Welcome to Paradise

Courtesy of Tropicasa Realty

Villa Verano - Puerto Vallarta Beach Club is an exclusive and private beachfront boutique resort property available for the first time in three decades. This property is suitable for commercial purposes, as a private secluded family estate or corporate compound. This walled estate has been host to dignitaries, corporate executives, and a myriad of celebrities and Hollywood’s elite! Currently, the property consists of the main flagship casona, Villa Verano, and four brand new luxury ocean-side villas, along with the common facilities that make up the Puerto Vallarta Beach Club. An extremely unique property on the Mexican Riviera, located only a 2-hour flight from the West Coast of the U.S. to enjoy the tropical paradise of Vallarta. Expansion potential of this property would provide for additional suites/cabanas and additional pools, while preserving the jungle atmosphere. Tremendous potential exists with a relatively small additional investment increasing the value dramatically. The property consists of approximately an acre of titled land, plus an additional half acre of Federal-concession land with 200 linear feet of ocean frontage. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime offering.

The Transformation of Washington D.C’s Real Estate Market

Courtesy of Washington Fine Properties

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal by Lauren Schuker Blum and Craig Karmin describes a recent boom in the Washington D.C real estate market:

“Bidding wars are breaking out. Foreign buyers are moving in. A new wave of contemporary architecture is taking hold. And a growing class of tech executives is helping to fuel the boom.”

Vail Resorts to Run Canyons Ski Resort in Park City

Courtesy of Summit Sotheby's International Realty

“Today Vail Resorts and Talisker Corporation announced that the companies have entered into an agreement for a long term lease for the Canyons Resort. Under the lease, Vail will assume responsibility for the operation of Canyons while Talisker will retain its development rights for future real estate developments at the resort.”

Asheville Wine Experience

Courtesy of Ron E Armstrong, AshevilleAndBeyond at Keller Williams Professionals

The Asheville Wine Experience will join forces with Luxury Real Estate agent Ron E Armstrong of AshevilleAndBeyond and Keller Williams in an ultra-extravagant Gothic mansion overlooking the French Broad River, for a multi-sensory dining experience on Sunday, June 9, from 6-9pm. Come and marvel at the intricate custom designs in one of Asheville's most luxurious homes for sale at 434 Coopers Hawk Drive.

What's Happening In Northern California Real Estate

Courtesy of The Dawn Thomas Team

Here in Santa Clara County we know that the market is HOT! HOT! HOT! for sellers and that record low inventory is making it harder for the local Real Estate market to recover and for Buyers. What about the rest of the Bay Area and other counties? Are they experiencing the same thing? CAR (California Association of Realtors®) wondered the same thing, read on for their report.

Neighborhood Watch

Courtesy of Frederick Peters, President of Warburg Realty

This past week-end I attended my niece’s graduation at Wesleyan, where, as it so often will on Graduation Day, the talk among my niece and her friends turned to what they will do next, and where. Not surprisingly, many of them plan on coming to New York. But they are struggling, as so many recent graduates do, with how to afford it. Where can they live? What work can they do which will enable them to pitch their tents in a corner of the Big Apple?

Lake Norman Realty Helps Launch Lake Norman Art Project

Courtesy of Lake Norman Realty

CORNELIUS, NC - The Lake Norman Art Project was recently launched at the LKN Family Fun Day, which was held at the Lake Norman YMCA in Cornelius. Chris Durant and Shannon Edwards, partners in RealLKNLiving with Lake Norman Realty, (formerly Shannon Edwards Group) and The Community Arts Project teamed with the Lake Norman YMCA to integrate the launch into the YMCA LKN Family Fun Day event.

Santa Barbara’s I Madonnari Street Painting Festival

Courtesy of Staci Caplan and Michael Humphrey of Sterling Properties & Estates

Chalk drawing on pavement isn’t just a children’s activity – it is also the preferred medium of many talented artists who will create the wonderful works of art at the I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival at the Mission Santa Barbara this weekend, May 25th-27th from 10am-6pm daily (admission is free). The I Madonnari Street Painting Festival at the Mission Santa Barbara was the first of its kind held in the northern hemisphere, and has become so highly regarded that a group of artists from Santa Barbara were invited to share their gift in our sister city of Toba, Japan. The festival is yet another example of Santa Barbara's thriving, community driven art scene, which constantly strives to create opportunities to enjoy and learn about art in ways that are readily accessible to all of our residents and visiting guests.

A Rose By Any Other Name

Courtesy of Frederick Peters, President of Warburg Realty

A significant opinion handed down recently by the office of the New York Secretary of State has created waves across the real estate community. It regards the use of titles for independent contractors. In the view of the Secretary of State’s office, real estate agents and associate brokers should not have titles. The Secretary’s office believes that a) as agents and associate brokers are independent contractors and not employees, the idea that they could also be corporate officers simply does not make sense, and b) that the public can be deceived into believing that an Executive Vice President, or a Senior Managing Director, actually has a level of internal authority which they, in fact, do not have. According to the Secretary's office, it has received numerous complaints from consumers who have been confused by the titles of their agents into believing that these agents had a greater level of authority or decision making power than in fact they did. While in my opinion the reasoning of b) does not hold much water (after all, doesn’t every bank and large corporation have Vice Presidents with minimal authority?) I do understand the difficulty of assigning titles to independent contractors, who are associated with but do not directly work for their companies.

Historic Meets Modern in Atlanta’s Historic Reid House

Courtesy of Diane Storey of Harry Norman, REALTORS®

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – Nestled in the heart of Midtown, just steps from the Woodruff Arts Center and a quick stroll away from the lush and blooming Piedmont Park, sits one of Atlanta’s most historic residences, the Reid House. The building is a reminder of an older Atlanta, set to the backdrop of the most metropolitan and bustling neighborhood in the city.

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