Record-Breaking Real Estate: Williams and Williams Estates Group Sell Over $730 Million in 2019, Making Them the #1 Team in the Country
From facilitating the sale of the most expensive Frank Lloyd Wright home ever sold to representing Bruce Makowsky's $94 million spec home, the top-producing team had a banner year.
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30, 2020 /HalcyonTV/ -- Husband-and-wife real estate team Branden and Rayni Williams of Williams & Williams Estates Group cemented their status as the number one team in the United States in 2019 with $736,167,588 in sales. 2019 saw a collection of architecturally stunning homes and mega mansions sold under their guidance and expertise. Even in a year of ups and downs in the larger real estate market, Williams & Williams Estates Group came out on top due to their client relationships, market influence, and diverse listings. Looking ahead to the new year, they predict a strong real estate market at the high end.
"LA's luxury market will break records in 2020 as we continue to see foreign investment in local real estate return even during an election year," CEO and founder Rayni Williams says. "We also predict more cannabis entrepreneurs putting their green rush dollars into solid property assets."
In October, they supervised the $18 million sale of The Ennis House, a Mayan Revival-style home built in 1924. The Los Angeles property is the most expensive Frank Lloyd Wright home ever sold. That same month, Branden and Rayni represented the record-breaking sale of Bruce Makowsky's $94 million Bel Air spec home. After readjusting the home's asking price to reflect pricing in the current market, they sold the home for $94 million, making it one of the largest sales in Los Angeles history. The duo once again tops the list of Variety's Real Estate Elite 2020 lineup, which comes out the first week of February.
"We're passionate about preserving and protecting Los Angeles' most iconic homes, so it was an honor to oversee the sale of Frank Lloyld Wright's architectural gem. It has always been one of our favorite homes," says Branden Williams.
GREENVILLE, N.C., Jan. 24, 2020 /HalcyonTV/ -- Hatteras Hammocks (https://hatterashammocks.com/) recently announced: It's time for our Valentine's Day Giveaway! Since things are better in pairs we are giving away 2 Adirondack Chairs & 1 Side Table in your choice of color from our New Hatteras Outdoors Collection! Hatteras Outdoors is the new industry standard of luxury outdoor living. To enter for a chance to win, CLICK HERE to go to our Facebook page and follow the rules below:
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Giveaway ends on 2/13 at midnight and the lucky winners will be announced on 2/14 in the comments! Only 1 entry per person. Only 1 winner will be chosen between all social platforms (Facebook, Instagram, etc.). Only USA entries are valid. Good Luck!
Hatteras Outdoors: Durawood™
Recycling and environmentally conscious products are at the center of the hammock-making tradition for Hatteras Hammocks. Durawood™ is a high-density polyethylene (HDPE) product made from recycled plastic milk jugs. Heavier and more sturdy than natural wood, Durawood™ withstands the most extreme weather and can be conveniently left outdoors all year long. A non-absorbent synthetic lumber, Durawood™ makes the entire Hatteras Outdoors line virtually maintenance-free and nearly indestructible. And each piece of Durawood™ furniture comes with a Lifetime Warrantee to never rot, split, crack or attract insects.
Hatteras Outdoors: State-of-the-Art Construction
Hatteras Outdoors is setting a new gold standard for luxury outdoor living. In addition to cutting-edge materials like Durawood™, advanced construction gives the furniture an unprecedented level of overall stability. With a series of ingenious patent-pending techniques like K-Joint connections, Dowel Joint precision, and Mortise and Tenon Joints, Hatteras Hammocks produces furniture that is rock-solid — made to last a lifetime and beyond. In addition, each piece of furniture utilizes the highest quality marine-grade 316 stainless steel hardware, guaranteeing resistance to rust, corrosion and staining.
Treasure Hunting Tips from Olde Good Things
NEW YORK, Jan. 16, 2020 /HalcyonTV/ -- Big cities provide countless hidden treasure waiting to be discovered—from ancient architectural artifacts such as tin ceiling tiles, iron gates and fireplace mantels to valuable jewelry and vintage coins, as well as hundreds of other highly sought-after collectibles.
"Treasure hunting can often turn up the most interesting and memorable items that can either be resold or repurposed for your personal use," according to Jim DiGiacoma, from New York City's Olde Good Things, the nation's leading architectural salvage operation.
Olde Good Things treasure hunts and upcycles from the most prestigious New York historic hotels, Broadway theaters and prominent commercial buildings to industrial warehouses and vintage shops in order to create a most unique retail experience for the consumer, notes DiGiacoma.
You never know where you might find lost, hidden treasures. Real life examples range from precious metals found in a storage unit, to the world's largest star sapphire, and a Civil War Colt army pistol, to an original copy of the Declaration of Independence found at a flea market.
Here are some treasure hunting tips from Olde Good Things:
Purchasing furniture online and assembling it yourself has pretty much become a standard. One man is taking it a step further, proposing you assemble your future home too.
TARTU, Estonia, Jan. 17, 2020 /HalcyonTV/ -- Avrame taken upon itself to offer affordable housing. In this time and age of misinformation and fake news you might think this is a hoax, but this time the reality is exactly the opposite.
From problem to product
Avrame is led by Mr Indrek Kuldkepp - a man with several years of experience from international wooden house markets. Thanks to him "having grown" into the industry (his father owned a successful wooden house company he used to work for), Kuldkepp developed an industry instinct that has served him well over the years. Needless to say, Avrame is no exception.
"The problem is simple," he explains. "In many cases the houses that are sold are expensive, both, from a sales point of view and from a maintenance perspective as well. It's not uncommon that a house that's cheap to purchase proves a (financial) nightmare to maintain and vice versa," Kuldkepp adds.
According to him, since in most cases people purchase an already built house, it comes with bells and whistles that will cost new homeowner an arm and a leg in the long run. "Luckily the solution is simple as well," Kuldkepp says.
DIY homes. Really?
DIY is a buzzword that's used quite often, but quite never in the context of housing. "We aim to change that," Kuldkepp says. "Avrame offers affordable housing that one can build on his own. Just like a furniture company ships the customer the pieces and instructions you need to build your cabinet or shelf, the same can be done with a house," Kuldkepp adds. "To the future homeowner, this translates into significantly lower costs."
The way Kuldkepp has managed to do this is to "rebuild" houses from scratch. "We really started from zero, with our architects and engineers innovating every step of the way," he explains. "There was no other way to do this."
According to Kuldkepp, offering this "simplicity" in a dwelling is not as easy as it sounds, as the main question is: what to keep and what not.
"On one hand you have to keep the dwelling a functional one, while removing the rest to keep only the essential," he explains. "And that takes a lot of time and testing figuring that out."
In addition to the previous, one can have a say in what to add and what not, thus, not paying needlessly extra. Avrame offers the customer only the essentials. If the customer wishes - and only if he wishes - he could then add all the bells and all the whistles he likes, but that's entirely up to him.
The Winner Will Receive a Prize Package Valued at Over $2 Million
NEW YORK, Dec. 30, 2019 /HalcyonTV/ -- Beginning at 9 a.m. ET today through 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, fans can enter to win the exquisite HGTV® Dream Home 2020 located on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The prize package, valued at over $2 million, includes the fully furnished home, a brand-new Honda Passport Elite and $250,000 from Rocket Mortgage® by Quicken Loans®. Eligible entrants can enter twice per day at HGTV.com/HGTVDreamHome, where they can also find additional sweepstakes details and the official rules.
The approximately 3,500 square-foot Southern style home is located on the heart of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, which was named America's Best Island four years in a row. The three-bedroom and three-and-a-half-bathroom two-story home is rendered in a jewel-toned blue and restful greens, nostalgic neutrals with pops of coral and blush pink. It boasts a gourmet kitchen, vast great room, expansive laundry and mudroom and a large, multi-purpose entertaining space upstairs. Located in Windmill Harbour, a private community adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway, and home of the South Carolina Yacht Club, this marsh front property's backyard offers spectacular views, which can be seen from the retractable screened porch that extends the length of the home or the rectangular pool seated parallel to the home, which includes a state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen.
"This home totally captures the dream-like quality of Hilton Head Island, making it the ideal location for this year's HGTV Dream Home," said Tamara Day, Host of HGTV Dream Home Special 2020, airing on New Year's Day on HGTV. "I can't wait for the winner to see what the home and the island has to offer!"
The home was designed by local architect Court Atkins Group and constructed by local builder Shoreline Construction with interior design from Brian Patrick Flynn.
Viewers can tune-in to the one-hour special DIY Behind the Build: HGTV Dream Home 2020 premiering on DIY Network on Monday, December 30, 2019 at 11 p.m. ET. The home will also be highlighted on the HGTV Dream Home Special 2020, airing on HGTV on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET. A pre-premiere of the special will be available on the HGTV GO app on December 30. A Spanish language adapted version will be available on Discovery en Español and Discovery Familia. The winner of the home will be featured on the HGTV Dream Home Giveaway Special 2020 airing in May 2020.
Sponsors of the HGTV Dream Home 2020 include Honda, Lumber Liquidators, Rocket Mortgage® by Quicken Loans®, Wayfair, Belgard®, Cabinets To Go, Delta Faucet, Trex®, GEICO, The Sherwin-Williams Company, SimpliSafe Home Security, Sleep Number®, Morton Salt and Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. To learn more about the giveaway, visit HGTV.com/HGTVDreamHome.
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