Luxury Real Estate Press Releases

HIFX European Market Report

Dec 18, 2005

HIFX European Market ReportWhat has caused the Euro to fluctuate against the Dollar over the past three months? Since September 2005 EUR/USD has been trending in a strong downward direction resulting in over a 9 cent movement (1.2580 high, 1.1638 low).  To place a monetary value on this move if you were to buy a property in September 05 priced at 100,000 euros it would have cost you $125,800. The same property in November 05 would have cost you $116,380, that is over a $9,0000 saving.  So why has there been such a move?

Five Trends in Kitchen Design that are Here to Stay

Dec 11, 2005

We’ve all seen them…the decorating TV shows that trumpet the latest high-fashion trends in kitchens -- from glass countertops to microwaves that double as flat screen televisions. It’s easy to get caught up in the hype for the latest high-priced item, but what trends are worth your attention and investment? While industry experts often disagree on style issues, they all agree on one thing: the trend of bigger, more open, more important kitchens in the U.S. is here to stay.

PeopleSoft Executive to Sell Tahoe Chateau For $15.95 Million

Dec 04, 2005

PeopleSoft Executive to Sell Tahoe Chateau For $15.95 Million LAKE TAHOE, Nevada) - Lake's Tahoe's latest multimillion-dollar home to hit the market embraces Lake Tahoe life like few others. Champagne, the 16,000-square-foot home, was built in 1999 to the specifications of Al Duffield, former top executive of PeopleSoft, and brother of PeopleSoft founder and CEO Dave Duffield. Al Duffield lives in the home year-round with his wife. The Incline Village, Nevada property sits on 12 acres overlooking Lake Tahoe and is listed for $15.95 million by Chase International. To view this property, click here.The Duffields enlisted the services of Bay Area architect Barry Holloway and builder Gary Pulver from Incline Village, Nevada to create the magnificent eight-bedroom and 11-bath home. Breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe landscape every room while a unique symmetrical entryway and sweeping staircase greet guests at the front door. While top-of-the-line hidden luxuries can be found around every corner and fireplace (of which there are ten) the home still beckons to be curled up in. Baumaniere limestone and walnut wood keeps the home flowing and cohesive and antique adornments by San Francisco's renowned Antonio Mariani breathe character and beauty into armoires, mirrors, doorways, cabinets and antique chests. "This is one of my favorite properties," Kerry Donovan, Chase International agent, said. "It's grand and exquisite yet there's a true sense of life in every room." Grand is correct when the amount of work is put figuratively. Nearly 150 trucks of rocks were hauled out to build the home and 2,000 square feet of concrete was poured. The numerous floor to ceiling Point 5 windows reportedly cost $800,000 (before installation), 300 hundred tons of stone were brought in, 16,000 square feet of limestone was utilized and 45 miles of wire runs through the house. Additional perks and must-haves for those seeking such luxurious living spaces include a 2,500-bottle wine cellar with dining for 16, eight-foot-tall wood-burning fireplace, private master wing, bon vivant kitchen, executive office, library/den, numerous entertainment staging areas, gym, game room, four-car garage, heated driveway apron, Lucent switchboard, 20 phone lines and security television. Chase International has been headquartered in Lake Tahoe, Nevada since 1986. The company is a long-standing exclusive member of Who's Who in Luxury Real Estate and Leading Estates of the World. Recently elected to the Board of Regents for luxury real estate and selected as an exclusive member of the Artisan Group, consisting of the top firms in the Bay Area, along with its membership in the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, the nation's largest independent relocation network (formerly known as RELO), further strengthens their base of client services.

Diane Turton Participates in Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Conference

Dec 04, 2005

Diane Turton Participates in Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Conference POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NEW JERSEY (December 5, 2005) – Diane Turton, President and Broker/Owner of Diane Turton, Realtors, was recently honored as a national award nominee at the Ernst & Young National Entrepreneur of the Year Awards conference in Palm Springs, California held Nov. 17–19 at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa.

Slifer Smith & Frampton Records $1 Billion in Sales for Fiscal Year 2004-2005

Nov 27, 2005

Slifer Smith & Frampton Records $1 Billion in Sales for Fiscal Year 2004-2005 Vail, CO–Slifer Smith & Frampton, the Vail Valley’s premier real estate firm, is pleased to announce a sales record for the company of $1 billion for fiscal year 2004-2005. This is the first year the company has exceeded the billion-dollar mark. By comparison, during the company’s first year of operation in 1994, Slifer Smith & Frampton completed $364 million worth of sales.

John's Island Real Estate Company Awarded Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist Award

Nov 27, 2005

John's Island Real Estate Company Awarded Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist Award Vero Beach, FL, November 21, 2005 – John's Island Real Estate Company and Robert Gibb, Broker/Chairman, were recently selected as the Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist winner for the 2005 National Philanthropy Day Awards. The annual award was presented by the Treasure Coast chapter of the American Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Fashionable Floral Trends in Holiday Decorating

Nov 27, 2005

Do you like the straight, clean lines that define contemporary minimalist taste? Or are you into flash and glamour? Or maybe you favor rich, sumptuous, luxurious textures and colors?  Whatever style defines your personality and manifests your character, the holiday season with its open houses, dinner parties and gifting traditions presents the perfect time to express yourself as an innovator, trendsetter and fashion-forward visionary through creative home décor with fresh flowers. FTD Master Floral Designer Keith White, AIFD, defines the latest in-vogue color palettes and provides the following suggestions for incorporating them into holiday decorating that celebrates the season with style and grace.

Diane Turton Honored As “An Exceptional Woman”

Nov 20, 2005

Diane Turton Honored As “An Exceptional Woman” POINT PLEASANT BEACH, NEW JERSEY (November 18, 2005) – Diane Turton, president and broker/owner of Diane Turton, Realtors, was recently selected as one of a select group of  “Exceptional Women” by WJRZ radio, Oldies 100, in its first annual "Exceptional Women of the Year" program. 

Scottsdale Fine Properties Scoops Highly Prestigious Property Awards

Nov 20, 2005

Scottsdale Fine Properties Scoops Highly Prestigious Property Awards At a glittering awards ceremony held at the London Marriott in Grosvenor Square on November 4, 2005, Scottsdale Fine Properties won top awards in the following categories: Best Estate Agent, Best Property and Best Advertising Agent, in the Bentley International Property Awards – the world’s biggest and most important property event. The fact that Scottsdale Fine Properties earned three of these coveted awards is sure proof that Arizona can not only compete but also triumph within the highly competitive international property arena. In fact, throughout the entire international competition Scottsdale Fine Properties was the only agency to win three awards! Having been given this high recommendation by its peers, the company will display the Bentley International Property Awards’ logo with pride. This symbol of excellence will be recognized and appreciated by the public who are becoming increasingly well informed and discerning about the properties they seek to buy.

100 Private Islands

Nov 13, 2005

100 PRIVATE ISLANDSInterview by Bellini Lacey, Global Divisions Coordinator for Luxury Real Estate Luxury Real Estate member, Cheyenne Morrison of Coldwell Banker Morrison’s Private Islands in Cairns, Australia contacted me last week to inform me that he was about to list his 100th Private Island on I knew Cheyenne received more hits with his private island listings than any other Luxury Real Estate member by a ratio of 4 to 1. Knowing this about his listing’s web traffic compelled me to ask him a few questions:
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