Luxury Real Estate Blog

Rob's Pick of the Week: $10-Million Home on Lake Las Vegas

Mar 26, 2008

When is a home worth $10 million? Gene Northup, with Century 21 Advantage Gold, has the answer: When it is one of the last bastions of true elegant living, when it allows you to throw your head back and breathe in the incomparable air of your own waterfront estate, and when you can do all of this living enthroned in luxury and elegance fit for royalty.

The Temple House: A Wholly Luxurious Place to Live

Mar 26, 2008

Well-known as a popular gathering place for famous sports figures, musicians and actors, and as the largest single-family home in Miami’s luxurious South Beach, The Temple House is currently on sale. This home has a tradition of attracting celebrities who come to enjoy its legendary parties. These celebrities include Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Jay-Z, Tony Hawk, Jamie Foxx, Michael Mann, Venus Williams, Magic Johnson and Victor Manuelle.Located at 1415 Euclid Ave., The Temple House is next to Flamingo Park and within a half-mile of the Atlantic Ocean. It sits on two adjacent lots within two blocks of the upscale shopping center on Lincoln Road. Quick access to seaports and the Miami International Airport provide residents with a variety of options to travel to and from this luxurious property. It’s hard to imagine a more luxurious place to live in this city, which is already known for its luxurious living. Audrey Ross of Christie's Great Estates – Esslinger Wooten Maxwell is currently offering The Temple House for $12.75 million.You can also read a news release on The Temple House here.

Love Thy Neighbor: A Little Wisdom Mixed with Luxury

Mar 26, 2008

On Thursday, June 14, 2007 I read an article in The Seattle Times called “Megahouses multiplying, but how big is too big?” This article brought up the point that people living in modest neighborhoods are complaining about large mansions being built nearby around the United States in places like Austin, Texas; Marin County, Calif.; Queens, N.Y.; Chevy Chase, Md.; Bellevue, Wash. and Atlanta. The following day I read this article, also in The Seattle Times, entitled “Pursuit of luxury knows no bounds for rich who splurge with abandon.” According to this article, the distance between haves and have-nots is as wide as it was during the Great Depression, and there seems to be a disregard among the super-rich for the costs of their tastes.Suddenly the situation is becoming clearer.I’m certainly not saying it is a bad thing to desire the best properties money can buy. Luxury home buyers are willing to pay top dollar for large, rare and unique properties because they are so luxurious and distinct from other homes. The incredible demand for immense, luxury properties is naturally pushing builders and real estate professionals to supply large, exquisite homes in new places. However, I am saying that wisdom and prudence should prevail as buyers and sellers make decisions about new properties that affect neighbors and society at large. Let us respect the needs of the many and not just the few so that all can benefit from new home sales that can raise neighboring property values instead of making neighbors feel uncomfortable.As more buyers demand high-quality luxury properties we have more opportunities to help them make responsible, constructive decisions.

Visibility Through Philanthropy

Mar 26, 2008

When it comes to relocation, we have made it a priority to know all the regional agencies and as a result have come to know all the players well. We work privately in that respect. Additionally, we try to drive everything to our website as we have many of our agents on board with relocation.Something that I strongly recommend for increasing your presence and gaining more referrals is engaging with civic minded organizations. We donate money to several different groups and have become quite visible locally and regionally. This strong presence has driven many referrals our way.

Leveraging record-breaking sales

Mar 26, 2008

By Charlene Meenan Great success should always inspire people to achieve more in their lives and professional careers. At Chase International, success is praised and shared with the entire company. It does not matter if it is your first sale, just a sale or a company best. I think that lays the groundwork to make you want to be your best and to understand that there are no limits on what you can achieve unless you put them there.

Relocating with White Gloves On

Mar 26, 2008

Relocation is always a challenge because it depends on who the relocation person is. It is about a constant relationship between that relocation director and our company. It is important to keep the brokers in front of them at all times. It is very much a one-on-one, face-to-face proposition. The referrals we do get have about a 90-percent success rate because we use the concierge style of service. We are definitely a time saver for them.What I mean by full concierge service is everything from making an appointment with the school principal to having a babysitting service on site; if they have a two-year-old and need to look at a house we need to accommodate them. Relocation is about micro-managing people’s lives. Our clients are very impressed because we give them more than we promised. They wouldn’t think of leaving us.Additionally, matching our agent to the client is critical. Look for things the agent may have in common with the client, i.e the wife loves horse back riding or has a teenager. Then I could match them up to the agent who was really athletic and had a teenager of his or her own.

Relocation - Keeping It Consistent

Mar 26, 2008

With relocation work, one has to be extremely hands-on and stay in touch with referral companies and customers. We have worked very hard at keeping in close contact with relocation directors in agencies and businesses across the country; and, of course, now that we have expanded our territory to coastal South Carolina, they are more likely to call us for “one-stop shopping” for Savannah and the Lowcountry. My advice? Do everything they ask you to do ... with a smile! Within our offices, we like to have a member of the relocation “team” respond to referrals. This gives us a consistency with our relocation service. We look for agents who are friendly, knowledgeable, and who are very familiar with the territory in which the customer is interested. It is difficult to maintain this service level, but if you have the same team of agents doing it, it becomes easier with each referral.
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