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August 5th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

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No one said the home buying process was quick and easy. In fact, for most people it takes months from the time a buyer starts looking for a house until they actually close on the house. As you near closing there is no shortage of items on your to-do list – inspections, finalizing loans and setting an escrow closing date to name a few. However, you’re not done quite yet! You still need to complete your final walkthrough.

What is the final walkthrough?

The purpose of the final walkthrough is to make sure everything is as it should be for closing. This is the step where you make sure the seller has fixed anything that needs fixing, if you negotiated keeping the refrigerator, now is the time you ensure the refrigerator is there and no additional damage happened as a result of the seller moving out. Your real estate agent will coordinate your walkthrough about a week before closing and you can expect that it will take about 30-60 minutes to complete a full walkthrough.

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August 5th, 2014 at 9:45 am

Our offices are growing and we are proud to welcome three new team members to the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties family! Michelle Sargent, Del Mar; Max Hechtman, Beverly Hills; and Stacy Alvarado, Encino each joined us during the month of July.

“Michelle brings an extensive knowledge of sales and marketing to her new career,” says Delorine Jackson, manager. “With her passion for real estate and determination to succeed, she will quickly rise to the forefront of our industry.” As a pharmaceutical sales manager and territory manager in the biotechnology industry for 12 years, Sargent learned that building relationships is the key to establishing a successful business. “To understand your customers’ needs you have to be a great listener,” explains Sargent. “This is also critical to figuring out the type of service a person prefers, and which method of getting and receiving information is their favorite.”

Nick Cacarnakis, manager of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties’ Beverly Hills office, welcomes broker associate and international marketing guru Max Hechtman.  “It’s professionals like Max that elevate this company as a leader in the real estate industry,” comments Cacarnakis.Having received personal training and mentorship from world-renowned marketers, Hechtman is skilled at implementing comprehensive marketing campaigns for a wide variety of high net-worth clients. Previously receiving his bachelor’s degree in Media Management, and raised in the high-expectation world of the entertainment industry, Hechtman is proficient with delivering outstanding results and maintaining the strictest standards of confidentiality.

Kathy King, manager of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties’ Encino office and regional vice president, is pleased to welcome Stacy Alvarado. “Stacy is a determined and passionate Realtor,” says King. “Her communication skills, personal experience managing real estate and in-depth knowledge of the area will benefit our office and her clientele.” Prior to real estate, Alvarado spent 25 years as an account executive and operations manager in commercial collections. Leveraging her astute understanding of negotiating strategy, she has personally bought, managed and sold a dozen properties. A result-driven Realtor, Alvarado combines her passion for real estate and her talent for negotiating to benefit her clientele.

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August 4th, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties is pleased to recognize Erica Huang Derby for ranking number six for individual agents in the La Jolla office, which includes approximately 150 agents, for her sales performance through the first half of 2014. A Realtor for more than 15 years, Derby also recently celebrated the closing of a property valued at $4.5 million.

Derby, who is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, explained that her sales over the past six months have already made 2014 her best year ever in real estate. Working with people from widely differing countries and backgrounds, she has built a thriving business by focusing on helping her clients successfully acclimate into their new surroundings.

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June 26th, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Regional Vice President of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties Scott MacDonald is pleased to welcome luxury real estate expert Fa Karamzadeh to the Corona del Mar office. “Fa has built an excellent reputation and a loyal client base as a result of his no-nonsense approach to real estate,” said MacDonald. “With his focus on ethical business practices and superior market knowledge, he is a valuable asset to our office and our company.”

Karamzadeh is a 16-year veteran of the real estate industry with a proven track record of success in helping his clients. Known for his commitment to provide his buyers and sellers with the resources and guidance they need to make informed decisions, he has participated in more than $425 million of real estate sales.

Far more important to Karamzadeh than passing sales milestones, however, are the relationships that he has formed with his clients. “Relationships are paramount to what I do, so I have always worked to earn my clients’ trust and repeat business. To accomplish that goal I provide my clients with open, honest communications and carefully manage all of the details, to ensure that I can deliver a positive result for their transactions,” explains Karamzadeh.
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June 20th, 2014 at 12:46 am

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, part of the HSF Affiliates LLC real estate brokerage family, today announced it was recognized with a Gold Stevie Award in the Startup of the Year category of the 12th annual American Business Awards presented June 13 in Chicago.

American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. The awards drew more than 3,300 nominations in a wide range of categories; 240 executives worldwide participated in the judging. Startup of the Year category judging considered entrants from across U.S. industries.

“We are pleased and honored to accept the Gold Stevie Award in the Startup of the Year category,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices President Stephen Phillips, who attended the ceremonies at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park Hotel. “Our real estate brokerage network has come a long way in a short period of time.” (more…)

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