Forbes Global Properties Expands to Massachusetts – Boston Real Estate Times
Boston– Forbes Global Properties, a curated consumer marketplace of luxury homes and an invitation-only membership network of top real estate firms, announced Bassick Real Estate Advisors to its prestigious ranks.
Bassick Real Estate Advisors is the first team of experts to be awarded membership in Massachusetts, where it will exclusively represent the brand.
Founded by luxury real estate expert Catherine Bassick and finance and transaction veteran Michael Bassick, the firm combines in-depth market expertise with unparalleled connectivity and sophisticated negotiation strategies for the acquisition and sale of global real estate. Bassick Real Estate Advisors’ team of professionals specialize in luxury properties throughout the Greater Boston, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, the North & South Shore, and The Berkshires markets.
Drawing from 18 years of proven industry experience and a resume that includes the sale of the first single family home over US $100 million in US history, Catherine is a Best-Selling Wall Street Journal Author and is acknowledged among the prestigious ranks of the highest producers in real estate around the world.
“We are delighted to welcome Bassick Real Estate Advisors to the Forbes Global Properties network,” said Alex Lange, CEO of Forbes Global Properties. “Catherine and Michael have built successful careers through their commitment to fostering strong relationships within the real estate community, exemplifying Forbes Global Properties’ unwavering prioritization of professionalism and collaboration.”
“We look forward to providing our clients with the worldwide reach and premier marketing services of Forbes Global Properties, coupled with our local market knowledge and hallmark service,” said Catherine Bassick of Bassick Real Estate Advisors. “Forbes Global Properties provides Bassick Real Estate Advisors a unique competitive advantage and marketing differentiation in selling luxury properties across Massachusetts.”
The exclusive worldwide residential real estate partner of Forbes, Forbes Global Properties provides branding and marketing services to the world’s premier real estate firms and is now represented by more than 2,500 real estate agents across 13 countries in approximately 150 locations. Bassick Real Estate Advisors joins this network of top real estate experts with proven records of success in luxury property sales and exceptional client service.
As a member of this exclusive network, Bassick Real Estate Advisors will benefit from Forbes’ engaged audience of more than 100 million monthly global visitors to connect, inspire, and inform affluent potential homebuyers and sellers about the finest properties for sale around the world. Homes will be presented across Forbes and Forbes Global Properties print, digital, and social media channels with expert commentary, timely market data, and top-tier editorial.
Colorado Gov. Polis signs new batch of gun laws
Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) signed a new batch of gun legislation into law on Friday, several months after a deadly mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs.
The laws establish a three-day waiting period to obtain a firearm, raise the minimum age to purchase firearms to 21, make it easier to sue gun manufacturers and expand the state’s red flag law.
“Coloradans deserve to be safe in our communities, in our schools, our grocery stores, nightclubs and everywhere in between,” Polis said at the bill signing, according to The Colorado Sun.
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Five people were killed and 17 were injured in November when a 22-year-old gunman opened fire at Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs.
A proposed assault weapons ban failed to make it to the governor’s desk alongside the other gun control legislation after the House Judiciary Committee voted last week to postpone consideration of the bill indefinitely.
However, legislation to ban the sale and manufacture of so-called “ghost guns,” or unserialized firearms, remains under consideration in the Colorado state Senate.
Kushner firm received hundreds of millions from UAE, Qatar
Jared Kushner’s private equity fund has received hundreds of millions of dollars in investments from the UAE and Qatar, according to a report.
Kushner, son-in-law to former President Trump, was the administration’s adviser tasked with policy in the Middle East, including delivering a peace plan between Israel and Palestine.
According to The New York Times, the investments, which follow a similar cash injection from Saudi Arabia’s wealth fund, raise concerns about how those close to the Trump administration have profited off of their former government roles.
The UAE sovereign wealth fund invested about $200 million with Kushner’s firm, Affinity Equity, and a Qatari fund invested about the same, according to the Times. The recently revealed investments are small compared to that of the Saudi fund, which invested $2 billion with Affinity in 2021, shortly after Kushner left the White House.
The investments are not believed to be illegal, as there are few ethics guidelines or laws regarding foreign investments in private firms after an official leaves government work. The investments are also not unique to Kushner, as investing is a known strategy of Gulf states to exert influence with American officials on both sides of the aisle.
Former Trump administration Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s investment firm has also received vast sums from Middle Eastern wealth funds, including $1 billion from the Saudi wealth fund.
Similarly, Trump himself has announced business deals with Middle Eastern interests, including a Saudi-backed, Trump-branded hotel complex costing $4 billion. Trump has also been a vocal supporter of the Saudi-owned LIV Golf Tour, the upstart rival to the American PGA, including hosting tournaments at his golf courses.
Last year, the House Oversight Committee, then controlled by Democrats, launched an investigation into the initial Saudi investment into Kushner’s fund. Then-Chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said the investigation was into whether Kushner traded influence from this government position for the investment.
“Your close relationship with Crown Prince bin Salman, your pro-Saudi positions during the Trump Administration, and PIF’s decision to fund the lion’s share of your new business venture — only six months after the end of your White House tenure — create the appearance of a quid pro quo for your foreign policy work during the Trump Administration,” Maloney said in a letter to Kushner at the time.
2 Cases Filed Against Wrestling Body Chief, 1 Of Them For Harassing Minor
he Delhi Police, which functions under Amit Shah’s Home Ministry, filed the two first information reports (FIRs) hours after the Supreme Court ordered them to do so.
The Delhi Police have filed two cases against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh after the country’s top wrestlers made allegations of sexual harassment against him.
The Delhi Police, which functions under Amit Shah’s Home Ministry, filed the two first information reports (FIRs) hours after the Supreme Court ordered them to do so, amid protests at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar by wrestlers including Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik and Vinesh Phogat.
One of the FIRs is over a complaint of sexual harassment by a minor, filed under the stringent Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, which gives no scope for bail.
The Delhi Police will pursue the case actively, sources said.
Mr Singh, who is also a BJP MP, welcomed the Supreme Court’s order to file the police case into allegations of sexual harassment against him.
Mr Singh told reporters the wrestlers should have waited for the report of a committee that was tasked to look into the matter before they decided to sit on a protest in Delhi’s Jantar Mantar.
“I am happy with the judiciary’s decision. The Delhi Police will investigate the allegations and I am ready to cooperate with them in every possible way. No one is bigger than the judiciary in this country. The order has come to file an FIR (first information report). The government had also said it had no objection to filing an FIR. I am not larger than the Supreme Court. I welcome the order,” Mr Singh told reporters.
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