Luxury Real Estate Press Releases

Hill & Co. Answers Prayers with Sale of a Historic Church

Dec 10, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO – (Dec. 11, 2007) – The Golden Gate Lutheran Church was built in 1910 and was in desperate need of seismic retrofitting. In fact, the city had placed an injunction on the property and demanded the owners cease operations and do the retrofit or shut down. Unfortunately, the ministry couldn’t afford to have the work done. Still, there was some interest. But the nearly 10,000-square-foot building made of unreinforced masonry had fallen out of escrow with buyers twice before, not surprising considering the significant and complex retrofit work that was required. The situation was bleak until the team of Woodruff-Miller with Hill & Co. brought forth the perfect buyer and oversaw the complicated transaction to its happy conclusion.The buyer was Siamak Akhavan, owner of BMP Construction, a seismic retrofit engineering company. He clearly saw the potential in the property and had the expertise to address the work required.“In the end, the buyer is happy to have a great space to work on – one that he will eventually call home and that will also allow him to provide non-profit space to the community,” said Marcus Miller of the Woodruff-Miller Team. “The sellers are no doubt relieved that they can now move to other churches and be free of the huge liability this building represented.”The Woodruff & Miller offer wasn’t the highest bid for the property, but it was the one that seemed the most feasible. After falling out of escrow twice, that was enormously important. Ultimately, it seems everyone’s prayers were answered.Hill & Co.Founded in 1956, Hill & Co. Real Estate is a San Francisco brokerage long associated with the city’s finest properties. With three offices and nearly 100 full-time agents, the company enables clients to successfully navigate San Francisco’s complex real estate market. Two additional Hill & Co. offices provide property management and rental services. For more information, visit

Top Central New Jersey Luxury Real Estate Firm Extends Exclusive Reach to Princeton

Dec 06, 2007

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. – (Dec. 7, 2007) – Hoping to gain a strategic market advantage, one of central New Jersey’s best-performing luxury real estate firms, Gloria Nilson GMAC Real Estate, recently expanded its exclusive territory into Mercer County, which includes Princeton.Gloria Nilson GMAC Real Estate is a member of the Luxury Real Estate Board of Regents ( The Board of Regents only accepts one member into its ranks from a specific location, ensuring that the number-one firm in each market, in terms of sales and other factors, is allowed to join this prestigious leadership body. No other firm will be able to join the Board of Regents in Mercer County, now that Gloria Nilson GMAC has exclusive rights to it.“We wanted to utilize the prestige and reputation of Luxury Real Estate’s Board of Regents to bring more value to our buyers and sellers,” said Patricia S. Bell, the president of Gloria Nilson GMAC Real Estate. “We are number-one in sales volume for Mercer County for the first 10 months of 2007 and we hope that increased exposure of our affiliations with the Board of Regents will broaden our luxury market.”The Board of Regents is the exclusive affiliation of luxury brokers and the governing body of the global Luxury Real Estate network. It is comprised of 87 brokerage firms representing more than 430 offices from around the world. Each Board of Regents member is selected because of his or her qualifications and commitment to the Luxury Real Estate brand.Gloria Nilson GMAC was founded in 1977, and its territory now spreads across six counties: Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Somerset. The company currently has more than 725 agents, 110 employees and 17 locally managed offices in more than a dozen cities in central New Jersey.For more information on Gloria Nilson GMAC Real Estate, visit their Web site: the Luxury Real Estate Board of RegentsThe Board of Regents is an exclusive network of the world\\\\\'s most elite luxury real estate brokers, comprised of the most legendary names in the industry. The Board of Regents is the governing body of Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate, the worldwide network of luxury real estate brokerage firms. Members of the Board of Regents are marketing experts, providing innovation and unparalleled service to their clients. For additional information, please visit or

Pacific Union GMAC Supports “Toys for Tots” Holiday Collection

Dec 02, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO – (Dec. 3, 2007) – The more the merrier when it comes to donating toys to help make the holidays brighter for local underprivileged kids. Joining forces with the seasonal U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign, Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate is pleased to offer several Bay Area toy drop-off locations at its offices in San Francisco and the North Bay. Unwrapped toys will be collected through Friday, Dec. 14."The holidays are all about the kids and spreading the spirit of joy and hope is accomplished with the Toys for Tots program. Giving a new toy to a child who would not have otherwise received a gift is very rewarding,” said Avram Goldman, president and CEO of Pacific Union GMAC. “I am proud to say Pacific Union is participating in this meaningful effort and we intend to collect as many toys as possible during the season."The Toys for Tots program celebrates 60 years of community service this year. The annual toy collection and distribution campaign was founded with the goal to help needy children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas and to play an active role in the development of one of our nation\\\'s most valuable natural resources – our children. It is also an effort to unite people through a common cause each year, ultimately serving to build stronger communities of the future.Toy collection boxes will be at the following 10 Pacific Union GMAC offices through December 14:·   San Francisco Presidio: One Letterman Dr., Building C, Suite 300, San Francisco, CA 94129-1482·   Opera Plaza: 601 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA 94102·   South Beach: 38 Bryant St., San Francisco CA 94105·   Greenbrae/Central Marin: 189 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Greenbrae, CA 94904·   Mill Valley/Downtown: 37 Miller Ave., Mill Valley, CA, 94941·   Mill Valley/Strawberry: 60 Belvedere Dr., Mill Valley, CA 94941·   Larkspur: 490 Magnolia Ave., Larkspur, CA 94939·   Sonoma: 640 Broadway, Sonoma, CA 95476 and 109 East Napa Street·   St. Helena/Napa: 1508 Main St., St. Helena, CA 94574·   Montclair: 1900 Mountain Blvd., Oakland, CA 94611·   Orinda/Contra Costa County: 8 Camino Encinas, Suite 100, Orinda, CA 94563For information about the Toys for Tots drive, visit Union GMAC Real EstateSince 1975, Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate has thoughtfully matched generations of buyers and sellers throughout the entire Bay Area. An exclusive affiliate of Christie’s Great Estates, Pacific Union GMAC focuses on delivering outstanding quality and unparalleled service to a full spectrum of discerning clients. Pacific Union GMAC is the only firm in California to receive a distinguished International Property Award in association with CNBC for superior marketing materials and client services in the luxury marketplace. A premier, locally managed brokerage with knowledgeable, experienced real estate professionals, Pacific Union GMAC takes a leading edge to new technology applications designed to enhance the client experience. Pacific Union is a GMAC Home Services company. For more information, visit
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