Thursday Thoughts on Leadership: A Time To Give Thanks

By Gino Blefari

Today, I want to talk about Thanksgiving. We as human beings, Americans and yes, members of the HSF Affiliates and HomeServices of America, Inc. families, work very hard and always maintain a strong work ethic. Yet, as busy as we get, there are times when it’s important to step back, reflect and be thankful for all we have and all of the people in our lives we’re blessed to have around us. There are many reasons why Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday (and no, it’s not just the food coma and football) but I want to share one story that is particularly meaningful for me as we approach Thanksgiving Day:

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Thoughts on Leadership: All About Good Neighbors

[Gino Blefari, right, and David Cabot, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties congratulate Susan Stearns, an agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties in Calabasas, CA, who won the 2015 Good Neighbor Award.]

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me in San Diego for the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) 2015 Conference and Expo. While there, I had the opportunity to spend time backstage with Susan Stearns, agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties in Calabasas, CA, just moments before she stood in front of a crowd of thousands to accept her 2015 Good Neighbor Award. NAR’s Good Neighbor Awards are given annually to five REALTORS® who, according to REALTOR® Magazine, “have made an extraordinary impact on their community, or on the national or world stage, through volunteer work.”  

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Stephen Speaks: Builder Confidence

Builder confidence for newly built single-family homes slipped three points to 62 in November from an upwardly revised October reading on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The pullback is from an unusually high October reading. Still, builder confidence has hovered in the 60s for six consecutive months reflecting housing’s longer-term progress.

“Looking at these numbers this year has been like driving from house to house in a very nice neighborhood,” said Stephen Phillips, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “Today’s number indicates slight variation in a very positive range, since anything above 50 indicates continued expansion. And we’re solidly above last year at this time. Nothing surprising, and a good report, overall.”

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Thoughts On Leadership: Strategies To Connect

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me first in Northern California for a visit with the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Drysdale Properties team and then to San Diego for the 2015 National Association of REALTORS® Conference and Expo. (If you’re planning to attend, stop by and say hello at the HSF Affiliates Booth No. 1615!) As my team prepares to meet and greet hundreds of real estate professionals, sharing our network stories and listening to theirs, it’s essential we remember the very basics of genuine connection in order to create lasting, memorable impressions in the minds of all we meet. Here are some ways to truly connect … whether you’re attending NAR, taking a business meeting with a potential new client or participating in a networking event, these strategies always apply:

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Thoughts on Leadership: Plan To Get Ahead

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me in Minneapolis to present my third quarter report and the 2016 budget to the HomeServices of America, Inc. board.  Then I headed west to San Francisco, where the autumn season and my recent forward-looking meetings played unexpectedly on my mind.

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