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July 29, 2013

Off Market Home Selling - Is it The Right Thing for You?

Courtesy of The Dawn Thomas Team While not a new concept for veteran real estate agents, the terms “off-MLS” or “pocket” listings may be an unfamiliar phrase to many consumers and some newer agents. Home sellers and agents should nevertheless be aware that the practice can adversely affect their goal of getting the best price reasonably possible for their homes. As many as 10-15 percent of homes offered for sale today are “off-MLS” listings, according to one Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

January 26, 2011

Top 10 Places To Buy Abroad In 2011

Courtesy of Luxury Homes by VAPF According to the well-known ‘A Place in the Sun’ magazine, Spain has once again come top as the favourite British destination for buying a holiday home, ahead of neighbouring France, Portugal, Italy, Florida, Turkey and other Mediterranean locations. The results of the study carried out by the British publication, specialized in overseas properties, situate the Spanish coast as the most popular location for second homes, having carried out a worldwide research on the standards of living and the property options available in each country. Hundreds of the magazine’s readers and visitors to the exhibitions they organize have pointed out their reasons for purchasing their dream hideaway home in Spain and the survey also reveals the costs involved in buying and owning a house in this sunny country. The result is that Spain tops the chart of the best places to buy abroad in 2011, with all the right ingredients: a great transport network that makes travelling to and from Spain extremely easy, an extensive cultural offer, well-established infrastructure and, of course, the fundamentals, sun, sea and siesta!

January 12, 2011

Eichardt’s Private Hotel Sells to Australian-Based Investment Company

       The multi-award-winning Eichardt’s Private Hotel in Queenstown has been bought by a privately-held investment group based in Melbourne, Australia. The Imperium Capital Group has a range of businesses within its portfolio including a number in the hospitality and leisure sector. The sale, which was brokered by Terry Spice of Luxury Real Estate New Zealand was a result of an international marketing campaign which drew strong interest both domestically and from offshore. Christchurch-born Managing Director of Imperium Capital Group, Andrew Cox, said they were passionate business operators looking forward to continuing to build the Eichardt’s brand and existing luxury services, and working with other luxury partners in Queenstown. “This purchase was a strategic investment in an iconic brand in tourism in New Zealand,” he said. “We’re open to looking at other acquisition opportunities in the country now we’ve made this first step.” Mr. Cox said management at Eichardt’s Private Hotel would remain the same and stressed that the company was dedicated to the staff, the community, and retaining and building upon Eichardt’s standing as an iconic destination on the Queenstown waterfront.

December 17, 2010

Success of the 9th Edition of the Millionaire Fair in Amsterdam

The 9th edition of the Millionaire Fair (Miljonair Fair), held in Amsterdam between the 9th and the 13th of this month, has proved to be a total success, with a record number of visitors and sales. Over 53.000 people attended the exhibition of luxury items and the media turnout was also high: more that 400 Dutch and international television and radio stations, magazines, newspapers and internet sites broadcast news of the event as it took place.

November 16, 2010

2 Michelin Star Chef to open Restaurant within the new Alicante Airport Terminal in Spain

The new Alicante airport, known as the El Altet international airport, will be the most modern structure of its kind in Spain when it opens in February 2011, with a capacity for 20 million passengers per year, almost doubling present day numbers. With the opening of the new terminal, El Altet’s luxurious facilities will cover an expanse of eight floors, topped by twenty spectacular large glass domes. The overall investment in extension work is around 670 million euros and the area has increased sixfold (from 54,800 square meters to 333,500 square meters).

November 5, 2010

Seattle Four Seasons Penthouse Sale Breaks Record!

By: Puget Sound Business Journal - Jeanne Lang Jones Courtesy of: Realogics Sotheby's International Realty The two-story penthouse atop the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences in downtown Seattle has been sold for $7.19 million. The 5,256-square-foot unit sold earlier this week as an unfinished shell for approximately $1,368 a square foot. Finishing the interior could cost anywhere from $200 a square foot on up, depending on what level of finishes the new owner wants, said Scott Wasner, director of the Four Seasons Private Residences and co-founder of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty.

October 22, 2010

Lilly Pulitzer Lists Her Palm Beach Home with Brown Harris Stevens

Courtesy of: Brown Harris Stevens Palm Beach By: Candace Jackson of the Wall Street Journal View this exclusive home on Fashion designer and socialite Lilly Pulitzer has listed her Palm Beach, Fla., home for $11.5 million. The main house has large arched windows and several loggias. There are nine bedrooms divided between the main house, a casita and a pool house, all situated amongst tropical gardens. The estate has a swimming pool and is decorated in Ms. Pulitzer's colorful style.

October 15, 2010

The Seabourn Soujourn in Valencia

By Kirsty Bryson from Luxury Homes by VAPF The brand new “Seabourn Sojourn” ultra-luxury cruise ship from the prestigious company Yachts of Seabourn, called in the port of Valencia city in Spain for the first time on Thursday the 14th of October. To celebrate the special occasion, the Valencia Port Authorities presented the captain of the ship, Karlo Buer, with a commemorative plaque.

October 8, 2010

Forbes Lists America's 50 Most Expensive Zip Codes

Courtesy of William Tsang of and Flashy cars, well-manicured suburbs, and towering foyers are how some define the neighborhoods in which they live in. However, has recently published a list of America’s most expensive zip codes, where, “In these neighborhoods, $4 million homes are the norm.”

October 8, 2010

Todd Wilkie Joins Tradewinds Realty

Todd has a passion for sailing. As a child he was taught to sail by his Grandfather and his Dad. At the age of 16, Todd achieved his Captains Ticket. He then began to manage and operate his family's charter boat business in Lunenburg. As a young man Todd sailed the Caribbean in the winters and our beautiful South Shore waters in the summer.
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