Amelia Island 2016 Concours D’Elegance



Since 1999, RM Sotheby’s has held the esteemed role of the official auction house of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, presenting an incredible selection of the world’s most desirable automobiles at the prestigious Ritz-Carlton and setting numerous auction benchmarks in the process.

In 2015, RM Sotheby’s achieved an outstanding $60 million in sales, with an unprecedented 100 percent of all lots sold. The impressive result represented not only the highest total ever for a sale held during the Amelia Island week, but also exceeded the combined tally of all other auctions held during the 2015 Amelia Island week, reaffirming RM Sotheby’s clear market leadership. The 2016 event is expected to build on this success, bringing another carefully curated roster of elegant coachbuilt classics, important sports and racing cars, and late model collectibles to market. (credit:


Manormor Sotheby’s International Realty will have a tent in front of the grandstand on Sunday, March 13th. We hope to see you there!


Some of our team at last year’s event. So fun!


Event Schedule

The Shop at the Concours
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Santa Maria 1

RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island Sale Preview
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom & Ocean Front Lawn
For more information: or call (800) 211-4371 or (519) 352-4575
Open to Public, Thursday morning by appointment

The Amelia Island Concours Silent Auction
3:00 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Plaza 2

Guardians of Porsche Wine Maker’s Dinner
6:30 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Talbot Ballroom
$295 per person. Reservations required:
FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2016

The Porsche Driving Experience
7 a.m.
Departs from the Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport. Driver’s meeting at 7 a.m. Activities to include a spirited ride with a professional driver and an entrant participation autocross.
$250 per car (2 people included). Open to the Public – Reservations Required:
*Ownership of a Porsche is not required. Must be 18 years of age to participate in the high-speed experience portion of the event.

Reliable Carriers Eight Flags Road Tour
8:30 a.m.
Departs from The Ritz-Carlton main driveway. The tour stops at various points on and around Amelia Island and concludes with a public display and lunch in downtown Fernandina Beach.
Open to Concours Registered Vehicles Only

The Shop at the Concours
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Santa Maria 1

Test Drives – Various Manufacturers
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton & The Golf Club of Amelia Island, Front Driveway

Automobilia and Luxury Lifestyle Merchants
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Open to Public

RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island Sale Preview
10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom & Ocean Front Lawn
For more information: or call (800) 211-4371 or (519) 352-4575
Open to Public

The Amelia Island Concours Silent Auction
10:00 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Plaza 2

Book Signings
Various times throughout the day
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Talbot Pre-Function

The Power Brokers Seminar Presented by Shell/Pennzoil
3 p.m.
Tommy Kendall hosts a panel with some of the top engine builders from NASCAR, Sports Cars, Open Wheel Racing and Drag Racing to tell stories and discuss how engines and competition changed with technology through the years. Roger Bailey – McLaren; Spenny Clendenen – Richard Childress Racing; Don Garlits; Ed Pink – Ed Pink Engines; Alwin Springer – Porsche Motorsports and Leonard Wood – Wood Brothers Racing ∙
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Talbot Ballroom
$35 per person –Tickets can be purchased online or at the door on the day of the event. Open to the Public. Limited Seating.

RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island Reception
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom & Ocean Front Lawn
For more information, email Lauren Udzbinac or call
(800) 211-4371 or (519) 352-4575
Registered Bidders Only

duPont Registry Live Aeroport Reception (click here for more details)
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
The Fernandina Beach Airport
$150 per person. For more information, please call Tim Webber at (407) 649-9190

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Vendors and cars on display on the first hole of the Golf Club of Amelia Island
Free Admission

Cars & Coffee at the Concours presented by Heacock Classic Car Insurance
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Over 250 classic and exotic cars from local car clubs will be displayed on the 10th and 18th fairways of the Golf Club of Amelia Island. Vehicles must be pre-registered to participate
Free Admission

The Shop at the Concours
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Santa Maria 1

Automobilia and Luxury Lifestyle Merchants
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island
Open to Public

Test Drives – Various Manufacturers
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton & The Golf Club of Amelia Island, Front Driveway

The Amelia Island Concours Silent Auction
10:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Plaza 2

BMW Drivers of the Ultimate Driving Machine Seminar Presented by Kelly Services
10:30 a.m.
Tommy Kendall moderates a panel of racing greats that will share stories from their years racing for BMW. Panel includes: Bill Auberlen, David Cowart, David Hobbs, Sam Posey, Brian Redman, Boris Said and Hans-Joachim Stuck ∙
The Ritz-Carlton, Talbot Ballroom ∙ $35 per person ∙ Limited seating
Poster signing follows seminar
$35 per person –Tickets can be purchased online or at the door on the day of the event. Open to the Public. Limited Seating.

RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island Auction
11 a.m.
The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom
Admission is for registered bidders, sellers and qualified media only. For more information, visit or call (800) 211-4371 or (519) 352-4575

Book Signings
Various times throughout the day
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island Talbot Pre-Function​

Cocktail Reception
6:30 – 7:15 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Talbot Pre-Function and Colonnade
By Invitation Only

Mercedes-Benz Gala Dinner
Honoring Hans-Joachim Stuck
7:30 p.m.
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island – Talbot Ballroom
Black Tie Optional, Reservations Required:
By Invitation Only

SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2016
The Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Golf Club of Amelia Island
10th & 18th Fairways
General Admission Adult: $120/$95*
General Admission Student 12- 18 years old: $50
General Admission Children under 12: admitted free with paying adult ticket.
Active Duty Military and immediate family: $50 with Active Duty ID available on site only.
General Admission with early entry (8:30 a.m.): $150* Limited quantities.

9:45 a.m.
Honoree Hans-Joachim Stuck enters the show field from the Awards Tent

10:30 a.m.
Vintage Fashion Show presented by Fashion Group International,
North Florida, Inc. – Awards Tent

11:00 a.m.
Chairman’s Welcome
National Anthem
Judges Introduction

11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Awards Presentation – Awards Tent. Presentation includes Best in Show, Best in Class, Amelia and Corporate Awards.

Club Amelia: $500* per person includes: admission to the Concours, VIP parking, collector program, continental breakfast, lunch, snack, three drink tickets and cash bar. Limited availability.

Concours and More: $225* per person includes: General Admission ticket with early entry (8:30 a.m.), event poster and lunch inside The Ritz-Carlton. Limited availability.
*purchased in advance

Bentley, BMW, BMW Group Classic, Brumos, Buick, Ferrari, Infiniti, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Maserati, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz and Porsche.

The Shop at the Concours
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Show Field, Golf Club of Amelia Island
Open to the Public With Show Ticket

​7 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Vendors of Automobilia on the first hole of the Golf Club of Amelia Island
Open to the public

Book Signings
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Show Field, Golf Club of Amelia Island – in James Edition Midway
Open to the Public With Show Ticket

Luxury Lifestyle Merchants
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
North end of the Show Field, Golf Club of Amelia Island
Open to the Public With Show Ticket

9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Show Field, Golf Club of Amelia Island
Open to the Public With Show Ticket

Luxury Car Displays
Friday – Sunday
The Ritz-Carlton, Front Entrance


Recent Sales

Hazel - Costa Verano Members

                                                                     SOLD : 906 Costa Verano- Hazel Cooksey


                                                                      SOLD: 4 Foxtail Drive – Susan Perry & Jane Chefan


96022 Heath Point Ln Hi-Res-3

                                        SOLD: 96022 Heath Point – Dave Hewett, Joe Cutajar & Lauren Russell

New Listings

11459 Fort George Rd, Jacksonville FL 32226


Waterfront Coastal Contemporary! Architect’s personal home set for ultimate privacy among the trees on Ft. George Island, just up the road from the historic Ribault Club. Exquisite detail for everyday living as well as entertaining. 200′ ft on river, 5ft. depth at low tide per owner. Gorgeous inground pool. Crow’s nest office/retreat, game room on first floor. Wet Bar, formal and informal eating and living areas. Beautiful wood floors, two screened porches, decks off both bedrooms. Gourmet kitchen with walk-in pantry. His and her closets in master. Gas fire pit in patio by pool. Beautiful builtins in family room and master. Custom wrought iron railings and light fixtures. Elevator ready. Guest house addition already drawn, plans included with sale.

                                                245 Cayman Court, Jacksonville 32250


245 Cayman Court, Jacksonville FL 32250


Exceptional and luxurious coastal living awaits you in this magnificent custom home just two blocks from the sunrise. East of 3rd, (and not ON 3rd!) in the very best part of south Jacksonville Beach. Enjoy breathtaking access to the beach and coastal elegance every day from your year-round vacation home. Exceptional décor, finishes, and upgrades throughout. Spectacular home for entertaining with phenomenal flowing floor plan, soaring ceilings, and gracious space. Short walk to beaches, restaurants, shopping, grocery, and more. HOA includes lawn maintenance.

 Convert this Historic School House into Your Dream Home

                                            914 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach 32034



Go from school desks to office desks or even beds in this 7,962 sq. ft. former old schoolhouse located in the downtown historic district of Fernandina Beach. Original heart pine flooring and grand staircase, four fireplaces (currently non-working), original windows, and bell in the bell tower are reminders of a bygone era while 13 office suites, two common meeting rooms, four bathrooms and handicap accessibility bring it up to todays standards.

Originally built as the Public School #1 in 1886 by architect, R. S. Schuyler, this beautiful brick schoolhouse was outgrown by its students in 1926 and sold for office space. Since then it has housed a variety of businesses with many office/suite changes being made over the years to accommodate. Office spaces get combined and broken out all the time depending on each businesses needs.

Forget office space for a minute… what about a trendy conversion into a residence? Bring on the ideas! Blend old architecture with new and create your very own showplace. With imagination and the right architect, this property would offer a plethora of space, inside and out, and just the right amount of quirkiness to be the envy of all your friends. I mean, who else would have their own
bell tower?

There are many benefits to living and working downtown and this property is no exception. This building offers unparalleled access to the marina, Rock Ten paper mill, restaurants, shops, hotels and other downtown businesses and attractions. It’s also about a mile to the beach. Other permissible uses could include hotel, bed & breakfast, restaurant, multi-family residential and retail. With ample parking and downtown convenience, the opportunities here are limitless.


To see more of our new listing, click here







New Agents

We are excited to announce our new agents, Kathy Newman and Ed Tucker, to the Manormor Sotheby’s International Realty family! Kathy will be bringing 18 years of development experience and Ed comes with over 25 years of club and resort business experience. They are both joining the Amelia Island office.


12717700_969656923124529_2052514272908608331_n  Kathy Newman was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, and was raised in Stafford, Virginia. She attended East Carolina University and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Merchandising and Business. In 1998, Kathy received her Real Estate License in South Carolina and in 2002 moved to Southeastern Georgia to work for a developer in St. Mary’s, Georgia where her parents reside. Currently, Kathy and her husband Evan live in Fernandina Beach with their two sons. Kathy and her family enjoy church, school activities, golf, tennis, boating and of course the gorgeous beaches of Amelia Island. During Kathy’s 15 year real estate career, she has specialized in assisting her clients with listing and selling land, custom, spec and model homes in private communities with first class amenities such as golf, tennis and boating facilities. She has expertise in all facets of residential real estate including investments properties and property management. Contact her via cell 904. 616.7114 or email:


Ed Tucker has been a fixture in the club and resort business in Northeast Florida for over 25 years. A native of Jacksonville Beach, Ed entered the golf profession after college. He joined the staff of Omni Amelia Island Plantation in 1987 and subsequently served as the first Head Golf Professional at Long Point and then Director of Golf & Sports Operations until 2004 when he was appointed Director of Golf/Sports at Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach for several years. He then returned to Amelia Island where he served as General Manager of Amelia River Golf Club and The Golf Club at North Hampton.

Most recently Ed was involved in the renovation and reconstruction of Atlantic Beach Country Club. He continues to be involved in the game of golf as a frequent player/teacher and is a life member of the PGA of America. Ed has been and will continue to be involved in our local golf and charity community. Ed’s experience as a 30 year resident of the First Coast of Florida along with his professional career at some of the areas best luxury resorts and exclusive private club communities, make him a great resource for finding or marketing your dream home!

96080 Brady Point


2.65 acre marsh and water views on these partially cleared lots (Lots 20 & 21) located on the point of Brady Point Preserve. Panoramic views of Kingsley Creek, the intracoastal waterway and Amelia Island. Convenient to Jacksonville and Jacksonville International Airport, this unique community includes over 53 acres of natural preserve. Private kayak/canoe launch area, observation deck and community center with clubhouse are just some of the amenities included. Build your marsh front dream home in this upscale neighborhood.

Lot 20 or 21 can be purchased separately.

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For more information contact: Deb Cottle

904.277.6522 (o)

904.556.9289 (c)

6 Marsh Creek Road | Amelia Island, Florida


Enjoy stunning live oak and golf course views from this elegant four bedroom, five full bath and one half-bath home located in the prestigious resort community of Amelia Island Plantation. With 4,535 sq. ft. of living space, excellent craftsmanship and design, first class features and luxury, this home is truly one-of-a-kind.


Upon entering the home, you will be immediately captivated by sweeping views of lush landscape and the #10 fairway of famed Oak Marsh Golf Course. Enjoy entertaining in the great room with beautiful wood ceiling beams, custom Maple built-in cabinetry, gas fireplace, and floor to ceiling picturesque views.



The large, open gourmet kitchen is a chef ‘s dream featuring a center island with hands-free faucet, instant hot water dispenser, granite countertops, ample storage space, top-of-the-line appliances, glazed maple cabinetry, warming drawer, two wall ovens, breakfast area, and large walk-in pantry. For more casual dining, the kitchen offers a large eat-in area with window bench seating/storage and a terrific view of the golf course right outside.



A more formal dining arrangement can be found just off the kitchen in a beautiful setting with stepped architectural ceilings and extensive wood trim and moldings.


With extensive storage space throughout, beautiful woodwork/trim in every room, solid wood doors with Emtek hardware, cozy library with stone fireplace, and extra “Florida basement” with 14ft. celings/lift doors to house a motor coach, RV, boat or several lifted cars, it seems every detail has been well thought out.




The second level offers a huge bonus room whimsically hidden behind a door masquerading as bookshelves for a kids “getaway” or extra guest room. The owner’s suite boasts 12′ ceilings with his-and-hers walk-in closets, spacious sitting area overlooking the grand outdoors, and direct access to the rear patio. The master en suite provides maple cabinetry, granite countertops with double vanities, Jacuzzi jetted tub, and an oversized walk-in shower complete with multiple Grohe spa heads and extensive wand arrangement.




Well-appointed guest rooms are all located on the second level. Each room is unique, spacious and comfortable with ceiling fans, natural light and plenty of closet space. All guest rooms come with full en suite baths with granite counters, double vanities and custom maple cabinetry with plenty of storage space. Stamped black concrete give the front and rear patios an invitingly elegant feel while providing ample room for relaxing and/or outdoor dining & entertaining!



  • 2 Fireplaces
  • Breakfast Bar
  • Carpeted Floors
  • Dishwasher
  • Eat In Kitchen Or Dining Room
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gated Community
  • Granite Countertops
  • Jet Tub
  • Kitchen Island
  • Library
  • Patio
  • Refrigerator
  • Sprinkler System
  • Storage
  • Tile Flooring
  • Walk-In Closets
  • Golf Cart Garage


Ceiling Fan, Central Air Conditioning, Heat Pump
Attached Garage, Garage, RV Parking, 5 + Car Garage
Lot Description: 
Beach, Bike Paths, Golf View, Jogging / Biking Path
Golf Course, Spa / Pool, Tennis, Golf Community
For more information contact

Joe Cutajar

+1 904.277.6522­
+1 904.753.0365­
5548 First Coast Highway #101

Amelia Island, Florida 32034 United States

Interview with Tori Toth: Home Staging Secrets for a Quick Sell

Tori Toth is a home staging expert, author of Feel at Home: Home Staging Secrets for a Quick and Easy Sell, Founder of The Stage 2 Sell Strategy, and Owner of Stylish Stagers, Inc. a NYC based home staging company. Provident Home Design sat down with Tori for an interview.

Provident Home Design: 

1.  Of all the home improvement projects one can do (and there are a lot), when it comes time to sell which improvements make a house sell faster?   


I always find that home improvement projects that make the house sell fastest is when you paint, update the flooring, and replace light fixtures.

Paint can instantly update a tired old space and make it look, feel, and smell like new again – especially if the walls were covered in wallpaper.

The same goes for flooring, wood flooring that’s scratched can be refinished with a top coat for an instant shine and if you have outdated, stained carpet it’s best to get rid of it and replace with a more affordable material. For details on those check out this video:

Light fixtures are an easy way to tell if the home has been maintained throughout the years and can show the home’s actual age. So, if you have older fixtures, spend some money on replacing them.

Provident Home Design: 

1b. Which DIY projects increase the home’s value the most?


If you have some money to spend, I’d say make sure to update the kitchen, then the bath, and then curb appeal. The kitchen, as we know, is the heart of the home and it should feel light, bright and spacious with updated appliances and countertops. Most bathrooms get used and abused. They should look white glove clean, so replace old tile, vanities and tubs. Curb appeal and adding landscaping can give you a 215% return on your investment according to Homegains 2012 Top 1- DIY Home Improvements for Sellers. This is an important area because it’s the first thing buyers will see and sets the tone of what to expect inside.

Provident Home Design:

 2.   What are the best paint colors for selling a home?  Do you have any go-to-favorites?    



It’s important to stick to neutral tones on your walls, unless you know your particular buyer will like a splash of color. You find this out by researching your neighborhood and putting together a buyer profile. Neutral tones are not just the “blah” real estate beige — here are some of my go-to colors:

Halo, it’s from Benjamin Moore’s off white collection and it’s not only sophisticated but has endless possibilities when it comes to playing up other colors. This color is so versatile…


Benjamin Moore Silver Fox – it’s not really silver, but actually looks more like a gray-beige which is a good color combination to use in a room that you want to feel warm and cozy. When you put this color on your walls it’s almost as if you’re wrapping a blanket around you, so get comfy.


The next color is a blue gray and its called Eternity from Benjamin Moore. I absolutely love this color and I’ve recommended it at least a dozen times to use in bathrooms, bedrooms, and even family rooms. It’s in my bedroom now and it’s a great color because it changes depending on the light being reflected. It’s a great color for southern facing rooms.


Provident Home Design: 

2b.  I’ve always wondered, if you have a kid’s room painted in blue or pink or purple is that a turn off to potential buyers?



Kids’ rooms are usually secondary rooms to be staged and don’t affect the sale as much so you can have colorful kids’ rooms — unless the color is making the space look smaller than it actually is. At the end of the day we want to showcase maximum square footage. If you have a darker color on the wall, make sure the furniture and accessories in the room are light and bright.


Provident Home Design:

3.   In your book you touch on the emotional side of buying and selling a home.  What are some of the simplest ways to illicit a positive emotional response from potential buyers?



If you’ve researched your potential buyer, you’ll have a better idea of what they like, collect, and spend time doing. Once you know this you can use that to display moments in time that the buyer can emotionally connect to. So maybe it’s showcasing a place to entertain a sports fanatic in the basement or where you can spend time reading to a child.


Buyers like to envision themselves in the space and are really looking for how they’ll utilize it, so try to physically display these moments. Overall consider the buyer. Would the buyer want to step over your mess on the floor to see the bathroom? Or see your dirty dishes? Be considerate of their time and have clean, organized spaces that they can actually consider living in and that will instantly put them in a better mood as they tour your home.


Provident Home Design:

 4.   We all have our personal styles when decorating our home but are there certain styles of decorating that sell better?



The design style of your home depends on the architectural style of the space, what you already have in the home, and what your buyer would like. It’s usually a combination of styles because you need to stay true to the home’s architectural style, but not all colonial homes need to be traditional. I would say the overall design style that sells better is transitional because it mixes the traditional with modern/contemporary style.



 5.   You’ve mentioned curb appeal, how important is curb appeal?  Do you have any tips for increasing curb appeal?



 First impressions can make or break a sale, and curb appeal is the first impression being made with the buyer so it is extremely important.


Curb Appeal

  • Stay on top of your front landscaping, mow the lawn and trim bushes.
  • Power wash the home and sidewalks.
  • Add a welcome mat and potted plants around doorway.
  • Paint your door to update the look of your home, update the hardware.
  • Place a wreath or arrangement on your door.
  • Remove all toys, figurines from the front yard.
  • Clean all your windows.
  • Update lighting and house numbers. Make sure they match.
  • Repair the roof, gutters and update exterior paint if peeling.   


Provident Home Design:

6.  When you go to sell a home do things behind closed doors (like closets and cabinets) need to be staged?



One of the first things buyers look for in a home is space, especially more storage space. It’s ideal to go through all your closets, kitchen cabinets or any cabinets that are provided in built-ins. Buyers are nosey and they want to know what they’re buying so focus on organizing and packing up items you won’t need while on the market.


 Provident Home Design:

6b.  What would you like people to know about the importance of staging a home?



Today’s home buyers are looking for move-in ready homes and that’s what home staging does. It gets the home prepared for sale and the next homeowners. Home staging will help you stand out amongst your competition if you live in a competitive market. It also makes the home easier to market because it will provide amazing photos to show online, which is where most buyers go to search for their next home. Home staging can also get you more offers and can increase the price of the home or, at the very least, justify the price the home seller is looking for.



Source: Provident Home Design




Florida still top destination for international buyers

WASHINGTON – June 19, 2015 – In 2014, U.S. foreign homebuyers purchased fewer properties year-to-year, but they spent 13 percent more money on the transactions they chose, according to the National Association of Realtors® 2015 Profile of Home Buying Activity of International Clients.

“In 2014, sales transaction to buyers outside of the U.S. dropped 10 percent, possibly due to the strengthening of the U.S. dollar in relation to international currencies and weakening foreign economies,” says NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “However, the amount of money spent has increased. This means international purchasers in the U.S. have become an upscale group of buyers, spending more money on fewer homes.”

Florida continues to lead the U.S. in total unit sales to foreign buyers, but its numbers dropped a bit in 2014, according to NAR. One in five foreign buyers (21 percent) bought a home in Florida, compared to 23 percent one year earlier.The number is down from a 2011 peak of 31 percent.

The change, in part, results from a change in the makeup of foreign buyers. While Canadians tend to favor the Sunshine State, the weak Canadian dollar has made Florida purchases relatively more expensive for them. In addition, Chinese demand has skyrocketed, though the Chinese tend to pick locations along the Pacific Coast.

In 2014, five countries accounted for 51 percent of all purchases by international buyers: China, Canada, Mexico, India and the United Kingdom.

For the first time, buyers from China exceeded all other countries in terms of units purchased and dollar volume, buying an estimated $28.6 billion worth of property. Buyers from Canada followed with $11.2 billion in purchases, followed by India with $7.9 billion, Mexico with $4.9 billion and the U.K. with $3.8 billion.

For the period of April 2014 through March 2015, total international sales were estimated at $104 billion, compared to the previous year’s estimate of $92.2 billion – 8 percent of the total U.S. existing-home sales dollar volume.

International buyers tend to purchase more expensive properties with the average purchase price being $499,600, compared to the overall U.S. average house price of $255,600. Chinese buyers typically purchased the most expensive properties, at an average price of $831,800.

Thirty-five percent of Realtors reported working with an international client in 2014, up from 28 percent in 2013.

About 46 percent of reported international transactions were intended for primary residences, 20 percent for residential rentals, and 26 percent for investment rentals, vacation homes or both. Global buyers also purchased properties for commercial rentals and as residences for children studying in U.S. educational institutions. Indian buyers were the most likely to purchase a primary residence (79 percent), while Canadian buyers were most likely to purchase property as a vacation home (47 percent).

While Florida remains the top destination for international buyers, California comes in second with a 16 percent share, Texas with 8 percent and Arizona with 5 percent.

The majority of international purchases (55 percent) were made with all-cash, compared to about 25 percent of all purchases made by domestic buyers. Mortgage financing tends to be an issue for non-resident international clients because of a lack of a U.S. based credit history or Social Security number, difficulties in documenting mortgage requirements, and financial profiles that can be different from those normally submitted to financial institutions by domestic residents.

“Realtors who have completed NAR’s Certified International Property Specialist designation have obtained specialized training and are best prepared to help clients with the unique challenges of being an international property buyer,” says NAR President Chris Polychron.

NAR has posted the free 2015 Profile of Home Buying Activity of International Clients on its website.

© 2015 Florida Realtors®

14374 Marina San Pablo Place 506 Jacksonville, Florida 32224 United States

14374 Marina San Pablo Place 506 Jacksonville, Florida 32224 United States

New Construction tower at Marina San Pablo- close to EVERYTHING! Aphora’s 57 boutique residences include beautiful views of the marina and Intracoastal, gourmet kitchens featuring custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, gas cooktops. Each condo comes with a private two-car garage, spacious terraces with a built in summer kitchen, gas fireplace, custom closets, level 4 smooth walls/ceilings, 10 foot ceilings, storage room in home, separate mechanical room. Residents also enjoy unmatched amenities; lush indoor/outdoor ROOF TOP oasis with conversation pool, outdoor kitchen, dining, fire pits, community garden, day spa, billiards and poker room with adjoining tool and woodworking shop, auto spa, pet spa, a fully furnished guest home, boat and kayak launch! A MUST SEE.

2915 S Ponte Vedra Blvd Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082 United States

THE BEST VALUE ON THE OCEAN! This delightful, fully renovated 3-story beach house can be an exceptional primary residence or a superb second home. Spectacular panoramic views of the Atlantic provide a beautiful backdrop to this inviting home. ALL NEW hardwood flooring, granite countertops, appliances, windows and French doors. Dry sauna and outdoor shower . Plans on file to expand sq. ftg. to 3500 sq. ft. Space available to add pool and elevator.


96080 Brady Point Amelia Island, Florida 32034 United States

96080 Brady Point Amelia Island, Florida 32034 United States

2.65 acre marsh and water views on this cleared lot located on the point of Brady Point Preserve. Panoramic view of Kingsley Creek, northwest Amelia Island and the intracoastal waterway. Convenient to Jacksonville International Airport and Amelia Island. This unique community includes over 53 acres of natural preserve. Private kayak/canoe launch area, observation deck and community center with clubhouse are just some of the amenities included. Come join in with the high quality homes being built in this upscale neighborhood.


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In with the Old | Art & Home

The latest edition of Art & Home is here! From a 19th-century farmhouse in the Hamptons to a 1930s Paris mansion, five historic homes blend tradition with modern updates, finds Iyna Bort Caruso.IMG_9339-1024x1024

Call it the surprise inside: historic residences retrofitted with modern interiors.

Homeowners may love the idea of properties that embrace the aesthetics of an earlier era, but they’re drawing the line at living a century-old lifestyle. Instead of tearing down, however, they’re taking up the challenge. They’re purging boxy rooms, awkward layouts and tiny closets and arriving at that sweet spot where the age of grace meets the age of technology.

In America, homes of historic value are generally pegged at 50 years or older by the National Register of Historic Places, although those are relative newcomers by international standards. It takes the skills of true artisans to modernize a centuries-old German castle, French château, English manor or Italian villa, and many governments offer homeowners subsidies for their efforts.

More than just age, historic homes embody the spirit of the times in which they were built with character-defining features that speak to who we were and how we lived.

“There’s an emotional connection to be had, for sure,” says Judson Henderson of Callaway Henderson Sotheby’s International Realty in Princeton, NJ. The earliest homes here date back to the 18th century. Some homeowners bring “today’s practicality and sensitivity to home renovations” while others go for a gut renovation. “Walk through the door and it’s starkly modern. You feel like you’re in a brand new house,” Henderson says.

Most makeovers are somewhere in between, using architectural elements as jumping-off points to maintain some sense of authenticity.

Interior Designer Sarah Barnard in Santa Monica, Calif., is a specialist in historic home design. In reshaping Victorian, Spanish Revival and Arts and Craft estates, she often takes a hybrid approach, “preserving a lot of the original architectural elements and melding them with uber contemporary strategies.”

Deciding which of those elements to keep or discard can be a struggle. Is it worth sacrificing what Barnard calls the “heartwarming little details that made the owner’s heart sing in the initial walk-through” for the larger benefits of functionality and design? “There are always hard decisions to be made but when budget is not an issue, rehabilitating the old is always my first choice.”

People may yearn for vintage homes for different reasons, but one thing they have in common is “kindness,” observes Barnard. “You have to have a sympathetic soul to want to save an old building.”

View the digital version of this issue here: Art & Home June/July 2015


Personal Real Estate| An Investment and a Need

Numerous ultra-high net-worth (UHNW) individuals have utilized real estate as an investment vehicle to increase their wealth, but these properties continue to have a primary purpose: first and foremost, they serve as residences.


Besides the obvious need to own a property in one’s primary business location, the time spent in other locations, whether for leisure or business purposes, may make the ownership of a secondary residence a practical and financially responsible course of action.

UHNW individuals’ personal and professional considerations, in that order, tend to drive the demand for residential real estate. Residential real estate, while it is known as a long-term safe investment, is almost always purchased because of a specific connection between a UHNW individual and a particular place. For example, many Asian UHNW individuals who buy property in the top real estate markets for investment purposes are either choosing these markets because they are building up their business activities in the region or, increasingly, because their children are going to study abroad. Some of the main cities where UHNW individuals buy residential real estate outside of their home cities are located close to elite universities, financial hubs or often both.

Lifestyle is one of the key motivating factors in the purchase of a luxury home, “ said Wendy Purvey, chief marketing office, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “Consumers want homes that will meet their unique needs, whether it be a waterfront property, ski in/out access or a vineyard.”

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