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Luxury Buyers Prioritize Security in Global Purchases

Luxury Buyers Prioritize Security in Global Purchases

Everyone in luxury real estate knows that buyers prioritize and expect different features in their second, third and fourth international properties depending on where they’re from and why they’re inv  Read more
Dream Homes Are ‘Good for the Soul, Not Necessarily the Wallet’

Dream Homes Are ‘Good for the Soul, Not Necessarily the Wallet’

Purchasing a chateau in the French countryside, an oceanfront mansion in Malibu or a villa on a Tuscan vineyard often means realizing a lifelong dream for ultra-high-net -worth individuals. But once t  Read more
‘Gazumping’ Gets More Mainstream in U.K.

‘Gazumping’ Gets More Mainstream in U.K.

When a ground and basement flat at a sought-after address in London’s Notting Hill came down in price by tens of thousands of pounds over a period of weeks, canny buyers started to finally show intere  Read more
New Townhouses Get Condo Treatment

New Townhouses Get Condo Treatment

As most luxury projects raise skyward in Manhattan, a completely different type of residential offering is simultaneously being built on a more modest scale to compete for high-net-worth buyers: townh  Read more
The Celebrity Effect: How Stars Increase a Property’s Profile and Add Air of Exclusivity

The Celebrity Effect: How Stars Increase a Property’s Profile and Add Air of Exclusivity

In the final days of last summer, Drake and Rihanna made waves when they hunkered down for some R&R in what TMZ called “an oceanfront villa fit for honeymoonin’.” While that relationship didn’t la  Read more
What Luxury Buyers Need to Know About the Appraisal Process

What Luxury Buyers Need to Know About the Appraisal Process

Appraisers—also known as valuers outside of the United States—play an important role in the real estate market. Whenever someone is buying a property and needs financing, appraisers are the unbiased p  Read more
Staging’s a Necessary Expense When Selling Luxury Real Estate

Staging’s a Necessary Expense When Selling Luxury Real Estate

Whether it’s for a $500,000 South Florida condo or a $100 million-plus Beverly Hills mansion, hiring an interior designer to temporarily furnish, or stage, a property before it’s listed is a necessary  Read more
How to Spot a Good Investment in a Changing Neighborhood

How to Spot a Good Investment in a Changing Neighborhood

No matter what the location and what type of property, every buyer wants to feel they’re getting a great deal and aren’t paying the highest price, said Raifie Bass, an Aspen-based broker for Douglas E  Read more
Geopolitical Events Have Immediate Impact on Luxury Market Activity, Not Pricing

Geopolitical Events Have Immediate Impact on Luxury Market Activity, Not Pricing

In the last year or so, geopolitical events including Brexit, the U.S. and French presidential elections, and several terrorist attacks throughout Europe, have rattled the western world. The result ha  Read more
Pricing a Property Based on Comps is Still the Rule—Unless It’s Incomparable

Pricing a Property Based on Comps is Still the Rule—Unless It’s Incomparable

When pricing a residential single-family listing, most agents’ first step is to look at the recent sales of comparable properties in the same neighborhood; about the same size; on a similar piece of l  Read more
The Pros (and Cons) of Purchasing in a Gut-Renovated Condo Building

The Pros (and Cons) of Purchasing in a Gut-Renovated Condo Building

While new construction reigns supreme in many cities with robust luxury markets, there are also plenty of gut renovations in the works in New York and London, resulting in high-end condominium sales i  Read more
How to Decide If It’s Time To Take Your Listing Off the Market (For Now)

How to Decide If It’s Time To Take Your Listing Off the Market (For Now)

When is it time to take a home off the market? That’s a question frustrated brokers and sellers grapple with all the time, especially in today’s market, where prime cities like London, Tokyo and Miami  Read more
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