Harry Norman, Realtors(R) Names John R. Barnes Senior Vice President and Managing Broker for Buckhead Powers Ferry Office


ATLANTA – (June 5, 2009) – Harry Norman, Realtors® today announced the addition of John R. Barnes as senior vice president and managing broker of its Buckhead Powers Ferry office. In his new role, Barnes is responsible for overseeing the office’s daily operations, marketing initiatives, advising sales associates and building an outstanding team of agents.

A respected real estate broker licensed throughout the Southeast, Barnes has been responsible for the sale of hundreds of millions of dollars in real estate and for marketing numerous new home communities. He began his career in 1973 as a sales associate with Harry Norman, Realtors.

“John Barnes is a proven, experienced leader in the real estate industry and will be a great asset to our team,” said Dan Parmer, CEO for Harry Norman, Realtors. “He is a longtime friend and colleague and I am excited to welcome such a talented professional to our company.”

Most recently, Barnes served as managing broker of Watson Realty in Ponte Vedra, Fla. Previously, he worked with The Halter Companies, which partnered with Trammell Crow Residential to develop numerous high-end multi-family communities throughout the Southeast. Barnes was managing broker and director of sales for Cape Harbour, a luxurious yachting community in Cape Coral, Fla. Under his leadership, $15 million of home sites were closed in 13 months, exceeding sales projections by 300 percent..

Barnes has worked with a number of top Atlanta residential real estate firms over the years including Jenny Pruitt & Associates, Realtors, where his office ranked among the top offices in metro Atlanta.

In 1988 Barnes joined Buckhead Brokers Realtors to manage its Cobb regional office which became one of the top 10 real estate offices in Atlanta. He was responsible for growing the office to more than 90 associates with sales in excess of a million dollars daily.

In 1980 Barnes served as managing broker for Coldwell Banker’s Marietta sales office. Under his leadership, the office moved from 27th to 5th in the company rankings in two years. Barnes subsequently served as senior vice president and regional manager of the company’s Atlanta operations, where he managed 25 branch offices and more than 1,500 sales associates. He was selected to join the company’s prestigious national training division.

Barnes has received many industry honors and has the distinction of receiving the Atlanta Board of Realtors President’s Award for two consecutive years.

About Harry Norman Realtors® Founded in 1930, Harry Norman Realtors is Atlanta’s oldest and largest residential real estate firm with 15 sales offices, various franchise and satellite offices, and more than 1,300 real estate professionals. Harry Norman, Realtors is a wholly-owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. HomeServices is the second-largest full-service independent residential real estate brokerage firm in the U.S. with 20,000 sales associates spanning 19 states. Harry Norman, Realtors is the exclusive Atlanta affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates and achieves additional international exposure through membership in such exclusive real estate networks as Leading Real Estate Companies of the WorldTM the largest network of independent residential real estate firms, with 650 members representing 4,700 offices and 120,000 associates across the U.S. and in more than 20 countries. More information is available at www.harrynorman.com.

HomeServices of America

HomeServices of America, Inc., based in Minneapolis, Minn., is the second-largest homeownership service provider in the United States. Owned by MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, an affiliate 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 which provides every aspect of domestic and international relocation to corporations around the world. HomeServices operates in 19 states with more than 17,000 associates under the following residential real estate brand names: Carol Jones REALTORS; CBSHOME Real Estate; Champion Realty Inc.; Edina Realty; EWM REALTORS; Harry Norman, REALTORS; HOME Real Estate; HUFF Realty; Iowa Realty; Long Companies; Prudential California Realty; Prudential Carolinas Realty; Prudential First Realty; Prudential York Simpson Underwood Realty; 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.