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Press Release For: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Named ‘Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year’ in 2014 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study
New real estate brokerage network highest ranked category in first year of operation

 

ATLANTA, GA (April. 29, 2014) – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the new real estate brokerage network operated by HSF Affiliates LLC, announced it was named “Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year” in the 26th annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® study.

 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices received the highest ranking in the Real Estate Agency category based on consumers’ perception of its brand familiarity, quality and purchasing consideration, among other qualifying elements. The study was based on opinions of more than 40,000 U.S. consumers surveyed online earlier this year.

 

“We are delighted to be recognized by consumers in the venerable Harris Poll EquiTrend® study,” said Earl Lee, CEO of HSF Affiliates LLC, which operates Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “This terrific honor by consumers is a tribute to our powerful brand – whose namesake is the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway Inc. – and the top-quality affiliates and agents who represent it.”

 

Added Dan Forsman, president & CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties: “We are excited about the momentum for our company as we enter the spring market.  The Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand is being quickly recognized and valued by agents and consumers.  The combination of our national and our local branding campaigns are having a very positive impact for our associates. We look forward to a very strong year in 2014.”

 

The brand received the highest numerical Equity Score among large real estate brands included in the 2014 Harris Poll EquiTrend® study, which measures and compares the brand health of more than 1,500 brands across 170 categories from airlines and apparel to retailers and real estate. Consumers responded with their brand perceptions, gauging their emotional connection to the brand, plus brand awareness, influence and familiarity. According to Harris, a brand is defined as a set of persuasive promises about a product, service or organization that differentiates it from others in a universally positive, contextually relevant or personally compelling way.

 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, which transitioned its first affiliates in September 2013, has grown exponentially with independently owned brokerages operating across America. The network is built on a foundation of quality with rigorous standards for affiliation. “Our network members clearly understand the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ brand promise and the responsibility to uphold it,” said Phillips. “We all believe it’s an honor to be part of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.”

 

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties

 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties has 1,100 associates and 22 offices across the Greater Metro Atlanta area. Led by president and CEO, Dan Forsman, the organization offers a full suite of integrated real estate services including residential real estate, luxury real estate, new homes sales and marketing, commercial real estate, corporate relocation, property management, mortgage lending, title and settlement services, home warranties and insurance. Previously, the company operated as Prudential Georgia Realty and celebrates 50 years of serving local clients in Metro Atlanta.  Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Georgia Properties has been consistently ranked the No. 1 real estate company by the Trendgraphix, RealValuator and SmartNumbers.

 

©2014 An independently operated subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, and a franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices symbol are registered service marks of HomeServices of America, Inc.® Equal Housing Opportunity.

 

About 2014 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study

 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices received the highest numerical Equity Score among Real Estate Agency brands included in the 2014 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study, which is based on opinions of 41,806 U.S. consumers ages 15 and over surveyed online Jan. 3 through Jan. 31, 2014. Your opinion may differ. “Highest Ranked” was determined by a pure ranking of a sample of Real Estate Agency brands.

 

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, based in Irvine, CA, is a brand-new real estate brokerage network built for a new era in residential real estate. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability and longevity. Visit www.berkshirehathawayhs.com.

 

Irvine, CA-based HSF Affiliates LLC operates Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. The company is a joint venture of which HomeServices of America, Inc., the nation’s second-largest, full-service residential brokerage firm, is a majority owner. HomeServices of America is an affiliate of world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

 

Media Contacts

Kevin Ostler 949-794-7980 kevinostler@hsfranchise.com

Marisa Mulqueen 212-704-8112 marisa.mulqueen@edelman.com

Tony Floyd 404-372-7791 tony.floyd@bhhsgeorgia.com