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How Will Rising Interest Rates Impact The Montecito Housing Market?
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How Will Rising Interest Rates Impact The Montecito Housing Market?

May 6, 2022

Will the Recent Rate Hike Impact Buying (or Selling) a Home in Montecito?

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Where Are Santa Barbara Home Prices Headed?
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Where Are Santa Barbara Home Prices Headed?

May 3, 2022

What Can You Expect When Buying or Selling a Home in Santa Barbara?

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How To Win A Bidding War In Montecito
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How To Win A Bidding War In Montecito

April 23, 2022

Creative Solutions May Help You Win

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20 Questions To Ask A Santa Barbara Realtor
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20 Questions To Ask A Santa Barbara Realtor

April 16, 2022

Ask These Questions Before Hiring Any Agent To Sell Your Home

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Should You Sell With an iBuyer in Montecito
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Should You Sell With an iBuyer in Montecito

April 9, 2022

Recent News Suggests Tech Might Not Be the Safest Way To Sell

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How to Avoid a Delayed Closing in Santa Barbara
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How to Avoid a Delayed Closing in Santa Barbara

April 2, 2022

There Are Many Things That Can Hold Up Your Closing

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Prep Your Home To Sell This Spring
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Prep Your Home To Sell This Spring

March 25, 2022

Santa Barbara Homes Are Hot Commodities, But You Want To Get The Most Money Possible

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Will The Montecito Housing Market Crash or Cool Off in 2022?
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Will The Montecito Housing Market Crash or Cool Off in 2022?

March 20, 2022

Buyer Demand is Still High, But Will That Change In 2022?

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The Differences in Contingent, Under Contract & Pending
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The Differences in Contingent, Under Contract & Pending

March 11, 2022

Learn More About Key Real Estate Terms

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Make Multifunctional Spaces Work For You
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Make Multifunctional Spaces Work For You

March 4, 2022

How We Live In Our Montecito Homes Has Changed

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Santa Barbara Housing Supply & Demand
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Santa Barbara Housing Supply & Demand

February 25, 2022

How They Affect Your Buying & Selling Goals

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Pros & Cons Of Selling Without a Montecito Realtor
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Pros & Cons Of Selling Without a Montecito Realtor

February 18, 2022

Exploring Whether You Need an Agent or Not

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Home Paint Trends For 2022
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Home Paint Trends For 2022

February 12, 2022

Paint Colors Buyers Want

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Scared To Sell Your Santa Barbara Home?
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Scared To Sell Your Santa Barbara Home?

February 4, 2022

Common Fears of Homeowners in 2022

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Home Improvements That Earn Money
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Home Improvements That Earn Money

January 28, 2022

Understanding What Improvements Make You More Money vs. Those That Don't

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What Is My Santa Barbara Home Worth?
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What Is My Santa Barbara Home Worth?

January 21, 2022

Whether Selling or Refinancing, This is Probably Your First Question

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The Things You Need To Know Before Selling Your Home
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The Things You Need To Know Before Selling Your Home

January 14, 2022

Be Prepared For A Brand New Montecito Real Estate Market in 2022

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Waiting to Sell Your Montecito Home Could Cost You a Fortune
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Waiting to Sell Your Montecito Home Could Cost You a Fortune

January 6, 2022

Market Factors are Indicating That the Time to Sell is Now.

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Hire a Realtor to Sell Your Home in 2022
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Hire a Realtor to Sell Your Home in 2022

December 30, 2021

Why Hiring a Professional is Essential

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Santa Barbara Homebuyers Need to Be Ready
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Santa Barbara Homebuyers Need to Be Ready

December 22, 2021

Making a Move This Winter Might Be The Best Idea

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Will The Housing Market Slow Down This Winter?
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Will The Housing Market Slow Down This Winter?

December 17, 2021

Not Likely, Especially For Sellers!

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Waiting To Buy A Home Will Cost You
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Waiting To Buy A Home Will Cost You

December 10, 2021

2 Reasons Why Waiting to Buy a Home in Montecito Will Cost You

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Win When You Sell Your Santa Barbara Home
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Win When You Sell Your Santa Barbara Home

December 8, 2021

And Win When You Buy Your Next Home

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Think Strategically When Buying a Home
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Think Strategically When Buying a Home

December 3, 2021

Think of Buying a Home In Santa Barbara Like Chess

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Real Estate Fake News
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Real Estate Fake News

November 26, 2021

Don't Believe Everything You Read

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Great News For Home Sellers
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Great News For Home Sellers

November 17, 2021

You'll Likely Receive A Lot of Strong Offers This Season

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How Montecito Home Sellers Are Winning
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How Montecito Home Sellers Are Winning

November 12, 2021

Low Inventory is a Boon For Sellers

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Montecito Sellers Have Incredible Leverage
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Montecito Sellers Have Incredible Leverage

November 3, 2021

Selling Your Montecito Home Now Gives You The Upper Hand

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Santa Barbara Housing Challenge or Opportunity?
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Santa Barbara Housing Challenge or Opportunity?

October 27, 2021

Depending On Your Needs, The Housing Market Could Be A Problem or A Blessing

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Want to Move? Build a New Home in Santa Barbara
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Want to Move? Build a New Home in Santa Barbara

October 21, 2021

Inventory of Newly Built Homes is Rising

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Renovate or Sell Your Montecito Home?
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Renovate or Sell Your Montecito Home?

October 13, 2021

That IS the Question!

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Tips To Prep Your Montecito Home For Sale
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Tips To Prep Your Montecito Home For Sale

October 6, 2021

4 Ways To Increase Your Sale Price This Fall

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Sell Your Montecito Home With An Agent
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Sell Your Montecito Home With An Agent

September 29, 2021

Unless You Like Working Harder For Less

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Is It Time For a New House?
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Is It Time For a New House?

September 23, 2021

Learn How to Assess Your Needs

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The Truth About Home Buyer Demand in Montecito
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The Truth About Home Buyer Demand in Montecito

September 16, 2021

Is Demand Declining? Learn The Truth!

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Should You Sell Your Santa Barbara Home This Fall?
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Should You Sell Your Santa Barbara Home This Fall?

September 8, 2021

The Answer is Yes, The Reasons May Surprise You

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Appraisal Gaps
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Appraisal Gaps

September 1, 2021

What Buyers & Sellers Need to Know

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Is 2021 The Year To Sell My Home?
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Is 2021 The Year To Sell My Home?

August 25, 2021

The Short Answer is YES

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Montecito Real Estate: No Lack of Demand
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Montecito Real Estate: No Lack of Demand

August 18, 2021

Supply Is Still Ultra Low

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New Shift Favors Santa Barbara Home Sellers
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New Shift Favors Santa Barbara Home Sellers

August 11, 2021

Buyers Now Prefer Existing Homes

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Montecito Home Price Appreciation
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Montecito Home Price Appreciation

August 4, 2021

Make Montecito Home Price Appreciation Work For You

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Montecito Housing Inventory Shortage
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Montecito Housing Inventory Shortage

July 28, 2021

How Does it Impact Selling Your Home in Montecito?

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Mortgage Interest Rates Will Rise
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Mortgage Interest Rates Will Rise

July 21, 2021

What Should You Do First?

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Not A Typical Montecito Summer Market
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Not A Typical Montecito Summer Market

July 14, 2021

The Montecito Real Estate Market is Still Changing

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Santa Barbara Housing Bubble?
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Santa Barbara Housing Bubble?

July 7, 2021

Experts Say No, We're Not in a Bubble

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Montecito Real Estate-Appraisal Gaps
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Montecito Real Estate-Appraisal Gaps

June 30, 2021

What to Expect as Appraisal Gaps Grow

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Making An Offer on Santa Barbara Real Estate
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Making An Offer on Santa Barbara Real Estate

June 23, 2021

5 Things Homebuyers Need to Know

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Housing Inventory May Rise Soon
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Housing Inventory May Rise Soon

June 16, 2021

Hope is on the Horizon

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Should You Sell Your Second Home?
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Should You Sell Your Second Home?

June 8, 2021

It Might Be Time to Cash In!

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Utilities
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Utilities

June 5, 2021

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SOTHEBY'S BLOG

Video of the Week: A Peaceful Retreat on Jack’s Point in Queenstown, New Zealand Video of the Week: A Peaceful Retreat on Jack’s Point in Queenstown, New Zealand

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  Queenstown, New Zealand | Gerard Bligh & Hadley ...

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Inside a French Norman–Inspired Manor in Connecticut Inside a French Norman–Inspired Manor in Connecticut

The award-winning firm of VanderHorn Architects in Greenwich, Connecticut, prides itself on designing homes inspired by the rich stylistic traditions of the past. That cre...

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Video of the Week: French Provincial Inspired Mansion in McLean, Virginia Video of the Week: French Provincial Inspired Mansion in McLean, Virginia

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  McLean, Virginia | Mark Lowham, TTR Sotheby’s In...

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Inside Wine Country’s Round Hill Estate Inside Wine Country’s Round Hill Estate

One of the most idyllic, picturesque areas in wine country, St. Helena is the heart of Napa Valley—home to some of the region’s finest wineries and restaurants, the world-...

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Video of the Week: The Three Bridges in Great Neck, New York Video of the Week: The Three Bridges in Great Neck, New York

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  Great Neck, New York | Irene Sarraf, Jason Fri...

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Inside a Spectacular Beaux-Arts Manor in New York Inside a Spectacular Beaux-Arts Manor in New York

Running along the western side of Manhattan, on the verge of its namesake park and the mighty Hudson, storied Riverside Drive has long been a coveted address, widely known...

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Video of the Week: A Modernist Masterpiece in Issaquah, Washington Video of the Week: A Modernist Masterpiece in Issaquah, Washington

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  Issaquah, Washington | Jay Kipp, Realogics Sothe...

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Inside a Modern Mediterranean Estate in Encino Inside a Modern Mediterranean Estate in Encino

A quick Google search for “the California lifestyle” yields results that include “active,” “health-conscious,” “easygoing,” and “outdoorsy.” This unique gated estate in th...

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Video of the Week: Inside a Tropical Escape in Jamaica Video of the Week: Inside a Tropical Escape in Jamaica

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week. Jamaica | Julian Dixon, Jamaica Sotheby’s Interna...

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Inside Napa Valley’s Summer Hill Compound Inside Napa Valley’s Summer Hill Compound

Bringing to mind a string of pearls strewn across a 40-acre knoll, this singular wine country estate comprises three serene pavilions linked by breezeways and loggias. Fiv...

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Video of the Week: Inside an Exquisite Penthouse in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Video of the Week: Inside an Exquisite Penthouse in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this week’s Video of the Week.  Brisbane, Queensland, Australia | Tyson Clarke, ...

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Inside a Private Tropical Enclave in Palm Beach Inside a Private Tropical Enclave in Palm Beach

Heralded since the early 20th century as a tropical paradise, Palm Beach has long been a destination for luxurious coastal living with a singular architectural style—clear...

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Video of the Week: Timeless Charming Villa in Amsterdam, North Holland Video of the Week: Timeless Charming Villa in Amsterdam, North Holland

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week.  Amsterdam, Netherlands | Amsterdam Sotheby’s In...

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Inside an English-Inspired Manor in Houston Inside an English-Inspired Manor in Houston

Combining the storybook style of English countryside cottages with the refinement and luxury of a contemporary American estate, this regal manor is tucked amid trees and a...

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Video of the Week: A Rocky Mountain Timber Hideaway in Pagosa Springs, Colorado Video of the Week: A Rocky Mountain Timber Hideaway in Pagosa Springs, Colorado

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week. Pagosa Springs, Colorado | Katie Sturm, Zach Mor...

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Inside a Gilded Age Residence in Manhattan Inside a Gilded Age Residence in Manhattan

During the period now known as the Gilded Age, the United States and the rest of the world were on the brink of a new modern era of enormous economic growth, immense perso...

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Video of the Week: Chad Dorsey Designed Home in Dallas, Texas Video of the Week: Chad Dorsey Designed Home in Dallas, Texas

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week.  Dallas, Texas | Forke + Shindler, Briggs Freema...

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Inside a Stylish Refuge in Brentwood Inside a Stylish Refuge in Brentwood

Tracing its origins to the late 19th century, when it was carved from a Mexican land grant along the slopes of the Santa Monica Mountains, Brentwood remains a sought- afte...

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Video of the Week: World-Class Penthouse in Tel Aviv, Israel Video of the Week: World-Class Penthouse in Tel Aviv, Israel

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week.  Tel Aviv, Israel | Shelly Belzer Shmelzer, Isra...

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Inside a Delightful Greenwich Retreat Inside a Delightful Greenwich Retreat

Once an idyllic rural farming region, the Round Hill area of Greenwich has roots dating to the 17th century, when Dutch and English settlers moved inland from the coast or...

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Video of the Week: Luxurious Modern Villa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates Video of the Week: Luxurious Modern Villa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week.  Dubai, United Arab Emirates | Leigh Williamson,...

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Inside a Blufftop Malibu Haven Inside a Blufftop Malibu Haven

On the coast of the Pacific Ocean along iconic Highway One, Malibu has earned legendary status among American beach towns, known as it is for its long stretches of sunny s...

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Open House | Inside a Luxury Colorado Ski Chalet Open House | Inside a Luxury Colorado Ski Chalet

Tucked within the woodlands of its own private, snowy hill, The Majestic Overlook at Fish Creek presides over the wintry dreamland of Steamboat, Colorado. A rich display o...

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Video of the Week: The Remarkable Horseshoe Hill Estate in Keswick, Virginia Video of the Week: The Remarkable Horseshoe Hill Estate in Keswick, Virginia

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week.  Keswick, Virginia | Ann Hay Hardy & Frank Hardy...

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Inside an Enchanting California Tudor Inside an Enchanting California Tudor

At first blush, this elegant Tudor-style residence could easily be mistaken for an enchanting Old World manor in the European countryside. Notwithstanding its stateside lo...

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Video of the Week: Tropical Masterpiece in Kihei, Hawaii Video of the Week: Tropical Masterpiece in Kihei, Hawaii

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week.  Kihei, Hawaii | Ryan MacLaughlin & Alex Cortez,...

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Video of the Week: Tradition Meets Contemporary Living in Sarasota, Florida Video of the Week: Tradition Meets Contemporary Living in Sarasota, Florida

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week.  Sarasota, Florida | Lisa Rooks Morris, Premier ...

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Inside a Japanese-Inspired Wine Country Compound Inside a Japanese-Inspired Wine Country Compound

In Japanese, the word amaya is written with characters that mean “heavenly valley.” Fittingly, the striking Japanese-inspired contemporary estate known as Amaya, occupies ...

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Video of the Week: Inside a Mid-Century Masterpiece in San Diego, California Video of the Week: Inside a Mid-Century Masterpiece in San Diego, California

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week.  San Diego, California | Linda Sansone & Deborah...

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Inside an Elegant Manor in Tanglewood Inside an Elegant Manor in Tanglewood

Houston’s exclusive enclave of Tanglewood, which originated in the 1940s, was quickly recognized as one of the best conceived neighborhoods in the United States. As part o...

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Video of the Week: Striking Lakefront Estate in Como, Italy Video of the Week: Striking Lakefront Estate in Como, Italy

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week.  Como, Italy | Luca D’Angelo, Italy Sotheby’s In...

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Inside a Refined Estate in Pacific Palisades Inside a Refined Estate in Pacific Palisades

Long pursued by those in search of serene seclusion, Pacific Palisades is a close-knit community with a small-town feel, a placid Mediterranean climate, abundant parks and...

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Video of the Week: An Enchanting Waterfront Castle in Kiev, Ukraine Video of the Week: An Enchanting Waterfront Castle in Kiev, Ukraine

This iconic residential complex is located on the river Dniper in Kyiv, Ukraine.  Kiev, Ukraine | Oksana Zinchenko & Svitlana Tereshchenko, Ukraine Sotheby’s Internationa...

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Inside a Historic Gem in Greenwich Village Inside a Historic Gem in Greenwich Village

Provenance can infuse a home with a special magic. In a neighborhood of stately old brownstones lies this charming, cheerful bijou with its own unique story: American petr...

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Video of the Week: The Soaring Cerulean Penthouse in Queensland, Australia Video of the Week: The Soaring Cerulean Penthouse in Queensland, Australia

Luxurious contemporary living where the sky meets the sea epitomises this 16th level single level penthouse, the only penthouse in the newly completed Main Beach boutique ...

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Inside the Retreat at Moonstone Beach Inside the Retreat at Moonstone Beach

Known for its sandy coves, rocky bluffs, and the eponymous semiprecious stones that often wash up on its shore, Moonstone Beach is one of Southern California’s most belove...

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Video of the Week: A Bayfront Caribbean Escape in Saint Paul’s, Antigua and Barbuda Video of the Week: A Bayfront Caribbean Escape in Saint Paul’s, Antigua and Barbuda

Graceland is a delightfully crafted villa nestled on the shore of Crawl Bay, Antigua and just a ten-minute drive from the historic English Harbour Town.  Antigua & Barbud...

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Inside an Inspiring Oceanfront Contemporary in Malibu Inside an Inspiring Oceanfront Contemporary in Malibu

Familiarly known as the Queen’s Necklace, the sparkling jewel-like lights that ring the Santa Monica Bay make up much of the sweeping vistas enjoyed from this dazzling con...

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Video of the Week: Take a Virtual Tour of an East Bay Escape in California Video of the Week: Take a Virtual Tour of an East Bay Escape in California

This 7,440-square-foot enclave leaves you completely breathless with its endless panoramic bay views. Luxury abounds in a palatial primary suite with serene views for mile...

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Inside a Rejuvenated Historic Townhouse in New York Inside a Rejuvenated Historic Townhouse in New York

Known for its Greek Revival homes and Manhattan’s largest concentration of Federal-style row houses, the Charlton-King-Vandam Historic District was carved from the grounds...

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Video of the Week: Take a Virtual Tour of a Modern Waterfront Villa in French Polynesia Video of the Week: Take a Virtual Tour of a Modern Waterfront Villa in French Polynesia

This prestigious two-level villa in Tahiti was designed by a renowned architect and recently completed. It offers panoramic view on Moorea, from the heights of Miri.  Ta...

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Inside a Classic Home on a Pacific Palisades Perch Inside a Classic Home on a Pacific Palisades Perch

In the early 20th century, the stunning coastal cliffs that edge the further northwest reaches of Los Angeles reminded its denizens of New York’s Hudson River Palisades—so...

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Video of the Week: Take a Virtual Tour of a Modern Condo in Fremont, California Video of the Week: Take a Virtual Tour of a Modern Condo in Fremont, California

This exquisite townhouse-style corner condo features premium upgrades throughout. A three-bedroom three-and-one-half-bathroom home offering 3,027 square-feet of maintenanc...

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Inside a Harmonious Estate in Houston Inside a Harmonious Estate in Houston

The classical mathematical ratio known as Golden Mean has been observed and studied since the days of ancient Greek mathematicians, and throughout history it has been appl...

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Video of the Week: Take a Virtual Tour of a Monica Armani Designed Villa in Costa Blanca, Spain Video of the Week: Take a Virtual Tour of a Monica Armani Designed Villa in Costa Blanca, Spain

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week.  Costa Blanca, Spain | John Kinloch, Madrid Sot...

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Inside a Cliffside Architectural Landmark in Santa Barbara Inside a Cliffside Architectural Landmark in Santa Barbara

In the exclusive private community of Hope Ranch, impressive estates and charming family homes on peaceful tree-lined streets enjoy a private beach and tennis courts, a me...

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Video of the Week: Take a Virtual Tour of a Light-Filled Home in Kanagawa, Japan Video of the Week: Take a Virtual Tour of a Light-Filled Home in Kanagawa, Japan

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week.  Kanagawa, Japan | List Sotheby’s International...

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Video of the Week: Take a Virtual Tour of a Majestic Waterfront Estate in Perth, Western Australia Video of the Week: Take a Virtual Tour of a Majestic Waterfront Estate in Perth, Western Aus...

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week.  Perth, Western Australia | Brian Smith, Wester...

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Video of the Week: Take a Virtual Tour of a Caribbean Escape in Curacao Video of the Week: Take a Virtual Tour of a Caribbean Escape in Curacao

Featuring curated videos from the most sought-after destinations the world over, discover this  week’s Video of the Week.  Curacao | Ray Seijs, Curacao Sotheby’s Interna...

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Inside an Unparalleled Houston Palazzo Inside an Unparalleled Houston Palazzo

Tucked among the towering grandfather trees of Houston’s Stablewood—a luxurious gated community established in the 1990s—this three-bedroom, 20,122-square-foot residence i...

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