program for premier listings. Its Prestige Magazine showcases network members’ premium listings with a strong lineup of feature stories covering topics that appeal to high-end real estate consumers.
“There isn’t a better tool suite and support platform in real estate,” Stovall said. “I’m proud to provide my agents with progressive and useful tools to help them be their very best and most efficient for their clients.”

Stovall said the time is right for his brand announcement. The Abilene economy is percolating, driven by the military, education, sustainable energy and other industries. Real estate sales are strong yet balanced with about a three-month supply of homes for sale. Forbes almost annually names Abilene among the best places to retire in America.
“The future looks bright from where we operate in West Texas,” said Stovall. “Our entire team is energized and ready for a new era of excellence as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Stovall, REALTORS®.”

Chris Stuart, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, applauded the brokerage’s network membership. “The Stovall, REALTORS® team is known for hard work, innovation and passionate client service,” he said. “To be sure, our brand is well-represented in greater Abilene.”

© 2019 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth Real Estate Acquires Century 21 Adams Lawndale

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth Real Estate has acquired Century 21 Adams Lawndale, a prominent real estate brokerage serving the Massachusetts towns of Belmont, Watertown and vicinity for more than 30 years.

The acquisition is Commonwealth Real Estate’s seventh since it joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in November 2018. Commonwealth Real Estate now counts more than 600 sales associates, 75 employees and 23 offices in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Century 21 Adams Lawndale was founded in 1989 by real estate veteran Jim Savas, a Watertown native and Belmont resident whose brokerage within two years became one of Century 21’s top companies in New England. In 2015, Savas merged his firm with independent brokerage Lawndale Realty, owned by Fred Pizzi and Sue Pizzi of Belmont, and the combined brokerage became Century 21 Adams Lawndale.

Savas and Pizzi will maintain active roles at the brokerage overseeing more than 30 sales associates transitioning with them. The Adams Lawndale office of Commonwealth Real Estate will continue operating at 486 Common St., Belmont, MA.

George Patsio, Commonwealth Real Estate founding partner, said the Adams Lawndale team is an integral part of the community with a legacy of strong service and expertise. “We are proud to welcome Jim, Fred, Sue and the entire team to our real estate family,” he said. “They give us a significant presence in Belmont and Watertown, and we look forward to helping the sales associates grow their businesses.”

Savas said he is eager to join forces with Commonwealth Real Estate and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand.

“We did our homework in researching firms to associate with,” he explained. “Commonwealth Real Estate has a strong reputation in the market and the brand is second to none.”

Fred Pizzi added, “Name brand in our market is important, and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand is an ideal match for Watertown and Belmont. As important, our new organization includes many good people and a strong emphasis on next-generation real estate technology, where the market is headed.”

Commonwealth Real Estate will provide the team with broad operational support and access to the tools, resources and brand strength of the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network.

Agents at the Adams Lawndale office will have access to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ active referral and relocation networks, and its “FOREVER Cloud” technology suite, a powerful source for lead generation, marketing support, social media, video production/distribution and more. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has aligned with Salesforce to deliver world-class technology support to its network members far into the future.

The brand also provides global listing syndication, professional training and ongoing education, as well as the exclusive Luxury Collection marketing program for premier listings, which should be warmly embraced in Watertown and Belmont. The network’s Prestige Magazine showcases network members’ premium listings with a strong lineup of feature stories covering topics that appeal to high-end real estate consumers.

“We’re excited to go forward with the newest members of our brokerage,” said Patsio. “The combination of the Adams Lawndale team and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Commonwealth Real Estate will be hard to beat in Watertown and Belmont.”

© 2019 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties Acquires Sea Girt and Shrewsbury Offices of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Signature Properties

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties has announced that they have expanded their market service areas in Monmouth and Ocean counties by acquiring the Sea Girt and Shrewsbury offices of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Signature Properties. With this acquisition, the company now has five Monmouth County offices and 21 in total in Northern and Central New Jersey.

“We are thrilled to align ourselves with the outstanding management and sales teams of the Sea Girt and Shrewsbury offices of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Signature Properties,” according to William O. Keleher, Jr., chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties. “Additionally, Bret Violette, former owner and broker-of-record, will continue to support the Sea Girt and Shrewsbury offices while also working closely with our management team, focusing his talents in many ways to assist us in the continued growth of our company.”

“By bringing a higher level of support and corporate services to our new Monmouth County offices, we are certain that we will create better opportunities for our sales associates and in turn, a more powerful value proposition for our clients,” states Christopher Brown, president and general sales manager of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Jersey Properties.

© 2019 David Mazor


Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell the stock. The information contained in this article should not be construed as personalized or individualized investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.