Building a Team, Building Success

By Lindsey Fowkes

When I entered the real estate industry, building a team never crossed my mind and I had no idea where I was headed or where I would be 12 years later. Teams have become a popular subject as of late, with the market’s mounting demand for our time and as young professionals and millennials continue to embrace the team oriented work atmosphere. Teamwork makes the dreamwork, right? Although teams have been around for some time, they have to evolve tremendously if you desire to be successful and relevant for years to come.

Most team leaders, such as myself, didn’t start out with a plan or structure before the team was created, it was honestly done organically out of necessity for my sanity.

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Thoughts on Leadership: Real Estate and Legislation

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me in Washington, D.C. for the National Association of REALTORS® RES Advisory Group Meeting and next in San Diego to attend the 2017 AREAA National Convention (but more on that next week). I’ve long embraced the virtues of our industry’s leaders working closely alongside lawmakers to ensure not only the synergy of current legislation with our business practices but also to ensure our nation’s laws promote and encourage homeownership for all.

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Thoughts on Leadership: The Balance of Old and New

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me in Northern California working from my home office then in Denver for the 2017 Real Trends Gathering of Eagles conference. This year marks a special one for the annual assembly of our country’s brightest and most innovative real estate leaders, as Real Trends is celebrating 30 years in business. Since the start of 2017, Steve Murray, editor and president of REAL Trends, Inc., has been publishing articles all about what the milestone means not only for the company but also for him. Murray said this in a recent story about the anniversary: “Things have changed—and not changed—since that first edition … It’s funny to think how the world has stayed remarkably similar over the past 30 years.”

Here are some fun facts he shared about the real estate industry when REAL Trends first began:

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Thoughts on Leadership: The 2016 NAGLREP Conference

This week my travels found me in Ft. Lauderdale, FL for the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Real Estate Professionals Conference. This meeting is the premiere forum for the LGBT real estate market and highlights issues that affect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender homebuyers and sellers. As an example, at the 2016 conference, NAGLREP released the results of its latest Member Survey, which found 20% of LGBT real estate agents surveyed thought the historic Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court ruling positively affected their clients’ decision to buy or sell a home. (Read more results from the survey here.)

Each year, industry leaders gather to celebrate accomplishments, discuss pressing topics and brainstorm ways to make a real difference for an influential, important and impactful area of the real estate industry.  This year’s meeting was exactly that.

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London Calling: The Luxury Property Show

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, a team of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices representatives will head across the pond to London to attend the 10th anniversary of the prestigious Luxury Property Show. In attendance will be Wendy Durand, director of global marketing, Denise Doyle, director of global conference and meeting services and Mitch Lewis, managing director of the EMEA region.

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Thursday Thoughts on Leadership: December Inspiration

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me in Irvine, CA at the HSF Affiliates LLC headquarters for a leadership meeting and a Town Hall with the entire Irvine-based staff. During these get-togethers, my team will discuss motivation and inspiration, reflecting on our past year and looking forward to a year of growth and prosperity ahead.

Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, once said, “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” And in fact, the name of your game this December should be proactivity. If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to think and plan out how to have a breakthrough 2016. To get you started, here are some ways to increase productivity and success in the new year:

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How to Differentiate Yourself In Real Estate: Attract More Clients

By Kyle Rank

Learn tips and tricks to set yourself apart from the competition and attract more clients.

KYLE RANK is a managing broker for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices York Simpson Underwood Realty, Chapel Hill, NC. Connect with Kyle on any of his social sites by visiting

#02: One if by land, two if by sea

By Gino Blefari

Just this week, I visited Groton, Massachusetts, a picturesque New England town about 40 miles northwest of Boston.

I was in Groton to celebrate the launch of Maynard-based Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices N.E. Prime Properties and as I took in all the excitement of the day, I couldn’t help but remember the historic relevance of the land on which I stood.

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#01: A source of inspiration

By Gino Blefari

*This post is part of a new weekly series on leadership, written by Gino Blefari, SVP of HSF Affiliates LLC. Blefari will become CEO of HSF Affiliates Jan. 1, 2015.

“Who are you?” Celia, an employee at The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, asked me this morning as I made my way through the lobby.

“I’m here attending Summit Conference,” I told her.

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Ten Ways to Make ‘The Home’ Stick

By Todd Waller

Current real estate buyers … this post is about you.

Don’t worry; we’re not going to talk badly about you. In fact, we are going to discuss the things you do when you find ‘The Home.’ We are also going to discuss those things that sellers should be aware of when they place their home on the market to attract you to write an offer. Heck, those sellers were once buyers, right?

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