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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New York Properties announced the merger of Key-Ventures, Inc., an exclusive real estate brokerage firm that has catered to New York’s elite families, royalty and other high-net worth international buyers for nearly 50 years.

New York Properties launched in Manhattan earlier this year as part of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties family of brokerages. The agreement melds iconic brands and supercharges New York Properties’ presence in Manhattan’s competitive luxury residential market. The Key-Ventures team will operate at New York Properties’ headquarters, 590 Madison Ave.

“We are thrilled to see this partnership of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New York Properties and Key-Ventures come to fruition,” said Ellie Johnson, president of New York Properties. “This monumental union is an opportunity to significantly expand our platform by sharing resources and knowledge with a company that has sold billions of dollars worth of New York City real estate over the years.”

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Luxury Collection Remarkable Results featuring our luxury capabilities and extravagant estates from around the world.
We are hiring ambitious real estate agents (new and experienced) and an office administrator for our commercial office as well as interviewing potential management candidates for our growing company.  If you are interested in learning more please click here.

We are hiring ambitious real estate agents (new and experienced) and an office administrator for our commercial office as well as interviewing potential management candidates for our growing company.  If you are interested in learning more please click here.

Proud supporter of the 2017-2018 Proctor's Season...

Proud supporter of the 2017-2018 Proctor's Season...

Our latest ad featuring more of our outstanding administrative and support staff.

Our latest ad featuring more of our outstanding administrative and support staff.

Our latest testimonial campaign recognizing our incredible administrative support staff who do so much to make us all look so good.  Look for new additions to this series online, on social and in print for July and August 2017.

Our latest testimonial campaign recognizing our incredible administrative support staff who do so much to make us all look so good.  Look for new additions to this series online, on social and in print for July and August 2017.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is headed to Shanghai December 2017 for LPS.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is headed to Shanghai December 2017 for LPS.

Congratulations to our Saratoga Springs branch office for being recognized as one of the "Best of the Saratoga Region" by Saratoga Today.

Congratulations to our Saratoga Springs branch office for being recognized as one of the "Best of the Saratoga Region" by Saratoga Today.

Virtual Realty Volume 2: Grady Ligon (Chief Information Officer Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)

Virtual Realty Volume 2: Grady Ligon (Chief Information Officer Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices)

One of the trendy mantras in technology and innovation over the past few years has been “Fail Fast”.  The challenge with this seemingly simple phrase is that our culture, and likely our current business model, does not reward failure. Even in the uber-innovative, and competitive, world of Silicon Valley most companies fear any type of failure to the point where they often look for shortcuts to achieve success. Unfortunately, shortcuts cause us to miss out on what is truly needed, which is the learning that failure provides. As Pippin says in The Fellowship of the Ring, “Shortcuts make long delays.”

In his book The Lean Startup (which I recommend), Eric Ries says that the only way to win is to learn faster than anyone else. Since we tend to learn far more from failures that from successes the logical extension is that the way to win is to fail faster than anyone else. Overall, failing fast isn’t about failure in the big issues, it’s about the little ones. It’s an approach that embraces lots of little experiments with the idea that some will work and grow and others will fail and die. Depending on the market and company, we need the ability to fail small and fail fast otherwise we may not live to fail again.

So what does this mean for you and your real estate brokerage? As it relates to technology and your business, listen to crazy ideas and try new things. Develop a culture of experimentation. Be willing to try something unexpected or different but do it quickly. If it’s not working, be willing to fail fast and pivot. Make sure you don’t become too comfortable with any one product or vendor as the technology landscape is ever-changing. Put yourself in a position to abandon products once their technology becomes irrelevant, and it will. Once you recognize that technology is not a destination but a journey, much of this becomes easier.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston Churchill

Read our latest consumer sentiment survey (June 2017) here.

Read our latest consumer sentiment survey (June 2017) here.

Congratulations to Berkshire Hathaway for being named one of 2017's World's Most Admired Companies

Congratulations to Berkshire Hathaway for being named one of 2017's World's Most Admired Companies

It was a fitting tribue for our dear friend and colleague Ellen Picotte at the 6.2.17 Freihoffer's Run for Women in Albany.

It was a fitting tribue for our dear friend and colleague Ellen Picotte at the 6.2.17 Freihoffer's Run for Women in Albany.

A recent trip to Capitol Hill (5.20.17) with GCAR's executive committee and others protecting the future for Realtors.

A recent trip to Capitol Hill (5.20.17) with GCAR's executive committee and others protecting the future for Realtors.

Proud to be a sponsor for the 2017 

Proud to be a sponsor for the 2017 

5.9.17 Saratoga Today Article "Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Blake, Realtors Celebrates 95 Years of Philanthropy.

5.9.17 Saratoga Today Article "Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Blake, Realtors Celebrates 95 Years of Philanthropy.

Proud sponsor of the 2017 Heart Walk on 6.3.17 at the University of Albany.

Proud sponsor of the 2017 Heart Walk on 6.3.17 at the University of Albany.

Don't miss a thing when you follow us on Instagram @bhhsblakerealtors.

Don't miss a thing when you follow us on Instagram @bhhsblakerealtors.

Proud to support the 2017 Capital Cup for Kids (Ronald McDonald House).  Congratulations to Paul and his team Puck Dynasty for all of their efforts for this great cause.

Proud to support the 2017 Capital Cup for Kids (Ronald McDonald House).  Congratulations to Paul and his team Puck Dynasty for all of their efforts for this great cause.

Our latest round of agent/client testimonials.

Our latest round of agent/client testimonials.

Great effort by all involved in the Habitat for Humanity build in Valatie 5.5.17.

Great effort by all involved in the Habitat for Humanity build in Valatie 5.5.17.

Our latest round of agent testimonials featured online and in print.

Our latest round of agent testimonials featured online and in print.

Global Website update for berkshirehathawayhs.com. A Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Blake Realtor® is #GoodtoKnow™.

Phenomenal effort by all involved in the 2017 Walk... It was a huge success!!

Phenomenal effort by all involved in the 2017 Walk... It was a huge success!!

Thank you to the Schenectady East Rotary for holding their annual pancake breakfast fundraiser for our Ring of Hope not for profit boxing club!

Thank you to the Schenectady East Rotary for holding their annual pancake breakfast fundraiser for our Ring of Hope not for profit boxing club!

Recent news 10 segment featuring Delmar Realtor Matt Wendt.

Recent news 10 segment featuring Delmar Realtor Matt Wendt.

Our Spring & Summer 2017 TV campaign kicked off on 3.14 and runs thru Spring and Summer. #GoodtoKnow Learn more here and watch our new spot.

Our Spring & Summer 2017 TV campaign kicked off on 3.14 and runs thru Spring and Summer. #GoodtoKnow Learn more here and watch our new spot.

It was a lovely tribute and memorial to Ellen Picotte on Sunday 5.7.

It was a lovely tribute and memorial to Ellen Picotte on Sunday 5.7.

Read the 3.7 article about our Saratoga Springs branch office, giving back to the community and 95 years of real estate service at our awards party.  Full article here. 

Read the 3.7 article about our Saratoga Springs branch office, giving back to the community and 95 years of real estate service at our awards party.  Full article here

Mansion Global partners with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Mansion Global partners with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

NEW YORK, March 3rd, 2017 — Mansion Global, the premier destination for global luxury real estate listings and information, announced today the launch of its official channel on WeChat, China’s largest social media and instant messaging platform. The launch is supported by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, which is the exclusive launch partner for the channel.

Introduced in May 2015, Mansion Global is the top digital destination connecting wealthy, international buyers with exceptional properties through timely, relevant news content and market information. The user interface of Mansion Global’s WeChat channel is designed to mirror its mobile site with a more optimized experience, particularly for users located in China, given that it lives entirely within the local WeChat environment. With a sleek, modern and intuitive design, the channel currently serves the same engaging editorial content as Mansion Global’s Chinese-language site while also providing the full database of searchable listings.

“Launching this WeChat channel is a critical step to our continued efforts in building Mansion Global’s Chinese audience,” said Mae Cheng, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief at Mansion Global. “This will allow readers in China better access to our relevant news stories and premium listings and help reinforce our position as the one-stop destination for luxury real estate.”

WeChat was released in 2011 as a cross-platform instant messaging service, and has quickly grown to become one of the largest standalone messaging apps in the world. Now with more than 1 billion registered accounts and 864 million monthly active users in over 200 countries, the platform also provides other services including social media, voice calls and e-commerce. Latest research shows a significant increase in luxury brands, such as Montblanc and Christian Dior, have adopted WeChat as a platform to maximize consumer engagement in the Chinese market.

"This new relationship with Mansion Global―the first of its kind―is a direct connection between our U.S. network of trusted real estate experts and the world's largest population of potential homebuyers on a messaging platform that has 800 million users,” said Stephen Phillips, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “We couldn't be more excited."

With the launch of this new platform, Mansion Global and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices together aim to further penetrate the highly valuable Chinese market and attract more buyers who are actively looking to purchase luxury properties globally.  Get the full story here.

A quick look back at year 2 operating as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. 603 photos in 60 seconds.  Don't Blink!

Celebrating 95 years of real estate service to the Capital Region & North Country of New York State. Highlights from our March 2017 party.

Congratulations to all of our employees, Realtors® and associate brokers for receiving this recognition again for 2017.  We will be honored in April 2017.  More details to come.

Congratulations to all of our employees, Realtors® and associate brokers for receiving this recognition again for 2017.  We will be honored in April 2017.  More details to come.

Bailey Cotrona from our Delmar office was featured on WGXC Radio recently with Real Estate Q&A.

Bailey Cotrona from our Delmar office was featured on WGXC Radio recently with Real Estate Q&A.

ASSOCIATE ASSISTANCE SUPPORT NOW FEATURES LIVE CHAT (LIVE CHAT, PHONE & EMAIL)  Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices designed this Support Team as a single point of contact for you – our Network members. We are proud of the quick, accurate service the AAH team provides. Contact AAH with questions about the products and services we offer by Live Chat, email or phone.  Service is available: Hours    Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 9:00 pm Eastern  Phone   (855) 422-9052  Email BHHSsupport@HSFranchise.com  

ASSOCIATE ASSISTANCE SUPPORT NOW FEATURES LIVE CHAT (LIVE CHAT, PHONE & EMAIL)  Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices designed this Support Team as a single point of contact for you – our Network members. We are proud of the quick, accurate service the AAH team provides. Contact AAH with questions about the products and services we offer by Live Chat, email or phone.  Service is available: Hours    Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 9:00 pm Eastern  Phone   (855) 422-9052  Email BHHSsupport@HSFranchise.com

 

Thank you to everyone who came out to support Best Buddies Friendship Ball and Walk Kick Off.  

Thank you to everyone who came out to support Best Buddies Friendship Ball and Walk Kick Off.  

Congratulations to Kyle Schoonmaker who was sworn in as a 2017 CIREB director.  Congratulations Kyle and thank you for your service!

Congratulations to Kyle Schoonmaker who was sworn in as a 2017 CIREB director.  Congratulations Kyle and thank you for your service!

Congratulations to Gino Blefari who was named one of the top real estate influencers of 2017 by Inman Magazine. #GoodtoKnow

Congratulations to Gino Blefari who was named one of the top real estate influencers of 2017 by Inman Magazine. #GoodtoKnow

Our 2017 TV Campaign includes spots on the popular Today show.  

Our 2017 TV Campaign includes spots on the popular Today show.  

Don't miss a thing when you follow us on Instagram @bhhsblakerealtors

Don't miss a thing when you follow us on Instagram @bhhsblakerealtors

Thank you to everyone who volunteered and donated pajamas to make this year's pajama drive drive such a big success.  To learn more about how you can help this wonderful organization please visit www.questforgrace.com. 

Thank you to everyone who volunteered and donated pajamas to make this year's pajama drive drive such a big success.  To learn more about how you can help this wonderful organization please visit www.questforgrace.com. 

Proud supporter of the Boys and Girls Club for 2017.

Proud supporter of the Boys and Girls Club for 2017.

Learn the latest about our international expansion from Sr. VP of International operations Peter Turtzo.

We know Commercial Real Estate.  Read the recent articles on the sale of the Kenwood Convent in Albany and the Union Inn in Schenectady.  Contact one of our Commercial specialists about listing your commercial property for sale.

We know Commercial Real Estate.  Read the recent articles on the sale of the Kenwood Convent in Albany and the Union Inn in Schenectady.  Contact one of our Commercial specialists about listing your commercial property for sale.

Our new luxury collection website recently launched.  www.bhhsluxurycollection.com

Our new luxury collection website recently launched.  www.bhhsluxurycollection.com

Our new Marketing REsource recently launched for our Realtors®.  Login to www.bhhsresource.com to access.

Our new Marketing REsource recently launched for our Realtors®.  Login to www.bhhsresource.com to access.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our Holiday Market for some hors d'oeuvres and holiday shopping at our East Greenbush Office on December 8th.  #GoodtoKnow

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our Holiday Market for some hors d'oeuvres and holiday shopping at our East Greenbush Office on December 8th.  #GoodtoKnow

24/7 customer care and support blending the power of technology with people to maximize the effectiveness of "live chat" are part of the new bhhsblake.com experience.

24/7 customer care and support blending the power of technology with people to maximize the effectiveness of "live chat" are part of the new bhhsblake.com experience.

Great participation in this year's Junior Achievement Bowl-a-thon.  #JuniorAchievement Bowl-a-thon at Lucky Strike in Crossgates Mal over 3 weeks with 60 local companies participating to help empower the 25,000 students in the #CapitalRegion on understanding the value of staying in school. 

Great participation in this year's Junior Achievement Bowl-a-thon.  #JuniorAchievement Bowl-a-thon at Lucky Strike in Crossgates Mal over 3 weeks with 60 local companies participating to help empower the 25,000 students in the #CapitalRegion on understanding the value of staying in school. 

Russell Rhodes (front row, third from left) and The Rhodes Team have joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. (Photo: Business Wire)  Read full article here.

Russell Rhodes (front row, third from left) and The Rhodes Team have joined Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. (Photo: Business Wire)  Read full article here.

Read the latest published articles from coach/managers Richard Ferro and Brian McKenna.

Read the latest published articles from coach/managers Richard Ferro and Brian McKenna.

World Class Coaches facilitates the Moving Families Initiative, an international plan focused on serving, protecting and meeting the needs of families relocating with children ages 19 and younger. HSF Affiliates, through its Home ConnectionsSM real estate services platform, will provide parents a one-stop access point for the plan’s legion of service providers, programs and services. In addition, agents from HSF Affiliates’ brokerage networks will join more than 3,100 other real estate professionals already serving transitioning families coast to coast in conjunction with Moving Families Initiative.  “Moving is difficult for anyone but especially for children,” said Johnnie Johnson, former All Pro football player and CEO of World Class Coaches. “Moving Families Initiative connects moving families with certified agents to take a proactive approach on the physical and emotional strain kids face when changing neighborhoods and schools.”  

World Class Coaches facilitates the Moving Families Initiative, an international plan focused on serving, protecting and meeting the needs of families relocating with children ages 19 and younger. HSF Affiliates, through its Home ConnectionsSM real estate services platform, will provide parents a one-stop access point for the plan’s legion of service providers, programs and services. In addition, agents from HSF Affiliates’ brokerage networks will join more than 3,100 other real estate professionals already serving transitioning families coast to coast in conjunction with Moving Families Initiative.  “Moving is difficult for anyone but especially for children,” said Johnnie Johnson, former All Pro football player and CEO of World Class Coaches. “Moving Families Initiative connects moving families with certified agents to take a proactive approach on the physical and emotional strain kids face when changing neighborhoods and schools.”  

Get the fully immersive virtual reality experience (available for select listings).  Good to Know™.

Get the fully immersive virtual reality experience (available for select listings).  Good to Know™.

Over $12,000 raised for the American Cancer Society at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in Albany, NY on October 16th.  Thank you to everyone who fund raised, walked or donated this year!  Thank you to Stephanie Cuva who led this phenomenal effort!!

Over $12,000 raised for the American Cancer Society at the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event in Albany, NY on October 16th.  Thank you to everyone who fund raised, walked or donated this year!  Thank you to Stephanie Cuva who led this phenomenal effort!!

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Tanya Hull (above) and Mary D'Alessandro were on hand 6.26 for the City Living & H.O.M.E.S. Fair in downtown Schenectady New York.

Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Tanya Hull (above) and Mary D'Alessandro were on hand 6.26 for the City Living & H.O.M.E.S. Fair in downtown Schenectady New York.

Park Cleanup Crew

Park Cleanup Crew

We are happy to be a part of the Amtrak Rails to Recovery program.  A program that allows those traveling within NY by Amtrak discounted and free fares for cancer treatments. 

We are happy to be a part of the Amtrak Rails to Recovery program.  A program that allows those traveling within NY by Amtrak discounted and free fares for cancer treatments. 

#TeamBlake wins softball season opener.

#TeamBlake wins softball season opener.

Many of our associates and employees participated in the Best Buddies Friendship Walk 2016 (featured above).

Many of our associates and employees participated in the Best Buddies Friendship Walk 2016 (featured above).

Team Blake and Centre Street Pub win 2016 dodgeball competition at Schenectady Armory on Saturday 4.16.  The tournament was sponsored by the Empire State Sports Council.  Learn more about ESSC here.  Times Union article here.

Team Blake and Centre Street Pub win 2016 dodgeball competition at Schenectady Armory on Saturday 4.16.  The tournament was sponsored by the Empire State Sports Council.  Learn more about ESSC here.  Times Union article here.

A Berkshire Hathaway Blake Realtor is #GoodtoKnow.  Our 2016 TV commercial campaign,

Warren Buffett narrates this 2016 informational video to let you know what we are all about. A Berkshire Hathaway Blake Realtor® is Good to Know™.