Avocado: A True Game-Changer for Real Estate

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Who knew that creamy, verdant avocados could make or break one’s future in real estate?

According to Australian developer Tim Gurner, (who is 35 and worth half a billion dollars, nbd) millennials are poor and unable to buy homes because of their infatuation with the single-seeded berry (yes, it’s technically a fruit—The More You Know!)

On a recent episode of Australia’s “60 Minutes,” he said: “When I was buying my first home, I wasn’t buying smashed avocado for 19 bucks and four coffees at $4 each.”

I would propose that maybe only millionaires would pay $19 for guac, but I digress.

Also noteworthy, Gurner was handed $34,000 from his grandfather at the age of 19, which led to his early success in real estate, and he wants to chastise me for my love of guacamole!? Get outta here. What does he think? That if I was given free money, I would’ve bought 22,667 avocados instead of investing it? (Actually, that sounds like a pretty OK investment, if you ask me.)

Snarks aside, Australian real estate company Ray White is latching on to the avocado craze and offering buyers a delicious deal: free avocado toast for 12 months is up for grabs for anyone willing to shell out for a new two- or three-bedroom townhouse in Queensland.

Now, millennials can save their pennies for a townhouse and guacamole in one fell swoop! If you’re an avocado aficionado, you’d better get that passport renewed ASAP: the deal expires June 30.

What a time to be alive.

Nick Caruso is RISMedia’s senior editor. Email him your real estate news ideas at nick@rismedia.com.

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Glenn “Chip” Gardner: Moving a Louisiana Legend Forward

Gardner_ChipAs Vice President of Operations and Special Initiatives for Metairie, La.-based GARDNER REALTORS®, Glenn “Chip” Gardner has proven that the family DNA runs strong.

“We’re the most successful local (non-franchised) real estate company in our region that’s consistently recognized as a Top Workplace with both the third and fourth generations of our Gardner family—Dad, Mom, sister and me—leading the organization,” says Gardner. “While we’re the local experts in a sea of franchised competition, we also have global connections to the very best real estate brokers through Leading Real Estate Companies of the World® and Luxury Portfolio International®, which provides us with world-class marketing and resources, allowing us to provide clients the very best service.”

Metro New Orleans has seen prices rise by 5 percent over the last year. In addition, the market had slightly less inventory with steady buyer demand in 2016, which is directly correlated to ranking No. 3 in Major U.S. Cities Population Growth, along with recent accolades such as No. 1 Business Climate, No. 1 Most Economical City and No. 1 Brain Magnet in America.

“For the third straight year, we’re the only real estate company recognized as a Top Workplace in our market by Nola.com/The Times Picayune. This is attributed to the guiding principles instilled in our real estate family by our founder, Mrs. Gertrude Gardner, who was affectionately referred to as ‘The Grand Dame of Real Estate,'” says Gardner. “Also, this past year, we rolled out our agent benefits program through Dergalis Associates, so our REALTORS® now have access to vision, dental, life and short- and long-term disability insurance, along with tax and financial planning.”

While GARDNER REALTORS® continues to attract agents to the firm and remain open to acquiring quality firms, its primary focus is to grow marketshare through increased productivity.

“Through a combination of live and online training classes, which provide insight into these specific consumer mindsets, we keep our agents up-to-date on everything,” says Gardner. “Our Gardner Institute—powered by Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®—ranked No. 3 across all industries worldwide in Training Magazine’s Top 125 award winners and has complimentary on-demand classes that we utilize.”

And as members of The Enterprise Network by booj, the firm’s “Gardner Ecosystem,” including websites, mobile apps, a CRM, and more, remains on the cutting-edge through its constantly evolving technology platform, which includes market exclusivity.

“We’re also augmenting our in-house training through our partnership with Ninja Selling, a system focused on increasing a real estate professional’s income per hour, increasing the client’s satisfaction, and improving the real estate professional’s quality of life,” says Gardner. “As The Ninja Company of our market, our staff and leadership are also on the Ninja Path, so our entire organization is in alignment.”

In Gardner’s mind, the company’s success is measured by building relationships, providing a path to personal mastery and life purpose, and giving back to worthy causes, such as The New Orleans Mission.

Years in Business
: 74
Size: 24 offices, 850 REALTORS®
Regions Served: Metro New Orleans/Greater Baton Rouge/Mississippi Gulf Coast
2016 Sales Volume: $1.143 billion
2016 Transactions: 4,920

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Cyndi Lauper Says Sayonara to Stamford

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Pop singer and “Kinky Boots” composer Cyndi Lauper is high-tailing it out of her North Stamford, Conn. home, having listed her three-bedroom, 3.5-bath French Country Colonial for $1,250,000.

Located about an hour from New York City, Lauper’s home is a peaceful and private setting with panoramic views, but close enough to Manhattan for girls who just wanna have fun. Interiors designed by Howard Kaplan, founder of French Country, feature hand-stenciled walls and ceilings; 19th century doors, tiles and fixtures sourced from England and France; and a striking Cedar Mansard roof.

There’s also a storybook guest house (that Lauper formerly used as a music studio) with an open-concept living space featuring a stone fireplace, kitchen and full bath. Both the main residence and guest house are set on a meticulously planned 1.5 acres with stonework throughout and an in-ground pool.

Lauper bought the home with husband Dave Thornton during the 1980s and wrote five albums in the residence, according to People. The couple primarily lives in an Upper West Side apartment in Manhattan.


Image Credit: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties/Planomatic

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January 4th, 2013 Our first real estate dealing with John Becker (aka Baldhead) was when selling our primary residence in Franklin, NC as he was the agent representing the buyers. Not only did he present a successful contract but the offer exceeded our asking price! Since we were so impressed with his process expertise, responsiveness, and negotiation skills, in 2012 we listed and sold our second home with him. John doesn't just wait around for the "right" buyer to walk in the office he aggressively pursues perspective buyers through professional contacts, extensive Internet exposure, and local advertising. The video John produced of our home was HGTV worthy and initiated immediate interest. Just a few weeks after listing John presented us with an acceptable offer and handled all the details of the process through closing. We were very impressed with his support and communication and would highly recommend his services. If you are truly serious about buying or selling a home in this area you need a full time professional agent with local knowledge, and John Becker is by far the best choice. Graydon & Susan Smith
Sep 10, 2011 John Becker was fantastic as our realtor. He helped us look at houses for over 2 years before we finally found the house we wanted and helped us navigate the short sale and foreclosure process perfectly. At all times he was professional, honest, and responsive. Thank you John and we look forward to having you as our realtor in the future. Thanks Chip & Mary Ann Godwin Chip & Mary Ann Godwin
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