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September 21, 2009

Marquette Turner Luxury Homes Wins Best Luxury Real Estate Brand Integration

Michael Marquette of Marquette Turner It has been another amazing year for the Marquette Turner Luxury Homes team and brand. At the Luxury Real Estate Awards held on Tuesday night in Vail, Colorado Marquette Turner Luxury Homes (MTLH) was awarded “Best Luxury Real Estate Brand Integration”, ahead of more than 1700 companies from more than 65 countries around the World. The award is arguably one of the most prestigious to be given on the night.

July 31, 2008

Green luxury real estate

By Jean-Yves Piton Are you presently offering “green” luxury homes to your clients? With the growing concern for global warming and the depletion of energy, there is an ever-rising enthusiasm for eco-friendly alternatives worldwide. Clearly, both energy efficient products and organic goods are in high demand with rapidly increasing market shares vis-à-vis other traditional and commercial goods.

July 25, 2008

Photos should enhance your luxury properties

By Janice Ridge There are studies that indicate that both buyers and their agents are attracted to online listings that include photos. In fact, when I am searching MLS for a property for a client, I won’t even look at a listing that doesn’t have photos! And I am a real-estate professional! Truth is, most MLS photos are not that good. That’s why most real estate professionals go directly to the agent’s website to see better photos. I imagine the online consumer does, too.

July 23, 2008

Saint Barts’ luxury real estate market trends 2007-2008

By Renaud Rippert Before the current season began, there was some concern as to how the real-estate market in Saint Barts would fare, given the number of uncertainties which presently affect global markets. This concern is clearly justified by factors such as the sub-prime financial crisis, the weakness of the U.S. dollar in comparison to the Euro, and the economic hardship felt in parts of Europe and, most notably, across the United States. In reality, for Saint Barts, the analysis is very positive.

July 16, 2008

Luxury real estate opportunities in Paris

By Patrick Randi Real Estate Patrick Randi opened his real-estate agency on the left bank of Paris in 1989. Since that date, our office has been playing an important part in the sales on the left bank, which includes the famous V, VI and VII districts and arrondissements of Paris. While the V district is the oldest, it features many XVI-century buildings, made out of stones and beamed ceilings. It is a colorful district, attracting many students (the Sorbonne), and the apartments are generally smaller and charming.

July 8, 2008

Ewing & Clark closes two biggest Seattle real-estate sales in eight years

By Robert Lockard On Friday, June 13, 2008, Ewing & Clark, Inc. closed on the sale of a Lake Washington waterfront home in Seattle for $13,300,000, marking the second-highest Seattle real-estate sale in the past eight years. John Brian Losh, Betsy Terry and Jane Powers were the listing agents of the property. This home includes 6,000 square feet of living space, a tennis court and boathouse on a 20,000-square-foot lot with 146 feet of shoreline.

July 3, 2008

Viewing the fireworks on Independence Day

By Meghan Barry If you have ever visited the Headquarters in Seattle, near the historic Pike Place Market, you may have been to the rooftop deck on top of our building. A popular spot for staff gatherings and summertime lunches, this deck boasts expansive views of Puget Sound and Downtown Seattle. What a perfect place to view Fourth of July fireworks!

June 13, 2008

Estate of the art: Combine art and luxury real estate

By Robert Lockard Check out this great article I recently read in the Arizona Daily Star, entitled “Home, art inside are both for sale.” I think the sellers in this article are onto something pretty smart by joining forces with a local art museum to sell their property. Author Christie Smythe points out that showing art in a home can be beneficial for both the artists and the home sellers. Beautiful paintings, sculptures and other pieces of art can add something special to a home that makes it more memorable to potential buyers. Plus, the artists receive exposure to new viewers and their works of art are sold with the house. This takes home staging to a whole new level. Ordinarily, a staged home isn’t sold in the condition in which it is first shown to buyers. But in this case, all of the art will stay with the house when it is purchased. That’s a pretty novel idea, I think. This is a smart solution because both art and real-estate markets in many parts of the United States are falling on hard times at the moment. Perhaps by joining forces, these two industries can prove that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The photo above is courtesy of Ilya Estate Photography. Barbara Stahura, a talented freelance writer, brought this article to my attention. She recently interviewed John Brian Losh, the CEO/Publisher of, for an article she’s writing on “green” luxury homes for an upcoming issue of Steinway & Sons Magazine. Editor’s Note: Robert Lockard is the Public Relations & Media Specialist with I am Robert. I create all of Luxury Real Estate’s newsletters, write the editorials in Magazine and much more. What do you think about this creative idea? What are some other ways brokers and agents can attract luxury real estate buyers in tough markets?

May 23, 2008

Celebrities on the move

By Meghan Barry It’s not unusual for the members of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate to represent high-profile individuals in a real estate transaction – actors, professional athletes, musicians, Fortune 500 CEOs and politicians are frequently on our members’ list of clients. Celebrities often demand the highest level of service, and have the means to afford luxury living.

May 23, 2008

Hotel queen’s $125 million estate listed on

By Meghan Barry Currently listed on is the 40-acre estate in Greenwich, Conn. of a certain recently deceased New York City hotel operator and real estate investor known for her flamboyant personality and reputation for tyrannical behavior. It is being represented by David Ogilvy & Associates, Inc.
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