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By the Engel & Völkers Team

When we dream of Venice, we imagine ourselves wandering through canals and criss-crossing between neighborhoods, enjoying the historic beauty and culture of the city. Unsurprisingly, so do many others across the globe.

According to Engel & Völkers’ latest Venice market report, the city’s residential property market is witnessing growing demand, especially near areas on the Grand Canal. This is met, however, with a limited availability of homes in the most desirable areas of the city.

“The majority of buyers are looking for a second home in Venice, or an investment property for short-term rental to tourists,” said Mauro Lozza, Managing Director of Engel & Völkers in Venice. Currently, international buyers account for

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By the Engel & Völkers Team

Exceptional customer service is what makes any good company great. In fact, there are many modern day examples of companies across multiple industries becoming lone survivors among their competitors because of this very ideal. Treating people the way they think they should be treated is not enough … it’s about going above and beyond, exceeding expectations and creating customers for life. When you can attract customers versus chase them, a spark ignites creating a contagious culture and experience.

So how does this all start? With leadership, of course. Feeling nostalgic, we decided to take a look back at one of our favorite interviews with the great Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group and known as a visionary

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By the Engel & Völkers Team

Some historic properties can be charming, but the impressive castle Kasteel van Olsene, currently listed through Engel & Völkers in Belgium for 25 million euros, comes with extraordinary comforts that ring a bit more than cutesy. With sleek modern edges around its outdoor (and indoor) pool, flanked by gorgeous chandeliers and priceless crown molding, we imagine this moated castle located just 40 miles west of Brussels could be the perfect hideaway for James Bond himself. After all, the castle also features a car lift and underground garage that could perfectly fit up to 12 of Bond’s signature sports cars.

In addition to having high-tech video surveillance, necessary for any secret agent mission, Kasteel

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By the Engel & Völkers Team 

Many of us have dreamed of growing up and becoming royalty, but soon found out some dreams are very hard to achieve. Living like a royal can come close to reality, though. Get a taste of the lavish life by seeking out this palace-like villa on the French Riviera, built in 1901 by the Countess of Morla.

Princess Odescalchi, whose family was recognized as one of the most influential aristocratic dynasties in Italy, also later resided here. Located in Cap d’Ail, the Princess additionally crowned the villa with its name, Villa Marizzina.

This property has been home to numerous high-profile owners including the Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich, cousin to the last Russian Tsar Nicole II. The Grand Duke acquired the

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By the Engel & Völkers Team 

Nothing says I love you, Dad more than buying a home, but while most people are probably short on change to cash in on an extra house, it never hurts to get some phenomenal inspiration in hopes of one day snagging an amazing house for all those awesome dads, just in time for Father’s Day. Because dads all around the world really are the best—at least for the weekend. (Shhh, don’t tell Mom.) 

Here are seven homes on the market that have something special for every type of dad.

For the Car Enthusiast

Whether he has two cars or ten, if your dad has a car he loves he deserves an equally beloved space to show them off. Give Dad that trophy room to display his prized possessions, right at home. You can even gift him some

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The Internet of Things (IoT) and How It Plays Into Your Life

By the Engel & Völkers Team


For all you techies, TechCrunch is probably your holy grail. Always privy to the latest leaks and launches heard through the Silicon Valley grapevine, TechCrunch oozes juicy tech gossip (or bitcoins) from its ears. So what’s a consistently cool and interesting discussion among this media site and tech philosophers, alike? IoT.

Also known as the “Internet of Things,” IoT speaks to the idea of all physical objects, from the simple and mundane to homes and cars, having a digital identity. Even more so, this promise of IoT in the world is well under way. Gartner states that more than 20 billion connected things will be in use worldwide by 2020, which poses huge

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By the Engel & Völkers Team

Four Neighborhoods You Should Know About

Everything from its Mediterranean climate, culinary achievements and its beautiful beaches make Barcelona one of the hottest international destinations for travellers worldwide. Now, with real estate activity on the rise, it isn’t just travellers setting their sights on The City of Gaudi, but homebuyers and international investors as well. “Barcelona is a region with a healthy economy and a very good infrastructure, which offers a high quality of life,” said Oriol Canal, Managing Director of the Engel & Völkers Market Center Barcelona.The neighborhoods of Barcelona offer a variety in culture, history, architecture and amenities. Here are four you should know about, right now.

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By Engel & Völkers Siena

The magic of Chianti pours persuasively from the bottles of that wine which the whole world envies. The modern history of “Chianti Classico began in the 19th century with the “father” of modern vine growing and winemaking in Chianti who was the inspiration for production discipline: baron Ricasoli.

This land’s ancestral links with vine and wine was recently confirmed by an archaeological find in the area: some seeds of “Vitis Vinifera” dating to 23 centuries ago. Then in the late middle ages vineyards played a leading part in agriculture and the economy.

Derivation of the word Chianti, according to a 790 document in the abbey of San Bartolomeo in Ripoli, is hard to identify: probably it evolved from the Latin clangor,

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By the Engel & Völkers Team

A Guide to the Cannes Film Festival

This week marks the beginning of one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival. From May 17-28, the world’s biggest film fans and entertainment’s brightest stars will descend upon the Boulevard de la Croisette to take part in red carpet extravaganzas and to review the newest films competing for the Festival’s ultimate prize, the Palm d’Or.

The film that receives the Palm d’Or prize is decided by a select group of notable figures in film who make up the Cannes Jury. This year’s jury is headed by director Pedro Almodóvar and includes actors Jessica Chastain, Will Smith and Uma Thurman.

Forty-nine films in all, representing 29

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By the Engel & Völkers Team

We’re planning our summer travel agenda and are more than ready to stretch out warm weekends for trips to nearby cities. A weekend spent in a different city is the most amazing excuse to forget about beach bod goals and to dig in on the nation’s best grub. If you’re like us and enjoy traveling to eat, there’s no better way to do it than first getting inspired by regional cuisines.

Here are our summer destination ideas based on some of the U.S. and Canada’s best signature dishes. Share and experience what locals love about each of their cities, and if you’re not hungry yet—you will be. 
 

San Francisco

Keeping your taste buds happy in Silicon Valley will not be difficult, as long as you don’t get distracted by the

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