Long-standing Greater Cincinnati real estate brokerage merges with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty

Picture above: Brent Woodlan, (left), regional manager of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty’s new Middletown, OH office shakes hands with David Mussari, managing partner at Professional Realty.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty has some exciting news this holiday season: The Mason, OH-based brokerage just announced it will merge with Woodlan Realtors, a family-owned real estate office in Middletown, OH that has served the Greater Cincinnati area for more than 40 years. Founded in the 1970s and run by Brent Woodlan and his mother, Rita, since 1995, the Woodlan Realtors team had previous rejected acquisition offers … until the opportunity to join Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices arrived.

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Thursday Thoughts on Leadership: A Lesson for the New Year

This week my travels found me in Northern California, working from my home office and preparing for the new year (although as I told you in an earlier post, my business plan has been set for months). Whenever I’m home, I meet my friend and former All-Pro defensive back for the Los Angeles Rams, Johnnie Johnson, for a weekly breakfast; this week was no exception. Fortunately, Johnnie’s sons, Kirk and Collin, were also in town—on break from college at the University of Texas—so they joined us as well.

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How to Handle Impostors

HSF Affiliates COO Stephen Phillips wrote the following blog post at the end of 2014. We publish it again because we liked it and the messages are as appropriate for the upcoming year as they were two years ago. Happy holidays!

By Stephen Phillips

Like many companies, we have a television in the lobby of our Irvine, California headquarters.  At one time it was continuously tuned to a cable news network, but then at some point our receptionist was tired of hearing about nothing but terrorism and pandemics and she switched to HGTV.  That makes sense to me.  I never watch television news, and I like HGTV.

Recently, I was walking through the lobby when I heard an HGTV promotional spot that stopped me in my tracks.  The ad was for a show named Rehab Addict.  The star of the show, Nicole Curtis, was talking about what she does in remodeling old houses in the Midwest.  She was describing her response to both the successes and the failures, and she said, “I want the good days; I want the bad days.”  I was immediately struck by how much wisdom there is in that simple phrase, “I want the good days; I want the bad days.”

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Thursday Thoughts on Leadership: A Jolly Leader

Everyone knows there’s not one mold from which great leaders are made. Yet it’s also known that all leaders share common traits: They inspire, they motivate, they bring about joy and cheer to every member of their team.

What leader inspires, motivates and spreads cheer and joy more than jolly, old St. Nick? If you think about it, he’s got a lot on his cookie-filled plate. And we can’t deny he’s one busy guy. Here are three reasons why St. Nick is the epitome of a great leader:

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Thursday Thoughts on Leadership: Our Latest Homeowner Sentiment Survey

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me in Southern California for leadership meetings, our HSF Affiliates December Town Hall meeting and our team’s annual holiday celebration. I arrive in Irvine at the ideal time, just as we released Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Q4 Homeowner Sentiment Survey to wrap up the year with a consumer-centric bow.

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Thursday Thoughts on Leadership: An Uber Idea

This week my travels find me in Boca Raton, FL but instead of talking about my meetings in the Sunshine State, I want to instead share a brilliant marketing idea I discovered on a recent trip to Dallas. The idea brings to light the importance of creative disruption and how in business you must develop, consider, reconsider, refine and modify any proposed solution to a problem in order to achieve sustainable success.

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Five Tips for Great Ratings and Reviews

By Tiffany Curry

You’ve seen them everywhere and if you’re like most people, you hide from them. You shut off your computer; you put down your phone. What am I talking about? Online customer reviews.

More than ever, consumers are searching online for competent service providers and the largest investment of their lives—a home—is no exception. With the rise in popularity of online searches comes the sometimes-dreaded online reviews.

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Thursday Thoughts on Leadership: Recharge to Renew

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me in Northern California, taking a few days off before I get back to work on Friday. (Yes, you read that right!) I know my usual Thursday Thoughts recount how I flew to New York on Monday and was in Arizona on Tuesday but this week, I stayed put and did something that is important, powerful—yet underrated—for all leaders to do: I recharged.

In The Power of Full Engagement, an influential book about leadership by best-selling authors Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, the mindful duo had this to say about sprinters vs. long-distance runners:

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