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Health and Wellness Take Center Stage

By Karen Cantor Posted in - Press on March 25th, 2021

COVID is Transforming Homebuyers’ Mindset Due to the length of the crisis, short-term lifestyle changes have become daily habits with a renewed focus on health and wellness. The country’s real estate sector is responding to these drastic lifestyle changes initiated by the pandemic with long-lasting impact and the trend is likely to stick around well past the COVID-19 era. Emotional health and physical wellness have become top priorities to families of all ages and lifestyles. To offer buyers what matters most, builders and industry leaders have risen to the occasion. Land planners and architects are more focused than ever on developing projects that are changing the way people live. Place makers are focusing on safe living, health and wellness, immunity,…

Hot Boating Industry Creates Wave of New Marina Development

By Karen Cantor Posted in - Press on February 15th, 2021

There have been very few industries that have benefited from the COVID 19 pandemic with the exception of real estate and marina development. Long-term, state-wide shutdowns and rising tax burdens have created new migration patterns and have impacted lifestyle trends in the leisure market. Both the vacation home sector and the boating industry are experiencing massive growth, and developers are taking notice of the opportunity incorporating marina development into their community plans. After months of being isolated in their private residences, many retreated from densely populated urban environment to sanctuaries in the mountains, the beaches, and beyond. Boating has emerged as one of the most favorable forms of socially distanced outdoor recreation that individuals can experience with family and close…

The Future of Real Estate Community Design

By Karen Cantor Posted in - Press on December 14th, 2020

Whether working remotely from home, homeschooling the kids or even getting in a workout at the home gym – Americans are looking at their surroundings in an entirely new way and spending more time in their homes than ever. As we emerge from the pandemic crisis and plan for the future, psychographic priority shifts will be long lasting. As a result, the future of real estate community design has been greatly affected as visionary developers, builders, interior designers, urban planners and architects reimagine their plans to address the new reality. Reimagined Spaces Coronavirus challenges in American cities has provided opportunities and incentives to reimagine all public spaces. Cities like downtown Sarasota are ahead of the curve with construction already underway…

A Journey of Discovery

By Cristina Posted in - Press on January 15th, 2020

There it was, bigger than life on your computer screen. A magnificent landscape of bright blue skies and rolling desert hills that seemingly merge into the clear blue waters of the Sea of Cortez. The stunning beauty of the Baja actually takes your breath away. What an incredible first impression, but then what? Take the Quiz. A short series of four or five questions are asked about how you would interact with the environment, what level of service you prefer, what activities you are most likely to schedule. Your answers and interactions create a profile of your interests that allows the developer to get to know what’s important to you. When it comes to nurturing a lead, one size certainly…

ULI’s Real Estate Economic Outlook

By Cira Posted in - Press on July 11th, 2019

If we all could predict the future, everyone would be jumping into real estate investment and development. Although no one has a crystal ball, the Urban Land Institute has an impressive track record when it comes to forecasting for trends in the global real estate industry. ULI’s most recent Real Estate Economic Forecast was presented at its Spring Convention in Nashville. A member of the ULI Recreational Council, Stephann Cotton, sat with us to break down what those predictions mean for the industry. Real Estate Market Stability “If you look at the different sectors of the real estate market, and you look at the projected growth, virtually all sectors are almost flatlined from 2019 to 2021. Housing inventory has stabilized…

The Baby Boomer Effect Changes Everything in Discretionary Real Estate

By developer Posted in - Real Estate on July 18th, 2018

Revolutionary – it’s the single best word to describe a generation that dramatically changed the way we live in America today. From music, entertainment and fashion, to diverse social and political causes – the Baby Boomers have been shaking things up since the 60s. Real estate developers have planning for the onslaught of retirees to fill their amenity-rich new home communities for years. After marketing to the Silent Generation for decades, many developers have yet to recognize the drastically different demographic and psychographic profiles of the emerging retiree market. “Baby Boomers are living longer and seeking new ways to reinvent themselves,” says Stephann Cotton, president of Cotton & Company and Urban Land Institute Member. “They have a completely different attitude…

Boomers Rank Their Must-Have Housing Features

By Jennifer Magill Posted in - Media & Real Estate on July 28th, 2016

With the economy continuing to recover, baby boomers are finally feeling confident enough to take action on their plans to purchase retirement homes. A recent survey from AARP shares a wide variety of boomer preferences ranging from homeownership rates, community ratings, the likelihood or reasons for moving during retirement, most-wanted remodeling modifications, to the most desired outdoor space features. As it turns out, a majority of boomers surveyed want a home that helps them live independently as they age, and more than half of boomers are willing to move in order to achieve that goal. In addition, respondents in each market disclosed one community feature with the largest need gap in eight different domains, including transportation, health and wellness, outdoor…

Social Marketing with Pinterest

By Jennifer Magill Posted in - Advertising & Media & Social Media on July 21st, 2015

Social Marketing is important in today’s real estate market. Pinterest may not be the channel you associate with real estate marketing, but here at Cotton & Company we understand content and the importance of having a “conversation” in social media. We excel at leveraging different social platforms, creating user-friendly content resulting in engaging with your potential clients. Some real estate agents and marketing companies, such as the

Social Media Marketing Results in Sales

By Jennifer Magill Posted in - Advertising & Media & Real Estate & Social Media on June 23rd, 2015

Young Professionals Use Facebook/FaceTime to Purchase Luxury Condo Using social media to market real estate means providing information that they can access at their fingertips. In this digitally driven world the consumer can get little snacks of knowledge to keep them coming back for more. You stay in touch with them and you engage. No one can be everything to everyone at all times, but with social media, we can get really close. Staying in tune with the consumer will lead the next generation of marketing to better elevate this form of customer service. For example in San Antonio, Texas, one of our clients, Alteza Residences, recently sold a residence with social media. When young professionals Samar and Kajel Shah…

Country Club Membership Recruiting for the Future

By Stephann Cotton Posted in - Advertising & Media & Networking & Real Estate & Social Media on December 3rd, 2013

Today’s marketing programs for golf and country clubs must be very different compared to how we have marketed prior to the recent recession. Most clubs were originally geared towards a specific demographic and psychographic profile- the Silent Generation born between 1925 and 1942. These profiles have shifted during the downturn, which is why membership recruitment strategies must shift as well. The previously targeted buyer profile has aged, and with that the referral base has diminished. The life and future of your club depends on how well you can “young it up” to appeal to the next market. Not only will the younger market be around longer to enjoy the club, but the projected revenue stream of a 40 – 50…