Luxury Home Marketing Group March Focus: Adding Tools for Networking in the Luxury Home Marketplace

(Raleigh) – The Raleigh-based Luxury Home Marketing Group demonstrates its strength as a networking organization via the regular interaction of its members. The group’s focus in March included reviewing the tools the membership has available to deliver the best service to its clients, in the exclusive, $750,000 and up marketplace.

“We are constantly in the market for new ways to connect on behalf of our clients,” said LHMG President Jill Rekuc. “Our members share market-knowledge and leads during our regular meetings. We also focus on bringing the services of our group to new, potential clients with innovative marketing tools. These methods are proprietary, and help us deliver exemplary results to our Luxury Home clients.”

The board reviewed a presentation by Eric Smith of TowneBank Mortgage (NMLS#512138), on the home inspection policy as it pertains to the HUD process.

March’s tour included the following homes: 3712 Camp Mangum Wynd, Olde Raleigh, Raleigh, represented by Jill Rekuc; 12804 River Dance Drive, Parker Falls, Raleigh, represented by Kathy Beacham; 1809 Shady Hill Lane, Wakefield Estates, Wake Forest, represented by Ida Terbet and 1008 Stradshire Drive, Faircroft, Raleigh, represented by Linda Bird Kolarov.

The Luxury Home Marketing Group is always seeking strategic partners. If your business involves elite homes, and you are interested in membership, contact President Jill Rekuc at 919-389-0555. Visit the LHMG blog, https://luxuryhomemarketinggroup.wordpress.com, website, http://www.luxuryhomemarketinggroup.com, and Pinterest board (http://pinterest.com/lhmgraleigh/) for more details. The Luxury Home Marketing Group’s marketing partner is Towne Mortgage of the Carolinas (NMLS #214800).

Background: The group was formed in 2004 as a coalition of luxury home real estate experts, representing luxury home buyers and sellers by applying extraordinary real estate expertise and service in Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Durham, Chapel Hill, Research Triangle Park and surrounding counties. Executive Board members are: President Jill Rekuc of Olde Raleigh Real Estate, LLC , Vice-President Linda Bird Kolarov, Secretary Deborah Nance Treasurer, Lindsay Taylor and Past-President Linda Craft, Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS®. Members include Kathy Beacham, Shawn Britt, Kimberly Conroy, Steina DeAndrade, Ida Terbet, Mary Edna Williams, Mollie Owen, Leslie Young and Gail Perry.

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Luxury Home Marketing Group February Focus: Homes Inside the Beltline, North Raleigh & Wake Forest

The Raleigh-based Luxury Home Marketing Group toured homes Inside the Beltline, North Raleigh and Wake Forest during their recent group meeting.

“The Triangle-area is a dynamic marketplace,” said LHMG President Jill Rekuc. “Our February focus looked at Estate-homes Inside the Beltline, North Raleigh & Wake Forest, in some of the most desirable neighborhoods in our area.”

February’s tour included the following homes: 1100 Swallow Falls, Lane Swallow, Raleigh, represented by Leslie Young. 2008 Narrow Water Lane, Rose Hall, Raleigh, represented by Kathy Beacham. 2024 Mountain High Road, Wakefield Estates and 9508 Swepstone Lane, Traemoor, Raleigh, represented by Shawn Britt. 3214 Landor Road, Drewry Hills, Raleigh. Represented by Linda Bird Kolarov.

The Luxury Home Marketing Group is always seeking strategic partners. If your business involves elite homes, and you are interested in membership, contact President Jill Rekuc at 919-389-0555. Visit the LHMG blog, https://luxuryhomemarketinggroup.wordpress.com, website, http://www.luxuryhomemarketinggroup.com, and Pinterest board (http://pinterest.com/lhmgraleigh/) for more details. The Luxury Home Marketing Group’s marketing partner is Towne Mortgage of the Carolinas (NMLS #214800).

Background: The group was formed in 2004 as a coalition of luxury home real estate experts, representing luxury home buyers and sellers by applying extraordinary real estate expertise and service in Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Durham, Chapel Hill, Research Triangle Park and surrounding counties. Executive Board members are: President Jill Rekuc of Olde Raleigh Real Estate, LLC , Vice-President Linda Bird Kolarov, Secretary Deborah Nance Treasurer, Lindsay Taylor and Past-President Linda Craft, Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS®. Members include Kathy Beacham, Shawn Britt, Kimberly Conroy, Steina DeAndrade, Ida Terbet, Mary Edna Williams, Mollie Owen, Leslie Young and Gail Perry

Luxury Home Marketing Group Monthly Focus: Protecting Homeowners from New Tax Threat

The Raleigh-based Luxury Home Marketing Group joined forces with the North Carolina Association of Realtors to head off legislation that could have cost the most vulnerable homeowner higher taxes at the time they could afford it least. The ‘Mortgage Cancellation Tax’ provision of the proposed legislation (SB 20/HB 40) would have forced homeowners to pay 5.75% state income tax on cancelled mortgage debt, as if it was cash, even though the homeowner would never have taken the money in cash.Luxury Home Marketing Group

“Our organization focuses on helping an elite segment of the marketplace make the most of their home buying and home selling experience,” said LHMG President Jill Rekuc. “However, this issue had the potential to cost every kind of homeowner thousands of dollars that they didn’t owe. Our members joined with the NCAR to encourage lawmakers that this was a bad move for North Carolina families.”

Lawmakers listened to industry representatives and removed the provision from the bill. However, the Luxury Home Marketing Group will continue to monitor this important issue with other North Carolina Realtors. Read more about this bill at the NCAR website.

The Luxury Home Marketing Group is always seeking strategic partners. If your business involves elite homes, and you are interested in membership, contact President Jill Rekuc at 919-389-0555. Visit the LHMG blog, https://luxuryhomemarketinggroup.wordpress.com, website, http://www.luxuryhomemarketinggroup.com, and Pinterest board (http://pinterest.com/lhmgraleigh/ for more details. The LHMG marketing partner is Towne Mortgage of the Carolinas (NMLS #214800).

Background: The group was formed in 2004 as a coalition of luxury home real estate experts, representing luxury home buyers and sellers by applying extraordinary real estate expertise and service in Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Durham, Chapel Hill, Research Triangle Park and surrounding counties. Executive Board members are: President Jill Rekuc of Olde Raleigh Real Estate, LLC , Vice-President Linda Bird Kolarov, Secretary Deborah Nance Treasurer, Lindsay Taylor and Past-President Linda Craft, Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS®. Members include Kathy Beacham, Shawn Britt, Kimberly Conroy, Steina DeAndrade, Ida Terbet, Mary Edna Williams, Mollie Owen, Leslie Young and Gail Perry

Luxury Home Marketing Group January Focus: Low Interest Rates And the Elite Home Market

The Raleigh-based Luxury Home Marketing Group focused on benefits of the low-interest rate environment for home buyers & sellers, in the beginning of 2015. Board members discussed information about mortgage rate declines, and the volume of mortgage applications, as presented by marketing partner Towne Mortgage of the Carolinas (NMLS #214800).

“We keep a close eye on mortgage interest rates for our clients in the $750,000 and greater marketplace” said LHMG President Jill Rekuc. “Every quarter of a percent of change translates into thousands of dollars saved over the lifetime of a mortgage, or may help buyers afford a bigger mortgage and home.”

Towne Mortgage of the Carolina’s Denise Beatty also discussed how the organization’s Homeownership 101 program can work with borrowers to improve their credit scores ahead of the mortgage-application process, delivering possible benefits like lower interest rates or mortgage insurance premiums.

January’s tour of homes included properties at 3313 Darien Drive, Raleigh (Inside the Beltline) represented by Mary Edna Williams; 6581 Wakefalls Drive, Wake Forest (The Estates at Wakefield) represented by Linda Craft and 1713 Talbot Ridge, Wake Forest (The Estates at Wakefield) represented by Linda Bird Kolarov.

The Luxury Home Marketing Group is always seeking strategic partners. If your business involves elite homes, and you are interested in membership, contact President Jill Rekuc at 919-389-0555.  Visit the LHMG blog, https://luxuryhomemarketinggroup.wordpress.com, website, http://www.luxuryhomemarketinggroup.com, and Pinterest board (http://pinterest.com/lhmgraleigh/) for more details.

Background: The group was formed in 2004 as a coalition of luxury home real estate experts, representing luxury home buyers and sellers by applying extraordinary real estate expertise and service in Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Durham, Chapel Hill, Research Triangle Park and surrounding counties. Executive Board members are: President Jill Rekuc of Olde Raleigh Real Estate, LLC , Vice-President Linda Bird Kolarov, Secretary Deborah Nance Treasurer, Lindsay Taylor and Past-President Linda Craft, Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS®. Members include Kathy Beacham, Shawn Britt, Kimberly Conroy, Steina DeAndrade,  Ida Terbet, Mary Edna Williams, Mollie Owen, Leslie Young and Gail Perry

Luxury Home Marketing Group Announces Executive Board for 2015-16

The Raleigh-based Luxury Home Marketing Group announces its Executive Board structure for 2015-16. Former Vice-President Jill Rekuc of Olde Raleigh Real Estate takes over as President. Linda Bird Kolarov of Coldwell Banker Advantage assumes the role of Vice-President. Lindsay Taylor of Coldwell Banker HPW is Treasurer, and Deborah Nance of Real Living Pittman Properties becomes Secretary. Linda Craft of Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS® is immediate past president.

“I look forward to my term with enthusiasm,” said LHMG President Jill Rekuc. “We have an enormous amount of experience in our group. We’re committed to sharing our experiences as a team to deliver the best possible outcome for home sellers and buyers in the estate home marketplace.”

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The Luxury Home Marketing Group was formed in 2004 as a coalition of real estate sharing knowledge and marketing expertise with each other to benefit clients with homes beginning at $750,000 and into the Million Dollar marketplace. The team conducts monthly tours of homes and meets regularly with guest experts for continuing education, like the team’s mortgage partner, Towne Mortgage of the Carolinas (NMLS#214800).

The rest of the 2015-16 membership includes Realtors® Kathy Beacham (Coldwell Banker HPW), Shawn Britt (Realty World-Triangle Living), Kimberly Conroy (Coldwell Banker HPW), Steina DeAndrade (Coldwell Banker HPW), Ida Terbet (Coldwell Banker HPW), Mary Edna Williams (RE/MAX Advantage), Molly Owen (Hodge Kitrell Sotheby’s International Realty), Leslie Young (Coldwell Banker HPW) and Gail Perry (Gail Perry & Associates).

The Luxury Home Marketing Group is always seeking strategic partners. If your business involves elite homes, and you are interested in membership, contact President Jill Rekuc at 919-389-0555.  Visit the LHMG blog, https://luxuryhomemarketinggroup.wordpress.com, website, http://www.luxuryhomemarketinggroup.com, and Pinterest board (http://pinterest.com/lhmgraleigh/) for more details.

Background: The group was formed in 2004 as a coalition of luxury home real estate experts, representing luxury home buyers and sellers by applying extraordinary real estate expertise and service in Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Durham, Chapel Hill, Research Triangle Park and surrounding counties. Executive Board members are: President Jill Rekuc of Olde Raleigh Real Estate, LLC , Vice-President Linda Bird Kolarov, Secretary Deborah Nance Treasurer, Lindsay Taylor and Past-President Linda Craft, Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS®. Members include Kathy Beacham, Shawn Britt, Kimberly Conroy, Steina DeAndrade,  Ida Terbet, Mary Edna Williams, Molly Owen, Leslie Young and Gail Perry

Luxury Home Marketing Group Focus: 2015 Shows Promise for Growth/ More Home Ownership

The Raleigh-based Luxury Home Marketing Group took time to look ahead to 2015 at their recent networking meeting. The group reviewed a report on economic growth, and its projected impact on home ownership, presented by exclusive marketing partner Towne Mortgage of the Carolinas (NMLS #214800).

“One of the industry’s big mortgage holders is advising REALTORS® that a strong economy in the coming year will translate into greater demand in homeownership, including in the Estate Home marketplace,” said LHMG President Linda Craft. “‘Freddie Mac’ indicates that economic recovery, coupled with easing of credit and lower energy costs are all factors in the coming year’s bright picture.”

Towne Mortgage’s Denise Beatty also presented details on how the department of Housing and Urban Development is also projecting growth in 2015. Despite potentially higher interest rates, Beatty says the recovery of a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) fund (the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund) is contributing to easier access to home loans.

Recent tours of Luxury Homes featured estate-style homes represented by: Kathy Beacham (4720 Cypress Ford, Sunset Lake, Cary, 2505 Hunters Meadow Lane, Wyman Park, Cary & 4413 Harbourgate Dr., Harbourgate, Raleigh), Kimberly Conroy (2912 Allansford Lane, Stonemoor, Raleigh), Mollie Owen (12324 Birchfalls Dr., Bay Leaf Farms, Raleigh), Linda Craft (1421 Barony Lake Way, The Barony, Raleigh & 10540 Byrum Woods Drive, Stonemore, Raleigh), Jill Rekuc (4104 City of Oaks Wynd, Olde Raleigh, Raleigh). The Luxury Home Marketing Group website includes profiles of every member, and a home-search feature for homes in the estate-home marketplace (http://www.luxuryhomemarketinggroup.com/search).

Luxury Home Marketing Group Focus: Mortgage Rates are Climbing – but Still Rate Among Year’s Best

The Raleigh-based Luxury Home Marketing Group focused on a dynamic marketplace during August’s networking session. Discussion centered on changes in interest rates and how these changes impact the Estate Home marketplace ($750,000 and up).

“The Luxury Home market remains strong in the Greater Raleigh area,” said LHMG President Linda Craft. “However, we pay very close attention to changes in interest rates, as these changes can influence buyers and sellers. Our exclusive marketing partner, Towne Mortgage of the Carolinas (NMLS #214800), provided our group with details on mortgage rate movement as we discussed how to take advantage of this information for our clients.”

Towne Mortgage’s Denise Beatty also presented metrics on the changing residential construction market in July and August, in addition to details on how Jumbo Mortgages can benefit Luxury Home buyers..

Tours of Luxury Homes featured estate-style homes represented by Lindsay Taylor (1908 Cedar St., Durham); Linda Craft (21 China Doll, Hills of Rosemont, Durham); Kimberly Conroy (4736 Adler Pass, The Hamptons, Raleigh) and Rick Rogers (7309 Spyglass Way, North Ridge). The Luxury Home Marketing Group website includes profiles of every member, and a home-search feature for homes in the estate-home marketplace (http://www.luxuryhomemarketinggroup.com/search).

The Luxury Home Marketing Group is always seeking strategic partners. If your business involves elite homes, and you are interested in membership, contact President Linda Craft at 919-235-6300. Visit the LHMG blog, https://luxuryhomemarketinggroup.wordpress.com, website, http://www.luxuryhomemarketinggroup.com, and Pinterest board (http://pinterest.com/lhmgraleigh/) for more details.

Background: The group was formed in 2004 as a coalition of luxury home real estate experts, representing luxury home buyers and sellers by applying extraordinary real estate expertise and service in Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Durham, Chapel Hill, Research Triangle Park and surrounding counties. Executive Board members are: 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. Members include Linda Bird Kolarov, Steina DeAndrade, Deborah Nance, Lindsay Taylor, Ida Terbet , Mary Edna Williams, Molly Owen, Leslie Young and Gail Perry.