May’s Top Events in Upstate, Central and Western New York

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One of the things our real estate agents love most about living in Upstate New York is that there’s always something to do. It’s a rare day that there isn’t a festival, party or celebration of some kind going on, and this spring is shaping up to be no exception.

Very often we hear from clients about the vacations they have taken in New York, and how their experiences were the deciding factor to relocate and be closer to all the activities they enjoy. If this sounds like your experience please feel free to browse our exclusive listings and contact one of our local agents to explore the lifestyle options Upstate, Central and Western New York have to offer.

Below are a collection of events that are happening throughout the month of May in the areas we serve.

EAT ADK Restaurant Week
Adirondacks, Lake Placid
May 3, 2019 – May 10, 2019

Buffalo Cherry Blossom Festival
Greater Niagara, Buffalo
May 4, 2019 – May 5, 2019

Rochester Lilac Festival
Finger Lakes, Rochester
May 10, 2019 – May 19, 2019

71st Annual Tulip Festival
Capital Region-Saratoga, Albany
May 11, 2019 – May 12, 2019

Rip van Winkle Wine, Brew and Beverage Festival
Catskills, Catskill
May 11, 2019

Seneca Lake Wine & Food
Finger Lakes, Watkins Glen
May 18, 2019

Hall of Fame Classic Weekend
Central New York, Cooperstown
May 25, 2019

Grape Blossom Festival at Thousand Islands Winery
1000 Islands-Seaway, Alexandria Bay
May 25, 2019

Buffalo Marathon 2019
Greater Niagara, Buffalo
May 26, 2019

Sing Out, New York
Capital Region-Saratoga, Troy
May 30, 2019 – June 1, 2019

Country Living Fair 2019
Hudson Valley, Rhinebeck
May 31, 2019 – June 2, 2019

Click here to see a complete list and details for all events.

2018 Another Extraordinary Year

With over 80 agents servicing the Upstate New York real estate market and the surrounding markets of Lake George, The Catskill Mountains, Lake Placid, Saratoga Springs, Central New York, Western New York, The Finger Lakes, and Thousand Islands, our vision is to be the luxury leader in the markets we serve. With local expertise and a powerful global network, we have remarkable agents compiling unrivaled results.

 

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Significant Sales

Throughout 2018, our agents represented many extraordinary properties across price points throughout the community. One significant sale was the extraordinary property at 5908 Lake Shore Drive in Bolton Landing, NY, marking the highest priced residential sale this year. The transaction was represented by Dan Collins of Select Sotheby’s International Realty and Elaine Lonnie Lawrence of Sherwood Group LLC

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Exclusive Partnerships

In September 2018 we expanded our presence in Jacksonville, FL and partnered with First Coast Sotheby’s International Realty by purchasing ownership stake and gaining 60+ agents. The merger expands the firm’s presence in Florida, serving the luxury residential real estate markets in Amelia Island, Jacksonville and Ponte Vedra Beach.

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Networking and Collaboration

Several members of our team had the opportunity to connect with other Sotheby’s International Realty associates by visiting affiliate offices around the world and attending networking events over the course of 2018.  These networking events are pivotal in connecting us with agents and clients in other markets.  These valuable connections help us connect buyers and sellers from around the world.

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Brand Exclusives and Highlights

2018 was another impactful year for the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, which saw the roll-out of new tools like Curate, Design Vault, and the launch of the Reside podcast. Most recently, the brand launched a new industry outreach and agent recruitment programs including Leading in Luxury and the Vanguard campaign. The Brand was also recognized as the No.1 real estate channel on YouTube.

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Is Proud To Introduce Curate!

Sotheby’s International Realty is bringing Augmented Reality into its listings. Working in partnership with VR/AR developer RoOomy, Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to introduce Curate, a virtual staging app that enables an empty home to be filled with the prospective buyer’s choice of interior decor and furniture, then viewed in real-time 3D.

Welcome, Cira Masters!

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Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Expands into Nicaragua!

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Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the brand’s expansion into Nicaragua with the opening of Nicaragua Sotheby’s International Realty.

Nicaragua Sotheby’s International Realty is owned by Emerald Coast Realty. Led by Managing Partner Trevor Barran, Nicaragua Sotheby’s International Realty will serve the luxury real estate market throughout the country.

“With its uniquely beautiful landscape, Nicaragua is emerging as a robust destination for luxury real estate,” said Philip White, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “The Nicaragua Sotheby’s International Realty team has successfully developed and sold luxury properties in New York, Miami and around Latin America and are passionate and knowledgeable about the Nicaraguan real estate market.  We are proud to welcome them to our global network.”

“We are excited to represent the Sotheby’s International Realty brand in Nicaragua and are committed to providing an unrivaled level of service to our clients,” said Barran.  “This affiliation strategically positions us for continued growth in this emerging market.  We believe in the long-term potential of Nicaragua and are invested in its success.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 18,800 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 835 offices in 63 countries and territories worldwide.  Nicaragua 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.

Company News!

We are thrilled to announce that Lou Izzo has joined our firm as Co-owner and Real Estate Broker, and will be assuming the role of President! Lou brings over 25 years of real estate experience to our company, and has partnered with our Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Collins. Prior to joining us, Lou spent many years as president of HUNT Real Estate ERA, and currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Real Estate Leadership, an international consulting firm in the real estate industry.

“Dan and I have joined forces to continue the growth of Select Sotheby’s International Realty across New York State. We are passionate to provide the highest level of marketing and sales excellence to our clients along with world-class agent support to our growing number of team members,” says Lou.

Dan Collins commented, “Lou has been working with our firm for the past couple of years and the synergies that he brings to us combined with our passion for excellence will allow us to continue the growth of our firm across Upstate New York.  From first homes to the finest homes, we can now provide the Sotheby’s International Realty experience to a larger audience.”

With the change in ownership structure also comes a change in senior level management. Andrea Demoracski, formerly the company’s Director of Operations, was recently promoted to Vice President, executing day-to-day operations and oversight of our company and staff members.

Sotheby’s International Realty | Significant Sales Vol 12/2015

Sotheby’s International Realty have released their latest volume of the brand’s Significant Sales!

This issue features top sales from throughout our network, starting with a 30-acre oceanfront compound in the Hamptons. Also featured are properties from a diverse range of locations including New York, Florida, Colorado, Illinois, South Africa and California. The strength of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand is on display in this issue, featuring some of the world’s most significant sales!

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Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Welcomes Virginia Beach Firm

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Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Weaver Advantage Team, Inc. in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is the newest member of its real estate network and will now operate as Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty.

Owned and operated by Kris Weaver, the firm will service the residential real estate markets in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Newport News, Williamsburg, Eastern Shore and Northern Neck. With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand now has five independently owned and operated affiliates in the state of Virginia including: Frank Hardy Sotheby’s International Realty, Hunt Country Sotheby’s International Realty, The Steele Group Sotheby’s International Realty and TTR Sotheby’s International Realty.

“Virginia Beach is a popular beach town destination with a strong luxury residential real estate market,” said Philip White, President and Chief Executive Officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “Expanding into this area has been one of our brand’s objectives, and we are proud to welcome Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty to our network.”

“Affiliating with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand allows us access to the finest marketing platform in the luxury real estate space and an impressive global network of agents,” said Weaver. “Our goal is to provide our clients with the best possible experience buying, selling and leasing real estate; we are thrilled to align with a brand that can elevate us to the next level.”

Atlantic Sotheby’s International Realty currently has two offices, with its main office located at 2901 S. Lynnhaven Road, Suite 450, Virginia Beach, Virginia, and plans for a third office in a prime oceanfront location opening later this year.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 18,800 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 835 offices in 63 countries and territories worldwide. Atlantic 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.

Sotheby’s International Realty Expands Luxury Brand Presence into Singapore!

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Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that it has signed an agreement with List Holdings Singapore PTE. LTD. to develop the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand in Singapore.

List Holdings Singapore PTE. LTD. is owned by the same company that operates List Sotheby’s International Realty in Japan and Honolulu, Hawaii. The firm’s Singapore location will be led by Hisashi Kitami, owner and chief executive officer of List Sotheby’s International Realty.

“Singapore is a global financial center, making it an attractive market for international buyers,” said Philip White, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “Hisashi Kitami and his team share our brand’s core values and commitment to providing the highest levels of service.”

List Sotheby’s International Realty is expected to open its first office in Singapore during the second half of 2016.

“As part of the Sotheby’s International Realty network, we have seen great success in Hawaii and Japan and are excited to expand into Singapore,” said Kitami. “The country has an international consumer base and the global exposure offered by the brand will continue to be beneficial to our clients.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 18,800 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 835 offices in 63 countries and territories worldwide. List 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 the worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Brand News | Mansion Global Property Video Now Live!

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The Sotheby’s International Realty brand continues to create new exposure opportunities for property videos. In addition to sothebysrealty.comThe New York Times real estate section and luxuryestate.com, approved property videos are now being syndicated to the property details pages on mansionglobal.com.

The Mansion Global website receives over 1 million monthly visitors with 30% of traffic coming from the United States and 70% of the traffic coming from international countries.

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