XENIA — Heidi Menke wanted to come back to Xenia the instant she left.
The Xenia native celebrated the opening of a new real estate business in town on Wednesday with a ribbon cutting officially opening Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices business center on South Progress Drive. Menke was a long-time realtor with Prudential One but relocated out of Xenia in 2009 when the real estate market was in a decline and offices downsized and/or closed.
“There were a lot of real estate companies that scaled back,” Menke said. “(Board of Realtors) membership declined. Ever since we shut down the office, that was my goal, to get back. We love the community. The people here are awesome.”
Menke is organizing the activities at the Xenia business center, officially called a Real Estate Cafe. She is hoping it will morph into a full-fledged office.
The timing seems right for a triumphant return as the housing situation is trending in the right direction.
According to the Dayton Area Board of Realtors website, there were 488 homes sold in Xenia in 2005. In 2009 that number dipped to 321 and it hit rock bottom in 2011 when just 259 homes sold. Last year, however, there were 354 sales and that number is expected to continue to increase as the economy improves.
“The market has been turning around here in the last few years,” Menke said
The Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand brings a tradition of excellence to the Xenia home market and outstanding home buying and selling services to its clients. Ohio’s BHHS Professional Realty is home to 370 agents, and serves clients throughout the state, including the Miami Valley, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo and Columbus with expansion plans in the works to grow into new markets.
The most important aspect of BHHS is the communities that are served.
The new Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand offers the newest and best technology based innovative marketing services that are available. The Real Estate Café concept was created to serve the mobility of today’s buyers, sellers and agents. By providing an internet café style business center for the Berkshire Hathaway agents, the company will be able to reach out and conduct business with more consumers in more markets.