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HUFF looking to add 125+ sales agents over next 5 years

‘Teaching Relentlessly, Serving Passionately’

Local Berkshire Hathaway affiliate grows to 450 agents by taking care of its own

Long the real estate king of Northern Kentucky, HUFF continues growth across southwestern Ohio. Renewed Anderson Twp. lease coincides with 20-year presence in Ohio market.

FORT MITCHELL, KY – June 15, 2017 — Local Berkshire Hathaway affiliate HUFF Realty is looking to expand in Greater Cincinnati with at least another 125+ agents over the next five years, in the same fashion as its corporate parent and the international icon behind it, billionaire Warren Buffett: “Slow and steady, acquire and keep.”

Instead of company-by-company, as they do in Omaha, our growth strategy here locally is agent-by-agent, and agent team-by-agent team,” adds DeVries, who runs three other Berkshire Hathaway real estate brands besides Huff ( through the HomeServices of America Inc. family.

Based on Beechwood Road and now deploying 450 sales agents in the Tri-State, the growth equates to an average 5 percent annual growth in agents, factoring in boom and bust factors. Recruitment at HUFF is a deliberate practice integrating a system of core values that culminates with a highly-motivated sales professional benefitting from a superior training system.

And, for DeVries and the HUFF leadership team, it’s more about quality than quantity.

I’m not overly interested in the individual being the number one salesperson in the region. I am interested in someone who recognizes the value of this operation, somebody who brings just as much as they take, who would be a great cheerleader, and encourage their fellow agents and staff,” said DeVries.

If they grow to be the number one salesperson in the region, that’s great. But we are more interested in the integrity and character of the individual, and their desire to be successful – their desire to serve the customer well.”

The five core values espoused by HUFF reflect the company’s commitment to agents by “teaching relentlessly and serving passionately,” and begins with DeVries’ original point emphasizing the firm’s most valued characteristic:

  • Honesty and Integrity: “Too many people sell on sizzle. The honesty and integrity of the person are their most important character traits. Whether male or female, old or young, matters not.”
  • Continual Pursuit of Excellence: “We are constantly trying to get better at everything we do.”
  • Mutual Respect and Caring: “We recognize the importance of working on a team. The Bengals QB is important – but so is his second-string center, and the team trainer.”
  • Family Takes Priority: “We talk long and hard about falling in love with the job. We don’t want our people working seven days a week, 365 days a year. Your loved ones will fall by the wayside.
  • Loyalty In Relationships: “We march together, arm-in-arm. We want people who respect that, who recognize and have mutual respect for the education and the training we provide, and who understand loyalty is a two-way street.”

DeVries is a Florida native and graduate of Centre College in Danville, Ky., who manages more than 1,200 agents at HUFF Realty as well as a triumvirate grid of realty firms in Louisville and Lexington (Rector Hayden REALTORS, Semonin REALTORS and Wakefield Reutlinger REALTORS).

He has worked in real estate for 25 years, and began his career with HomeServices of America Inc., corporate parent of HUFF Realty, in 1999.

Our job is to get the customer from Point A to Point B, as successfully and professionally as possible, with their mind intact, their emotions intact, the correct proceeds from their sale, or the right amount of money they are choosing to invest, while keeping everything as healthy as possible on both ends,” DeVries says.

All brokers essentially play the same role of having their agents under that umbrella of education, protection, guidance and support. When we bring them in, we keep them, by teaching them relentlessly and serving them passionately,” says DeVries.

In an Era of Technology, People Have Never Been As Important

Real estate sales agents have never been more valuable than they are today, despite the plethora of tools, websites, software solutions and television shows who say they aren’t.

As anecdotal evidence, DeVries recalls a late 1990s, company-wide concern for the future of real estate.

There were all these urgent meetings behind closed doors, and it was all about this big, monstrous thing called ‘The Internet,’ which was going to put us all out of business,” DeVries says.

Everybody was horrified about all these websites going up, that we were not going to be relevant or necessary for long, that we needed to have all this figured out with a new model. It was going to annihilate us.

Nothing could have been further from the truth,” DeVries adds.

Back then, about 88 percent of the market used an agent, with about 10 percent FSBO (For Sale By Owners). Today, we know that up to 92-93 percent of the market now uses an agent, and only about six percent are sold by the owner,” said DeVries.

We think that’s because people need us. Contracts that used to be 2-3 pages now take up a binder. There’s never been more complications, never been more fraud, more disclosures, never been more layers to a transaction than there are right now.

“Agents – the right agents – educated, well-trained agents who can make a sometimes-brutal process easier to bear – have never been more essential to the equation than they are today.”

ABOUT HUFF REALTY: Based in Fort Mitchell, Ky., with 450 sales agents deployed at 13 offices throughout Greater Cincinnati, Huff Realty was created by former owner Jim Huff and his wife, Bert Huff, to be the dominant commercial and residential real estate force in Northern Kentucky. HUFF Realty is a one-stop service shop providing products and services for Home Sales, Commercial Real Estate, Mortgages, Insurance, Relocation, Title, Home Warranties, Rentals and Auctions. Offices are in Anderson Township, Cincinnati, Downtown Cincinnati (OTR). Fairfield/Hamilton, Florence, Fort Mitchell, Highland Heights, Hyde Park, Lawrenceburg (IN), Mason/Deerfield Township, Montgomery, Union Centre and Western Hills. For more information, please visit or call (859) 341-7400.

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Business Courier photo shoot 2day: Nathan Kosman of Rosselot Financial Group

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Business Courier online story, posted Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Print story is scheduled to run in The Cincinnati Business Courier  this Friday, January 15, 2016.

Here’s some media from the photo shoot today, starring Mark Bowen, Shutterbug to the Stars and owner of Mark Bowen Media:

Nathan Kosman, president of at the Cincinnati Business Courier photo shoot on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016.

Nathan Kosman, president of at the Cincinnati Business Courier photo shoot on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016.

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Lee Robinson, Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty in ‘CORE STRENGTH’ – 5.30.14 Supplement to The Cincinnati Business Courier: ‘Manhattan Harbour Clears Way For $1 Million Luxury Homes’ ~~ ~~ thx, @BusinessCourier and @TomCinciBiz!!

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CORE STRENGTH on Lee Robinson Robinson Sotheby's International Realty and Brent Walker - Walker Homes - in The Cincinnati Business Courier supplement - 5.30.14 - PR by Andy Hemmer


Lee Robinson Robinson Sotheby's International Realty in CORE STRENGTH Supplement to Cincinnati Business Courier - 5.30.14 - PR by Andy Hemmer

BUSINESS COURIER 2DAY: Lee Robinson of Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty and Brent Walker, Walker Homes: The Commons at Manhattan Harbour in Dayton, Ky., Offers Luxury, Single-Family Riverfront Living ~~ ‘Rolling On The River: Robinson Joins Manhattan Harbour’s Crew’ ~~ thx, @BusinessCourier and @TomCinciBiz! ~~ ~~ on U.S. Bank Business Watch (WKRC-TV Local 12, CBS affiliate in Cincinnati) this Sunday (5.25.14)

Posted in PR with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 05/23/2014 by @CincinnatiPR

Press Release – For Immediate Release: 5.23.14 Press Release – The Commons at Manhattan Harbour – Robinson Sotheby’s and Walker Homes Present Luxury Single-Family Living on the Cincinnati Waterfront

Story in The Cincinnati Business Courier

On the Cincy Waterfront with Brent Walker, Walker Homes, and Robinson Sotheby’s



Spring 2014 home season delivers the rarest in all of Cincinnati real estate:

Single-Family, Detached, Riverfront Living. On the Waterfront: The Commons.

Riverfront Luxury Living with Your Own Garage – Yard – Patio – Deck – Basement.

The Team: Walker Homes (Loveland), Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty (Hyde Park).

Brent Walker with Walker Homes of Cincinnati, left, with Lee Robinson, owner and president of Robinson Sotheby's International Realty -

Brent Walker with Walker Homes of Cincinnati, left, with Lee Robinson, owner and president of Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty –

[DAYTON, Ky. ~ May 23, 2014] Life on the waterfront in Cincinnati – and any city or town, really, with a riverfront/waterfront view or property, for that matter – is a romantic journey and lifestyle, a return to roots, prime location(s), urbanism, and a more nature-friendly society and community.

Luxury living along the Cincinnati waterfront hits a new high-water mark with the Spring 2014 introduction of The Commons at Manhattan Harbour, an exquisite line of million-dollar, single-family homes from custom homebuilder Walker Homes and Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty in Dayton, Ky., a partnership hatched at a local HOMEARAMA event.

Lee (Robinson, owner of Robinson Sotheby’s) and I met at a HOMEARAMA, where Walker Homes was building, and we both agreed we’d like to figure something out where we could work together on something similar,” said Brent Walker, owner and president of the second-generation Cincinnati custom homebuilder (, based in Loveland.

With The Commons at Manhattan Harbour, located along a lush bend of the Ohio River just upriver from Cincinnati, Walker Homes and Robinson Sotheby’s ( are creating that rarest of all Cincinnati real estate products: single-family, detached homes with their own yards, garages, basements, patios and decks, “from which you can almost dangle your feet in the Ohio River,” said Robinson.

There are beautiful, breathing waterfront properties all along the Cincinnati waterfront, from The Ascent in Covington to SouthShore in Newport, just to name a few,” said Robinson, a specialist in the high-end Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky housing game.

Robinson merged his local company a few years back with the ultimate brand in luxury real estate, Sotheby’s Real Estate of New York.

At Manhattan Harbour, Robinson and Walker Homes are designing homes:

– Ranging from 3,100 to 4,500 SF in five concept plans, emphasizing huge windows and glass;

– With prices starting at $949,000 and ranging up to $1.4 million or more;

– Including 2- and 3-car garages, covered porch, basements, Master Suites on 1st or 2nd floor;

– On lots measuring 60 feet x 150 feet, backing up to the Ohio River waterline;

–  Offering the best views of Mt. Adams and Downtown Cincinnati, from Northern Kentucky;

–  Featuring private offices, formal dining rooms, hearth rooms, and 2nd-floor balconies.

One home has already been sold; construction of the second home will likely begin next month, or July, for a spec design home, offering residents five designs from the master schematic.

Lee Robinson Robinson Sotheby's International Realty and Brent Walker - Walker Homes - in The Cincinnati Business Courier today - 5.23.14 - PR by Andy Hemmer

Riverfront Housing at Historic NKy. Bend in the Ohio River

Developer David Imboden of DCI Properties has been preparing the $400 million Manhattan Harbour, known by the locals as Manhattan Bathing Beach, since 2005.

Adding Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty in Hyde Park adds “a high-end level of professionalism, excellence and successful service” for the uber-elite housing stock at Manhattan Harbour, Imboden said.

Riverfront is riverfront. It’s not riverside, or riverview, or some rivertown,” added Robinson, who joined the Manhattan Harbour team last month, “and that’s what truly makes Manhattan Harbour unique.

David’s been a successful part of Cincinnati’s East End development, right across the river, so he knows the market,Robinson said.

Robinson recently closed a string of deals for waterfront property on the Ohio side, Corbin Park, in the $750,000 range.

What we’ve seen along the Ohio River waterfront, in terms of the high-end housing market, has almost exclusively been condominium development. And they have been successful,” said Robinson.

Go another five blocks from one of those, and a homeowner can have a single-family home instead of condo, and to many people that’s a huge benefit who want to own their own home.”

People want to park their own car, in their own garage, and walk into their own home, not to some common area to get to their mailbox, to get to an elevator, that’s down the hall or through the lobby,” Robinson added.

Additional information regarding The Commons at Manhattan Harbour is available at

About Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty

Between 1986 and 2010, the company formerly known as Robinson Realtors held steadfast to its mission of providing the highest level of expertise possible to every client that passed through its doors. The agency sought to become the most informed real estate professionals in the Greater Cincinnati region, and to promote clients’ interests with consummate thoroughness, paying special attention to quality photography, compelling brochures and individually tailored, comprehensive marketing campaigns. Robinson Realtors joined Sotheby’s International Realty in 2010, significantly enhancing marketing power and outreach, all in the name of service to clients. Each agent/associate has a phenomenal range of sophisticated marketing tools at their disposal, as part of a 550-office network that’s truly an international family working together. Licensed in Ohio and Kentucky, Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty ( has every confidence that its agents engaged in the buying and selling of property, whether single-family home, condominium, investment property or land parcel, bring the highest level of professionalism to the process.

Mr. Lee Robinson, President and Owner of Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty, can be contacted at Robinson Sotheby’s International Realty, 2724 Observatory Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45208 in Cincinnati’s Hyde Park neighborhood; at (513) 321-6000 or

About Walker Homes

Walker Homes is a second-generation homebuilder with decades of experience designing and building award-winning homes and communities for Greater Cincinnatians. Walker Homes listens closely to its customers, so it can provide them with homes that suit their needs. Each family must make many choices when they decide to build a new home; Walker Builders unequivocally makes those choices easier. With a seasoned, experienced staff of designers and architectrs, and a solid production and service team, owners can be assured their home will endure. Building a custom home with Walker Homes (, one that fits the way you want to live, is not a cliché. Investing in a Walker home is an investment in your family, and your future.

Mr. Brent Walker, Owner of Walker Homes, can be reached at (513) 480-4247 or

For media inquiries, please contact Mr. Andy Hemmer, TheWritingFiend@Large, and President of PR at (513) 604-5428 or

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