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20th Annual Power Lunch with Warren Buffett

DINE WITH THE ORACLE OF OMAHA

U.S. investor and philanthropist Warren Buffet is seen during the BYD M6 nationwide launching ceremony in Beijing, China. You can bid on a Power Lunch with Warren Buffett for charity.Want to take a power lunch with Warren Buffett and make a difference in the lives of thousands at the same time? Then get pre-qualified now to place a bid on eBay for YOUR chance to dine with the Oracle of Omaha at Smith & Wollensky in New York City. The auction runs May 26 to 31, ending at 7:30 PDT. 100% of the winning bid will be donated to GLIDE.

About GLIDE

Imagine picking Mr. Buffett’s brain over a power lunch. You could learn a lot, plus, you’ll be doing something good. According to its mandate,  GLIDE is “a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization.”

Who is Warren Buffett?

An American business magnate, investor, speaker and philanthropist, Warren Buffett is considered one of the most successful investors in the world. Today, he has a net worth of $89.9 billion, making him the third wealthiest person in the world. Mr. Buffett has been the chairman and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway since 1970. He is referred to as the Wizard, Oracle, or Sage of Omaha by global media outlets and is noted for his adherence to value investing, and for his personal frugality despite his immense wealth.

A student of Benjamin Graham, widely considered to be the godfather of value investing, Mr. Buffett still follows the advice of the man whose teachings have inspired a generation of value investors. Graham is known as the man who revolutionized the way we think about investing today.

 “The basic ideas of investing are to look at stocks as business, use the market’s fluctuations to your advantage, and seek a margin of safety,” says Mr. Buffett. “That’s what Ben Graham taught us. A hundred years from now they will still be the cornerstones of investing.”

Mr. Buffett is also a notable philanthropist, having pledged to give away 99% of his fortune to philanthropic causes, primarily via the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He founded The Giving Pledge in 2009 with Bill Gates, whereby billionaires pledge to give away at least half of their fortunes.

My Personal View as a Real Estate Professional

It is a privilege to work for a man like Mr. Buffett who doesn’t just talk the talk. He walks the walk in all his business dealings. Mr. Buffett has created a real estate brokerage franchise network designed for today’s real estate market. From first-time home buyers to high-end residential markets to middle-market communities to commercial real estate, our franchisees are down to earth, nimble and filled with local experts like me.

Read: What You Really Need to Know to Find A Real Estate Agent

I am no newcomer when it comes to selling real estate in Montecito. The combined asking price of my current listings tops $170 million. I had $40 million in property sales in December 2018 alone.

It’s one thing to enjoy the privilege of being among the 45,000 real estate professionals associated with a firm recently named the leading residential real estate brokerage in the U.S., Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. It’s quite another to have earned a coveted spot as one of the company’s top 10 agents nationwide and to have accomplished that in my first year with the firm.

“When people are making the decision of the magnitude of buying a house, it’s the biggest decision a great many families will ever make,” explains the Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO. “They want to know who they’re working with and we think that Berkshire Hathaway name will be reassuring to many of those people.”

As the man at the top of our agency says, when our name goes on a real estate sign, it means something. It’s a promise of integrity, professionalism, innovation and the highest standard of work. Berkshire Hathaway is one of the most respected in the world—especially when it comes to real estate. And we don’t take that lightly. That’s why you’ll see these values reflected in every office, every agent, every interaction. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is the name buyers and sellers trust.

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About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

My customers get to take advantage of the 2019 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices marketing campaign, one of the major distinctions between ordinary real estate and Home Services. While the rest of the industry merely offers real estate, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices aims for something more: Highly trained network agents equipped with the most advanced marketing tools and empowered to think beyond the next transaction, building relationships based on their clients’ long-term goals and aspirations. Our network agents deliver all the value that home brings — year after year after year, home after home after home. That’s Home Services.

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is a real estate brokerage network built for a new era in residential real estate. 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. The brand was recognized as Real Estate Agency Brand of Year and Most Trusted Real Estate Brand in the 2018 Harris Poll EquiTrend Study. It was also honored for “Highest Satisfaction Among Repeat Home Buyers Among National Full-Service Real Estate Firms” in J.D. Power’s 2018 Home Buyer/Seller Satisfaction StudySM.

I’m not surprised Mr. Buffett agreed to participate with this charity. GLIDE strives to create a healthy community by offering effective services that foster holistic healing in an environment of cultural integrity and diversity. That’s something we can all get behind, right?


Meantime, if you’re searching for a new home is in any of Santa Barbara’s upscale neighborhoods, I suggest you take advantage of all the support offered to Berkshire Hathaway agents like me. I’d be happy to add your property to my portfolio of fine homes and estates in the area and find you a new home in the area at the same time. Give me a call at +1 805.886.9378 or email me at Cristal@montecito-estate.com.


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