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[VIDEO 2013] WARREN BUFFETT ANNOUNCES BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY MERGER…KOENIG & STREY – PRUDENTIAL RUBLOFF JOIN FORCES

On Tuesday November 12, 2013, billionaire Warren Buffett made an exciting announcement; about two legendary Chicago real estate firms set to merge this spring.  Luxury home sales powerhouse Koenig & Strey Real Living and Prudential Rubloff will join forces under his Berkshire Hathaway brand.  They are set to become one of the top real estate brokerage firms in the entire Chicagoland area, gaining a huge percentage of market share.

Essentially, Prudential Rubloff sold its ownership interest in their company to Home Services of America; a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate.  Making this the most notable real estate merger in Chicago’s history.  Both firms are leaders in the luxury housing market and their similar styles make this a perfect fit.

Over 400 agents showed up to a last-minute surprise meeting at the Drake Hotel, after receiving an email invitation late in the day on Monday (including me!).  It was a shock to hear about the merger, not because it was unexpected, but due to the complete secrecy of this news.  There were no rumors nor talks in advance throughout the company, at least not at an agents level.

The exciting part about this merger, is that they will now both fall under the prestigious Berkshire Hathaway brand.  The company was named The World’s Most Admired Companieswhich offers buyers and sellers even more confidence when using its services.  Major backing of these exclusive firms by Buffett was confirmed; since it is the FIRST time he has allowed a real estate affiliate to fall under the prestigious Berkshire Hathaway name.

READ ENTIRE ARTICLE via 2013: WARREN BUFFETT ANNOUNCES BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY MERGER…KOENIG & STREY – PRUDENTIAL RUBLOFF JOIN FORCES.

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2013 in CHICAGO NEWS

 

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2013 GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN WAS A JOKE…BUT I’M NOT LAUGHING

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Posted by on October 19, 2013 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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(VIDEO-FULL SPEECH) PRESIDENT OBAMA INAUGURATION 2013 ON MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY IS HISTORIC

In watching today’s Inauguration for President Barack Obama, it was clear that this is a very special day.   The swearing-in on Martin Luther King holiday made it historic in many ways.  It’s likely that activist and legend, Dr. King, is smiling down on him and jumping for joy.

It occurred to me that this could be the last time anyone in our lifetime will experience a black President in office.  There are really no African-American replacements being groomed for this role, so we should let it sink in fully.  The fact that this event happened on this holiday, celebrated by millions around the country, gives it extra meaning.

It would be great to get inside President Obama’s head to know exactly how he is feeling at this moment.  First Lady Michelle Obama had a special glow, so it’s obvious she is savoring the moment.  The speech by our President was strong as usual and he looked strong and determined.

Singer Stevie Wonder chimed in and shared his excitement.  Since he led the charge in making it possible for the Martin Luther King holiday, his pride was two-fold.  Some may not know it, but his song “Happy Birthday” was a huge reason this holiday was finally approved.

Hoping President Obama can finally get all done in the next four years, that he tried during his first term.  If only the parties can come together and leave their personal agenda’s at the door.  Let’s be clear, he knows this is his last term, so he will go FULL throttle to get the job done.  The Prez has nothing to lose.

On another note, how cool was it to see power couple Beyoncé and Jay-Z in the forefront.  She definitely rocked  the National Anthem and showed class and a quiet confidence. Good for Kelly Clarkson as well, she sounded great even with her bruised finger nail.  And a special shout-out to Sasha Obama for yawning…the girl was tired!  It’s hard work being his daughter.

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2013 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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70 MILLION AMERICAN’S BELIEVE FLU SHOT GIVES YOU THE FLU…TRUE OR FALSE?

There was a special on Nightline tonight about a very sensitive topic.  Does the flu shot give you the flu? Well, according to a study, about 70 million American’s believe this is true (including me!).  A medical expert explained that the virus contained in the vaccine is “dead”, therefore, this could not possibly be true.

Sorry, this still did not convince me.  Why do all my friends who get the flu shot seem to get the flu each year? I have not had the flu in over five years with no shot?  How can that be?

Another issue is the recent uproar by nurses in a hospital.  They were told a flu shot was mandatory, so they all quit.  If they work in the medical field and have doubts about it, that certainly does not make me feel more secure.

Some states even penalize medical worker’s with fines if they refuse the flu shot.  They are told, since they work around sick people they don’t want them to spread germs, but remember many get the flu even with the shot.  So does that make sense?  Some have even been fired for refusing. 

One blog probably won’t answer the all important question, nor will it convince millions one way or another. Those who strongly believe in the vaccine probably will hold firm, the same as their opponents.  It is a question similar to religion and politics…a feud always ensues so it may be best left alone.

News outlets have reported a serious flu outbreak, causing mass panic.  But if about 20 people have died out of the millions with the flu, is that really an epidemic? More people have died from gun violence recently and some still believe guns, prescription med’s, and violent video games are under control.

It will be interesting to hear your feedback.  Do you believe the flu shot gets you sick, or saves you from the flu?  Chime in below and take the poll, also feel free to post your comments.

One thing’s for sure…I am NOT headed to my local pharmacy to get my toxic shot.  You can believe that!

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2013 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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1/3/13: THE MORTGAGE DEBT RELIEF ACT OF 2007 EXTENDED THROUGH 12/31/13; GREAT NEWS FOR STRUGGLING HOMEOWNERS!

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According to multiple news outlets the Mortgage Debt Relief Act of 2007 has been extended through December 2013.  This is great news for struggling homeowners and a major disaster was averted.

This will serve as a lifeline to millions of American’s and could have caused chaos for the real estate market, since it expired on 12/31/12.  The Fiscal Cliff agreement saved the day by approving this extension at the last-minute.

The announcement of an extension is huge, because it means most homeowners considering a short sale or forced into foreclosure, will see another year of tax relief.  It will literally save them thousands of dollars in taxes (if they qualify).

Need assistance with buying or selling a short sale in Chicago?  Contact our experienced team of licensed real estate agents at BRV GROUP.   We service the city and suburbs and work hard to streamline the process.

READ FULL STORY HERE:1/3/13: THE MORTGAGE DEBT RELIEF ACT OF 2007 EXTENDED THROUGH 12/31/13; GREAT NEWS FOR STRUGGLING HOMEOWNERS!.

 
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Posted by on January 3, 2013 in REAL ESTATE

 

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12/10/12: U.S. GAS PRICES DROP AGAIN; WHY HAVE THEY PLUMMETED? GAS CRASH…DOWN 50 CENTS IN TWO MONTHS!

gas handHave you checked prices at the gas pump recently?  Well, I was pleasantly surprised to see the price drop 50 cents over the past two months.  It is almost unheard of for anything to cost less in this economy, but the average price is now only $3.35 per gallon.

Many around the country have been happy to see them plunge, but are wondering why?  It is caused by several things, one being solar wind and new technology; allowing more oil be produced in the U.S.  Another huge change is a recent report by the International  Energy Agency, suggesting the U.S will become energy independent by 2030.  It also helped that the refinery problems were finally fixed and demand was lower.

According to some analyst the price could drop further before the new year.  They are predicting the average to drop to $3.20 – $3.40 per gallon before the end of 2012.  This would be amazing news, because eventually we could see a drop in food prices and other staples.

The added benefit to the “Gas Crash” (as many are calling it) is it will create over 1 million jobs in the coming years.  It has already created about 350,000 jobs in the solar wind and oil industry.

Overall this is great news…just hoping it did not come right as the WORLD ends on December 21, 2012.  Just our luck!

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2012 in HEADLINE NEWS

 

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