Curious about housing expectations for the remainder of 2015?

Graph of housing expectations for the remainder of 2015

What are the housing expectations for the remainder of 2015? From what I am reading and hearing, there is nothing to worry about. According to a story in The Wall Street Journal; “Home Sales to Hit Highest Level Since 2006, Realtor Group Says.” That Realtor Group is none-other than the National Association of Realtors®, reporting “existing homes sales this year are expected to hit levels not seen since just after the peak, in 2006, driven by strong job growth, low interest rates and a gradual loosening of lending standards.” In his mid-year forecast, the association’s chief economist, Lawrence Yun, said he expects home sales to end up … [Read more...]

Planning an international vacation this summer? Read this blog before you take-off!

international travel

Are you among the one-third of Americans planning to take advantage of the strong dollar with an international vacation this summer? If the answer is yes, then listen up! The leading credit card comparison website, CardHub, has just released its annual Currency Exchange Study in order to help travelers determine the easiest and most affordable ways to convert currency when traveling abroad. With the banking system becoming increasingly digital, it makes sense that the easiest way to buy things in a foreign currency is with plastic. Why waste the time exchanging physical currency and risk carrying it around when a credit card handles the … [Read more...]

News on Bottle Rock Napa Valley, Napa Music Festival and Napa Valley Performing Arts

Bottle Rock Napa Valley, Napa Music Festival

We who are fortunate enough to live in Northern California enjoy much more than the best wines in the world; we also have access to world-renowned Napa Valley performing arts. Take the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, for example. This comprehensive, multi-disciplinary performing arts center built on community-based artistic and philanthropic relationships, offers residents and visitors impactful performing arts education programs, and a full gamut of first-class local, national and international entertainment including our own Symphony Napa Valley, a vibrant professional orchestra committed to making classical music … [Read more...]

Napa Valley Wines Might Be The Silver Lining To The California Drought

Napa grapes for wine

While we can all agree that the California drought is an extremely serious issue, inflicting widespread economic damage on the Golden State, the four year dry spell might have a silver lining right here in Napa Valley. At least that’s what local Vintners told the Wall Street Journal in a story titled “California Drought Produces Tastier Wine Grapes.” California's drought cost the state $2.2 billion in losses last year and added expenses for its giant agriculture industry, while cutting 17,100, or 3.8%, of the state's farm jobs. However, we who live in the famed wine country of Napa and Sonoma counties are the exception to that bad news. In … [Read more...]

Latin Art – Sotheby’s Auction House, New York City, May 26, 2015

Sotheby's art auction

If you are a fan of Latin Art, you won't want to miss this Sotheby’s auction, “Latin America: The Legacy of Abstraction” is set for May 26 in New York City. The auction includes a selection of works from leading artists that explore the essence and impact of abstraction in Latin America throughout the 20th century. Artists represented in this landmark sale include: Lucio Fontana, Carlos Cruz Diez, Jesús Rafael Soto, Mira Schendel, León Ferrari, Mathias Goeritz, Alejandro Otero and Lygia Clark, amongst others. My personal favorite in this sale includes two untitled works from Mira Schendel, executed in the early 1980s. The magnificent … [Read more...]

Sotheby’s International Realty® Announces New Relationship with Dwell Magazine

Dwell Magazine

One of the latest media partnerships that Sotheby’s International Realty® exclusively offers is with Dwell Magazine. As the leading voice for modern design, architecture and interiors, Dwell.com reaches an affluent, sophisticated and design-savvy audience. Reaching over 27MM monthly users, Dwell has been a modern design icon for the past 15 years. As Dwell’s exclusive real estate partner, the Sotheby’s International Reality® brand is leveraging Dwell’s dedicated audience of architects, registered designers and home design enthusiasts to uniquely showcase the modern properties represented by our network. Dwell also offers high-impact, rich … [Read more...]

What I learned at the 2015 ARREA Global & Luxury Summit on doing Business with Asia

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I just returned from the ultimate Global & Luxury Summit on doing business with Asia and have hit the ground running with new connections I made and all the great ideas I picked up. Hosted by the Asian Real Estate Association of America (ARREA), the focus of the 2015 AREAA Global & Luxury Summit was the current state of our luxury global real estate market, examining its tremendous growth in the US and how to access the growing number of investors out of Asia and the Pacific rim.   Besides being an excellent place to meet with the movers and shakers in the international real estate arena, the summit also provided insider secrets on … [Read more...]

Top 3 Napa Restaurants according to Superstar Chef Thomas Keller

Thomas Keller

Calling all epicureans…I just read this article, “Thomas Keller’s Top 5 Napa Restaurants,” in Food & Wine magazine and wanted to share the info with you. Food & Wine is the ultimate authority on the best of what's new in food, drink, travel, design and entertaining. Superstar chef Thomas Keller is known as the unofficial mayor of Yountville, and as the Napa powerhouse when it comes to local restaurants. His restaurant The French Laundry, is one of my personal favorites. I also adore his bistro and bakery, Bouchon, and his casual offshoot Ad Hoc. Here are some of Keller’s favorite local restaurants: 1) Redd “In Yountville, Richard … [Read more...]

The Global Luxury Residential Real Estate Report 2015 – See how UHNW individuals invest their money

Results form the Global Luxury Residential Real Estate Report

Many interesting trends were unveiled in the recently released Global Luxury Real Estate Report 2015. This informative report, created by Sotheby’s and Wealth-X, utilizes Wealth-X’s proprietary wealth intelligence derived from the company’s 170 global researchers that manually research and curate dossiers on ultra high net worth (UHNW) individuals (defined as those with US$30 million or above in assets). Here are some key findings from the report The value of UHNW-owned residential real estate assets increased by 8% globally in 2014. On average, UHNW individuals own 2.7 owner-occupied residences. As of 2014, over 7% of the world’s … [Read more...]

One of the Best Design Plants: Naked Buckwheat (Eriogonum nudum)

Naked Buckwheat

I love the look of the naked buckwheat that grows amidst the wild flowers on our Napa Valley mountains. Besides being a naturally occurring plant in our region, it’s also one of the best design plants, and is tough and easy to grow. Even more, naked buckwheat provides important food for pollinators year-round, especially during California’s record breaking drought. Plant this beauty now and you’ll enjoy butterflies who will visit your garden to sip the refreshing nectar in the summer. Starting in the fall to next spring, the plant’s bountiful and delicious seeds will be a delicacy enjoyed by all kinds of birds. You’ll see this … [Read more...]