THOUGHTS ON LEADERSHIP: THROUGH THE STORM

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me in Northern California, in calls and meetings with our teams across the globe. As I write this, I just finished a great meeting in San Francisco with Paula Gold-Nocella, broker and regional partner at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Drysdale Properties, and her team. Drysdale Properties, led by Gretchen Pearson, president/owner, is the largest independent and 100% woman-owned Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brokerage in the network. During the meeting at Drysdale Properties, I shared the story of my real estate career and the keys to a successful mindset and routine.

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Thoughts on Leadership: Out of Luck

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me first in Minneapolis for the HomeServices of America, Inc. Central Region CEO Meeting. I spoke to the group about the West Coast Offense for running a real estate brokerage and we also discussed market updates and challenges, technology initiatives at our organization, the state of mortgage, operational excellence, leadership development, and warranty and legal issues. It was a thoroughly organized and thought-provoking meeting on ways we can advance our brokerage networks forward.

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Thoughts On Leadership: Exploding Your Business

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels first took me to Omaha, NE to attend Explosion 2019, a real estate conference hosted by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Ambassador Real Estate and Vince Leisey, CEO of Ambassador Real Estate and conference founder. After Omaha, I traveled to Nashville to attend Harry Norman, REALTORS® 2019 Senior Marketing Consultant (SMC) Retreat and also met with the team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Woodmont Realty.

But before we talk about Nashville, let’s get back to Nebraska … The Explosion conference featured an action-packed agenda with valuable takeaways from industry leaders and top agents in markets across the country. I participated on a panel with top producers as well as a panel for managers about culture, an important component to what makes Ambassador Real Estate thrive.

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The Simple and Powerful Truths of Homeownership

This article originally appeared on Noozhawk and is reprinted here with permission from the author.

This week I wanted to give my readers who are renters a simple reminder about all the reasons why homeownership is a good idea.

1. Paying off a mortgage over time: I think all renters can agree that it really hurts knowing you pay a large amount of money in rent every month and that you will never see that money again. Conversely, with most mortgages, a portion of your monthly payment is applied to reducing the principal balance itself and the other portion is an interest payment.

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Thoughts on Leadership: The Magic of Leaders

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me at the Tom Ferry Success Summit on Tuesday and Wednesday, and today I’m in Irvine for alignment meetings for our Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Real Living Real Estate brands.

Each year, Tom Ferry’s Success Summit is an opportunity to converge with top agents for learning, growing and idea-sharing. I’m always inspired during the event by the dedication and discipline exhibited by all those who attend. As Warren Buffett said, “By far the best investment you can make is in yourself.”

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Thoughts on Leadership: Catching Success

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me first in San Diego for Buffini & Company’s MasterMind Summit and then back to the Bay Area for Dwight Clark Day during the San Francisco 49ers open training camp. This afternoon, I spent the day with Intero Real Estate Services managers, ironically sharing the West Coast Offense on how to run a real estate company with them.

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Thoughts on Leadership: Continuous Learning

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me first working and planning from my office in Northern California and next I flew to Austin to meet with our HomeServices of America, Inc. technical support team, who interact with customers, dig into complex issues and analyze the efficacy of technical solutions. To succeed at their roles, these technology professionals must keep score on the progress of their goals and exist in a state of continuous learning, educating themselves on the rapid change of industry innovations and forever widening their knowledge about how systems and processes should work.

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Thoughts on Leadership: Scorekeeping in the Game of Work

By Gino Blefari

“When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported back, the rate of improvement accelerates.” – Thomas S. Monson

This week my travels find me first in Newport Beach at the “Link Arms Sales Rally” for Orange Coast Title Family of Profit Centers. The event included company executives, profit center managers and sales representatives for all nine title insurance agencies operating in six states. I presented to the group on habits for success, and it was evident everyone in attendance was dedicated to self-improvement, learning and the systematic attainment of their Wildly Important Goals.

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Redefining SEO in the Real Estate Industry

As I am sure everyone in the entire network is instantaneously aware, the iconic acronym, SEO, stands for “Search Engine Optimization.” Essentially every viable company in the world that operates in the online space is constantly contemplating how they can improve their search rankings be it paid or organic.

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Thoughts on Leadership: Growing through Change

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me in Northern California, visiting two excellent companies that are undergoing leadership changes. The new leaders at both brokerages are vigorous and inspiring, tasked with guiding their firms toward even greater success. Sometimes, new leaders are exactly what an organization needs, even if the present leader is really good. No matter the strength of the current leader, a company may simply need a change. Remember, new eyes see old things in new ways.

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