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News Release: December 06, 2013

Prudential Verani Realty, New Hampshire’s real estate leader, to re-brand as Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Verani Realty.

New Hampshire real estate leader, Prudential Verani Realty, announced today that they had been selected by real estate brokerage franchisee network Berkshire Hathaway Home Services to join their new global brand on January 22, 2014 as Berkshire Hathaway Verani Realty.

With a vision to be the most recognized and most highly respected home ownership and commercial services brand in the United States and worldwide, the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services brand will provide Verani Realty with services and support on a local and global basis. Verani Realty has 400 agents servicing New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine.

“For 47 years our passion has always been to provide exceptional service to our local customers, but the industry continues to become more globalized with buyers not only coming in regionally and nationally but internationally as well,” Verani Realty Senior Vice President Giovanni Verani said. “In today’s market, it is critically important to be associated with a strong domestic and global brand that will benefit from these changing dynamics.”

The Berkshire Hathaway Home Services brand will provide Verani with new, ultra-modern services to offer its clients in the New England area. These services include:
1. Buyer and seller access to some of the most powerful consumer tools available in real estate today.
2. A new line of sophisticated home services under the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Luxury Collection.
3. A highly recognized brand to service the commercial real estate market.
4. Dynamic tools designed for agents to attract, connect and communicate with their customers.

“We are honored to have been selected by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services to be re-branded under this globally recognized leader,” said Verani Realty President Margherita Verani.

About Berkshire Hathaway Home Services: Berkshire Hathaway Home Services is a brand-new real estate brokerage franchisee network built for a new era in residential real estate. The brand, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of stability, strength, quality and innovation. Our franchisees are refreshingly real, whether they’re operating in the high-end residential markets, in entry-level neighborhoods, in commercial real estate, or in the middle-class, middle-market communities that are integral to society. Berkshire Hathaway is a worldwide holding company based in Omaha, Nebr. Its chairman and CEO is Warren Buffett, often referred to as the “Oracle of Omaha,” who, according to Time magazine’s ranking, is among the world’s most influential people. Berkshire Hathaway is the No. 1 company in Barron’s 2013 ranking of the world’s 100 most respected companies; it ranks at No. 8 in Fortune magazine’s 50 Most Admired Companies survey; and is No. 18 in Harris Interactive’s reputation study of the 60 Most Visible Companies. Good to know.™

About Verani Realty:
As a family-owned business since 1967, Verani Realty has 400 agents servicing the needs of buyers and sellers in New Hampshire, Maine and Northern Massachusetts. With its flagship website, http://www.verani.com, as well as a wide range of offices, Verani Realty continues to be the clear destination of choice for consumers and real estate professionals looking for a brand that offers exceptional service, knowledge and tools to make the process of buying or selling a home easier. Verani Realty, currently Prudential Verani Realty, will be fully transitioning to Berkshire Hathaway Verani Realty effective January 22, 2014.

Bedford, New Hampshire

Prudential Verani announces Lori Aurora, broker/associate, GRI, ABR and Accredited staging professional has earned the professional designation of “Fine Homes Specialist.”

Lori Aurora, Prudential Verani associate and dedicated real estate professional since 1986 has earned the professional designation of “Fine Homes Specialist,” conferred by Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., a Prudential Financial [NYSE: PRU] company.

Aurora received the designation by meeting the professional standards set by Prudential Real Estate for sales professionals who successfully list, market and transact sales of Fine Homes. The Brand’s definition of a Fine Home is a residence valued within the top 10 percent of its respective marketplace. This exclusive designation was established in 1997 to define professional quality standards within the Prudential Real Estate Network and to recognize the level of specialized knowledge, experience and skills required by affluent clientele.

“Our clientele expect and deserve the best of professionalism and real estate expertise in their representation,” said Margherita Verani, Principal Broker, Prudential Verani. “We meet our clients desire to work with accomplished individuals, while representing their interests with the utmost integrity. Specializing in strategically marketing luxury properties, knowledgeable real estate specialists, that are both well connected and actively involved in the communities we serve epitomize the qualities represented by the Fines Homes Specialist designation.”

Prudential Verani Realty has been serving the real estate needs in the communities of New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts since 1967. With a reputation for innovation and exemplary customer service, their 300+ professional Real Estate agents, in Southern New Hampshire, Central New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts offer a competitive edge to their clients.

Prudential Verani is located at 165 South River Road, Bedford, NH 03110. Phone: 603.472.1010. Website www.Verani.com

Lori Aurora Sells Charlie Howard $5 Million Dream House

BEDFORD, NH (April, 2010) – Behind the tall granite wall lies a local mystery.

Some people think a high-profile politician lived there, while others say famous celebrities once called it home. But most Bedford residents refer to 182 Meetinghouse Road as “The Compound,” due to the property containing two homes that were never connected into one.

“The Kennedys have their compound (on Cape Cod); Bedford has The Compound on Meetinghouse Road,” said Prudential Verani Realty Regional Manager Debra Jarvis.


Million Dollar Dream House Bedford NH

When built in 1985, original owner Charlie Howard III put $5 million into his dream house, including $1 million on landscaping and $200,000 on the 600-ton, 6-foot-high granite wall.

Howard was the vice president of the Wall Street firm Thomson McKinnon Securities and headed its Bedford office. But after being linked to federal and state investigations of trading in regional bank stocks and being fired, he sold his “dream house” in 1991.

The Compound consists of two homes: a 11,000-square-foot main house, which contains only one bedroom, a 3,000-square-foot guest house and three detached garages with space for 17 vehicles. Phase III of the construction process never took place. It would have added a covered walk way to the pool and would have connected the guest house and the main house.

On the inside of the home, an elevator takes guests to the second-floor master bedroom, while a spiral staircase leads down to the wine cellar. There is a two-sided granite fireplace in the living room and an observation deck on the top floor.

“It’s ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’ in New Hampshire,” Aurora said.

Aurora referred to “The Compound” as having a hotel feel with most bedrooms facing the olympic-size swimming pool. Also on site is a granite pond containing 1.5 million gallons of water with a 15-foot waterfall, which can be used for swimming in the summer or ice skating in the winter.

“It’s like a paradise vacation, you don’t have to leave,” she said.

Other extras on the property include a wine cellar that holds 18,000 bottles of wine and champagne, a $40,000 tennis court with night lighting and the 17-car garage containing a Best Car Wash. An underground tunnel, designed for maintenance, travels from the main house to the guest home.

“He had an unlimited amount of money and an unlimited imagination,” Jarvis said. “You won’t see a house of such opulence in New Hampshire.”

On Feb. 19, the fourth owners of the “The $5 million Charlie Howard Dream House” closed on the 5.67-acre lot for $900,000. Although not the most expensive house sold by Prudential Verani Realty broker Lori Aurora, it was the most talked-about sale. 
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