Prudential Contact Corporation, REALTORS® Joins Berkshire Hathaway ​

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, part of the HSF Affiliates LLC family of real estate brokerage franchise networks, today announced that Prudential Contact Corporation, REALTORS® has joined the network and is operating as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate.

The full-service brokerage, founded in 1982, was recently acquired by Seattle-based Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Properties. The company adds to Northwest Real Estate’s growing presence in the region.

“We are proud to welcome Contact Corporation, REALTORS® to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate,” said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate CEO Mike Gain, the West Seattle based realty company. “Contact Corporation, REALTORS® has exhibited tremendous results and we are truly excited for this partnership.” Gain went on to say 2014 was a very good year for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices with expectations for continued growth in the marketplace.

“This is a monumental moment for our business and a very exciting time for our company and our agents,” added Doug McCollum, founder of Prudential Contact Corporation, REALTORS®. “We have always based our business on the principles of trust, integrity, outstanding service and community involvement. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices was founded on similar values and principles, which will make this a smooth transition.”

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has grown quickly since its launch in September 2013. The network now counts 34,548 agents and 1,075 offices in 47 states. Already, the network was named 2014 “Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year” by consumers in the 26th annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® study and “Startup of the Year” among all U.S. industries at the 2014 American Business Awards.

With their transition, Prudential Contact Corporation, REALTORS® agents gain access to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Global Network Platform – a suite of online tools, applications and services – plus ongoing business consultation, professional, education and marketing support. Resources include powerful lead generation and other tools fueled by the most accurate real estate data available.

Dottie Traudt, former co-owner of Prudential Contact Corporation, REALTORS® who is now managing broker of Northwest Real Estate reporting to Gain, said real estate consumers should expect the same great service they've received from our company in the past. “Our agents are among the finest in the area, and now they will have the capabilities to deliver even better service to consumers,” she said. “From the brand’s notoriety and credibility to its technology platform, we couldn't have picked a better alliance for the future.”

Gino Blefari, HSF Affiliates CEO, welcomed the brokerage. “We are delighted that Doug, Dottie and their team are going forward with Northwest Real Estate and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices,” he said.

​​​ ​Doug said “Dottie and I have known and worked with Mike Gain, the President and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate, for over 20 years”. We have always respected and trusted him and the way he conducts his business. We can’t think of a better real estate company with his leadership skills to be joining.”

“They say one is often judged by the company that one keeps. In business, no one is more respected than Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway. I can’t think of anyone I’d rather be associated in business with” said Mike Gain, President and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Real Estate. “We are honored and proud to be entrusted with the Berkshire Hathaway name as our real estate brand.” “People know Warren Buffett even if they don’t know Berkshire Hathaway” Mike said, referring to the company’s Chairman and CEO known as one of the world’s richest men and best investors. “We will convey the strength of Berkshire Hathaway’s reputation and its associated principles of honesty, integrity and financial stability in everything we do.” “I couldn’t be happier to have Prudential Contact Corporation, Realtors join our team. They have the qualities we look for in an organization to join us” Gain said.

The company adds to Berkshire Hathaway Northwest Real Estate’s growing presence in the Northwest region with offices in Lynnwood, Bellevue, Seattle, Burien, Federal Way, Kent, Gig Harbor and now Puyallup. “The company plans to continue to grow and add additional offices in other market areas in 2015 and beyond.” Gain said.

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