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5 Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

Buying your first home is more difficult than ever thanks to soaring housing prices and the fact that wages haven’t risen in proportion with inflation. Lots of millennials have downright abandoned the idea of ever being a homeowner. But don’t give up on your dream of owning a house! Here are 7 tips that will help you purchase your very first home. 1. Get a Federally-Secured Loan A federally-secured loan can be massively beneficial for first-time homebuyers. These are loans that are backed by the US government and are designed to make mortgages more affordable for first-time homeowners, and...

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Smart Home Technology: The New Frontier In Luxury Living

Luxury properties often evoke images of opulent gardens, large pools, marble in the bathrooms, and grand chandeliers in the foyer. But there’s a new side to luxury living that you may not know about: smart home technology. This technology is a step up from your Amazon Alexa sitting in the living room or kitchen; this smart technology takes luxury living to a brand new level. What Is A Smart Home Now? Smart home technology is changing, and consumers are staying interested. More than 80% of consumers either already own or would like to purchase connected home products for their...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Home Renovations

According to a market research report by IBISWorld, remodelling and renovations in the USA has grown by 6.4 percent over the past five years, with total revenue of $99 billion in 2018. The industry is so big that in the same time-frame, the number of businesses has grown by 2.7 percent and the number of employees has grown by 4.4 percent. What if you’re not looking to enlist the services of a professional and want to carry out a remodeling project on your own? Regardless of whether it’s a spot of painting and decorating or something more substantial like...

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Rising Seas – No Problem with Floating Homes

While man grapples with the fear of the unknown such as stronger hurricanes and rising seas that they worry will eventually turn inland cities such as Orlando and Philadelphia into beachfront property, a Florida company has found a solution for the very wealthy: the houseboat of the future. Equipped to run on shore power or the sun, Arkup’s “first electrical livable yacht” combines a luxury yacht, waterfront villa and self-sustainability into a glamorous floating-motoring home. Able to run completely off grid via 2,300 square feet of rooftop solar panels, the boat has four spuds that can lift it above the water...

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City Shifts: Four Themes Changing Luxury Real Estate In Major Markets

The character of a city is always changing. The last decade has in many ways, seen the rebirth of great cities. There has been a flowering of innovative architecture from Bjarke Ingels, David Adjaye, Frank Gehry, and many other talents doing some of their most inspired work. The renewed interest in cities has also meant a resurgence in demand for the benefits that come from urban living, specifically a desire to live in vibrant areas with walkable neighborhoods like those that have transformed both large and small cities. The coming decades will see increased population in urban areas. The...

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London’s 20 Most Expensive (and Exclusive) Streets

THE LONDON STREETS WITH A MULTI-MILLION POUND PRICE TAG New research by MoneySuperMarket reveals the most exclusive streets to buy property over the last two years 80% of London’s most expensive streets are in Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea The most expensive road outside of London in the UK is in Surrey With recent news suggesting a slump in the property market, there are still many streets in London where you’d have to be a multi-millionaire to even consider buying a property. To highlight and compare the range of potential price tags attached to property across the UK, leading...

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Robert Redford’s Wine Country Estate

Not one of Hollywood’s Ordinary People, especially when it comes to super-star actor, director and supporter of the arts, Robert Redford recently celebrated his 82nd birthday and announced his retirement as an actor. His final film, The Old Man & His Gun in which he stars with Sissy Spacek and Casey Affleck and plays a real-life career criminal and escape artist was released in September to rave reviews. For decades, Redford’s permanent residence has been in Utah, home of his Sundance Institute.  He and his artist wife, Sibylle Szaggars, also own a Napa Valley wine-country retreat where they enjoy...

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New York Yankees Derek Jeter’s Castle

“Derek Jeter’s Castle & His Grandfather’s Legacy” At just age 44, retired New York Yankee Derek Jeter, 14-time All Star, future MLB Hall of Famer and now co-owner of the Miami Marlins, has accomplished more than most would in many lifetimes. With an estimated net worth of approximately $185 million, it’s not surprising that he owns homes in New Jersey, New York and Florida. However since recently charged with overseeing the day-to-day operations to reinvigorate the last-place Marlins, Jeter has less time to get to his properties as often as he once did and has put his New York Tiedemann Castle on...

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Cher’s Original Mansion

Beyond her unique contralto vocals and risque stage costumes, Cher’s less heralded but equal talent is her exquisite taste in creating elegant homes with plush rusticity.  For years these homes have graced the pages of the architectural and decor authority Architectural Digest with her style of pristine white furniture against antique wood beams and textured stucco with a touch of Moroccan influence, which catapulted into the look so replicated today.  This, her first serious home after her divorce from Sonny Bono, which she designed and built in Beverly Hills in 1980, was a testament to her new found success...

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Shakira’s Miami Beach Home for Sale

Never a dull moment for pop superstar and TV’s “The Voice” judge, Shakira. Seen in Miami in March – possibly checking out the chic renovation plan on her Miami Beach residence, back to Spain which she considers her home base, and two days after putting her Miami Beach estate on the market, off to Hamburg, Germany to kick off her El Dorado world tour, family and team in tow. In August she will bring the tour to America – Chicago the first stop. Shakira lives in Barcelona with her partner, Spanish soccer star Gerard Piqué and their two sons. Now 41, she...

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Design as a Determining Factor in Real Estate

By Stephanie Anton, President of Luxury Portfolio International® While in real estate, we often say it’s “location, location, location” and yet, for today’s savvy, sophisticated consumer, architecture and interior design can often play nearly as strong a role as location when it comes to selecting a property. While it is true, most buyers begin by looking in a particular area, for luxury buyers in particular, a known designer can be the differentiating factor in choosing a particular residence. This concept of “designer as brand” becomes particularly important when it comes to new construction as we’ve seen many global luxury...

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Expansive Liberty Tower Penthouse Offers 360-Degree City Views

This expansive loft is approximately 3,000 SF on the main level and an additional 625 SF on the mezzanine. Enjoy 360-degree views in all directions of the city, water, and Wall Street Canyon. Visible out of this apartment’s 29 windows are intricate sculptures of eagles, lions, and gargoyles. Interior architectural details include exposed beams, mechanical pipes, as well as sloped and vaulted ceilings measuring as high as 13′-8″. Too numerous to count, there are many closets throughout, including a laundry-utility room with additional overhead storage. Liberty Tower is one of New York’s original skyscrapers from 1909, and at one time the tallest building in New York City. The recent immaculate renovation of the building’s terracotta facadeis the recipient of the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award from the New York...

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