Announcing the 2020 Presidents Club Members

We are very proud to announce our 2020 Select Sotheby’s International Realty President’s Club! Each agent who is inducted into this club will provide you with an unparalleled experience with buying or selling your next home. Congratulations to all of these outstanding professionals.⁠ Presidents Club Social Media 2020

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Welcomes Napa Valley Firm!

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Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Gates Estates in Yountville, California is the newest member of its real estate network and will now operate as Gates Estates Sotheby’s International Realty.

The firm is owned and operated by Cyndi Gates, a seasoned Napa Valley real estate professional who has been in the business since 1979.  Gates Estates Sotheby’s International Realty will serve the northern Napa Valley region including Napa, Yountville,Oakville, Rutherford, St. Helena and Calistoga, California.  With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty® network now has 115 branded offices throughout the state of California.

Yountville is a quintessential Napa Valley town with wine country charm and gourmet dining,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “The area is a blossoming luxury residential real estate market, and we are proud to welcome Gates Estates Sotheby’s International Realty to our network.”

“Having worked in Napa Valley real estate for over 35 years, I have seen the region flourish into the wine country and vacation destination it is today,” said Gates.  “I established my own firm in 2009 to better serve the community I have come to know and love. As a boutique residential real estate brokerage with a concierge-style approach, our goal is to smoothly guide our clients through their real estate transactions, making their experience effortless yet memorable to develop long-term relationships.  Affiliating with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand will elevate our already successful business and broaden our marketing horizons, allowing us to strengthen the level of service we provide to our clients.”

Gates Estates Sotheby’s International Realty is located at 6550 Washington Street in Yountville.

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. Gates Estates 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 worldwideSotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.  Each office is independently owned and operated.

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.

Sotheby’s International Realty Brand to Expand Luxury Brand Presence across Argentina

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the brand’s existing affiliate brokerage in Argentina, Ginevra Sotheby’s International Realty, which is owned and operated by Mercedes Ginevra, will now provide residential real estate services throughout the country, focusing on key markets such as Puerto Madero, San Isidro, Mendoza, Salta, and La Patagonia.

Argentina is steeped in rich history with a varied terrain from the inland mountains to resort towns and imposing cliffs along the coast, catering to many different lifestyles,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Argentina has an important position in the South American luxury market and this expansion provides a wider footprint in one of the most diverse countries in the world.”

“We are so pleased to be a part of the prestigious Sotheby’s International Realty® brand,” said Ginevra. “The access and connections to offices around the world have been beneficial over that past few months and will be paramount to our team as we embark on our expansion throughout Argentina. We couldn’t be more excited.”

Ginevra Sotheby’s International Realty currently services the luxury residential real estate market in Buenos Aires along with Adriana Massa Sotheby’s International Realty, which is owned and managed by Adriana Massa.  The two brokerage companies will continue to work cooperatively together to service customers’ needs in Buenos Aires.

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.  Ginevra 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 Welcomes Idaho Firm

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Group One in Boise and Eagle, Idaho, is the newest member of its real estate network and will now operate as Group One Sotheby’s International Realty.

The firm, which is owned and operated by Brad Barker and KaLinn Dishion, will serve the markets of Boise, Eagle, Meridian, Nampa and Star. With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand now has three independently owned and operated affiliates in the state of Idaho including: Sun Valley Sotheby’s International Realty/Jackson Hole Sotheby’s International Realty and Tomlinson Sotheby’s International Realty.

“We are proud to grow our presence in Idaho with Group One Sotheby’s International Realty,” said Philip White, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “The Boise market offers residents a beautiful landscape between desert and the mountains with a mild climate that caters to an active lifestyle all year round.”

“After 33 years as an independent real estate firm, we have proven that we can create and maintain a successful brand at the intersection of artful living and real estate sales,” said Dishion. “Now we want to elevate it and give it a powerful boost.”

“The elegance of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand is undeniably attractive,” said Barker. “Our affiliation with the Sotheby’s International Realty network complements our ongoing commitment to excellence and we are excited to take this important step to better meet the needs of our clients.  Sotheby’s International Realty is not just about luxury property; it is about luxury marketing. Our clients will benefit from the exposure given by our affiliation with the most powerful brand in international real estate marketing.”

The firm has two offices with the main office located at 500 E. Shore Drive, Eagle, Idaho.

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.  Group One 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.

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

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.

  

 

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.

John Burke Sells His Shares of Select Sotheby’s International Realty to Daniel Collins

Select Sotheby’s International Realty, founded in 2007, with offices in Saratoga Springs, Bolton Landing and Lake Placid, is excited to announce that Daniel Collins is the new President/CEO and sole owner of the company.

Dan Collins purchased the shares formerly owned by John A. Burke, Jr. on July 17, 2015. Burke founded the company with three other partners in 2007 and started out with no agents, no clients and no listings. As of July 2015, the company has 56 agents and over 480 active listings. In 2014, the total sales volume was over $110 million.

“My passion is in business development, the start-up phase of new companies. Select Sotheby’s International Realty has reached a point of maturity, and I am excited and confident that Dan Collins can take the company to the next level,” Burke said.

John is also excited for the opportunity to build his sales portfolio as an associate real estate broker for the firm and to focus on service for his clients.  Real estate will remain a strong passion for him. He is committed to providing a level of service that is consistent with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, and by stepping down as President/CEO, he can focus more of his energy on doing so.

Burke also noted that he is at a point in his life where he wants to spend more time with his family, especially his children. With only 4-5 years before they are off to college, he wants to be sure he can attend all of their school and life events, having as much of a presence as possible.

Dan Collins is excited to make some positive changes for the company, including building a more agent-centric business with a focus on training and development. “We want to create an environment where the agents won’t be competing with the brokers for sales,” Collins said. “We’re going to be personally working with each agent to help them be more successful, which is mutually beneficial for the company. I have also decided to promote Andrea Demoracski to Director of Operations. Her primary role will be overseeing the agent support team, and improving the overall agent experience by streamlining and developing processes to make things run more efficiently.” Dan is a former owner of D.A. Collins, a full service construction group headquartered in Upstate New York.

Current Vice President, Joanne DiMarco, will continue her role of growing the company revenue, with agent recruiting, training, development and day-to-day management support for the agents.

As part of the change, the company hosted a meeting and celebration for its staff, agents and clients. Featured guests Fran Santangelo, Senior Vice President of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates, LLC, and Robert Byrne, Vice President of Affiliates Services Northeast for Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC, were on hand for the event.

The best apps for selling and buying homes

In the fast-paced San Diego real estate game, successful agents are harnessing mobile data to stay two steps ahead while house hopping.

Luckily, in the age of smartphones, specialized apps put market information at your fingertips. Plus, they give you the ability to win over clients and streamline the paperwork with a few taps.

While some companies such as Zillow and Trulia have built online empires by providing always-up-to-date listings, there are lots of useful smartphone tools that can help agents work faster and more efficiently in the field.

Whether you’re searching for a home in Mission Hills or selling a four-bedroom in East Village, here are nine apps that will help you close the deal fast.

Find the house

The best-laid plans often go awry, and even if you came prepared with a list of prime properties in the bay area, your buyers could decide their budget or taste in neighborhoods have changed. With the right apps, you can adapt on the fly.

There are two big dogs on the mobile house-hunting scene: Zillow and Trulia. And while they mostly focus on buyers, both of their pocket guides guarantee you will have the most current listings and pricing info.

Zillow Real Estate (free on Android and iOS) puts 100 million searchable properties on your smartphone, plus helpful features such as notifications for favorite properties, search within an area that you draw on the map, and price estimates based on surrounding homes and market trends.

Real Estate by Trulia (free on Android and iOS) also uses built-in GPS to find nearby houses on the fly, and adds essential components such as crime maps, school locations, and filtering by criteria like number of bedrooms and total square footage.

Show it off

Once you’re in the ballpark of price and location, it’s time to exhibit the interior features. Even if the buyer isn’t with you on the initial visit, your smartphone’s camera can help you communicate some of a spot’s key characteristics.

For that in-the-room-with-you vibe, try 360 Panorama (99 cents on iOS). This app lets you stitch multiple photos together into a sharable, interactive picture that shows all 360 degrees of a space.

If you need to point out specific details, Skitch (free on Android and iOS) lets users quickly mark up photos and PDFs with highlights, boxes, arrows and overlaid text. It’s perfect for focusing in on oak cabinets or a cobblestone-framed fireplace.

If the prospective buyers want to update the space with their own DIY touches, Zillow Digs(free, iPad only) will help you estimate and factor in those costs. The app provides a database of searchable home-improvement ideas along with tools for projecting project pricing based on location.

Seal the deal

Once your clients are ready to pull the trigger on the home of their dreams, don’t let the paperwork hold up the process.

First, make sure payments are within reason by using Zillow Mortgage Marketplace (free on Android and iOS). This app will help your buyers budget monthly payments and shop around for loan quotes with its dead-simple interface.

Once you agree on terms and have the contract written up, Docusign Ink (free for Android and iOS, $15/month basic plan) will help you get the necessary signatures to make the sale official. All you need is a smartphone and your finger, so it’s perfect for endorsing documents while you’re out and about.

And if you’re completely committed to going paperless, there are a bunch of cloud-based services that keep your documents organized and accessible. The two best options for real estate purposes are Cartavi (free on Android and iOS, $10/month basic plan), Docusign’s sister service that was built specifically for realtors and emphasizes collaborative document sharing, and Dropbox (free on Anderoid and iOS), which links up directly with Docusign and makes it simple to distribute contracts via any online medium.