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Berkshire Hathaway’s HomeServices acquires Chantilly-based Long & Foster

HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, has acquired Chantilly-based Long & Foster, the largest residential real estate company in the U.S.

The acquisition for an undisclosed sum expands HomeServices' presence in the Mid-Atlantic region and also extends its national footprint to Virginia and West Virginia.

Long & Foster has approximately 11,000 agents in more than 230 offices serving buyers and sellers in a number of markets including Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.

The sale includes Long & Foster's entire family of companies, including Long & Foster Real Estate and its affiliated business lines in mortgage, settlement services, insurance and property management.

The Long & Foster name and agents will remain in place.

In 2016, Long & Foster Real Estate had nearly $29 billion in sales volume and more than 81,000 home sale transactions.

Prosperity Mortgage, part of the group, originated $3.3 billion in home loans, representing nearly 12,000 mortgages, while Long & Foster’s settlement services companies closed over 20,000 title and escrow transactions.

The company was founded in 1968 by Wes Foster and Henry Long.

Foster will remain with the company as chairman emeritus and Jeff Detwiler, Long & Foster’s current president and chief operating officer, will assume the role of chief executive officer.

“Finding the right partner to maintain the legacy, culture, and integrity of Long & Foster was of utmost importance to me,” said Foster in a prepared statement. “I couldn’t be more pleased that we are joining an organization known for its impeccable reputation and commitment to protecting brands. Joining HomeServices ensures that our history of market leadership and industry expertise continues.”

Adding the Long & Foster brand means HomeServices is on course to be the nation's largest ownership services provider based on transactions, according to the 2017 Real Trends 500 report.

HomeServices of America is the majority owner of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate franchise networks.

The acquisition means HomeServices is bullish about its future. It now has more than 41,000 real estate professionals operating in 30 states and the District of Columbia. In 2017 the company expects its sales associates to facilitate more than $123 billion in residential real estate sales, nearly 340,000 home sale transactions, and nearly 200,000 mortgage, insurance, title, and escrow transactions.

Ron Peltier, HomeServices' chairman and CEO, said the company is proud to have The Long & Foster Companies join the HomeServices family.

“Wes, together with his executive team, regional leaders, sales managers, and agents, has built an extraordinary organization that exemplifies an exceptional level of expertise, vision, and leadership,” Peltier said in a statement. “We are honored to be part of Long & Foster’s future and are committed to its continued growth and success.”


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