July 31, 2012

The agent’s relationship with customers and clients is nuanced and intense. How much is business and how much is personal? Are We Friends?

 

 

Courtesy of: Frederick Peters, President of Warburg Realty

I like to say that residential real estate is a relationship business disguised as a transaction business. If you don't build trust with your customers and clients, if they don't feel confident about your knowledge and integrity, you have nothing. Maybe someone will find your listing on line, as they used to find it in the paper. Maybe they will contact you for an appointment, and maybe you will even sell them the property they come to see. But it doesn't happen all that often. To make it in residential brokerage in New York City, which has almost as many licensed agents as it does real estate sale transactions in any given year, agents need repeat business and referrals. The agents who are successful, year after year, are those who have built a reputation for professionalism which translates into referrals. Many of them have so many referrals they cannot handle them all, sharing their business with assistants or junior colleagues learning the ropes.

July 31, 2012

Spain achieves 638 Blue Flags in 2012

Courtesy of: Luxury Homes

 

Spain achieved 621 Blue Flags in 2012: 538 will fly on its beaches and 83 at marinas in addition to the 174 distinctive “Q” of tourist quality that Spanish beaches have attained.

This is the best result up to now for the beaches and marinas in Spain, with 35 more flags than those obtained in 2011.

July 30, 2012

Old Spanish Days Fiesta in Santa Barbara

 

 

 

Courtesy of Staci Caplan and Michael Humphrey - Sterling Properties & Estates - Santa Barbara Luxury Homes and Real Estate

Strolling through downtown Santa Barbara, it’s easy to find yourself whisked away in time thanks to our signature blend of Old World Spanish charm and modern luxury. Santa Barbara is a city with a rich and vibrant Spanish history which shines through to the present. The Spanish Colonial Revival style is well-loved in Santa Barbara and can be enjoyed in the design of our luxury homes, government buildings, and other architectural masterpieces which draw inspiration from our many carefully preserved historic landmarks (especially on the Red Tile Walking Tour). Each year we celebrate our heritage during the Old Spanish Days Fiesta with celebrations of music, dance, cuisine, art, history, culture, and spirit.

July 26, 2012

Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument: “The Western White House” Hancock Park, Los Angeles

Courtesy of: Tara Tahbaz, Publicist, Rodeo Realty

Rodeo Realty Beverly Hills Agent, Josh Flagg holds one of the most sought after trophy estates available in Los Angeles real estate. The longtime Windsor Square residence of Los Angeles Times publisher Norman Chandler and his philanthropist wife Dorothy Buffum Chandler is for sale for $11.25 million. The 9,329-square-foot Beaux Arts estate, located at 455 S. Lorraine Blvd. in Los Angeles, is owned by Joseph Handlerman and Courtney Callahan. Windsor Square is a small, historic neighborhood of about 1,100 residences just east of Hancock Park in the Mid-Wilshire area.

July 26, 2012

Upcoming HBO Movie Filmed at Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Home For Sale

Courtesy of: Tara Tahbaz, Publicist, Rodeo Realty

Rodeo Realty Beverly Hills Agents, Roger Perry and Robert Erickson hold the listing for one of the most iconic Bel Air homes, owned by glamorous icon, actress and philanthropist, Zsa Zsa Gabor and husband Prince Frederic von Anhal. The upcoming HBO biopic film just finished filming at the Gabor residence, Behind the Candlelabra which is based on the life of the famous pianist and vocalist, Liberace.

July 26, 2012

Vanguard Properties Artists in Residence - An Evening of Art and Fashion to Benefit Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco

Courtesy of: Mitch Laufer, Sense Consuting

Vanguard properties, one of the fastest growing real estate brokerages in San Francisco, hosted an evening of art and fashion to benefit Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco.  The event was sponsored by Vanguard’s Principal, James Nunemacher, and co-chaired by exhibiting artists Erika Burke and Lynn Brei, both agents at Vanguard Properties. The resident artists and fashion designers, all Vanguard Properties agents and/or employees, showcased and sold their works of art and fashion with 30% of the proceeds benefitting Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco.

July 24, 2012

Spain’s Cave Paintings are the Oldest in the World

 

 

 

 

Courtesy of: Michel Cruz, Rimontgo

New scientific tests have revealed that rudimentary cave paintings in some Spanish caves are much older than at first thought and may even date back 40,800 years, the point at which man first moved from Africa into the area that we now know as Europe. The paintings are so old – 15,000 years more ancient than previously thought - that some have proposed that they might have been created by Neanderthals; although this suggestion has sparked a heated debate among experts.

July 24, 2012

Where Have All The Shadows Gone?

 

 

Courtesy of Frederick Peters, President of Warburg Realty

Housing is heating up! According to the Real Estate Board of New York, almost 10 times as many permits were issued for the construction of new housing units in Manhattan during the first five months of 2012 (1,422 permits) as in the comparable period in 2011 (146 permits). The 774 permits issued in Brooklyn represent a 42.3% increase over the number issued during this period last year. The much-discussed shadow inventory of unsold condo units (which, some feared back in 2009, would hold the New York market back for five years or more) disappeared, absorbed as a result of lower pricing and rising demand. The question is: will it happen again? Will supply outstrip demand again as both converted and newly constructed units move onto the market?

July 23, 2012

The California Wine Festival in Santa Barbara

 

 

Courtesy of Staci Caplan and Michael Humphrey, Sterling Properties & Estates - Santa Barbara Luxury Homes and Real Estate

Santa Barbara is truly a place unlike any other. We enjoy a world class selection of all the finer things in life - luxury homes and real estate, pristine beaches, sumptuous resorts, first rate golf clubs, events such as the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and the Santa Barbara International Orchid Show, and so much more! In addition to all this, the Santa Barbara area is also a hotspot for the wine industry, and this weekend we welcome the California Wine Festival to town.

July 23, 2012

Words are the Brain’s Glasses or Wheels

 

 

 

Courtesy of: Piñeiro Vanes, Amat. Realty

of change XXXVII

 

I wanted to begin the last newsletter before the much-needed summer holidays with this reflection from Emili Teixidor, in order to pay homage to him on his death and also because his reflection is very appropriate at the moment. I have referred to it in many newsletters, about how things are not said with the right words and, therefore, we don’t do the things that we should. A poor state of affairs!

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