Luxury Real Estate Blog

Looking beyond the gloom

Mar 26, 2008

By Robert Lockard I was looking through Google News a few days ago, and a Reuters story caught my eye. The story is entitled “Mortgage broker, lender plan too little too late.” It’s a somewhat dreary article, describing the hopelessness of our situation and the inability of the current plan devised by U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to save the U.S. economy and homeowners from our current troubles.

California dreamin'

Mar 26, 2008

By Kimberly Fulwyler In San Diego on Tuesday, March 18, 2008, the forecast was sunny with a high of 67 degrees. San Diego is the rare city that is almost always perfectly warm.  What else does this city have to offer besides perfect climate? Beaches, legendary golf courses, and one of the biggest zoos in America are just a few of the attributes that make us love San Diego. In addition, this fair city is the host of the 6th Annual Spring Retreat held by LuxuryRealEstate.com. So instead of staying home this April, come and join us for learning, networking and some California Dreamin’. Editor’s Note: Kimberly Fulwyler is an Account Manager with LuxuryRealEstate.com, so she provides customer service and marketing materials to a variety of LuxuryRealEstate.com members. I’ve only been to California once, but I can definitely attest to the state’s beauty based upon that visit. We hope you’ll join us at the Spring Retreat.

The stars at night are big and bright

Mar 26, 2008

By Meghan Barry This week our CEO John Brian Losh (Brian) traveled to Texas to visit several Who’s Who Luxury Real Estate members - John Daugherty, Realtors, Bradfield Properties, Turnquist Partners Realtors, Inc. and Briggs-Freeman Real Estate. In Houston he met with Monica Duff, Cassie Julich, and John Daugherty of John Daugherty, Realtors. Brian had the pleasure of listening to John Daugherty sing the praises of our network to one of their newest agents. We look forward to seeing a big contingent from John Daugherty, Realtors at our upcoming Spring Retreat in San Diego. In San Antonio, Brian saw Kristy and Joyce Bradfield of Bradfield Properties, one of our newest members. And while in Austin, Brian met with Bob Kenney, Ralph Bell, Michele Turnquist, and Steve Turnquist (along with LuxuryRealEstate.com Director of Technology Michael Edlund) at Turnquist Partners Realtors, Inc. Turnquist Partners is also sending a group to the Spring Retreat. Before heading back to Seattle, Brian spoke with Charles Freeman, of Briggs-Freeman Real Estate, who reports that last year was their best yet and the Dallas market is thriving. Top producer Erin Matthews will represent Briggs-Freeman at our Spring Retreat. Our thanks go out to all of these members for their hospitality! It’s great to hear that the luxury niche is strong in Texas! Brian and I will travel to Florida March 24th through 28th to visit more members. News on those visits later this month… Editor’s Note: Meghan Barry is the Executive Vice President of LuxuryRealEstate.com. She works closely with CEO John Brian Losh to organize a variety of Luxury Real Estate programs, events and services. Mr. Losh is quite tireless in his efforts to visit both long-standing and new members of the LuxuryRealEstate.com network. I really like the title of this blog entry because one of the funniest moments in the 1985 movie “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” is when Pee-wee is in San Antonio talking to someone on the phone. To prove that he’s really in Texas, he loudly sings, “The stars at night are big and bright…” and then all the people around him suddenly clap their hands four times in unison and burst into song, singing, “…deep in the heart of Texas!” That always makes me laugh.

Latest Luxury Real Estate ad in Wall Street Journal is out!

Mar 26, 2008

By Courtney Jackson Check out this week’s Real Estate section of The Wall Street Journal to see our latest Wall Street Journal ad. This issue debuts our new size option... an XL Jumbo Spot. Illustrated Properties featured their latest listing, Diamond Sands, in our new larger option this week. Call us today to see how you can be a part of the May 2nd Wall Street Journal. You may also view this week’s ad online at www.luxuryrealestate.com/wsj. Editor’s Note: Courtney Jackson is the Print Director for LuxuryRealEstate.com. She works closely with The Wall Street Journal, Unique Homes and a variety of other publications to help luxury brokers gain domestic and international exposure for their properties. We’re always trying to innovate here at LuxuryRealEstate.com, and we hope you enjoy the results of our efforts.

Have to miss son's moment to attend "shared ownership" event

Mar 26, 2008

By Scott Rudolph So… I’m headed to San Francisco next week in order to meet with hundreds within the “shared ownership” sector. I’ll be missing my son’s first oral presentation before the school and I’m sick about it. No question, there is much to learn and much to discuss but, truth be told, I’m a dyed-in-the-wool, whole-ownership kinda’ guy.

St. Patrick's Day in the Emerald City

Mar 26, 2008

By Robert Lockard I found a fun little article in The Seattle Times today entitled “Get your green on: ‘Tis St. Paddy’s Day.” Not only was the article lighthearted and fun to read, but it also included a nice photo of John Harvey Losh, the father of LuxuryRealEstate.com President John Brian Losh. The elder Losh looks completely enraptured in the spirit of this holiday, even wearing giant Leprechaun (or maybe Vulcan) ears. What a fun photo.

Motivational quotes

Mar 26, 2008

By Jennifer Schuyler The spirit, the will to win, and the will to excel are the things that endure. These qualities are so much more important than the events that occur." Vince Lombardi "The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination." Tommy Lasorda If your determination is fixed, I do not counsel you to despair. Few things are impossible to diligence and skill. Great works are performed not by strength, but perseverance." Samuel Johnson Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph; a beginning, a struggle and a victory." Gandhi A determined soul will do more with a rusty monkey wrench than a loafer will accomplish with all the tools in a machine shop." Robert Hughes The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that, whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand." Vince Lombardi And finally … We will either find a way, or make one!" Hannibal Editor’s Note: Jennifer Schuyler is the Senior Membership Manager with LuxuryRealEstate.com. She has a remarkable history of meeting and exceeding luxury brokers’ marketing needs. This is quite an interesting collection of quotes famous people. It seems that determination is the central focus of these quotes. It doesn’t matter so much that the world around us is shaking in fear, as long as we are calm and positive inside. When challenges come, let us lift up our heads and welcome the opportunity to show who we truly are.

LuxuryRealEstate.com reaches out to international buyers

Mar 26, 2008

By Courtney Jackson I am excited to announce the launch of a new print product. We have been hearing more and more about the need for International advertising so we decided to add the International Wall Street Journal to our list of exclusive advertising opportunities. The International edition is distributed throughout Europe and Asia with a distribution of 167,452. We currently offer a 1/8 page option. Make sure to contact your Account Manager to find out all the details. Editor’s Note: Courtney Jackson is the Print Director for LuxuryRealEstate.com. She works closely with The Wall Street Journal, Unique Homes and a variety of other publications to help luxury brokers gain domestic and international exposure for their properties. During this time of a weakening dollar and falling property prices in some parts of the United States, foreign investors are becoming an important part of U.S. real estate. Now is a great time for them to buy, and now is a key time to reach out to these potential clients. This is a great opportunity.

Betsy & Brian Losh honored with service award

Mar 26, 2008

By Meghan Barry Congratulations to Betsy & Brian Losh, of Ewing & Clark Inc. in Seattle, WA. Yesterday, March 11th, at the Kerry Oliver Guild Luncheon Brian and Betsy were honored by the Seattle Children’s Home for their years of service and support. Since 1884, Seattle Children’s Home (SCH) has been taking care of the special needs of children and their families. At SCH, a full spectrum of care is offered. Services range from residential treatment with 24-hour nursing and psychiatric services to less-intensive counseling visits. Many LuxuryRealEstate.com members give back to their communities throughout the year. It is always wonderful to see recognition for these tireless efforts. Editor’s Note: Meghan Barry is the Executive Vice President of LuxuryRealEstate.com. She works closely with CEO John Brian Losh to organize a variety of Luxury Real Estate programs, events and services. This is a wonderful honor for Mr. and Mrs. Losh to receive. Giving your time and talents to a worthy cause in an excellent way to forget about yourself and remember what is really important in life. Obtaining positive publicity, while a definite plus, should not be the only goal of doing good, and Mr. and Mrs. Losh have shown that they are mainly focused on other people in this endeavor because of their low-key kindness.

Filming and "Traveling" in Seattle

Mar 26, 2008

By Allyson Metters Every morning I walk through the historic Pike Place Market on my way to the LuxuryRealEstate.com office. I get in really early in the morning, so most days it is just me passing by the produce vendors who are setting up for the busy day of shoppers and tourists. Today was a bit different. As I turned the corner onto Pike Place, I noticed that the entire street was closed to traffic and there was security everywhere. I asked the produce vendors what was going on, and they told me that Aaron Eckart and Jennifer Aniston are in town to film a movie called Traveling. As someone who lived in Los Angeles for awhile, and even worked for a time as a nanny to a family with very close connections to the industry (that could be a whole series of unrelated blog entries!), the actual sight of a film set is not incredibly fascinating to me, but I was excited to see that Seattle is going to be showcased. Seattle is truly an amazing, beautiful city. In fact, according to “Talent Markets: the Importance of Location in the Competition for Human Capital,” a collaboration of the Human Capital Institute and Monster.com, Seattle was in the top 10 preferred U.S. metropolitan areas of job relocation. Judging by the number of transplants that we have in our office alone, the city’s appeal is quite evident. Editor’s Note: Allyson Metters is the Relocation Manager for LuxuryRealEstate.com. She helps people who are moving to find a perfect broker to meet their needs in their new area. By the way, you can find some more information on this new movie in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. I hope that this movie turns out to be good! The right place for you to live is based upon many factors, and this list by the Human Capital Institute and Monster.com could be quite useful for many people as they seek a new home. Luxury Referral Services is another excellent resource for you to find a top broker in new areas.
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