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Christie's International Real Estate Ends 2011 and Opens 2012 With Flurry of New Affiliates in United States, Europe, Africa, Canada, and Caribbean

Christie's International Real Estate Ends 2011 and Opens 2012 With Flurry of New Affiliates in United States, Europe, Africa, Canada, and Caribbean

NEW YORK, Feb 16, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- --Wholly Owned by Christie's, the World's Leading Art Business, Christie's International Real Estate Delivers Unparalleled Expertise in the Luxury Market

Christie's International Real Estate, the world's leading luxury real estate network, welcomed six firms to its Affiliate network at the close of 2011, only to add four additional firms in January 2012 for a total of ten new brokerages.

"Christie's is a name that resonates with luxury buyers worldwide, both in art and real estate," says Neil Palmer, Chief Executive Officer of Christie's International Real Estate. "Our success in recruiting new Affiliates is, ironically, due in large part to the increasingly crowded arena of organizations marketing high-value real estate. One name cuts through the marketing clutter and stands apart as the proven luxury real estate expert: Christie's International Real Estate."

"In this increasingly competitive environment, where reaching qualified buyers worldwide is paramount, leading independent brokerages appreciate the need to align with an international brand," adds Jarvis Slade, Head of the Americas, Christie's International Real Estate. "After joining, Affiliates gain access to our proprietary marketing programs and services, our award-winning magazine, and our global Web platform. They best serve their important clients by promoting their listings in excess of US$1 million with elegance and effectiveness."

The most recent local market leaders carefully selected to join the elite Christie's International Real Estate network are:

Kentwood Real Estate, with a total of approximately 175 real estate professionals operating from three strategically located offices in Denver, Colorado, represents the luxury enclave of Cherry Creek, among others. "We are pleased to be affiliated with Christie's International Real Estate," said Peter Niederman, Chief Executive Officer of Kentwood Real Estate. "We are firmly established as the leader in the luxury home market in metro Denver and select mountain communities."

Serving Georgia's coastal region and the city of Savannah, Seabolt Brokers is led by luxury real estate specialist and Managing Broker Elaine Seabolt. "Seabolt is the third brokerage affiliated with Harry Norman Realtors to gain admittance to our network of luxury specialists," says Rick Moeser, Senior Vice President. "That speaks volumes to the high esteem with which we hold Harry Norman, our valued Affiliate since 2007, and all of its associated businesses. It also speaks to the company's endorsement of the programs and services of Christie's International Real Estate."

Randall, Realtors Real Living Real Estate, a leader in the US$1 million-plus residential market, was founded 35 years ago by Doug Randall. The family-owned firm is now one of the largest real estate companies in Connecticut, and is ranked as the country's 129th largest residential real estate firm. In January 2012, Randall Realtors acquired the Guilford-based Page Taft Real Estate firm, which will retain its own identity locally. The merged companies will continue Page Taft's affiliation with Christie's International Real Estate.

Luxe Platinum Properties in Lake Oswego, Oregon will exclusively represent the Christie's brand in the Portland metropolitan area and the Northern Oregon Coast. Led by Terry Sprague, the area's proven leader in the marketing and sale of luxury real estate, this new venture will serve buyers and sellers by adhering to the highest standards to quality, integrity, and passionate expertise which distinguish the Christie's brand.

Regency International Estates in the Turks and Caicos joined the network in late 2011, for a total of 13 brokerages in the Caribbean. Led by Katherine Baryluk and Robert Greenwood, Regency International Estates will exclusively represent the Christie's brand throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands including the island of Providenciales, which was ranked the best beach destination in the world in 2011 by Trip Advisor.

Oliver Luxury Real Estate Peninsula. The newly established firm exclusively represents the Christie's brand in California's San Mateo County, including the upscale communities of Atherton, Woodside, Hillsborough, Portola Valley, Burlingame, and Menlo Park. This boutique brokerage is lead by long-standing luxury real estate expert Michael Oliver and his company, Oliver Luxury Real Estate, which joined the Christie's International Real Estate network earlier in 2011 with its Lake Tahoe office. Michael has joined forces with third-generation Peninsula property specialist Kristin Cashin.

Dream Properties is the brand name synonymous with prestigious real estate in Ottawa, Canada's capital city. Marilyn Wilson has over 22 years experience selling and marketing luxury real estate in the Ottawa area and is known for her intuitive ability to match buyers and sellers. From her years of experience structuring the largest residential real estate transactions in Ottawa, Marilyn has developed a reputation as the ne plus ultra marketer of fine properties.

Often called the prettiest town in Canada, Niagara on the Lake in Ontario, Canada, has a distinguished history dating to 1781 and is home to the network's area Affiliate, Niagara on the Lake Realty. Having served the real estate needs in the town for more than 30 years, the firm expanded in 2007 with an additional office in St. David's to meet the needs of its growing business and the Town of Niagara on the Lakes plan for development in the area.

In Africa, Kensington Finest Properties--the exclusive Affiliate of Christie's International Real Estate in Mallorca, Spain--will now also represent the Christie's brand in the Marrakech region of Morocco. The company, a proven expert in the top-tier market, will serve an elite global buying clientele, predominately from France, Germany, and the Middle East drawn to the "Ocher City" and its exotic international lifestyle and stunning location in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains.

In Europe, the network welcomed Cote Ouest Immobilier in Saint Jean de Luz. Managed by Nicolas Descamps, the Cote Ouest agency specializes in high-end real estate on the Basque coast and south of the Landes area and proposes a highly selective range of houses with character and charm, in some of the most sought-after places of the region. Nicolas Descamps has worked in the luxury real estate market in Biarritz for seven years, before deciding to open his own agency.

Christie's, originally founded in 1766 by James Christie, pursued an innovative real estate venture in 1995 by acquiring Great Estates, a luxury real estate network founded in 1987. Christie's International Real Estate is an invitation-only Affiliate network composed of the world's most proven and qualified real estate specialists. The company has central hubs in London and New York; field offices in Beverly Hills, California, and Palm Beach, Florida; an operations centre in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and circa 130 Affiliates in Europe; North, Central, and South America; and the Caribbean as well as Asia, Africa, and Oceania. Visit www.christiesrealestate.com for more information.

SOURCE: Christie's International Real Estate