Markus Thoene, Managing Partner of Barcelona & Costa Brava Sotheby’s International Realty, has joined the Sotheby`s International Realty network in 2011 together with his business partner Christoph Toelle bringing in their established network of several luxury real estate offices at the Costa Brava. The launch of the new office in Barcelona is the logical consequence of serving successfully the luxury second residence market on the coast where many Catalan owners of prestigious residences on the coast have established their first residence and demand the same level of service in Barcelona and surroundings. "We have strong partnerships and client relationships at home and abroad, a professional infrastructure and a focus on highly-trained sales agents that speak multiple languages," said Thoene. "We have always been dedicated to serving the luxury segment of the Costa Brava real estate market and we are excited to serve now as well Barcelona, one of the major European hotspots for luxury properties. The demand for high-end properties in the area of the Costa Brava and the city of Barcelona remains stable, however, the current economic climate also is generating attractive opportunities for cash buyers.” The affiliation with Sotheby's International Realty brand will enable the firm to continue to deliver the highest level of customer service while adding a global reach. "The Sotheby's International Realty network offers a worldwide strength that is especially powerful in France, the United Kingdom and Russia, which currently are the most important source markets for buyers of Costa Brava luxury properties," he said. "The Sotheby's International Realty brand is known throughout the world for its commitment to excellence in every phase of the real estate business. Our clients deserve the highest possible level of service and by taking this step we will be able to deliver such a service immediately." Markus Thoene, a 45 years old native German, has been living in Barcelona since 1993 when he came to live and work in Barcelona “for a few years” after finishing his engineering and business administration studies at the German university of Paderborn. Before joining the Real Estate sector, Thoene, who as well joined a Management development program at the IESE business school and holds a real estate diploma of Universidad de Navarra, spent 13 years related to the automotive and IT consulting sector, where he served in different management positions from Financial Controller to General Manager Area Latina and Professional Services Manager Western Europe in multinational companies until he decided in 2006 to build his own company in Spain together with his business partner, Christoph Toelle.