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June 2016

Found 66 blog entries for June 2016.

North America advisors ranked among the real estate firm’s top advisors internationally 

Hamburg/New York City – Engel & Völkers AG announced its annual Top 10 Agents rankings which recognizes its most successful real estate advisors throughout its international network of more than 700 brokerages in 36 countries. U.S. Engel & Völkers advisors took top honors in all four categories within its residential division.

Carol Sollak, Engel & Völkers Wellington in Florida, was the number one advisor worldwide in the Top Transaction Volume and Top Commission categories. Thomas Hopf, Engel & Völkers Cape Coral in Florida, was the number one advisor worldwide in the Top Rentals category and Shirley Gary, Engel & Völkers Buckhead Atlanta, was the number

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One point two million athletes and participants have registered for Special Olympics Unified Sports, according to the Special Olympics. This surpasses their original goal of having one million registered participants.

Unified Sports joins together those with intellectual disabilities and those without intellectual disabilities while doing the things they love: playing sports. This is based on the idea that playing and training together will help to foster friendships and create acceptance.

According to the Special Olympics, Unified Sports is now in more than 4,300 schools across the United States. The goal is to have Unified Sports programming and resources in 10,000 schools by 2020.

Engel & Völkers is a proud champion and partner of the Special

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Full list here:

Kenner beat out all other cities in the Metro New Orleans area.  

Is a low crime rate part of your criteria when moving to a new City? Interested in Kenner? Contact Engel & Volkers New Orleans today and speak with one of our Advisors for some guidance and information.

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5 things you need to know about the closing process

Posted by Team Digital on May 31, 2016.

“The ache for home lives in all of us,” said Maya Angelou, “the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”  Finding such a sanctuary that meets all your needs at the right price and in the right location is profoundly pleasing. Even more so when your bid has been accepted and the prospect of home ownership is no longer a distant dream. Before the keys can be handed over, there is one final stage to go through, the closing process.


All you need to know about the closing process 1. Gather all the paperwork


Ahead of becoming the legal owner of the property, it is essential to collate all documentation relevant to the purchase. You are recommended to do

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Summer is officially here and if you have children, I'm sure you hear the same thing I do every morning, afternoon and evening......

"PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE can we go swimming in the pool?"

I will admit...I always drag my feet on answering, but after I struggle with putting suits on, spray everyone down with sunscreen and almost pass out from blowing up the latest & greatest Disney floatation toy, we all end up having a splashing good time! BUT GUESS WHAT??? Pools are good for more than just creating those cherished family memories. Did you know in North Texas homes with pools are selling twice as fast as those without? In fact, two summers ago, I actually had a client who put in a basic pool, just with the intention of making their home more

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Engel & Völkers Naples Bonita-Estero Expands Its Team Of Trusted Real Estate Advisors

NAPLES, FL. (JUNE 24, 2016) –Engel & Völkers advisors are sought out for their professionalism, expertise and unparalleled knowledge of the market. Currently, there is an Engel & Völkers shop in more than 80 North American markets, more than 770 shops worldwide and more than 7,000 real estate advisors in 36 countries. Engel & Völkers Naples Bonita-Estero is honored to announce the following new real estate advisors:

Randy Keys, Realtor® - Randy started his business career after obtaining his degree from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. He established his own construction company and built and remodeled homes for nearly 19 years. In 1986 Randy

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Engel & Völkers New Orleans advisor, Joy North ( has a FABULOUS new listing in Kenner, Louisiana!

This 3 bed, 2.5 bath beauty in the Gabriel Estates community close to Lake Pontchartrain is available now. Located at 104 Palmetto Drive, this home offers luxury designer finishes, beautiful landscaping and outdoor lighting, soaring 12' ceilings, all located in a safe, stately, guarded and gated community. 

More information available here:

Please contact Engel & Völkers New Orleans, 722 Martin Behrman Ave., Metairie LA 70005 at 504-875-3555 (office) and ask for Joy North, Advisor (licensed in Louisiana), for more information!

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Los Angeles Is Among Americas 20 Hottest Real Estate Markets for June 2016


Along with record high temperatures this summer, homes for sale in June are also at record high when is comes to moving them off the market. New data on inventory and user activity on® shows how homes for sale in June are moving off the markets 2% more quickly.

Jonathan Smoke, chief economist of® says,

“In June, for the first time that I can recall, the hottest real estate markets saw inventory movement slow down, while the rest of the country saw inventory speed up. We’ve essentially seen how low the age of inventory can go.”

“It’s like saying the A students had their grades slip by a point, but everyone else’s grades moved up”


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Advisors and team from luxury real estate firm join top half of one percent of 1.1 million licensed REALTORS® nationwide

NEW YORK, New York – Engel & Völkers, a European-based premium real estate brand, announced today that four of the firm’s United States real estate professionals and one of its top teams have been ranked in the 11th annual The Thousand list of America’s top 1,000 real estate sales professionals and teams published by REAL Trends and The Wall Street Journal.

Carol Sollak, Engel & Völkers Wellington; Paul Benson, Engel & Völkers Park City; Nicole van Parys, Engel & Völkers Westlake Village and; Sandra Miller, Engel & Völkers Santa Monica, appeared among the Top 250 Agents by Sales Volume rankings. The Mercedes Berk team, led by

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Are you in the market for a ‘fixer upper’? Now is the time to invest in a residential remodel! The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) agrees stating, “Remodeling spending for owner-occupied single-family homes will increase 1.1 percent in 2016 over 2015, and another 1.9 percent in 2017. Going forward, we expect this modest growth in the market to continue, fueled in part by steady appreciation in house prices that will enable owners to tap into their home equity to fund remodeling projects.” The biggest obstacle troubling homebuyers is their limited knowledge base surrounding the remodeling process. Don’t worry, we’re here to help!

When deciding where to begin the Cost vs. Value website is a great place to start. There you can find information

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