Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Drysdale Properties Partners with a Powerhouse Local Brokerage

By Melissa Kandel

In late April, Drysdale Properties acquired Alameda, CA-based Harbor Bay Realty—a longtime market leader in the area. Drysdale Properties President and CEO Gretchen Pearson continues to lead the brokerage while Dennis Pagones, former president and CEO of Harbor Bay Realty, now serves as sales manager of the company’s Alameda office.

The partnership not only deepens Drysdale Properties’ footprint in the East Bay marketplace but also brings together two longtime real estate leaders in a powerful alliance that will expand the reach and resonance of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand in Northern California.

I caught up with Gretchen and Dennis to learn a little more about how this partnership came about, what can be expected from it and how exactly these two innovators see the brokerage growing in the future.

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Innovative Real Estate: New Name, Timeless Values

By Melissa Kandel

It’s no secret Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Innovative Real Estate in Denver is a brokerage powered by the concept of innovation—the word appears in the very title of the company. But to hear Broker/Owners Scott and Lora Nordby speak about what innovation means to them, the term takes on a meaning all its own.

“When we were attempting to figure out who we wanted to be, innovation was the direction we wanted to go,” explains Lora Nordby. “There were so many agents who had lost the care for their clients, and so many consumers who had been manipulated by a real estate transaction; we wanted to be able to turn those potential home buyers and sellers around and make them realize we’re an industry of assistance and information sharing, which for us was a very innovative idea.”

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Network Mourns the Loss of Broker Kim Senecal, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Realty

Kim Senecal, the affable and highly successful broker/owner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Realty in Rancho Cucamonga, died Jan. 20 from a brain aneurism. She was 71.

Senecal was a longtime Prudential Real Estate network member and her brokerage was among the first Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices companies in California. Though she operated California Realty, Senecal never stopped selling real estate and just received the rare, 25-Year Legend award. To earn this distinction, Senecal placed among the top 2% of all network agents for GCI and/or units in 25 different years. Her daughter Arika will be accepting the award on her behalf at Sales Convention 2017 in Phoenix.

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Establishes Presence in New York City

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices announced today that Manhattan real estate leader Ellie Johnson has joined the network to direct its first New York City affiliation, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New York Properties.

Johnson and New York Properties are part of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties/Westchester Properties family, which continues its strategic expansion in the Northeast under the leadership of CEO Candace Adams. New England Properties, a Wallingford, CT-based company owned by HomeServices of America, entered Westchester County, NY in 2015 with the acquisitions of brokerages operating in Scarsdale, Larchmont and Eastchester. The brokerage expanded into Rye in 2016.

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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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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Names Grand Prize Winner in $50,000 Sweepstakes

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices recently announced the winner of its Love Your Home Sweepstakes held during the spring in conjunction with HGTV and its hit show Love It or List It. Todd Villari, a Trussville, AL, father of four and HGTV enthusiast, was drawn for a $50,000 cash prize from among more than 3.3 million sweepstakes entries.

The entrant total more than doubled the total of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ first sweepstakes a year ago. “My initial reaction was ‘no way!’” said Villari. “I immediately called my wife, Keeley, and her first reaction was the same, ‘no way!’”

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Network Update from Gino Blefari, CEO of HSF Affiliates LLC

Our Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand keeps growing. We now count more than 40,000 agents and 1,200 offices in 47 states. Learn about our recently recognized agents as well as upcoming Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices events in HSF Affiliates CEO Gino Blefari’s network update.

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