Luxury Real Estate Blog

Billionaire dream homes

Mar 26, 2008

By Joey Pauley I was reading an article in Forbes the other day about Celebrity Billionaires, including the likes of Steve Jobs and Donald trump. Unfortunately, after scanning the article I noticed my name did not appear anywhere. It may have been the lack of Billions or Celebrity status. Who knows?

Same old routine or thinking outside the box?

Mar 26, 2008

By Bente Madtsen You say your market is slow? Plenty of listings, but no buyers? What are you doing to reach out to your potential clients? With the American dollar at an all-time low, many foreign investors are starting to look at acquiring real estate in the United States. What are YOU doing to capture the foreign investors?

Tragic house burnings expose sad truths

Mar 26, 2008

By Robert Lockard Woodinville, a suburb of Seattle, suffered a sad event on Monday, March 3, 2008, according to an article I found in Yahoo! News. Three luxury homes were burned and two others were damaged in a case of arson. Thank goodness the homes were unoccupied and so no one was injured. These homes were part of last year’s Street of Dreams, an annual event that allows people from all over the Puget Sound to walk through and experience the incredible features of cutting-edge luxury homes. The homes that were destroyed were actually much smaller than some of the more opulent homes that have been showcased in the past – measuring about 4,000 square feet each. They were also built with special “green” features, including water-pervious sidewalks, super-insulated walls and windows and products made with recycled materials, like carpet pads. There is some evidence that this arson attack was perpetrated by extremists who claim to be acting in the best interests of the planet. Apparently, efforts to “go green” might not be seen as enough to alleviate these people’s fears that we are damaging the environment too much. I can’t really relate to this feeling of hatred that would lead someone to burn down a house and cause millions of dollars in damage. I am so glad that no one was killed in this tragedy. Ironically, I’m actually planning on writing an editorial on “green homes” in the summer issue of LuxuryRealEstate.com Magazine. This might be an interesting topic to discuss in that editorial – the idea that our efforts might be soon as too little in some people’s eyes. I trust that most people are good, and I’m sorry to talk about such a sad topic. I hope that we will all be careful in protecting ourselves and our property. Editor’s Note: Robert Lockard is the Public Relations & Media Specialist with LuxuryRealEstate.com. I am Robert. I create all of LuxuryRealEstate.com’s newsletters, write the editorials in LuxuryRealEstate.com Magazine and much more. I live within a few miles of Woodinville, so this tragedy hits home with me a little more than it would if it were in another state.

Who is in your Referral Network?

Mar 26, 2008

By Brian Langhorst Referrals can create more consistency in your business, even in a down market. Businesses are always on the move and so are their employees. There are boundless opportunities to create a vast, dynamic referral network for yourself. I would start by attending our conferences – any and all of them (the Spring Retreat in San Diego is rapidly approaching, April 15-18, 2008).

All decked out

Mar 26, 2008

By Kimberly Fulwyler If you are currently getting your home ready to sell, building or updating your deck might be a great way to add additional value and curb appeal to your home. For instance, a recent Realty Times article states that “The average American homeowner who adds a deck can recoup 75 percent of the total cost if he or she sold the house within a year of the deck’s construction.

Going back to the future on Sunday

Mar 26, 2008

By Allyson Metters Daylight Saving Time begins this weekend. That means that some of us may lose an hour of sleep, and those of us who get to work early may actually see some daylight when returning home in the evening. While I am looking forward to more daytime after what has been a long winter in the Pacific Northwest, some of us will not be participating. For the United States and its territories, Daylight Saving Time is NOT observed in Arizona, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands or the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands.

The power of online and print advertising

Mar 26, 2008

By Courtney Jackson I was reading Shelby Morris’ blog the other day about Print vs. Online advertising and I saw this great entry, entitled Internet Marketing vs. Print Ads, so I thought I would share it. The question this author posed was whether agents should do online or print advertising. One of the agents writing had decided to do just online. Below is a response by Matt Grohe that I thought was very telling: Shelby, I enjoy driving, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t ride a bike, walk, or take a bus or a train. In my estimation, a strategy based entirely on the Internet is a lopsided one.

Good things come in threes (part 2): Born on February 29th

Mar 26, 2008

By Meghan Barry Appropriately, this week I have had several conversations about the Leap Year and, in particular, babies born on February 29th. Each time this topic comes up, I have shared my affinity for The Pirates of Penzance, a comedic opera by W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, also famous for The Mikado and H.M.S. Pinafore (Few people know this, but I was in a Middle School rendition of The Mikado).

New opportunities await at the Luxury Real Estate Spring Retreat

Mar 26, 2008

By Jennifer Schuyler I cannot tell you how excited I am about the upcoming Spring Retreat at The Grand Del Mar in San Diego, California! Over the last five years working within our industry, I have not experienced or met such a high-caliber group of people representing Luxury Real Estate. Our conferences are amazing opportunities to network, increase referral business and allow new and senior members to establish personal and professional relationships.

Florida real-estate firms find strength in numbers

Mar 26, 2008

Illustrated Properties Real Estate is proud to announce the addition of Dutcher Higgenbothem and Bass, Inc., to their Family of Companies. There is strength in numbers and Illustrated Properties is proud to have increased not only in size and but also in market share with the recent merger of the very successful, well-known and respected Dutcher, Higginbotham and Bass, Inc., located in Sewall’s Point.
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