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VERO BEACH, FL - John’s Island Real Estate Company is pleased to announce a record number of properties were placed under contract in the month of November. It has been one of their busiest times for sales, with a total of 94 properties sold/under contract since January 2013. They are seeing a decrease in their inventory as buyers are coming back into the market that have been reluctant to buy in the past.
John’s Island Real Estate Company’s website, www.JohnsIslandRealEstate.com, is the only comprehensive John’s Island resource which plays a key role in their extensive marketing package. Strategic SEO and SEM campaigns target key national and international markets, while lead generation programs have increased sales leads. Linked with affiliates, Who’s Who In Luxury Real Estate and Classic Properties International, their listings reach an affluent global network in all the right places.
Now is the time to visit John’s Island. The golf courses and tennis courts have never looked better, new sport programs have been implemented, and the weather is perfect! Contact John’s Island Real Estate Company today to learn more about the John’s Island lifestyle.
About John’s Island & John’s Island Real Estate Company
John’s Island Real Estate Company is the market leader, exclusively committed to John’s Island since 1969. Their entire sales team lives on-site, year round and offers first-hand knowledge of the unique lifestyle, property ownership and architectural review standards. Named one of “America’s Top 25 Golf Communities” by Travel + Leisure Golf, John’s Island is a 1,650± acre, ocean-to-river, luxury, residential community in Vero Beach, Florida. World-class amenities include three championship golf courses, 18 Har-Tru tennis courts, professional squash and croquet, Health & Fitness Center, and three Clubhouses including a spectacular Beach Club overlooking three miles of private beach along the Atlantic Ocean. For more information or to view local listings, visit www.JohnsIslandRealEstate.com.
Courtesy of Palm Cay
Palm Cay has just completed what may be Nassau's (in the Bahamas) first ever parent and child playground. This is the first mom-pop-teen-tween-and toddler playground that the playground developer has ever created. “We’re a family-oriented community. That’s central to everything we do, so we set out to create a playground where the whole family can play,” said Marketing and Sales Director Zachary ‘Zack’ Bonczek. The equipment ranges from a kiddie section for toddlers straight up to exercise equipment for teens and adults.
The playground was the latest installation in the booming development that will eventually feature more than 300 single family residences, condos, cottages, and beachfront and ocean view townhomes.
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Courtesy of Luxury Homes by VAPF
The Royal Automobile Club in central London was the location chosen for the official launch party of the RREC 2014 Yearbook on Friday the 8th of November. As a key sponsor in this publication, Luxury Homes by VAPF attended the champagne reception for around 300 guests at this fantastic location, with live jazz music, a tap dance spectacle which delighted all those present and a superb sushi bar for the guests to savour these Japanese culinary delights. The 2014 Yearbook celebrates 110 Years of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and the high quality publication produced by St. James's House is a beautifully illustrated 400-plus page book written by enthusiasts and experts, showcasing “best of breed” organisations from around the world.
Rolls-Royce and Bentley owners and collectors are a select and hard-to-reach group of the world’s most discerning consumers, who appreciate originality, individuality and peerless quality. Many owners enjoy a luxury lifestyle and value a commitment to excellence. They belong to an elite club known as the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club, which is one of the largest single-marque car clubs in the world. Through its events and publications it informs, inspires and connects owners while protecting the heritage of Rolls-Royce and Bentley. The RREC is also one of the most successful and respected car clubs worldwide, with an international membership of around 10,000.
Numerous glittering locations have been used in the past to launch the RREC’s official publications. These include Claridge’s, The Dorchester, The Hempel Hotel in London and Goodwood House. Strictly invitation-only, the book launches enable RREC members and sponsors to mingle and network in convivial surroundings, while attracting national and local press interest due to the many Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars present.
Courtesy of Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty
Anne Dresser Kocur has become a household name synonymous to Denver Real Estate. Most recently ranked one of the “Best Real Estate Agents In America” by REALTrends Inc., Anne adds this honor to a string of recurring accolades including: #1 Top Individual by Volume from the Denver Metro Association of Realtors Roundtable of Excellence Awards, and four-time 5280 Five Star Agent award.
From humble beginnings selling wigs door to door at Lowry Air Force Base in the late 70s, to a career-making real estate deal with business magnate Warren Buffet, Anne knows a thing or two about results, and has carved herself a path with sheer tenacity and a relentless will to succeed. Her impressive portfolio spans three decades, and includes raising a family along the way.
“It’s never too late,” says Anne when asked about how she juggles the role of mom and top-producing broker. “I find strength in family as a mother of three children. It is what pushes me to give my clients 150%. I love what I do and get great satisfaction out of exceeding my client’s expectations.”
From notoriety as an industry leader, to work with organizations like Make a Wish Foundation, Children’s Hospital Colorado, and The American Cancer Society, Anne stops at nothing to give back to her community. Her knack for serving people also spills over into her career. Much of her business is generated from referrals and lifelong clients and friends.
“What a whirlwind! Anne provided the most amazing customer service experience we have ever received in a real estate transaction,” noted recent clients. “From the moment we called, Anne was there for us, helping us with every process along the way in an expedient, professional, and friendly manner. And although we expected our house to sell quickly, to have a contract signed for more than the asking price with agreeable terms in less than a week, was a dream come true. Anne is, without question, one of the hardest working professionals we have ever worked with. The big bonus for us was Anne’s honest, friendly, and sensitive approach.”
Anne’s savvy business sense and commitment to client service has landed her high caliber homes for sale throughout Colorado, including several on the market today. To market a distinctive home requires uncommon knowledge and resources. Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty broker associates like Anne Dresser Kocur, understand that a home, regardless of its price range, reflects the incalculable value of the life within. To discuss real estate opportunities contact Anne Dresser Kocur at 303-229-6464 or visit fullersothebysrealty.com.
Courtesy of Carmel Realty Company
Malone Hodges of Carmel Realty Company recently finished the Big Sur Half Marathon on Sunday, November 17th. The half marathon course began and ended in historic downtown Monterey and traveled down Cannery Row and along the Pacific Grove shoreline, with a jog into downtown Pacific Grove. Charity partners for the event included the Ronald McDonald House and Inheritance of Hope.
About Carmel Realty Company
Established in 1913, Carmel Realty Company is the oldest real estate firm on the Monterey Peninsula. The company just celebrated its 100 year anniversary this year. Carmel Realty provides Luxury Real Estate Sales, Vacation Rental, Commercial Sales, and Property Management Services. The company’s 30+ agents operate out of four flagship Real Estate offices; three in Carmel, and one in Carmel Valley Village.
In residential real estate, as in all service businesses, communication is everything. How we say what we need to say, how we listen, what we hear when others are speaking (and what we learn about them when they are NOT speaking) - these communications skills create the critical arsenal for our business success. How, then, can we be better at them?
Although most people like to talk, we need to be careful. As every good agent knows, it is not a smart idea to weigh in on topics about which we don’t know enough, and it is critical to know enough about the topics in which we ought to be well versed. For example, we must have the relevant facts about our own exclusives directly at our fingertips. Not to know the basics about a property we represent undermines both our credibility and the efficacy of our communication. And it underserves the client. The other extreme is no better: having all the information at hand but force feeding it to a buyer who may just want a halo of quiet within which to absorb the space. No need to let the buyer know how easy it is to remove a few walls until you know that they don’t think it is perfect the way it is. Broker Communication Rule No. 1: it is NOT all about you! We serve best when we are heavy on information but light on opinions.
New Yorkers lead complex lives. As a group, our decision making tends to be dictated by a diverse mix of needs and desires. And we as agents can only understand and respond to that diverse mix by actively, fully listening. Not the listening in which we are willing to let someone else speak for a little simply so we can formulate what we are going to say next. Nor the listening through which the other’s words simply become the springboard off which to bounce our own thoughts. The listening I mean is proactive and engaged. Through it, we learn what the client or customer really wants; if we listen effectively enough we may even understand his needs and desires better than he does. Broker Communication Rule No. 2: the customer or client will tell you everything you need to know if you can listen attentively enough to hear it. Good listening requires self-training; it is a conscious choice, not a passive skill.
Communication happens at the fulcrum where active listening and informed talking meet. For us as agents to communicate successfully with our clients, everything they say and do becomes relevant. Not just the obvious things like their jobs and where their kids go to school, but also what excites them, what inspires them, what they aspire to. They can’t always articulate it in words, any more than the rest of us can. Body language counts as well: a stance, a change in the pace of the interaction. If we are doing it right, agent and client begin to trust each other. That trust leads to further openness. As the agent assimilates all this proffered information both direct and subliminal, the story of what the client truly wants begins to emerge. Which leads us to Broker Communication Rule No. 3: good communication leads to trust. Trust builds relationships. Relationships create happy homeowners.
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I am very proud to be a part of Giveback Homes. Giveback Homes is dedicated to creating a sustainable relationship between real estate professionals and communities in need throughout the world. My ongoing commitment to giving back to the local South Bay community has sparked a desire to further my reach. With this organization I will now be able to broaden the scope of giving and help families in other countries.
Our goal is to create social change through the act of buying or selling a home. I am seeking to have a positive impact on the world and the industry I know best: Real Estate. My partnership with Giveback Homes allows me to utilize a percentage of commissions to build safe homes for families in need. These contributions go directly to the field. This positive change for those in need takes place when buying or selling a home with me.
The safety and security of a sanitary living space is the foundation for a productive and healthy life. For many families around the world, such a home is only a dream. Their reality is a structure made of scrap lumber, rusted metals and tarps. They are vulnerable to weather, illness and without doors or locks they are unable to keep their family safe from intruders. Our building partners identify communities in need, not just individual families. In living close to one another, it allows the families to share resources, organize schools and churches. Once a family has a safe, new home, it becomes a place of pride for them: a place where they can host family, friends, and neighbors and truly lead a healthier life. Learn more on how you can giveback, Click Here.
Courtesy of Palm Cay
Buying a condo was never like this before. In an atmosphere charged with anticipation, prospective homeowners gathered outside the Palm Cay clubhouse for a reservations-become-reality night, eager for the groundbreaking approach to luxury condo sales at the $200 million development.
(Photo:Palm Cay Sales & Marketing Coordinator Celeste Nixon smiles with new Anchorage buyer William Howard Russell as she marks off another claimed unit.)
Guests were there with a mission in mind, to turn the interest they registered in one of the first 12 units of The Anchorage condominium complex in the gated, marina community on New Providence’s southeastern shore into reality.
“Tonight was a major success,” said Palm Cay Director of Marketing and Sales Zack Bonczek. “We had a great turn out and the buyers were excited and engaged throughout the entire process. It also gave people a chance to meet their future neighbors and that added to the fun and spirit that is becoming synonymous with Palm Cay.” The community recently introduced Friday happy hour and Saturday family beach fun day. Both have drawn larger than expected numbers despite the need to reserve ahead.
During last week’s event, reservation holders were called in the sequence that their respective reservations were made. Once a unit was chosen, it was marked off, visible to the other buyers declaring the unit was spoken for, creating more suspense. Matthew Sands and Gabrielle Burrows, the first buyers to claim a unit shared their satisfaction. “I was very excited that we were able to look at all the units and choose the best spot for us and get the first pick of our unit of the 12 reservation holders,” said Burrows.
Prospective buyers had previously made a fully refundable $5,000 commitment for one of the first 12 units available during Phase 1. Some 15 reservations had poured in, prompting Palm Cay to consider accelerating plans for the construction of Phase 2.
Each of the residences will have views of Palm Cay’s gardens and all feature travertine tile floors, 9ft ceilings, terrace or balcony, and access to all of Palm Cay’s amenities including a marina, beach, playgrounds, tennis courts, and restaurant and bar.
The high-end Palm Cay development on New Providence’s southeastern shore boasts the island’s largest small to mid-sized boat marina, 1,200 feet of white sand beaches, two tennis courts, pools, playground and clubhouse in a secure, family-oriented community.
Courtesy of The Dawn Thomas Team
We here at The Dawn Thomas Team have been telling you throughout the year that if you’re a Seller, now is the time to sell and if you’re a Buyer you need to have the best negotiators on your side; now you can see why!
As you can see in Los Altos, for the month and also the year in 2013 compared to 2012 there is less inventory, less days on the market, less inventory and higher sales prices. You can also see that the same is true of Los Altos Hills as well.
While these numbers look great for Sellers, don’t be discouraged if you’re a Buyer; many buyers right now are over qualified and just need to find the right home and Real Estate Agent to get them there.
We wrote yesterday about some of the changes that might be happening in 2014 that will effect housing, there’s still time.
And if you’re thinking about next year, there’s no better time to reach out and get a plan going to hit the ground running in January 2014!
Courtesy of South Bay Brokers
Jim Van Zanten and Jack Gillespie know that in addition to location - schools, schools, schools sell houses. The Manhattan Beach Education Foundation thanks Jim and Jack and their company South Bay Brokers for years of dedication in time, talent and financial support, including their fourth year as a $10,000 MBEF Business Sponsor.
About South Bay Brokers
You should never hire a real estate agent without careful consideration and a thorough look at the agent's foundation - the real estate brokerage. Abiding by the truth that a structure is only as strong as its foundation, South Bay Brokers provides its agents with every tool needed to guide you as you make one of the most crucial financial decisions of your life.
The purchase or sale of your first home, your next home or second property; we want to develop a relationship and work with you throughout the stages of your life.
The hundred plus full-time agents at South Bay Brokers take pride in consistently high sales volume, even in an economic downturn, unquestioned ethics and deep community involvement - something we have done for the past 29 years.
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