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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Québec Officially Opens Head Office in Montréal

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Québec, which was introduced in May of this year, has opened its new head office in the Midtown district of Montréal.

The fully renovated 1,900-square-foot space situated at 5329 Ferrier Street is equipped with executive offices, closing rooms, a kitchen and a large boardroom with video conferencing. Furnished by reputed Montréal home decor specialists Ambienti Design and District A, this location will house the management team, as well as the current roster of 16 brokers with room to grow.

“We wanted a space where people feel at home in an up-and-coming area that is easily accessible with plenty of parking,” said Sacha Brosseau, the company’s founder and Chief Executive Officer. “During these challenging times, we have made sure to fully service our brokers from a distance. Now, our growing family has a place they can call home.”

Chris Stuart, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, said, “We want to join Sacha Brosseau in extending a warm welcome to the new headquarters of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Québec. Since Sacha joined our network earlier this year, we have eagerly anticipated his moves to establish the brand in Québec.”

Since its start of operations in June, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Québec has made a strong impression in the market with numerous sales in some of the most prominent areas in and outside of the city. With room to grow, Brosseau wishes to “take his time and select the right brokers, which will add to the culture of family.”

“My partners and I have been friends for many years, and have always counted on one another in good and bad times. This is the culture that we want for our organization. It’s not about what you bring in financially, it’s about what you can add to make the team better,” added Brosseau, who looks to expand in other areas of the province. “I don’t see us ever being over 100 brokers in the whole province. Our goal is to get the right real estate professionals in the right areas, which will offer the best service to their clients, just like the exceptional team of brokers we currently have.”

Gino Blefari, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, said, “Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Québec is an excellent example of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices mission that is dedicated to continually improving the lives of our clients especially in such an unprecedented chapter in the history of the world. Their personalized response to the Covid-19 threat further embodies that Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is a name that buyers and sellers can trust.”

© 2020 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway and BYD, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a 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.

Veteran Vermont Brokerage Joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Franchise Network

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has announced the addition of Jack Associates Real Estate to the network. The brokerage, headquartered in South Burlington, has served the area for 45 years and will operate as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Vermont Realty Group going forward.

Jack Russell said: “We were looking for leadership, innovation, brand recognition and great tools and systems. We found all that in Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.” The move was also inspired by Chairman Gino Blefari’s motto: “We help people achieve their goals faster than they would in our absence.” Said Lynn Russell, “We want that to be true for all our agents, staff, clients and customers.”

Jack Associates Real Estate adds 10 offices and 43 agents to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network. The brokerage has been a leading real estate company in Vermont since 1972. Under the ownership of Jack and Lynn Russell, the brokerage has built a team of experienced professional real estate agents who always put their clients first.

“The network’s values of trust, integrity, longevity and stability have always been our values as well,” said Jack. Having served as Realtor Board Presidents and honored as Realtors of the Year, Jack Associates agents have always worked towards creating clients for life and becoming what Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices calls “Forever Agents.”

“We are proud to welcome Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Vermont Realty Group to the network,” said Chris Stuart, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “Jack and Lynn Russell have built their brokerage into a vital part of the Vermont market and we’re thrilled they have chosen to bring their Forever Agents to our network.”

Lynn added, “We did not make this decision lightly. Change is hard and we would not make this change unless we were very sure it will benefit our team and our clients and customers. We are doing this because we feel it is the best opportunity for us all to grow and succeed together.”

The company also gains access to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ ‘FOREVER Cloud’ technology suite powered by Salesforce including lead generation, marketing support, social media content, video production/distribution support and more. In addition, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices provides global listing syndication, professional training and the exclusive Luxury Collection marketing program for premier listings.

© 2020 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway and BYD, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a 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.

Tiffany Curry Becomes First 100-Percent African American Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Franchise Owner

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Real estate leader Tiffany Curry has acquired a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices franchise in Houston, Texas, making her the first 100-percent African American owner of a Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices worldwide.

The new company will operate as BHHS Tiffany Curry & Co., REALTORS®.

Curry’s new startup company has launched in Houston’s Upper Kirby area with agents that specialize throughout the Greater Houston and surrounding areas, including in the luxury and global markets. The firm pairs a franchise with a boutique appeal where agents and clients receive personal service and hands-on support. Curry looks to grow the company into one of the nation’s top 75 brokerages over the next 10 years with a location in each of Houston’s high traffic areas.

“Over the last 12 years I have traveled the nation, networking with some of real estate’s brightest talents. I’m thrilled to bring that mix of creativity and innovation to the Greater Houston real estate market,” said Curry. “I look forward to growing a diverse company for all generations, backgrounds and for professionals at different stages of life.”

Curry is excited to be an owner of a Warren Buffett-affiliated company and the first woman-owned BHHS in Houston.

A top Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices agent over the years, she has received numerous production recognitions including Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ President’s Circle and Chairman’s Circle awards. With a well-rounded, solid background as a certified relocation specialist for over 12 years, Curry has achieved outstanding success with many of the top relocation companies in the industry. From corporate executives, engineers, physicians, professional athletes and tech startups, she has worked with a number of Houston’s top professionals. Curry holds the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing Million Dollar GUILD designation for successfully marketing and selling million-dollar homes.

“Tiffany Curry is a talented leader who brings out the very best in those who work with her,” said Chris Stuart, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CEO. “Over the years her teams have been motivated, well-trained and laser-focused on clients’ varying needs. The same should be expected of Tiffany Curry & Co., REALTORS®.

Curry encourages people to think bigger and to always press forward. “I refused to be defined by walls, and so should you,” said Curry. “In the words of Babe Ruth, ‘It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.’ I always tell aspiring entrepreneurs; you can achieve anything in life if you put your mind to it. More than 83 percent of my business has never looked like me; that has never deterred me from achieving my goals or business aspirations. I have always known that I wanted to own a real estate franchise even though the majority of owners I saw didn’t look like me. It never stopped me from seeing where I wanted to be.”

© 2020 David Mazor

Disclosure: David Mazor is a freelance writer focusing on Berkshire Hathaway. The author is long in Berkshire Hathaway and BYD, and this article is not a recommendation on whether to buy or sell a 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.

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 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.