Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Begins Franchise Operations in Canada as Blue Elephant Realty Joins Globally Acclaimed Brokerage Network

Business Wire | February 26, 2020

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, one of the fastest-growing real estate brokerage franchise networks, with more than 50,000 agents, nearly 1,500 offices throughout the U.S., Europe and the Middle East, and more than $114 billion in real estate sales volume, today began operating in Canada, as Toronto-based Blue Elephant Realty joined the globally acclaimed brokerage network. Blue Elephant will begin operating as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Toronto Living Realty next month Blue Elephant Realty, founded in 2015 by Blair Johnson and Mark Wadden, has more than 100 innovative real estate professionals and has rapidly evolved into one of Toronto’s most sought after and respected luxury residential real estate firms.

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Rob Speyer, who assumed the sole chief-executive role at Tishman Speyer last week, partly has O.J. Simpson to thank for where he is today. Before joining the family business two decades ago, Mr. Speyer was a reporter for the New York Daily News. In 1995, he scored a journalistic coup by tracking Mr. Simpson to a private golf course in Florida and getting one of the first exclusive interviews with him after his acquittal for murder. But Mr. Speyer got arrested for trespassing in the process. The authorities quickly dropped the matter, but not before Mr. Speyer spent hours in a tiny jail cell with five other men and came close to spending the night there. That incident accelerated a career change that Mr. Speyer had already been considering. Later that year he joined Tishman Speyer and for the next two decades played a role in expanding the firm. It currently controls a portfolio of some 139 million square feet of space on four continents, with a value of about $75 billion.

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Rob Speyer, who assumed the sole chief-executive role at Tishman Speyer last week, partly has O.J. Simpson to thank for where he is today. Before joining the family business two decades ago, Mr. Speyer was a reporter for the New York Daily News. In 1995, he scored a journalistic coup by tracking Mr. Simpson to a private golf course in Florida and getting one of the first exclusive interviews with him after his acquittal for murder. But Mr. Speyer got arrested for trespassing in the process. The authorities quickly dropped the matter, but not before Mr. Speyer spent hours in a tiny jail cell with five other men and came close to spending the night there. That incident accelerated a career change that Mr. Speyer had already been considering. Later that year he joined Tishman Speyer and for the next two decades played a role in expanding the firm. It currently controls a portfolio of some 139 million square feet of space on four continents, with a value of about $75 billion.

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