Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kansas City Realty Announces New President

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) Kansas City Realty announced today that Jim Raines has assumed the role of president. Jim Manning, former president, will continue as managing broker of the Lenexa, Kansas and Overland Park, Kansas offices and will work alongside Jim Raines to grow the offices. Manning had been at the helm of BHHS Kansas City Realty since the introduction of the brand in the Kansas City market in 2013.

“Jim (Raines) has a proven track record of success in growing offices and helping them flourish,” Manning said. “I’m excited to work alongside him to continue to develop the brand in Kansas City and support our terrific agents.”

Raines has 22 years of experience in real estate, ten of which have been in management. His career has taken him to six different states, where he successfully launched start-up offices and turned around struggling offices, largely with Keller Williams Realty, increasing their profitability. Most recently, Raines was a member and co-owner of the Shanan Group in Olathe, Kansas. Together with his wife and business partner, Shanan Steere Raines, they’ve sold more than 1400 homes in their lifetime.

Raines will focus on growing the profitability and productivity of the BHHS Kansas City Realty office, with a goal of increasing agents to 150+ and office locations to five.

“I’m really excited to join the Berkshire Hathaway family — I truly believe it is a family.” Raines said. “Having had the opportunity to observe the agents from the outside looking in, the comradery and the fellowship they exhibited was amazing. They have one of the most unique company cultures I’ve ever experienced and I’m extremely excited to be a part of that.”

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Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

We asked our team of amazing agents and employees to share what brings them joy around Thanksgiving.

Scott Strevell: I’m thankful for the things you’d expect: good health, a loving family, wonderful friends.  Additionally, I’m thankful that my son is settling into his new job in Iowa and thankful that my daughter & future son in-law are successfully finishing up their college education, while juggling the fun challenges of parenthood.

Denise Smith: We have a Turkeyshoot Tournament, with many of the extended family at my brother’s farm in Iowa. My sons or husband have claimed first place and taken the trophy home more than anyone else. We will WIN this year too!

Sarah Nielsen: My husband handles the turkey.  He gets out his surgical gloves, stuffs the turkey, makes some sutures, and carefully carves it as if he were making as series of incisions.  Thanksgiving has become the day our kitchen turns into an operating room.

Christopher Ojeda: My family! Thanksgiving is not complete without turkey and red wine.

Mikki Plaskett: I’m thankful for a wonderful son and that I’ve led a full and exciting life and as I age, I’m healthy and happy. I’m thankful for a wonderful son and that I’ve led a full and exciting life and as I age, I’m healthy and happy.

Rebekah Groebe:  We take turns telling each other what we’re thankful for.  Also, I’m the youngest on my side of the family, so it’s fun to hear stories about my family that I’m either too young to remember or that happened before I was born.

Marc Branham: My kids are the coolest! And I always look forward to the food coma.

Don and Kathy Mayer: We are thankful for our strong faith, large family and long time friends.

Trish Charlons (Kansas City Title): My wonderful but quirky family. Thankful to make the Thanksgiving dressing with my 94 year old grandmother that has to have it just her way, no other will do.

Anita Partain: That I come from and belong to such a loving family! Our gathering is very large and we usually take a group walk after dinner.

Donna Varady: Having a job and working with an amazing team of people. This is like a second home!

Chris Hutchings: I’m thankful for family, the memories made and new memories to come. Oh and the Epic battles at the annual Country Lake Estates Turkey Bowl, North vs the South.

Sue Klinksick: My loving family and friends. I always enjoy tasting all of the amazing side dishes and desserts, much better than the turkey.

Aaron Olla: My amazing loving wife and 3 perfect children.

Michael Armentrout: We spend Thanksgiving at my Grandma’s house in Chicago, eating, watching football, and playing games throughout the day/night, love Thanksgiving!

Karen Riley: Perfect health, clear thinking, high energy at 74 years on this planet!

Nancy Ann Durrill: Family, Friends & business. It has been a great 32  years with the best Broker in this business. Thanksgiving is always at our Farm with 48 to 55 family members on both sides.

What are you thankful for this year?

Brookside Shopping District Kicks Off Holiday Season November 13th with Open Houses, Live Music, Coat and Sweater Drive

Neighborhood school choirs, Holiday Trombones and the St. Teresa’s Academy & Rockhurst Varsity Singers performing at the FREE evening outdoor event

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Kansas City, Mo., November 6, 2014 – Kansas City’s favorite neighborhood celebrates the beginning of the 2014 holiday season with open houses, outdoor music, and giveaways, Thursday, November 13th, 6-9PM. Brookside’s Holiday Season Opener kicks off an open house weekend. Participating retailers will be open extended hours November 13-16, Thursday evening until 9PM, Friday and Saturday 10AM-6PM, and Sunday, 12-5PM.

Stroll the tree lit sidewalks, sipping hot cocoa provided by Michael Forbes Bar & Grille or complimentary Roasterie coffee and get your first look at the shopping district’s festive window displays and holiday merchandise. Find great deals and the best selection of gifts and seasonal décor at your favorite Brookside merchants. Area restaurants will have food and drink specials available Thursday evening only.

The FREE event, sponsored by KC Magazine, 101 the Fox, JACK FM, 94.9KCMO, Magic 107.3, and 95.7 The Vibe, includes outdoor music performed by the Holiday Trombones, St. Teresa’s Academy & Rockhurst Varsity Singers, plus choirs from St. Peter’s School, St. Elizabeth’s School and Border Star Elementary.

Two Brookside merchants, United Studios of Self Defense on Brookside Plaza and World’s Window on 63rd Street are collecting new and gently used winter coats and sweaters for both women and children. World’s Window is partnering again for the fifth year with the Rose Brooks Center to help aid their mission to break the cycle of domestic violence.

At various locations around Brookside, there will be activities such as live jazz at World’s Window, a whiskey tasting event at The NEW Dime Store, “Forever Brookside” Instagram photo spot at a store named STUFF, plus Thursday Night Football at Charlie Hoopers Bar & Grille. Other participating merchants include: Fit Formula5B&Co CandlesBrookside JewelryBrookside Toy and Science, Fiddly Fig,Reading Reptile, plus many more.

Event attendees can register to win one of three packaged Brookside themed giveaways. Spend $250 and get a $10 BKS gift card FREE. Bring your receipts to Michael Forbes Bar & Grille by 11/16/14 to get your gift certificates. Multiple receipts can be combined to reach the qualifying amounts. Receipts must be dated November 13, 14, 15, 16, 2014 and from a Brookside shopping district merchant. Purchase $50 in Brookside gift cards and get a FREE $10 gift card. For more information, visit BrooksideKC.Org.

About Brookside Shops

The Brookside Shops have been fulfilling J.C. Nichols’ vision for the absolute best in neighborhood shopping, dining and services for nearly a century. Generations of Kansas Citians have turned to the Brookside Shopping District to meet their everyday needs along with the extraordinary, too. Located in the area of 63rd Street, between Main Street and Wornall Road, over 80 shops, restaurants, and service providers call this area home. Visit BrooksideKC.ORG, or follow us on Facebook/BrooksideKC, Twitter (@brooksideKCity), and Instagram (brooksidekansascity).

Jim Manning Appointed President of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kansas City Realty

Jim Manning, BHHS Kansas City RealtyJim Manning was recently appointed President of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kansas City Realty. The announcement was made by Jodi Schade, vice president of Marketing Media & Technology for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kansas City Realty.

Manning will be responsible for the ongoing success of the Lenexa, KS and Blue Springs, MO branch offices and the over sixty real estate professionals. He is keenly focused on growing the business in the Kansas City Metro area over the next year, with the addition of offices and agents. Manning brings with him more than 36 years of real estate experience. Prior to joining Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kansas City Realty, he co-owned and operated ERA Manning and Associates based in Lenexa, KS.

“Jim shares Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kansas City Realty’s commitment to quality and customer service,” said Schade. “He is exactly the type of leader we are seeking, as we continue to grow the company, and increase our presence in the Kansas City Metro area.”

“Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kansas City Realty’s focus on the customer and the its goal to provide the best products and services for its sales professionals are what make leading this organization a perfect role,” said Manning.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kansas City Realty, a HomeServices of America, Inc. owned company, became a member of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brokerage network, operated by HSF Affiliates LLC, in 2013.

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kansas City Realty
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kansas City has more than 60 sales associates and two offices in Lenexa, KS, and Blue Springs, MO, servicing the greater Kansas City area. The company offers residential real estate services, corporate relocations, referral services, mortgage, and title services. Learn more and view current properties at www.bhhskcrealty.com.

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.

About HSF Affiliates LLC
Irvine, CA-based HSF Affiliates LLC operates Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate franchise networks. 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.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Named ‘Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year’ in 2014 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study

 New real estate brokerage network tops category in first year of operation

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[Leawood, KS] – Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the new real estate brokerage network operated by HSF Affiliates LLC, and Kansas City Realty have announced that Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices was recently 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 overall study was based on the 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 Stephen Phillips, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices: “We are humbled by the honor, particularly since our brand was not even a year old at the time of the study. We look forward to a bright future as part of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.”

The brand, which transitioned its first affiliates September 2013, 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.

“We’re now seeing the strength of our new brand in the marketplace,” said Jim Manning, Lenexa Office Broker, “Consumers appreciate the quality, integrity and skill behind the name and that translates into real business.”

“It’s an honor to represent Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices,” said Stan Klinksick, Blue Springs Broker,  “Our brand is fresh, intelligent and respected.”

About Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices received the highest numerical Equity Score among Real Estate Agency brand 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 opinions may differ. “Highest Ranked” was determined by a pure ranking of a sample of Real Estate Agency brands.

About Kansas City Realty

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kansas City Realty is a team of extremely strong performers servicing the Kansas City area. Currently operating two locations, led by industry veterans Jim Manning and Stan Klinksick, consisting of nearly 60 sales professionals. With office locations in southern Johnson Country, Kansas and eastern Jackson Country, Missouri, the team of sale professionals are able to assist buyers and sellers throughout the entire Kansas City metro.

The storied Berkshire Hathaway name stands for strength, integrity and financial stability. Kansas City Realty harnesses the strength of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand, the expertise of the team, and the full suite of technology resources to provide buyers and sellers with a unique and custom home buying and selling experience.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Kansas City Realty also offers mortgage, title, and warranty services through HomeServices LendingKansas City Title, and AB May, Worry Free Home Warranty program.

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. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in early 2014 was named “Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year” by consumers in the 26th annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® study of the largest real estate networks. 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.

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