Thoughts on Leadership: Team Up to Win

By Gino Blefari

Last week while my travels found me in Las Vegas, our finance team—led by Brian Peterson, CFO of HSF Affiliates—was in Braselton, GA, at the beautiful Château Élan Winery & Resort for the 2015 CFO Conference.

It was a classic case of divide and conquer: Brian held down the fort on the East Coast while I attended meetings in the West, thousands of miles apart from my Chief Financial Officer but still understanding that our key messages must be perfectly aligned. This conscious alignment is vital not only to our operations here at HSF Affiliates but also to any company with a CEO and CFO working closely together for the betterment of all.

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Stephen Speaks: S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

According to a report released Tuesday, home prices rose in August. The S&P/Case-Shiller Price Index revealed a 4.7% annual increase in August 2015, slightly higher than the 4.5% increase reported for July 2015.  The 10-City Composite gained 4.7% in the year to August compared to 4.5% in the prior month. The 20-City Composite’s year-over-year gain was 5.1% versus 4.9% in the year to July.

“These numbers are dramatically undramatic,” said Stephen Phillips, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “This is a steady pattern of moderate price gains that spells good news for both home buyers and sellers.”

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The National REthink Council: Apply Now!

Are you a top-producing, motivated leader in real estate? Are you interested in helping to create resources and tools that will enhance Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices nationwide? Apply now to join the national REthink Council, a group of recognized, passionate leaders within the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network. Visit REsource Center > REthink > National REthink Council and download the application today!

Stephen Speaks: U.S. Housing Starts

On Tuesday, the Commerce Department reported that U.S. housing starts rose to a nearly 8-year high. Construction of new homes jumped 6.5% from August figures to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.21 million units in September. This increase was bolstered by an 18.3% surge in multifamily units, though starts of single-family homes didn’t show as much strength, increasing only 0.3%. Stephen Phillips, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, weighed in on the latest figures:

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Thoughts on Leadership: Do The Wright Thing

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me in Las Vegas for a meeting with Mark Stark, CEO/owner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties, Nevada Properties and California Properties. Along with other affiliates on our Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices team, we met to discuss new business models for recruiting, retention and onboarding, new innovations and new technologies that would push our brokerages forward and make us a more efficient network for our agents and the buyers and sellers we serve.

The scheduling of this meeting couldn’t have been better timed; I’ve recently been reading “The Wright Brothers,” a biography of the world’s first aviators written by New York Times bestselling author, David McCullough. In “The Wright Brothers,” McCullough describes Orville and Wilbur Wright not as straight-forward heroes of American folklore who simply built a plane and then flew it in the sky, but as struggling inventors who fought with public perception as much as they did serious headwinds.

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How To Eliminate The Peaks And Valleys In Real Estate

By Kyle Rank

Watch this video to discover ways you can generate more business by successfully navigating the ups and downs of the real estate industry. Click “play” to learn how you can always stay on top!

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Thoughts on Leadership: Think Small, Achieve Big

By Gino Blefari

Last week, while at the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Summit Conference, I had the opportunity to hear keynote speaker Josh Linkner deliver a fascinating talk about creative disruption. As Josh explained, creative disruption has a very specific definition in the context of an increasingly stale business world focused on the bottom line instead of innovation and progress.

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Why Periscope Is Perfect for Your Business

By Lisa Schultz

Let’s face it: There are technology updates every second of every day and it’s hard to keep up. One of the latest innovations to hit the social media world is a new app called Periscope. It isn’t just another photo sharing app or a place to post your next status update, Periscope truly is a game-changer for both the social community and for real estate.

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Thoughts on Leadership: Peanut Island And A Trip To the Past

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me sailing the clear blue waters of the Lake Worth Lagoon in Palm Beach, on a boat with hundreds of top-producing agents from the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network. It was an ideal day complete with warm ocean breezes, South Florida sunshine and of course, great company.

The cruise was part of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Summit Conference, an annual event (held this year at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach) to celebrate the achievements of our award-winning agents. And it was only by coincidence that among conversations about the bright future ahead for these top performers, I was immediately reminded of the past as our boat took a turn and I caught a glimpse of Peanut Island across the way.

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