Thoughts on Leadership: CEOs and CFOs

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels first found me in Minneapolis for the Annual HomeServices of America, Inc. CEO Conference and tomorrow, I travel to sunny Miami. Finally, I’ll land in beautiful Anguilla for the 2019 Berkshire Elite Circle Conference.

Caribbean paradise aside, let’s return to Minneapolis—ranked, by the way, as one of the sixth Best Places to Live in America by the Travel Channel—and to this year’s CEO Conference. For the 2019 meeting, we invited not only the CEOs from our HomeServices of America companies but also the CFOs.

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THOUGHTS ON LEADERSHIP: ALL IN

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me in Las Vegas for the 2019 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Sales Convention, which was a three-day-long extravaganza of education, networking and fun. The theme for this year’s Sales Convention was ALL IN, and throughout the event, we discussed the phrase to figure out exactly how it applies to our brand, our industry and our professional growth. As mentioned onstage, ALL IN must take on a higher and more noble meaning. Being ALL IN in real estate begins with being ALL IN with ourselves. We cannot help others until we know how to help and care for ourselves.

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Thoughts on Leadership: What Makes A Winning Culture?

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me in North Carolina, meeting with Tommy Camp, president and CEO of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Realty family of companies and the Carolinas Realty teams. I’ve written before about how enthusiastic and passionate the Carolinas Realty leadership, staff and agents are – read a story about another memorable trip to North Carolina here – and what really gives the Carolinas Realty family of brokerages its winning edge is a strong, positive culture.

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Thoughts on Leadership: Accountability and Team Performance

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me in Washington, D.C. for the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo held each year in our nation’s capital to provide an opportunity for NAR members to take an active role in advancing the real estate industry, public policy and the association at large. In between meetings I also visited a local Real Living brokerage, Real Living At Home, and spoke to the dynamic team, sharing my eight principles on success and conducting a class on time management.

But tonight as you read this, I’ll be attending the RISMedia Power Broker Awards, where the first-ever Real Estate Newsmaker Awards will be bestowed to several leaders in our industry. These leaders exemplify an outstanding ability to garner positive headlines, a direct result of their effectiveness in creating change. Congratulations to our own Teresa Palacios Smith, VP of Diversity & Inclusion at HSF Affiliates, (pictured in photo above) and Ron Peltier, chairman and CEO of HomeServices of America, Inc., for receiving this prestigious honor!

Additional honorees include: National Association of REALTORS® Chief Executive Officer Bob Goldberg; Howard Hanna Real Estate Services Chief Executive Officer Helen Hanna Casey; RE/MAX Boone Realty CEO and National Association of REALTORS® 2018 President Elizabeth Mendenhall; Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Rand Realty General Manager and Chief Creative Officer Joseph Rand; and HomeSmart International Founder and Chief Executive Officer Matt Widdows.

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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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