Scott Kauffman, Senior Real Estate & Luxury Lifestyle Columnist
Scott Kauffman, a NAREE award winning journalist, is considered by many as one the top golf course real estate and luxury resort-style development, and has more than 20 years of full-time newspaper, magazine, broadcast and public relations experience.
After working in staff positions with USA TODAY, The Orlando Sentinel and The Golfweek Group from 1990-2004, Kauffman started his own media company (Aloha Media Group LLC) to focus on the high-end leisure real estate industry. He also became a licensed Florida real estate broker and established an independent commercial real estate brokerage firm (Aloha Realty Group LLC).
Based in the Orlando, Fla., area, the University of Hawaii graduate has written for more than 25 national golf and luxury lifestyle publications in his award-winning career, including Links, Golf Connoisseur, Private Air, Unique Homes, Luxury Living, Florida Travel & Life, Estates West and Resorts & Great Hotels. Kauffman also has co-authored several books.
Most recently, Kauffman was profiled in a golf course real estate article by Smart Money magazine and was interviewed by CNN’s Lou Dobbs for his headline-breaking story on the $820 million sale of Pebble Beach to a group led by Arnold Palmer, Clint Eastwood, Peter Ueberroth and Richard Ferris..
Besides being a senior columnist for WORLD PROPERTY CHANNEL, other notable media outlets where Kauffman’s work regularly appears are: Urban Land, Robb Report Vacation Homes and Robb Report Collection; Ocean Home; Tee It Up; Fairway Living, Golf Business, Ideal Living, Private Club Members and Nicklaus and Player magazines.
Kauffman lives in the Orlando area with his wife and two daughters.
Michael Gerrity has been at the forefront of real estate for more than 30 years. First, the Orlando native had a stellar real estate brokerage career, selling and leasing nearly $300 million worth of commercial office transactions.
When Captain James Cook was credited with discovering Hawaii in 1778, the British explorer landed on what is considered one of the most remote land masses in the world.
Ever since Captain James Cook discovered Hawaii in 1778, visitors have been in love with this dreamy paradise in the Pacific. The Islands offer a certain allure that resonates on many levels to millions of people who live here.
When you think of thriving destinations for golf resort communities, the Sun Belt naturally comes to mind first - places like Florida, California and Arizona - not Canada - until now.
A newly published report by the prestigious Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews shows there are 34,011 golf facilities in 206 countries.
While much of America struggled during the last financial crisis, Texas grew in greater economic stature on a number of levels.
If the ferocity of this year's winter is any reminder, there's a reason millions of American and Canadian "snowbirds" head south each year for the winter months.
In my 15-plus year of specializing in golf and resort-style real estate, I've had the pleasure of visiting many of the finest private clubs and resort communities in the world.
Private and exclusive residential community in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., announces record home sales for the first six months of 2014
After 10 years at the helm of China's Communist Party, Hu Jintao is scheduled to step down this week as the party's general secretary and hand over China's control to his designated successor, Xi Jinping. This ceremoniously change of China's guard officially began last week as China's 18th Party Congress convened in Beijing and respectfully bid adieu to their revered leader.
Escalante Golf, owner-operator of the exclusive Black Diamond golf club, recently unveiled a new multi-million dollar master-plan for the iconic golf course development. Located about 75 miles north of Tampa, Black Diamond is highlighted by the famed Tom Fazio-designed Quarry Course.
Buoyed by strong hotel and vacation ownership revenue, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) reported net income $170 million and $0.87 per share in the third quarter of 2012, a 4.2 percent increase from the previous year's quarterly net income.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., Trinity Investments, LLC and Terra Investments S.R.L.C.V. recently announced the debut of the first Le Méridien Hotel in Mexico City with the opening of Le Méridien Mexico City.
Luxury shared ownership resort-style real estate projects have stopped their bleeding. After three consecutive years of sharp sales declines, the luxury shared ownership industry - represented by high-end fractional real estate developments, private residence clubs and destination clubs - saw overall sales climb to $552 million last year, a 4.2 percent increase from the previous year's $530 million in sales.
Award-winning architects Dana Fry and Jason Straka are designing a new golf course at PGA of Italy National Resort and Spa. The new championship course, which is being designed under the auspices of well-known golf course architectural firm Hurdzan-Fry Environmental Golf, is near the town of Aulla in Tuscany.
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) recently announced that MGM China Holdings Limited, a 51%-owned subsidiary, has formally accepted a Land Concession Contract in the form of a lease granted by the Macau Government to develop a five-star luxury resort and casino in Cotai.
Four years ago, India's Tata Group paid $2.3 billion for British luxury car maker Jaguar and Land Rover. Now, India's multi-industry conglomerate is going after another luxury brand, Orient-Express, in a hostile bid takeover attempt.
The rental market in the UK appears to have recovered from what was a difficult start to 2012, according to residential property experts Move with Us. After showing signs of initial declines in the quarter, average rental rates stabilized later in the quarter, averaging around £970.