Sotheby’s International Realty Expands Presence in Michigan

The Grand Haven fog signal and inner lighthouse in February 2006.

MADISON, N.J. (December 7, 2016) – Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that the Real Estate Firm – Van Horn Team in Holland, Michigan, is the newest member of its network and will now operate as Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty.

Founded in 2005, the boutique firm is owned and operated by Chad Van Horn. In addition to Holland, Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty will provide luxury residential real estate services to communities along the Lake Michigan shoreline including Grand Haven, Saugatuck/Douglas, and South Haven.

“The Lake Michigan shoreline is an enticing second home location, with Holland as an anchor for the luxury real estate market, offering the best of the waterfront lifestyle,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “We are proud to welcome Chad and his team at Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty to our network.”

“We pride ourselves on nurturing our client relationships and operating with open communication, transparency, honesty and integrity,” said Van Horn. “The affiliation with the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand brings an incomparable value proposition to our clients and our marketplace. The brand heritage, unique marketing approach and the people in the network drew us to the brand and we are thrilled to now offer increased global exposure, a vast referral network and sophisticated marketing programs to our clients.”

Beacon Sotheby’s International Realty is located in historic downtown Holland. The firm is one of four independently owned and operated Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate companies in Michigan; also operating in the state are Harbor Sotheby’s International Realty, Shore Sotheby’s International Realty and Signature Sotheby’s International Realty.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 20,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 850 offices in 65 countries and territories worldwide. Beacon 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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We are pleased to provide you with the Sotheby’s International Realty Significant Sales – Volume I, Issue VIII.

From a historic home in the Hamptons, to a waterfront estate in Cape Cod, this issue of Significant Sales also showcases homes from throughout the United States, Australia, St. Barthelemy, Belgium and Italy.

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Maine Home Sales Increase 5 Percent In October and Prices Increase 2.67 Percent

AUGUSTA (Nov. 22, 2016)—Despite rising interest rates, home sales across Maine continue at a healthy pace, according to Maine Listings. Last month, Realtors reported 1,639 sales of single-family existing homes—an increase of 5.0 percent compared to October 2015. Prices continue to rise; the median home sale for October 2016 reached $192,500, a rise of 2.67 percent. The MSP indicates that half of the homes were sold for more and half sold for less.

The National Association of Realtors today announced a 6.6 percent national increase in the sale of single-family existing homes in October 2016 compared to October 2015. A national MSP of $233,700 reflects a 5.9 percent uptick in price. Regionally, sales in the Northeast are up 1.4 percent from last year, and the regional MSP rose 2.9 percent to $255,500.

Ed Gardner, President of the Maine Association of Realtors and Broker/Owner of Ocean Gate Realty LLC, said, “The October statistics are indicative of continued stability in Maine’s real estate markets. Despite the recent upward movement in mortgage interest rates, the current rates are lower than at this time in 2015 and remain at historically low levels.

“Maine families continue to buy real estate to take advantage of the equity accumulation and tax benefits or property ownership. REALTORS across the state indicate that ‘for sale’ inventory levels are adequate to provide choice and amenities at all price points. Motivated buyers should have confidence for their end-of-year purchase.”

Below are two charts showing statistics for Maine and its 16 counties. The first chart lists statistics for the month of October only, statewide. The second chart compares the number of existing, single-family homes sold (units) and volume (MSP) during the rolling quarter of August, September and October of 2015 and 2016.

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Art & Home – November 2016 Issue

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Inside This Issue

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Sound Design: Harmonious Home Music Rooms

Libraries beckon with books, home theatres lure with films, and music rooms summon with sound. For centuries in aristocratic households, music rooms were de rigueur, and a musical education was a cultural imperative.

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An Art Lover’s Weekend in Washington, DC

There was a time, not so long ago, when Washington, DC, capital of the US and a centre of global political power, was treated by leisure travelers as it was by senators, members of congress and diplomats: get in and out as fast as you can. No longer. This charming, vibrant American city affords many great reasons to linger.

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Palm Beach’s Perfect Palazzo

In 1930, Joseph Widener, the scion of a Philadelphia transportation fortune, commissioned renowned Swiss architect Maurice Fatio to build an impressive estate in Palm Beach. Known as Il Palmetto, Widener’s new palazzo was situated on more than five acres stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to Lake Worth.

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The Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Turns 85

Now a high-end staple, the signature swivel-faced Reverso, whose details are hidden on the back, is in fact a surprisingly recent innovation. Dating only to 1931, it came about

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VasePicasso’s Ceramics: True to Form

Over many summer holidays in the South of France, famed actor and director Lord Richard Attenborough built one of the finest collections of Picasso ceramics in the world.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Launches Apple TV App

 

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Sotheby’s International Realty Enters St. Vincent & the Grenadines

MADISON, N.J. and ST. VINCENT & the GRENADINES (November 4, 2016) – Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced the brand’s expansion in the Caribbean with the opening of St. Vincent & the Grenadines Sotheby’s International Realty.

The firm, which is led by Michelle Bellegarde, owner and chief executive officer, and Pierre Bellegarde, president, will serve the luxury real estate market throughout the 32 island nation located in the Eastern Caribbean including the islands of St. Vincent, Bequia, Mustique, Canouan, Tobago Cays, Palm Island, Mayreau and Union.

“St. Vincent & the Grenadines is a hidden gem in the Caribbean,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “With pristine beaches in an idyllic setting, the islands are attractive for second-home buyers. We are proud to welcome Michelle and Pierre Bellegarde and their team to our network.”

“It gives us great pride to represent the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand in this incredible part of the Caribbean,” said Michelle Bellegarde. “We look forward to providing an exceptional real estate experience for those seeking the luxurious and incomparable Caribbean lifestyle.”

St. Vincent & the Grenadines Sotheby’s International Realty is located conveniently along the Belmont Walkway in Port Elizabeth, Bequia.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 20,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 850 offices in 65 countries and territories worldwide. St. Vincent & the Grenadines 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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From a prestigious estate in California, to a sacred sprawling ranch in Hawaii, this issue of Significant Sales also showcases homes from throughout the United States, Canada, St. Barthelemy, Taiwan and Mallorca.

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The Newest Edition of Sotheby’s Art & Home Magazine Is Here – October 2016

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The latest volume of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso welcomes you through some of the most captivating home entrances from around the world.

Fine design is about the creation of memorable spaces, and when it comes to entrances, architects have one shot to get it right.

virginia$2,695,000 USD | Henrico, Virginia | The Steele Group Sotheby’s International Realty

 “An entrance is the starting point from which everything begins to unfold,” says Chris Whitehead, managing director of Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty in Dubai. It “dictates the way the property talks to visitors,” he adds. “The feeling generated in the entrance echoes throughout the house.”

dubaiPrice Upon Request | Emirates Hills, Dubai | Gulf Sotheby’s International Realty

The power of that initial perception can feel like the difference between a welcome mat and a red carpet arrival. 

Entrance halls convey the character and attitude of a residence and the people who live in it.  They can exude boldness, quietude, history, hospitality, strength or drama. They are also portals with mood-altering capacity to affect one’s outlook and signal a sense of anticipation by offering a hint of what’s to come. 

colorado$8,999,000 USD | Sedalia, Colorado | LIV Sotheby’s International Realty

“When someone opens the door and walks into a space that is inspirational, has great proportion and incorporates beautiful materials, you don’t know why you love it but those are the elements you savor,” says Nancy Ruddy, co-founder and managing principal of the architectural firm CetraRuddy in New York and a 2015 inductee into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. “Those are the things that make a space memorable.” 

southhampton$39,500,000 USD | Southampton, New York | Sotheby’s International Realty – South Hampton Brokerage

A grand entrance is more than a matter of soaring ceilings. Today’s foyers are warmer, more nurturing and embracing with a greater interplay of natural materials like stone and wood. Art is more prominent, too. The entrance of one of Whitehead’s most memorable estate listings features sculptures set in an infinity edge reflecting pool. 

new-york$3,395,000 USD | West Harrison, New York | Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

Ruddy frequently incorporates her clients’ art in entryways calling them ideal spaces to showcase an art collection and project one’s personality. “As one client told us, ‘I never tire of coming into my home. There’s something amazing when you open the door.’ That’s what we call poetry.”

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Discover more in October’s issue of ART & HOME

Maine Home Sales Increase Over 6 Percent In September

AUGUSTA (October 20, 2016)— Maine Realtors report 1,732 homes sold across Maine’s 16 counties during September 2016—an increase of 6.13 percent over September 2015. The median sales price (MSP) for homes sold reached $188,038, up 1.4 percent. The MSP indicates that half of the homes were sold for more and half sold for less.

The National Association of Realtors reported a 0.6 percent rise in sales of single-family existing homes, nationwide. The national MSP reached $235,700, up 5.6 percent compared to last September. Sales in the regional Northeast jumped 5.7 percent, and the MSP rose 2.1 percent to $261,600.

“Early autumn statistics show continued stability in most markets across Maine.” says Ed Gardner, President of the Maine Association of Realtors and Broker/Owner of Ocean Gate Realty LLC. “Should sellers take their homes off the market and wait through the holidays? No – life circumstances bring a steady stream of buyers into the marketplace. Colder weather tends to bring out the more serious buyers and investors who want to take advantage of tax benefits prior to year-end.”

Below are two charts showing statistics for Maine and its 16 counties. The first chart lists statistics for the month of September only, statewide. The second chart compares the number of existing, single-family homes sold (units) and volume (MSP) during the rolling quarter of July, August and September of 2015 and 2016.

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Sotheby’s International Realty Expands Presence in South Carolina

MADISON, N.J. (October 19, 2016) – Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that the Tidelands Company in South Carolina has acquired local brokerages DeBordieu Colony Real Estate, Inc. and Prince George Sotheby’s International Realty, and the newly combined entity will now do business as Peace Sotheby’s International Realty.

The firm is owned and operated by Hampton and Perry Peace, seasoned real estate professionals who have been in the business since 1993. With this transaction, the Sotheby’s International Realty network will expand into the market of Horry County, while continuing to serve the luxury residential real estate markets in Pawleys Island, Georgetown and the private community of DeBordieu Colony. Carol Jayroe and Phillip Lammonds, former owners of Prince George Sotheby’s International Realty, will remain with Peace Sotheby’s International Realty as sales associates.

“The coastal South Carolina towns in this market offer both timeless luxury homes and rich history,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “We are proud to welcome Hampton and Perry Peace and their team to our brand, and we appreciate how well their commitment to provide a high quality level of service to home buyers and sellers aligns with the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand.”

“We pride ourselves on providing a best-in-class experience which complements our passion for customer satisfaction,” said Hampton Peace, broker/owner Peace Sotheby’s International Realty. “We look forward to presenting our extraordinary properties to the global audience of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand.”

In addition to Peace Sotheby’s International Realty, the Sotheby’s International Realty network has three independently owned and operated member companies throughout the state including: Celia Dunn Sotheby’s International Realty in Bluffton; Daniel Ravenel Sotheby’s International Realty in Charleston; and Justin Winter Sotheby’s International Realty in Sunset.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 19,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 850 offices in 65 countries and territories worldwide. Peace 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.