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Friday, December 9, 2011

NEW LISTING: 4790 Shallowford Road, Roswell GA -$4,900,000


 
 
 
 
 
Beautiful. Unique. So many adjectives rushes through my head when I see this house. This estate truly can be described in so many ways with its many features and beautiful decorations. Classically designed, by Bill Harrison, near downtown Roswell. 3.2 manicured acres. 10 bedrooms. 12 full baths. 3 half baths. As you can see from Pic #2, this incredible estate has an unique central courtyard for ourdoor entertainment. There's more! Indoor sports court. Guest house. 49 Foot custom jacuzzi. Indoor AND outdoor pool. Ballroom. Show room (that can fit 10 exotic cars or 100 guests). Catering kitchen. Sky lounge. 24 seat theater. 7 car outdoor garage. sauna/steam room. 3 FULL kitchens. This marvelous custom-built house simply speaks for itself. 
Agent: Debra Johnston


James D. Lowenstern, GRI, LI, IRES
Castles Unlimited®
Realtor®
(617) 733-8280
jim@castlesunlimited.com

NEW LISTING: 3594 Tuxedo Ct NW Atlanta, GA -$4,900,000


 
    
  
Completely renovated in 2010, this single-family home is up to date with its design and features. 2 pools with waterfall and spa. Media room. Bar. Game room. Wine cellar. 6 bedrooms. 8 full baths. 2 half baths. Each room fully incoroporates the abundance of space, by creating a modern design, while at the same time settling a homey and comfortable feel. This house definitely has a lot to offer!
Agent:Debra Johnston
James D. Lowenstern, GRI, LI, IRES
Castles Unlimited®
Realtor®
(617) 733-8280
jim@castlesunlimited.com
www.CastlesUnlimited.com
www.CastlesMag.com

NEW LISTING: 4670 Northside Drive, Atlanta GA -$5,900,000


 
 
 
 
 

I experienced difficulty in choosing the pictures for this house because every room is simply a work of art. This house simply boasts with its aesthetics and designs. Equipped with an incredible pool and pool house, this Mediterranean estate provides all the necessities of luxury living. A guest and domestic apartment is also featured in this house as well. For entertainment purposes, this home contains a mini-theater (seating up to 16 people), a wet-bar, and a pool table. 6 bedrooms. 8 full baths. 3 half baths. 1 gym. 6527 square feet, gated for security. 
Agent: Debra Johnston
James D. Lowenstern, GRI, LI, IRES
Castles Unlimited®
Realtor®
(617) 733-8280
jim@castlesunlimited.com

[Featured Article]: Selling Your Home for the Holidays


RISMedia, found in 1980, has been the leader in the Real Estate Information System. Over the past 30 years, RISMedia has been offering top updates, trends, advices, and strategies to the real estate community. With its large network and prominence, I am very privileged to have my article featured on this site.

"Expert Advice: Selling Your Home for the Holidays" has been featured on the RISMedia site, today (Dec. 9, 2011). I would love feedback or questions relating to this article!! 
James D. Lowenstern, GRI, LI, IRES
Castles Unlimited®
Realtor®
(617) 733-8280
jim@castlesunlimited.com

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

EXCITING RADIO SHOW UPDATE


Have you tuned into Jim Lowenstern's newly debuted radio show? If you haven't, you've missed out! Here's the buzz:


Week One:

Guest Star: 

1. Mike Phillips
- Number 1 real-estate broker in the entire country. 
- Tuned in from Kansas City, Missouri to speak on the radio show.
- Mike Phillips sold over 1,200 houses over the past year.

2. A top broker from the Metro-west area in Boston.  

Notable News:

Along with these two wonderful guests, Jason Bonarrigo, a representative from Wells Fargo bank, tuned in to talk on the show as well. We were able to listen to random particpants on the street give their answers to real estate terms given by the show's crew. Castlesmag also sponsored real estate news, during this show.

Week 2

Guest Star:
Attorney and Top Broker from North-shore Boston.

Noteable News:
Two listeners called in to ask the guests questions, which was exciting due to the fact that this was our SECOND show. The show also presented the "Dream Home of the Week"- $3million property in St. Johns, USVI (Virgin Islands). 


Both weeks were exciting and new!
Tune in this Sunday (EST 4-5pm) on 1510 AM WWZN Boston, to join Jim! 
WWZN Streaming Live: www.revolutionboston.com
**Podcasts are available for download** 
Click on the image (above) to be directed to the official radio site.
Prepare for a new week with lively updates and good campany!


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Featured Activerain Post: SELLING YOUR HOME OVER THE HOLIDAYS



The holidays are fast approaching. Regardless of what denomination you are- the next couple of months are probably going to be more hectic than most as you prepare to conclude 2011 with friends and family. If your home is on the market, this time of year is also particularly tricky. Fortunately there is great advice for those of you looking to get your home sold during the holiday season (And it doesn't include taking your house off the market). 
Regardless of the time of year, most home stagers will advise a seller to remove as many personal items and decorations as possible, "Less is more." This includes photos, trophies, and even your son's gallery of refrigerator artwork. To you this might make your home feel cold and impersonal, but it allows a potential buyer to envision themselves living in your house- thus upping your odds of making the sale. During the holidays it may be tough to keep your holiday cheer in the attic but it is the easiest way to stage your house as spacious, without blocking pathways or seeming cluttered. 
In addition, it is important to remember that certain cultures might find overtly religious décor off-putting and the best way to remain non-offensive is to avoid decorating altogether. Or another option is to exchange your manger for a basket of pine cones and opt for general fall and winter decorations as opposed to those with religious themes. If you must get religious, be strategic in your placement by displaying your menorah on the ledge of a bay window or dangling mistletoe in an arched doorway. Avoid covering up or down-playing selling features that will sell your home like the fireplace, stairs, and windows. In most cases, sellers are better off with a smaller Christmas tree although a tall, skinnier tree is a great way to draw attention to high cathedral ceilings. 
Another vital pointer to remember during the winter is that most potential buyers start their searches on the internet and real estate magazines, so you want to make sure the best possible photos of your home are available, even if it means hiring a photographer. You can also expect less foot traffic due to inclement weather and vacation plans so it might also be useful to create a video tour of your home to allow house hunters a virtual walk through without braving inclement weather.
Showing your home over the holidays can be tough, but it's also the perfect opportunity to target serious buyers that have more free time for house hunting- especially while your competition might be taking a break. Additionally, December is deadline for those buyers trying to make an investment before the new fiscal year begins. 

James D. Lowenstern, GRI, LI, IRES
jim@castlesunlimited.com

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Summary and Reflection: In Tasmania, a Place to Watch ‘Nature TV’ (Newsfeed on www.castlesmag.com)



Meet Drew and Bea Beswick. While taking a trip to Tasmania, this couple fell in love at first site. Their love for this 30 acre property with a duck pond, green hills, and the shadow of Mount Wellington in Tasmania, prompted an automatic purchase (on the spot for ~$80,5000). The Beswicks patiently and diligently resided in Urban London for six years, until they were finally ready to move into their surreal location, in Tasmania. 

Aaron Roberts, a rising star in Australian residential architect and a college friend of Mr.Beswick, helped the Beswicks design and build this home. The designing took twelve months, while building took eighteen more months. Nonetheless, being built in one of the world's most sensitive ecosystems, Roberts and the Beswicks created an one-of-a-kind house- enchanting in all aspects.


The Kitchen: The essential point to this house is the kitchen, upon a special request by the couple. They sought to revolve the whole home around this kitchen- in essence of capturing Mrs.Beswick's childhood South-African outdoor home, while still managing to focalize the captivating forest. The grayscale colors used in this room, allows the natural colors from the outside to POP! 

 

Nature vs. Shelter: A weather-resistant coated, two-story house, sits atop a green hill. The assemblage of home and nature is consistent in each room- glass walls, open atriums, and even the intertwining of the surroundings with the house itself.


 

Room of purpose: The stainless steel fireplace complements the black plush furniture, while providing a view of the forest. Even the bathroom encompass nature, with a panoramic window. "An open shower along the far wall underneath a skylight completes the indoor/outdoor experience."


 

This house is endearing and peaceful. The modern simplicity exaggerates the complexity and natural beauty of Tasmania's forests. "It's a little house with big ideas," Mrs. Beswick said.


Photographer: Andrew Quilty From the New York Times.



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With Thanksgiving's buzz slowly dissipating, the anticipated Holiday spirits have finally begun to creep. Jolly and uplifting reminders of the upcoming Holidays, are beginning to fill local coffee shops, commercials, decorations, as well as radio broadcasts. Thus I present to you: Jim Lowenstern Radio Show- an early gift for those interested in real estate, the economy, and engaging conversations.

Meet Jim Lowenstern:

Jim Lowenstern, CEO of Castles Unlimited International, Inc. for over 27 years, finally launched a new radio show on November 27th. 

"Hosting my own radio show has been a dream of mine for years and I'm thrilled that it has finally happening. My goal is to encourage an open forum for industry experts to discuss anything and everything real estate." 
-Jim Lowenstern

Jim Lowenstern, with a well experienced knowledge about real estate, encourages and invite guests to be intereactive! So join Jim, along with special guests, and discuss anything and everything- to satiate the entertainment, informative and provacative aspects of real estate.

Join Jim Lowenstern:

Every Sunday from 4:00-5:00 pm (Eastern Time) on RADIO 1510 AM!

WWZN Streaming Live: www.revolutionboston.com

**Podcasts are available for download** 

Click on the image (above) to be directed to the official radio site.

Prepare for a new week with lively updates and good campany!
JOIN THE REAL ESTATE REVOLUTION