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August 2008

Free property listings on The Wall Street Journal website for Institute Members

Wsj_search_results_250px_2As part of a new partnership agreement, we are offering all active Members a series of free 60-day online property listings on The Wall Street Journal website. 

In a Nutshell...

  • As a Member, you get a free 60-day property listing on the website (a $350 value)
  • When 60 days is up, you get another one
  • When that 60 day period expires, you get another one...You can continue this all year for a total of six sequential 60-day listings. Keep your Institute membership current, and you can do it again for another year.
  • Annually, that's $2,100 worth of online listings for FREE.

Wait, it gets better...

If you have upgraded to a Featured Expert in our member directory, you automatically get three times as many FREE property listings on the Wall Street Journal Website. 

You can have up to THREE 60-day listings at one time, all year long, for a total of eighteen 60-day property listings during a year. If you bought these individually, your cost would be $6,300.   We’re offering them FREE to our Featured Experts

You do the math. 

$(195) annual dues
$(300) features expert upgrade
$5,805 in free advertising

For all the details and to start taking advantage of this today, visit the Member Benefits page in the Members Only section of our website.

We are committed to helping our Members succeed, and we're really excited about this GREAT new benefit.   We're working on other new benefits too, so watch for more announcements soon...

Top Luxury Realtors to hear from “The Maverick Daredevil Real Estate Artist”

(Not sure how many of you read the Press Releases, so thought I'd cross post this one here too!)

Frank_mckinney_2Mansion builder to share success tips at Leaders in Luxury event

August 12, 2008 -- Frank McKinney, “the Maverick Daredevil Real Estate Artist,” has been chosen as a keynote speaker for Leaders in Luxury (LIL), an invitation-only special event for 100 of the nation’s leading real estate professionals who work in the upper-tier market. Hosted by The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM), this year’s LIL event will be held in South Beach (Miami) at the luxurious new Gansevoort South Hotel and Spa

“Frank McKinney’s personality is as big as the 60,000+ square foot mansions he builds,” said The Institute’s Founder Laurie Moore-Moore. “The story of his life is inspiring and he has many ideas to share about how to maximize one’s success, despite today’s market conditions.  If anyone understands branding, promotion, and how to succeed, McKinney does.”

At age 18, with $50 in his pocket and without the benefit of higher education, McKinney left his native Indiana for Florida in search of his profession. In his first Florida job he earned $180 a week, waking at 4:00 a.m. and digging sand traps by hand on a Deerfield Beach golf course. On May 19, 1986, at age 22, Mr. McKinney founded his first real estate investment company and bought his first $50,000 fixer-upper, selling it a few months later for a $7,000 profit.

Today, Frank McKinney is known around the globe as a real estate "artist," and the creative building force behind some of the world's unique mansions. A true maverick with a charming flair, he is a daredevil in the risky world of speculative high-end real estate. McKinney is nearing completion of "Acqua Liana," an opulent eco-friendly "green" mansion priced at $29 million and "Crystalina," a $30 million Polynesian green home. 

Although McKinney builds new dream mansions, he lives with his family in an historic 3000 square foot home, offices in a 150 sq. ft. tree house, and is committed to his Caring House Project Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating self-sufficiency by providing housing, food, water, medical support and opportunity for the desperately poor and homeless around the world.

Another current McKinney project is a $135 million spec home, The Manalapan Residence. This three-story 67,670 square foot  home includes 14 bedrooms, 24 bathrooms, an 18 car garage, a 6,140 sq. ft. master bedroom suite, lavish Grand Rotunda room for entertaining, dual water walls, aquarium ceilings and walls, movie theatre, casino and club room with stunning aquarium wet bar, oceanfront gourmet family kitchen, catering kitchen, outdoor summer kitchen, his/her offices, 10 wet bars, two wine rooms (one for red, one for white), gymnasium with beauty salon, two swimming pools (classical lap and grotto waterfall/waterslide), shark tank, two elevators, bowling alley, tennis court with pavilion, archery range, 1/4 mile jogging/go cart track, butterfly gardens, Italian and Floridian gardens, sculpture gardens, citrus orchard, guest house, staff house, back-up generator, full home automation, and more.

“McKinney is a speaker who makes audiences smile, challenges them to be more successful and leaves them wanting more.  His presentation will add excitement and spice to the Leaders in Luxury meeting,” predicts Institute President Waco Moore. “As part of our agreement with Mr. McKinney, The Institute is also pleased to fund the construction of two houses in Haiti through his Caring House Project Foundation.”

Russian billionaire’s purchase of French villa sets new world record for most expensive home -- $750 million!

(Photo from pmo's flickr photostream)

Villa Léopolda, one of the most historic estates on the French Côte d'Azur, is now under contract by an anonymous Russian billionaire for $750 million (€500m). This three-quarters-of-a-billion dollar sales price sets a new record for the most expensive home sale in the world...
More details in our press release.

Un grand merci to Daniel Kijner for tipping us off last week to this story, well before it hit the English language media, and to Sharon Simms for links to good photos of the property like this aerial shot.