Jim Walberg of Pacific Union Honored with Extraordinary Philanthropist Award

John Brian Losh presenting the awardNo one ever seeks out an acknowledgment for their work in community service. I certainly did not. And, what a humbling honor to have Who’s Who In Luxury Real Estate select me to be their 2014 Extraordinary Philanthropist at their 19th Annual Fall conference in Boston several weeks ago where members from around the globe gathered to share best practices and expand their personal connections with the best of the best in luxury real estate.

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East Bay Real Estate: Jim Walberg & Ann Marie Nugent Sharpen Their Tools

Jim Walberg and Ann Marie Nugent, of The Bay Area Team at Keller Williams Realty, continue their non-stop networking with Realtors globally as they expand their relationship and knowledge in the world of luxury and international real estate markets.  This Fall they attended several luxury real estate conferences including; the “Leaders in Luxury” in Austin which included 100 of the top luxury professionals in the U.S.;  and Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate’s conference in Seattle – a worldwide luxury real estate group whose membership is by invitation-only, and has the highest viewed luxury real estate website in the world. They were awarded the “Global Networking Award” out of 120,000 Realtors.  Walberg and Nugent also attended  the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) conference in Seattle, which is a division of the United Nations and networks with two million real estate professionals around the world.  This group gives the Bay Area Team the advantage of putting their property listings on FIABCI’s international MLS (PROXIO);  and, the Economic Relocation Council Symposium – also held in Seattle, which works with international corporations and relocation directors in the support of outbound and incoming executives to the Bay Area.  Walberg was one of the presenters at ReBarCamp in the East Bay regarding the topic of effective internet marketing for Realtors.  They credit their success to non stop learning as they continue to be one of the Top Teams in Keller Williams Realty. Ann Marie and Jim’s continued participation in these groups gives them the cutting edge knowledge and experience when dealing with their luxury, international, and corporate sellers and buyers.  Contact them today for an extraordinary real estate experience!

Luxury Marketing Council: Jim Walberg On The Panel For “Alpha Agent’s” Event

Who Said You Can’t Sell Luxury Real Estate Online?   Success Stories and Strategies from Those Who Can AND Do!

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – (April 22, 2010) Jim Walberg, a business owner in the San Francisco Bay Area, and REALTOR®, who is well-known for his results in the world of internet marketing as it relates to the sale of luxury real estate globally, shares his effective strategies with the San Francisco chapter of The Luxury Marketing Council’s Annual “Alpha Agent” Event April 22, 2010 at One Hawthorne Luxury Condominiums – 645 Howard Street.  This is the annual event attended by the top 150 Realtors representing luxury estates and residences, and equestrian properties in all of Northern California.

Each year the San Francisco chapter of The Luxury Marketing Council conducts over member educational and networking meetings and events.  The Annual “Alpha Agent” Event is their most popular.   The April 22nd event will focus on the use of on-line marketing strategies for the sale of luxury real estate with emphasis on Blogging, profitable use of Social Media and the structure of the Virtual Office.  LMC participates in the intelligent exploration of the best marketing practices and trends in all the luxury marketplaces. Continue reading

FIABCI-USA: Jim Walberg Presents At The 2010 Spring Conference

Expert Internet Marketing Professional, Jim Walberg, Shares Lead-Generation Tips at FIABIC-USA Conference

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINA – (March 27, 2010) – Jim Walberg, owner of The Bay Area Team, and a 40-year business owner and REALTOR®, who is well-known for his very successful real estate companies in the Caribbean and San Francisco real estate markets, openly shared his global marketing strategies at the FIABIC-USA 2010 Spring Conference in Alexandria, Virginia.

Five years ago, Walberg said he had a vision of expanding his real estate practice from San Francisco to include the Caribbean Islands. At that time he launched the websites Bay Area and Caribbean websites that allows Buyers from all over the world to purchase real estate in two of the most desirable locations in the world. Continue reading

BuyWell Coffee: Is The Coffee You Are Buying Changing The World?

130 Jim & Jay with finished productSo, we were in Colorado last week  attending several real estate conferences.   The last one was the Who’s Who In Luxury Real Estate Fall Conference  in Vail as one of their conference presenters regarding our internet marketing strategies for our customers.  After the conferences we visited our friends who provided us a little R&R at their home for two days.  During our visit we learned that Jay and Carol helped start the only premier coffee roasting company committed to roasting 100% Fair Trade, 100% organic coffees that are naturally rich in antioxidants, handcrafted to perfection using 100% certified renewable energy.   BuyWell Coffee was founded with a BIG dream – combating poverty and protecting the environment through coffee purchases.  Did you know that the second highest volume commodity traded in the world, after oil,  is coffee?  Well, believe it!  And, the vast majority of coffee growing families are living on less than $2.00 per day! Continue reading

Ilya Moshensky – THE Photographer For The World’s Luxury Properties!

Ilya’s Photography sets the highest standards for quality in the industry with over 30 years of experience. He has enjoyed a lifelong passion for his work, and it is instantly evident with the results he delivers.

I first met Ilya at the Luxury Real Estate conference in Del Mar, California several months ago. I asked someone at the conference after I met him, “Who is that guy?”  I was told he is the finest photographer in the world who captures the true essence of luxury real estate properties in the world!  Over the past two years I have personally discovered that to be TRUE!!!  We have become GREAT friends since our first meeting.  He and his wife have become a gift to my wife and me. Continue reading

2009 Realtor MasterMind & Cultural Summit – Austin, Texas!

Keller Williams Realty just finished gathering together their top Realtors in Austin, Texas to share their best ideas.  And, once a year their honor 60 Realtors for Service Above Self to their community.  Jim Walberg  was at both of these remarkable events.

Each quarter Keller Williams Realty  invites the top Realtors from their North American offices to Austin, Texas for serveral days of sharing their best ideas for growing a real estate practice – MasterMind.  And, once a year they have their Cultural Summit, which is a celebration of honoring two Realtors from each of their 30 North American regions for their extraordinary contribution to community service. Continue reading

2009 Luxury Real Estate Spring Conference – Las Vegas

The Four Seasons  was the venue where Jim Walberg  participated in the 7th Annual Luxury Real Estate Spring Conference  as a panel member of Effective Social Networking & Blogging Tools For Realtors.

Imagine being with some of the brightest and best minds in real estate for three days!  Well, that is what the Luxury Real Estate’s Spring conference was like this past week.  The sharing of best practices with such a high caliber of professionals and business owners is an enviable experience for any Realtor.  I was not only privileged to be a delegate at this conference, I also gathered some incredible business ideas that will continue to improve the customer experience for our clients, and grow our business in this shifting markets.

The featured presentation was the panel on how to use internet tools to dramatically expand your real estate business by increasing your lead generation results – the Strategies & Tactics of Top Real Estate Professionals regarding social networking, blogging, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedInVictor Lund  from the WAV Group was the moderator.  Jon Larrance  from Perry & Company, Bruce Hiatt  from Luxury Realty Group and me from The Bay Area Team, were the panelist.  The interaction with the audience demonstrated that it was THE topic that they wanted to explore most in the 2009 world of social networking. Continue reading

Who’s Who In Luxury Real Estate’s 7th Annual Spring Conference – The Power Of Social Networking!

Jim Walberg will be joining Michael Marquette of Marquette Turner in Australia, Jon Larrance, from Denver, Colorado, and Bruce Hiatt from Las Vegas, on a panel moderated by Victor Lund of the WAV Group to discuss “The Power of Social Networking”.

Luxury Real Estate’s 7th Annual Spring Conference  is in Las Vegas this month.  Every year the Luxury Real Estate group meets to discuss the latest trends in their niche market, and brainstorm cutting-edge marketing techniques. There will be approximately 200 of the top real estate professionals from around the world gathering to learn and share their latest successful tools.  Given that the world of communicating is now at galactic speed with the use of FaceBook, Twitter, Blogging, and LinkedIn, it is critical for professionals to either master these tools are be left in the dust.

Myself, Michael Marquette from Sydney, Australia, Jon Larrance from Denver, and Bruce Hiatt from Las Vegas are panelists for the topic of “The Power Of Social Networking”!  I am honored to be a part of this powerhouse group of professionals who are using the social networking tools in many different ways with similar extraordinary results.

Michael Marquette is recognized the world over due to his firm’s laser focused usage  of social networking platforms.  With its innovative news and information sourcing, the Marquette Turner internet presence has become “The number one visited luxury real estate website in Australia”. 

Jon Larrance’s special interest lies in exploiting the practical business applications inherent in everyday internet functions.  Jon is an active blogger, fan of Web 2.0, and has made it his personal mission to get all Perry & Co. Agents adept in at least one social networking platform.  Although Jon is a licensed Realtor, he often gets more pleasure from teaching than from selling.  Bruce Hiatt is an expert at using all the tools that the internet has to offer a real estate company and agent.  In fact, Bruce directly attributes over 30% of Luxury Realty Group’s total sales to their blogsite alone. 

Victor Lund  from the WAV Group will be the moderator of this featured conference panel.  He is known for his in-depth analyses  of what technology it takes to succeed in luxury real estate.  Victor’s articles on the topic are often featured in the much revered Inman News.  Victor has agreed to the challenge of keeping the discussion with the panelists and audience to within the hour allotted on Tuesday, April 29, 2009, 10:30am, at the Four Seasons Hotel, Las Vegas.

The panel invites you to follow the discussion through Twitter.
Luxury Real Estate – luxurylounge
Victor Lund – victorlund
Jon Larrance – perryandco
Jim Walberg – jimwalbeg
Bruce Hiatt – luxuryrealtygrp
Michael Marquette – mmarquette

Who’s Who In Luxury Real Estate  seeks out firms and individuals who have a reputation for exceptional knowledge and expertise in the marketing of luxury properties throughout the world. There are currently nearly 1,900 firms worldwide in this exclusive organization with more than 5,000 offices and 120,000 agents.  This assembly of brokerage firms and individuals collectively sells over $100 billion in real estate every year, with an average sale price of $2,200,000. We are very fortunate to have been invited to be a part of this amazing worldwide group of professionals.  Check on Twitter  during The Power Of Social Networking panel discussion to keep updated on the event.  Until next time…

East Bay Real Estate – Global Internet Marketing Works!

Because of Jim Walberg’s focus on a global internet marketing strategy, we are serving Buyers from all over the world.  The latest Buyer called from Greece last month.

We have a very focused internet marketing strategy for our San Francisco Bay Area and Caribbean real estate services.  In addition, our participation as members of the exclusive Who’s Who In Luxury Real Estate  allows us to have all of the properties we represent on LuxuryRealEstate.com  – the worlds most viewed website for luxury real estate throughout the world.  That one website receives between three to four million hits a month!

So, here is the rest of the story regarding the latest home that we sold in Blackhawk Country Club.  You may recall I was in Paris  last January speaking at the Luxury Real Estate’s international conference.  Just before we left for Europe we received a phone call and immediately picked it up.  It was from a man calling from Greece who had found us on the internet and he was looking for a single story home.  We happened to have a single story listing in Blackhawk Country Club.  ( The key to any of the inquiries from our internet listings is an immediate response.  Most of the time we answer the call immediately when it comes in. ) 

Our new client calling from Greece let us know he wanted to purchase a home for his parents who lived in the East Bay, because he wanted them closer to his younger brother’s family who lived in San Ramon.  At first we thought it was some type of a joke.  But, as the subsequent conversations continued, he told us he was flying out on a Friday and wanted to complete the purchase by Sunday night.  He did exactly as he said.  We met him at the home,  he previewed it, and he asked us to write up a purchase contract for it.  Within just a few hours the transaction had been accepted by our Seller.  It just closed escrow several weeks ago.

The added fun to this story is our Buyer was making this purchase without his parents knowing about it.  Since it closed escrow, we arranged for new hardwood floors; travertine; bathrooms; window coverings, and interior painting.  The Buyer even had ordered very item a home would need and had it shipped to the home; silverware, appliances, linens, towel, outdoor furniture, light fixtures, etc.  Everything was prepared for a turn key move in by his parents.

He just flew in from Greece a few days ago in order to prepare the home for a “Welcome Home” party for his parents.  He told his parents that he wanted them to join him at a friend’s home in Blackhawk to celebrate the birthday of their grandson.  They still didn’t know the home was for them. They arrived, thinking that it was the home of their son’s friend and they brought presents for their grandson.  After taking them on a tour of the spectacular home, and having some appetizers and wine, the son broke the news to them that the home was actually a gift to them.  They were speechless, and there were lots of tears, and non-stop comments such as, “You should not have ever done such a thing for us.” 

This was one of those magical moments that happen from time to time while we are serving the needs of our customers.  And, it would have never happened if we didn’t have a laser focused global internet marketing program.  Plus, always getting back to the people who contact as fast as possible.  Contact me  if you ever have questions or need assistance.  Until next time…more good news to follow regarding how we are coming out of these challenging economic times…