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Thoughts on Kobe Bryant's Passing

Even here in Sun Valley, far removed from most everything, we have felt the effects of the tragedy that took the lives of Kobe and Gianna Bryant, and the 7 others on that helicopter on January 26th. 

Gino Blefari, CEO of HomeServices of America (the company under which Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices operates), has written a very thoughtful piece about the passing of Kobe. Click to read the entire article, but here are some of the elements of leadership Blefari highlights with regards to Kobe Bryant. 
  • He was a fierce competitor. Even during Kobe’s high school years playing at Lower Merion in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, he would show up to practice at 5 a.m. and stay on the court for a solid two hours. He’d also play one-on-one games with his teammates … to 100 points. (During his worst match-up, Business Insider says he still won 100-12.)
  • He never let anything—even injury—sideline him in the execution of his goals. During his years as a Lakers player, Kobe was always the first player in the gym, even when he was hurt. He once played left-handed because he had an injury to his right hand and was determined not to let it keep him off the court.
  • He combined physical practice with mental motivation. He was a proponent of the mental aspect of the game; former Lakers teammate Shaquille O’Neill wrote in his book that Kobe would often practice dribbling and shooting without a ball and exhibit the same physical intensity as if he had a ball in his hands.
  • He was a student of continuous improvement. According to Sports Illustrated, in 2008 he requested Nike shave a few millimeters off the soles of his sneakers to get “a hundredth of a second better reaction time.”
  • He believed in authenticity and the power of personal storytelling. “Be yourself,” he once said to Bloomberg. “That’s it. Be you. There’s no gimmick. You don’t have to contrive anything. Who are you? Where are you today? What is your story? And all you’re doing is communicating that story to the public.”
  • He was committed to accountability in leadership. Speaking with NBA TV, Kobe said in February of 2015: “There’s a big misconception where people [think] winning or success comes from everybody putting their arms around each other and singing ‘Kumbaya’ and patting them on the back when they mess up, and that’s just not the reality. If you are going to be a leader, you are not going to please everybody. You have to hold people accountable, even if you have that moment of being uncomfortable.”
  • He programmed the non-conscious portion of his brain to reject failure. To Showtime, Kobe explained: “When we are saying, ‘This cannot be accomplished, this cannot be done,’ then we are short-changing ourselves. My brain, it cannot process failure. It will not process failure. Because if I have to sit there and face myself and tell myself, ‘You’re a failure,’ I think that is … almost worse than death.”
Kobe Bryant

Our Holiday Music Playlist


Here at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Sun Valley Properties, we all agree that one of the best things about the holidays is the MUSIC!

With that in mind, a few of us contributed some of our favorites (trying to stay off the "snow-packed path") to create a playlist that should keep every home in the spirit through the holidays.

Here is our playlist. Enjoy!!!

If you're interested in the individual songs, here they are:

Merle Haggard, Silver Bells (his voice is so perfect for holiday music!)
The Ronettes, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
She & Him, Sleigh Ride (their modern take on holiday music is great)
Louis Armstrong, Winter Wonderland
Lauren Daigle, Jingle Bells (very jazzy but still totally recognizable)
The Temptations, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (one of the best versions of this classic)
Perry Como, Twelve Days of Christmas
Charles Brown, Merry Christmas Baby (the best blues-based holiday singer of them all!)
Eartha Kitt, Santa Baby (careful with this one if there are kids around!!)
Darlene Love, Christmas (another song from Phil Spector's "A Christmas Gift for You"--a great album)
Elvis Presley, Here Comes Santa Claus (this was nominated by someone who doesn't even like Elvis but loves his holiday album)
Dean Martin, I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
The Jackson 5, Santa Claus is Coming to Town (ahh, when MJ was still just a kid...)
Dolly Parton, Christmas Time Is Coming (for the hillbilly in all of us)
Buck Owens, Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy (ditto)
Bing Crosby, White Christmas (so classic)
The Beach Boys, Frosty the Snowman (so weird hearing the Beach Boys sing about winter things)
Frank Sinatra, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (best with a hot toddy of your choice)
The Supremes, Little Drummer Boy (My Favorite Things is amazing too, but only one song per artist!)
Vince Guaraldi, Skating (from the best and most beloved holiday album of all time, A Charlie Brown Christmas)

The Holiday Lights in Sun Valley Are Spectacular this Year!

Homeowners, businesses, and entire towns are making this holiday season even more gorgeous than Mother Nature already does! For proof, take a look at this short video of some of the standout homes, trees, businesses, and streets in our most festive valley.

Holiday Lights Play

Sun Valley in the News

Great news for the mountain and resort; Sun Valley was just ranked #2 in SKI Magazine’s Resort Rankings for 2020! Anyone that skis or has skied here knows this is a no-brainer. And in the December issue, there is a multi-page feature article on our beloved mountain and town. Thanks, SKI Magazine!!

We also received some awesome coverage last summer from Sunset Magazine, with an article titled “Sun Valley Just Became Our Favorite Destination.” That’s quite a statement.

Just recently, the trendy Matador Network just named Ketchum as the "#2 Coolest town in America.”

Travel & Leisure thinks pretty highly of us too--naming us one of the 10 Best places to ski/ride

We will take all the adulation, of course, but the best thing is that even with this publicity, our valley remains a down-to-earth place for real people. If you've been here, you know what we are talking about. And if you haven't been here, well, all we can say is that you should prepare yourself to fall in love!
Skiing and Parasailing over Sun Valley

A Trusted Brokerage Arrives in Sun Valley

The opening of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Sun Valley Properties is an important event for real estate in Sun Valley. In many ways, the arrival of the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices brand makes good sense, since Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway’s president and CEO, has been a consistent presence here in Sun Valley since the first Allen & Company event over 20 years ago.

So while Mr. Buffett is not directly involved in the real estate arm of Berkshire Hathaway, the hallmarks that have made him the most respected businessperson in the world are all part of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices: integrity, knowledge, passion, and a commitment to do what’s right versus what is popular all define the Sun Valley Properties brokerage.

We are starting with 10 agents, who have over 250 years of combined real estate experience, mostly in the Sun Valley market. With two offices in Downtown Ketchum, and some of the most respected names in the market, our goal is to make every one of our clients’ real estate experiences exceptional. Whether we are representing buyers looking for a starter home in Bellevue, or representing the sellers of a multi-million dollar ranch in the Sawtooth Basin, every transaction will be done with the highest level of respect for all parties and the integrity befitting our founder. We will do real estate right.

Be on the lookout for our Cabernet and White signs in front of our listings, and visit our website at Call the office at 208.726.3411 to schedule a consultation with any of our expert agents. Hello Sun Valley—we have arrived and are looking forward to making your Sun Valley dreams come true.
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