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September 27, 2012

Valencia Orange Blossom

Courtesy of Rimontgó The region around and in particular south of Valencia, all the way to Murcia and beyond, is synonymous with the cultivation of oranges. The most important orange-growing region in Europe, it is also the iconic home of the famous Spanish orange. Brazil and the US may actually produce more oranges than Spain these days, but within Europe the ubiquitous fruit is still firmly associated with Spain and its sunny climate. Known in many languages as the ‘Spanish apple’, Citrus sinensus is thought to have originated in the tropical climate of South East Asia and to have been in cultivation in China by the third millennium BC.

September 24, 2012


Courtesy of Frederick Peters, President of Warburg Realty 21 years ago I assembled the shareholders and signed the papers which created Warburg Realty. Then, as now, we were emerging from a severe recession. I still believe in the future to which I pledged myself and the company in September of 1991. As a token of that belief, Warburg has just signed leases to expand and move our headquarters to a full floor at 654 Madison Avenue, on 60th Street. How the future shapes up will depend on many factors outside any of our control, but New York possesses a number of essential attributes which protect our real estate sales market against the worst sorts of adversity. Here they are:

September 24, 2012

The Santa Barbara Zoo

Courtesy of Staci Caplan and Michael Humphrey Sterling Properties & Estates - Santa Barbara Luxury Homes and Real Estate The Santa Barbara lifestyle is one of refined beachside elegance. Visions of grand luxury homes and real estate properties, fine local wines, pristine beaches and resorts ideal for your next vacation, and incredible natural beauty come to mind, attracting countless visitors and luxury home seekers each year. Imagine a 30 acre property within walking distance to the glimmering Pacific Ocean, filled with lush botanical gardens, overlooking the Andree Clark Bird Refuge and the Santa Ynez Mountains…does this sound like a dream property? Welcome to the Santa Barbara Zoo, hailed as one of the most beautiful zoos in the world and the dream home of more than 400 animals from 160 species!

September 24, 2012

Debbi DiMaggio Explains Inspiration For Her New Book "Contained Beauty"

Luxury Real Estate member Debbi DiMaggio of Highland Partners – Better Homes & Gardens Mason McDuffie explains the process of developing her new book: “This is my story as to how Contained Beauty came to be… As you know, my name is Debbi DiMaggio. I am Midge and Vince’s daughter, Michael’s sister, Adam’s wife, a mother of two amazing children, Bianca and Chase, a Realtor, an avid volunteer and now an author.

September 24, 2012

Historic “Wildacre” on Newport’s Ocean Drive Offered For Sale

Courtesy of Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty Newport, Rhode Island (September 19, 2012) Gustave White Sotheby’s International Realty announced today the listing of “Wildacre”, an iconic oceanfront architectural masterpiece located on Newport, Rhode Island’s famed Ocean Drive.

September 20, 2012

Ryan Seerhant Takes To The Catwalk

Courtesy of Nest Seekers International Luxury Real Estate member Ryan Serhant of Nest Seekers International recently took the stage during the Nolcha Fashion Week: “New York City real estate brokers are used to pounding the city streets in search of their latest deal, but today two of Manhattan’s best-known dealmakers strutted their stuff in a more official capacity.”

September 20, 2012

Danish Days in Sunny Solvang

Courtesy of Staci Caplan and Michael Humphrey of Sterling Properties & Estates - Santa Barbara Luxury Homes and Real Estate The historic city of Solvang, just 33 miles north of Santa Barbara in the gorgeous Santa Ynez Valley, is a unique little town and one of our favorite options for a day trip or weekend getaway. A visit to this little town in wine country promises a short escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life – walking down the streets past the many shops and eateries feels more like strolling through a quaint Northern European village. Solvang (which means “sunny fields” in Danish) was originally built up around the Mission Santa Inès in the early 1900s by Dutch pioneers. Today, Solvang’s cultural roots are still highly evident in the Danish Provincial style architecture that dominates the main areas of town, the wealth of authentic dining options, the many festivals held throughout the year, and of course its four windmills!

September 14, 2012

Fuller Sotheby's "Connoisseur" Magazine Now Available Online

Courtesy of Fuller Sotheby's International Realty The 2012 Fall Edition of Digital Connoisseur Magazine is now Available online. The publication features a full-color gallery of fine residential, ranch and resort properties represented exclusively by Fuller Sotheby's International Realty.

September 12, 2012

Dan Eitemiller of Kentwood Real Estate Lists Historic Residence at Sanctuary Lofts in Denver

Courtesy of Kentwood Real Estate DENVER – Dan Eitemiller, a leading real estate professional with The Kentwood Company at Cherry Creek, has listed a truly unique residence with a colorful history at the Sanctuary Lofts in Denver. The gorgeous loft, nestled within the friendly confines of an architecturally distinctive church built in 1889, includes a master bedroom that was converted from the original church bell tower.

September 10, 2012

I Like August

Courtesy of Frederick Peters, President of Warburg Realty August was remarkably busy at Warburg Realty. Formerly the month when nothing happened, when buyers were "out of town" and sellers did not want to list, August morphed this year into a bonanza, with more contracts signed for more money than during almost any month since 2008. This phenomenon has led me to think about how this busyness differs from the busyness of five years ago, and how it is the same. These two eras, separated by only a few years, stand on different sides of the serious recession of 2008-2009. So in spite of the competitive bidding, the scarcity of inventory, and the harried buyers, the landscapes seem to me more different than similar. Here's how:
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