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An Interview With Kevin Leonard, President At Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwood Realty Services

10/21/2019

Q: Can you tell us something more about the company and what you do?

A: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwood Realty and The Preferred Realty is a locally owned, full-service real estate company serving Northeastern Ohio, Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. Our affiliation with the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network provides us with the most advanced technology and tools in the industry.

Q: You’ve recently acquired Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kovack Realtors; could you tell us something more?

A: Our intent with this merger is to grow our Ohio market. We currently have eight offices in the Northeastern Ohio area. In real estate, location is everything, and Ohio’s position as a link between the Northeast and the Midwest gives it plenty of business revenue. Cleveland’s real estate market prediction is that the prices will rise 2.0% in 2020. Northeastern Ohio can expect to benefit from steady increases in home values over the course of the coming months. Having our company centered around this economic housing boom will be beneficial to both us and consumers in the home buying market.

Q: What makes you one of the largest and fastest-growing Eastern Ohio real estate company?

A: Northwood Realty Services and The Preferred Realty’s family of companies is the number one independent franchise in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network and the number 22 company across the entire industry for sales units based on REALTrends data. We are already so well established in Pittsburgh, where we are headquartered that it is easier to bring a presence to Northeastern Ohio. Our reputable name in homebuying helps lead consumers in the home buying market to our company.

Q: Could you provide our readers with some tips when it comes to home buying?

A: While 95% of people start their home buying search online, we know that most homebuyers end up using a Realtor to purchase a home. When a potential buyer uses an agent from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwood Realty Services, they are in the best hands because our agents are provided with the best tools and training in the industry. Our agents can provide clients with tools such as local market data and even stats on buyers in the market for sellers. Our advanced data support program helps homebuyers make informed decisions using local real estate market data. We also offer a custom home search that makes finding a home easier by searching and retrieving your specific home criteria.

Q: What are some of the main objectives for the company going into 2020 and how do you plan to achieve them?

A: Our biggest goal for 2020 is to continue to be a leader in real estate in Northeastern Ohio and its surrounding areas and we will continue to grow by recruiting sales associates that meet our standards. We also want to let our consumers know that we have the best, most knowledgeable agents that work for our company.

Estate Agency Portugal Property Joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

10/11/2019


Estate Agency Portugal Property Joins Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

The company, Portugal’s largest independent real estate brokerage, will operate as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Portugal Property. 
 

LISBON, PORTUGAL AND IRVINE, CA (Oct. 4, 2019) -- Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, one of the world’s fastest-growing real estate brokerage franchise networks, announced expansion into Portugal through an agreement with Portugal Property. The agency will operate as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Portugal Property starting today. 
 

Portugal Property, founded in 2008 by CEO Michael Vincent, is Portugal’s largest independent real estate brokerage as measured by real estate sales volume and office count. The brokerage sets local standards for client service and expertise, and for the last eight years has won prestigious European Property Awards for Best Real Estate Agency in Portugal and Best Real Estate Agency Website in Portugal. 
 

“Portugal was an essential target of ours from the outset of our global expansion,” said Gino Blefari, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “The Portuguese economy has responded nicely from the global downturn and its real estate market is vibrant and growing. We’re elated to enter Portugal with the country’s finest brokerage, Portugal Property, which has ambitious growth plans to serve significantly more local and global clients.” 
 

Portugal Property operates seven offices in Lisbon, Porto and along the Algarve, Portugal’s southern coast. The brokerage and its 43 agents generated nearly USD100 million in real estate sales volume in 2018. The Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network produced USD114.5 billion in sales volume last year. 
 

“We are proud to bring the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand to Portugal,” said Vincent. “The brand carries the name of Berkshire Hathaway, one of the world’s most respected, trusted and admired companies. As important, the brand is composed of strong brokerages across America, Europe and Dubai, and we anticipate exchanging client referrals with these companies.” 
 

Vincent said the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand will be a beacon for burgeoning global clientele and Portuguese consumers seeking top-rate expertise and guidance. “We have firmly established Portugal Property and now we add an exciting and respected global brand name with abundant resources. We are so excited for the future, which starts today.” 
 

Portugal Property gains access to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ “FOREVER Cloud” technology suite, a powerful source for lead generation, marketing support, social media, video production/distribution and more. 

 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has aligned with Salesforce to deliver world-class technology support to its network members far into the future. The brand also provides global listing syndication, relocation referrals, professional training and the exclusive Luxury Collection marketing program for premier listings. Its Prestige Magazine showcases network members’ premium listings with a compelling lineup of feature stories covering topics that appeal to high-end real estate consumers. 
 

Vincent plans to double the size of his brokerage over the next five years. “We believe the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand will help us gain access to new, upscale markets and more of the world’s affluent real estate investors who are increasingly attracted to our wonderful country,” he said. “All of these factors have come together at once for our brokerage and we’re eager to take our business to new levels.” 

Chris Stuart, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, applauded Portugal Property’s brand membership. “Michael Vincent brings to our network two decades of experience in Portuguese real estate and a strong team of agents and employees,” he said. “We are proud to welcome the group and look forward to helping the brokerage grow into one of Europe’s finest agencies.” 
 

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Portugal Property Portugal Property, founded in 2008 by Michael Vincent, is a full-service estate agency operating throughout Portugal. Visit www.portugalproperty.com. 
 

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, based in Irvine, CA, is a leader in the residential real estate brokerage franchise industry. The network, which has growth to more than 50,000 agents and 1,500 offices in just six years of existence, is among only a few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name. Visit www.berkshirehathawayhs.com. 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwood Realty Services Merged With Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kovack Realtors

09/30/2019

CLEVELAND, OH. – Ohio’s leading real estate company, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwood Realty Services has acquired Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kovack Realtors.  

 

Kovack Realtors was founded in 1981 by Darlene Kovack in Wadsworth, Ohio.  Kovack's company grew at a rapid pace, becoming one of the top brokerages in Ohio.  In 1986, Michele Kovack Boyd returned to Ohio to assist in the family business. Since 1996, Boyd has led the company.  She serves as a Director on the Medina County Board of Realtors, is a licensed Continuing Education Provider in the state of Ohio and has a total of 37 agents in her offices. “Joining forces with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwood Realty Services was a natural progression for Kovack Realtors.  We already love the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices name and can grow even more with the local support of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwood Realty Services,” said Boyd.  Boyd will continue in her role as a managing broker in the office, as well as becoming a principal broker for Northwood Realty. Local clientele can expect a seamless experience as the new branding is unveiled.  

 

Kevin M. Leonard, President of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwood Realty Services, is excited about the skillset Kovack Realtors will bring.  “We are thrilled to have Michele grow with us; she has a terrific reputation along with superior leadership and operational skills,” said Leonard.  

 

Tom Hosack, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty CEO and President is thrilled about the merger.  “Clearly we have a very similar business model with Michele’s Kovack Realtors,” said Hosack. “This joining of forces lets us leverage the power of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices name even more.” 

 

The union adds to the brokerage superpower of more than 1,800 agents and 54 offices serving 22 counties in Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania.  Northwood Realty Services and The Preferred Realty’s family of companies is the number one independent franchise in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network and the number 22 company across the entire industry for sales units based on REALTrends data.  

 

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwood Realty Services and The Preferred Realty

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwood Realty and The Preferred Realty is a locally owned, full-service real estate company serving Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. Our affiliation with the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network provides us with the most advanced technology and tools in the industry. 


 
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