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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.

Real Living Leads Industry with Highest Customer Satisfaction, Again

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Allan Dalton, CEO, Real Living Real Estate, has announced that Real Living, the first national franchisor that gave clients the power to grade their customer service, received a 98% customer satisfaction rating for 2018, according to independent ratings service Quality Service Certification, Inc. (QSC). This is the second consecutive year that the Real Living Real Estate network placed well above the industry for customer satisfaction.

Through Real Living’s innovative Real Living 360 Service® program, network members ask customers to candidly rate the performance of their sales agent. QSC administers and validates these customer service satisfaction results following closed transactions for participating agents. Nearly 7,000 buyers and sellers were surveyed to measure the satisfaction of Real Living Real Estate network customers.

“It’s no surprise that the Real Living network scores so well,” said Allan Dalton, CEO, Real Living Real Estate. “Our Real Living network Lifestyle Advisors are well qualified to meet the unique needs of their customers.” Dalton added, “This distinction, plus our customized approach, puts our brand above the rest as demonstrated by the excellent results of this survey.”

In the results, a full 94% of home buyers and 91% of home sellers who worked with Real Living network sales associates reported being “very satisfied” with the results and service provided by their Real Living network real estate professional. According to the latest report from the National Association of REALTORS®, only 62% of buyers and 64% of sellers said they were very satisfied with the buying process and service provided by their real estate professional.

The survey also found that 97% of Real Living network customers surveyed said they would likely use the same sales professional in the future and would recommend the same professional to a relative or friend.

Chris Stuart, CEO, HSF Affiliates, congratulated the Real Living network for its QSC scores. “I’m so proud of our network of professionals for achieving these impressive results time after time.” Stuart added, “This record-high 98% satisfaction rating speaks to the passion and dedication of the network to provide only the very best in customer care.”

© 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.

Kentwood Real Estate Opens Office in Fort Collins

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Kentwood Real Estate, an affiliate of Berkshire Hathaway, has opened a new office in Fort Collins, Colorado, named Kentwood Northern Properties.

The REALTORS® joining to form the Kentwood Northern Properties team are top-producing brokers Shirley Watson, who will be the office’s employing broker, Catherine Rogers, residential broker-associate, Andrea Stull, residential broker-associate, Kris Laine, commercial and residential broker-associate, William Gedge, office administrator, Tim Gannon, licensed professional assistant, and Carol Kauffman, licensed professional agent.

“The Kentwood Northern Properties office is a welcome addition to our Kentwood family,” said Gretchen Rosenberg, CEO and president of Kentwood. “The brokers joining our team are among the highest caliber luxury real estate agents in the region, and truly embody the culture and professionalism of our distinguished team.”

The Northern Properties office will mark Kentwood’s fourth residential Colorado office, joining Kentwood Real Estate DTC, Kentwood Real Estate Cherry Creek, and Kentwood City Properties in downtown Denver. Kentwood Real Estate also offers a commercial office, Kentwood Commercial, and a leasing and property management office, Denver Rental.

“We are thrilled to join the Kentwood family of distinguished brokers and be part of the esteemed luxury brand,” said Watson. “Kentwood has deep roots in the Denver market and we look forward to continuing to build upon the brand’s legacy throughout Northern Colorado.”

© 2018 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.