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July 22, 2014

Co-writer of Toy Story Lists Two-Acre Property in Sagaponack, New York

Courtesy of Town & Country Real Estate A property as unique as the seller themselves, Alec Sokolow, a co-writer of famous films such as Toy Story and Cheaper by the Dozen, and Alec’s wife Leslie who is well known by her own rights as a professional photographer, have just listed their home in Sagaponack. The home has an enormous wrap around porch with an art studio and detached swimming pool overlooking an agricultural reserve. This compound is just around the corner from Wolffer Vineyard on two acres of property and plenty of room for entertaining both inside and out. The Sokolow family enjoyed every inch of their enclave and now you can too!

July 22, 2014

Silverleaf Value on the Rise in 2014

Courtesy of Silverleaf Realty SCOTTSDALE, AZ - The first five months of 2014 have set a strong pace for the year in DMB’s Silverleaf community. The foothills of the McDowell Mountain Preserve has brought buyers and builders into the canyons to experience the exceptional lifestyle and views of Silverleaf. So far in 2014, there has been a 20% increase in units sold and a 36% increase in the price per square foot over last year.

July 22, 2014

Grace Bay Condos ... Like Living in a Screensaver

Courtesy of Bernadette Hunt of Turks and Caicos Property, Ltd. The opening of Club Med on Providenciales in 1984 was really the first step in introducing Grace Bay to the world. With an incredible 12 miles of white sand beach flanked by crystal clear waters it embodies the perfect sun holiday. Over the past 18 years in the islands (the last 13 spent selling real estate) one comment I hear more than any other is that Grace Bay is sublime. The international press has caught on and this little stretch of land is now at, or near the top, of practically every list of “best beaches” - most recently CNN rated it the top beach this side of the Atlantic (June 13: World’s 100 Best Beaches).

July 21, 2014

Mallorca and Ibiza Sotheby’s International Realty – A Half Year Review

Courtesy of Balearics Sotheby’s International The Balearics have been enjoying the benefits of a market in recovery for quite some time now. The news coming out of Mallorca and Ibiza Sotheby’s International Realty’s offices as they reflect on the half-year is certainly very positive. The Island undergoing the biggest upswing is Ibiza. Glynn Evans, Managing Director of Ibiza Sotheby’s International Realty, says, “This year in particular there has been a constant stream of luxury lifestyle news items relating to Ibiza which show that big things are happening. Ibiza is now thought to have the most expensive restaurant in the world, 1,500 euros per head for 20 courses at Sublimotion at the Hard Rock Hotel, while multi-Michelin-starred chefs, brothers Ferran and Albert Adria of elBulli fame, have just announced that they’re opening a new restaurant in Ibiza in 2015.”

July 17, 2014

FENWICK KEATS Co-founders’ House Backdrop for 'Masters of Sex' on Showtime

Courtesy of FENWICK KEATS Real Estate The Lloyd Harbor Modernist home owned by FENWICK KEATS Real Estate co-founders, Rob Anzalone and Jeff Wolk, is currently being used as the setting for the show "Masters of Sex" on Showtime. The mid-century "Hawk House" on Long Island was featured in a recent Newsday and LI Home magazine article where they report how the estate came to be the backdrop for the hit show.

July 16, 2014

2014 Boston Market Report

Courtesy of Mark Lippolt, Senior Vice President of Hammond Residential Real Estate The Boston real estate market has been incredibly robust over the first six months of 2014. The stage for this was set back in early 2013, when things changed rather dramatically after several years of a difficult economy. Once hesitant buyers, bolstered by low-interest rates and increased consumer confidence, set their sights on Boston to call home. Lifestyle, as well as our cultural, educational and medical institutions have become important considerations for many and Boston has much to offer in all these areas, attracting new buyers from near and far alike.

July 16, 2014

Kiss The Sky

Courtesy of Frederick Peters, President of Warburg Realty In New York, we desperately need more lower income and middle income housing. Our new mayor suggests that we should solve this housing crisis through density and, all in all, I agree. Building bigger, taller buildings makes ecological as well as business sense. Less fuel is used heating vertical spaces, and in a city which is bursting at the seams in many neighborhoods, while others enjoy landmark status which makes increasing density more or less impossible, going high where we can looks like the best alternative. Urban populations all over the world are growing and need accommodation, and here, as in many cities, the alternatives are limited.

July 15, 2014

USA TODAY Founder's Oceanfront Estate for Sale

Courtesy of Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc. The oceanfront home of the late Al Neuharth, founder of FLORIDA TODAY and USA TODAY, has just been placed on the market for the first time ever with Dale Sorensen Real Estate Inc. for $4,995,000. The property, also known as the “Pumpkin Center", offers 200 square feet of direct ocean frontage, 10,000+ square feet of interior space with another 10,000 square feet of multi-level oceanfront and roof top decks.

July 11, 2014

Former San Diego Charger, Ladainian Tomlinson Lists Poway Home

Courtesy of Courtney Sloan with Windermere Homes & Estates Former NFL running back and San Diego favorite, LaDainian Tomlinson, has recently listed his 5bd/5.5ba home at 18755 Heritage Drive in Poway, Calif. for $3,495,000. LaDainian played nine seasons with the San Diego Chargers and retired from the NFL in 2013.

July 9, 2014

Feelings and Facts

Courtesy of Frederick Peters, President of Warburg Realty I love negotiation. It lies at the heart of the real estate business: the back and forth which leads to a successful outcome. I am not a scorched earth negotiator, but I have always understood the fundamental truth that negotiation is as much an emotional as a rational dialogue. As with economics, the role of feeling - be it excitement, the need to save face, or the desire to have someone else value what is ours the same way we do - is increasingly recognized as a central aspect of the dialogue. The assumption, popular in the early postwar period, that both economics and negotiation could be treated as purely facts and figures has fallen out of date. Every agent knows that people do not always make the best economic decision for themselves, either in the stock market or in the purchase or sale of a home. Other factors intervene.
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