What does Luxury mean to you? GLOBAL LUXURY Real Estate Report 2017

This is an interesting report on the Consumer Relationship to Luxury and Status – What does Luxury mean to you?….To find out more about our Global Luxury Real Estate, call us at 214.769.2142.

On September 26, 2017 Luxury Portfolio International® unveiled their 2017 Global Luxury Real Estate Report at the annual LeadingRE Global Symposium in Vienna, Austria. The report highlights the important differences among luxury consumers including attitudes toward luxury living and the thoughts and motivations of the luxury consumer, in four prevalent global regions: North America, Europe, MENA (Middle East/North Africa) and Asia-Pacific.

The motivations of the luxury consumer are effected by global factors that surpass the traditional ideals of the real estate industry. Luxury consumers are no longer solely concerned with the look and feel of a home, but also how it functions. Values and lifestyle are significant factors in how HNWI (High-Net-Worth Individuals) make purchasing decisions. Recently, there has been an increase in interest for housing amenities that focus on elder care. These trend is prevalent on a global basis and effects was recently promoted as one of the top trends at the 2017 Homebuilders show in Bangkok, Thailand.

Luxury consumers in all four regions have one common value related to status — achievement through hard work. This effort is engrained early in life, starting with the pursuit of a career path through higher education. In the Middle East, status supports their own internal validation, while in the Asia-Pacific region, status is a symbol of their good fortune.

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The report indicates that the idea that status equates to luxury is strongest in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions. In the Middle East, 81% of consumers stated that owning luxury symbolizes status, while 36% expressed the same belief in Europe. The different views on luxury in these two regions is mostly caused by the modest responses from the U.K.

In the last few years, the issue of privacy has become increasingly important to HNWI. Worldwide, 82% of buyers expressed that their privacy has never been more important. Luxury buyers are beginning to seek out security features that allow them to monitor their homes remotely. HNW buyers are also extremely aware of the risk posed by identity theft and their home technology desires match that concern. Luxury consumers value centralized networks to securely control smart-home and internet connections.

See more coverage of the 2017 Global Luxury Real Estate Report by The Real Deal, Robb Report and Inman . For the latest information on the values and motivations of the global luxury consumer, download the complete report here.

Please direct questions or media inquiries to pr@luxuryportfolio.com.

Article from Luxury Portfolio International, a comprehensive marketing program exclusively for companies that are part of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®. The network is the best locally-branded brokerages and associates in the world, with 550 companies, 4,000 offices and 130,000 associates in over 60 countries, who collectively produce over $351 billion in annual home sales. Membership is with the company rather than with individual associates. Within LeadingRE firms which are dominant in the luxury market may be invited to join Luxury Portfolio.

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Hurricane Harvey is bringing us all together! How Can You Help?

Friends from “everywhere” have been contacting us to see What They Can Do To Help.

There are so many ways to do that! Here are just a few:

DONATE MONEY

American Red Cross To donate, visit redcross.org, call 1- 800-RED CROSS or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The Salvation Army is accepting financial donations. To donate, visit helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-725-2769.

The Dallas Foundation has started a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Donate at dallasfoundation.org.

DONATE CLOTHING, SUPPLIES

For people interested in helping set up the mega shelter at the Dallas Convention Center, Dallas County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster member Trusted World is accepting new underwear, new socks, new warmups for men, women, children and infants, toiletries/hygiene products, baby formula and baby wipes, bottles, diapers and the Graco Pac n’ Plays for babies to sleep in. Drop off is at 15660 N. Dallas Parkway, just north of Arapaho on the north side of the Parkway. The donations center will open daily from 3 to 8 p.m. daily. TrustedWorld.org

DONATE BLOOD

Carter BloodCare will send blood donations to its partners affected by Hurricane Harvey. 1-877-571-1000. Text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999

HELP PETS

SPCA of Texas is expecting 300 cats and dogs to come to North Texas. The agency is asking for donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspaper. Donations can be dropped off at SPCA of Texas Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center at 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and the SPCA of Texas at 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney. Monetary donations can be made online at SPCA.org/gift.

PROVIDE SHELTER

Volunteer your rental home or room at through rental site Airbnb.com, which is connecting evacuees in the path of the storm with free, short-term lodging. Airbnb hosts are able to volunteer their rentals through a sign-up program at Airbnb.com/disaster.

VOLUNTEER

The Red Cross and Salvation Army will be involved with disaster relief efforts, providing shelter, fresh drinking water, food, toiletries, clothes, bedding and other necessities. They also are involved with rebuilding efforts once the storm has passed and will send trained volunteers to help with the recovery. The Red Cross and Salvation Army also need volunteers to help at the shelters set up to house people who fled the coast.

Red Cross redcross.org/volunteer

Salvation Army salvationarmyusa.org/usn/volunteer

ADDITIONAL WAYS YOU CAN HELP NOW

Catholic Charities USA Visit catholiccharitiesusa.org to donate.

GlobalGiving Visit globalgiving.org/harvey. Donors can also text HARVEY to 80100 to donate $10 to GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Save the Children Visit savethechildren.org. Save the Children’s emergency response team is on the ground in San Antonio working to meet children and families’ immediate needs.

Apple The multimedia giant has set up a donation link directly on iTunes and App Store. Visit apple.com for more information. Donations will go directly to the American Red Cross.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established this fund administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation to accept tax-deductible flood-relief donations. Donations can be made at ghcf.org.

These are just a few of the ways you can help our fellow Texans. Please act now to help our neighbors in need!

Texas Rising

 

 

It’s ALL About the Schools…Highlighting GARLAND ISD!

Want to know more about GISD?  Read on or call me….let’s chat – 214.769.2142

Garland Independent School District
Exceptional Education
Transforming Teaching and Learning
Diverse Community
Shared Vision

About GISD: Educating 57,000 students across 71 campuses, Garland ISD ranks as the second-largest district in Dallas County, fourth-largest in Dallas-Fort Worth, 13th-largest in Texas, and is among the 70-largest in America. The district spans the cities of Garland, Rowlett and Sachse, yet maintains a small town, family feel. With a rich tradition of excellence, GISD boasts a diverse population that speaks more than 100 languages, as well as technology-driven campuses, magnet programs and approximately 200 Career and Technical Education courses.

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Link to District Map: http://www.garlandisd.net/about/gisdmap

Choice of School: In most districts attendance zones determine where students will attend school. GISD employs a “Choice of School” program, allowing parents to select the campus they want their children to attend for the next school year.

AVID: AVID stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination. The goal of AVID is to prepare students for college and success in a global society. We use AVID to bring out the best in students and close the achievement gap. For more information about the program visit www.avid.org. In middle and high schools, AVID is offered as an elective class, although students will experience AVID strategies in other classrooms. In elementary schools, AVID is not offered as an elective. Students in an AVID elementary school will automatically use different AVID strategies to help them learn and prepare for college and career. AVID elementary schools use AVID strategies in a way that affects the entire school.

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School Meals: Choose 3-5 options for a full lunch meal: an entrée, one selections of fruit, two selections of fruit in high school, two selections of vegetables, a grain/bread which may be part of the entrée or separate, milk. Choose 3-4 options for a full breakfast meal: two entrées which is a combination of grain/breads and meat, two selections of a fruit or juice, milk.

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Parent Workshops: GISD offers workshops throughout the year with effective parenting strategies, ideas on how to get more involved and information to help your child be successful in school and in life. Past workshops have included topics such as:
• bullying
• guide to STAAR
• parent involvement
• motiving children
• cybersafety
• teen dating violence
• substance abuse
• anger management

Safety and Security: We ensure the safety of students, staff, visitors and property 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Security cameras, controlled building access and a visitor registry system help ensure our students have a safe place to learn. Police officers are assigned to our schools to provide security, counseling and education. Emergency training and response plans are in place to make sure that students and staff know what to do in a crisis and that situations are communicated properly to the community in a timely manner.

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For more information about GISD or anything related to Real Estate, feel free to contact me!

Have plans this Memorial Weekend?

There are many things to choose from (starting today!) to celebrate this Memorial Day and weekend! Thanks to D Magazine for the ideas…

Want to know more about what is going on in our Fantastic D.FW Metro?  It’s easy – just call me:  214.769.2142

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Friday (05/26)

Tickets are sold way the heck out but you, too, can see U2 at the Death Star if you scrounge the secondary market. It’s an anniversary tour for Joshua Tree, so maybe it’s worth it.

Van Zweden conducts Elgar with the Dallas Symphony as part of the Soluna Festival. A second performance is Saturday night at the Meyerson.

Saturday (05/27) from 2-4pm

OPEN HOUSE at 7606 Azalea Lane in Dallas amazing community of Northaven Meadows! This home is perfection with a backyard oasis! Ideal for family, friends & entertaining. This mid-century modern ranch flows easily from its multiple living areas, it has a large and bright sunroom with a wet bar out onto the expansive private back lawn area. Backyard has a diving pool, half-court basketball area, multi seating areas, mature shade trees and so much more!  Click here to see video:  7606 Azalea Lane

Lupe Fiasco plays the Granada Theater.

The Thai Culture and Food Festival, which tastes, sounds, and looks better than just about every festival in Dallas, is at the Buddhist Center on Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday (05/28)

At last, a five-year project to stage readings of Shakespeare’s entire body of work concludes with the Bard’s sonnets at the Wyly Theatre.

Drink and judge margaritas at the Margarita Meltdowncompetition in the West End.

The Mountain Goats play Trees.

Monday (05/29)

The DSO kicks out the patriotic jams before a fireworks show at Flag Pole Hill for Memorial Day.

For more to do, go here. Enjoy your long weekend!

Have you heard about Rowlett’s Luxury Resort – Bayside on Lake Ray Hubbard?

Would you like to know more about the exciting Bayside on Lake Ray Hubbard in Rowlett?  Call me at 214.769.2142!

This will be a luxury resort getaway…just down the street! It will consist of 262 acres of mixed-use lakefront property offering white sand beaches, an 8-acre Crystal Lagoon and a 1-acre show fountain-first of its kind in North America! You will be able to sail, fish, boat, shop, swim, eat or just relax! Bayside will also be selling single family homes, condos, town homes and apartments. The location is perfect too, only 30 minutes from downtown Dallas!

The company behind this 1 Billion Dollar project is Crystal Lagoons. Their US headquarters is in Miami and they are involved in hundreds of projects around the world. Bayside is the first such lagoon planned for Texas. Two more have since been announced for the Houston area. Those two will cost a combined $1.5 billion dollars.

The Texas based developer, Western Rim, is constructing the 845 urban-design multi-family residential units. These single-family homes and townhomes will be on the north side of I-30 off Dalrock. Dallas-based BOKA Powell is the architect on the retail and office portion of Bayside. Dallas-based 5G is designing the condo tower and a 500-room hotel with 80,000 square feet of meeting space.

So what about the traffic on I-30? Well, TxDOT plans to add three lines to each side of I-30, plus more service roads and bridges. They are also adding an 8 to 12 foot hiking and biking trail. That will start at Bass Pro and go across the lake.

So has anyone driven past the construction on Bayside? Notice any major changes yet? I am looking forward to seeing the progress! Let me know what you think! 

Cynthia and Diego

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Best D-FW Festivals to Attend This Spring

Call me to find out more about what great SPRING happenings are taking place around the D.FW!  214.769.2142

D-FW is such a culture melting-pot and there so many festivals and activities celebrating everything you can imagine at any given time. The weather is nice now, not too hot yet, so how about checking out one (or two) of these festivals happening over the next few months! Here is a list of my favorite taken from D Magazine.

Dallas Book Festival & Dallas Festival of Ideas | Apr. 29 | Dallas City Hall and the Dallas Public Library – Taking place across the street from each other downtown, these symbiotic festivals have more on their mind than most. At the library’s central branch, nationally acclaimed authors (Kristin Radtke, Jef Chang, others) speak while various panels pay testament to the city’s ongoing literary renaissance. At city hall, thinkers from around the country talk about innovations in a number of fields — education, health, the arts — can be applied to better our city. The two festivals unite to hear from author Yaa Gyaasi, whose Homegoing was one of the most talked about books of 2016. You can also expect performances and other activities on the city hall plaza, including an evening show by the Polyphonic Spree. Both festivals are free.

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Denton Arts & Jazz Festival | Apr. 28-30 | Quakertown Park – This long-running, free event in Denton is a testament to the city’s love affair with jazz music, with a busy lineup and seven stages of local and national performers that will knock your socks off, as well as plenty of other options for festival fun.

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Scarborough Renaissance Festival | Through May 29 | Fair Grounds in Waxahachie – The Renaissance and Late Middle Ages: like Game of Thrones without the dragons. The jousting, turkey legs, Renaissance dress-up, and mermaids (yes, mermaids) stick around every weekend through the end of May.

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ChocolateFest | May 5 & 6 | Grapevine Convention Center – If the name hasn’t already done it for you, know that North Texas chocolate-makers dish their best wares on both days. Wine and art help sweeten the deal.

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Texas Frightmare Weekend | May 5-7 | Hyatt Regency DFW Airport – The massive horror convention boasts a number of celebrity guests: famed director Dario Argento (Suspiria), actor Freddie Highmore, wrestler Sting. It also has movie screenings (The Shining, The Thing), lots of terrifying vendors, and panels on horror movie filmmaking.

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Off the Rails Country Music Fest | May 6 & 7 | Toyota Stadium – Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, and all the other popular country musicians you can handle at this Southern-certified blowout in Frisco.

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Bugs and Brews | May 6 | The Granada Theater’s Parking Lot – The music (Big Ass Brass Band and Freeloaders, among others) conspires to set a New Orleans vibe, as does the spread: chow down on all the crawfish you can handle here.

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Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival | May 19-21 | Galatyn Park – The family-friendly Richardson festival has The B-52s on Friday, Lynyrd Skynyrd on Saturday, and Shooter Jennings on Sunday. More live music, art displays, and tons of carnival-ish food and fun are all weekend.

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Thai Culture & Food Festival | May 27 & 28 | The Buddhist Center of Dallas – Visit the inspiring Buddhist temple, watch Thai dancers and other authentic performances, and feast to your heart’s content after selecting a mix of eats from the food bazaar.

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Dallas Margarita Meltdown | May 28 | West End – North Texas’ best purveyors of the margarita sling their beverages in the most important competition of the summer. Tequila lovers are the default winners.

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A-Kon | June 8-11 | Fort Worth Convention Center – The 28th edition of this storied anime convention, billed as the oldest in the U.S., moves out to Fort Worth, where you’ll find just as many cosplayers, anime nuts, and celebrity guests as ever.

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Thanks to D Magazine for always having the best articles, stories and information to read!

Latest and Greatest Gadget’s You Need to Know About

Fun Finds!  Take a LOOK at that Showerhead!  Call me to hear about other Great Finds here in the D.FW – 214.769.2142

What tech items have you run across that you find amazing? Let me know…I would love to hear about it!

With our modern technology, we have seen some impressive inventions and gadgets the past few years. Some of the newest to hit the market are featured in the EbbyBlog post: The Latest in Luxury Living

One popular item is the Snapchat Spectacles. You can literally share your memories from your perspective. These sunglasses take 10 second videos that are shared over Wi-Fi. They come in black, teal and coral. Would you buy these?

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Another item is the Oombrella Smart Umbrella. This is a smart umbrella you connect through an app on your phone and it will alert you BEFORE it rains. It can also share live weather information and it has a “forget-me-not” feature to let you know if you left it somewhere. Colors available are black, white and rainbow with two sizes to choose from.

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The last item EbbyBlog mentions is the Ametis Shower System. Turn your bathroom into a spa with this shower system! It offers a soothing halo effect using LED chromotherapy lighting with a modern and newly updated look.

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One item I have interest in is the Ring Video Doorbell.  It allows users to see and talk to visitors even while away from home. Many colors are available which allows you to find the best match for your door. Set-up is easy and they are also weather-resistant.

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What tech items have you run across that you find amazing? Let me know…I would love to hear about it!