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Where: 26077 Scenic Road in Carmel (listing | virtual tour)

Offering an incredible combination of view and home, “Salt Aire” enjoys some of the biggest and broadest views beginning with the curve of the white sands of the beach with the green of the Pebble Beach fairways behind and all of Carmel Bay in-between and beyond to the open ocean. Designed by Eric Miller, this classic Camel Stone home features large & open rooms with high ceilings, an abundance of light, and spacious bedrooms. Lovely stone patios with a fire pit and fireplace for outside entertaining.

This home is listed by Jamal Noorzoy of Alain Pinel Realtors Carmel.

Offered at: $10,900,000

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Hazel Carter
Tiburon / Belvedere

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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Top luxury experts and real estate professionals come together to discuss working successfully with today’s luxury consumer

Alf Luxury Event

Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) hosted The Luxury Consumer Summit last week, an event that educated real estate agents and managers on how to increase their business with the luxury consumer and effectively deliver outstanding customer service experiences that set them apart.

Held at Cavallo Point in Sausalito, real estate professionals from San Francisco, Marin, and beyond came together for an intimate luncheon that featured Alf Nucifora, the Chairman and Founder of The Luxury Marketing Council chapters in San Francisco and Las Vegas, as the keynote speaker, as well as two panels.

Nucifora spoke on the topic of today’s luxury consumer and what they are looking for in their customer experience.

In his presentation, Nucifora said, “Let’s look at the product. What do our affluent customers demand? The most important thing they want is the ‘experiential’ halo over the product or service. Every category you can think of, it has to be experience driven.”

The Luxury Consumer Experts Panel followed Nucifora’s presentation. Moderated by Rainy Hake, APR’s Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, panelists shared experience from industries outside real estate, offering a fresh perspective on how the luxury consumer can be approached.

Larry Altschul, Senior Vice President of Customer Development at MGM Resorts International, joined the event from Las Vegas and spoke on his experience working with “whales,” high net-worth gamblers, sharing several stories of his clients’ outrageous requests. Greg Minor, General Manager of Ferrari/Maserati of San Francisco, spoke specifically to the Bay Area marketplace in terms of who the luxury consumer is and how to capture their business. Sharon Osen, Chief Marketing Officer of Perricone MD, provided insights into what agents can be doing with the resources they have to find client information, organize it in a manageable way through a CRM tool, and put it to use in order to generate more business. David Friedman, President of Wealth-X, emphasized the crucial nature of compiling this information and how to use specific data to target groups of potential clients.

The second panel was moderated by Michi Olson, SGMS, APR’s Vice President of Global Business Development & Relocation, and was geared specifically to real estate. The panel consisted of top agents from all over the country, including Jeff Hyland from Hilton & Hyland in Beverly Hills, Pat Choi from Choi International in Honolulu, Brian Lewis of Halstead Properties in New York City, and Quetzal Grimm from APR Woodside. All the panelists echoed the theme of treating the luxury consumer like a real person rather than an exotic spectacle, being authentic and true to yourself in all that you do, and going above and beyond to make their wishes a reality.

“As a luxury brokerage, it is crucial to stay relevant and understand the needs of our affluent clients so that we are able to provide them with the exceptional customer service they have come to expect from Alain Pinel Realtors,” said Hake.

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Where: 8441 Meeks Bay Avenue in Rubicon Bay (listing | virtual tour)

This quintessentially “Old Tahoe” cabin sits nestled in Lake Tahoe’s best kept secret: Rubicon Bay. This quiet, intimate community only five minutes north of Emerald Bay boasts spectacular views, turquoise waters, sandy beaches, and a rare calm found in few spots on the lake. The charming three bedroom, two bathroom cabin can be a perfect rustic mountain retreat for those who want to experience immediate relaxation the day they set foot in their new Tahoe home, or it can tempt those with dreams of constructing their dream house; a luxury lakefront estate. One will enjoy a private pier, beach and three buoys.

With two adjacent lakefront parcels included in the sale, remodel or development possibilities abound. There are two water and sewer hookups, and the extra coverage allowance that comes along with a double lot.  Meanwhile, special antique features like the belvedere and tram that cannot be duplicated in today’s permitting environment are grandfathered in and make the property truly unique. You will find the original fireplace, that was constructed the same year the cabin was built. Which comes fully equipped for cooking and was originally used as the ‘stove’!

This home is listed by Linda Granger of Alain Pinel Realtors Lake Tahoe.

Offered at: $2,200,000

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Where: 25 Elsie Street in Bernal Heights, San Francisco (listing | virtual tour)
Open: Saturday, Septmeber 19th, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm and,
Sunday, September 20th, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Highly sought-after open floor-plan contemporary home on Bernal’s famed Northslope has everything the market is starving for: open floor-plan on the main floor with big windows for maximum sunlight and views; remodeled custom kitchen; living room with fireplace and hardwood floors; 3 bedrooms on the upper floors including master suite with fireplace and view; view deck with hot tub and a huge garage for 2 to 3 cars. This is a must see so call for your private viewing today.

This home is listed by Lance Fulford and Dan Marshall of Alain Pinel Realtors San Francisco.

Offered at: $2,399,000

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