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Luxury Auction® Approaches for Waterfront Home Within FL Community Ranked as One of Nation’s Most Exclusive by Forbes Magazine

Luxury real estate auction firm Platinum Luxury Auctions is preparing for the upcoming auction sale of a contemporary waterfront estate located within the Sanctuary of Boca Raton, a gated residential community in Boca Raton, Florida. The ritzy neighborhood, situated on the western side of the Intracoastal Waterway in Palm Beach County, has been ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the most exclusive gated communities in the United States. Although recently offered for an asking price of $3.8 million, the property will now be sold to the highest bidder who meets or exceeds a bid of only $1.5 million at the live auction sale, to be held on the property site on August 26, 2017. Platinum, a firm specializing in the non-distressed auction sale of multimillion-dollar homes on behalf of their affluent sellers, was retained by the property’s owner to exclusively manage the sale.

“We’re pleased to be working within the Sanctuary, a community long-known to be one of Boca Raton’s best,” stated David Enriquez, Platinum’s vice president of operations. “Its relatively boutique size, excellent security and waterfront amenities have made it a preferred location for many prominent business moguls and their families. It’s extremely rare for an auction to be conducted within this coveted enclave.”

Completely renovated by its current owner in 2012, the single-story, contemporary estate offers 5,000 square feet of interior living area, with 5 bedrooms, 6 full and one half bath. It is situated on a wide, deep-water canal, and boasts 70 linear feet of dockage. The large canal, combined with the wake protection and privacy offered by a 27-acre wildlife preserve located immediately east of the community, create exceptional dockage conditions for the avid boater. There are no fixed bridges between the property and the nearest inlet, making a cruise to the Atlantic Ocean a breeze.

Designed in a beach chic style with a light color palette, the residence features lofted ceilings and bright, airy living spaces, with most rooms offering views of the pool and the waterway through floor-to-ceiling windows and doors. Several bedrooms feature direct access to the pool deck, creating a seamless blend between indoor and outdoor living areas. The impressive kitchen, located just off the main salon, was designed by Pedini New York, and features Viking appliances and a welcoming, open layout that flows into the other living areas.

Outdoor living areas include a large front yard with a semi-circular, paved entry, and a backyard offering a manicured pool deck outfitted in custom pavers and artificial grass, a custom pool and spa with sun-soaking deck, and a summer kitchen with video and audio systems.

Additional features include a +300-bottle wine room, integrated Smart Home features controllable via iPad, a spacious master bedroom suite with a designer bath, and a three-car garage.

The Sanctuary of Boca Raton has long been considered one of the most exclusive gated communities in Palm Beach County. Its ninety estates – two-thirds of which feature private, deep-water dockage – typically range from $2 million to more than $20 million in price. In addition to its namesake, 27-acre wildlife preserve, The Sanctuary offers a 23-slip marina (built to accommodate boats up to 65 ft. in length), Har-Tru tennis courts, a children’s playground and round-the-clock security patrolling both the roads and the waterways behind its manned gates.

The property is available for open house previews by interested buyers between the hours of 12 and 4pm (EDT) each Thursday through Sunday, until the auction. Visitors must make an appointment with Platinum in advance in order to proceed through the community’s guard gate. Additional information is available at SanctuaryLuxuryAuction.com, or by contacting a Platinum representative at 800.678.2293.

Colorado Estate with Private Spa & 10-Vehicle Lounge Heads to Luxury Auction®

A luxurious mountainside estate located just south of Denver and boasting features fit for a hedge fund titan or Hollywood movie star has been scheduled for a live auction sale on May 20, 2017. Platinum Luxury Auctions, a Miami-based auction firm specializing in the non-distressed auction sale of multimillion-dollar properties on behalf of wealthy homeowners, is managing the auction sales process in cooperation with listing agent Stephen Brinley of SCB & Associates in Durango, Colorado.

After entering the market at an original asking price of $5.2 million, the residence will now be sold to the highest bidder without reserve and regardless of the high bid price. The live auction will be held on the property site, with qualified bidders able to participate either in person or remotely.

The auction sale is Platinum’s fourth transaction in the area, and with it, the firm plans to extend its perfect sales record in the state of Colorado. “We’ve sold various resort-area properties here for some of our multi-property clients, and we’re now looking forward to expanding our services into more of the primary residential markets, especially those surrounding Denver,” stated David Enriquez, Platinum’s vice president of operations. “This particular home represents an incredible purchase opportunity in a residential enclave that is only 30 minutes from Denver’s international airport.”

The property is located within the upscale community of Castle Pines Village, a private enclave of luxury homes located in the city of Castle Rock, just 25 minutes south of the heart of Denver. With 2,800 acres of land and a development plan that preserves the beautiful natural surroundings, the Village is ideal for those looking for serenity within Colorado’s great outdoors. Community amenities include three recreational centers – offering swimming pools, tennis, volleyball, basketball and multipurpose fields – thirteen miles of trails and two private golf courses.

Designed by Nicholas Custom Homes and the Phoenix Design Group, the estate features impressive architectural details such as custom, oversized windows, a cross-gabled roof, custom lighting and built-ins, and a “floating glass” walkway above the two-story foyer.

The residence has four levels: two, uppermost living levels offering more than 9,000 square feet, a finished lower level with more than 3,000 square feet, and a subterranean, automotive “vault” able to accommodate 10 vehicles. In total, there are 8 bedrooms, 9 full and 2 half baths.

On the lower living level is one of the home’s most impressive features: a private spa so posh that one could easily believe that he has just stepped into a five-star resort. With climate/humidity control throughout, a sauna, steam room, marble hot tub with infinity edge, in-floor radiant heat, and a private massage room with wash basin and shower, trips to a commercial spa will become a thing of the past.

For the auto enthusiast, the home’s subterranean garage is sure to please. Equal parts lounge and working garage, the space offers a cozy retreat for both man and machine. Features include a wash/detailing bay, wet bar and entertainment area.

Additional features include a keyless entry system, heated driveway, multiple fireplaces, fitness center, motorized window shades, and a gourmet kitchen with top-of-the-line appliances.

The residence is available for previews by interested buyers between the hours of 12 and 4pm (MDT) daily, until the auction. Due to the gated security of the community, those wishing to visit must contact Platinum in advance, by calling 800.269.1173, or by visiting CastleRockLuxuryAuction.com.

Platinum Luxury Auctions Posts Highest Sale in S. Carolina Community Since 2011

A lakefront estate located in The Cliffs at Keowee Falls community in Salem, SC has been sold as the result of a live auction on May 6th. According to Platinum Luxury Auctions and Justin Winter Sotheby’s International Realty – the firms that cooperated for the sale – Oconee County property records show that the auction created the highest sales price within the lakeside community since 2011. While the exact sales price will not be released until closing, a representative for Platinum confirmed that the sales price was in excess of $2.1 million. The auction had a reserve price of $1.25 million. Miami-based Platinum worked in close cooperation with listing agent Justin Winter for the sale.

“Our team really enjoyed working with the folks in The Cliffs marketplace, and Justin Winter really engaged in the process and did a great job adding real value to our program,” stated Trayor Lesnock, Platinum’s founder and president. “We’re looking forward to exploring more market opportunities with his team.”

Situated on 1.8 private acres and boasting 560 linear feet of lake frontage on Lake Keowee, the property attracted five bidders who gathered on its waterfront terrace to competitively bid for the opportunity to own the home. Platinum reported that the winning bidder was a financial services professional who had been looking at lake homes in the South Carolina and Georgia markets for some time.

Boasting an English manor-inspired design, the +6,000-square-foot residence features four bedrooms, four full and two half baths. Morgan-Keefe luxury homebuilders, Neal Prince and Partners design, and Pulliam-Morris decorators in Columbia, South Carolina were recruited by the property owner to build the estate, which was completed in 2006.

Features include a gourmet kitchen with separate butler’s pantry, executive wood-paneled study, and spacious lakeside terraces and balconies. Additional amenities include a covered boat dock with lift, wood-burning fireplaces, fitness room, outdoor barbecue grilling station, and a 3-vehicle garage.

The Cliffs Keowee Falls is an upscale community nestled within the beautiful, natural landscape of Salem, South Carolina. It encompasses more than 2,500 acres and 20 miles of shoreline on Lake Keowee. The development offers residents a beautiful clubhouse, seven golf courses, more than 12 dining options, an equestrian center, and a full-service marina.

Additional information is available at PlatinumLuxuryAuctions.com, or by calling 800.262.5132.

Luxury Auction® Approaches for Point Lot Lake Estate in The Cliffs at Keowee Falls

The date of sale is approaching for an impressive lakefront home located in The Cliffs at Keowee Falls community in Salem, SC. Although previously offered for just under $5 million, the property will now be sold at a live auction on May 7, 2017, to the highest bidder above the auction’s reserve bid of $1.25 million. Prominent auction firm Platinum Luxury Auctions, which specializes in the non-distressed auction sale of multimillion-dollar properties on behalf of private homeowners, is working in cooperation with listing agent Justin Winter of Justin Winter Sotheby’s International Realty, in Salem, SC.

Situated on 1.8 private acres and boasting 560 linear feet of lake frontage, the property represents the opportunity to own a true “point lot” offering panoramic views of sparkling Lake Keowee. The lakefront parcel features a lovely home inspired by the design of a classic English manor. The +6,000-square-foot residence features four bedrooms, four full and two half baths, and was built in 2006.

Various construction and design groups collaborated to create the luxury estate, including Morgan-Keefe luxury homebuilders, Neal Prince and Partners design, and Pulliam-Morris decorators in Columbia, South Carolina.

Property finishes include flagstone and oak flooring, Calcutta marble, and hand-painted Delft tiles complimented by elegant fixtures throughout. A gourmet, open-plan kitchen and adjacent living area, along with spacious lakeside terraces and balconies, provide ample space for entertaining family and friends both inside and outdoors.

“The Cliffs has been a very popular lakeside community since its development,” stated Chase Boruff, Platinum’s project manager for the transaction. “This home is certainly one of the best lakefront living options currently available. It’s perfect as a primary home or a weekend retreat.”

Additional property features include a covered boat dock with lift, wood-burning fireplaces, a chestnut-paneled study, fitness room, outdoor barbecue grilling station, and a 3-vehicle garage.

The Cliffs Keowee Falls is an upscale community nestled within the beautiful, natural landscape of Salem, South Carolina. It encompasses more than 2,500 acres and 20 miles of shoreline on Lake Keowee. The development offers residents a beautiful clubhouse, seven golf courses, more than 12 dining options, an equestrian center, and a full-service marina.

The property is available for previews daily, between the hours of 12 and 4pm (EDT) until the auction. The community is gated, and interested parties must call a Platinum representative in advance in order to gain entry. Additional information is available at TheCliffsLuxuryAuction.com, or by calling Mr. Boruff at 800.863.9176.

Still Flawless: Platinum Luxury Auctions Now 5-for-5 in Wellington, FL

The April 21st auction of an equestrian property in Wellington, Florida’s prestigious Palm Beach Point community concluded with not one but two bottles of champagne popping. “Most prospective clients are interested in what our most recent sellers thought about the auction sale of their home, so it’s certainly nice when we can tell them that a seller popped celebratory champagne with us following the auction of her home,” stated David Enriquez, vice president of operations for Miami-based Platinum Luxury Auctions. Platinum managed the sale in cooperation with listing agent Kristina Gustafson of Southfields Real Estate Inc., in Wellington. Gustafson is also the owner of the property.

The auction’s winning bid “substantially exceeded” its $2m Reserve price, according to Enriquez. As is customary, the sales price will be released upon closing, which is scheduled to occur within thirty days. Platinum also reported that its marketing campaign generated more than 18,940 international website hits for the property during a 5-week period, a rate of more than 541 visits per day, on average.

With this transaction, Platinum is now five-for-five in auction sales in the Wellington marketplace, a flawless streak that began in the winter of 2013. “It’s certainly a market wherein we are looking into more active efforts,” stated David Ashcroft, Platinum’s director of business development. The sales we’ve done there to date have come to us organically, and we have yet to really point our nose firmly in that direction in terms of new business development. Area sellers would be wise to review Ms. Gustafson’s case study and tremendous success, given the soft market in Wellington at present.”

“I’m a believer in the auction process – as I’ve always said to both real estate peers and friends, and I’m thrilled to have a non-contingent sale for my own farm during what has been a challenging market for the upper-tier properties in Wellington this year,” Gustafson added.

The property offers 5.5 acres of manicured grounds within Wellington’s prestigious Palm Beach Point community, a location that allows for a relatively modest hack to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, the host venue of the world-famous Winter Equestrian Festival, or “WEF.” Its 5,400-sf residence offers 4 bedrooms and 4 full baths. Features include an enclosed pool, bar, and an oversized master suite with a private veranda. The grounds include a 12-stall barn, 7 paddocks, and a 130-ft by 210-ft riding arena with new footing.

Additional information on the recent sale is available at EquestrianLuxuryAuction.com, or by contacting a Platinum associate at 800.262.5132.

Equestrian Estate in Wellington’s Palm Beach Point Scheduled for Luxury Auction®

WELLINGTON, Fla., March 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Luxury real estate auction firm Platinum Luxury Auctions has announced its second offering in Wellington, Florida for 2017. Following its February sale of a 10-acre estate in the city’s Las Palmas subdivision – the firm’s fourth consecutive auction sale in Wellington – Platinum is now offering a 5.5-acre equestrian estate located in the coveted Palm Beach Point community at a live auction on April 21st. Although recently offered for $5 million, the property will now be sold to the highest bidder who exceeds the auction’s reserve price of only $2 million. Platinum is conducting the auction in tandem with the property’s listing agent, Kristina Gustafson of Southfields Real Estate Inc. in Wellington. Ms. Gustafson is also the property owner.

David Enriquez, Platinum’s vice president of operations, stated that Gustafson hired Platinum for the sale of her personal horse property after becoming a believer in the auction process by watching her father participate as a bidder at the firm’s first Wellington auction in the winter of 2013 – the sale of Two Swans Farm for nearly $7 million. In addition to applauding the auction’s price, she was impressed that it lured her father’s interest (although he was not the winning bidder).

“Her father was the type of buyer who could have purchased nearly anything he desired in Wellington at any time, but it wasn’t until he received our luxury auction postcard and saw one of our television commercials that he went into action and actually considered a purchase,” noted Enriquez. “It’s certainly a powerful testimonial for the process.”

The property offers 5.5 acres of manicured grounds within Wellington’s prestigious Palm Beach Point community, a location that allows for a relatively modest hack to the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center, the host venue of the world-famous Winter Equestrian Festival, or “WEF.” The minimum parcel size within the community is 5 acres, preventing crowded development and allowing for plenty of space for the residents and their horses to enjoy the neighborhood’s miles of riding trails.

Built in 2000, the property features a 5,400-sf residence offering 4 bedrooms and 4 full baths. There is also an enclosed pool, bar, and an oversized master suite with a private veranda. The grounds include a 12-stall barn (which has its own full bath), 7 paddocks, and a 130-ft by 210-ft riding arena with new footing.

The property parcel was carefully designed in order to position its main structures – the residence, barn and arena – within comfortable proximity of one another while still allowing for a welcomed buffer between the residential and horse farm areas. This creates a serene environment for both homeowner and horse.

Wellington, Florida has a well-established reputation as one of the world’s most prominent equestrian marketplaces. Its annual Winter Equestrian Festival is the world’s longest-running horse show and competition. The event draws the Who’s Who of the equestrian world to western Palm Beach County each year, many of whom lease or purchase property in Wellington. The city boasts residents such as Bill Gates, Tommy Lee Jones, Bruce Springsteen, Frank McCourt and billionaire media mogul John Malone.

The property is available for previews between the hours of 12 and 4pm (EDT) every Friday through Monday, until the auction. Additional information is available at EquestrianLuxuryAuction.com, or by calling Platinum’s offices at 800.925.8231.

Home of Television Personality & Fixture of Houston Political Scene Heads to Luxury Auction®

A longtime fixture of the Houston area’s political and social scenes has hired veteran luxury real estate auction firm Platinum Luxury Auctions for the sale of her multimillion-dollar residence. Nelda Luce Blair, a prominent attorney who is known for her frequent appearances on television shows and her active involvement in politics, is offering the home she owns with husband Jim Blair at a live auction, to be held on April 8, 2017. Located in the Village of Grogan’s Mill in The Woodlands, Texas, the estate was recently listed for sale for $6.1 million, but will now be sold to the highest bidder who meets or exceeds the auction’s reserve bid of only $2 million. Platinum is managing the sale in cooperation with listing agent Nina Marino and the Nina Marino Team of Keller Williams Luxury Homes International in The Woodlands.

The Blairs have lived at the property for nearly fifteen years, and during that time have held countless social and political events there – some hosting hundreds of guests at a time. In fact, the estate has earned the nickname “Blair House” locally, a play on the owners’ last name and the nickname given to the President’s Guest House in Washington, DC.

Mrs. Blair, a former prosecutor who now focuses on legal consulting and transactional work, spent years appearing as an expert guest on television shows hosted on networks such as FOXNews, CNN, MSNBC, CourtTV, and others. She has elected to sell the home at auction after being frustrated with the traditional sales process. The Blairs have already purchased another home in the area.

“It’s our pleasure to work with such a successful, high-energy professional who wants to channel that same type of energy for the sale of her home,” noted Trayor Lesnock, Platinum’s president and founder. “The Blairs understand the need to take meaningful action in order to produce extraordinary results, hence their attraction to ‘take action’ within their marketplace using our luxury auction process.”

The main residence offers more than 12,000 sf of interiors and three living levels, with 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 4 half baths. A guesthouse and pool cabana combine to add another 900 sf of living space, 1 bedroom and 2 full baths. While the residence boasts elegant features such as a palatial foyer with dual staircases and a two-story grand salon, it also offers a very livable floor plan that has suited its owners well for both family functions and for entertaining in grand fashion. Prominent features include a two-story executive study with handsome wood finishes, elevator, gourmet kitchen, fitness center, home theater, and hidden wine room.

Outdoor living areas feature a poolside balcony and loggia, sprawling pool deck and a covered summer kitchen. The estate’s oversized pool was designed by Robert E. Forsythe, and includes a spa and numerous water features. Throughout the five lushly landscaped acres, charming features such as gently winding walking paths, elegant fountains, wrought-iron gazebos, and an elevated trellis collectively create an “enchanted garden” atmosphere of privacy and serenity.

Beginning March 17th, the property will be available for previews between the hours of 12 and 4pm (CST) daily, until the auction. Additional information is available at WoodlandsLuxuryAuction.com, or by calling Platinum’s offices at 800.925.8231.

The Art of the Auction: Platinum Luxury Auctions Featured in Winter 2016 issue of The Peninsula Magazine

When Rudy and Linda Light decided to sell the dream home they’d spent 20 years perfecting, they called Chris Iverson, a top producing agent with Dreyfus Sotheby’s International Realty in Menlo Park, California. But the ranch–a complicated real estate asset with many of its 1,745 acres preserved for conservation under California’s Williamson Act–didn’t attract the attention of the right buyer, despite Iverson’s robust marketing program.

The lovingly built and maintained Queen Anne Victorian main residence had fewer showings than the owners or Iverson anticipated, and no viable purchase offers were received. Realizing the Property’s unique situation, the listing agent began researching auction firms and presented several companies to the sellers, who ultimately selected Platinum.

Subtitled “Successfully Selling a Challenging Property,” the article details the “full court press on marketing” Platinum conducted over the 6-week international auction-marketing campaign. Featuring nearly 40,000 website visits, 74 bona fide inquiries, and 2 written offers prior to auction, the campaign concluded with five registered bidders competing in real-time to produce a sale price of $6.215 Million, shattering the $3 Million reserve. The sale price equated to 114% of the Property’s most recently appraised value.

Read the full story here: https://issuu.com/dreyfussir/docs/2016-04

Platinum Luxury Auctions Schedules Wellington Equestrian Estate for Feb Sale

Miami-based luxury real estate auction firm Platinum Luxury Auctions will look to extend its flawless sales record in Wellington, Florida with the offering of a unique, 15-acre equestrian estate this winter. To date, Platinum has closed all of its Wellington auction sales, including the sale of Two Swans Farm ($6.9 million), Wild Orchid Stables ($4.325 million), and a residential home in the area’s Polo Club enclave ($2.365 million).

On February 25th, 2017 a luxurious horse property located in the private and gated community of Las Palmas will be sold at a live auction, to the highest bidder who meets or exceeds the auction’s reserve bid of $4 million. The property was recently asking $11 million prior to the auction announcement. Listing agent Matthew Johnson with Engel & Völkers of Wellington is working in tandem with Platinum for the transaction.

More specifically, the 10-acre portion of the property – which contains all of its structures – will be offered with the $4 million reserve. An additional, 5-acre parcel is available separately, with the price being negotiable between buyer and seller. The undeveloped, 5-acre parcel is contiguous with 10-acre parcel, and is currently used only for additional grazing or riding space.

“This property should readily satisfy those looking for both a luxurious residence and a working horse farm, and those two items can be difficult to find as one unit of sale in Wellington,” stated Trayor Lesnock, Platinum’s president and founder.

The property’s main residence offers nearly 6,400 sf of living space, with 4 bedrooms and 4 full baths. Features include an infinity-edge pool and spa, 1,400-bottle wine cellar, library, media room, office, fitness center, and a “tower” on the second level that is currently outfitted as a yoga studio. There are also two generators, in addition to “Smart Home” technology that is controllable via mobile devices.

Additional structures include a 3-vehicle garage (with A/C), guest cottage, 12-stall barn with enclosed lounge and attached loggia offering views of the riding arena and fields, a dedicated set of grooms’ apartments with an additional garage for larger equipment, a 215-ft-by-125-ft riding arena, and 6 paddocks.

The property is also quite “green:” it draws additional water from both a well and from rain-catchers located in the paddocks, and it also collects energy from solar panels – which can in fact create an energy surplus that can be sold back to Florida Power & Light.

Wellington, Florida has a well-established reputation as one of the world’s most prominent equestrian marketplaces. The area is home to the world’s longest-running horse show and competition – the Winter Equestrian Festival. The event draws the Who’s Who of the equestrian world to South Florida each year, many of whom then lease or purchase property in Wellington. The community boasts residents such as Bill GatesTommy Lee JonesBruce Springsteen, and billionaire media mogul John Malone.

The property is available for previews between the hours of 12 and 4pm (EST) every Friday through Sunday, until the auction. Additional information is available at WellingtonLuxuryAuction.com, or by calling Platinum’s offices at 800.743.1368.

Platinum Luxury Auctions Returns to The Woodlands With February Offering

After establishing the resale pricing record for The Woodlands in 2016 with the $7.1 million sale of a Carlton Woods estate, luxury real estate auction firm Platinum Luxury Auctions has returned to the community with what may be considered a more “modest” luxury home offering. On February 4, 2017, the Miami-based firm will offer a brand new estate located in the Carlton Woods Creekside community at a live, on-site auction. Although recently listed for $1.6 million, the property will now be sold to the highest bidder who meets or exceeds the auction’s reserve price of $1 million. Platinum is managing the auction sale in cooperation with the property’s listing agent, Rodrigo Munguia of D&R Consulting.

“This property occupies a sweet spot in the current marketplace,” stated David Ashcroft, Platinum’s director of business development. “While many of the luxury property markets across the U.S. have experienced softening in the uppermost tiers of pricing, properties in the $1 million to $2.5 million range have performed rather well. This seems to be especially true for newer homes.”

The Creekside estate fits well within Mr. Ashcroft’s parameters, as it combines modest luxury home pricing with brand new construction. It was completed in the fourth quarter of 2016, and is awaiting its first owner.

The two-story home offers approximately 4,907 interior square feet of living space and a total footprint of nearly 6,800 square feet when including outdoor living areas and a 3-car garage. With 5 bedrooms, 5 full and 2 half baths, there is ample room for family and friends. The foyer and great room feature 24-foot ceilings, creating a bright, welcoming space.

Other property features include a gourmet kitchen with oversized center island, formal dining, a “bonus room” suitable for a home theater, fitness center or office, and a lovely outdoor courtyard featuring a summer kitchen and fireplace. The courtyard can also accommodate a pool, should the new owner wish to install one.

Sometimes referred to as the “Beverly Hills of Texas,” Carlton Woods is the premier gated community within The Woodlands, a 44-square-mile, master-planned development located just north of Houston. The amenity-rich area is known for its neatly manicured communities, golf courses and clubs, and its collection of impressive addresses.

Beginning January 11th, the property will be available for previews between the hours of 12 and 4pm (CST) daily, until the auction. Additional information is available at JohnathanCtLuxuryAuction.com, or by calling Platinum’s offices at 800.916.5676.