Luxury Real Estate Press Releases

Diane and Bruce Turton To Be Honored by Boy Scouts As Distinguished Citizens of the Year

Mar 27, 2005 —

Diane and Bruce Turton To Be Honored by Boy Scouts As Distinguished Citizens of the Year Couple Will Be Recognized for Ongoing Support of the Community and Today's Youth POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NEW JERSEY (March 24, 2005) - The Jersey Shore Council Boy Scouts of America will honor Diane and Bruce Turton at their 30th annual Distinguished Citizens Award Dinner April 27th at The Mill in Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey.

Market Update: By Mark Unkel of PRDnationwide Kawana Waters

Mar 27, 2005 —

Market Update By Mark Unkel of PRDnationwide Kawana Waters Over the past 3-4 weeks we have been able to successfully negotiate several properties within the Minyama Waters area. * 5 Cypress Court, Minyama Waters      -   SOLD * 1 Oak Court, Minyama Waters           -   SOLD * 77 Mooloolah Drive, Minyama Waters  -   UNDER CONTRACT * 60 Chelsea Crescent, The Quays       -   SOLD/SETTLED * 60 Sunbird Chase, The Quays           -   SOLD/SETTLED * 38 Pacific Blvd, Buddina                   -   SOLD/SETTLED Best of the Web Weekly

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Prudential Douglas Elliman Agent Dolly Lenz Wins Top Real Estate Prize

Mar 20, 2005 —

Prudential Douglas Elliman Agent Dolly Lenz Wins Top Real Estate Prize March 21, 2005 - New York -- A New York residential broker has taken home the award as the country's top producer for real estate giant Prudential and its affiliates. Dolly Lenz, the managing director and executive vice president at upscale Douglas Elliman, received the award yesterday at Prudential's annual real estate conference in Las Vegas. She brought in more than $6 million in gross commissions - a record in 2004. "It's quite an honor to receive this award, especially in such a competitive market," Lenz told The Post. Prudential also topped the charts at a record $185 billion in sales. Lenz, whose high-profile clients include actors, musicians, business leaders and socialites, is among 59,000 registered agents at the company. She has also consistently ranked among the top in her field among all real estate brokerage firms. "Usually, it's someone from California who wins the award, so this really is a great achievment for Dolly and us," said Douglas Elliman partner Howard Lorber. So far, Lenz is on track to win next years' award with recent closings that include "Burnt Point," an estate in the Hamptons that sold for $45 million.

Highest Listing in McCall, Idaho: $11 Million Lakefront Hideaway

Mar 20, 2005 —

Highest Listing in McCall, Idaho: $11 Million Lakefront Hideaway March, 2005 - This 18 acre hideaway with 1200 feet of Payette Lake shoreline is privately nestled in mountain terrain. Located 100 miles North of Boise, Idaho with access to two ski resorts (Brundage Mountain and Tamarack Resort), five area golf courses and two lakes. The beautifully appointed main house, with spectacular 180 degree views, a smaller stone home, providing sanctuary, first class appointments and 360 degree views, complements the beauty of the property. A traditionally styled hand worked barn houses estate management equipment, 15 ATVs, speed boats and other water toys comfortably. The estate also enjoys a private AVT and hiking trails and three beaches. A further spectacular building site prompts this property's reputation as one of the finest in the Pacific Northwest. Offered at $11,000,000.

New Hire for Sakamoto Properties

Mar 20, 2005 —

Lori Castillo Planos Lori is a graduate of Stanford University with a B.A. in Communications, while also a member of Stanford's Women's Golf Team, with All American Honorable Mention honors. At Sakamoto Properties, Lori has brought energy, sales experience, and a commitment to the type of service that defines the company.  The newest member of the Sakamoto Team has a long history and is highly respected in the golfing world.  Lori was born into Hawaii's best known golfing family...The Castillo's, and was known to have been the top junior and amateur golfer of all time.

John Natoli Sells a Home for $7.5 Million AUS to Re-Sell it Three Months Later at $9 Million AUS

Mar 20, 2005 —

John Natoli Sells a Home for $7,500,000AUS to Re-Sell it Three Months Later at $9,000,000AUS March, 2005 - Over the months of January & February John Natoli of PRDnationwide recorded 5 sales for a total of $27,665,000 - or an average of $5,533,000 per sale. Point of interest is a property recently sold for $9,000,000 after having been sold only 3 months ago for $7,500,000.  The property was not on the market the second time around, but a buyer who missed it the first time asked John to follow up with the new owner and see if he would consider selling for a profit. Twenty four hours later, contracts were signed and the property subsequently settled 21 days later.

Prudential CA/NV/TX Realty Breaks 2003 Sales Record in 2004

Mar 20, 2005 —

Prudential CA/NV/TX Realty Breaks 2003 Sales Record in 2004 California - March, 2005 - Prudential CA/NV/TX Realty has broken the sales record it set in 2003. The company announced sales volume of approximately $15 billion with more than 35,000 transactions in 2004. Those numbers exceed the $11 billion in sales volume and 32,000 transactions set the previous year.

Esslinger Wooten Maxwell Give Back

Mar 20, 2005 —

Miami's Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell Realtors - EWM - Forego Awards to Help Tsunami Victims; EWM Donates $20,000 to the National Association of Realtors Tsunami Relief Fund MIAMI --March 21, 2005-- Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell Realtors(R) (EWM), based in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale and one of the largest residential real estate firms in the U.S., announced today that their 825 realtors would forego receiving their annual awards and donate the $20,000 that would customarily be spent on trophies and plaques in order to help those affected by the Tsunami in Southeast Asia and East Africa. In lieu of the customary recognition, realtors were given certificates at the awards luncheon acknowledging their achievements, and conveying that a contribution had been given in their name to the tsunami relief efforts. The $20,000 donation will go to the NAR's Realtors(R) Tsunami Relief Project that was created to solicit aid for those displaced by the Tsunami in Southeast Asia and East Africa. The project is in partnership with Habitat for Humanity(R) International and was created to build REALTOR(R) Villages comprised of 'core houses,' which are permanent structures that, in some cases, will be built on the foundation of previous homes. The donation will provide funds for the construction of twenty homes. Ron Shuffield, President of EWM, presented a $20,000 check to Pat Vredevoogd, Vice President of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), who flew in from Chicago for the event, and Ann Manning, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity in Miami. The tsunami that occurred in Southeast Asia and East Africa on December 26th killed 150,000 people, and left even more without shelter. "This is a very encouraging gesture by EWM's associates," says Ron Peltier, President & CEO of HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate which owns EWM, and the second-largest full-service independent residential real estate brokerage firm in the U.S. Our industry is one of the nation's economic engines, and we're all honored to be a part of NAR's efforts to help the tsunami victims." "What more appropriate way for Realtors(R) to help than to provide the resources for building homes," adds Pat Vredevoogd, First Vice President of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), whose REALTOR(R) Tsunami Relief Effort has generated more than $1.4 million in contributions. "This $20,000 donation from EWM will certainly go a long way towards assisting those in need." "This is a humbling way for our realtors to contribute to this effort and to help rebuild the communities devastated by the tsunami disaster," concludes Ron Shuffield, President of EWM Realtors(R). "The response from our realtors was nothing short of unbelievable. They not only embraced the concept, but many offered to contribute over and above. It was truly touching to see the response. I am very proud of each one of our associates and staff members at EWM." About EWM Founded in 1964, Esslinger-Wooten-Maxwell is one of the largest real estate services firms in America, with home sales of more than $3 billion in 2004. The full-service firm has 950 associates and staff throughout 13 offices in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, located in Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Ponce de Leon, South Miami, Pinecrest/Palmetto Bay, Miami Beach, Key Biscayne, Brickell, Plantation, Weston, Southwest Broward and Las Olas. EWM offers residential and commercial real estate services, corporate relocation, international services, and business brokerage as well as home mortgage, title closing services and property insurance through their subsidiary companies, EWM Mortgage, EWM Title and EWM Insurance. EWM is the exclusive Miami-Dade and Broward Counties affiliate for Christie's Great Estates, the largest network of luxury independent real estate firms in the world and a subsidiary of Christie's International PLC, the London-based art auction company founded in 1766. With more than 500 offices and approximately 14,000 real estate agents in 15 countries, the affiliate members of Christie's Great Estates market the finest homes around the globe. As one of the principal owners of the RELO(R) Network, EWM is a member of the nation's largest real estate referral group, comprising more than 700 real estate firms across North America. Through joint alliances with their member firms, these affiliated real estate companies provide home buying and selling services to families and individuals relocating all across the continent. EWM is a wholly-owned subsidiary of HomeServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate. HomeServices is the second-largest full-service independent residential real estate brokerage firm, and the largest settlement services provider, in the U.S. Through its affiliation with HomeServices of America, EWM is part of a real estate family of 20,000 sales associates spanning across 18 states, with an annual sales volume exceeding $60 billion. For additional information, visit

High-Tech Home Devices

Mar 15, 2005 —

By Jen Schaefer Thanks to "smart" technology, luxury homes get safer, more functional and easier to maintain with each passing year. Following are five of our favorite high-tech devices, which promise to bring your home one step closer to a Jetsons-style abode. 1. Barcode-scanning microwave. What's more convenient than microwaving your dinner? Zapping it in Beyond's Microwave Oven, which recognizes 4,000 packaged products and will automatically set the right cooking time and temperature. The stainless-steel microwave comes with an attached scanner pen. All you do is scan the UPC symbol on the food you want to cook, and the microwave does the rest. An optional device enables the microwave to update its memory automatically from the Beyond Network database. Starting around $180.
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