Thursday, June 5, 2014

Belize Sotheby's International Realty, welcome!

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Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced its luxury real estate services are now available in Belize with the opening of Belize Sotheby's International Realty, owned and operated by McCann & Fisher Ltd.
The firm, which is managed by Shane and Brittany McCann, serves the luxury residential real estate market throughout Belize and is located at Barrier Reef Drive in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye.
"Ambergris Caye is considered one of the most desirable islands in the world," said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC. "The lifestyle offered there is coveted by people everywhere. Belize is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, ancient Mayan Ruins, water falls, caves and the well-known Great Blue Hole. We are proud to be able to offer our services in this beautiful and unique market."
According to Brittany McCann the affiliation with the Sotheby's International Realty(R) brand will help achieve their goal of raising the bar in Belize's real estate market. "We also want to help promote the economic growth of our country, and we believe the Sotheby's International Realty brand will help change the dynamics of the real estate market in Belize," she said. "Our company has raised the standards of service and ethics here in the property and rental management field, and this has set us apart from other real estate groups in the country. It is our mission to be the best in the industry and build a team of knowledgeable professionals, and we will continue this as we grow with the brand."
The Sotheby's International Realty network currently has more than 15,000 independent sales associates located in approximately 700 offices in 54 countries and territories worldwide. Belize Sotheby's International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm's brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby's auction house and worldwide Sotheby's International Realty marketing programs. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Caribbean Air fares to fall for UK flights


Great news for those traveling from the UK to the Cayman Islands by air, as the Chancellor George Osborne today announced the abolition of Air Passenger Duty bands C and D in his Budget.
The move, which will benefit frequent travellers to Asia Pacific and South America, will see all long-haul flights shift into band B and comes into effect on April 1, 2015.
Currently, APD is calculated according to the distance between London and the destination country's capital city.
This leaves travellers heading to say, the Caribbean, being charged £330, while those who travel an additional 2,500 miles to Hawaii actually pay less at £270.
Today's announced change means that all long-haul flights will now carry the same tax as a flight to the US. And private jets will no longer be exempt from the levy.
Virgin Atlantic said in a statement: "A two band APD rate is a very welcome simplification to remove some of the biggest distortions of the current system, which the Chancellor himself admitted is crazy and unjust.
"The Government has rightly recognised the damage APD is having on exporters and the travelling public alike.
"A tax system which penalised high growth emerging economies such as China and India was always contrary to the Government's stated policy on trade and exports, so this is a positive step that recognises the impact of this economically damaging tax.
"There is a growing body of evidence demonstrating the huge economic benefits to the UK of reducing or abolishing APD and we hope that the Government will continue to go further in the long run."
Dale Keller, chief executive of the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK, said: "The Government has finally acknowledged what the industry and business knew all along – that the highest rates of aviation tax in the world were a brake on driving the UK's economic growth with emerging markets.
"Of course we would like the Chancellor to go further still on reducing APD but this is a step in the right direction and BAR UK will continue its engagement with the Government to deliver the fair and proportionate aviation tax that the UK deserves."

Friday, February 14, 2014

Belgium opens door to Sotheby's International Realty




Sotheby's International Realty today announced its luxury real estate services are now available in Belgium with the opening of Brussels Sotheby's International Realty.
The firm, which is managed by David Chicard, serves the luxury residential real estate market throughout Brussels and Wallonia.
"Expansion across Europe continues our commitment to providing access to the Sotheby's International Realty network's exclusive real estate services in key cities around the world," said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC.  "This affiliation, which strengthens the brand's presence in Europe, offers entrance into this famous and strategically important Belgian capital city. We are very pleased that a global clientele will now have access to the brand in this historic and beautiful part of the world."
According to David Chicard, it is the team's goal to deliver efficient and personalized services with professionalism and confidentiality.  "As the headquarters of many European institutions, Brussels is often considered something of a capital for the European Union," he said.  "Being at the crossroads of cultures and playing an important role in Europe, Brussels fits the definition of the archetypal 'melting pot,' but still retains its own unique character.  Brussels has a population of about 1.2 million, and its metropolitan area is just over 2 million.  Our focus is on providing comprehensive service at every stage of the process.  The quality of our service is based on detailed knowledge of the market and its dynamic, precise and proven procedures, and a motivated, responsible and skilled team. Now with the support of the Sotheby's International Realty brand we can bring Brussels' extraordinary property to the far-reaching corners of the world."
The Sotheby's International Realty network currently has nearly 14,000 sales associates located in approximately 680 offices in 49 countries and territories worldwide.  Brussels Sotheby's International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm's brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby's auction house and worldwide Sotheby's International Realty marketing programs.  Each office is independently owned and operated.
About Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC Founded in 1976 to provide independent brokerages with a powerful marketing and referral program for luxury listings, the Sotheby's International Realty network was designed to connect the finest independent real estate companies to the most prestigious clientele in the world. Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp.RLGY +0.82% , a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services.   In February 2004, Realogy entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby's, the operator of the auction house.  The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby's International Realty name and the development of a full franchise system. Affiliations in the system are granted only to brokerages and individuals meeting strict qualifications. Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC supports its affiliates with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Franchise affiliates also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby's auction house, established in 1744. For more information, visit www.sothebysrealty.com .

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Patty Nugent CIREBA agent of the year 2013

 Patty Nugent | CIREBA agent of the year

Congratulations to Cayman Islands Sotheby's International Realty agent Patty Nugent who crowned a stellar year by being voted the Cayman Islands Real Estate Brokers Association's (CIREBA) agent of the  year. CIREBA agent of the year is the most prestigious accolade awarded by the association and voted for by fellow members of the CIREBA multi listing system and is recognition that Patty shows the same courtesy and service to her fellow CIREBA agents as she does her real estate customers and clientele. Patty Nugent is a senior member of staff at Cayman Islands Sotheby's International Realty servicing for the most part the luxury property markets of Rum Point, Cayman Kai, North Side and East End. Within these tightly knit property communities Patty has earned a reputation for getting the job done, being straight with sellers regarding realistic selling prices and thus avoiding the hazard of frustrated vendors with unrealistic expectations and properties that languish long on the market  combining this with the global marketing reach of the Sotheby's International Realty network to bring buyers to Cayman from around the world. As a resident of East End Patty provides invaluable local information to property buyers looking for their Caribbean beachfront home and derives great satisfaction in helping to make the dreams of her real estate customers become a reality.

Contact Patty Nugent: +1.345.525.3003
patty.nugent@sothebysrealty.com

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sotheby's International Realty brand enters Panama



Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the signing of an exclusive 25-year master franchise agreement with Global Realty Enterprises, S.A, to develop the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand throughout Panama, with the opening of Panama Sotheby’s International Realty in Panama City.
Panama Sotheby’s International Realty is owned by Rafael Alejandro Gangi, who founded Global Realty Enterprises, an established real estate company specializing in the metropolitan, mountain, beach and golf markets of Panama that will now do business as Panama Sotheby’s International Realty.
“Panama is a strategically important market for the Sotheby’s International Realty brand,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “The real estate market is very dynamic and represents another key step forward in our growth in Latin America. Panama is competitive in the tourism sector and is ranked second in per capita foreign investment in Latin America. We are proud to enter this beautiful country under Rafael Alejandro Gangi’s established leadership.”
According to Gangi, his team has more than 10 years’ experience in the international market and is trained to guide clients on how to capitalize on their investments. “Our philosophy is based on an integrated vision of excellence and professionalism in our services,” he said. “We believe that the global reach of theSotheby’s International Realty brand will help us showcase the fine property we represent to a broad base of consumers worldwide.”
The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has nearly 14,000 sales associates located in approximately 680 offices in 49 countries and territories worldwide. Panama Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sotheby's International Realty office opens in Nelson, New Zealand



New Zealand’s premier residential real estate company opens a new showroom and office in Nelson today (Monday 25 November), demonstrating continued expansion and investment in its business.
New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty, which has its head office in Queenstown and offices throughout the country, will open the Trafalgar Street office, making it the third to open in as many months.
Independently New Zealand owned and operated, the company is the fastest growing privately-owned real estate business in the country, undergoing significant expansion and investment.
Located in the heart of Nelson at the base of the iconic and highly-recognisable Cathedral Steps, the Nelson showroom is in one of the city’s highest foot traffic areas attracting a large number of local and international visitors.
The expansive new showroom will be spearheaded by well-known Nelson local Simone Henbrey, alongside local registered real estate salesperson Wendy Lindbom as administration support.
New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty co-owners Julian Brown and Mark Harris said the Nelson premise was possibly one of the company’s "best and most high profile locations".
"The response from the locals has been so supportive and people have really noticed that Simone and New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty have a unique point of difference when selling or buying a property," they said.
"Our extensive national and international referral network is an incredibly powerful selling tool.
"Coupled with other unique marketing tools such as our bi-monthly Property Style magazine that’s distributed to an extensive database and found in major Koru lounges throughout Australia and New Zealand, we offer a level of service unrivalled in the area."
The Nelson-based team will work closely with specialised broker Mike Barnett who works for the company in the Marlborough region, providing a referral network between the two regions.
Ms Henbrey has lived in Nelson’s Cathedral area with her two children for eight years and joined the company in May.
She said the Sotheby’s International Realty brand had been "incredibly well received" in the region.
"I knew there was demand in the area for a brand as prestigious and well thought of as Sotheby’s International Realty and I’ve been overwhelmed with the positive feedback so far," she said.
"It’s been a very successful six months with multiple properties sold, some of which had previously stood quiet for some time, and I’m delighted to have some amazing listings on our books right now.
"The showroom enables us to market homes to a wider audience and with the generous window space it’s perfect for large property displays. You won’t miss it when you walk by."
"I certainly have been busy these last few months. People appreciate and love the fresh approach that comes with listing your home with the New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty network of offices," she said.
"The company’s referral system is second-to-none so as soon as a property is listed with me in Nelson, it’s listed with the entire Sotheby’s International Realty team globally, and with over 13,000 associates worldwide across 660 offices, that’s a pretty strong team."
Ms Henbrey has marketed and sold a number of high profile properties including several large family homes in Nelson’s dress circle above the Cathedral and an iconic historic cottage in Victory.
Simone has also just listed Nelson’s premium Quay Waterfront Apartments on an exclusive basis.
"The Quay Apartments are one of the town’s most iconic residences and I’m excited to showcase them to not only the local and New Zealand market but also the world."
Ms Henbrey said more than half of her recent sales were to purchasers relocating to Nelson.
"It isn’t just about the monetary value; a home boasts unique aspects that make it special to current and future owners," she said.
"It could be the last beachfront property of its kind, have million dollar views unrivalled in Nelson or it could be a one-bedroom period villa. Each has a unique proposition that makes it special."
Ms Henbrey is highly-regarded in the Nelson area for her work on restoring the town’s historic Melrose House, responsible for fundraising, organising open days and attracting sponsorship to ensure the property, built around 1879, was returned to its former glory.
Ms Henbrey started her property career in 1995 in Auckland, where she was responsible for the marketing and sales of period homes in Mt Eden before moving to Nelson in 2005.
She is also an experienced and award-winning interior designer, graduating from the Auckland School of Interior Design and New York’s Sheffield School of Interior Design
The Nelson showroom comes hot on the heels of new offices in Central Otago’s Wanaka and Arrowtown, taking the company’s offices up to eight with more in the pipeline.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Enters Saudi Arabia





Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced it has signed an exclusive  25-year master franchise agreement with  Regents Group LLC to develop the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand throughout Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait, with its first office set to open in Riyadh this month.

The firm will conduct business as First Regents Sotheby’s International Realty with Paul Aiken as managing broker. The office in Riyadh will serve the luxury residential real estate market throughout Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Al Khobar.

“Saudi Arabia is a strategically important market for the Sotheby’s International Realtybrand and this signing represents a key step forward in our overall growth plans across the Middle East,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “The First Regents Sotheby’s International Realty team offers in-depth local knowledge and is led by an experienced management team.  Many Saudi nationals look to international markets to purchase real estate, making this an important new market for our luxury network.”

First Regents Sotheby’s International Realty is located at King Fahad Road, Tatweer Tower in Riyadh. 

“First Regents Sotheby’s International Realty aims to provide excellence in service and the widest local and  international visibility for sales and rentals of extraordinary residential and commercial properties,” said Aiken. “We excel at marketing our clients' exclusive properties through online channels to ensure that each property receives the awareness it deserves, both locally and internationally.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has nearly 14,000 sales associates located in approximately 680 offices in 49 countries and territories worldwide.  First Regents Sotheby’s International Realty listings will be marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.  Each office is independently owned and operated.