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5 New Board Members Join Broker Public Portal

12/12/2019

Pismo Beach, CA, December 11, 2019 – The Board of Managers of the Broker Public Portal today announced its Board members for 2020. The Broker Public Portal, which is owned and operated by real estate brokerages and MLSs and operates a joint venture with Homesnap, Inc., connects consumer home searchers to over one million real estate professionals in America today through more than 200 MLS agreements.

BPP New Board

The five real estate industry leaders joining the Broker Public Portal Board of Managers include Nick Bozovitch, Chief Information Officer of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services; Chad Gilbert, President and Owner of RE/MAX Suburban; Tom Hosack, CEO, President, and Broker for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty, and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwood Realty Services; Donna Kreps, President of F.C. Tucker Company; and Stan Martin, Chief Operating Officer of Austin Board of REALTORS® and ACTRIS.

“The surging success of the Broker Public Portal attracts real estate industry’s most trusted and forward-looking leaders,” said John Mosey, Chairman of the Broker Public Portal and CEO of NorthstarMLS, a regional MLS serving Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. “We have almost 90 percent of the property listings in America coming from 48 states. The Broker Public Portal with Homesnap has delivered millions of free leads to agents, a number we expect to grow significantly every year. Our new Board of Managers will accelerate the reach of, and our industry’s commitment to the mission of, the Broker Public Portal,” Mosey added.

The Broker Public Portal Board of Managers includes, as it notes in its Charter, a “fair and balanced group of executives who represent the interests of large brokers, medium brokers, small brokers, independent managers and multiple listing service organizations.” The agent count of participating firms establishes the size of brokerages eligible.

2020 New Board members:

  • Nick Bozovitch, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services

  • Chad Gilbert, RE/MAX

  • Tom Hosack, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwood Realty Services

  • Donna Kreps, F.C. Tucker Company

  • Stan Martin, ACTRIS

2020 Board of Managers also includes:

? Alon Chaver, HomeServices of America

? Tim Dain, MARIS

? Craig Cheatham, The Realty Alliance

? Joan Docktor, Fox and Roach Realtors

? Rebecca Jensen, Midwest Real Estate Data

? Craig McClelland, BHGRE Metro Brokers

? Bill Miller, Metrolist

? John Mosey, NorthstarMLS

? Christina Pappas, The Keyes Company

? Pat Shea, Lyon Real Estate

? Gurtej Sodhi, Crye-Leike

? Andy Starck, Starck Real Estate

Each officer term is three years, with about 1/3 of the directors rotating off each year.

About the New Board Members

Nick Bozovitch, Howard Hanna Real Estate ServicesNick Bozovitch: Bozovitch is the Vice President of Technology at Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. Working closely with the executive team, he oversaw all IT operations and technology initiatives in support of the company’s growth as it became the third-largest brokerage firm in the United States. Bozovitch also serves in advisory roles for the Allegheny County Airport Authority and the Greater Pittsburgh CIO Group. Before joining Howard Hanna in 2014, he served in key strategic, operational, and technical positions at a large global law firm for more than 13 years.

Chad Gilbert, President and Owner of RE/MAX SuburbanChad Gilbert: Gilbert is President and Owner of the rapidly growing RE/MAX Suburban and Precision Title Company. From 2015 to 2016, the company grew by $250 million and was recognized as the No. 1 RE/MAX in Illinois and the No. 14 largest RE/MAX by volume in the country. Gilbert and his wife and co-owner Sarah Gilbert were honored in 2016 with RE/MAX’s “Above the Crowd!” award, which recognizes individuals for their commitment to the RE/MAX brand within their office, the RE/MAX network and their community.

Tom Hosack, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwood Realty ServicesTom Hosack: Hosack is the CEO, President, and Broker for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty in southwestern Pennsylvania, as well as CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwood Realty Services in northeastern Ohio. With over 1,800 agents and 54 offices, they are ranked No. 1 in market share in their region. Before his 26-year career in real estate, he was the principal of a general contracting company, but has now been in real estate for over 26 years. Currently, Hosack serves as President and board member of West Penn Multi List, top 75 director for NAR, RES board member for NAR, and board member and executive committee member for UpstreamRE, as well as a past Chairman of the Realty Alliance.

Donna Kreps, FC Tucker CompanyDonna Kreps: Kreps is President of Residential Real Estate for F.C. Tucker Company. With over 1,500 agents statewide and over $3.2 billion in sales, it is the largest independent real estate firm in Indiana. It also ranks among the largest independent real estate firms in the nation. She has been with the 100+-year-old firm for over 25 years. She was named Executive VP in 2007, President of the Residential Division 2016, and is the first female executive of the company. She has won numerous awards including the recipient of the coveted Fred C. Tucker Senior Award in 2016. She holds a Graduate, REALTOR® Institute (GRI) designation.

Stan Martin, ACTRISStan Martin: Martin is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR) and ACTRIS, which provides MLS services to over 15,000 subscribers in Austin, Texas. He has worked in the MLS industry since 2004, providing a strong combination of product management and operational expertise to organizations. Martin currently serves on The MLS Grid Board of Directors, NAR’s Leading Edge Advisory group, and was appointed by the Council Of MLS to serve on the MLS Technology and Emerging Issue Advisory Board beginning in 2020.

About Broker Public Portal

Broker Public Portal, LLC is a collaborative effort owned and operated by real estate brokerages and MLSs to deliver with Homesnap a better home search experience defined by simplicity, integrity, and common sense. Homesnap provides the same comprehensive, real-time data directly from the MLS used by real professionals, the people who sell homes, not ads. Broker Public Portal with Homesnap is the only national portal that follows industry-defined, pro-consumer Fair Display Guidelines, without display ads from other agents or brokers on one’s listings, and all inquiries are sent to the listing agent or broker for free. More information can be found at www.brokerpublicportal.com.

About Homesnap

With easy-to-use mobile technology fueled by unmatched, real-time data intelligence, Homesnap is changing the way real estate agents connect with consumers and serve their clients. The Homesnap platform leverages real-time data from over 200 MLS partners to empower millions of consumers each month with a superior home search experience while providing over a million agents – 87% of U.S. agents – with access to powerful mobile tools that automate their work and accelerate their success. Homesnap is the highest rated (Apple and Android) home search app and the joint venture partner of the industry-backed Broker Public Portal. The integrated Homesnap platform is transforming the industry by bringing real-time to real estate. More information can be found at www.homesnap.com.

Berkshire Northwood Acquires Wadsworth Real Estate Firm

10/29/2019

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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. 


 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwood Realty Services names Kevin M. Leonard asĀ  President of the Ohio Division

04/13/2019

 

CLEVELAND, OHIO –   In keeping with the prestigious Berkshire Hathaway brand name, locally owned Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty has added to its reputable staff, another industry leader. As the founder of Palm Beach, Florida based Valore Group Real Estate and later the Vice President of Luxury for The Keyes Family of Companies, including Illustrated Properties and Platinum Properties, Kevin M. Leonard is recognized as an expert in the industry and is responsible for his division’s growth to over $1 billion in sales annually.

 

“As we continue to grow, we realize the importance of unique methods to market and service our Eastern Ohio clientele.  We want to assure our agents, and the public that we are positioned to be the most competitive brokerage in the marketplace,” says Tom Hosack, President and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA.

 

Kevin has trained thousands of real estate professionals; his proven strategies have increased both sales growth and per unit average sales price upwards of 28%. His leadership skills have proven fruitful for expansive growth and setting industry records throughout the South Florida region. “What is most exciting to me is bringing my 15 plus years of experience in to the market and helping grow the real estate footprint for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices here in Ohio,” says Kevin M. Leonard. 

 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty merged with Northwood Realty Services in August 2018. This merger not only created the largest Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices affiliate company, but also the largest residential real estate brokerage in Western Pennsylvania. 

 

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwood Realty Services

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


 
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