Real Estate Broker Stuart Thomas

There are giants in every industry

Real estate Broker There is one true giant in the world of real estate his name is Stuart Thomas. Not only does he stand 6’8” tall, Stuart is also the broker owner of one of the truly great real estate organizations named RE/MAX Select One. A group of Orange County offices packed full of many of the best Realtors in the business.

Unlike other broker/owners, Stuart does not come from a family who were in the real estate business. His journey to the world of real estate starts across the ocean. He and his family moved from Manchester England when he and his brother were still very young. They settled in Fountain Valley.
After college, Stuart spent nearly ten years in the tech industry with three of those years spent living in Northern Virginia doing federal sales. He called on the CIA, FBI, NSA and DOJ among others.

Stuart transitioned into the world of Real Estate in the early 2000’s. RE/MAX Select One was born in March of 2003 just in time to catch the tail end of the biggest real estate boom in the history of the country. The original RE/MAX Select One office is located on Warner Ave. in Huntington Beach.

A few years later during a time when other offices were downsizing due to the mortgage meltdown, Stuart saw an opportunity. As he puts it, “Careers are made in a down market.” In late 2007, RE/MAX Select One opened its doors in Dana Point to provide a home in South Orange County for Realtors who saw their current office close their doors. This bold move among other things earned RE/MAX Select One the “2007 Office of the Year” award from RE/MAX of California and Hawaii. The next year, Stuart followed that award with being named “2008 Broker Owner of the Year” by RE/MAX of California and Hawaii. In the next few years as the market continued to struggle through the great recession, RE/MAX Select One Downtown Huntington Beach opened its doors in 2010 This was followed by RE/MAX Select One opening its doors in Laguna Niguel in 2012.
A small office in San Juan Capistrano capped off the five office locations. There are future growth plans for RE/MAX Select One.

CHOC Tower AwardGiving back to the community is at the very heart of Stuart Thomas and the entire RE/MAX Select One Organization. In 2009, after a lunch meeting with the worldwide President of RE/MAX International, Stuart decided to commit all the offices to become Miracle Offices. They would donate money from commissions earned on closed transactions to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Through the Miracle network, all the money would be directed at CHOC Children’s Hospital. Stuart was later named Chairman of the RE/MAX Advisory committee to CHOC and made a bold pledge on behalf of other Orange County RE/MAX offices. Together, these RE/MAX offices would collectively raise $100,000 for the new tower at CHOC. In three years’ time, these amazing RE/MAX offices had met the obligation and there is a RE/MAX room in the ground floor of the new tower. This was all done during one of the roughest times in our nation’s history. Stuart is very proud that RE/MAX Select One has been named a “Miracle Office” by the Children’s Miracle Network every year since 2009. He accepted the Miracle Maker award from CHOC on behalf of RE/MAX Select One. Accepting the Lifetime Achievement AwardHe later accepted the CHOC Children’s Lifetime Achievement award on behalf of RE/MAX Select One. Kid’s don’t stop getting sick in a down market. Therefore, RE/MAX Select One will keep working to make a difference.
In 2010, Stuart had an idea to get the local real estate community in Orange County to come together to raise money for kids. Stuart approached a Broker Owner who he has great respect for. After laying out the vision to Broker Owner Frank McDowell who founded STAR Real Estate in 1977, Frank immediately saw the positive impact the real estate community could do. He agreed to partner with Stuart on the inaugural fundraising event and this year will mark the 8th year that they, along with the amazing “A” team who tirelessly work behind the scenes, have teamed up to raise money for kids. This year’s event will be the third year in a row that money will be raised for the Huntington Beach Police and Community Foundation and the fantastic programs they have for the youth in the community. The first five fundraisers benefited Colette’s Children’s Home, Habitat for Humanity, Project Self-Sufficiency, Make a Wish Foundation and CHOC. These fundraisers truly are a team effort and have truly helped some amazing organizations.
Hiring the right type of people and following through with what you promise is the key to the success at RE/MAX Select One. Sharing the vision and getting buy in from their Realtors on the different programs the office is involved within the community is also important. At RE/MAX Select One, hiring one amazing professional at a time ensures that the quality of associate is high. RE/MAX Select One Realtors averaged $175,000 in gross commissions last year. RE/MAX Select One had one of their associates ranked 9th out of 60,000 RE/MAX Realtors in the United States in 2015 for gross commissions earned. The people they hire are self-motivated and true professionals. They don’t need to be managed but they get all the support they require and then some directly from Stuart. Some offices see agent count as the key. RE/MAX Select One does not. For this reason, turnover at RE/MAX Select One is low as compared to other offices. This can be attributed to many factors. Hiring Realtors that fit the RE/MAX model is first and foremost. RE/MAX Select One believes that the best person to talk about a listing is the listing agent. They direct every lead back to their listing agents. For this reason, the office is loaded with listing agents who control their farms and have true buyer’s agents as part of their team. As Stuart is fond of saying, “Lister’s last in this business.”

Chili Cook Off Since Stuart never worked at another Real Estate office before opening RE/MAX Select One, he does things a little differently. His offices don’t have regular meetings. They have mixers and important items of value are sent via email. They do BBQs for the office during the summer. July 4th is celebrated with their associates and their clients at the office on Main Street watching the parade with a sausage and pancake breakfast. Stuart recognizes that their Affiliate partners such as lenders and Title reps are constantly paying for events that Realtors attend at no charge. As a way to show their appreciation for all the hard work their affiliate partners do, RE/MAX Select One for the past 11 years has invited Realtors from all offices to host an annual Affiliate appreciation day chili cook-off. Through it all, when facing hard decisions, Stuart uses a simple life rule. “Feed your family. Not your ego.” He has seen too many offices fail because the broker put ego ahead of common sense. He also believes that the associates are the ones who make the office. Not the broker.
Laguna Niguel REMAX OfficeLori McGuire of the McGuire Team at RE/MAX Select One in Laguna Niguel had this to say. “What a pleasure it has been to work with Stuart Thomas for nearly 10 years. I remember my original meeting with him when I was looking to move my business to a new broker. I thought immediately how charismatic, high-energy, focused on what he could provide me, and truly dedicated to providing the very best for his agents he exuded. Now nearly a decade later I can honestly say that he has been true to his word. It is a pleasure working with him knowing that he always has my back. He’s my biggest cheerleader and he lets me have the freedom to run my team the way I need to.”
Downtown Huntinton Beach REMAX OfficeKimber Wuerfel of RE/MAX Select One’s Downtown Huntington Beach office shares a few memories. “When I met Stuart, he was a man with a dream. It was 2004. Against all odds he opened his first RE/MAX office in Huntington Beach. The real estate market in Orange County and especially in Huntington Beach was dominated by (First Team), a local brand with a solid hold on the market at the time. I moved from that brand to join Stuart on his adventure. I watched Stuart make personal and professional sacrifices on a daily basis. His wisdom, determination and solid business sense has made RE/MAX Select One the go to brand in Orange County.”
Stuart Thomas Sense of Humor Famous SignStuart has served as a director with the Orange County Association of Realtors and serves on many other boards. He has written and sent out a motivational message titled “Monday’s Cup of Motivation” for close to 350 weeks in a row. Simple reminders of what truly matters in life. With that said, the thing that Stuart is most proud of is being a dad to his son Grant Thomas. He is a junior on the swim team at Mater Dei and plans to pursue a career in finance. Grant’s mom Simone Kelly who is a fantastic lady and amazing mom is the founder and CEO of Grason’s Estate sale company in Orange County. They have grown to be the number one estate sale company in the country and also sell franchises. Stuart’s mom Carole Thomas recently celebrated 40 years working at the Huntington Beach Unified School District. His older brother Simon is in the lending business in Arizona where he lives with his wife and three amazing kids. Stuart and Simon’s dad John Thomas passed away nearly a decade ago but his lessons on being a father are still alive in both his sons.
Stuart Thomas at Cakebread Wine Cellars TV ShowWhen Stuart is not working or with family, he enjoys cooking and a great glass of wine with great friends. Stuart was flown up by the Cakebread Family in NAPA Valley to be the first non-Cakebread employee ever featured in a cooking video at Dancing Bear Ranch. He is passionate about food and music. Stuart has learned that life is short and things can change in an instant for better or worse so appreciate what you have right now. Surrounding yourself with great positive people, friends and family is everything. Keep moving forward!!Stuart Thomas Hawaii Family Vacation

Josh Reef Luxury RE Specialist

Josh Reef Gets it Done!


Article by Sandie Yim

Staff Writer


Josh Reef Luxury RE Specialist
Josh Reef, Gets it done! Posing for an Aston Martin TV production at one of his luxury listings!

Phenom Josh Reef is a bridge between the real estate meccas of Los Angeles and Palm Springs, holding the record for the most expensive transaction in PGA West history. Impressive for someone who delved into the luxury realty business less than four years ago.


Reef’s genesis is similar in principle to many successful outliers (absolute faith in oneself, extraordinary work ethic, dogged perseverance) but the short journey heretofore is best described as unique. Before his splash onto real estate, Reef was an office manager at a YMCA, dabbled in multilevel marketing, while finishing up his PR & Marketing degree. No doubt his background in marketing is what ascends him from his contemporaries. However, he credits his PR genius to his time as a drummer in a band. In high school, Reef home produced CD’s and sold them on campus. During college, said band, Fair Fight, developed into a college credit public relations project but proved so successful Reef and his band mates got picked up by Triple Crown Records of Warner Music Group.



The crest is still higher up on the wave for Reef whose marketing aptitude and determination propel his upward motion with swift ease. Those admiring his talents may not realize the level of dedication he invests in his clients. “I offer a very healthy amount of time to answering questions and being available. I answer or text back client calls immediately. I like to set up that [my clients] know I’m going to handle it and that they’re getting the best.” Reef goes on, “I follow up on the promises that I give them. If I tell them I’m going to make a video, we’ll make one. If I tell them there’s an opportunity for TV exposure, I’m going to get it. There’s no way around it. In my mind there are no excuses.”


That being said, Reef is selective about the homes he represents and the reason for that is simple. “If it’s not a product I’m passionate about, it shows through.” Reef stands by his conviction to remain honest and upfront with sellers if unable to meet their expectations and has no qualms about walking away from a multi-million dollar listing. “I’m not the guy that goes in and says we gotta reduce the price by 300K. If it doesn’t sell with all this crazy marketing I’m going to do then let’s look at the price again — and it’s worked. We’ve broken many records in desert area neighborhoods because of that philosophy.” Reef describes himself as a bit of a maverick, going against the grain, thinking outside the box in proactive pursuit of strategic and creative techniques to get the highest price for a trophy listing. A-list clientele fortunate enough to be invited to one of Reef’s elaborate estate galas delight in his interpretation of the story he creates around a home — which has included an Aston Martin or Maserati appearance in the past. Each residence has it’s own tale to tell. Reef brings that to light, composing a narrative starring the right buyer in this perfect house.


Sylvester StalloneAll Reef’s efforts lead to successes prevailing to more high level business. Case in point, Reef was recently tapped to sell a home belonging to famed actor, producer and beloved American icon, Sylvester Stallone. One would think getting referred to Sly would make you weak in the knees but Reef doesn’t intimidate easily, if at all. The challenge: enormous, especially when it came to making a video showcasing the home. After Stallone viewed it he paid Reef and his team the highest compliment one could earn from a film legend, “great job!” After a brief moment to take that in, Reef went back at it. His mindset, to work hard and smart in every aspect of realty. He prefers to vet each prospect who crosses the threshold of a client’s home. For Stallone’s abode he’s tasked not only to deflect unqualified buyers and unscrupulous characters but also sightseers and would-be script writers.

The future, both short and long term, for Reef is as vast as the ocean extends to the horizon. Reef doesn’t hope, he works towards his destiny and shapes it. Swells to conquer are gaining visibility in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills while broadening his prominence throughout the low desert oasis. Building above and beyond that, Reef is casting yet a larger net but I’ll leave it up to him to effectuate. A little intrigue is good here but if anyone is a surety on results Josh is your man. There’s no great barrier for this Reef.

Sylvester Stallone selects Josh Reef!

Is there a Doctor in the house?

California’s future Dr. Cody McWhirter standing next to his proud mom Michele Klein, both bursting with pride and joy as Cody is accepted into USF Health, Morsani School of Medicine!


Is there a Doctor in the house? This has been a common question for centuries in many emergency situations as we are all too familiar with these words. However in this particular case in the Klein residence of Long Beach California, be it known that Cody McWhirter son of Michele Klein, will soon be able to say Yes! there is a doctor in the house and, I am here to help you! My name is Dr. Cody McWhirter.

Cody McWhirter according to his grandmother Penelope Woodside, resident of Long Beach, stated to Home & Realty Magazine, that it has been her grandson Cody’s ultimate desire ever since he was a young boy to be able to complete medical school and go on to becoming a doctor. Cody according to his gram and Michele, has always been an honor roll student and high end achiever in every aspect of his development, as a youth, and now continuing his career entering into his first year of medical school. It’s always great to have a grandmother and a mom who believes in you!

Cody and Sean Best friends
Cody McWhirter and Sean Senozan best of friends since Los Alamitos High School.

Another interesting part of our story is Cody’s best friend Sean Senozan, also a former Los Alamitos, beach boy! Pictured below, with Cody, is Sean, on (right). Growing up during high school days at Los Alamitos High, Cody’s mom Michele, thought she had two sons! Sean Senozan, and Cody were best of friends and did everything as a team.
Sean now completing medical school and beginning his rotations.  Cody was recently accepted into medical school and will be grinding out some of the most challenging days and nights of his entire academic career!

Cody has already made USF Health, Morsani College of Medicine his new home in southern Florida! Sean flew in for the white coat ceremony.

The proud white coat team!

Cody McWhirter and Kaylee Traver
Cody celebrates with girl friend Kaylee Traver who flew in for Cody’s white coat ceremony.


And as every great story unfolds the handsome doctor soon to be, falls in love with the beautiful Physicians Assistant soon to be and Grandmother Penelope Woodside, and  Michele Klein, Cody’s proud mom, stand by the two of them as they get ready to hit the books in their respective career journeys.
We wish Cody McWhirter, Kaylee Traver, and Sean Senozan, the very best of everything in their new adventures!


52945 Humboldt Blvd La Quinta

Behind The Gates of Sylvester Stallone

Luxury agent Josh Reef, (Pictured Below) of Hurwitz James Company, Beverly Hills, takes you Behind The Gates, of The Golden Globe Award winner, Sylvester Stallone’s La Quinta estate!

Stallone fans will enjoy viewing this fabulous video presentation of the exquisite amenities of “Rambo’s private estate!”

Reef benefits his clients by his strategic luxury marketing skill-sets that sets him apart from his competition, to sell more properties.

As a luxury property specialist Josh has become a household name among his affluent clients. Reef represents some of luxury real estate’s most affluent property investors, locally and internationally. He is sought by the media in all their disciplines, print, television, radio, and magazines. Check out Josh’s VIDEO below!



Stallone’s custom Mediterranean, 4 Bed / 4.5 baths + outdoor stream is located in the Madison Club. Heavy wood double doors open up to a vaulted ceiling in the entryway, which leads into the double-height living room. A stone fireplace is the focal point on one wall of the living room. The spacious kitchen features a large wood-and-stone island. The upstairs en-suite includes a disappearing flat screen TV at the foot of the bed for entertainment and a fireplace including a private terrace off the bedroom. The serene master bath includes a two-sink vanity and a tub. The sunny dining room opens onto the back terrace. Interior details include arched entryways, beamed ceilings, wine room, walk-in closets, & powder room. The expansive outdoor details includes multiple terraces, a pool and spa shaded by lush palms, and a built-in fire pit. The residence backs up to a burbling creek. Offered furnished per inventory.

Sylvester Stallone’s “Featured Estate” presented by Josh Reef, will be in our upcoming issue!

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Contact: Josh Reef  (424) 216-5085



Wonder Woman Tracy Kelly

Traci Kelly, named “Wonder Woman”


CEO Traci Kelley–Setting standards for success in the OC building industry
by Dianne Austin

Wonder Woman Tracy KellyTake the name “Traci Kelley” and make it a hashtag for “Wonder Woman,” because the CEO and owner of Combined Resources Inc. in Rancho Santa Margarita, Ca. has the incredible ability to Rock a one-woman show. She may not claim that she can do it all, but one thing’s for certain, she has that kind of determination!

Kelley’s been able to grow her multi-million dollar company with savvy, style, and flare while still managing to orchestrate and nurture a large (and now even larger) family. The result she’s been able to achieve is the creation of a life that takes all the family and business components she has to juggle and integrates them, while working hard, spreading love, and giving back, almost on a daily basis.

This is because she is humble, yet smart and assertive, strong and capable, but empathetic—characteristics which make for a phenomenally powerful and unique leader of a thriving company.

CRi So Cal Inc. is a major subcontractor that supplies and installs Anderson, Alpine, and Western residential windows and doors for scores of elite tract homes in the southern California vicinity. Traci Kelley, the 55 year old CEO, established the business in 2006, and since 2008, has been able to single-handedly drive the sales for the company upward into the multi-million dollar range.

Traci Kelly Window contractor


Traci began the company with a partner in 2006 and bought him out in 2008. She went on to realize $2 million in sales for CRi by 2011. Last year, in 2016, Kelley’s CRi made $18-1/2 million.

Kelley’s staff of 30+ people is key to the company’s success, and when she speaks of the “whys and wherefores” of her corporate solidity, she doesn’t just talk about herself and her own roles in making it such, she also always discusses her team of people.

About General Manager Tony Cipollone, Kelley states emphatically that he is “very important to me.” And follows it up with, “Tony can run things with his eyes closed.”

Although the company started in 2006, Traci began her sales career in 1987 with a high school education behind her. She sold construction industry building materials from 1987-99, and in 1999 she started in the windows and doors arena with a company called Stanline Inc. in Norwalk.

Presently, as the CEO of CRi, Traci Kelley remains the only Sales Rep for the company. Her main strength is her ability to engage in Value Engineering when dealing with the Builders and their architectural design plans.Value Engineering minimizes overall costs and maximizes architectural design and function. If asked, she will say that it’s this ability, more than anything else, that sets her apart from her competitors and gives her the stellar reputation she’s been able to establish.

The fact that she’s a woman running a company in what has traditionally been a male-oriented business has never, in her opinion, been a detriment. In fact, as Kelley states emphatically, it has always seemed to work to her advantage. Has she ever felt discriminated against, perhaps slighted in any way?

“There’s nothing about being a female in this industry that has ever proven to be a problem for me. In fact, if anything, it’s been an advantage. I have nothing but great respect and the highest regard for the people I’ve met and done business with in the window and door industry, and I feel like that same attitude has always been reciprocated.”

Traci believes in the three E’s—Experience, Expertise, and ETHICS. It becomes immediately obvious after talking with her that it’s these elements that make her a cutting-edge triple threat in the tract home window and door industry today.

But the icing on the cake is that Traci is not only an impressive business woman, she’s also the hub, heart, and home-base for a wonderful, new-age and cohesive family that lives in Coto de Caza, California!

There’s fiancee Bill King who heads the household with Traci, and their (combined) children, Warren 23, Nicole 22, Blake 20,, and Kaya 19 months. Home life for the Kelley/King family consists of hanging out at their lovely Coto de Caza home and engaging in BBQ’s and outings, travel to local and distant places, attention to schoolwork at home for the kids, seeing to higher education for the young adult children, and. . .BASEBALL AND FOOTBALL!!!

Traci is a HUGE fan and has season tickets for her Angels and Rams teams. She knows all the players by name, knows the positions they play, and the statistics that effect the games. When the season starts, you can be pretty sure where to find her on any given night—she’s usually at the stadium or in front of her TV at home watching every minute of each of the games!

But no one goes through life without challenges, and if you ask her which the most difficult segment of her life tends to be, what her biggest life challenge is, she’ll tell you it’s her personal and family life. Not to say that happiness and success in that realm have not been realized. It is apparent that they have. But Ms. Kelley believes this is the area that requires more attention, dedication, and devotion to persistence. For Traci, the business end of things has always come naturally, but it’s running and balancing a large family and managing the human operative that really presents the significant challenges!

Perhaps the basis for all of Traci’s personal and professional achievements comes from the fact that her roots were a little compromised at first. Before they had been given a chance to be watered and fed so that they could take a firm hold, something happened.

When Traci was just two years old a set of circumstances that surrounded her parent’s relocation of the family ended with the death of her father, and the subsequent care that she and her brother required was transferred from her mother to another couple entirely. It could’ve been an early disaster, but instead, it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The children were settled into the home of the Mantooth family (who already had six other children) where they were soon to find sanctuary from the storm that led to a place that felt like home, and a set of parents and brothers and sisters that all showered them with love. So here it was that love became the key for the beginning that set her on her way.

And now it’s love that keeps her going.

Traci with family membersAfter eleven years of working hard to make CRi successful, and twenty years of dedicated parenting (some of which was completed as a single mom) Traci decided to become a NEW mom once again in life and adopt a baby girl! Traci and Bill just signed adoption papers to make it all legal, and Kaya Erin-Kelley was drawn into the fold of the family. According to Mom, she is definitely treated like the little princess in the Kelley/King household.

New mom Traci just can’t keep still about her daughter.

“Kaya is like a little old soul. She’s only 19 months but she has the coordination and reactions of a 3 year old so much of the time! I believe in environmental influence over genetics. The fact that I was adopted made me realize that environment far supersedes anything that is passed along in our DNA or is inherited. My adoptive parents and sibs were the main factors who shaped me to become the adult I am today, and I firmly believe the same will happen with Kaya!”

Traci doesn’t just give back and share the fruits of her labor in and amongst family and close friends, she also believes in giving back to community and people who are less fortunate. So when City of Hope asked her to be a part of their annual gala, Kelley’s company participated wholeheartedly. Combined Resources Inc. has also teamed up with scores of other national and community based programs and fundraisers over the years.

Kelley also loves giving back and paying it forward every year at Christmastime when she holds an amazingly large and festive holiday party right on the premises of the company site. The Yuletide goodies are set up to be displayed and shared all around and across a massive warehouse space that is part of her own facility. The 2016 holiday party was awesome and the 2017 event promises to be spectacular as well!

What’s in store for Kelley and CRi in the future?

“I’ve told my financial planner I’d like to retire by the time I’m 60. That’s only five years from now, but I’m looking forward to doing more with my family. I want to get more involved with my baby daughter’s journey. I want to travel and maybe get involved in other work endeavors. I don’t know. It’s great to think that one of my sons might want to get involved and run the business.”

However it goes, it’s a sure bet it’ll go the right way, because Traci Kelley seems to have a magic touch—when it comes to her family business, and when it comes to the business of running a family. But if you ask her what magic potion she uses to make it all happen Traci would say that there’s no magic in it at all—just a whole lot of love wrapped up in a multitude of individuals who like to work together to make things grow.

“My parents were the greatest people ever. They took me in even though they had little money, but they were the kind that when asked for donations for those even less fortunate than they were, they’d give five dollars if they only had five dollars. And if they only had ten, they’d give ten.

Early positive and strong role models often make the difference in many lives, and in the case of the Kelley/King family compound in Coto de Caza and Traci Kelley’s company, CRI, So Cal Inc. in Santa Margarita, the difference is significant and palpable.

The difference boils down to love.

Contact: Traci Kelly
Phone: 949-888-3603

Baham Rise Condo

New Development Rise


Real Estate Shamon Campbell, of H.G Christie’s, affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, says we have so much more than historical appeal, crystal clear waters and friendly natives, Luxury has become one of the Bahamas’ most valuable assets, and it has influenced a great chunk of the wealthy to own a piece of paradise. They, of course, now call it home.

While it boasts one main island, The Bahamas is considered the ‘capital’ of luxurious hotels such as the One&Only Ocean Club and The Cove at Atlantis. Boutique luxury hotels across the less populated islands of Exuma, Eleuthera and Andros also help to solidify the country’s luxury footprint in the niche boutique resort market.
Over recent years, The Bahamas’ economy has drawn an extraordinary level of international investors. An example of this boost is most noticeable in the emergence of hotels and condo developments across the island of New Providence.

In its current state, the local industry can be compared to the likes of infamously sought after destinations such as New York and Miami with new development offerings at every desirable avenue.

Developers are taking greater interest and advantage of the economic rise in The Bahamas, where there are certainly a whole lot more to sell than beautiful condos.

Bahama Rise Condo

From island hopping on yachts, to lounging on private beaches, dining in five star restaurants and shopping at high-­‐end retailers and back to enjoy the finishes of a modern condo, this is life in The Bahamas.

Developments such as One Ocean, Thirty Six and Palm Cay, two of which are on the ultra-­‐ exclusive Paradise Island, have brought new construction options to buyers – who for years – have been forced to purchase re-­‐sale condos. Bahama Rise Condo

Bahama Rise Condo

Europeans, Canadians and North Americans have expressed interest in these options throughout the chain of islands. And with the charming tax advantages, direct flights into Nassau from New York and Canada, airlift has played an important role in the real estate boom. Boutique aviation service providers such as Odyssey International have also played an important role in all of this fabulous development. Bahama LifestyleBaham Rise Condo

In comparison to real estate in other regions, this 700-­‐island paradise appears to be surging towards huge increases over previous years. A report of a 20% increase in sales from our partnering brokerage has investors and the industry at large very confident. Bahama Lifestyle

The opportunity for more product in the capital and other islands remain at large. With a single development generating up to 200 construction jobs, the government of The Bahamas remains generous with developer approvals.

Together, with a reduction in the purchasing power of British property and the strengthening US dollar, the influx of buyers yearning for their own piece of paradise will continue to climb.


Shamon Campbell


“Hello I’m Shamon Campbell,  and as your Estate Agent with H.G. Christie Ltd. an affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, I pride myself on being able to provide my clients with top tier representation with a great portfolio of beautiful properties across the islands. Contact me for assistance or to ask any questions regarding real estate in The Bahamas.”

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Home & Realty Magazine Appoints Rachael Katz

Hello Readers,

Rachael Katz- Home & Realty MagazineMy name is Rachael Katz; and I am thrilled to have been appointed to represent the publishing team of Home & Realty Magazine; as a luxury Account Executive. 

A little about me; I am a native Californian, mother of two amazing boys, and an entrepreneur.

I recently graduated Summa Cum Laude from DeVry University/Keller Graduate School of Management with my MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship. While, advancing my education, I thrived on personal development, leadership and motivating my peers. One of my proudest achievements was creating the Women in Leadership Speaker Series; where we featured entrepreneurial women in our community; who shared their stories. My efforts earned me an educational scholarship, a lifetime membership with The National Society of Leadership, and the 2015/16 National Leadership Award; and to top it all off, I was selected to be the student speaker for our graduating class; this moment was a great sense of accomplishment for me.

 Passion for business has pushed me to work in various industries; such as, marketing and promotions, real estate, restaurants/hospitality, and telecommunications. Working in these diverse industries has allowed me to gain substantial experience and knowledge of different corporate environments, and cultures; where I have been successful at creating effective business strategies that achieve the goals and objectives of my clients.

I am pleased to further my career with Home & Realty Magazine and looking forward to building relationships with our current and future clientele. It is my hope to connect with many of you in the near future; to assist in the development of your online advertising.


Rachael Katz

Zac Fielder BroadStreet Real Estate Group

Zac Fielder BroadStreet Real Estate Group - Home & Realty Magazine
Zac Fielder – BroadStreet Real Estate Group

Zac Fielder BroadStreet Real Estate Group - Home & Realty Magazine




It is no secret that relationships play an imperative role in the commercial real estate industry.  From bankers to brokers, who you know can make or break your success.  Home & Realty Magazine appreciates the professional overview and insight provided by Southern California Commercial Real Estate Broker, Zac Fielder of Broadstreet Real Estate Group.

Read Zac’s tips for choosing your broker and navigating today’s commercial market wisely:

~ Experience is king – “Don’t settle for inexperienced representation in the commercial world.  An experienced commercial real estate broker will start by setting realistic perimeters with the qualification process and will have analyzed their client’s desired market for 5-6 months to gain a proper pulse.  Select your broker long before you need him to allow for this.”

~ Choose a broker with solid industry relationships – Strong personal ties to leading lenders, insurance companies and even other brokers are unique assets that BroadStreet Real Estate Group brings to the table.  “While it sounds simple, likability within my industry is key, especially as it pertains to acquisition,” says Zac.  “In today’s market, you can’t underestimate the added value that having good connections to other brokers provides.  Often times, we’re able to expedite transactions on properties that haven’t hit the market yet thanks to the respect BroadStreet has earned from industry colleagues.  With the current lack of inventory, this attribute is priceless.”

~ Honesty must lead the way – “Look for the broker who’s willing to say, ‘Don’t buy this’, says Zac.  “Making people money is a great and fun way to grow business, therefore having your client’s best interest at heart is everything.  You’re not a hero in this market until you find someone a space, but willingness to negotiate and walk away when necessary is just as important.”

~ Lastly, seek out diversity – While BroadStreet Real Estate Group is comprised of industrial and flex brokers at heart, we’re also experts in office buildings, creative space, and various types of real estate investments.  We’re knowledgeable in all sectors of commercial property, and therefore can help our clients diversify their real estate investments long term.”

Zac holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Pepperdine University with a strong emphasis in finance and enjoys applying an “economic way of thinking” to successful real estate investment decisions for his clients in the Southern California commercial market.

Zac Fielder is an Associate at BroadStreet Real Estate Group
He services the Southern California market
Photo Credit: BroadStreet Real Estate Group

Linda Ginex – Balance of Success Lifestyle

Linda Ginex – The Balance of Success Lifestyle

by Staff Writer, Sandie Yim

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Linda Ginex, Coldwell Banker Previews International

“Happiness at work is not about eliminating all the bad stuff from your job. It’s about being happy at work even though some of these bad things are present. It’s about building your skills and your energy to fix the problems, and to create more and more positive experiences at work.”
― Alexander Kjerulf, Happy Hour is 9 to 5

When doing research for this article, this quote jumped out at me. Through my interviews and as I was writing, the credence of balance emerged beautifully as the story of Linda Ginex unfolded.

Linda Ginex, a Realtor of Coldwell Banker Preview International, headquartered in Orange County, CA, entered the business in 2006 just as the housing bubble was about to burst.  Prior to that essentially all of the real estate components were making more money than thought possible as prices for homes were proverbially shooting through the roof. Fast forward 10 years later, Ginex is still in the game and thriving. Where newbies once enticed by gargantuan commissions had to watch the market and their financial security crumble left real estate discouraged. Ginex stayed, however, secure in the housing cycle, in the fact that the market would rebuild and committed herself to the process.

The next two years steered Ginex into working with asset companies focusing on Real Estate Owned (REO) properties and Broker Price Opinion (BPO) modifications. “I was really fortunate”, recalls Ginex about the beginning of her career. “I got help from a mentor and learned in six months what could normally take years.” When asked about ever having doubts her answer was simple, “I liked the challenge. I’ve always known how to take the highs’ and low’s.” As history has shown the market recovered over time. Linda Ginex through sheer will had made a name for herself during one of the roughest housing market lows in decades.

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Coldwell Banker Previews International

Nearly every morning, Ginex wakes at 7:00 a.m. and jots downs acknowledgments in her gratitude journal setting the tone for her day. Checking her phone, coffee, getting ready and the remainder of her day is client focused, ending it by balancing off with some physical exercise followed by dinner.

As evident from above it is easy to surmise Ginex’s intelligence, commitment and work ethic. Add her warm smile and ability to establish an immediate connection as hallmarks to her reputation and it’s no wonder she has a 5-star rating with reviews that read, “Linda is one of the best (if not the best agent) in Orange County.” Although, “…there are thousands of real estate agents to consider, there is a limited supply of realtors who are established and disciplined like Linda.”

A clear distinction from her peers and another winning Ginex characteristic is principle. “I’m straight up with my clients,” she says bluntly. “I wouldn’t let them buy something I myself wouldn’t invest in. I’m not the type of agent that would be worried about pointing out [issues]… if my client’s needs are not being met.”

From her start, Ginex always thought of technology as an ever expanding tool base for many industries, real estate included. She does recognize there are old school clients and caters to their needs with as much enthusiasm and care as she would an iWatch wearing, über traveling investor. Data mining, online presence, marketing, communication are technical aspects shaping how buying and selling homes are in these times. It is the present and facilitates the future.

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Perpetually on the look out for new ways to market with the latest technological methods, she chanced a very important meeting in 2009 with Home & Realty Magazine’s publisher Bruce Bryant when the magazine was in it’s infancy. To find out more about that fateful meet I sat down with the two of them over good hot coffee and asked, “how did you first meet?”  For a couple beats they looked at one another waiting for the other to remember the details. It was obvious (and comical) an abundance of shared memories existed between them making it difficult to pinpoint exactly when and how they met — a ringing endorsement of a true, long lasting friendship. Piecing the story together, they met while Bryant was prospecting. They sat down for a short meeting about Home & Realty Magazine and from there Ginex was on board. “The concept was not cookie cutter and that was exciting to me. Getting involved with the magazine was a no brainer in part due to Bruce’s prior accolades and it being something to add to my repertoire.” Ginex said.

Bryant immediately identified Ginex’s star potential and asked her to go on calls to pitch to other agents. “That is what is so unique about Linda, she cared about everybody,” Bryant said with some astonishment. “She wasn’t worried about being in a magazine with her competitors.”

“No, there’s enough business for all the top agents,” she tied in.

H&R Magazine began to expand and encapsulated patronage nationally and internationally. The growth for Ginex offered her more of what excited her: a challenge within her career to build and support an online luxury, lifestyle marketing vehicle to share with peers and allow them to also grow their businesses.  “It’s a great tool for my listings and to promote the lifestyle of OC (Orange County).” “Home & Realty magazine’s global reach is an advertiser’s strongest asset, in addition to the quality display of luxury real estate showcased.”

Ginex owes her unique perspective to a successful business to her personal beginning, her parents. “I’m blessed to [have been] brought up with so much love and support it’s natural to want to have those around you feel happy and comfortable.” Her mother Diane is an especially inspirational role model who earned her degree at night while caring for her Aerospace engineer husband and four children.  That sacrifice and dedication shaped Ginex’s outlook on life who more often than not looked to her mom for guidance.

Facing challenges and being out of her comfort zone are reoccurring themes in Ginex’s life. Aviophobia (a fear of flying) plagued her for decades. Then came the decision to beat it. “I found out everything I could about the process till it all made sense to me. Knowledge really is power.” With that knowledge and power, she flew by herself to Costa Rica leaving her fears in the wind. A bold move to tackle what can be a horrifying experience. But Ginex is no stranger to wanderlust. Her bucket list is packed full with global adventure which include touring castles in New Zealand on horseback or vacationing in a tree house with panoramic views. She hopes to white water raft along a U.S. river and build a house in a third world country. A notion that evolved from her work with local Habitat Humanity projects. “I think doing it overseas would be more challenging.” Another organization she volunteers for is the regional Special Olympics. “I draw inspiration from those kids who give their all, doing things I couldn’t do. It gives me perspective, provides balance.”

Globe trotting isn’t her only pastime. “I love getting together with friends and family, dining out. I love a good beer and an excellent scotch.”  All in all, Ginex has achieved balance in work, adventure, family, friends. She is pushing her boundaries but never forgets her home. Her efforts to maintain that balance result in a true happiness many might not ever experience. Clients of Ginex have noted her expertise, genuineness and positivity. Her life dictates her work and her clients reap the benefits of her joy.

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