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Jewish News ~ Business Memos

January 9th, 2014 pg. 20


Michigan Association of Realtors has named Associate Broker Nanci J. Rands as the Realtor Active in Politics for 2013. In 2007, Rands was named Realtor of the Year. Rands has been in the real estate industry for more than 40 years, involved in polictical action and advocacy in a variety of national, state and local capacities. Currently, she serves as chairman of the National Political Action Committee and she continues as a director of National Association of Realtors.












Michigan House Envy - Detroit Free Press

May 12, 2013

By Judy Rose Detroit Free Press Special Writer http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013305120026

Detroit industrialist Frank Book built this house in 1922. Edsel Ford stamped his personality on it in 1930. The current owners saved the exquisite kernel of the vintage home above Wing Lake and surrounded it with beautiful contemporary space.


Both the old and the new parts are stunning. In the living room, for example, Ford, who spearheaded the Diego Rivera murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts, commissioned a more personal scene.


Wrapped around the upper living room is a 360-degree panorama that celebrates the first cross-country U.S. auto trip. It’s being made, of course, in a Model T Ford. On mostly open countryside, you see such painted scenes as the travelers camping — canvas cots and tents set up — with the ubiquitous Model T in the background.

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Michigan House Envy - Detroit Free Press

March 17, 2013

By Judy Rose Detroit Free Press Special Writer http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013303170072


This sleek contemporary condo has wide-open rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows that open out to a wide balcony, facing a lake and the sunset. Its setting is Wabeek -- 800 acres in Bloomfield Hills that was the estate of U.S. Sen. James Couzens, R-Mich.

The neighbors include Couzens' Wabeek mansion, designed by Albert Kahn, as well as the posh Wabeek Country Club with clay-court tennis, swimming and a Pete Dye/Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course.

But the distinguishing feature here is the condo's commanding contemporary design. For the current owners it creates the right setting for their impressive collection of art.

The living room, for example, is a wide-open 20 by 19 feet with a long white wall on one side and wall of windows with a fireplace at the end. The dining room next door is also 19 feet long.

Next to this is a long, sleek kitchen that blends with an informal breakfast area and looks out at a small courtyard. "This is very inviting, a lot of room for gathering," says Realtor Nanci Rands. Click here to continue reading...




Jewish News - Floor Space Magazine

November 2012



Crain's Detroit

Sergio Marchionne buys 2 homes in Commerce Township

Crain's Detroit 2/26/12 http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20120224/FREE/120229938
By Daniel Duggan

Chrysler Group LLC CEO Sergio Marchionne has put down roots in metro Detroit with the purchase of two homes on a lake in Commerce Township. The homes were purchased for $3.9 million and $1.4 million in cash Feb. 3, said a source with knowledge of the deal. He will be creating a secure "compound" for security, the source said. The smaller house will be used as a guest home of sorts. Gualberto Ranieri, senior vice president of communications for Chrysler Group, would not comment on the topic. It's a positive sign that a top executive is buying a home, said Nanci Rands, a broker specializing in high-end homes at Birmingham-based Hall and Hunter Realtors, an affiliate of Christie's International Real Estate. "In the past, a lot of the executives were renting," she said. "But the demand has switched, and the top executives are getting the advice to buy rather than to rent." One challenge to the process, however, is the lack of heavily secured homes, Rands said. "What the ultrahigh-level auto executive wants is privacy," she said. "And while we have gated communities in the area, we don't have a lot of the gated properties that they want. "They're looking for tremendous privacy and a security perimeter, and that is hard to find."