THOUGHTS ON LEADERSHIP: ASSOCIATING FOR GROWTH

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels first found me in Minneapolis to present on the West Coast Offense and leadership at the HomeServices of America Title & Escrow Conference. I then headed back to Northern California and this weekend, will attend the REALTORS® Conference & Expo in San Francisco. The conference, known on social media as #NARAnnual, is described as “the largest annual event for the most successful real estate professionals,” and features more than 100 educational sessions and 400+ exhibitors.

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties Agent Named ‘Woman of the Year’

Tiffany Curry, agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties in Houston, has been named Woman of the Year at the 2017 Global Power Tour Houston, a summit for women entrepreneurs focused on building their business brand, strategy and finances.

Curry serves as a Board of Director for the National Association of REALTORS® and Chairs the NAR Mega Board Forum. She is also a member of the national Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices REthink Council. She ranks in the Top 2% of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brokerage network worldwide and is the No. 1 agent in closed sales at the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties’ Upper Kirby Office.

“I refused to be defined by walls, and so should you,” said Curry.  “Remember, slow and steady wins the race. Success doesn’t always happen overnight. Be patient, keep striving and align yourself with the right people.”

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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How July’s Real Estate Trends Affected Buyers

By Gino Blefari

In July, the real estate market faced a housing-inventory challenge with several reports showing an increase in home prices and decrease in home sales. For example, CoreLogic Case-Shiller reported home prices rose 5.6%, setting an all-time high for the sixth consecutive month. And the National Association of REALTORS® said existing home sales were down 1.8%.

These numbers may give some pause at first glance, but considering the basics of supply and demand, it’s clear the number of sales have decreased due to a small pool of available homes paired with a high number of potential buyers on the market. This shows us that home prices that steadily increase box many home seekers out of the market.

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Thoughts on Leadership: REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me first in Atlanta for the Relocation Directors Council Spring Meeting then off to our nation’s capital for the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo (follow the conversation on Twitter at #NARLegislative) held annually in Washington, D.C. 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.

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Real Estate Agents: How to Market to First-time Home Buyers

By Darrin Rayner

As more and more home buyers of the millennial generation reach buying age (they’re soon expected to pass Boomers in total population), your marketing efforts toward first-time home buyers become more and more important.

According to the Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends Report 2016 produced by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), first-time home buyers are most likely:

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Thoughts on Leadership: Connecting and Networking for Success

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels find me in Orlando for the National Association of REALTORS® Conference & Expo, a yearly event that brings together real estate professionals from across the country … and the globe. Our HSF Affiliates brands will be proudly represented on the Expo floor—come say hello to our team at Booth No. 1565—as thousands of attendees connect, learn and ultimately build relationships that will help grow their businesses.

In this post, though, I want to focus on the value of connection because I firmly believe it lays the groundwork for all we do, is a major determinant of future success and in many ways, can define who we are. Without real connection we have next to nothing; no authenticity, no substance, no trust and no foundation upon which to build lasting relationships that will propel us forward.

The question often comes up: How do you best connect at large events like the NAR Conference & Expo, when the crowd can sometimes be overwhelming and the opportunities so vast? Here’s my answer (or my five answers), about how to foster meaningful connections at your next meeting—whether it’s at the upcoming NAR convention, an office networking event or holiday party:

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Quarterly Marketing Update

In his inaugural video in a new quarterly series, Stephen Phillips, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, provides market updates from beautiful San Diego and the 2015 National Association of REALTORS® Conference & Expo. Watch as Stephen highlights important economic trends happening right now in the real estate market.

Thoughts on Leadership: All About Good Neighbors

[Gino Blefari, right, and David Cabot, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties congratulate Susan Stearns, an agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties in Calabasas, CA, who won the 2015 Good Neighbor Award.]

By Gino Blefari

This week my travels found me in San Diego for the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) 2015 Conference and Expo. While there, I had the opportunity to spend time backstage with Susan Stearns, agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties in Calabasas, CA, just moments before she stood in front of a crowd of thousands to accept her 2015 Good Neighbor Award. NAR’s Good Neighbor Awards are given annually to five REALTORS® who, according to REALTOR® Magazine, “have made an extraordinary impact on their community, or on the national or world stage, through volunteer work.”  

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