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Carol Jones REALTORS® and Tri-Lakes REALTORS® Join Forces to Create Top Residential Real Estate Firm in Branson, Missouri


Tri-Lakes REALTORS® will merge with Carol Jones REALTORS®, expanding their footprint in the Branson residential real estate market

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – June 5, 2012 – HomeServices of America, Inc.™, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, announces the acquisition of Branson-based Tri-Lakes REALTORS®, the leading residential real estate firm in the Branson Tri-Lakes area of Missouri.

Tri-Lakes REALTORS® serves the Branson Tri-Lakes community, with more than 40 sales associates in three offices located in Branson West, Ridgedale and Shell Knob. Tri-Lakes will merge with Carol Jones REALTORS®, which was acquired by HomeServices in 1997. The new location will be referred to as CJR Tri-Lakes.

Both Tri-Lakes and CJR have long-standing reputations for providing clients in the residential real estate market with the highest level of customer service, expertise and resources. With the merger, CJR will have more than 220 associates available to help clients buy and sell their homes and will further its position as the market leader in southwest Missouri.

Rick Witeka, president of Tri-Lakes REALTORS®, is widely recognized for his leadership and real estate experience. As general manager,Witeka will continue to play an integral role in the ongoing success of CJR.

“Tri-Lakes REALTORS® is a respected company with long-term ties to their community,” said Ron Peltier, chairman and CEO of HomeServices. “This transaction reinforces our commitment to expanding Carol Jones’ footprint to better serve the real estate needs of new and existing clients throughout southwest Missouri.”

“We are proud to be a part of HomeServices of America and Carol Jones REALTORS®,” noted Witeka. “We are joining an organization with the highest standards of service and integrity, making this a win-win for our clients and associates.”

“Tri-Lakes shares our core values of integrity, customer service and community involvement,” added Shaun Duggins, CEO of Carol Jones REALTORS®. “We are confident this new relationship will bring a continued level of exceptional service for buyers and sellers in the Tri-Lakes region.”


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ABOUT CAROL JONES REALTORS®

Carol Jones REALTORS® was founded in 1983 and joined the HomeServices network in 1997. Carol Jones REALTORS® is a full-service residential real estate market leader in southwest Missouri, with more than 180 agents in eight offices. Carol Jones REALTORS® represents both buyers and sellers in the purchase or sale of residential and commercial properties, new construction, elegant homes, and investment properties. For more information, visit www.CarolJones.com.

About Tri-Lakes REALTORS®

Tri-Lakes REALTORS® is a market leader in the Branson Tri-Lakes area of southwestern Missouri, with more than 40 sales associates and three sales offices. For more information visit www.trilakes.com.

ABOUT HOMESERVICES OF AMERICA

HomeServices of America, Inc.™, based in Minneapolis, Minn., is the second-largest homeownership service provider in the U.S. Owned by MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, a consolidated subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., HomeServices’ operating companies offer integrated real estate services, including brokerage services, mortgage originations, title and closing services, property and casualty insurance, home warranties and other homeownership services. HomeServices Relocation, LLC is the full-service relocation arm of HomeServices of America, which provides every aspect of domestic and international relocation to corporations around the world. HomeServices operates under the following residential real estate brands: Carol Jones REALTORS®; CBSHOME Real Estate; Champion Realty Inc.; Edina Realty; EWM REALTORS®; Harry Norman, REALTORS®; HOME Real Estate; Huff Realty; Iowa Realty; Koenig & Strey Real Living; Long Companies; Prudential California Realty; Prudential Carolinas Realty; Prudential Connecticut Realty; Prudential First Realty; Prudential Northwest Realty Associates; Prudential Northwest Properties; Prudential Rhode Island Realty; Prudential York Simpson Underwood Realty; Prudential Yost & Little; RealtySouth; Rector-Hayden REALTORS®; Reece & Nichols; Roberts Brothers Inc.; Semonin REALTORS®; and Woods Bros. Realty. Information about HomeServices and the locations of its subsidiary companies is available at www.homeservices.com.