Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Resource for Luxury Real Estate in Los Angeles Lanches New Website

EstateHomesLA.com is specifically designed to showcase the wide range of possibilities that are available in the Los Angeles, CA luxury real estate market, with a focus on the higher end neighborhoods of Brentwood, Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Malibu and Pacific Palisdades. Visitors are most certainly welcome and encouraged to take full advantage of the free and user-friendly MLS Property Search feature, as well as my many other useful tools on the site, such as mortgage calculators, the latest interest rates, featured properties & company info, local maps, images of the area, direct links to valuable resources and much, much more.

As an example, one can browse through the ‘Areas’ and click a city in the Los Angeles area such as ‘Malibu’. There, visitors can find great photos from around town, information on city government, activities, current weather, and even local drive times to and from the specific areas. From here it is simple to find specific luxury properties for sale that meet your needs and requirements or see relevant homes that David has helped past clients sell in the area.

The website has tons of relevant information and area resources that cover the entire Los Angeles area, from Beverly Hills to Malibu, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Los Angeles, Bel Air, and even up to Ojai, just to name a few. For more details on how to get started exploring the Los Angeles luxury real estate market, please visit David Findley of Sotheby’s International Realty at 310-345-6911.

Thursday, 18 December 2008

FIABCI Announces Agreement with LUXURY FILM

The International Real Estate Federation, FIABCI, is announcing a relationship with LUXURY FILM, a premier video production, consulting and animation company which services the luxury real estate market on a global basis. The company is comprised of an exclusive network of experts and international professionals who provide a full spectrum of creative services for video production. "The selection of LUXURY FILM as ‘Preferred Video Supplier' will strengthen FIABCI as the world's leader within the real estate market by providing and enhancing communication tools for our global members," explained Luis Correa-Bahamon, FIABCI World President. "This relationship is just one example of how we are continually striving to support our global membership so they can actively, or should I say virtually, participate in state-of-the-art technology and communication vehicles," he continued.

Luxury Film, headquartered in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA, filmed FIABCI's 2008 World Conference in Amsterdam and is providing the footage to all FIABCI members by creating an FIABCI World Congress Amsterdam Video Channel. This streamed conference is available for individual members' websites, as well as all Regional and Chapter websites, who can embed the video for free by going to http://www.luxuryfilm.com/fiabci-2008-world-congress/embed

In addition, LUXURY FILM is working in partnership with FIABCI to offer members an economic yet sophisticated member centric FIABCI Video Network which includes custom branded players, hosting and streaming as well as a state-of-the-art technical team for member support. "It is a great opportunity to work with the world's most prestigious Real Estate Federation," said Shaun Stanley, LUXURY FILM Director of Video Solutions. "Our introduction to the high-quality standards of FIABCI was captured in the 2008 FIABCI World Congress in Amsterdam. We are committed to that standard of excellence and look forward to continually providing the same service to FIABCI members on a global basis," he continued.

The International Real Estate Federation, FIABCI, is an organization of real estate professionals in 65 countries which represents more than 100 national real estate associations, over 2 million professionals, and serves as special consultant with NGO status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations Organization (ECOSOC). FIABCI helps members acquire knowledge, develop networks and optimize business opportunities throughout the world. For information, go to www.FIABCI.org or contact Alyssa Nightingale (631) 367-8599.

You are free to reproduce this press release on your own website, but if doing so, please leave all live links intact. Thank you.

Monday, 15 December 2008

Golf Community Search Portal Announced - Online Search

Fairway properties announces the launch of online Golf lifestyle real estate portal, offering search facilities and video of major golf communities around the world

For those passionate about living the golfing lifestyle, finding the perfect development can be challenging. Fairway properties’ new website offers buyers the opportunity to search a massive golf development database which showcases the best golf communities around the world using videos of the developments to highlight features and facilities.

If your dream is to live on one of the finest golf community developments in the world, Fairway properties’ allows you to search using a large number of criteria.

Whether you are interested in living on a PGA tour course, Audubon certified course, or courses designed by famous golfers such as Tiger Woods or Greg Norman, Fairway properties can help you live the dream.

People passionate about golf are often passionate about their real estate, and with an ever increasing number of developments using golf to help create a community, being able to easily search for your dream home on a dream course can save time, money and perhaps get you teeing off sooner than you thought.

Many Country clubs are now offering residential real estate, along with time shares, condo-hotels and private residence clubs focused on golf-based amenities. With such a bewildering array to choose from, video is the key, providing the ability to see with your own eyes, not only the facilities and properties, but also the surrounding environment - all from the comfort of your current home. Visit - Fairway Properties.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Real Estate professional Bruce Blomgren Joins Windermere

Bruce Blomgren, the Coachella Valley's preeminent authority on the luxury home market, has joined Windermere Real Estate as a “Premier Director,” it was announced today.

Blomgren, a well-respected Realtor in the Coachella Valley for 25 years, has been involved in over $630 million in sales in just the last 10 years.

“We are fortunate to have Bruce join the Windermere family with such an established reputation in luxury home sales,” said Bob Deville, broker owner of Windermere Real Estate Coachella Valley. “Bruce is a tremendous asset to our company throughout the valley.”

Blomgren said he joined Windermere's Indian Wells office because of its stellar reputation as a successful company. “They have a lot of integrity and have top notch, high-level real estate marketing.” He also said Windermere's well established presence in the Pacific Northwest is a valuable network to attract those buyers to the Coachella Valley.

“I have a lot of repeat, move-up and long-term clients who also refer me to their friends,” Blomgren said. “Effective marketing and referrals are the keys to guarantee repeat business. You have to work hard to match up the right Client with the right home."

Blomgren is a recognized Coachella Valley real estate market expert and the luxury home market in particular. He is often quoted in the media because of his expertise and is a member of the esteemed Desert Estates Network. Blomgren, his wife Vickie and their two daughters live in La Quinta and are involved in various community activities. Bruce Blomgren's son, Keith, has been an integral part of his real estate team in Indian Wells for over 10 years.

For more information, call Bruce Blomgren at (760) 779-1653 or visit his award-winning Web site at www.BruceBlomgren.com

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Auction Company to Sell Historic French Quarter Estate in the Big Easy

NEW ORLEANS, Nov 03, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- A historic French Quarter Estate will sell at real estate auction on Thursday, November 13th at 2 p.m. J.P. King Auction Company, the nation's leading real estate auction marketing firm specializing in luxury properties will manage the sale of the home.
"This is a rare opportunity to purchase a home in the historic French Quarter and a piece of New Orleans history," said Craig King, president & CEO of J.P. King Auction Company. "In addition to its wonderful amenities, this French Quarter Estate is only a short stroll from Jackson Square."
The home was originally built in 1817, a two-story French Quarter estate full of history and richness. In the mid-1900's, it served as a Gallery Circle Theatre and since has been renovated with modern and luxurious amenities. The focal point of the 3 + suites, 4.5 bathroom estate is centered on the spectacular private courtyard with pool that is perfect for entertaining guests or escaping the energy of the city for quiet relaxation. The courtyard's garden area contains a sprinkler system and automatic fertilizer.
"This is the type of house you never get tired of, a home that makes you love it even more over time," said owner Jerriane Long. "It's truly un-describable. It has a personality all of its own, where each room has its own theme."
The estate boasts hand painted murals throughout, two kitchens, beautiful copper ceilings, cypress flooring, exposed brick, granite countertops, spiral staircase, theatre room, antique bar area and a unique and open layout. The French Quarter Mansion has impeccable architecture throughout the property, preserving the traditional appearance and the nostalgic feel that the area is known for. The estate offers complete privacy from the street with a two-car garage and private parking in the courtyard.
New Orleans is known as the birthplace of jazz, a vibrant city full of diverse culture, deep historical traditions, quaint neighborhoods and fantastic cuisine. The estate is near some of the major attractions in New Orleans including Cafe du Monde, French Market, Bourbon Street, Aquarium of the Americas and the Moon Walk along the Mississippi River. This central location is ideal for experiencing annual Mardi Gras celebrations, performing arts, museums, professional sporting events and the pulsating nightlife.
Individuals interested in more information about the upcoming sale may contact J.P. King at 800-558-5464 or visit the company's web site at www.jpking.com.
J.P. King, based in Gadsden, AL, is the nation's leading real estate auction marketing firm specializing in high-value properties such as superluxury homes, ranches, land, condominiums and developments. J.P. King has marketed upscale properties in 49 states and 6 countries with recent sales in California, Florida, Las Vegas, South Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, Montana and Alabama.

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Monday, 13 October 2008

ZipRealty Adds Walk Score Ratings for all Homes for Sale on Site

A home’s proximity to local retailers, schools, and restaurants increasingly important to today’s buyers grappling with high gas prices and desire for “walkable” neighborhoods.

EMERYVILLE, Calif., (October 13, 2008) – With higher gas prices fueling online searches for homes close to local businesses, schools and mass transit stations, ZipRealty announced this week it has integrated Walk Score ratings – the relative “walkability” score of a home on a 100-point scale – into all home listings on its popular home buying site.

Home buyers working with ZipRealty in any of its 35 operating markets across the U.S. can locate listed homes’ walkability scores on ZipRealty.com under each listing’s “Neighborhood Info” tab. Scores are calculated by Walk Score according to a formula based on a home’s proximity to grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, movies, bars, mass transit stations and more.

“With gas prices going through the roof, our buyers want homes closer to where they work, local stores, and public transportation,” says Patrick Lashinsky, ZipRealty’s President and CEO. “A while back, we added information regarding proximity to transit stations in urban areas and Yelp-rated businesses near the homes for sale on our site. This new partnership takes the idea to the next level.”

ZipRealty operates in nine of the top 10 most walkable cities in the U.S., according to Walk Score, including New York, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle, Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Malaysia's Largest Urban Development

The Iskandar Investment Board (IIB) yesterday launched Malaysia's largest urban development at Cityscape Dubai.

Medini Iskandar, a 2,300 acre (920 hectares) international mixed-use urban development project consisting of nine clusters, should bring in about Dh20 billion in the next 15 to 20 years, said Arlida Ariff, managing director of the Malaysian-based Iskandar Investment Board.

IIB holds a 30 per cent stake in the Medini development.

It will be located on prime Greenfield land in the heart of Nusajaya which lies between Malay-sia's second crossing to Singapore and the southern Johor state's New Administrative Centre

At a press conference unveiling the project, Ariff said the development enjoyed the support of the Malaysian government.

"The development has been accepted by the government of Malaysia. It enjoys the incentives that could only be given by the government," she said.

Iskandar partnered with established Middle East developers on the project with the Mubadala Development Company leading a consortium called Global Capital including Aldar Properties and Millennium Development International.

"Medini Iskandar is a very exciting project for the consortium.

"The strength of the relationships within the consortium and with the Malaysian government is a major driving force behind Medini Iskandar," said John Thomas, chairman of Global Capital's board of directors.

Medini is IIB's first offering on the international property scene.

The nine clusters will include lifestyle, leisure, culture, wellness centre and a finance district.

The lifestyle cluster includes the development of 1,240 acres (496 hectares) of land into a city centre, golf village, medical and wellness village, amusement bay and residential district.

Construction will begin by year-end and will be completed in three years, Ariff said.

The International Financial District is poised to become a "world class hub of Islamic finance in Southeast Asia."

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

VideoPros Announces Beta Launch: Professional Videographer Search and Content Management

Denver, September 24, 2008 – VideoPros announced today the beta launch of its online video service and Web site, VideoPros.com (http://www.videopros.com). VideoPros is a venue to find and contact video professionals. Featuring a sophisticated videographer search, VideoPros services individuals, small businesses, corporations and industries needing professional video production and online distribution. The website offers video professionals a robust video hosting, streaming and content management system.

Beginning today, video professionals and consumers from around the world can go to VideoPros.com and begin using the Web site. Video professionals can create professional profiles, display demo reels, get indexed in search results, host and stream professional content, and create custom video players. Consumers can search, request bids and contact local, national and international video professionals.

“We’re excited to launch VideoPros.com to serve a professional, business-driven audience,” said Sean Murphy, Principal of VideoPros. “User generated content, social networking and Web 2.0 have delivered minimal ROI for businesses and video professionals. Launching VideoPros.com is a first step in delivering a solution to the professional segment of the online video community.”

The company announced VideoPros products and services are positioned to take advantage of several trends reported by research firms.

• “Local online video ad revenue will reach $1.5 billion in four years. Video ads will account for 11.6 percent of the online advertising budgets of small and medium-sized business by 2012.” (The Kelsey Group, June, 2008)

• “The online video market is expected to explode to record $4.5 billion in sales by 2012.” (In-Stat, July, 2008)

•“As media companies change their business model, putting more and more professionally created video content online, the audience, and related ad dollars will increase dramatically.” (eMarketer, August, 2008)

VideoPros brings together professional content producers and provides a tool-set to help them grow their business,” said Layne Solheim, Online Media Specialist for VideoPros. “Video professionals are demanding better resources, technology and ways to service their clients. Businesses of all sizes are demanding professional content and online distribution. VideoPros is where they come together. It’s the perfect storm of professional collaboration.”

VideoPros announced it has closed an initial round of funding from angel investors. The official terms of the funding are undisclosed.

The company announced it will undergo an official “Beta” period to resolve any technical complications associated with the launch. Users are encouraged to report any malfunctions or errors. VideoPros announced rapid development continues for the Web site. For more information, a development timeline can be viewed on the company’s official Beta Storyboard. (http://www.videopros.com/pages/beta_storyboard).

About VideoPros
VideoPros is a privately-held company headquartered in Denver, CO, USA. The company is an online service for video professionals, individuals and corporations. The Web site is a venue for video professionals, consumers and businesses of all industries. VideoVine™, ProCertified™ and ProAPI™ are official products and services of the company. The website features a professional videographer search and video content management system. For more information, visit VideoPros at www.VideoPros.com.

Monday, 22 September 2008

Billionaire's Giga-Yacht in Cannes

Multi-billionaire Andrey Melnichenko parked his brand new Mega_Yacht "A" in Cannes recently. To the admiration and envy of the entire French coast (except for those who consider it a design abimination). Perhaps the most beautiful ship on the seas at the moment? You decide.

Photos of Mega-Yacht "A"

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Daman Investments in Dubai announces new company

Dubai-UAE: Daman Investments, a UAE-focused investment holding company with an initial capitalization of US$ 180 million. The company has nine founding partners of which Daman Investments is one. The partners are GCC based (from Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE) and are a mix of private and public sector institutions as well as high net worth individuals.

Buildan is a venture capital company that aims to become a leading developer and investor in aviation and logistics related businesses as well as real estate projects located primarily within and in the vicinity of the new Al Maktoum International Airport at Jebel Ali. Buildan will work through direct investment, partnerships, venture capital and infrastructure investments. Already in operation, Buildan is fully staffed and set up with projects in the pipeline, some of which are nearing completion. Major projects will be announced in mid October, 2008.

Commenting on why this company was established, Mr. Shehab Gargash CEO of Daman Investments said: "Buildan was created to participate in very early entry opportunities which we recognized when the new Jebel Ali area airport was announced. Conceived as a holding company that will act directly or through special purpose vehicles, Buildan is a very early strategic investor within this new infrastructure city and international logistics hub currently being developed with costs estimated at US $33 billion.

Mr. Gargash added: "We believe that Buildan is yet another example of Daman's ability to bring premium financial products to life with enhanced investor value. We are proud to be a pioneer investor in this important infrastructure and logistics hub which will change the face of transportation and tourism in the region. "

When asked about future projects in Dubai and long term planning Mr. Gargash replied: "As the business evolves, Buildan will naturally require a broader capital base. We foresee that we may consider an IPO within a 4-5 year time horizon."

Speaking on behalf of Buildan, Mr. Ahmad Al Matrooshi, Strategic Project Manager said: "We have had the opportunity to work closely with Dubai World and their highly professional team from a very early stage of the project. This enabled us to bring value as a private sector contributor to this impressive initiative."

Al Maktoum International Airport will house 6 integrated clusters and become the largest, most technically advanced new international airport in the world. Mr. Al Matrooshi continued: "Although a very young company, Buildan is built upon a clear vision with well defined goals backed with a team of seasoned investment professionals. With our specific geographic and sector development focus, the company will benefit from its early mover advantage."

Buildan's initial focus and primary objectives are the development of assets and operating businesses located primarily in the Al Maktoum International Airport area located in Jebel Ali, Dubai. These businesses may include specialized airport facilities, long-term investments in the airline industry and freehold purchases of commercial property, warehousing or logistics property as well as specialized airport facilities and residential property.

Monday, 8 September 2008

UAE: Real Estate Financing Sector to Touch $40 Billion

The unrealistic growth on the real estate sector due to speculation is a serious challenge that has put real estate financing on higher risks, says a report by the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI).

In a research report, Abu Dhabi's main trade body has said that real estate financing in the emirate is projected to shoot up to $40 billion over the next five years, driven by the $354 billion in construction projects announced so far, record surge in demand for housing units and soaring rents of residential apartments.

But, the remarkable growth is not without any challenges.

Lack of adequate regulations to regulate the real estate market; absence of long-term in-depth studies, risk management analysis and forecasts at the GCC level; Long-term bank financing in real estate investment could affect bank liquidity.

It said that rapid developments in the sector could invite contingent changes in the market. Any possible correction in the prices of real estate assets could harm real estate financing amid lack of legislations; Defaults of clients could plunge financiers into troubles.

The report has called for learning lesson from the US's subprime crisis, as the record growth in the real estate sector in the GCC in particular and Arab countries in general could result in credit crisis as happened in the world largest economy. Unexpected boom and accelerating demand have left banks and financing institutions with little room to introduce innovative financing products to satisfy great expectations of developers, contractors and investors. The ADCCI report says that abundant supply of up-scale properties doesn't cope with actual demand of medium and low-income categories for houses, leading to a decline in prices of units, thus overshadowing the sector at large.

There is strong need for regulations to regulate the real estate sector in attracting investment so as to protect interests of all stakeholders and maintain the growth momentum.

The report asked for chalking out a strategy to match projected growth in demand for houses with growth of supply under the economic expansion plan of Abu Dhabi. The ADCCI report asked for providing accurate data on demography, population increase, incomes, and number of young men and women planning to get married to forecast the deficit in the demand-supply equation for housing. The report recommended drawing a housing plan to cater for low-medium income groups.

Similar issues are facing Dubai, and recent attempts to regulate the out-of-control growth rate include:

The removal of guaranteed residence visas in Dubai for foreign buyers
A new law to regulate the mortgage market in Dubai
The introduction of a high capital gains tax on properties bought in Dubai and sold within a year

Thursday, 4 September 2008

Worldwide Property News and Markets

This is a list of links to interesting real estate news from around the world. As the saying goes, "One man's meat...." which means falling prices in certain areas combined with volatile foreign exchange rates are helping to change the face of the world's property markets.

Property prices in Moscow are falling, which is a big turnaround, and perhaps reflects the fact that like most other cities, overbuilding will eventually catch up with demand, surpass it and cause prices to fall.

A new waterfront development in Sydney, Australia offers a potential good investment. Like many other areas of the world, prices have been falling here, and perhaps now is a good time to buy before the tide turns.

Manhattan luxury real estate also sees a drop in prices this month, with large drops in both prices and the amount of sales made. Our feeling is this market has not quite reached rock bottom yet, but for buyers spending Euros, this is a good time.

Other markets are also feeling the pinch, not just the property markets. Even the designer handbag market is seeing problems with luxury buyers waiting to see what the future brings rather than rushing out and buying the latest bag as soon as it is launched.

Office furniture, oddly enough is another market being hit. With job losses in most industries, and more job cuts planned across the USA, used office furniture just got a whole lot cheaper.

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Promoting your website

This is a guide to making your website or blog work. Just writing away without doing any promotion at all will fail. Much as I hate to say it, you need to do some promotion or you will fail. Which sux ! But that is the wya it is so here are a few ideas and suggestions.

How to get a web page on the front page of google's results.

How I got my hub on google’s front page:

Simple really – No keyword stuffing, no long tail keyword phrase research, no bullshit marketing or paying for links - I simply followed hubpages’ instructions on how to write a flagship hub which are:
Using social networking sites to promote a real estate blog

This is a hot subject in real estate marketing, luxury or otherwise. How to generate traffic to your website by using social networking sites. There appear to be more social networking sites than fleas on a dog......
Using dofollow blogs to create back links.

This blog is now (from today) a dofollow blog, which means all comments left are no longer tagged nofollow which is the default wordpress setup.

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Luxury Property markets around the world feeling the pinch

Romania is the latest luxury real estate market to feel the pinch of the credit crisis with a number of large developers being forced to cancel projects before breaking ground. Romania luxury real estate.

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Designer Purses - New and Interesting Models

Kate Spade Belle Heaven MalvaKatespade-Belleheavenmalva

If you like orange leather - this is the one for you.

Devi Kroell Wooden Clutch

Crystal embedded wooden purses? Who would have thought they could be so sexy?

Fendi Paillette Spy Bag

Nearly $5,000 buys you this hideous or gorgeous bag - depending on your persepctive. The price stays the same though :)

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

Most Expensive Homes around the World

The most expensive real estate in the world always gets some attention and here are some interesting snippets from the luxury real estate world.

The most expensive house in France failed to sell.

La Leopolda

Mukesh Ambani's monstrosity in Mumbai is still under construction.

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London continues to set ridiculous prices for property. The most expensive basement apartment in the world.

King Street

It is nice, but $32 million? Insane.

Singapore's most expensive home
is being fought over in court.

Arwaa Mansion in Singapore

And the most expensive golf course in Scotland is up for sale.


And one of the most expensive luxury homes in Chicago has just been completed and offered for sale.

Luxury Home for Sale in Chicago

Monday, 28 July 2008

Luxury Yacht Provisioning on the French Riviera

Shopping for food and drink on the French Riviera dusing the summer is nothing less than a pain-in-the-ass.

A whole industry has sprung up around supplying luxury yachts with the best quality fine wines and foods from around the world.

Luxury Yacht provisioning on French Riviera

Luxury Yacht Medittereanean

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Connecting a Sony Video Camera to a Macintosh MacBook Pro

Who could have thought it would be such a pain in the ass to make a Sony Handycam Camcorder work with a Mac computer?

Me now. It turns out Sony and Apple disagree over some such rubbish that I don't know about and Sony have deliberately made it difficult in the hope that you will buy a Sony VAIO and their proprietary software. No thanks. The fix is here:

Connecting a Sony Handcam to a Macintosh MacBook Pro.
Sony DCR-SR220 Handycam

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Investing in Australian Real Estate

The best Australian real estate blog on the planet. News, opinions and advice on teh Australian real estate market.

Australian Real Estate

The slowing property market in Australia has meant that some real estate agents are finally having to do some work to earn their generous commissions.

Thursday, 17 July 2008

Golf Developments

As the 2008 British Open Golf championship kicks off in Lancashire today, I felt a look at some of the golf developments around the world would be appropriate, especially one of the more spectacular properties close to Royal Birkdale.

2008 British Open Tees Off at Royal Birkdale

The 2008 British Open Golf championship tees off today, with the notable absence of Tiger Woods. Whether Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, or Ernie Els will step up and fill the breach remains to be seen
Royal Birkdale 2008 British Open

Fashion Designer to design Luxury Hotel in Dubai Golf Development

What do Karl Lagerfeld and Paris-based Lebanese designer, Elie Saab have in common? They are both designing property in Dubai now.

Tiger Woods Golf Development in Dubai Becomes Nursery

If any more proof was needed that you can do anything with enough money, the latest news from Dubai regarding the Tiger Woods Golf development should clinch it. The Tiger Woods Dubai, a residential golf course development at Dubailand, is now also planned to become the country’s largest nursery.

Scotland’s Most Expensive Golf Course for Sale?

By any one’s definition of the word “luxury,” a golf course has to be up there. I mean, giving over several acres of prime real estate, covering it with lush, green grass that gets more attention than a new-born infant and persuading a lot of middle-aged men to pay $150,000 for the privilege of knocking a little white ball around with a stick sounds like luxury to me.

Loch Lomond Golf Course Clubhouse

Bollywood Stars Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan buy in Dubai

The “Bollywood” celebrity couple Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan have purchased a villa in the prestigious Sanctuary Falls, a resort-style villa community within Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Gourmet Summer Recipes

Gourmet recipes do not have to be insanely complex. Just use the best ingredients and follow some simple instructions to create some very simple, high quality summer meals. These are a few recommendations.

Smoked Trout creams - Best steelhead trout recipe

This trout recipe is really special to serve as an appetizer. They really need to be prepared the day before, or at worst, the morning before serving because they need to sit for minimum of six hours before cooking. I much prefer to do them the day before.

Asparagus and Cheese Tart recipe

The wonderful thing about this recipe is the fact that it makes a small amount of Asparagus go a really long way. Where I live, Asparagus is incredibly expensive and this is a good way of making it go further.

Taramasalata - How to make simple Taramasalata
There are very few famous Greek dishes, and Greek cuisine seems sadly neglected by many of the well-known chefs. But Greece has a fabulous history of cooking and there are many wonderful Greek recipes.

Ceasar Salad - How to make the best Ceasar Salad - The original Recipe
Making the perfect Caesar salad is not hard, it just requires a little attention to detail. For me, the perfect Caesar salad has a hint of garlic, a medium flavor of anchovies and a strong taste of parmesan cheese.

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Private Islands

The-World-islands-Dubai.jpgPerhaps the ultimate luxury accessory could be considered to be your own Private Island। Due to the scarcity of islands a simple solution seems to be – build some more. Perhaps not quite as luxurious as owning your own tropical island, they are certainly more convenient, being as most of them are close to a large urban conurbation. A number of artificial island projects have been created over the last few years, some of them quite staggering in scope and size.

Private Islands

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Luxury Real Estate Ups and Downs

Falling home values mean an attractive investment opportunity for America's affluent according to the Luxury Institute.

24% of affluent Americans plan to buy property in 2008.

Home values fall by a massive 14.1% in the first quarter of 2008. (see above)

Donald Trump sell luxury mansion in Florida:
Donald Trump\'s Palm Beach Estate Sold

After dropping his price by $25 million, Mr. Trump sold his mega-mansion in Florida.

New record price reached for a home in London:

Most expensive home in London

Britain's richest man, Lakshmi Mittla has reputedly agreed a new record price for a luxury home in London.

Friday, 23 May 2008

LuxuryProperty.com Breaks New Ground in Online Real Estate Marketing

It can be hard to find objective information about real estate amongst the welter of self-serving advertorial being dished up by real estate companies. One company has taken the innovative approach of employing a professional real estate blogger to provide a breath of fresh air to its corporate web site: The Luxury Property Blog.

(PRWEB) May 22, 2008 -- Responding to the market trends of growing internet usage and a decline in the consumption of traditional media, Luxury Property.com have taken the unprecedented step of hiring an independent professional blogger to drive their new media marketing strategy, the Luxury Property Blog - Mark Knowles

Corporate blogs have historically been dull and self-promotional, perhaps because producing content has been left to traditional marketing departments. Effective blogs, which attract thousands of readers daily, require a completely different skill set from traditional marketing, but attract a demographic which is very difficult to reach through mainstream media.

Building, maintaining, and promoting a corporate blog is part of our strategy to usher in an era of advanced online marketing for the luxury real estate industry.
Internet usage continues to increase and now rivals TV in the media consumption stakes. According to a study by The European Interactive Advertising Association, " 57% of Europeans now regularly access the internet each week. That equates to 169 million people now frequently online across the ten European markets surveyed in the study." The internet is rapidly becoming a hub for all media with internet users increasingly consuming media such as magazines, newspapers, radio and TV digitally. Advertising.com states: "The majority (62%) of consumers are viewing video online."

This applies to the wealthy consumer also, and, according to the Luxury Institute, "wealthy-consumer participation in online social networks is on the rise. Whilst Unity Marketing, a luxury market research firm, states that the internet is playing an increasingly larger role in influencing luxury consumers.

Michael D Murphy, CEO of Luxury Property.com said, "Building, maintaining, and promoting a corporate blog is part of our strategy to usher in an era of advanced online marketing for the luxury real estate industry."

According to homestomper.com, 77% of home buyers begin their research process online.

The term "Blog," is short for "Web log," a specialized site that allows an individual or group of individuals to share a running log of events and personal insights with online audiences. Bloggers tend to be highly-opinionated mavericks and the term "Executive Blogger," almost seems like an oxymoron. When asked if the corporate environment would stifle Mark's creative thought process, Mr. Murphy responded:

"Absolutely not. Mark is a professional and an expert, and he has to be able to call it like he sees it, or the blog loses all its value to the readers. We think he had a fair point when he criticized our failure to properly launch the Luxury Property main site within our projected time frame. Unfortunately that was outside our control due to a poor choice of contractor for the site's construction. We have since moved these operations in-house and will be re-launching this summer."

Mr. Knowles is a long-time blogger with experience both of blogging and real estate. He has written and operated several internationally recognized property blogs. His past experience also includes managing a successful photographic processing laboratory servicing real estate marketer's needs.

His plans for the blog include creating a number of foreign language versions, including a Chinese version of the luxury property blog with guest bloggers from around the world contributing regularly. When interviewed about the becoming the world's first executive blogger, Mark said:

"This job fits very well with my skill set, and LuxuryProperty.com is an extremely progressive website with a good grasp of the future, both in the luxury real estate world and the marketing possibilities of Internet Video. I am very happy to be a part of this team and looking forward to taking blogging, and Internet Video Marketing to the next level. With a little luck, I might even be able to cut down on the amount of horrible real estate videos I see posted to YouTube."

When asked about this aspect, Michael D. Murphy said:

"In my opinion, what most internet users enjoy about blogs is their authenticity. If Mark wants to make an example of the poor quality real estate videos on YouTube, we're certainly not going to stop him. If anything, such a practice should serve to raise the standard of online marketing - and that is what our company is all about."

The job description, "Executive blogger," is not widely-used, and only time will tell if this becomes as mainstream as blogging has done recently. Technocrati claim to be tracking over 112 million blogs, not including the estimated 73 million Chinese-language blogs, although the Blog Herald asks "Have we reached such a great amount of blogs that we no longer feel the need to count them?


Mark Knowles is a pro-blogger and has, in the past, written for several other well-known property blogs including the International Property Investment Blog. For quotes, photos and more information, please email.

LUX, based in Denver, CO and Chicago, IL, specializes in the development and operation of a growing network of luxury-themed websites and services: LUXURY PROPERTY, LUXURY SOIREE, LUXURY FILM, and an international network of luxury blogs.

Press Release available here for down load in Printer friendly, PDF and Reader Versions with photographs.

Friday, 16 May 2008

Luxury Real Estate Development News

More developments, more luxury. Although, as usual most of the new developments are coming out of the UAE.

Jumeirah Golf Estates

The idea of a luxury real estate development based around a gold course is not exactly a new one, but in the desert? This one is pretty spectacular though.

Emaar launches "Signature Residences."

The Lakes Golf Community Dubai

Emaar Properties will roll out an exclusive roster of signature residences within its established master-planned communities on May 10, 2008.

The one-day special sale of premium residences within The Lakes, The Views, Downtown Burj Dubai and Dubai Marina will be on a first come, first serve basis with several financial institutions offering easy home finance options.

A green development on the beachfront in Belize

Belize’s First Eco-Friendly Resort Designed Green from the Ground Up Ravenspur Investments Inc. today unveiled plans for Palmetto Bay Resort at Maya Beach, a secluded tropical hideaway in Southern Belize situated on 16-miles of white sand beaches and complemented by stunning scenery of the Maya Mountains.
Another Development from Emaar - "The Address" A five star Luxury Hotel Brand.

Emaar Hospitality, the hospitality & leisure business subsidiary of Emaar Properties PJSC, has revealed plans to launch and operate its own five star premium global brand of world-class hotels and resorts under the brand name, The Address Hotels & Resorts. Set to redefine the hospitality experience, Emaar’s global hotel brand will roll out later this year with the opening of The Address flagship hotels in Downtown Burj Dubai and another property in Dubai Marina.

Two more Skyscrapers launched in Abu Dhabi

Hydra properties, a UAE real estate developer, today announced the launch of two new projects - Hydra Avenue Towers and Hydra 55 Towers.
A Chinese blog even picked up on the latest development in London. Cornwall Terrace Mews. I have no idea what they are saying, but they seem to like it.



“Oakmayne Bespoke”即将在伦敦推出最奢华的房产(见上图)- 6 座大使馆风格的双面居所,另外还有三套房产位于伦敦摄政公园 Cornwall Terrace Mews 20-21 号。我拿不准应该使用住家还是住房。就叫居所吧。