“Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices President and CEO Gino Blefari recently hosted the brand’s Top 50 brokerage leaders and their guests at the company’s annual Berkshire Elite Circle conference, an exclusive leadership retreat held in June in Kona, Hawaii.”
Against a backdrop of sandy beaches and tropical clime, Blefari summarized
his immense respect for network members and his vision around Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ value proposition. “Forever—as I define it—means enduring through all times, and just as the waves have endlessly crashed
against the shores of Kona, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices will
forever serve the lives, lifestyles and needs of our clients,” he said.
For Blefari, the concept of “forever” might be simply explained by a
maritime metaphor, but its application to the brokerage network and respective franchisees is complex and all-encompassing.
When asked why he and Chris Stuart, chief operating officer at Berkshire
Hathaway HomeServices, have dedicated such significant time to establishing
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices as the “forever real estate
brand,” Blefari explains: “All of us with years of real estate experience
have witnessed how for decades individual real estate agents advertise
their desire to be accepted by consumers as their ‘real estate agent for
life.’ Regrettably, this offering seldom materializes, becoming nothing more
than an overused phrase.” Warren Buffett, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., has said the brand will be around a century from now. “Berkshire Hathaway wants to be in businesses that are enduring,” he explained. “Real estate brokerages will be around 100 years from now and [Berkshire Hathaway] HomeServices will be around 100 years from now. It will always be a very important business.”
According to the Cody Enterprise, USA Today recently recognized Cody as a 2018 Readers’ Choice 10 Best Historic Small Town award recipient.
“These 10 winners … have big histories and small populations – fewer than 30,000 people as of the last census – making them fun and affordable ways to dive into our nation’s past,” reads the 10best.com.
A panel of travel writers with knowledge of and experience traveling in the United States along with USA Today’s 10 Best editors picked the initial 20 nominees. The top 10 picks representing America’s “rich and exciting” history were then determined by popular vote.
“Founded in 1896 by the legendary Buffalo Bill himself, the town of Cody sits just 50 miles from the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park, making it a popular gateway for park goers,” the judges wrote of the town listed seventh of the 10 top selections. “The Rodeo Capital of the World offers a colorful downtown filled with steak houses, cowboy apparel shops, historic hotels and Old West saloons.”
Topping the list is Tarpon Springs, Fla. It is followed by Natchitoches, La.; Haddonfield, N.J.; Williamsburg, Va.; Natchez, Miss.; Dodge City, Kan.; Cody; Solvang, Calif.; Bath, Maine; and Madison, Ga.
When it comes time to sell your house, you need to take off those rose-tinted glasses and regard your house as a buyer would. Without this shift of perspective, you run the risk of overpricing your home, or failing to make necessary renovations or repairs—all of which means your place could end up sitting on the market. For a long time.
So it’s time to take an honest look at your house, from basement to attic. But since that can be hard to do on your own, here are some ways to tap into a more objective perspective and get a reality check on your home. Learn what expert realtors accross the country are saying by clicking here..
Home maintenance isn’t just for the summer time! Make sure you are keeping up!
Ah, January. The time of new beginnings, new resolutions, and, in most of the country, a seemingly endless stretch of cold and gloom. We get it: You just want to hibernate, catch up on “The Crown,” and scroll Instagram. But before you take up permanent residence on the couch (or treadmill, if you’re on that kick), take heed: This is the absolute worst time to have a major home maintenance problem.
“Catastrophic issues tend to happen in the winter—and when those occur, nine times out of 10 it’s due to failing to plan,” says Janet O’Dea, owner of Powers Plumbing in San Diego. “Taking some time to anticipate and be ahead of maintenance issues throughout the year takes a lot of pressure off.”
We couldn’t agree more. And that’s why we’ve done the heavy lifting for you (click here), season by season, so you can avoid the pain (and expense) of costly home repairs. Now that’s a resolution we can get behind!
Are you switching jobs but also looking to buy a house? Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to buying a home.
If you’re switching jobs or plan to in the near future, you might want to know how that impacts your ability to buy a house. After all, purchasing a home is a lengthy, stressful process once you tally up the time for mortgage approval and pounding the payment to find a home.
If you’re in the middle of considering a job change, your company has transferred you to a new area or you’re thinking of starting a new business, it’s prudent to think about how that affects any home-buying plans—because, frankly, any job switch canhave major impacts on your ability and plans to buy a home.
Click here to learn how the switch could affect the home buying process.
Home renovations can add or subtract value from your home. Make sure you are choosing the right improvements for your property!
If you’re into renovation projects, then updating and revamping your home can be a lot of fun. But before you get too excited about knocking down walls and setting up a custom movie room, you might want to consider resale value. Flashy renovations don’t always yield the best returns, so you’ll need to take care when picking projects.
To make things easier for you, here are four remodels to avoid and four to invest in.
Click here to learn about which remodels to avoid!
It’s sometimes tough financially to make home improvements. Many home improvements cost around four digits, and some cost even more. Unless you’ve been saving for a project, you’re unlikely to have that kind of cash lying around.
Enter your tax return. If you’re receiving a sizable chunk of change, it acts almost as an automatic savings account. Suddenly, you have money you didn’t have before.
Whether your tax return equals $500 or $5,000, you can use it to cross some home refurbishments off your list that improve your home’s livability and appeal. Some improvements even enhance your home’s energy efficiency, which lowers your cost going forward.
Here are seven home improvements that either make your home more fun, enhance its appearance or improve its energy profile: click here
Smart home technology is all the rage lately, touted as anything from a fun set of individual gadgets to an integrated and connected way to protect your family. But what does it actually mean? And what do you need to know as you shop for a new home?
Before you look at buying one make sure you read this blog!