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ReeceNichols Has Biggest Year in 16 Years

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Berkshire Hathaway’s Kansas City real estate company, ReeceNichols, achieved its most successful year in 16 years in 2016 and helped 20,278 Kansas City families buy and sell their homes.

The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire’s HomeServices of America, Inc.

The company has over 2,300 real estate sales professionals operating out of 18 offices throughout Kansas City and its surrounding counties — maintaining its position as the largest real estate company both in the metropolitan area and throughout Missouri and Kansas.

The ReeceNichols family of services enjoyed similarly excellent results. HomeServices Lending helped over 1,200 families purchase homes, and three of their lending officers ranked in the top 10 nationally for all of HomeServices Lending. In addition, Reece & Nichols Insurance provided peace of mind and security for 400 households, and Kansas City Title navigated over 8,000 people through the home closing process. The ReeceNichols Alliance offices — which span north to St. Joseph, Missouri; east to Columbia, Missouri; south to Ottawa, Kansas; and west to Junction City, Kansas — closed 4,205 transactions with over $656 million in residential sales volume.

“These records and achievements are a direct result of our outstanding sales professionals, who are deeply committed to serving Kansas City,” President & CEO Linda Vaughan said. “We do our best to equip them with the best technology and tools to serve their clients, but all 2,300 of our team members are responsible for creating those rewarding experiences to home buyers and sellers. Our family of services strive to work seamlessly with our branch offices to help our clients enjoy the smoothest home buying and selling experiences.”

© 2017 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 Real Estate Services Creates New Home Sales Division

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Intero Real Estate Services, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate that is a wholly owned subsidiary of Berkshire’s HomeServices of America, Inc., has launched a new home sales division labeled Intero Development Group.

This newest offering from Intero fills what the company believes is a sales and marketing void for small, medium and large developers in and around the Bay Area.

The new division will utilize certified education to make sure the various developments have the most professional and qualified team supporting their needs. In addition, there will be varied tiers of the program offering that will fit development projects of any size.

Leading the Intero Development Group is Broker Associate and Intero Los Gatos Assistant Manager Mike D’Ambrosio, a seasoned real estate leader who has years of experience in residential, commercial and development projects throughout the Bay Area. Mr. D’Ambrosio will oversee all aspects of the division including marketing, sales and operations.

“As we continue to grow brokerage services available from Intero, a new home sales division is a natural addition to our residential and commercial offerings,” said Tom Tognoli, Intero President & Chief Executive Officer. “With Mike and his team at the helm of Intero Development Group, we’re confident that this program will be one more success to add to our resume.”

© 2017 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 Adds Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has announced that Mitchell Lewis will represent the real estate brokerage network as managing director, EMEA.

Lewis will oversee franchise development and operations in key markets throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

According to a statement by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Lewis brings vast international franchise sales and operations experience to his position, first at Cendant Corporation where he managed the global expansion and deal negotiations for Century 21, Coldwell Banker, Coldwell Banker Commercial and ERA. For the next decade at Realogy Corporation, he grew the global presence and enhanced the processes and systems for the same brokerage networks as well as Sotheby’s International Realty.

Most recently, Lewis served as the managing director of Asia Pacific for Christie’s International Real Estate, where he established the network’s operational presence and helped lead the brand’s global development. He also founded Munich-based Counterparts Advisory LLC to consult for consumer brands seeking franchise expansion and operational guidance around the world.

“Mitch Lewis is exactly the right professional to help us expand Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices,” said Peter Turtzo, SVP of International Operations. “He is an authority on international franchising having generated success at every turn. His extensive experience and professional acumen are true assets; he will indeed help us take our network global, far beyond its current presence in the United States.”

Lewis responded: “I am honored by the opportunity to assist Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in its global expansion. The Berkshire Hathaway name is respected around the world, which gives Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices an advantage. I’m eager to explore target markets and work with franchisee candidates to see how the brand can help them grow and enhance profitability of their brokerage businesses.”

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices announced international expansion plans in May with the simultaneous launch of a powerful, new property search platform on its website, www.berkshirehathawayhs.com. Global shoppers of U.S. real estate may translate the site in 10 languages, and their property searches yield all listings in any city serviced by a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices franchisee. The network also initiated a listing syndication program that broadcasts its U.S. franchisees’ listings to real estate websites worldwide.

“These resources open gateways to the world for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ U.S. affiliates long before a global franchise sales effort begins,” said Lewis. “This demonstrates careful planning and foresight by the brand to do things right the first time. In fact, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has exhibited extreme levels of due diligence, prudence and patience in its international expansion strategy.”

Lewis said his initial target markets will include major financial hubs along with destination and feeder markets throughout the EMEA region that exhibit stability in the property sector and where Berkshire Hathaway’s corporate name recognition runs high.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CEO Gino Blefari welcomed Lewis in his new role.

“Mitch is a globally astute executive who knows international franchise development and operations from all angles, and further understands the diligence we need to uphold the integrity of our brand name as we affiliate with leading real estate brokerages abroad,” he said. “He’s also an accomplished consultant who helped shape our global strategy and can guide franchisees to maximize their growth potential. We’re proud and confident knowing Mitch will be helping to expand our brokerage network.”

© 2016 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.

5 Things You Probably Didn’t Hear at the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting, Even if You Were There

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Here are five things gleaned from the Berkshire Hathaway Annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, that you might not have learned, even if you were there.

1. That new DOT tank car standards will lower tank car capacity from 31,800 gallons to 30,300 gallons, but BNSF can maintain capacity by adding three extra cars per train.

2. That Berkshire’s HomeServices Lending is now originating $250 million in mortgages a month.

3. That Nebraska Furniture Mart currently has no plans to follow-up its new mega-store in The Colony, Texas; with new stores in other markets.

4. That Dairy Queen’s overseas growth is bypassing Western Europe to focus on Eastern Europe and other emerging markets.

5. That even with new federal tank car standards coming, Union Tank Car is not making the manufacture of new oil tank cars its biggest priority, because they recognize that new pipelines will get built.

And One Thing You Probably Did Hear

“If other people weren’t so often wrong, we wouldn’t be so rich!”—Charlie Munger.

© 2015 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.