Luxury Homes and Gender – An Interesting Take from US News and World Reports

An article this month in US News and World Reports details a trend in luxury home purchases; More women making investments in estate-style housing. The article, by staff reporter Meg Handley, identifies the trend emerging from several factors.

“Many women are also poised to benefit from the largest transference of wealth in history as retirement and inheritances from parents and spouses loom.”

However, the article identifies another, equally affluent group of women are also taking advantage of the rebounding marketplace in real estate; self-made women entrepreneurs and “C” level executives.

Handley explores realtors impressions of this growing demographic in home-buying, by identifying differences between single-women looking for homes, as compared to couples or men looking in the same marketplace. While some factors remain the same, such as the search for value for investment, the author points to a difference in women’s buying patterns by focusing on quality of interiors and building materials used inside the home, as opposed to men or couples who tend to focus more on the home’s floor plan and exterior quality, or what’s referred to as ‘curb appeal’.

The Luxury Home Marketing Group matches buyers in the elite home marketplace with great opportunities in the Raleigh and Triangle-area of North Carolina. Explore great exteriors and interiors at our boards on Pinterest. Connect with our members and ask questions about the improving marketplace for Luxury homes in and around our area.

Since 2004, the Luxury Home Marketing Group’s objective is to provide an unsurpassed network of the industry’s top producing agents with home tours, unbiased feedback and monthly meetings. The concept has been quite successful. Membership within the group is highly sought after within the industry. High standards must be met and maintained in order to be considered for candidacy. Each member has been selected based on professionalism, commitment, experience, sales success and above all, client satisfaction.


Luxury Home Marketing Group Announce Board Election Results, Focus for 2013

Members of the Raleigh-based Luxury Home Marketing Group have elected new board leadership for 2013. Linda Craft of Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS® assumes the Presidency, while Jill Rekuc of Olde Raleigh Real Estate becomes Vice-President. Former board President Kimberly Conroy of Coldwell Banker HPW is the new Secretary, while Shawn Britt of Realty World-Triangle Living remains as Treasurer. The immediate Past-President is Kathy Beacham of Coldwell Banker HPW.

“Our board members are looking forward to our new roles in the coming year,” said LHMG President Linda Craft. “There are many market indications that 2013 will be a strong year for luxury homes. As the Luxury Home Marketing Group, we are uniquely prepared to help the executive home seller and buyer make the most of the improving marketplace.”

The group begins 2013 with a new website designed to facilitate more connections between group members, buyers and sellers and additional social media outreach, with a new blog and Pinterest board (coming soon) joining the group’s Facebook page.

Background: President Linda Craft, Linda Craft & Teams, REALTORS®, Vice-President Jill Rekuc of Olde Raleigh Real Estate, LLC , Secretary: Kimberly Conroy, Coldwell Banker HPW,  Treasurer Shawn Britt of Realty World-Triangle Living and Past-President Kathy Beacham, Coldwell Banker HPW, complete the  executive board.  Steina DeAndrade, Brenda Holden, Linda Kolarov, Deborah Nance, Lindsay Taylor are also in the group’s 2013 membership. The group was formed in 2004 as a coalition of luxury home real estate experts, representing luxury home buyers and sellers with extraordinary real estate expertise and service in Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Durham, Chapel Hill, Research Triangle Park and surrounding counties.

Visit their website & facebook account ( for more details.