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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices CEO Challenges the Real Estate Industry to Increase its Influence with Release of New Book
Irvine, Calif., April 7, 2021 -- Chris Stuart, CEO of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, one of the world's fastest-growing residential real estate brokerage franchise networks, made the theme of his virtual convention keynote speech the need for Real Estate professionals to increase Real Estate Influence. Thousands of network members from across the world got to listen to an impassioned and transformational message in which Stuart made the centerpiece of his keynote speech, the introduction of the Real Estate I.Q. System, the announcement of the Real Estate Influencer Network, and a much-awaited preview of his new book Real Estate Influence, now a number 1 best seller on Amazon. Each of the three components of Stuart's overall off and online influencer vision was strategically and assiduously developed and collaborated with a very diverse team of colleagues and top-producing agents, teams and leaders from across the global network to carefully design and create the exclusive platform. "The launch of this book is something I have been planning and envisioning for nearly a year, to see it come to fruition, along with the Real Estate I.Q. System is incredibly fulfilling to see come to fruition," said Chris Stuart, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. "I'm inspired to continue to work with the great real estate professionals around the world to evolve and get better together." Stuart comprehensively covered how his Real Estate I.Q. System was designed to elevate real estate agent's Influence Quotient, as well as how the network and book were all developed as a result of Stuart's extensive research surrounding several unresolved universal real estate needs, and as he enthused, opportunities. Stuart during his speech referenced what he has coined as the Real Estate Loyalty Gap. This gap in consumer loyalty represents the single greatest economic threat, and therefore opportunity, to the individual agent and must command more of the industry's focus moving forward. The System and its related Influencer Network, have been purposefully created to elevate its network agents' range, reach and influence (the "I" in I.Q. stands for Influence) by providing them with the essential tools and guidance to build stronger, and more valuable, long-term relationships with clients and prospects. "It was a true honor to work alongside the great Chris Stuart on this project," said Allan Dalton, SVP, Industry Research and Development for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. The former CEO of Realtor.com enthused, "Real Estate Influence takes a forensic and comprehensive look into what real estate professionals must do to gain and sustain personal and professional influence with consumers, clients, and within their communities a true must-read for real estate business professionals." The book Real Estate Influence was timed to first appear on Amazon in conjunction with the convention. Real Estate Influence, co-authored by the quintessential real estate industry influencer Allan Dalton, examines in a most readable manner, numerous methods of increasing influence. That all book proceeds go to the Sunshine Kids Foundation devoted to helping children suffering from cancer, was greeted with significant enthusiasm throughout the network. For more information, click here. About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is one of the world's fastest-growing residential real estate brokerage franchise networks, with more than 50,000 real estate professionals, nearly 1,500 offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe and the Middle East, and more than $138 billion in real estate sales volume. 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.bhhs.com
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Realtors® Say Attorney General Holder Is Right -- No One Should Pay Taxes on Phantom Income
  WASHINGTON, DC, Aug 21, 2014 -- The following is a statement by National Association of Realtors® President Steve Brown: "U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called on Congress today to do the right thing for financially distressed American families who lost homes to foreclosure or short sales this year, and Realtors® agree. After announcing the details of the U.S. Department of Justice's settlement with Bank of America, which includes $7 billion in relief to consumers, Holder lamented that Congressional inaction to extend the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act will mean that people meant to be helped by the settlement funds will instead be penalized on their income taxes. "The tax relief expired on December 31 last year and unless Congress acts to extend it, every person who has already sold or plans to sell a home in a short sale in 2014, will pay taxes on nonexistent mortgage debt, which is money many don't have. "Realtors® are strong supporters of the bipartisan Mortgage Forgiveness Tax Relief Act, sponsored by Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, and Dean Heller, R-Nevada, and Reps. Tom Reed, R-New York, and Charlie Rangel, D-New York, to prevent underwater borrowers from paying taxes on any mortgage debt forgiven or cancelled by a lender after their home is sold for less money than is owed. Taxing forgiven mortgage debt as income is an unfair practice that also incentivizes defaults and foreclosures, which could torpedo the housing recovery. "Congress should take immediate action to pass this legislation." The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. Information about NAR is available at www.realtor.org. This and other news releases are posted in the "News, Blogs and Videos" tab on the website.
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What's Next for 'Check-In' Mobile Apps?
Ever heard of SCVNGR (pronounced Scavenger) or foursquare? A new wave of mobile technology known as 'Check-In' apps are growing in popularity. This week CNN blogger John Sutter met with the CEO of SCVNGR and wrote an interesting blog post about new 'Check-In' mobile applications. He made some interesting observations about SCVNGR, a mobile gaming application that targets the real estate industry, among others. "SCVNGR, which Seth Priebatsch helped create, is one of the latest apps to build on top of the idea of a "check-in," that emerging term some tech-savvy people use to describe the act of using a GPS-enabled smartphone to share their whereabouts with friends. Increasingly, app developers are using existing location-based social networks -- such as Foursquare, Gowalla and, most recently, Facebook Places -- to create games, challenges, city guides and dating services. It seems the "check-in" was just the beginning. SCVNGR, for example, announced its integration with Facebook Places on Friday. That means people can use that free Android and iPhone app to complete challenges similar to Priebatsch's origami experiment and share that information easily with friends on Facebook. People on SCVNGR (pronounced "scavenger") also will be able to see the locations of their friends who use Facebook Places.
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Tech and Real Estate May Lead the Way
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