Sotheby’s International Realty | Significant Sales Vol 10/2015

Sotheby’s International Realty has released their latest volume of the brand’s Significant Sales.

This issue features top sales from throughout our network of worldwide affiliates, starting with a contemporary mountain home in Colorado.Also featured are properties from a diverse range of locations including California, Florida, Wyoming, New York, Connecticut, Taiwan, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Spain. The strength of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand is on display in this issue, featuring some of the world’s most significant sales.

Check it out here | Significant Sales Vol 10

Sotheby’s International Realty Reports $80 Billion In Sales For 2015

MADISON, N.J. (Feb. 25, 2016) – Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today reported that in 2015 its affiliated brokers and sales professionals achieved approximately $80 billion in U.S. home sales volume (transaction sides multiplied by average sale price). Driven largely by a brand record of over 100,000 total transaction sides, this is the highest annual sales volume performance in the history of the brand and marks a 13% increase from the prior year.

Global Growth

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand also reported growth in its global network, which now encompasses 63 countries and territories worldwide. At year-end, the network totaled 835 offices, a gain of nearly 10%, and more than 18,800 sales associates, up 14%.

“2015 was a record year for domestic franchise sales for the Sotheby’s International Realty brand,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “This year alone, we have also added 12 international, independently owned and operated affiliate brokerage locations to our global network, which will drive accessibility to the increasing level of international buyers in key luxury markets.”

Outside the United States, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand continued to expand into key markets in 2015. The entire Gulf Region is poised for significant growth as the brand’s affiliate brokerage in the region, Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty, acquired the rights to deliver real estate services in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The brand saw continued growth entering the countries of Chile, Finland, Ireland, The Netherlands, and Nicaragua, while expanding its presence in Italy, Queensland, Australia and in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand also added five independently owned and operated residential real estate firms and 73 new offices to its network across the United States. This past year witnessed continued growth by existing affiliate companies through mergers, acquisitions and recruiting. Notable transactions included the coming together of three companies in Vermont and New Hampshire that resulted in one of the largest operators in those states under the Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty banner, and the acquisition of South Bay Brokers in Manhattan Beach by Vista Sotheby’s International Realty. Several key open markets were also filled, namely: Baltimore, Md.; Block Island, R.I.; Charlottesville, Va. and Portland, Ore.

Last year The Wall Street Journal/REAL Trends “Top Thousand” ranked agents based on average sales price, recognizing the success of agents that specialize in the luxury real estate segment. The Sotheby’s International Realty brand had 75 of the top 250 (30%) individuals by average sales price. This achievement is reflective of the success of our efforts to further establish the brand as the voice of luxury.

In 2016 and for the ninth year in a row, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand won Franchise Business Review’s Best in Category for Real Estate Franchisee Satisfaction award. In addition to its real estate ranking, the brand also came in fourth in the overall top 50, and second among the Top 50 “Systems with 250 or more units,” which is a ranking of all franchise systems across all categories with more than 250 locations.

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand hosted several international networking events throughout the year exemplifying its truly global reach. An event in Rome brought together 27 affiliated companies from 19 countries within the European, Middle Eastern and African region while another event in Rancho Palos Verdes, California had representation from over 113 affiliated companies worldwide. “Our international footprint is the cornerstone of our global esteem and our events around the world serve as a platform for our network to work together while developing relationships to increase referrals and share best practices on the exclusive line of Sotheby’s International Realty products to better serve their clients’ needs and meet their business goals,” said White.

Marketing

From a marketing perspective, the brand’s 2015 campaign delivered more than 1.2 billion impressions. At the core of the Sotheby’s International Realty 2015 strategy was its relationships with preeminent media powerhouses in both print and online arenas to showcase unique properties from the brand’s worldwide network including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Bloomberg, Financial Times and as the exclusive real estate partner for Dwell.com.

To mark the 40th year of Sotheby’s International Realty in the luxury residential real estate brokerage business, Philip White and Wendy Purvey, chief marketing officer, were joined by honorary guests of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand to ring the Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange on December 29, 2015. Additionally, the brand was featured with prime placement on the New York Stock Exchange video banner in Times Square. Running the entire month of December, the video was shown 15 times per day, reaching over 1.6 million daily visitors to Times Square and highlighted the brand’s lifestyle focus and drove viewers to sothebysrealty.com for more information.

Finally, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s website, sothebysrealty.com, was re-launched in 2015 to provide a fully immersive, responsive, video-based experience with unique content. With a focus on creating the best possible user experience, the new sothebysrealty.com continues the brand’s tradition of revolutionizing luxury real estate in the digital space. Last year the site saw the most traffic in its history with 14 million visits, a 30% increase year over year. The new Sotheby’s International Realty, website was recognized by the Web Marketing Association with the “2015 Outstanding Website WebAward” and by W3 with the “2015 W3 Gold Award.”

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, each brokerage firm and its 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.

3 Things to Consider Before Buying a Second Home

Buying a vacation home sounds like a dream, but that doesn’t make it the right move financially. Consider these three things to see if purchasing a vacation property makes sense for you.

Realtor.com teamed up with Keir Weimer, an Associate Real Estate Broker with Select Sotheby’s International Realty, to promote his expert advice at a national level, on three things you should consider before purchasing a vacation home. Keir’s team specializes in second home, commercial and resort properties throughout the Adirondack Park and Upstate New York.

Watch the video here : http://www.realtor.com/videos/buying-a-vacation-home-better-watch-this-first/2f7f6aed-779a-484a-8d6b-128dbecb4c2e

Extraordinary Homes | President’s Week Edition

The sales are bountiful and the schools are empty – it must be President’s Day week! Originally instated in 1885 as a celebration of George Washington’s birthday (as which it still observed in some states), it is more commonly recognized as a celebration of all the United State’s sworn in leaders, both past and present.

The dwelling of a President is many things: Refined. Sophisticated. Majestic. Stately. 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has called many Presidents residents since John Adams in 1800. The White House is a true American icon, and one of the most renowned and recognized mansions in the world. While we can’t quite compete with its rich history, illustrious roster of past tenants and little black book of dignified guests, we’ve had three unique and distinctive “white” houses of our own recently hit the market. Check them out, below!

 


55 Julian Way, Lake Placid NY | $1,995,000

Nestled in the heart of the Adirondacks, Forest Brook Manor is truly a one-of-a-kind estate. Settled at the end of a long, meandering driveway and perched atop a cleared hill, this 8,000 square foot mansion affords 360 degree panoramas of the High Peaks in each and every room. As part of the Whiteface Club and Resort, future owners will be able to enjoy the extensive amenities of the resort and the community including golf, tennis, cross country skiing and lake access. Built in 1940 with a traditional floor-plan and quality construction, the 7 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms and 6 fireplaces make for a warm and welcoming atmosphere for friends and family alike.

 

359-McKie-Hollow-Rd
359 Mckie Hollow Road, Cambridge NY | $749,000

Butternut Farm sprawls across 245 acres of forested mountains, rich farmland and open fields. The farmhouse itself is colonial in style, and it radiates warmth throughout with wide plank floors, un-spoilt woodwork, classic built-in bookshelves and a screened porch overlooking the tree-encircled pond, fields and mountains. Set back on a secondary road on the back side of the New Skete Monks’ acreage, this property presents a rare opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty of pastoral Washington County.

 

 177-Palatine-Bridge-Road
177 Palatine Church Road, Fort Plain NY | $349,000

This historic Mohawk Valley colonial estate has been lovingly and meticulously restored and is encapsulated by exceptional views. Each of the three bedrooms, including the master, have their own fireplaces and en-suite bathrooms, making them the perfect retreat at the end of the day. Outdoors, you’ll find organic acreage, a stocked pond, a flagstone patio and a barn perfect for the keen hobby farmer.

 

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Wins ‘Best in Category’ in Franchisee Satisfaction

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Wins ‘Best in Category’ in Franchisee Satisfaction for Ninth Consecutive Year in Franchise Business Review Awards

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY (Feb. 19th, 2015) – Select Sotheby’s International Realty, a luxury real estate firm with offices in Saratoga Springs, Bolton Landing and Lake Placid, today announced the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand won Franchise Business Review’s Best in Category for Real Estate Franchisee Satisfaction award for the ninth year in a row.

The Best in Category award measures franchisee satisfaction with their franchisors and is part of the 11th annual Franchisee Satisfaction Awards presented by Franchise Business Review.  In addition to earning the top real estate ranking, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand also came in fourth in the overall top 50 and second among the Top 50 “Systems with 250 or more units,” which is a ranking of all franchise systems across all categories with more than 250 locations.

“We are so proud to receive this distinction for the ninth year in a row,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “We are committed to always helping our network achieve greater levels of success and we are so pleased that our affiliates hold us in such high regard within the ranking system.  The reason the Franchise Business Review recognition is so rewarding is because it is measured by input from our most important asset: our affiliates.”

Franchise Business Review surveyed more than 28,000 franchisees representing 339 franchise brands for the annual Franchisee Satisfaction awards.  Franchises were evaluated in five areas: training and support, franchise system, franchisor/franchisee relations, financial opportunity and overall satisfaction. Additionally, demographic and lifestyle questions gave a 360-degree view of the franchise ownership experience.  Franchise Business Review is a national franchise market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction and franchise buyer experiences. For a complete list of this year’s award winners, go to www.FBR50.com.

Sotheby’s International Realty continues to impress with higher franchisee satisfaction scores than benchmark in every category of Franchise Business Review’s annual survey,” said Franchise Business Review president Michelle Rowan. “The brand particularly excels in ‘Training and Support,’ with an overall 31% higher satisfaction rating than benchmark.”

“This brand offers our firm the tools, resources and support we need to reach a global audience of consumers and provide our clients with the best possible service,” said Dan Collins, Broker/Owner.  “We are proud to be part of this network of extraordinary professionals, and to represent this fine brand in the Upstate New York market.”

Select Sotheby’s International Realty, which has offices in Saratoga Springs, Bolton Landing and Lake Placid, offers exclusive Sotheby’s International Realty marketing, advertising and referral services designed to attract well-qualified buyers to the firm’s property listings. In addition, the firm and its clients benefit from an association with the Sotheby’s auction house, which promotes real estate referral opportunities with auction house clientele.  Property listings from Select Sotheby’s International Realty also are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website, as well as on the firm’s local website, http://www.selectsothebysrealty.com/.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has over 18,000 sales associates located in approximately 825 offices in 61 countries and territories worldwide.  Each office is independently owned and operated.

  

 

Extraordinary Homes | Valentine’s Day Edition

Cupid, get ready to take aim and fire – it’s almost Valentine’s Day! While we prepare for the hustle and bustle of overcrowded restaurants and overbooked theatres, what could be nicer than retreating for the night to your own private paradise? Check out three of our listings below that aptly emulate the classic romance and timeless elegance that’ll make the best part of going out coming home.

 

134 Mirror Lake Drive
134 Mirror Lake Drive, Lake Placid NY | $9,999,000

Moments from the charming Village of Lake Placid, nestled on it’s on private peninsula on scenic Mirror Lake, sits this extraordinary estate. An architectural wonder of 11,000 square feet, no detail was overlooked in its construction and design. It’s quintessential rustic charm is married to the ease and comfort of seemingly every modern amenity imaginable, right at your very fingertips. Nothing has been overlooked in creating a domestic paradise which is at once private, but not secluded; elegant, yet casual; classic, yet completely contemporary; and remarkably spacious while remaining astoundingly intimate.

 

 

18 Skyline Drive
18 Skyline Drive, Bolton Landing NY | Price Upon Request

Live like a true King and Queen in this captivating castle overlooking the Queen of American Lakes, Lake George. Poised mountainside and set down a 2000-foot-long driveway, indulge in the ultimate regal majesty. Romeo and Juliet stained glass welcome you in and lead through to a Great Room of incomparable opulence, with 25-foot-high beamed ceilings, a fireplace flanked by armored knights and 180 degree panoramic views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Upon retiring upstairs, the lavish master suite is royally adorned and boasts a 2-story tower sitting area, a window seat overlooking the lake and a Shakespearean balcony overlooking the Great Room. A one of a kind stately residence, resplendent with finery, it is truly a treasure beyond words or measure.

 

 

6 Rippleton Road
6 Rippleton Road, Cazenovia NY | $2,490,000

Dissolve into the calm, quiet and natural elegance of the Central New York countryside. Built in 1824 by the brother-in-law of John Lincklaen, the founder of Cazenovia, the Meadows Estate exudes old-world romantic charm. Hold hands and take a stroll through the perennial gardens, the ornamental apple orchard or the shade garden; paddle out into Chittenango Creek or Cazenovia Lake in a two-person canoe; or indoors, snuggle up in front of one of the ten fireplaces. Relish in the seclusion, but enjoy the nearby convenience of the village filled with shops and restaurants. The Meadows presents a rare opportunity for a historic country house that is move-in ready.

Significant Sale | Historic and Iconic Texas Ranch

They say there’s a buyer for every property – even a $725 million North Texas ranch.

L.A. Rams owner, Stan Kroenke, and his wife Anna Walton Kroenke, niece of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton, have been approved by the courts to buy the W.T. Waggoner Estate Ranch, recognized as one of the biggest contiguous ranch property in the United States. Spanning 510,527 acres and sprawling across six counties, that statement is unsurprising.

The property has been owned by the same family since 1849. To put that into perspective, it was the year Fort Worth was founded, Zachary Taylor was sworn in as the 12th president of the United States and Edgar Allan Poe passed.

Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, was the major broker in this landmark and historical transaction. “This shows that iconic ranches like this can be sold in today’s market with the right strategies and international exposure,” says Broker Robbie Briggs.

Sotheby’s International Realty artfully unites extraordinary homes with extraordinary lives throughout the world. While the buyers are domestic, interest was generated from all corners of the earth including South Korea, China, Russia and South America. As a global network of affiliates, Sotheby’s International Realty’s agents are experts in their local markets with unrivaled access to the brand’s worldwide exposure, and this is an apt example of just that.

Extraordinary Homes | Superbowl Edition

It’s that time of year! Roll out the wings and grab yourself a cold one – Superbowl Sunday is upon us. After a heated season, we are all geared up to watch the Panthers take on the Broncos at Levi’s Stadium in sunny Santa Clara; and what better way to watch than in the comfort of your own home theater? Check out four of our listings below, with game-day viewing facilities guaranteed to score a touchdown with your football-fanatic friends and family.

 

stonybrook
36 Stony Brook Drive, Saratoga Springs NY | $8,600,000

The most magnificent mansion available in Saratoga Springs, this 25,000 square foot home offers every amenity imaginable. From the indoor basketball court to the indoor and outdoor swimming pools to the 20 seat movie theatre, there is plenty of room for everyone, giving your guests a Superbowl experience that they will never forget.

 

2sandy
2 Sandy Drive, Amsterdam NY | $349,900

This property does not fall short on entertainment options, and the home theatre with stadium seating, two refrigerators, A/V equipment and 120-inch screen is guaranteed to impress.

 

9taymor
9 Taymor Trail, Clifton Park NY | $1,390,000

Private and pristine, this property backs up onto 50 acres of protected land, but still allows for an easy commute to New York’s Capital District. A more intimate setting in which to watch the game, sit back and take in the action in one of the reclining leather seats in the professional home theater.

 

9university
7-9 University Place, Amsterdam NY | $679,000

This unique home was once the vacation spot of Star Trek’s William Shatner and boasts a large common living area with two separate wings. Since there’s plenty of space to host family and friends alike, catch the game in the 31-seat movie theatre and keep yourself refreshed at the nearby built-in bar.

 

PS – Since the commercials that air are as hotly anticipated as the game itself, we are extra excited to see our local coffee company, Death Wish Coffee, hit the big screen with their debut Superbowl Commercial!