Press Coverage

PrivateCommunities.com Press Coverage

Publication: Bowden's Market Barometer
Article: "Thinking Outside the Box - A Third Home, LLC"
Issue: January 10, 2010
"Lil Miller-Fox, co-founder of PrivateCommunities.com, the highly successful internet portal that serves both developers and consumers by showcasing private communities throughout the U.S. and the Caribbean, recently announced a strategic partnership with Atlanta, GA-based A Third Home, LLC. 3rd Home is a fully automated full-ownership, second-home exchange program conceived and founded by Wade Shealy, a prominent leader in resort real estate sales, marketing and development. The goal of 3rd Home is to create and implement a luxury second home exchange program that meets the highest industry standards with a portfolio of properties located in some of the most desirable resorts and private destinations in the world."
Publication: Forbes.com
Article: "What's the Second Home Trend for 2010? Get a Third Home"
Issue: January 5, 2010
"The post-bubble housing market for second homes has yet to recover, but there is a new twist on a concept that could make second home purchases more appealing in the coming decade: access to prime “third homes” worldwide."
Publication: USA Today
Article: "Second homes; Try before you buy"
Issue: September 4, 2009
""Try Before You Buy!" is a marketing technique more associated with infomercials than luxury real estate. But in this economic climate, developers of high-end residential communities are getting creative with "test drives" that give prospective buyers a taste of the lifestyle. MORE INFORMATION •www.privatecommunities.com/discovery-packages.htm lists packages available at several dozen private communities."
Publication: Yahoo Finance
Article: "A Rebound for Florida Second Home Sales? Experts Uncertain as NAR Visits Naples for 2009 Resort Symposium"
Issue: March 25, 2009
"While increased tourism and the stabilization of home values might eventually be two signs, taking a look at second home shopping habits can offer a glimpse at where potential buyers might be looking for gated communities, where the bulk of the shopping these days is taking place on the Internet."
Publication: National Association of Realtors Newsletter -Realtor.org
Article: "New Jersey Residents Share Second Home Interests with New Yorkers"
Issue: February 27, 2009
"When thousands of affluent second home shoppers in New Jersey and New York went searching for luxury, gated communities at PrivateCommunities.com last year, North Carolina was the state most on their minds, according to data collected from January through December of 2008."
Publication: Google News
Article: "68% of Affluent Seeking Gated and Private Communities Turned Toward the Southeast, Some Shopped Closer to Home"
Issue: February 16, 2009
"With the economy top-of-mind in 2008, those in Connecticut looking for second homes online leaned toward lifestyle communities in the Southeast most often, and some looked to neighboring states for their ideal retirement and lifestyle destinations, according to PrivateCommunities.com."
Publication: Google News
Article: "Finding Second Homes in a Private Community Not Always Easy"
Issue: February 12, 2009
"Elisabeth Miller-Fox, and the Web resource she and her partner, Marie Roberts, have run for more than a decade, PrivateCommunities.com, estimates that there are thousands of these ideal spots throughout the country. Their site lists hundreds, as the largest single compendium of luxury private communities that can be found."
Publication: Redtram News International
Article: "Private Communities: Opportunities for the Discerning Buyer"
Issue: February 12, 2009
"Another reason it's tough to define these often low-visibility venues is that, because they are privately developed, no one knows for sure exactly how many there are. Even the Urban Land Institute, a leader in the responsible use of land worldwide, can't offer an accurate count."
Publication: Yahoo! Finance
Article: "Pennsylvania’s Affluent Consider Second Homes in 2009: PrivateCommunities.com Reports Broad Interest: the Carolinas, Florida Lead the Way"
Issue: February 4, 2009
"While millions in Pennsylvania celebrate a Super Bowl win for the Pittsburgh Steelers this month, some of the state's residents might have retirement or second homes on their minds. Data from PrivateCommunities.com, the Web's top research portal for finding homes in private, luxury and gated communities indicate Pennsylvanians favor an eclectic mix of destinations with interest concentrated in the Carolinas and Florida."
Publication: Investors Business Daily
Article: "Illinois Second Home Shoppers Wanted the Sunshine State in 2008"
Issue: January 25, 2009
"The Web's top niche consumer research portal for second homes in luxury gated communities reported affluent residents in the Land of Lincoln shopped for real estate from Florida developers (29%) most often in 2008. Florida information requests outpaced other second home and retirement destinations like North Carolina (20%), Tennessee (10%) and South Carolina (10%)."
Publication: MSNBC
Article: "North Carolina was New York's Favorite Second Home in 2008"
Issue: January 18, 2009
"Report from PrivateCommunities.com says 33% Requested North Carolina Real Estate --- The Internet's leading consumer research portal for second homes in gated communities reported that residents of New York requested more information from developers in North Carolina (33%) than any other second home destination in 2008. The data point to strong consumer Web site research about second homes and retirement despite the downturn in the economy."
Publication: USA Today.com
Article: "PrivateCommunities.com Dominates Luxury Real Estate Niche with 45% Market Share in 2008"
Issue: January 15, 2009
"Hitwise, a leading online competitive intelligence service, reported that Florida-based PrivateCommunities.com led real estate websites featuring Destination Amenity Communities (DAC) in 2008 with a 45.27% market share. Since Hitwise began tracking the real estate custom DAC subcategory in 2007, PrivateCommunities.com has topped all websites in the niche in both site visits and page views."
Publication: Yahoo Finance
Article: "NAF Rules in Favor of PrivateCommunities.com: Himalaya Rankings LLC & John Sweeney ordered to Transfer Domains"
Issue: October 29, 2008
"North Carolina-based Himalaya Rankings, LLC and John Sweeney have been ordered to transfer five domains to Private Communities Registry, Inc., doing business as PrivateCommunities.com, by the National Arbitration Forum (NAF), a provider of the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy by the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)."
Publication: Forbes.com
Article: "PrivateCommunities.com Tops Destination Amenity Community Sites"
Issue: March 11, 2008
"Hitwise Tracks Emerging Niche of Affluent Real Estate Shoppers Hitwise, the leading online competitive intelligence service, has reported that PrivateCommunities.com increased its share of the Internet search pie within the Destination Amenity Community (DAC) subcategory. In February 2008, the specialty site that links developers of luxury planned communities with affluent shoppers posted a 36.7 percent share of U.S. website visits and 61 percent of page views within the subcategory."
Publication: Deadline News
Article: "Selling Strategies That Ease the Squeeze"
Issue: March 1, 2008
"..... PrivateCommunities.com says little is known about "model sale lease backs," a spin on lease options typically found in master planned communities. "In second home communities the developer builds a model home which is fully furnished and beautifully appointed. The developer sells the model home to a buyer who is not yet ready to have a second home, but will be in a few years. The developer then leases the model back from the buyer for 'X' amount of time and continues using the model to generate more sales for the community. It's a win-win for both parties," says Miller-Fox."
Publication: Yahoo Finance UK & Ireland
Article: "Housing Slowdown Doesn't Slow Down Brits, Who Look to U.S. for Second Homes"
Issue: August 21, 2007
""Purchasing a second home is a major undertaking, and even more so if you're purchasing it in another country," said Miller-Fox. "Specialty real estate sites like PrivateCommunities.com streamline the search process and we are seeing faster decisions by foreign buyers purchasing second homes in these communities.""
Publication: Smart Money (Dow Jones)
Article: "British Buyers and British Press Focus on U.S. Real Estate, Reports PrivateCommunities.com"
Issue: August 14, 2007
"A recent news article in the British “Sunday Express” newspaper said: “For home hungry Brits looking for that dream pad across the pond, now is the time to buy.” The article is one of several such stories in the British media recently. “The British news reports pour fuel on the fire of this buying trend,” Miller-Fox said."
Publication: UK Sunday Express
Article: "Buck Up to Prosper - It's a great time to leap aboard the US property bandwagon, especially if you look off the beaten track"
Issue: July 22, 2007
"Elisabeth Miller-Fox, of PrivateCommunities.com, says: "Second homes in exclusive communities make sense for overseas buyers, allowing them to relax knowing that the security and maintenance is being taken care of.""
Publication: Realty Times
Article: "Ten Popular Vacation Home Features"
Issue: April 5, 2006
""One of the important issues of renting a vacation home in a private golf, tennis or equestrian community is to know, beforehand, the additional club fees that renters need to pay for access to the club's facilities. Also, renters need to know the limitations of facility use, which typically is far less than for property owners," said Elisabeth Miller-Fox president of PrivateCommunities.com, a portal for renting and buying homes in private and gated communities."
Publication: Yahoo! Business & Finance News
Article: "Second Home Portal and Destination Club Announce Marketing Agreement"
Issue: October 12, 2005
"Two leaders in the second/vacation home sector formed a joint marketing agreement to promote Destination Club memberships. Vero Beach, Florida-based PrivateCommunities.com is a nine year-old portal website that markets to consumers seeking information about second homes in master-planned communities."
Publication: The Met Golfer
Article: "But Wait, There's More! PrivateCommunities.com"
Issue: October/ November 2005
"PrivateCommunities.com is perhaps the most comprehensive one-stop research and information site on the web, featuring golf community and real estate listings separated into categories such as region, price, town, and amenities. The listings include many of the most desirable locations in the country and cover both private, semi-private, and resort golf clubs."
Publication: MSNBC.com
Article: "PrivateCommunities.com On Track for 2.2 Million Visitors"
Issue: September 21, 2005
"Website Traffic Mirrors Surge in Second Home Sales The nation’s leading online resource for information about second homes in private, golf communities is tracking record numbers, according to Elisabeth Miller-Fox, co-founder of PrivateCommunities.com"
Publication: Forbes.com
Article: "Finding The Perfect Match - PrivateCommunities.com Website is Match-Making Resorts and Buyers"
Issue: February 24, 2005
"Vacation home buyers can sample the wares of America's finest resort communities with travel packages of lodging, golf or dining that are inventoried on a new website niche."
Publication: Realty Times
Article: "Gated Communities May Be Underexposed"
Issue: October 15, 2004
"You may not find your dream home in a gated community because developers often don't fully expose such homes to the demographic group that has revealed a growing penchant for the properties."
Publication: Realtor Magazine Online
Article: "Most Upscale Golf Projects Sold Outside MLS"
Issue: October 12, 2004
"Seventy-nine percent of home sales in golf course communities are closed without help from an outside real-estate sales professional, says a survey by PrivateCommunities.com."
Publication: Forbes.com
Article: "Behind the Gates: PrivateCommunities.com Survey Shows Most Upscale Golf Projects Sold without Realty Agents and MLS"
Issue: October 11, 2004
"The houses in the nation's gated golf course communities are typically sold without outside realty agents and often without a listing on the Realtors' MLS system, according to an in-depth real estate survey. Some 79 percent of the home sales in upscale golf course communities are completed by the developers in-house sales staff without an agent from an outside Realtor firm, according to a study by PrivateCommunities.com."
Publication: Realty Times
Article: "Home Sweet Home Away From Home"
Issue: March 25, 2004
"The newest genre of vacation rentals that one-up hotel expectations are in private and resort communities, says Elisabeth Miller-Fox, President of PrivateCommunities.com"
Publication: Realty Times
Article: "Let Renters Buy Your Retirement Home"
Issue: February 5, 2004
"We recommend that prospective buyers identify a gated, master-planned community-- for security and peace of mind-- with the amenities, such as golf, tennis, fitness, clubhouse, etc. that they would enjoy years from now," said Elisabeth Miller-Fox, president of PrivateCommunities.com"
Publication: Realty Times
Article: "Second Home Buyers Prefer A Playhouse"
Issue: November 2002
"Despite recent reports indicating real estate's heightened profile as an investment vehicle, especially to help plug the drain on stock market portfolios, most second home buyers move in for the sheer fun of it"
Publication: Realty Times
Article: "Bluegreen Contracts PrivateCommunities.com to Showcase Five Master-Planned Communities"
Issue: June 2002
"PrivateCommunities.com, an online showcase of master-planned communities, announced the addition of a fifth community by the Bluegreen Corporation (NYSE: BXG-News), a leading U.S. developer of golf communities and residential land."
Publication: Links Magazine
Article: "PrivateCommunities.com"
Issue: November/December 2001
"Over the past few years, the Internet has revolutionized how prospective home buyers research their real estate options. The vast information available can open up a world of options and, at the same time, be confusing and difficult to wade through."
Publication: Travel & Leisure Golf
Article: "Fingertip Home Hunting With PrivateCommunities.com"
Issue: November 2001
"The search for a perfect dream home should begin with PrivateCommunities.com a convenient Internet service showcasing masterplanned, gated communities throughout 17 states, as well as Belize and Jamaica."
Publication: Travel & Leisure Golf
Article: "Private Communities"
Issue: September/October 2001
"With so many beautiful golf communities to choose from, deciding which one is right for your residence or vacation home can be a daunting task. For help, turn to the Web, at PrivateCommunities.com. This comprehensive site features more than 100 communities in 18 states and two countries. It provides well-organized and consistently presented information about these communities, allowing buyers to do some preliminary comparison shopping. The site is rich with photos, and it also hotlinks with each community's home page. There's a wealth of detail here, including acreage, available real estate and pricing."
Publication: Yahoo! Finance
Article: "Fitness Amenities are Being Expanded in Master-Planned Communities, Private Communities Registry Finds"
Issue: June 7, 2001
"Move over golf; fitness and health amenities are gaining in popularity. In fact, fitness has so increased in importance to the gated, amenitized lifestyle that Private Communities Registry established another Web-site address, www.fitnesscommunities.com to assist those seeking healthy living options."
Publication: Inman News
Article: "PrivateCommunities.com adds more Del Webb properties"
Issue: May 4, 2001
"PrivateCommunities.com, an online showcase of master-planned communities, announced the addition of 10 communities by Phoenix, Ariz.-based Del Webb Corporation, soon to be a division of Bloomfield, Mich.-based Pulte Homes."
Publication: Selling to Seniors
Article: "Website Registry Showcases Luxury Retirement Communities"
Issue: April 2001
"Luxury retirement communities looking for another spot to have their names on the Internet are signing up with Private Communities Registry, a Website showcasing resort properties.

PrivateCommunities.com features 91 retirement communities on its site with10 more ready to be added, says spokeswoman Cathy Norvell. The company has been in business since 1996 and averages 500,000 hits a month. Site traffic is mainly working couples aged 45+ who are looking toward retirement."
Publication: Yahoo! Finance
Article: "'Test Drive' Your Resort Or Retirement Property Before You Buy"
Issue: February 6, 2001
"Oviedo, FL, If you plan to buy a resort, retirement, or residential property in a master- planned community, there's good news for you. Many communities provide Discovery Package programs that allow you to "try before you buy.""
Publication: Precision Marketer
Article: "Case Study - PRIZM Profiling: PrivateCommunities.com"
Issue: Fall 2000
"...Consumers requesting information via PrivateCommunities.com tend to be serious researchers, not Internet surfers. They don't watch much TV but do read a lot, listen to talk radio and contribute to public broadcasting. They rely heavily on yellow page resources and spend far more than average on dry cleaning.

Members of this target market are likely to be married, fall into the 45 to 64 age bracket and have predominantly European ancestry. They are 74 percent more likely to be members of a country club than the general population. Not surprisingly, they enjoy golf, tennis, skiing, sailing and water activities as well as classical and jazz music."
Publication: Physician's Money Digest's
Article: "Where to Now? Top Retirement Destinations"
Issue: Annual / January 2000 to December 2000
"Choosing a place to retire can be an exhausting task that requires months or even years of research and travel. While many physicians know the area of the county in which they would most enjoy living…"
Publication: Citizen Patriot (Jackson, Michigan)
Article: "Do Strong Gates Make For Good Neighbors?"
Issue: July 5, 2000
""The added security is something everyone is interested in," said Cathy Norvell, a spokeswoman for Private Communities Registry in Vero Beach, Fla. The company has an Internet site with a directory of gated developments in 14 states, Belize and Chile at PrivateCommunities.com"
Publication: I-Marketing News
Article: "Real Estate Site Educates Its Clients"
Issue: July 26, 2000
"PrivateCommunities.com, a site that generates leads for master-planned and gated communities, has taken it upon itself to educate its clients about Internet marketing through a print newsletter that will be mailed next month"
Publication: Golf & Travel
Article: "The Ultimate in Fairway Living"
Issue: August 2000
"BEST PLACE TO BEGIN YOUR HOME SEARCH.... PrivateCommunities.com PrivateCommunities.com doesn't list every golf course community in the U.S., but the 70 or so it does have provide an excellent idea of what's out there. You can click on photos of available homes, and find descriptions of each community with links to their Web sites."
Publication: Bowden's Market Barometer
Article: "Subscribers in the News"
Issue: January 1999
"Subscribers in the News - Lil Miller's Private Communities Registry has really taken off. The 1999 advertising schedule includes LINKS, Golf Digest, INC and a variety of Ivy League Alumni publications. If you haven't seen PrivateCommunities.com take a peek at one of the most effective community marketing tools on the Internet. For information call: (800) 875-3072 or email: info@PrivateCommunities.com"
Publication: Links Magazine
Article: "Private Communities"
Issue: November/December, 1999
"One Internet search tool that golf and country club buyers are increasingly using is Private Communities Registry."
Publication: Golf Course Home
Article: "Private Communities Registry"
Issue: Spring 1999 Edition
"Want to quickly get a good sense of what a community is all about? Go to PrivateCommunities.com. This unique, no-pressure resource offers key facts about more than 60 high-quality retirement, primary or vacation properties . . ."
Publication: Wealth Advisor
Article: "Buying Smart"
Issue: Summer 1999
"Tax law provides several means to offset vacation home expenses. An owner generally may deduct . . ."
Publication: The Washington Golf Monthly
Article: "Florida in Style"
Issue: January-February 1998
"The PrivateCommunities.com Internet site portrays the unique flavor of golf communities across the country with information on everything from amenities to the cost of homes."
Publication: Golf Course Living
Article: "Fairway Living"
Issue: February, 1998
"Most people approach a home purchase with the feeling they’re missing something, no matter how much thought they’ve given it,” says Lil Miller, president of PCR. “They feel the need to lots of repeat visits. It’s a complex process, and we wanted to help streamline it."
Publication: Approach
Article: "Behind the Gates"
Issue: October 1998
"With such a wide range of communities from which to choose, Marie Roberts seizes the opportunity to help buyers find what they want through the Internet . . ."
Publication: Treasure Coast Business Journal
Article: "Companies spin busy web in Internet marketing"
Issue: September 1997
"Net-savvy readers recognize it as a URL, a universal resource locator, or Web address. High-end community developers know it as a source of sales and credible inquiries. For people looking for a new home, it’s a place to search for comprehensive information on a collection of communities without. . ."

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