I had a wonderful dinner on the waterfront in Portland at Aquariva, with Cal Lyford, of Sotheby’s International Realty and Deb Tebbs, of Cascade Sothebys International Realty, and an exceptional new recruit.
I absolutely love the comraderie of this brand, with all the positive forward momentum and the phenomenal amount of new growth. This brand is so unique and innovative it is exciting to be part of such an amazing team of people.
Locally and globally it is the company everyone wants to work for, and all the other companies wish they could be.
I am excited for the bright future, for all of us. Such a wonderful day. Such wonderful people. Such an outstanding brand.
By LAUREN BEALE AND NEAL J. LEITEREG contact the reporters Real Estate Business Tennis Swimming Johnny Depp Tyler Perry
Sometimes it takes a village. For Johnny Depp, make that an entire village.
The actor has put his “estate” in Plan de la Tour, France, on the market at close to $26 million.
About 17 miles from Saint Tropez, the 37-acre property includes a complete Provencal village of stone-built houses dating back more than 200 years.
Since buying the property in 2001, Depp has restored and decorated the homes one by one, spending more than $10 million on improvements.
He converted a church to a guesthouse and installed a wine-tasting cave that looks like a set from “The Pirates of the Caribbean” film series. The star has used the retreat as his family getaway
Actor Johnny Depp has listed his 37-acre estate in Plan de la Tour, France, for sale at close to $26 million.
The more than one dozen structures include a main house, several guest cottages, a chapel, a bar and restaurant, a workshop/garage and a staff house. The 10,760-square-foot Bohemian-style living space contains more than 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms.
A hunter’s cabin, a painter’s studio where Depp worked, a children’s playroom and a gym are among other living spaces.
The acreage is marked by gently sloping grounds with vineyards, olive trees, a vegetable garden, fountains, a large swimming pool surrounded by sand, a smaller swimming pool and a skateboard area.
Depp, 52, has starred in more than 50 major motion pictures, including “Edward Scissorhands,” “Benny and Joon” and “Donnie Brasco.” He gained recognition among television viewers in the 1980s series “21 Jump Street.” The versatile actor will star in the upcoming films “Black Mass,” “London Fields” and “Yoga Hosers.”
Furniture and the star’s personal belongings will be included in the sale.
Côte d’Azur Sotheby’s International Realty is the listing agent. Tony Mark of Sotheby’s International Realty in Malibu was the referring agent.
Repeat after me: I am the master of my remodel. Perhaps you should say it again, because sadly, it’s not always so. Remodels sometimes have a tendency to develop their own inertia, as decisions lead to new dilemmas, unintended consequences and surprising outcomes. In some cases, these flights of fancy are perfectly acceptable, provided the design and completed execution truly align with the vision and budget.
But if your budget is a concern, and the wise investment of limited home improvement dollars matters, then there are a few basic guidelines you should familiarize yourself with before planning your remodel. Today we review five remodels that typically make good financial sense, providing a nice return on the investment at the time of resale — and five that don’t.
1. Kitchens. Updating a tired old kitchen is one of the wisest methods, and a tried and true one, of increasing the value of your home. When planning a kitchen remodel, and making design decisions and selections for plumbing fixtures, appliances, cabinets and countertop materials, you should determine whether you are prioritizing your own design aesthetic or the return on your investment.
Either priority is perfectly acceptable, but you should understand which is your priority, or strike a balance between the two that you can feel good about.
For example, using the existing kitchen layout and affordable cosmetic materials is a sure way to keep the cost of your kitchen remodel manageable. When you start tearing out walls, bumping out the exterior home footprint to gain a few feet, and moving plumbing fixtures and appliances, the cost of the remodel will jump and your dollars will be less efficiently spent.
Newly added square footage equals increases your home’s value. There are certain costs that will be associated with your addition regardless of the size. New square footage will require the demolition of existing exterior walls, a new foundation, a new roof, new exterior siding and probably new windows. If you are going to incur these expenses, it’s important to get some bang for your buck. It’s important that the added room is sized so that the space can be efficiently produced.
The good news is that there are a number of very affordable projects that can improve curb appeal, and some more extensive improvements that can likely pay off as well. Simply cleaning out overgrown brush and making a few new planting additions to your landscape can go a long way toward improving curb appeal at a very low cost.
Repainting is another low-cost, high-impact improvement. Costlier changes such as changing out old windows or an aged entry door are things that potential buyers will notice and value. Even more extensive front-elevation remodels, such as added dormers and front porches, can prove wise from an investment standpoint.
The same rules apply to a bathroom remodel as to the kitchen. Cosmetic changes are safer from an investment standpoint than modifications involving changed layouts or minor additions, which can result in inefficient expenses.
1. Kids’ spaces. No, this is not straight from the Grinch himself. Yes, if your kids have a climbing wall, the fantastic addition will probably lead to hours of fun, increased strength and perhaps even a sense of accomplishment for your kids. It’s a fine idea, and like a pool slide, might even be a childhood dream come true.
But there is no assurance your home buyer will feel the same way. That rock climbing wall, which my own kids would flock to, might actually represent a negative value to a buyer who sees this space as his man cave. (The Grinch would assuredly remove the structure and replace it with a 70-inch flat-screen stolen from the home of Cindy Lou Who).
Backyard pools are loved by millions, and while this appreciation is well founded, they should be constructed for their many virtues that are not investment related. A pool might increase the value of your home but is unlikely to pay for itself, as some buyers will perceive the pool as a negative maintenance expense.
But the design wouldn’t appeal to someone who does not love wine. Original designs rarely appeal to everyone, so when adding spaces to a home you know you will sell, consider how personal it is and if others will feel as strongly as you do.
The reason is simple. If you bump out a bedroom wall by a few feet, you might make that bedroom much more comfortable. That benefit alone might make it worthwhile in your circumstance. But the cost of all the added elements, including foundation, roof, framing and drywall, will result in only a small gain in square footage.
Say your 2,400-square-foot, three-bedroom home becomes a three-bedroom home with 2,440 square feet. It’ll be unlikely that you’ll recover the cost of the addition.
As a working mother, it can be hard to juggle all the work and time needed to parent.
But the one thing I love most about my job, is that I can do the work anywhere!
This morning, I’m negotiating a deal, completing paperwork, and scheduling appointments, all while watching my son’s baseball game! I’m connecting with my community, supporting my son and enjoying this gorgeous sunshine.
I love my job!
Dear Friends, Clients and Collegues,
I am excited to introduce you to a great local office: Marketplace Sotheby’s International Realty.
Sotheby’s International Realty has been the inspiration and the brand that I chose to build my entire real estate career around. No other company in the world has the marketing power, the customer service, the reach, the drive, nor can any other deliver the results that Sotheby’s International Realty can provide. With some of the most talented brokers in the world, it is by far the most amazing, unique and successful real estate company in the world. I am proud to be on their team.
A description of Marketplace Sotheby’s International Realty: excerpt from the Realogy Franchise Group press release, MADISON, N.J. 07-14-2014, Jennifer Zimmerman
Chad and Aaron Shriner are broker/owners of the firm, which currently has one office in Woodinville and one in Redmond, Washington.
“Marketplace Sotheby’s International Realty is centrally located in the heart of the Western Washington wine country,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “Known for its unique beauty, the location has become a point of tourism for wine aficionados. With more than 60 years of combined ownership and management experience, Chad and Aaron have a great depth of knowledge in their market.”
According to Aaron Shriner, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand affiliation creates new opportunities for their agents and offices. “Our focus is on working together as a team to provide the best service and experience to our clients,” he said. “Through the quality service we provide, we aim to be in a class of our own. With the support and global reach of this brand, we believe we can achieve that. We have a very savvy clientele and work to be their trusted real estate advisor.”
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Founded in 1976, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand is a unique luxury network of brokerage agencies offering a wide collection of luxury homes, estates and properties for sale throughout the world. With more than 670 offices and 13,000 sales associates across 49 countries and territories, our network is committed to helping its clients find a home and luxury real estate agent in the world’s most desired locations. Our purpose is to artfully unite extraordinary properties with extraordinary lives – servicing the needs of the most prestigious clientele in the world.
I sincerely look forward to sharing the amazing world of Sotheby’s International Realty with all of you and wish everyone a wonderful and very prosperous 2015!