Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in Vermont and New Hampshire

enfld-034Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the merger of Lang McLaughry Real Estate, which has 15 offices throughout Vermont and New Hampshire, and Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty, which has three offices in New Hampshire. The combined company will be operating as Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty.

Simultaneous with this transaction, the combined company has acquired Vermont Country Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, which has five offices across Vermont.  A total of 22 offices across Vermont and New Hampshire now will operate as Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty.

“Lang McLaughry was established in 1959, bringing an established reputation built over 56 years for service and excellence in the community, and Four Seasons and Vermont Country Properties are both highly respected companies with a similar focus on service excellence.” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “We are proud to welcome them to the Sotheby’s International Realty global network.”

Staige Davis will serve as chief executive officer of Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty with Buff McLaughry serving as chief operating officer.  Stephanie Wheeler and Pam Perkins are co-owners of the newly combined entity.

“Our goal for nearly six decades has been to provide superior, innovative real estate services to buyers and sellers,” said Davis, formerly chief executive officer of Lang McLaughry.  “We are proud to join the Sotheby’s International Realty worldwide network, which we feel has the best marketing resources available in real estate and a reputation for extraordinary service and consistency. Bringing our companies together enables us to continue to pursue our visions of excellence and innovation in how we service our local communities, while being part of a strong global real estate network.  Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty opened its first office more than 100 years ago, affiliating with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand in 2009.  We are so pleased to unite with that rich and deep history.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has over 16,400 sales associates located in approximately 730 offices in 56 countries and territories worldwide.  Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty listings are 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.

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Winter 2015 RESIDE Magazine

The Winter 2015 Mountain Edition of RESIDE® magazine has arrived! Read our featured article, Escaping to Work below. 

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From the pages of RESIDE® | Luxury Homes and Lifestyles Around the World | Winter 2015 Mountain Edition

In bygone eras, secondary estates were built so the privileged could ride out harsh industrial winters in the comfort of balmy southern climates—think of the tycoons of Palm Beach, or the barons of Provence. Today’s business leaders may have the same instinct, but whereas the leisure classes of yore could retreat peacefully for months at a time, such extended departures no longer exist.

Working in the digital age means never being more than one or two bars of reception away from duty, even in the midst of escape. Simply unplugging is not an option. “We don’t have situations where people take even one or two weeks off and drop their business,” says Pat Donovan, Broker/Owner Glacier Sotheby’s International Realty in Whitefish, Montana. “They have to be able to work from their vacation home.”

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Modern buyers are now as likely to head west as south, into the splendor of the Rocky Mountain region for scenery, tranquility and year-round entertainment. At the same time they need to stay connected, and homes and markets here must be designed to facilitate working remotely.

Luxury homes fitted with high speed internet, Wi-Fi and extended cellular and satellite service are mandatory, says Donna Clinton, Broker and COO of Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty. “Executives want to make sure they’re accessible wherever they are in the valley,” she says, “so that’s never an issue here.”

Some form of workspace carved out—a dedicated office or elaborate “central command”—is also standard. Andrew Ernemann, Broker Associate at Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty, says these can include multiple oversized flat screens and state-of-the-art computer and telecom networks. “We see some pretty advanced set-ups here. You sometimes wonder if you’re in someone’s residence or in a high tech office somewhere.”

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In Whitefish, Pat Donovan has noticed executives are more apt to invite clients to their mountain retreats than travel away. The family home therefore doubles as a business and entertainment venue, and social spaces and overnight accommodations are important. “Homes need to have four beds and four baths, but those guest bedrooms also have to function as separate master suites. They can’t just be kids bunk rooms.”

A final factor integrating work and leisure is transportation. With more major airlines servicing these mountain markets, getting in and out has never been easier. Another trend to watch is the development of fly-in communities like The Refuge at Alpine Air Ranch in Star Valley, south of Jackson Hole. Private hangers linked to the central runway are included with each lot, so owners can maneuver their aircraft straight into their own “garage” after landing. Connectivity doesn’t get more direct than this.

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Altitude with Attitude | Dramatic Mountain Homes

The first edition of Art & Home is here, a new literary collaboration between Sotheby’s and Sotheby’s International Realty, showcasing all the elements of an extraordinary life. Eight times a year, it will engage readers with sophisticated content and beautiful images related to the art and real estate worlds. See below for the first Sotheby’s International Realty featured article, Altitude with Attitude.

Art_and_HomeArt & Home January-February 2015

Not long ago, modern mountain architecture was an aberration. Today, it’s a movement. Alpine architects are now in the rules-breaking business. They’re importing exotic materials and innovative ideas from around the world for a mile-high mash-up of contemporary design and modern sensibilities.

Refined is the new rustic.

Shed roofs are replacing complicated gables. Floating stairs are nudging out log staircases. Mini-skyscrapers are rising on mountaintops.

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Modern mountain design encourages homeowners to toss aside notions of what a resort residence should be and redefine the vacation home experience. Advances in materials, construction techniques and engineering allow for more stylistic choices and greater personal expression in the most challenging locations and elevations. Those technical advances have also facilitated an important shift. Mountain residences no longer need be built as protective shelters against harsh environments. They can be inviting light-filled spaces animated by sun and brilliant vistas.

Imported materials, progressive designs and artisan crews come at a price, which is why avant garde architecture is typically found at the highest end of the market. “When you’re willing to pay $3,000 a square foot, that opens the door for craftsmanship and quality,” says Tye Stockton of Ascent Sotheby’s International Realty in Vail, Colo. “Affluent buyers are less concerned about budget and more concerned about the emotional feelings that gets stirred in them.”

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Stockton is putting the finishing touches on his own modern mountain estate, one that hints at industrial design with steel I-beams and rolled steel decorative panels warmed up with imported reclaimed woods. The kitchen is sleek with stealth appliances and poured concrete countertops. Glass is one of modern architecture’s most fundamental materials, and Stockton employs it as a showstopper. A 10-foot-tall sliding glass wall system opens onto a quintessential Rocky Mountain panorama of jagged peaks and waterfalls. “In traditional mountain homes, solid walls are for hanging art. With modern, there’s expansive glass and the exterior is your art,” he says. “It’s magical.”

Modern is also unpredictable. And therein lies its seduction. “The more chances you take, the more creative the work,” says Stockton, “and the more exciting it is.”

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Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands Presence in Switzerland

St_Moritz_MuottasSotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced its luxury real estate services will be available throughout the canton of Grison through an office in St. Moritz, Switzerland, operating as St. Moritz Sotheby’s International Realty.

Gianluca Righetti, who currently owns the Tessin, Lugano, Locarno and Ascona markets through Fontana Sotheby’s International Realty, is an owner and will manage the new firm.  The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand also is represented in other locations across Switzerland by Cardis Sotheby’s International Realty, which has offices in Lausanne, Montreux, Vevey, Nyon and Geneva.

“The Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s expansion across Switzerland continues our commitment to providing access to the brand’s network and exclusive real estate services in key countries around the world,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “This affiliation, which strengthens our presence in Europe, offers  entrance into this famous and attractive lifestyle-focused Swiss market. We are very pleased that our global clientele now will have access to the brand’s services in this beautiful part of the world.  St. Moritz is one of only three locations to host the Winter Olympics twice, in 1928 and 1948, and remains a destination for world ski championships.”

According to Righetti, St. Moritz is a world-renowned mountain resort.  “Since the early 1950s St. Moritz has been an important destination for many personalities from the world of entertainment, sports and politics,” he said.  “It is the perfect location for owners of chalets and apartments coming from all over the world to benefit from 300 days of sunshine, long summers and sporty winters.  The St. Moritz luxury real estate market is one of the highest priced in the world, with the percentage of secondary residences very high and no existing major international real estate agency in the marketplace. Therefore, we believe this presents a great opportunity that will give us a strong position in the market.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has over 16,400 sales associates located in approximately 730 offices in 56 countries and territories worldwide.  St.Moritz Sotheby’s International Realty listings are 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 their 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.

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Enters Poland

widok emilia 1800x1200Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that leading Polish real estate firm Park House in Warsaw has joined its luxury real estate network and now will operate as Poland Sotheby’s International Realty.

The firm is managed by Arkadiusz Wojciechowski and Piotr Śliwka, who signed an exclusive 25-year master franchise agreement to develop the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand throughout Poland including the luxury residential real estate markets in Warsaw, Crocow, Wroclaw, Poznan and Lodz.

“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 the famous capital city of Warsaw.  I was proud to attend the Warsaw launch of Poland Sotheby’s International Realty in person, and am delighted that a global clientele will now have access to the brand in this historic part of the world.”

According to Wojciechowski, the firm was created to fulfill the needs of highly discerning clients searching for extraordinary real estate and requiring a high quality of service. “It is vitally important for our team to ensure that we understand our clients’ needs and to deliver efficient and personalized services with professionalism and confidentiality,” he said.  “The Polish real estate market is unique in that it is focused on a number of key cities with an array of high-end apartments and luxury developments, as well as spacious residences in the surrounding popular suburban towns and villages. Now with the support of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand we can bring Poland’s extraordinary and unique properties to the far-reaching corners of the world.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has over 15,000 sales associates located in approximately 720 offices in 52 countries and territories worldwide.  Poland 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.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Brand to Enter St. Martin

St MartinSotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced Pierres Caraibes in St. Martin has joined the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand and now will do business as St. Martin Sotheby’s International Realty.

The firm, which is owned by Lesley Reed, is located at Plaza Caraibes Bat A BP 144 Rue Kennedy, Marigot and 48 Rhine Road, Cupecoy, and is expected to open in November.

“St. Martin is a unique territory, with two countries, three currencies, three official languages and a multitude of cultures that spread over the 34 square miles of the island,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “This Caribbean gem is outlined by sandy beaches, hillside valleys and a steady tropical climate. We are proud to welcome Lesley Reed and her team to our network, combining the rich history of our brand with their experience of more than 26 years in the local luxury market.”

According to Reed, she looks forward to the worldwide reach the Sotheby’s International Realty brand offers. “We are thrilled to become part of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s exceptional global reach,” she said. “Our mission is to provide a customer experience dictated by our professionalism and commitment to quality. It is company standard to keep our customers’ interest in all decisions and we pride ourselves on the reputation we have built since 1999.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 15,000 independent sales associates located in approximately 720 offices in 52 countries and territories worldwide. St. Martin Sotheby’s International Realty listings are 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 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.

Fall 2014 RESIDE Magazine

The Fall 2014 issues of RESIDE® magazine have arrived!

From kitchens to lounge and recreational areas, many spaces that can be created indoors can be re-created and re-envisioned for the outdoors as well. Join us as we explore the ins and outs of chic outdoor living in this season’s editions of RESIDE.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Welcomes New California Firm

Venture SIR imageSotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Venture Sotheby’s International Realty in Pleasanton, California, is the newest member of its real estate network. The brokerage will be led by Andrew Greenwell, the broker and co-owner of the firm.

With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand will have 83 offices throughout the state of California.

“We are proud to grow the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s presence in California with Venture Sotheby’s International Realty and the team of professionals that Andrew is building,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Pleasanton is one of the finest markets in California and a premier destination in the Bay Area given its close proximity to San Francisco and Silicon Valley.”

According to Greenwell, the Sotheby’s International Realty affiliation offers his firm true international exposure, combined with their local expertise.

“The combination of the Sotheby’s International Realty network’s global reach, our local knowledge and mutual commitment to quality is very compelling,” he said.  “As well, we are fortunate to represent one of the world’s finest brands in a highly sought after market, with its beautiful weather, wine country lifestyle and scenic landscapes.  We look forward to representing some of the most extraordinary real estate the Bay Area has to offer, and with the support of this brand, introducing our market to a broad audience of consumers worldwide.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 15,000 independent sales associates located in approximately 720 offices in 52 countries and territories worldwide.  Venture Sotheby’s International Realty listings are 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 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.

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Welcomes Massachusetts Firm

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Prudential Unlimited Realty, with offices in Brookline and Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, is the newest member of its real estate network.   The company now will operate as Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty, and Jon Ufland is principal and managing broker of the firm.

With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand will have 33 independently owned and operated offices throughout the state of Massachusetts.

“We are proud to grow our presence in Massachusetts with Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Jon and his team are passionate about driving results for their clients and have built a reputation for providing the highest level of quality service.  Both Brookline and Jamaica Plain are hubs for their surrounding local communities.  Jon and his 50 dedicated sales professionals who serve these fine markets have achieved many successes for their clients over the last 15 years.”

According to Ufland, the Sotheby’s International Realty global reach perfectly complements his agents’ local knowledge and experience and will help attract the most talented and professional agents, while supporting the company’s consistent growth and evolution toward servicing extraordinary properties at all price points.

“We are so proud to represent the Sotheby’s International Realty network in Brookline and Jamaica Plain, and plan to be an integral part of the brand’s presence in the Greater Boston area,” he said.  “Our brokerage has and will continue to operate on a ‘clients for life’ model.  For each and every one of our customers and clients, we strive to build life-long relationships for the entirety of their real estate journey. Our goal is to advise them and to help them navigate through the emotional and financial aspects of any real estate need no matter what stage of life they are in.  We aim to make the experience as fulfilling and rewarding as possible.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 15,000 independent sales associates located in approximately 720 offices in 52 countries and territories worldwide.  Unlimited Sotheby’s International Realty listings are 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 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.

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand to Enter Hainan and Strengthen Presence in China

Hainan_3Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced Tianjin Zeng Yi Real Estate Brokerage Co. Ltd., which is owned by Plus Investment Holding Group (Beijing), will open Hainan Sotheby’s International Realty in China, furthering the brand’s expansion in Asia.

Kevin Corbett will serve as chief executive officer, and Jim Hao will serve as general manager.  The firm is expected to open in mid-November of this year.

“Following the planned opening of Beijing Sotheby’s International Realty in October, Kevin and Jim look to continue the momentum in Hainan,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Hainan, with its tropical climate, is a tourist hot spot.  We are proud of their efforts in creating a strong presence in this market, as we continue our expansion in Asia.”

With the opening of Hainan Sotheby’s International Realty, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand will have 27 independently owned and operated offices throughout Asia in Australia, Beijing, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

“Hainan is often referred to as the Hawaii of China, and the No. 1 tropical resort destination there,” said Corbett.  “With the strength of the Sotheby’s International Realty network and our robust resources in Hainan, we are opening new doors to this exotic haven and to those seeking to invest in China’s world-class resort real estate.  With the opening of Hainan Sotheby’s International Realty, we foresee further growth and expansion in mainland China’s luxury real estate market.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 15,000 independent sales associates located in approximately 720 offices in 52 countries and territories worldwide.  Hainan Sotheby’s International Realty listings are 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 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.