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A Guide to Effortless Home Staging  

By the Engel & Völkers Team

When it comes to looking good, we don’t want to appear as though we tried too hard achieving it—and home staging is no exception. With over 18 years of real estate experience, one of our in-house experts Suzie Doratti of Engel & Völkers Okanagan has also made a name for herself as a home-staging consultant and specifically for being able to capture a home’s laid back, yet sophisticated look. Suzie has given countless homes the kind of je ne sais quoi facelift that makes them inexplicably attractive to potential buyers, so here are a few tips from the pro herself that’ll give your home that certain #WokeUpLikeThis appearance. 

Old and New Work in Harmony

Casual displays don’t

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A Living Symphony

By the Engel & Völkers Team

Piet Oudolf composes internationally acclaimed symphonies. His instruments? Prairie lilies, meadow rue, moor grass and peonies. When it comes to the art of horticulture, Oudolf is often recognized as second to none in the realm of arranging gardens. From orchestrating installations for the Biennale in Venice and Leuvehoofd Park in Rotterdam, to creating more personal, private gardens in the Netherlands (his home country) and Nantucket Island, Oudolf is a master at harmonizing perennials and shrubbery to create dynamic “living pictures.”

New Yorkers have probably come into contact with his work via the city’s ever-popular High Line and Battery Park gardens, which he designed in 2006 and 2003,

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By the Engel & Völkers Team

When we dream of Venice, we imagine ourselves wandering through canals and criss-crossing between neighborhoods, enjoying the historic beauty and culture of the city. Unsurprisingly, so do many others across the globe.

According to Engel & Völkers’ latest Venice market report, the city’s residential property market is witnessing growing demand, especially near areas on the Grand Canal. This is met, however, with a limited availability of homes in the most desirable areas of the city.

“The majority of buyers are looking for a second home in Venice, or an investment property for short-term rental to tourists,” said Mauro Lozza, Managing Director of Engel & Völkers in Venice. Currently, international buyers account for

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By the Engel & Völkers Team

Exceptional customer service is what makes any good company great. In fact, there are many modern day examples of companies across multiple industries becoming lone survivors among their competitors because of this very ideal. Treating people the way they think they should be treated is not enough … it’s about going above and beyond, exceeding expectations and creating customers for life. When you can attract customers versus chase them, a spark ignites creating a contagious culture and experience.

So how does this all start? With leadership, of course. Feeling nostalgic, we decided to take a look back at one of our favorite interviews with the great Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group and known as a visionary

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By the Engel & Völkers Team

Some historic properties can be charming, but the impressive castle Kasteel van Olsene, currently listed through Engel & Völkers in Belgium for 25 million euros, comes with extraordinary comforts that ring a bit more than cutesy. With sleek modern edges around its outdoor (and indoor) pool, flanked by gorgeous chandeliers and priceless crown molding, we imagine this moated castle located just 40 miles west of Brussels could be the perfect hideaway for James Bond himself. After all, the castle also features a car lift and underground garage that could perfectly fit up to 12 of Bond’s signature sports cars.

In addition to having high-tech video surveillance, necessary for any secret agent mission, Kasteel

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By the Engel & Völkers Team 

Many of us have dreamed of growing up and becoming royalty, but soon found out some dreams are very hard to achieve. Living like a royal can come close to reality, though. Get a taste of the lavish life by seeking out this palace-like villa on the French Riviera, built in 1901 by the Countess of Morla.

Princess Odescalchi, whose family was recognized as one of the most influential aristocratic dynasties in Italy, also later resided here. Located in Cap d’Ail, the Princess additionally crowned the villa with its name, Villa Marizzina.

This property has been home to numerous high-profile owners including the Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich, cousin to the last Russian Tsar Nicole II. The Grand Duke acquired the

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By the Engel & Völkers Team 

Nothing says I love you, Dad more than buying a home, but while most people are probably short on change to cash in on an extra house, it never hurts to get some phenomenal inspiration in hopes of one day snagging an amazing house for all those awesome dads, just in time for Father’s Day. Because dads all around the world really are the best—at least for the weekend. (Shhh, don’t tell Mom.) 

Here are seven homes on the market that have something special for every type of dad.

For the Car Enthusiast

Whether he has two cars or ten, if your dad has a car he loves he deserves an equally beloved space to show them off. Give Dad that trophy room to display his prized possessions, right at home. You can even gift him some

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E&V News

The Week in Real Estate Industry Deals: June 5-9, 2017
Inman 
Mergers, integrations, acquistions, partnerships and more

EXCLUSIVE: Seattle Power Couple Comes out of Retirement to Open First Engel & vöLkers Luxury Franchise in Washington
Puget Sound Business Journal 
The couple plan to open the office in the heart of downtown Seattle, specializing in mega-luxury residential real estate.

 

North America

Montreal Home Prices Keep Looking up, Analysts Say
Montreal Gazette
The resale price of houses in the Montreal area rose in May for the third straight month, matching a peak set last summer, according to a report released on Wednesday.

Most Trump Real Estate Now Sold to Secretive Buyers
USA Today
Since President Trump won the Republican

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The Internet of Things (IoT) and How It Plays Into Your Life

By the Engel & Völkers Team


For all you techies, TechCrunch is probably your holy grail. Always privy to the latest leaks and launches heard through the Silicon Valley grapevine, TechCrunch oozes juicy tech gossip (or bitcoins) from its ears. So what’s a consistently cool and interesting discussion among this media site and tech philosophers, alike? IoT.

Also known as the “Internet of Things,” IoT speaks to the idea of all physical objects, from the simple and mundane to homes and cars, having a digital identity. Even more so, this promise of IoT in the world is well under way. Gartner states that more than 20 billion connected things will be in use worldwide by 2020, which poses huge

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E&V News

How VR is Changing the Real Estate Industry
BNN
Shawn Blander, sales representative at Engel & Völkers, is joined by BNN's Greg Bonnell for a look at how virtual reality technology is allowing more foreign buyers to look at properties in Canada without stepping foot in the country.

5 Virtual Reality Best Practices
RISMedia
Since integrating virtual reality into Engel & Völkers shops throughout North America, here are a few best practices we’ve learned so far.

Top 10 Urban Properties with the Best Views
RISMedia
Be it a penthouse in a Manhattan high-rise or a sprawling estate built into the Hollywood Hills, one of the most sought after aspects for any luxury metropolitan home is the view to go with it. 

Amsterdam's Canal Ring District Has

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