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Aug 07, 2015
Debate Debacle


(ALBERQUERQUE, NM) Donald Trump would have felt right at home at this gathering. A residents’ forum by Pulte Homes turned into a contentious debate, reports the Alberquerque Journal, over plans to construct 180 homes on nine holes of Club Rio Rancho that have been dormant for three years. Seems residents—concerned about obstructed views, property values and broken promises by a former owner—refused to confine themselves to commenting on input cards the company provided for the meeting. Shouting seemed like a better option. Things, of course, deteriorated. A frustrated Pulte representative, who took the brunt of the residents’ wrath, eventually tried to end the meeting when a news camera arrived, citing “company policy.” For Trump, the arrival of a news camera would have just got the party started.

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Aug 05, 2015
Sizzling Sales


(BOERNE, TX) They do things big in Texas. Take the premier luxury community of Cordillera Ranch. The Hill Country residential community boasts 8,700 acres.  At build-out, though there will be about 2,500 homes, this will still be a Texas-sized low-density community with approximately 80% of the land preserved in its natural state. They offer 10-plus acre estates and seven clubs through one membership (Golf, Tennis and Swim, Spa and Athletic, Social, Rod and Gun, Equestrian, and River). No wonder they are reporting that 2015 real estate sales are on a torrid pace, nearly doubling 2014’s pace. Overall, in the past 12 months they have had over $100 million in new home starts, and homesite and home sales. Helping to trigger those scorching-hot sales figures, The Dallas Morning News ranked the community’s Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course top-5 in Texas for the seventh consecutive year, and Where to Retire Magazine named Cordillera Ranch one of the “50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the U.S.”

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Aug 03, 2015
A Course Divided


(LINVILLE, NC) If you’re not from these parts, you might be surprised that there is more than one Continental Divide in the U.S. The Eastern Divide runs smack through Linville Ridge’s 13th hole, which at 4,945 feet above sea level has honors as the highest elevation of any course east of the Mississippi River. Built on top of a mountain near Blowing Rock, North Carolina, this private course within the private community of Linville Ridge, was originally designed by George Cobb, who also designed Augusta National’s par-3 course. In 2007, Bobby Weed added his special magic with a masterful renovation that highlights the course’s scenic ruggedness. While this region can be quite warm in the summer, temperatures average a comfortable 75 degrees on the mountaintop (20 degrees cooler than in the surrounding cities of Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Asheville). While the golf course is private, National and Regional memberships are available. 

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Jul 31, 2015
Stay at Home Kids


(BOSTON, MA) Maybe they just need a little push. Housing analysts have been hoping millennials, that huge generation of 18-to-34 year olds, would boost the housing market when they buy their own homes, reports The New York Times. Problem is, millennials haven’t left home yet. A new study from the Pew Research Center reports that although the labor market has improved for millennials, many of them are still living with their families, instead of getting their own place. In fact, the number of 19-to-34 year olds living independently has dropped steadily since the 2007 recession. “We need the millennials to start leaving their parents’ homes and start out on their own for the housing market to normalize,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics told the Times. “This is going to be a problem if it continues.” Part of the problem is the burdensome student debt millennials carry and that they are marrying later in life. But Boston.com reports there is hope. A survey found that 74 percent of millennials plan to purchase a home in the future. Until then, keep the light on and take advantage of club memberships that include the kids.

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Jul 29, 2015
Peaks Performance


(TELLURIDE, CO)  How do you improve a destination that has been ranked America's Best Ski Resort three years in a row by Condé Nast Traveler?  How about taking over the Peaks Resort and Spa, a ski-in/ski-out, full service hotel located next door? That’s what the Telluride Ski & Golf Club has just done. The hotel features 177 guest rooms, a 42,000 square foot spa with 32 treatment rooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and 9,100 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. Now, whether you come for the high altitude golf or world-class skiing, you’ll find even more great accommodations and service under the Telluride Ski & Golf Club umbrella. This is the second hotel deal for the resort in recent years. They purchased the Inn at Lost Creek in April of 2013 and under the resort’s stewardship Lost Creek has won several awards, including the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2014 and 2015 and the “Best Resorts in the World” award from Booking.com in 2015.

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