Long & Foster Joins Forces with Champion Realty

CHANTILLY, Va., Jan. 29, 2019 – Long & Foster Real Estate and Champion Realty have joined forces, creating the dominant real estate brokerage in Anne Arundel County and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.* Champion is a residential real estate brokerage that, like Long & Foster, is part of HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. Combined, the Long & Foster and Champion teams lead the local market in home sales.

Champion is led by Jon Coile, a real estate professional with over 30 years of experience. Coile has been part of the Champion team since 1988—18 months after his brother Chris founded the company. Since then, Champion has grown into a seven-office brokerage with about 200 associates. Going forward, the Champion team will operate under the Long & Foster brand, and the companies will merge several of their locations over the coming weeks.

“With Champion and Long & Foster operating as a single team, we’ll build upon our market-leading status throughout Maryland, benefitting our sales associates, as well as their buyers and sellers,” said Gary Scott, president of Long & Foster Real Estate.

Jon Coile echoed Scott’s sentiments. “Both Long & Foster and Champion have built exceptional real estate teams and trusted brands over the past few decades, and working together, we’ll be even stronger, with tremendous clout in the marketplace,” Coile said.

With the merger, Coile joins Long & Foster’s leadership team, taking on a new role as senior vice president of regional development for the Baltimore, Eastern Shore and Western Maryland region. He will report to Cindy Ariosa, who serves as senior vice president and regional manager of the company’s offices in its Baltimore, Eastern Shore and Western Maryland region.

“Jon’s a tremendous asset to Long & Foster and all our associates, and we’re thrilled to welcome him and the Champion team to our family,” said Ariosa. “Our combined teams will sell over $1.5 billion in real estate annually in Anne Arundel, Caroline and Queen Anne’s counties—results that prove the value of our brokerage for both agents and clients alike.”

For more information about Long & Foster, visit LongandFoster.com.

About Long & Foster Real Estate

Long & Foster Real Estate, the nation’s No. 1 independent brand, is part of The Long & Foster Companies, a subsidiary of HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. HomeServices is the nation’s second-largest real estate brokerage and one of the largest providers of integrated real estate services. The Long & Foster Companies also includes Prosperity Home Mortgage, LLC, Long & Foster Insurance and Long & Foster Settlement Services. Long & Foster Real Estate is the exclusive affiliate for Christie’s International Real Estate throughout select parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, and it is a founding affiliate of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, a prestigious global network of real estate professionals that includes the Luxury Portfolio International division.

 Long & Foster Real Estate has over 220 offices, stretching from Raleigh, North Carolina, to Fair Haven, New Jersey, and from Charles Town, West Virginia, to the Atlantic Ocean. It represents more than 10,000 agents in seven Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states, plus the District of Columbia. The company, which has a productive commercial business in addition to its residential side, sold more than $31.1 billion worth of homes and helped people buy and sell homes nearly 85,000 times in 2017. Visit LongandFoster.com for more information, or follow the company on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter.


Source: Market position is based on data for Anne Arundel, Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties, supplied by BRIGHT MLS and its member Association(s) of REALTORS, who are not responsible for its accuracy. Does not reflect all activity in the marketplace. Jan. 1, 2018 — Dec. 31, 2018, as of Jan. 11, 2019.

Milan Estate Agency Maggi Group Real Estate to Join U.S.-based Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

MILAN, ITALY AND IRVINE, CA (Jan. 16, 2019) — Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices announced expansion of its franchise network into Northern Italy with the signing of Maggi Group Real Estate, a respected residential and commercial real estate operator serving greater Milan and the Emilia Romagna, Liguria, Lombardy and Veneto regions. The company will operate as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Maggi Properties starting late February.

Maggi Properties, with a distinguished track record dating back to 1981, will be Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ third global franchisee following the 2018 appointments of Rubina Real Estate of Berlin and London-based Kay & Co. The agency plans to build its market share across Northern Italy and expand into Rome within two years.

“We are excited to enter the greater Milan market with a fine company such as Maggi Properties,” said Gino Blefari, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “Milan has been among our top priorities as Italy’s financial hub and Europe’s third-largest economy. Maggi Properties is a regional leader that is highly regarded for its residential and commercial operations as well as its real estate advisory services for financial institutions and public authorities. As important, the agency’s core values are similar to our own focusing on trust, integrity and stability.”

Maggi Properties will remain independently owned and operated by founder and CEO Cesare Maggi, who said he’s eager to grow his brokerage as a franchisee of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “We are proud to represent the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand in Milan and throughout Northern Italy,” said Maggi. “We believe the brand will be embraced by local and international clients seeking real estate guidance. Also, the brand will be sought out by American clients looking for property in Milan, Lake Como and the Tuscany region.”

Marcus Benussi, agency advisor and head of foreign operations, said the franchise relationship will help Maggi Properties grow and recruit more skilled agents. “Timing is good for our brand transition, as the real estate market in greater Milan continues to strengthen and attract more buyers from abroad. The trusted Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand brings fresh air to our markets and new opportunities for top real estate professionals. We expect to grow our business in all areas, particularly in high-end and luxury real estate. Agents who want to grow their business should consider Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Maggi Properties.”

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices continues as one of America’s fastest-growing real estate brokerage networks with nearly 50,000 agents and 1,400+ offices named to the brand since its launch in September 2013. With its network membership Maggi Properties will gain access to the brand’s Global Network Platform, a powerful tool suite driving lead generation, marketing support, social media, video production/distribution and more. The brand also provides global listing syndication, relocation referrals, professional education and the exclusive Luxury Collection marketing program for high-end listings.

“Our new alliance gives us access to a network of leading American, German and English real estate agencies and an active referral system,” said Benussi. “This means our clients’ listings will be displayed before a significantly larger international audience, and our fellow Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices franchisees will have a most capable brokerage to which they may refer clients seeking properties in Northern Italy. It’s a new era for our company and we couldn’t be more excited for the future.”

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Maggi Properties

Maggi Properties, founded in 1981 by real estate veteran Cesare Maggi, is a diversified real estate company and leader in residential and commercial real estate sales, consulting, asset management and strategic planning. Visit https://www.maggigroupre.it.

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Irvine, CA-based Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is one of America’s fastest-growing real estate brokerage networks with nearly 50,000 agents and 1,400+ offices named to the brand since its launch in September 2013. The brand was recognized as “Real Estate Agency Brand of Year” and “Most Trusted Real Estate Brand” in the 2018 Harris Poll EquiTrend Study; and for “Highest Satisfaction Among Repeat Home Buyers Among National Full Service Real Estate Firms” in J.D. Power’s 2018 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction StudySM. Visit www.berkshirehathawayhs.com.


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HomeServices of America® Expands its Executive Leadership Team

Minneapolis, Minn. (January 16, 2019) – HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, today announced the expansion of its executive leadership team to support the rapid and unprecedented growth of the organization.

HomeServices’ Executive Chairman Ron Peltier appointed Gino Blefari, current CEO of HSF Affiliates, as CEO of the company. HSF Affiliates is the HomeServices’ subsidiary operating the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Real Living franchise networks. Peltier and Blefari will lead the growing business of HomeServices of America, formulate and execute strategies consistent with the mission, values and culture of the organization, and drive its continued acquisition strategies.

“Our growth brings substantial opportunity. In today’s competitive and fluid landscape we are the preferred choice for market leaders looking to join a company known for its integrity, financial strength, and operational excellence,” Peltier said. “To best capitalize, I wanted to add an executive with an extended history of enterprise growth and success. Gino has been instrumental in the growth and continued success of our franchise networks. His extraordinary expertise will provide a valuable added level of support for me and for our companies and will be a tremendous addition to the superb leadership team already in place.”

Blefari began his real estate career more than 30 years ago and held executive leadership positions at Century 21 Seville Contempo and NRT before founding Silicon Valley-based Intero Real Estate Services, which HomeServices of America acquired in 2014. He was named president and CEO of HSF Affiliates in 2015. Under his leadership, HSF Affiliates’ award-winning franchise networks have grown to include nearly 52,000 agents across 47 states. In 2018, Blefari led Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ global expansion to include leading brokerage companies based in Berlin, London and Milan.

“HomeServices of America is an incredible organization built on the strength of local brands and supported by a world-class leadership team,” said Blefari. “I couldn’t be more excited or proud to be joining a team that is so deeply connected to one another and committed to the ongoing success of their companies.”

Peltier founded HomeServices of America in 1998 and has grown the company into America’s largest residential real estate brokerage firm and the premier provider of homeownership services, including brokerage, mortgage, franchising, title, escrow, insurance, and corporate relocation services.

Peltier and Blefari will reinforce HomeServices of America’s mission of delivering an exceptional real estate experience through improved product offerings, emerging technology solutions, dynamic consumer-first strategies, and increased use of HomeServices’ full suite of homeownership services.

Blefari will continue driving the vision and mission of the franchise networks and remains actively involved in their operations. As part of the transition, Blefari appointed Chris Stuart to the roles of CEO of HSF Affiliates and president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices; and Allan Dalton as CEO of Real Living Real Estate. “Chris brings a unique perspective to our industry based on his combination of enterprise technology experience plus his time with me operating Intero Real Estate, one of the country’s largest real estate brokerage firms. I have the highest confidence in Chris, who has been a skilled leader at HSF Affiliates, delivering exceptional growth and innovation to our networks,” said Blefari. “Allan, with decades of industry experience and success, will be a visionary leader of the Real Living network.”

These appointments are effective immediately.

“HomeServices’ commitment to acquiring market-leading companies and keeping the local brands intact remains unchanged,” concluded Peltier. “2019 promises to be a busy and exciting year for our company.”



HomeServices of America is through its operating companies, one of the country’s premier providers of homeownership services, including brokerage, mortgage, franchising, title, escrow, insurance, and relocation services. HomeServices of America is the owner of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Real Living Real Estate franchise networks. HomeServices is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Energy, a consolidated subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. HomeServices’ operating companies offer integrated real estate services, including brokerage services, mortgage originations, title and closing services, property and casualty insurance, home warranties, and other homeownership services. Information about HomeServices is available at www.homeservices.com.

About HSF Affiliates LLC

Irvine, CA-based HSF Affiliates LLC operates the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Real Living Real Estate brokerage networks. The company is a subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., the nation’s largest, full-service residential brokerage firm and Berkshire Hathaway Inc. affiliate.

Ron Peltier Tops List of Most Powerful and Influential Leaders in Real Estate Industry

MINNEAPOLIS (January 15, 2019) – HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, today congratulated Ron Peltier, chairman and CEO, together with executives from across its brokerage and franchise companies for being named to the 2019 Swanepoel Power 200 list. The Swanepoel Power 200 is a comprehensive roster of leading CEOs and senior executives whose leadership and experience drive the industry and their organizations.

“I am extremely honored and humbled for having received this recognition. The real estate industry is filled with talented and committed individuals and I am proud to be part of this amazing group,” said Peltier. “On behalf of HomeServices, congratulations to all of the HomeServices’ leaders who differentiated themselves by their influence within the real estate industry. Their contribution to HomeServices and our collective success is an ongoing source of pride for the entire organization.”

The HomeServices’ executives recognized on the 2019 Swanepoel Power 200 list are:

Candace Adams—president and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England, Westchester and New York Properties; region president, HomeServices of America

Mary Lee Blaylock—president and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties; region president, HomeServices of America

Gino Blefari—president and CEO, HSF Affiliates

Jon Coile—president and CEO, Champion Realty

Alan Dalton—president, Real Living Real Estate

Jeff Detwiler—president and CEO, Long & Foster Companies; region president, HomeServices of America

Joan Docktor—president, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS®

Larry Flick IV—chairman, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS®; region president, HomeServices of America

Dan Forsman—president and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties

Rosey Koberlein—CEO, Long Companies; region president, HomeServices of America

Greg Mason—president and CEO, Edina Realty Home Services; region president, HomeServices of America

Rei Mesa—president and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty

Stephen Meyers—president and CEO, Houlihan Lawrence

Nancy Nagy—president and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group

Ron Peltier—chairman and CEO, HomeServices of America

Dana Strandmo—senior vice president and chief administrative officer, HomeServices of America

Chris Stuart—SVP Business Development and Operations, HSF Affiliates

Tom Tognoli—president and CEO, Intero Real Estate

Jason Waugh—president and CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Realty


The complete list of rankings with bios and photos is available at https://www.t360.com/power200/2019.

HomeServices of America® Announces the Acquisition of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty

Minneapolis, Minn. (January 9, 2019) – HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, today announced that it has acquired Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, one of Florida’s leading residential real estate companies, and its affiliate title company–Florida Title and Guarantee Agency. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty serves 21 counties throughout Florida with over 40 locations and approximately 1,750 Sales Professionals. The full-service brokerage offers residential and commercial services as well as title and settlement services, seasonal rentals, property management, REO & Foreclosures, corporate relocations, nationwide referral assistance, home service plans, and complimentary concierge moving services for customers.

Rei L. Mesa, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty, with more than 30 years of experience, is widely recognized for his community involvement and leadership and is active in the real estate industry on both the state and national levels.

Mesa will continue to lead Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty’s strategic planning and growth initiatives and together with his existing executive and leadership team, will manage the company’s day-to-day operations.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Realty is ranked in the Top 5 largest brokerage firms in Florida and is among the top-10 brokerages in the nationwide Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices affiliate network.

“We are honored and excited to be joining HomeServices,” said Mesa. “They are an outstanding organization with a world-class portfolio of real estate brands and an experienced leadership team. Becoming a member of the HomeServices’ family of companies gives us a unique opportunity to grow and better serve our customers, sales professionals, and employees.”

“Rei, together with his executive leadership team, managing brokers, sales support staff, and sales professionals, have demonstrated a longstanding commitment to providing exceptional service to their buyers, sellers and property owners,” said Ron Peltier, chairman and CEO of HomeServices of America. “Their culture of service, integrity and community involvement closely aligns with our corporate vision and we are fully committed to their continued growth and success.”

“This is an important transaction to HomeServices and we are looking forward to welcoming Rei and his team to the HomeServices family.” concluded Peltier.

The acquisition further expands HomeServices’ presence in Florida, which includes Miami-based EWM Realty International and Jacksonville-based Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, which HomeServices acquired in 2003 and 2016, respectively. With this transaction, HomeServices has nearly 45,000 real estate professionals operating in nearly 925 offices across 30 states. In 2018, the company’s associates facilitated more than 350,000 transactions (on a pro-forma acquisition basis).


ReeceNichols Real Estate Acquires Top Performing RE/MAX Office in Branson

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – ReeceNichols Real Estate, the leading real estate company in Missouri, is expanding its footprint in the Branson, Missouri area with the acquisition of a top performing RE/MAX office.

The new office, ReeceNichols Branson West Lakeview, located in the Welcome Center at Stonebridge Village near Route 265, becomes the 12th office in ReeceNichols’ southern region. It is ReeceNichols’ third office in the Branson area.

“We’ve watched as the real estate market in Branson has continued to grow,” said President & CEO Mike Frazier. “It is a premier vacation destination and an in-demand area for second homes. Acquiring this new office is a big win for us.”

David Gubin, managing broker for the Branson and Branson West offices, and Rick Billington, who managed the RE/MAX office, will be co-managing brokers for ReeceNichols’ three offices in the Branson area: Branson, Branson West and Branson West Lakeview. Billington operated the RE/MAX franchise for 10 years. In 2018, the office closed just over $30 million in sales volume.

“This is a very strong group in the Branson market and we are thrilled to bring Rick and his agents on board,” said Shaun Duggins, president of ReeceNichols’ southern region. “Taking their knowledge and combining it with the cutting-edge tools, training and support ReeceNichols can provide, we’ll be able to service the Branson area even better.”

More acquisition talks are in the works. Duggins said he plans to grow ReeceNichols’ southern region by nearly 200 agents in 2019 and complete three or four acquisitions.

ReeceNichols has continued to expand in southern Missouri, following a merger with Carol Jones REALTORS® in June 2018, creating a company with more than 3,000 real estate agents in 31 branch offices and 26+ franchise offices throughout Kansas and Missouri.

ReeceNichols will host a grand opening celebration in the coming months to celebrate the Branson West Lakeview office’s opening.

For more information on how to join ReeceNichols’ new branch office, contact Rick Billington at rickbillington@reecenichols.com or 417-332-1300, or David Gubin at davidgubin@reecenichols.com or 417-272-5253.

About ReeceNichols

ReeceNichols Real Estate is a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate and a wholly-owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc. With over 3,000 REALTORS® operating from 31 branch offices and 26+ franchise offices across Kansas and Missouri, ReeceNichols has proudly served Missouri and Kansas since 1905. The ReeceNichols family of services includes HomeServices Lending, Kansas City Title, HomeServices Insurance and Reece Commercial Real Estate. For more information, visit ReeceNichols.com