GMCG Partners with William Raveis

GMCG is pleased to announce our new partnership with William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage & Insurance. Specializing in luxury properties, William Raveis has a network of 120 sales offices along the eastern seaboard from Maine to Florida, including the Cape and Islands, with a team of 4000 realtors/sales associates. In addition to real estate services, William Raveis provides mortgage, insurance, and relocation services as well.

A family-owned company, William Raveis has been in the real estate business since 1974 and has won numerous awards for marketing, innovation, brokerage and mortgage services, website design, and for being one of the top places to work.

William Raveis is also an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. Christie’s is connected to the international market through a global network of 138 offices and brokerages, in 46 countries. This worldwide network of elite affiliates are admitted by invitation only, due to their expertise and proven success in the sale of exclusive, luxury homes and estates.

We look forward to a successful and prosperous business partnership with William Raveis!

Serena Vista

Serena Vista is set on a beautiful corner lakefront lot located just one block from the beach. The name of the home was inspired by the picturesque view of the backyard lake, which provides a tranquil and serene setting. This new construction home was designed by award-winning architect John Cooney of Stofft-Cooney Architects to be a sophisticated retreat for family and friends to gather. The two-story, contemporary coastal style home has five bedrooms, five-and-a-half-baths, an office, and a three-car garage – for a total of 6,029 square feet. The luxury finishes, European furnishings and accent pieces were hand-selected and imported to provide continuity between the indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Join us as we tour this stunning home with Ana Rita Sousa e Silva of AR Arquitetura & Design, an award-winning international interior and architectural design firm.

Escape Winter

If sun, sand and sea is your idea of a pleasant winter getaway, add the Canary Islands to your holiday wish list.

Average winter temperatures in the Canaries hover around 18°C (64°F) all season. Packing for this winter escape means keeping your bulky winter coats at home and packing for spring like weather. There are seven main islands, a handful of smaller islands and islets in the Canary Island chain each worth visting. Sadly, we can’t stay all winter – so let’s explore the contrasting islands of Tenerife and La Palma.

Tenerife, Canary Islands

Tenerife is the largest of the islands and has something everyone; mountains, colonial villages, nightlife and beaches. Mount Teide is Spain’s highest mountain (12,200 feet/ 3,718 meters) and the third largest volcano in the world. A drive from the sunny beaches of the south coast through alpine scenery eventually leads to an other world landscape near the summit of the volcano. The best way to reach the highest point is by cable car, once at the top you can take in the amazing views of Tenerife and the Islands of Grand Canaria, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. Mount Teide National Park is also home to one of the most amazing star gazing opportunities- book a tour of the observatory or indulge in a sunset and stargazing tour.

Located in the northern region of the island is the charming town of La Orotava. Lonely Planet calls it “one of the loveliest towns on Tenerife, and one of the most truly ‘Canarian’ places in the Canary Islands”. Colonial homes, dating from as early as the 16th century, line cobblestone streets. The La Orotava valley is dotted with vineyards and banana plantations and home of the unspoiled and secluded black sand beach of Playa el Bollullo.

Dramatically different from its northern neighbor are the golden sands of Playa de las Américas. This southern coastal resort is bursting with nightlife, shopping and restaurants and is best known for its reputation for all night long merry making. However, the calm waters of the beach and nearby activities; including boat excursions, Siam Park (water park) and Monkey Park (zoo), also attract families to the region. Explore more of Tenerife here

La Palma, Canary Islands

Book a 30 minute flight from Tenerife (there are several each day) or take a ferry (about 3 hours) to the island of La Palma. La Isla Bonita “the beautiful island” is far removed from the sprawling resorts and heady night life of Tenerife. The capital city of Santa Cruz has retained its old world charm, a pastel rainbow of colonial styled homes overlook the coastline and historic churches occupy the cobblestone streets. This beautiful port, founded in1493 was an important stop between the American colonies and Europe, making it a fabulous place for rich historical and cultural experiences.

The beauty of nature is the main attraction of La Palma with its infinite array of hiking and walking trails criss-crossing the island. The paths are well marked however, a visit to this website shows the distance, difficulty level and duration of the foot paths. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through tranquil laurel woods, walk the pine forests and hike volcanic rock formations, don’t be too surprised when you happen upon a magnificent view or waterfall. If you are looking for more adventurous activities make arrangements to go mountain biking, paragliding or rock climbing.

La Palma isn’t well known for its beaches, making it easy to find peaceful solitude on the black sand of the clear blue waters of the Atlantic. Spending the afternoon at the beach sounds like a perfect way to wind down and relax after a morning hike. Start here to plan your island getaway to sunny La Palma.

Naples Real Estate Market Update – November-2016

Since the election is behind us, our trusted Economists predict a very robust selling season for 2017. We expect that 2016 will end up with about 15% fewer closed transactions than we saw in 2015. We expect this to improve in 2017.

Inventory of homes for sale of both new and existing homes continues to increase and this is a good sign for buyers. There are many good choices in every price range. The reports show that we currently have 6 months of inventory to sell. The under $300,000 price category continues to see more and more condominiums and fewer single family homes, and there are some great buying opportunities in condominiums under $300,000.

Year over year, the median sales price has increased 6%, most of the increase was noticed in the segment of the market under $300,000. Over $300,000 price range increase was much less, around 2%.

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