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Press Releases from Luxury Real Estate (53 total)

New Mexican Luxury Community Sponsors Luxury Real Estate Fall Conference

SEATTLE – Las Villas de Mexico, a newly announced collection of luxury resorts spread across Mexico’s top tourist locations, is sponsoring the 13th Annual Luxury Real Estate Fall Conference, which will be hosted in Philadelphia on October 11-14, 2008 at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia. Planners of Las Villas de Mexico are currently building 1,000 luxury properties in four locations: Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. Subsequent phases

Powerful Women in Luxury Real Estate to Speak at Event

SEATTLE – The Brain Trust, the most prominent all-women organization in the luxury real estate industry, will share the keys to its success in the current market at the 13th Annual Luxury Real Estate Fall Conference, which will be hosted in Philadelphia on October 11-14, 2008 at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia. “Through our discussion at the Fall Conference, we hope to demonstrate that even though we are competitors, as real-estate agents, we

U.K. Brokerage Adds 2,300 European Listings to

SEATTLE –, the most-viewed luxury real estate Web site in the world, recently added 2,383 properties in Europe and the Caribbean from its member Unique Living, International Real Estate to its total number of listings, which currently tops 66,000. “Our international network continues to expand and deepen our presence in top luxury markets around the world,” said John Brian Losh, CEO/publisher of, and CEO, chairman and broker of Ewing

Broker Returns Home to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from LuxuryRealEstate. …

SEATTLE – In an astonishing display of perfect timing and hard work, Lois Schneider, founder and president of Lois Schneider Realtor in Summit, N.J., will return to her hometown of Philadelphia in October to be honored with the Luxury Real Estate Lifetime Achievement Award. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Schneider said that it is a fitting privilege to return home to be presented with this award at the 13th Annual Luxury

Expert Blogger to Share Lead-Generation Tips at Event

SEATTLE – Jim Walberg, a 35-year REALTOR® who is well-known for his real-estate blogs on the San Francisco Bay Area and the Caribbean, will reveal how members can generate real-estate leads by implementing the rules and strategies of blogging. His presentation will be at the 13th Annual Luxury Real Estate Fall Conference, which will be hosted in Philadelphia on October 11-14, 2008 at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia. Two years ago, Walberg Tops List of Most Prestigious Real Estate Web Sites

SEATTLE –, the most-viewed luxury real estate Web site in the world, was rated the most prestigious real estate Web site by wealthy U.S. consumers in the 2008 Luxury Brand Status Index survey released today. The survey was conducted by the Luxury Institute, an independent research company in New York City. The following are the nine top-rated Web sites by respondents in this survey. They are listed in alphabetical order: -

“Die Hard” Broker Celebrates 20 Years at Seattle’s Oldest Brokerage

SEATTLE – On July 15, 1988 a little-known film called “Die Hard” debuted in movie theaters and promptly changed the face of action pictures. That same day, a little-known real-estate broker named Jane Powers made her debut at Ewing & Clark, Inc., Seattle’s oldest real-estate brokerage, sparking a die-hard 20-year career. A Seattle native and University of Washington graduate and Varsity letterman, Powers is well-known by her clients and coworkers for

First Malta Brokerage Joins Global Network

SEATTLE – 77 Great Estates, a luxury real estate firm in the Central Mediterranean Sea, is the first Malta-based brokerage firm to join the global network, which includes more than 1,800 brokers and firms. Malta is an island-nation located about 60 miles south of Sicily (Italy) and 180 miles north of Libya. At the crossroads between West and East, North and South, and Arab and Western culture, Malta is uniquely

Luxury Real Estate Board of Regents Launches Redesign of

SEATTLE – The Luxury Real Estate Board of Regents announced the launch of its newly redesigned Web site today. The site’s new features emphasize the organization’s global focus by including multilingual content and access to in-depth information on members around the world. “The redesign of is an important milestone for Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate,” said John Brian Losh, CEO and publisher of, and CEO, chairman and Spring Retreat Earns High Praise from Top Brokers

SAN DIEGO – The Grand Del Mar in San Diego was the site of the 6th Annual Luxury Real Estate Spring Retreat, a vital industry event that attracted more than 250 high-end experts and earned rave reviews from attendees. The Spring Retreat, which ran from Tuesday, April 15 to Friday, April 18, 2008, featured Ben Stein as the keynote speaker. Mixing in-depth knowledge and humor, the famous actor, economist and lawyer Launches First Luxury-Travel Partnership

SEATTLE – is thrilled to announce its partnership with luxury-travel expert Andrew Harper. This partnership provides the opportunity for agents and brokers to offer clients a unique incentive and closing gift – the gift of luxury travel. For 30 years, Andrew Harper has delivered trustworthy travel advice, unbiased by the demands of advertisers, to an audience of high-net-worth travelers. Members of Harper’s luxury-travel service enjoy access to his peerless

Seattle’s First Loft Brokerage Offers Innovative Urban Housing

SEATTLE – In Seattle’s competitive real-estate market, a new business is offering a unique approach. Funkylofts, a company founded in 2007 under the umbrella of Ewing & Clark, the city’s oldest real-estate brokerage, is the first Seattle-based company to specialize in new and converted loft-like living spaces. Gina Marie Clemen, Funkylofts’ founder and principal agent, moved from San Francisco to Seattle last year because she said she saw huge potential and Named No. 1 Luxury Network by Ultimate Homes Magazine

SEATTLE – In a show of strength, Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate ( dominated Ultimate Homes magazine’s list of luxury-broker networks with the largest number of the most-expensive homes in the world represented by the members of its network. has more than twice the number of luxury properties on the list as the closest peer. “ is consistently expanding into new territories around the world, and this list reflects

Houston Broker Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from

SEATTLE – After marking the 41st anniversary of the creation of the Houston real-estate firm that bears his name, John A. Daugherty, Jr. now has something else to celebrate. He is the winner of the Luxury Real Estate Lifetime Achievement Award, which will be presented to him at the 6th Annual Luxury Real Estate Spring Retreat in San Diego this month. CEO/Publisher John Brian Losh announced Daugherty as the winner

Relocation Experts Share Solutions at Conference

SEATTLE – With the U.S. dollar’s value reaching record lows and home prices falling in some real-estate markets, domestic and international referrals are becoming much more important to U.S. brokers. Many luxury brokers and agents don’t know how to tap into the vast referral market. Five relocation experts aim to solve this by moderating interactive roundtable discussions on referral issues at an upcoming event called the 6th Annual Luxury Real

Top Boston Firm Welcomed Into Exclusive Luxury Real Estate Board of Regents

SEATTLE – Hammond Residential GMAC Real Estate, well-known in the Greater Boston area as a trusted source of real-estate services, has been accepted into the Luxury Real Estate Board of Regents, an exclusive group of leading brokers. Formed in 1991 by Saul B. Cohen and Joseph Hare, Hammond Residential GMAC now has 220 agents and nine offices servicing Boston and 28 neighboring suburban communities. In 2000, Hammond became part of GMAC Launches Three Websites in Three Weeks

SEATTLE – The Luxury Real Estate Web Team ended a record month by successfully deploying three websites in the last three weeks of February. The three websites the team released are, and, the website of Coral Gables, Fla.-based Audrey Ross of Christie’s Great Estates, went live on Feb. 12., the website of Seattle’s oldest brokerage firm Ewing & Clark, Inc., went live on Feb. 19.,

Create Value or Else, Burgdorff ERA President Warns Agents at LuxuryRealEstate.c …

SEATTLE – “If we don't create value, we will die,” warned Patricia Hoferkamp, president and chief operating officer of New Jersey-based Burgdorff ERA. Her warning is aimed at luxury real estate brokers and agents, and she will expand on this idea in a discussion entitled “Creating a Culture of Service” at the 6th Annual Luxury Real Estate Spring Retreat, which will be hosted in San Diego from April 15-18, 2008. “Service

Alain Pinel Agent Leads High-Tech Discussion at Event

SEATTLE – Scott Lawrence, an experienced real-estate agent with Alain Pinel Realtors in San Francisco, agreed to lead a key discussion on technology at the 6th Annual Luxury Real Estate Spring Retreat, joining an event packed with other renowned speakers. This event will be hosted at the recently opened Grand Del Mar in San Diego on April 15-18, 2008. Lawrence will lead a group discussion on “How brokers use technology and

Unique “Round House” Makes TV Debut on NBC’s Open House New York

NEW CANAAN, Conn. – The uniquely designed and aptly named “Round House” in Wilton, Conn. recently made its first TV appearance on the popular show “Open House New York” on NBC channel 4 in New York. Floating 12 feet above the ground, this glass-and-steel structure rotates 360 degrees, capturing the surrounding landscape from unlimited angles: 40 acres of conservation land and two ponds on nearly four lush acres. Renowned as a

Veteran Broker to Address “Real State of Real Estate” at …

SEATTLE – Stephanie Ahlberg, one of Hill & Co. Real Estate’s top sales leaders and a 28-year veteran of the real-estate industry, will present her insights into the current condition of the real-estate market at the 6th Annual Luxury Real Estate Spring Retreat, which will be hosted in San Diego on April 15-18, 2008. “I would like to call my topic ‘The Real State of Real Estate,’” said Ahlberg, who specializes

Real Living, Inc. President to Speak at Upcoming Event

SEATTLE – Kaira Sturdivant Rouda, president of one of the fastest-growing real-estate franchises in the United States, Real Living, Inc., will share her inspirational successes in a presentation at the 6th Annual Luxury Real Estate Spring Retreat, which will be hosted in San Diego from Tuesday, April 15 to Friday, April 18, 2008. This conference is expected bring hundreds of the top names in the luxury real estate industry to network Launches Cutting-Edge Web Site for Audrey Ross

SEATTLE – Starting as a Web project and ending as a personal quest, today launched the completely redesigned version of, the Web site of Audrey Ross of Christie’s Great Estates – Esslinger Wooten Maxwell. “When visiting, it is clear that it is the most modern Web site to date to have been developed by Luxury Real Estate,” said Michael Edlund, the Director of Technology for Luxury Real

Ben Stein Named Keynote Speaker of Conference

SEATTLE – Ben Stein, the famous actor, economist, lawyer and author, announced that he will be the keynote speaker at the 6th Annual Luxury Real Estate Spring Retreat, which will be hosted in San Diego from Tuesday, April 15 to Friday, April 18, 2008. Mr. Stein indicated that he plans to speak, in large part, about the psychology of buying luxury properties. His participation in the conference is sponsored by Harry Hosts Successful European Conference

SALZBURG, Austria – The 3rd Annual Luxury Real Estate European Conference was recently held Thursday, January 24th to Friday, January 25th, in Salzburg, Austria. This event brought together many of the world’s top-selling brokers to engage in dynamic discussions on the global real-estate market, and to build new relationships. The conference was hosted by John Brian Losh, Chairman and CEO of Luxury Real Estate (also known as and Who’s Who Expands Web Reach, Partners with LuxéMont

SEATTLE – Extending its reach to hundreds of thousands of additional North American luxury consumers monthly, announces an exciting strategic alliance with LuxéMont, an important media company offering up-to-date information related to fine living and luxury travel. “We’re very excited about having properties in the real-estate section of,” said Robert Gautereaux, Jr., founder and CEO of LuxéMont. “Their unique listings of worldwide estates, villas and chateaux complement our

New Luxury Real Estate Web Site Blasts onto the Florida Scene

VERO BEACH, Fla. – After much anticipation, Norris & Company Real Estate has unveiled its newly redesigned Web site,, offering customers many new property-search features, a Flash® map and increased customizability. The Web team handled the reconstruction and remodeling of Norris & Company’s Web site. Homebuyers can find properties using a traditional search, and they can also use a Flash® map available at Scrolling over specific areas of

Top New Jersey Luxury Real Estate Firm Expands Exclusive Reach to Princeton

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. – 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

Luxury Real Estate Board of Regents Expands Into Panama with Newest Member

PANAMA CITY, Panama – Luxury Real Estate’s Board of Regents announced today its expansion into Panama with BusinessPanama Real Estate. BusinessPanama Real Estate will be the exclusive representative of the Panama territory. has the largest international presence of any luxury real estate brand or network, with members in 65 countries, representing properties in 111 countries. “It’s amazing to see how quickly BusinessPanama Real Estate has climbed to the top of

Denver’s Perry & Co. Accepted into Exclusive Luxury Real Estate Board of Regen …

Perry & Co. Real Estate, an experienced firm in the Denver luxury real estate market, was recently selected to join the Board of Regents, which is the governing body of To join this exclusive group, luxury real estate firms must meet rigorous requirements, which include being the top sellers in their respective markets and demonstrating strong leadership qualities. “With their dedication to great customer service and other market-leading practices, Perry

Second Italian Brokerage in Two Months Joins Network

Great Estate Immobiliare, a luxury real estate firm in central Italy, recently became the second Italian brokerage firm in the past two months to join the global network of more than 1,400 brokers and firms. This is the ninth Italian luxury real estate firm to join “European markets are well-known for their luxury destinations, and I’m pleased to see a growing number of European brokers joining our network,” said Rated Top Luxury Real Estate Web Site by High-Net-Worth Ame …

SEATTLE – was recently rated the most-prestigious luxury real estate Web site by high-net-worth consumers in the 2007 Luxury Brand Status Index survey. The duPont Registry of Fine Homes, a magazine featuring luxury goods and property, was the only company listed above This survey of luxury brands was conducted by the independent New York-based Luxury Institute ( “ has always maintained top placement in search engines such as Google,

Luxury Real Estate Board of Regents Emphasizes Real Estate Market’s Strengths

VANCOUVER, B.C. – On Sept. 30, dozens of members of the exclusive Luxury Real Estate Board of Regents held a special meeting, marking the beginning of the 12th Annual Luxury Real Estate Membership Conference in Vancouver, B.C. At this meeting, they discussed the state of the real-estate industry and how best to guide the Luxury Real Estate network ( in the coming year. “The view of the luxury market being communicated Conference Focuses on Positive Industry Trends, Top Interna …

VANCOUVER, B.C. –’s 12th Annual Luxury Real Estate Membership Conference brought more than 250 real-estate brokers and agents from a half-dozen countries to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2. With dynamic discussions, inspirational speeches and coveted industry awards, this conference emphasized the positive side of the international luxury market that is currently being ignored. “This is truly an international community gathered at this conference,” said John

Business Panama Real Estate Joins Luxury Real Estate

SEATTLE – Business Panama Real Estate, a member of a well-established group of companies, professionals and partners, recently became the second Panama-based firm to join’s global network of real-estate agents and firms. Business Panama Real Estate facilitates business and foreign investments by providing information, business development and support services to individual and corporate investors. They keep clients informed on the economic and political environments in Panama, U.S. dollar exchange rates,

Growing Australian firm Red Property Group joins

SEATTLE – recently announced that Red Property Group in Australia has joined its multinational network of brokers and firms. Red Property Group is a project-marketing group providing a comprehensive range of property services in Queensland for a variety of client groups at both consumer and corporate levels. This real-estate firm was initially formed to provide specialist consulting and selling services to the Queensland property-development industry and it has grown to Members to Receive Video Production Service through Realty …

(SEATTLE, Wash.) — recently announced a partnership with Realty Video USA, a leader in video production and online distribution for luxury real-estate professionals, to bring Realty Video USA’s top-quality production services to its members. “It’s no secret that online video has come of age, and we’re excited about this partnership,” said John Brian Losh, publisher and CEO of “The richness of the video experience provides the ability to present Announces Marketing Award Nominations for Upcoming Conferen …

(SEATTLE, Wash.) – recently announced nominations for its eight annual awards, including two new ones, which will be presented to members of its international network at the 12th Annual Membership Conference in Vancouver, B.C. from Sept. 29 to Oct. 2. Select members of will receive the following awards based upon nominations: Best Brand Integration, Best Overall Marketing Package, Most Innovative Marketing Technique, Best Web Site and Lifetime Achievement, which

President of Costa Rica Luxury Estates Becomes Member of International Group FIA …

(San José, Costa Rica) – Yalile Alpízar, president of Costa Rica Luxury Estates in San José, Costa Rica has been accepted as a member of the International Real Estate Federation, commonly known by its French acronym, FIABCI. Founded in Paris in 1949, FIABCI links professionals in the real-estate industry in a multi-lingual, multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary network conducting business in countries around the world. The only international real-estate organization with representation in the

Coates, Reid & Waldron Overcomes National Slump with Record Sales in Aspen

(ASPEN, Colo.) – Bucking the steep downward trend in home sales and prices around the country, Aspen’s luxury-homes market shows no signs of slowing. Brian Hazen, a broker with the Aspen-based luxury real-estate firm Coates, Reid & Waldron, recently sold two properties for a combined total of just under $50 million and is offering another estate three miles east of downtown Aspen for $19.5 million, showcasing this market’s strength through

One of the Tallest Residential Towers in the World to be Promoted through Costa …

(Panama City) – Yalile Alpízar, president and owner of Costa Rica Luxury Estates and Regional Director of Central America for Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate (, recently visited Panama to meet with prominent members of that country’s real-estate industry. During the visit she had an important working session with Víctor González, Director of Central America, Colombia and Venezuela InmOptions at Grupo Mall, developers of Los Faros de Panama, which will to Bring International Experts to Vancouver B.C. in Septemb …

(SEATTLE, Wash.) – From Sept. 29 to Oct. 2, will host the 12th Annual Membership Conference, bringing hundreds of international real estate experts to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for one of the largest networking opportunities in the industry. “Our events are, by far, the best opportunities for high-end brokers and other professionals to gain a competitive advantage in the industry,” said John Brian Losh, the CEO and publisher of,

Temple House, Famous for Hosting Celebrities, Now on Sale for $12.75 Million

(MIAMI BEACH, Fla.) – Well-known as a popular gathering place for famous sports figures, musicians and actors, and as the largest single-family home in Miami’s luxurious South Beach, The Temple House has recently been offered for sale and is attracting potential buyers from around the world. The luxury real estate firm Audrey Ross of Christie’s Great Estates – Esslinger Wooten Maxwell is currently offering The Temple House for $12.75 million at

Dale Sorensen Real Estate Associates Join Hundreds of Luxury Real Estate Experts …

(Key Biscayne, Fla.) – The Dale Sorensen family – Dale Sorensen, Sr., Matilde Sorensen, Dale Sorensen, Jr. and Elizabeth Sorensen – of Dale Sorensen Real Estate in Vero Beach joined more than 200 of the most brilliant minds in the industry at a key conference in Key Biscayne, Fla. from April 22 to 24. Experts from numerous countries, from Dubai to Costa Rica, attended the conference, known as the Luxury

Luxury Real Estate Invites Cara Sheriff to Join Key Panel at Spring Retreat in K …

(Seattle) – Cara Sheriff, a California real estate expert with 31 years of experience in the industry, will join a panel with four other professionals to discuss a new program called Luxury Referral Services at the Luxury Real Estate Spring Retreat. The Spring Retreat will go from April 22 to 24 in Key Biscayne, Fla. Luxury Referral Services is generating positive buzz in the industry. As home buyers and sellers demand

Joan Erni to Discuss Innovative Luxury Referral Services at Luxury Real Estate S …

(Seattle) – Joan Erni, a relocation expert with Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, will join a panel with four other real estate experts to discuss a new program from Luxury Real Estate called Luxury Referral Services. The panel will convene at the Luxury Real Estate Spring Retreat in Key Biscayne, Fla., which is scheduled to run from April 22 to 24. Luxury Real Estate’s new program called Luxury Referral Services is

Costa Rica Expert Yalile Alpizar to Address Real Estate Experts at Luxury Real E …

(Seattle) – Yalile Alpizar, the president and owner of Costa Rica Luxury Estates, will lead hundreds of real estate experts in key discussions on the importance of networking in the luxury real estate industry at the Spring Retreat in Key Biscayne, Fla. The Spring Retreat is scheduled for April 22 to 24. Alpizar represents Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate as the Regional Director for Central America and is their exclusive

Luxury Referral Services Designed to Bring Swifter Service to Who's Who in Luxur …

(Seattle) – Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate recently created a new program called Luxury Referral Services to improve its marketing abilities and ensure that its customers receive unparalleled levels of service. “Some brokers and firms don’t have the time or money to use referral systems to buy and sell homes, even though they would really benefit from the opportunities those systems provide,” said Joanne Douds, who was recently hired as to Offer Exclusive Information to Experts at Spring Retreat

(Seattle) – will bring together some of the finest minds in the industry at the Spring Retreat in Key Biscayne, Fla. from April 22 to 24. This conference will set an important precedent for because many innovations and new trends on will be discussed. One of those innovations is Luxury Referral Services. This new product is generating positive buzz in the industry because today’s home buyers and sellers demand

Chip Maxfield Comes Aboard New Board of Regents Group Designed to Lead Industry

(Seattle) – Chip Maxfield, the president and broker of Henry S. Maxfield Real Estate in Wolfeboro, N.H., recently received an exciting new leadership position on the newly formed Executive Committee in the prestigious Board of Regents. “I am honored to receive this position,” said Maxfield, who was president of the New Hampshire Realtors Association in 1993 and a member of the National Finance Committee from 1994 to 1995. “I enjoy serving

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