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ADVECS Real Estate Corporation

Re/Max agents Bernath, Balarezo host visiting Russian agents


Re/Max agents Bernath, Balarezo host visiting Russian agents

Advertising Supplement to the Press-Enterprise, 29.11.1997

Real estate agents from St. Petersburg, Russia, spent a week in Riverside learning about the real estate business in the United States. The agents, led by broker Alex Romanenko, visited title and real estate companies in Riverside and attended special seminars sponsored by local real estate offices.

Ten top real-estate agents and managers from ADVECS Inc., a real estate company based in St. Petersburg. Russia, recently visited Riverside to learn more about the real-estate industry in the United States.

During their stay in Riverside, the Russian realtors visited title and real estate companies, and attended a special meeting sponsored by Re/Max Real Estate. Among representatives serving as mentors were Re/Max agents Elizabeth Bernath and Hugo Balarezo.

One of the topics discussed at the Re/Max meeting was about using the Internet as a real-estate marketing tool.

Re/Max agents Bernath, Balarezo host visiting Russian agents The agents also had the opportunity to learn from Bernath, General manager of Re/Max All Stars Realty "1 love teaching and I am proud to show off my two office's filled with high energy and enthusiasm. Some of them have returned for the second and third time, and 1 get to hear from them about their progress."

Bernath said she studied Russian for seven years while growing up in Hungary. Besides being able to share her experiences and knowledge of real estate, she said the visit gave her an opportunity to relearn a little bit of the Russian language.

Balarezo and members of Old Republic Title Company teamed to produce a twopart seminar for the Russian agents. The seminar began with a discussion about how Balarezo built his business and strategies he found successful as his business grew. Other topics discussed included strategic planning, open-book management and successful uses of technology in real estate.

The agents also received a tour of Balarezo's office and a close-up look at some of the various systems and databases he uses to keep in touch with thousands of potential buyers and sellers.

"I was quite impressed by this group." said Balarezo. "When you think that two to three years ago Russia didn't have escrow, title, purchase contracts or even ownershiplaws, you realize how far they've really come," he added.

The group of Russian agents was led by Alex Romanenko, a former Riverside Community College student, from St. Petersburg. Romanenko now runs a successful real-estate company in Russia with about 1,000 agents.

Romanenko models real estate in St. Petersburg after the California system, according to Bernath. He is an advocate for laws and regulations that are slowly forming the real estate industry in Russia into a regulated profession.

"He is also involved with title and escrow. It's a challenging road, but he is determined to establish all the systems necessary to do it right," said Bernath.

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