Sotheby’s International Realty Announces Launch of 2016 Marketing Program

Portland, ME, (February 11, 2016) – Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, Maine’s Leading Luxury Property Company, today announced the launch of the brand’s 2016 marketing programdesigned to reach a global audience of qualified luxury real estate consumers.

The foundation of the 2016 Sotheby’s International Realty® marketing strategy is content.  The brand is committed to developing and curating content, with a heavy focus on video and delivering it in an omni-channel approach in order to create and maintain global brand recognition and awareness.

“Our 2016 marketing plan was designed with a strategic focus on the consumer, while maintaining our global reach,” said Wendy Purvey, chief marketing officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to providing consumers with what they want, when they want it and where, and we are doing so by providing more content, video, and mobile integration than ever before, increasing our exposure to real estate intenders around the world.”

Sotheby’s International Realty will readily deliver its content through a variety of platforms such as its distinguished media partners, in both print and online, including: The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Architectural Digest, Mansion Global, Dwell, and Elle Décor, as well as the Google Display Network and Apple.  In addition, the brand will share custom content on its newly-redesigned website, sothebysrealty.com, as well as its Extraordinary Living blog and across its rapidly growing social media channels.

The brand also will continue to work with Sotheby’s to produce Art & Home, the literary collaboration launched in 2014, designed to engage readers with sophisticated content related to the art and real estate worlds.  The magazine consists of eight regional editions and has a distribution rate of 250,000 worldwide.

“Consumers are now utilizing a variety of avenues in their search for real estate and this year’s marketing program enables us to connect with a global audience wherever their search may lead them,”  said Chris Lynch, President and Owner.  “By creating custom content and video and delivering it across an array of platforms, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand is once again making it easy for us to communicate with prospective clients on both a local and international level.”

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty is Maine’s leading luxury and lifestyle property company with more than 80 agents and 5 offices serving the state of Maine

2 City Center, Portland, ME 04101  207-780-8900 (Greater Portland Maine Real Estate)

141 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME 04011  207-729-2820 (Mid-Coast Maine Real Estate)

150 Port Road, Kennebunk, ME 04043 207-967-0934 (York, Ogunquit, Kittery, the Kennebunks & New Hampshire)

170 Main Street, Damariscotta 04543 207-563-2775 (Damariscotta Peninsula, Boothbay Peninsula)

46 Bay View Street, Camden, ME 04843 207-230-1003 (Camden, Rockport, Tenants Harbor, St. George)

Additional agents serving Islesboro, North Haven, Mount Desert Island, Northeast Harbor, and Blue Hill among other beautiful Maine Real Estate locations

Maine Home Sales Up Nearly 11% In 2015

AUGUSTA (January 22, 2016)—Maine’s real estate market closed out 2015 with a very healthy report. According to Maine Listings data, sales of single-family existing homes increased 10.97 percent when compared to statistics from 2014. The median sales price (MSP) for the 15,672 homes sold last year was $180,500—a 3.14 percent increase from last year. The MSP indicates that half of the homes were sold for more and half sold for less.

Nationally, sales across the country were 7.1 percent higher in December, compared to the same month last year. The National Association of Realtors reported today that last month’s national MSP of $226,000 reflects an 8.0 percent increase. In the regional Northeast, sales were up 11.9 percent and the regional MSP rose 5.3 percent to $255,700.

According to Ed Gardner, 2016 President of the Maine Association of Realtors, “The annual numbers are very positive for the real estate market in Maine, likely due to continued low interest rates, and confidence in the economy. For the most part, prices were stable and increasing for the year. Some markets are experiencing tight inventory at certain price points and ‘days on market’ has decreased over data from a year ago. Only Maine’s most rural counties experienced slight sold price declines.”

Gardner, Broker/Owner of Ocean Gate Realty LLC, added, “Overall the data shows a confidence in the stability of the market and buyers are making sound investments in residential real estate.”

Below are two charts showing statistics for Maine and its 16 counties. The first chart lists statistics for the month of December only, statewide. The second chart compares the number of existing, single-family homes sold (units) and volume (MSP) during the full year of 2014 and 2015.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Expands Presence in Australia

MADISON, N.J. and QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA – (January 22, 2016) – Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the brand’s existing affiliate brokerage Gold Coast Sotheby’s International Realty in Queensland, Australia will now do business as Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty under the current owner and managing director, Paul Arthur, and will expand to provide luxury residential real estate services throughout the state of Queensland.

Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty is expected to open its newest office in the capital city of Brisbane in March 2016, with further plans for expansion in the markets of Noosa, Cairns and the Whitsundays & Islands in the later part of 2016.

“Queensland is known for its unique beauty and global appeal and has long been a leading tourist destination – the area is seeing increasing interest from buyers of international real estate,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “Sotheby’s International Realty is dedicated to providing our network’s exclusive real estate services in luxury property destinations around the world and we are proud that our brand presence in Queensland in expanding.”

Queensland is the second-largest and third-most-populous state in Australia. Located in northeast Australia, its coast, stretching nearly 7,000 kilometers, is also known for the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral reef system.

“The timing to expand operations in the Gold Coast area and throughout Queensland has never been better,” said Arthur. “We have extreme confidence in the region, acknowledging the inherent domestic and international appeal of this market. The area is renowned for tourism and a wonderful lifestyle with its many homes and apartments along the waterways and oceanfront. Our goal is to deliver exceptional customer service through our best-in-class associates, whom reflect our prestigious brand position.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 18,000 sales associates located in approximately 825 offices in 61 countries and territories worldwide. Queensland 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 Welcomes California Firm

MADISON, N.J. (January 27, 2016) – Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that Gold Classic Country Properties in Sutter Creek, California, is the newest member of its real estate network and will now operate as Gateway Sotheby’s International Realty.

The firm, which is owned and operated by Tiffany Kraft and Kristina Agustin, will service the counties of Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento and Placer. With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty network now has 114 branded offices throughout the state of California.

“We are proud to welcome Gateway Sotheby’s International Realty into our global network,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “The Sutter Creek region is well-known for its historic culture and substantial wine-growing industry, which is attractive to homebuyers from around the world.”

“Affiliating with Sotheby’s International Realty offers us an incredible degree of marketing and exposure, both in our local market and around the world; it allows us to remain on the cutting-edge,” said Kraft.

Having served the community’s real estate needs since 2005, Kraft and Agustin are committed to ensuring that Gateway Sotheby’s International Realty provides the highest level of customer service. “We are thrilled to now be a part of such a powerful global network as we continue to strive to create an exceptional experience for our clients,” said Agustin.
Gateway Sotheby’s International Realty is located at 54 Main Street in Sutter Creek.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 18,000 sales associates located in approximately 825 offices in 61 countries and territories worldwide. Gateway 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.

Christina Stone Joins Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty as Vice President

Chris Stone Maine Real EstateBiddeford Pool and Kennebunkport Maine Real Estate (January 5, 2015)— Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, Maine’s leading Luxury Property company, is proud to announce that Christina “Chris” Stone has joined its team of Maine real estate professionals as a Vice President. Chris, who specializes in Biddeford coastal locations such as Biddeford Pool, Fortunes Rocks, Granite Point and Hills Beach, will be based in the Kennebunk office of this venerable Maine real estate company.

A Massachusetts native with an expertise in the York County real estate market, Stone has practiced real estate in Maine for more than a decade.  She has consistently been a highly visible agent in her areas of expertise.  Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her clients, many of whom are not living in Maine as full time residents. 

“The addition of Chris to our Kennebunk office is a terrific boost to our already strong York County presence”  says Christopher Lynch, President of Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. “The coastal Biddeford market is a pretty fantastic gem along Maine’s Atlantic coastline.  Her ability to offer Sotheby’s International Realty marketing and distribution for these special homes will be good for the market.”

Stone, who holds a BA from Worcester State College and continuing graduate business studies at Assumption College, has invested her energies in developing a great understanding of the various coastal communities in Maine.  She is equally qualified to work with clients listing property for sale and/or looking to buy the Maine home of their dreams.

“Chris has a strong following of loyal clients who have benefitted from her hard work, focus and insightful local market knowledge” adds Lynch. “She sees the Sotheby’s International Realty Brand as an invaluable tool to provide more for her clients.”

When asked why she chose to join Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, Chris stated, “My clients are very important to me and I sided with a company that can help me offer them more branding, advertising, support, and exposure.” She adds, “I believe that the Sotheby’s International Realty network with its impressive business platform, global marketing and unsurpassed distribution will be value added for all of my clients.”

Chris Stone can be reached at the office at 207-967-0934, by cellular phone at 207-590-3425 and by e-mail at cstone@legacysir.com.

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty is Maine’s leading luxury and lifestyle property company with more than 80 agents and 5 offices serving the state of Maine

2 City Center, Portland, ME 04101  207-780-8900 (Greater Portland Maine Real Estate)

141 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME 04011  207-729-2820 (Mid-Coast Maine Real Estate)

150 Port Road, Kennebunk, ME 04043 207-967-0934 (York, Ogunquit, Kittery, the Kennebunks &New Hampshire)

170 Main Street, Damariscotta 04543 207-563-2775 (Damariscotta Peninsula, Boothbay Peninsula)

46 Bay View Street, Camden, ME 04843 207-230-1003 (Camden, Rockport, Tenants Harbor, St. George)

Additional agents serving Islesboro, North Haven, Mount Desert Island, Northeast Harbor, and Blue Hill among other beautiful Maine Real Estate locations

Bath RiverWalk Residences Opens Design Center and Show Room

Bath Maine Real Estate (January 19, 2016)— Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, Maine’s #1 Luxury Property company, announces the opening of the Design Center and Showroom for Bath RiverWalk Residences. Bath RiverWalk Residences is located on the banks of the Kennebec River at 133 Commercial Street in the heart of Bath. This waterfront condominium development offers water views from each unit, one-floor living, and two-car heated garage parking underneath with elevator access. Excavation and site preparation are underway. The Design Center and Showroom is located in the Povitch Building at 141-143 Front Street in downtown Bath. It is open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and by appointment.

Having built the Mid Coast Medical Group building at 108 Centre Street, J. Hilary Rockett, Jr., owner of JHR Development, understands the specialness of Bath. “We see great potential in creating a new opportunity for people to live in town and enjoy all the amenities that Bath has to offer,” Rockett said. “Working with Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty gives us the local, regional, national, and international exposure this project deserves. We have also teamed up with the best in local talent, including Crooker Construction for our excavation and site work and Zachau Construction as the general contractor. We are committed to make this the best residential development in Mid Coast Maine.”

“The Design Center and Showroom was created to give prospective condo buyers the opportunity to get a first-hand look and feel for the quality of construction,” states Sandra Wendland of Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. “We have a full-size kitchen, a 9-foot wall to match the ceiling height, and a finished powder room to complement any buyer’s imagination.”

Kim Latour, also with Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, states “Our showroom is more than that; it is a design studio complete with tile options, fixtures, flooring and carpet samples.  We have made it easy for someone to design a dream home right from the showroom.  The level of finish can be customized to meet any client’s needs.”

Bath RiverWalk Design Center and Showroom
143 Front Street, Bath ME
Sandra Wendland can be reached at (207) 233-7788 and Kim Latour at 207-687-9663
or via email at Riverwalk@LegacySIR.com

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Elise Kiely Joins Maine’s #1 Luxury Property Company, Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty

Elise Kiely Maine Real EstatePortland, Maine Real Estate (January 12, 2016)— Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, Maine’s #1 Luxury Property company, is proud to announce that Elise Kiely has joined its Flagship Portland real estate office as a Senior Vice President. With additional offices in Kennebunk, Brunswick, Damariscotta and Camden, Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty is one of the largest and most prolific property companies in Maine.

Real estate developer, investor, broker and former litigator, Elise Kiely has a broad and powerful skill set when it comes to advising her clientele. She rejects the notion that one size fits all in favor of a highly customized approach that ensures optimal results for both her buyers and sellers.

“Elise is a multifaceted agent with an impressive and unique set of skills” says Christopher Lynch, President of Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. “I think any client would be well served to have Elise at their side when negotiating the possible purchase or sale of a home in Maine.”

Originally from Baltimore, Elise graduated from the University of North Carolina and then Emory Law School in Atlanta. After almost ten years as a successful litigator in Washington, DC and Maine, Elise started developing and investing in real estate which eventually lead to a high-end real estate brokerage practice. Elise and her family live in Falmouth, and when not on baseball fields or in area ballet studios watching her children, Elise and her husband, Neil, can be found playing golf, tennis, and surfing (sometimes in the same day). Always looking for a challenge, Elise also is studying French.

“Elise is known for taking an action oriented approach in promoting her clients interests to the fullest ” adds Lynch. “Trying to find that special something for a buyer takes a lot more than one would think to generate the optimal result. She is willing to take the time and make that extra effort to ensure the best outcome.”

“I have seen what Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty has accomplished in the past decade and it is consistent with my the high standards I set for myself in regards to a client centric focus and service” says Elise. I try to ensure that  every one of my clients feel like they are my only client.

Elise Kiely can be reached at the office at 207-780-8900, by cellular phone at (207) 838-1050 and by e-mail at Elise@EliseKiely.com.

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty is Maine’s leading luxury and lifestyle property company with more than 60 agents and 5 offices serving the state of Maine

2 City Center, Portland, ME 04101  207-780-8900 (Greater Portland Maine Real Estate)

141 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME 04011  207-729-2820 (Mid-Coast Maine Real Estate)

150 Port Road, Lower Village, Kennebunk, ME 04043 207-967-0934 (York, Ogunquit, the Kennebunks)

170 Main Street, Damariscotta 04543 207-512-5985 (Damariscotta Peninsula, Boothbay Peninsula)

46 Bay View Street, Camden, ME 04843 207-230-1003 (Camden, Rockport, Tenants Harbor, St. George)

Additional agents serving Islesboro, North Haven, Mount Desert Island, Northeast Harbor, and Blue Hill among other beautiful Maine Real Estate locations

Linda MacDonald Joins Maine’s Leading Luxury Real Estate Company as Senior Vice President

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Portland, Maine Real Estate (January 12, 2016)— Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, Maine’s #1 Luxury Property Company, is proud to announce that Linda MacDonald has joined its Flagship Portland real estate office as a Senior Vice President. Jaime Beane, Linda’s long time teammate, joins her in this strategic business alliance.

A long time resident of Falmouth, Linda has practiced real estate in Maine for more than a decade. She has consistently grown the quality and quantity of her business and ranks as one the Top Producing Agents in the State of Maine. Linda has extensive experience with design and renovation projects and is certified in both  Relocation and New Construction  She is able to leverage cutting edge technology with her own special blend of creativity, energy and personal touch.  Linda loves to work with “special” properties at all price ranges and is a luxury home specialist. Her market knowledge transcends town lines with a deep understanding of all of the communities in Greater Portland.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for us to extend our leadership position in the luxury segment of the market” says Christopher Lynch, President of Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. “In addition to Linda’s position as one of the most productive agents in Maine, Linda has an unparalleled passion for real estate, experience in new construction, development, land, and beautiful Maine homes. She is a well rounded Broker that brings so much to the table.”

MacDonald, originally from the Boston area, has raised her two boys along with her husband of 25 years in Falmouth. In her free time, Linda enjoys the beautiful Maine coast and hidden treasures in Casco Bay. She is committed to sharing her success with many local charitable and community organizations.

“Linda prides herself on the quality of advice and service she shares with her clients” adds Lynch. “Hard work, exceeding expectations and a genuine respect for her clients goals are the key ingredients to her impressive success. Her approach to clients with her high touch, service orientation is tailor made for our style of business.”

“I know that associating myself with the #1 Luxury Property company in Maine is a great fit for me and my clients,” said MacDonald. “It’s an opportunity for my team to align with a company that believes exactly what we always have – every client’s home deserves the most premier marketing the industry can offer. Sotheby’s International Realty has the most beautiful marketing venues and real estate tools along with an incredible Global Property network. The results are going to be outstanding!”

Linda MacDonald can be reached at the office at 207-780-8900, by cellular phone at 207-749-1215 and by e-mail at lmacdonald@legacysir.com.

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty is Maine’s leading luxury and lifestyle property company with more than 80 agents and 5 offices serving the state of Maine

2 City Center, Portland, ME 04101  207-780-8900 (Greater Portland Maine Real Estate)

141 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME 04011  207-729-2820 (Mid-Coast Maine Real Estate)

150 Port Road, Kennebunk, ME 04043 207-967-093 (York, Ogunquit, Kittery, the Kennebunks & New Hampshire)

170 Main Street, Damariscotta 04543 207-563-2775 (Damariscotta Peninsula, Boothbay Peninsula)

46 Bay View Street, Camden, ME 04843 207-230-1003 (Camden, Rockport, Tenants Harbor, St. George)

Additional agents serving Islesboro, North Haven, Mount Desert Island, Northeast Harbor, and Blue Hill among other beautiful Maine Real Estate locations

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty Welcomes Mary Libby to its Flagship Portland Office

Mary Libby Maine Real EstatePortland, Maine Real Estate (January 12, 2016)— Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, Maine’s #1 Luxury Property company, is proud to announce that Mary Libby has joined its team of Maine real estate professionals as a Senior Vice President. Mary will be based in the flagship Portland office of this venerable Maine real estate company.

A resident of Cape Elizabeth, Libby has practiced real estate in Maine for more than a decade. She has consistently been one of the top performing agents in Greater Portland with a focus on high value properties and the coastal communities in Cumberland County.  Mary boasts aggregate home sales in excess of $120 million dollars. She has an energetic and creative approach to meeting her clients’ needs and expectations. Her vast experience serves her clients with interests ranging from Portland, Yarmouth, Falmouth, Cumberland, Freeport, Scarborough, South Portland and Cape Elizabeth.

“The addition of Mary to our Portland office is a terrific boost to our already strong Greater Portland and Cumberland County presence” says Christopher Lynch, President of Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. “She has consistently been a very strong player in many of the most competitive real estate markets in Maine.”

Libby, a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, has been the recipient of many distinguished sales awards. She is a mother of three grown children and six grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys writing, reading, design, collecting art, yoga and many outdoor activities.

“Mary has a strong following of loyal clients who have benefited from her hard work and local market knowledge” adds Lynch.  “She clearly understands the Sotheby’s International Realty Brand as an invaluable tool to provide more for her clients. Our international reach and broad network of top agents will help her better serve her clients’ needs.”

When asked why she chose to join Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty Mary stated, “After years in the industry, I place the utmost importance on Client/Broker relationships. To compete with today’s global market and dynamic Internet presence, we also must be able to offer advanced technology, superior marketing and multiple social media campaigns.”  She adds, “Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty has, over the past decade, proven to be the leading force in the market.  Its presence and superior standards for the luxury market, as well as impressive #1 market share will allow me to serve my clients with a level of excellence unsurpassed in the world of real estate.”

Mary Libby can be reached at the office at 207-780-8900, by cellular phone at 207-712-5594 and by e-mail at mlibby@legacysir.com.

Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty is Maine’s leading luxury and lifestyle property company with more than 80 agents and 5 offices serving the state of Maine

Offices Located at:

2 City Center, Portland, ME 04101  207-780-8900 (Greater Portland Maine Real Estate)

141 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME 04011  207-729-2820 (Mid-Coast Maine Real Estate)

150 Port Road, Lower Village, Kennebunk, ME 04043 207-967-0934 (York, Ogunquit, the Kennebunks)

170 Main Street, Damariscotta 04543 207-563-2775 (Damariscotta Peninsula, Boothbay Peninsula)

46 Bay View Street, Camden, ME 04843 207-230-1003 (Camden, Rockport, Tenants Harbor, St. George)

Additional agents serving Islesboro, North Haven, Mount Desert Island, Northeast Harbor, and Blue Hill among other beautiful Maine Real Estate locations.