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Christy Budnick named CEO of HSF Affiliates

Budnick to oversee growth of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Real Living Franchise Networks

HomeServices of America, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, announced that Christy Budnick, president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty, has been named chief executive officer of HSF Affiliates, which operates and manages the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Real Living Real Estate real estate brokerage franchise networks. Christy Budnick was also named CEO of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network.

Budnick replaces Chris Stuart. It was announced that Stuart will join Place Inc. as president. Place is a backend system for high-performing teams and agents founded by Ben Kinney.

“I am pleased to welcome Christy as CEO of HSF Affiliates,” said Gino Blefari, chairman of HSF Affiliates and president and CEO of HomeServices of America. “She is a strong, charismatic and decisive leader who has done an excellent job gaining the trust of both her agents and their buyers and sellers.  She brings a tremendous amount of experience, integrity and innovation and I am confident that [Christy Budnick] will take Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and Real Living to new levels of success.” 

Budnick spent several as a member of RealTrends’ CEO group The Broker Council.

Christy Budnick, CEO of HSF Affiliates and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Christy Budnick, CEO of HSF Affiliates and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

As CEO of HSF Affiliates, Budnick will oversee both the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and the Real Living Real Estate franchise networks.

Most recently, Budnick served as president and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Florida Network Realty in Northeast Florida. Budnick brings a unique perspective that combines knowledge and experience in brokerage management and operations to her new role. She began her career working for Bank of America as its vice president of sales and leadership training. She joined Florida Network Realty in 2002 as manager of the Beaches branch office and was promoted to executive vice president of residential real estate before transitioning to president and CEO in 2018. Budnick led the company to new levels of success by creating a one-stop shopping environment for residential real estate clients, offering the core services needed to buy, sell, or finance a home.  Under her leadership, the company has experienced year-over-year growth and with a team of more than 475 real estate professionals in nine offices throughout Northeast Florida, the company achieved more than $1.44 billion in closed sales in 2020 and ranks as one of the Top 25 companies in the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network.

“The future of HSF Affiliates couldn’t be brighter,” concluded Blefari. “Christy’s unmatched experience and fresh perspective combined with her outstanding leadership skills make her the perfect person to grow our networks and help our affiliates take their businesses to new heights.”

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