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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Announces Addition of Lakeside Realty to its Real Estate Brokerage Franchise Network

The Global Network Expands its Footprint Further Through the Southern Region

Loudon, TN., September 22, 2021 - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, a global residential real estate brokerage franchise network, today announced its continued growth in Tennessee with the addition of Lakeside Real Estate Group. The brokerage will add 24 real estate professionals and 1 office and operate as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Lakeside Realty.  
“We are thrilled to officially welcome Lakeside Real Estate Group to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices,” said Christy Budnick, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “The market-leading agents joining our global network in Tennessee are known for their exceptional client service, and we can’t wait to have them representing the brand.” 
Lakeside Real Estate Group joins the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network with more than 12 years of relevant industry experience. The brokerage has been introducing families to the leisure living of the Tellico Lake area since 1989. The company has exemplified quality and excellence in customer service in East Tennessee for more than 30 years.  
“I have watched Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ growth and progression and continued to be impressed with the network’s global reach,” said Michael Ruppert, Owner, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Lakeside Realty.  “After seeing their continued success and stability, I knew this was the missing puzzle piece to help take our team’s reach to the next level. I am honored to be aligning with a brand that is changing the real estate industry for both agents and clients alike.” 
By joining the network, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Lakeside Realty agents gain access to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ active referral and relocation networks, and its “FOREVER Cloud” technology suite, a powerful source for lead generation, marketing support, social media, video production/distribution and more. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has aligned with best-in-class technology platforms to deliver world-class support to its network members far into the future. 
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Lakeside Realty will also have full access to the recently unveiled, Real Estate I.Q. System®. The system combines the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand, marketing resources and technology with continuing education, training, mentoring and consulting. The brand also provides global listing syndication, professional training and ongoing education and the exclusive Luxury Collection marketing program for premier listings. Its Prestige Magazine showcases network members’ premium listings with a strong lineup of feature stories covering topics that appeal to high-end real estate clients.  
Gino Blefari, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, also welcomed the company to the network, “Michael Ruppert and his team are perfect examples of Forever Agents to represent our presence in Tennessee. The state has seen strong market growth and we are excited to welcome them into the network and support them as they take their company to new heights of success.” 
The company has long supported many of the local charities and service organizations active in our community including Tellico Village Kiwanis, Tellico Village Lions Club, Habitat for Humanity, Toys for Tots, Smoky Mountain Service Dogs, Good Samaritan Center, Tellico Village Volunteer Fire Dept and more! This is something that industry veteran Michael Ruppert plans to continue for the foreseeable future.  
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About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Lakeside Realty 
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Lakeside Realty has been introducing families to the leisure living of the Tellico Lake area since 1989, offering unsurpassed real estate services to both buyers and sellers in East Tennessee. The company is dedicated to the growth and success of this community and provides its customers and clients the highest level of professionalism in the industry. 
About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is a global residential real estate brokerage franchise network with more than 50,000 real estate professionals and nearly 1,500 offices throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, India and the Bahamas. In 2020, the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices global network represented more than $138 billion in real estate sales volume. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability, and longevity.