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Paul Hulme Named to 2016 Swanepoel Power 200

January 14, 2016

Paul Hulme, President and CEO of Alain Pinel Realtors, has been named to the Swanepoel Power 200 for the third consecutive year coming in at number 22. The Swanepoel Power 200 is an annual list that identifies and ranks thought leaders that influence, impact, and lead the residential real estate brokerage industry. To compile the list hundreds of hours are spent researching and analyzing individuals from all parts of the industry. In a testament to Alain Pinel Realtors continued influence in the real estate community, Mr. Hulme has risen 27 spots from his 49th ranking two years ago.
For more information about the Swanepoel Power 200 visit: www.swanepoel.com/power200/2016

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APR THROWBACK THURSDAY: 25 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE

November 12, 2015

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For 25 years, Alain Pinel Realtors has been the Bay Area’s luxury real estate leader – and we have a lot of stories to tell! To close out our 25th Anniversary, every Thursday from now until the end of the year will be Throwback Thursday on our social media, where we’ll be sharing some APR gems from the vault. Join us and share your own memories from the past 25 years.
Don’t forget check out our 25th Anniversary website celebrating milestones in APR history.

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APR Pleasanton / Livermore Valley Hosts Grand Reopening Following Expansion

October 22, 2015

Ribbon Cutting Pleasanton
Alain Pinel Realtors Pleasanton / Livermore Valley hosted a Grand Reopening last month to celebrate their expansion into the old Wells Fargo Bank space in their current building (now occupying a total of 15,00 square feet). The party featured a ribbon cutting ceremony by the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and was attended by special guests State Assembly Member Catharine Baker (AD-15) and staff on behalf of Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA-15). Pleasanton’s own Chris Scoville provided entertainment. APR also partnered with the Bay East Association of Realtors Young Professionals Network at the event to collect donations to support those affected by the Northern California fires.
Come see our expanded space at 901 Main Street in Pleasanton!
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Photo credit: Pleasanton Weekly

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How might Warrior arena in Mission Bay affect our real estate market?

October 20, 2015
Agents SOUND OFF
 

Mark Neuterman
San Francisco
415.885.9986
mneuterman@apr.com

Question: How might Warrior arena in Mission Bay affect our real estate market?
Answer: Our real estate market continues to thrive with projects like the new Warriors stadium in Mission Bay. It’s one more example of an area ready for revitalization and development.
There will undoubtedly be some logistical hurdles like traffic, noise and parking to contend with. However, local commerce will certainly benefit from the influx of additional sports fans.
Any opportunity to increase exposure and revenue to our amazing city of San Francisco is advantageous for homeowners and business owners alike.

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Former Gallagher & Lindsey Agents Flock to Alain Pinel Realtors

October 16, 2015

After One Year, APR’s Alameda Office Now 2nd Largest in Alameda

Former Gallagher and Lindsey Agents at APR New Agent Orientation
ALAMEDA, CA – The Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) office in Alameda has doubled in size to 28 real estate professionals after former Gallagher & Lindsey (G&L) broker and agents joined APR at the end of last month. After less than a year in operation, the APR office has grown to the second largest real estate office in Alameda in number of agents, and the brokerage has the second largest closed sales volume and closed transaction sides year-to-date.*
“Alain Pinel Realtors’ focus on high quality professionals, excellent customer service, and creating luxury experiences has proved to be a successful recipe for rapid growth, having become the 5th largest residential real estate firm in the nation with just a quarter century in the business,” said Phil Weingrow, Vice President and Manager of APR’s Montclair and Alameda offices. “We have applied the same principles in Alameda, and I’m thrilled to have expanded with the addition of so many quality agents from Gallagher and Lindsey.”
At the end of last month, G&L Broker/Owner Michael Studebaker decided to return to real estate sales and close G&L’s real estate sales arm after almost 50 years of operation. After considering several brokerages, he chose to join APR, bringing many of his agents with him.
“Our new Alameda team blends the iconic history of Gallagher and Lindsey, familiar to all of Alameda since they’ve opened in 1967, with a family-owned, nationally ranked, globally connected industry leader,” said Sally Han, Sales Manager of APR’s Alameda office. “We look forward to taking advantage of cutting-edge technologies to bring our agents and clients in Alameda the best possible real estate experience.”
Notable recruits in addition to Studebaker include former Alameda Association of Realtors® (AAOR) Presidents Ann Bracci, Angela McIntyre, and Troy Staten. With Han, the APR Alameda office now has four former AAOR Presidents in their office.
APR made a splash in the Alameda real estate market last October when they opened in the Alameda South Shore Center with an elaborate grand opening featuring a ribbon cutting by former Mayor Marie Gilmore and a generous donation to the Alameda Point Collaborative, the largest supportive housing provider for homeless families in Alameda County.
*All market statistics are from Trendgraphix: Year-to-Date 2015, All Properties, Total Sales

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APR CLIENTS EXPERIENCE VIP TREATMENT AT TESLA DRIVE EVENT IN ALAMEDA

October 14, 2015

Last month, Alain Pinel Realtors and Private Mortgage Advisors hosted an exclusive East Bay client appreciation event in the glass dome at the Rock Wall Wine Company. With over 200 attendees, the event gave VIP clients and guests the opportunity to test drive and ride in the Tesla Model S with Tesla specialists. Refreshments from local Asena Restaurant and Rock Wall Wine Company were served. Check out some highlights in the video below:

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Alain Pinel Realtors Represents Private Equity Firm in Purchase of Bay Park Plaza

October 5, 2015

Two Class-A Office Buildings on 13 Waterfront Acres in Burlingame Purchased for $90 Million

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BURLINGAME, CA – Represented by Sandy Comaroto and Jeff Diodati of Alain Pinel Realtors (APR), H&Q Asia Pacific (H&QAP) has closed on the purchase of 555 & 577 Airport Boulevard in Burlingame, also known as Bay Park Plaza, for $90 million. The transaction involves two class-A office buildings totaling approximately 260,000 square feet on 13 acres of waterfront property. The seller in the off-market transaction was Hudson Pacific Properties.
This is the second major purchase in which APR has represented H&QAP in Burlingame, having represented a joint venture involving H&QAP in the purchase of Burlingame Point, which is directly to the south of Bay Park Plaza, earlier this year. The Burlingame Point project, which involves converting 18 acres into a four building, 767,000 square foot office space, is the largest upscale development of office space on the Peninsula waterfront in more than a decade.
“The Bay Area is globally recognized as a thriving business center and appealing destination for international investment,” explained Comaroto. “This area at the heart of the Bay Area has previously been underdeveloped and has the potential to become a center for global innovation.”
The properties are located just two miles from the San Francisco airport and are across from Highway 101, providing excellent visibility and access to transportation both locally and globally.
“Waterfront properties like this are very much sought after in other parts of the world,” said Diodati. “This represents a tremendous opportunity for H&QAP.”
“This project represents the culmination of 30 years of cross-border technology investments by H&QAP and our portfolio of relationships with governments, technology parks, leading technology companies, financial and academic institutions, and technology service providers,” said Dr. Ta-lin Hsu, chairman and founder of H&QAP. “Our goal is to create a unique ecosystem to foster innovation and provide growing technology companies with access to crucial relationships and value-added services.”

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What do low interest rates for the foreseeable future mean for Bay Area real estate?

September 30, 2015
Agents SOUND OFF
 

Hazel Carter
Tiburon / Belvedere
415.730.9445
hazelc@apr.com

Question: What do low interest rates for the foreseeable future mean for Bay Area real estate?
Answer: It is a relief for buyers to hear that interest rates are holding for the time being. However, when buyers think rates could be on the verge of escalating, it does motivate them to purchase. Sellers are certainly relieved, comforted by the concept that money is relatively easy to come by and should continue to keep buyers motivated.
Conversely, when I first began my career in real estate, interest rates were 18 percent — a good reminder that it is important for those considering buying to take advantage of these current rates.

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