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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