You’re Invited | Escape to Barbados with Sotheby’s International Realty

Barbados is on the green list so you can get back to finding respite next to azure waters.  We are pleased to have Rae “Muffin” Stollmeyer from Barbados Sotheby’s International Realty joining us at our Country office in Cobham on Thursday 2nd of December. She will personally advise you on holiday homes, rental investments, and benefits of owning a property in Barbados.

Tuesday, 2nd of December, 2021
Book between 1PM and 6PM
38 High Street, Cobham, KT11 3EB

Find out more about:

Travel requirements

Purchase requirements

Tax benefits

Remote Worker Visas

Retirement plans and relocation

RSVP: To book an appointment, call us at +44 (0) 1932 860 537 or email us at country@sothebysrealty.co.uk.

Or you can fill out the form below and we will contact you to confirm your appointment. Spaces are limited, book by 1 Dec, 2021.

In 2011, she started her own real estate company focusing on sales and long term rentals but joined forces with the Barbados Sotheby’s team in 2015 and is excited to expand the footprints of the Sotheby’s Realty brand in Barbados.  Muffin is one of the top female golfers on the island and is keen to entertain any client for a round of golf.

 

How the Chinese are looking at UK property post-lockdown | Catharine Che

Catharine Che| 车倩毓 Head of China Region

Regarding the effects of the Covid-19 Lockdown on incoming post-secondary student activity from China to the UK, existing students are making-do with online classes but have expressed missing out on the quality and efficiency of classroom teaching, in particular face to face communication with teachers and classmates. We are receiving questions about whether Chinese families will continue to send their children to the UK for education – and the answer is YES. However, it is too soon to tell the quantity.

In the short term, Coronavirus may have dampened our will to travel worldwide, and we do expect a certain reluctance to take long-haul flights. The English may fear going to the country of origin, and the Chinese may fear coming to the European hotspot where we are still in the throes of battling the virus. In the long term, there are other socio-economic and political factors at play. However, we are seeing a particularly swelling level of enquiries from Hong Kong looking at the UK as a potential “safe-haven” with the political uncertainties and the welcoming gesture made by Boris Johnson on the promises of citizenship.

For those students and families looking to emigrate out of China, achieving an education in the UK is still a desirable and valuable option. However; if we are considering Hong Kong’s situation with respect to political changes enforced by China, we may see a new wave of immigration via education.

From the Chinese perspective, UK has performed incredibly well to offer support during the lockdown and their prevention methods were also successful in flattening the curve. So will we see more Chinese students arriving to the UK post-Coronavirus any time soon? It might be a while.

Our China Desk has made a significant sale of £12 million over the lockdown period, and have continued to make strides with closing property investment deals where virtual viewings were sufficient to satisfy investor needs. While we know the bigger investors have been relatively minimally impacted, the investors with a more modest budget will wait to hedge their bets till the time they can fly over to view in person. We continue to provide a wealth of information, promoting our virtual viewings and virtual reality options to Chinese enquiries coming in from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vancouver; thus they gain a UK Sotheby’s International Realty education in UK real estate for both clients and buyers without the classroom setting.

London Dock, London

£1,290,000

2 Bedrooms

Surrounded by a rewarding mix of modern style and iconic history, London Dock is situated in the heart of the capital, moments from Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, St Katharine Docks and the City. With a number of London underground and Docklands Light Railway stations within walking distance, London Dock offers quick and easy access to London’s main financial centres of the City and Canary Wharf, as well as the exciting cultural and creative neighbourhoods of Shoreditch, Whitechapel and Bermondsey.

Wapping is a truly authentic destination, filled with independent cafés and restaurants, which has for hundreds of years been a vibrant part of London life. The Prospect of Whitby – London’s oldest riverside pub – was popular with Charles Dickens, diarist Samuel Pepys and renowned artists Turner and Whistler. By the river, Hermitage Community Moorings attracts sailing barges, tugs and small boats, keeping alive Wapping’s river heritage.

Properties with Video Tours

The Tower, St Georges Wharf, London, SW8

£2,750,000
3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,252 Sq. Ft.

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Romney Street, Westminster , London, SW1P

£2,750,000
3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,252 Sq. Ft.

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Spotlight on The Chalfonts

The Chalfonts is the collective name for a group of charming villages in Buckinghamshire, not far to the north west of London. Incidentally, Chalfont means chalk spring, in reference to the water carrying capacities of the local terrain. This group of villages comprises Chalfont St Peter, Chalfont St Giles and Little Chalfont.

Chalfont St Peter is one of the largest villages in the United Kingdom due to the proximity of Gerrards Cross railway station, which lies between London Marylebone and Birmingham Snow Hill on the Chiltern Main Line. The first major development of the village was in the Georgian era, however most of the original Georgian shops have been demolished although some still remain. Chalfont St Peter is often described as the Gateway to the Chiltern Hills. It has many places to stay, the most notable being The Greyhound, which is situated at the foot of the village on the banks of the River Misbourne. Chalfont St Peter has excellent transport links with easy access to the M25, M40 and both mainline and underground train stations into London.

Chalfont St Giles is a delightful village on the edge of the Chilterns in an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is 21 miles (33.6 km) west-north-west of Charing Cross and central London, and it is near Chalfont St Peter, Little Chalfont and Amersham. Milton’s Cottage is in Chalfont St Giles, it was the former home of writer John Milton of Paradise Lost fame and is open to the public as the writer’s museum.

Chalfont St Giles is in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the edge of the Chiltern Hills. It has much to offer the visitor including sightseeing, refreshments and shopping. It also encompasses the smaller village of Jordans, famous as the last resting place of William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, and his family.

Little Chalfont is a 20th-century creation made by the coming of the Metropolitan Railway. A station called Chalfont Road was opened in 1889. At that time, the area was remote from the centres of the villages and towns, and consisted of isolated farms and cottages, and did not have a specific name. The coming of the railway eventually brought local housing development, and a community developed around the station, which was renamed to Chalfont & Latimer station in 1915, a name which it retains today. In 1925 at the request of the inhabitants, it was agreed that the group of houses near the station should be named Little Chalfont instead of “Chalfont Road Village”.

For many years, Little Chalfont was split mainly in the Amersham Town Council area, and partly in Chalfont St Giles parish. In 2007 it became a village in its own right. The area benefits from both state and private schools with outstanding reputations and within easy reach. These schools include Dr Challoners Schools, Chesham High School and the Chalfonts Community College, as well a number of excellent infant schools, junior schools and nurseries and some great private schools.

The proximity and ease of access of the Chalfonts to the capital has made the area highly sort after and many luxury houses have emerged to attract the rich and famous to take up residence. UK Sotheby’s International Realty recognises the significance of this fact and are pleased to offer Chalfont Manor to the market.

The manor for sale with a £1-million home theatre

Chalfont Manor, Nightingales Lane, Chalfont St Giles

£8,250,000

112 Bedrooms | 8 Bathrooms

Chalfont Manor is a Tudor style mansion manor house estate with an outstanding specification. The property has undergone a £5 million new build refurbishment to an exceptionally high standard, involving multi-award-winning designers. Further to the primary residence there is the West Wing, comprising two additional self-contained apartments. Additionally, there is a luxurious ultra-high-end entertainment complex, comprising games room, studio/office, ‘The Ultimate TV & Gaming Room’, and to top it all a £1 million Steinway cinema, thrown in for free, that is so phenomenally high-end that it has been independently rated as being ‘The Best Cinema in The UK’, has won the award of worldwide ‘Home Theater of The Month’ with AVSForum, and is a finalist for worldwide ‘Home Theater of The Year’ for 2020 (expected to win). Also featuring in another part of the property is a sizeable swimming pool and a sumptuous wine cellar.

John Fisher
Country House and Estate Sales

john.fisher@sothebysrealty.co.uk 

t +44 1932 860 537 | m +44 7860 205 625

Global Series | Sydney, Australia

Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential

In the latest of our Global Series interviews we are taking you to the “land down under” where we spoke to Jaime Upton who is one of the top brokers in the city of Sydney. Originally from the U.K, Jaime and Guy have worked together on a few referrals between both London and Sydney and the clear connection between the cities and countries. We even managed to not talk Cricket or Rugby!

 


1. Which City/ area are you from?

Born in Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Raised in Sydney, Australia from the age of 4.

 

2. What are the best things to do/ see where you live?

Sydney is located on one of the most beautiful harbours in the word – Sydney Harbour surrounded by incredible Pacific Ocean coastline. With summer-like temperatures around 8 months of the year active outdoor activities are some of the best things to do and see in and around the harbour and ocean such as boating and walking, you can even climb the Harbour Bridge! Dine your way through a stay. I love Sydney restaurants, there are plenty of them from casual to fine dining and some of the very best I have experienced in my travels. Long relaxing family, friends and client Friday/Saturday/Sunday lunches are a Sydney institution, often overlooking our magnificent harbour. Sydney is the arts and theatre epicentre of Australia with the Sydney Opera House as a showstopping venue leading the way. When the weather turns a little cooler, just 2 hours’ drive from Sydney is The Hunter Valley, a spectacular wine region and countryside.

3. Tell us a little about your market?

Sydney prestige market has been thriving for many years and decades with the exception of, in my lifetime, the GFC period to which it recovered and went on to experience exponential capital growth. Some might say that Sydney real estate punches well above its weight on a global scale and has often been featured over the years within top 10 most expensive real estate cities in the world-reports. Most expensive apartment sale achieved to date at AUD140,000,000 is a soon-to-be complete 1,600m2 city penthouse which sold in 2019 to an Australian Chinese family. Most expensive house sale achieved to date at AUD100,000,000 is located on 11,200m2 of prime harbourside Eastern Suburb land in the country’s most expensive postcode – 2027, Point Piper which sold in 2018 to an Australian tech-entrepreneur.

4. What is your favourite listing currently on your books and why?

‘Tresco’, a stately sandstone waterfront home which dates to 1868, has stood the test of time on its original Elizabeth Bay site as our Harbour City exploded around it. It’s also on the market for AUD50,000,000 — but the 150 years of high society stories this Victorian manor and its cascading gardens hold are priceless. ‘Tresco’ was owned by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and used as the official residence for senior officers for almost 100 years until it was bought privately in 2004. While it has served as the scene of many glittering gatherings, its most famous visitors were in 1986 when Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth was the guest of honour at the RAN’s 75th birthday celebrations.

This trophy home is set on 3,300m2 of prime Sydney-east waterfront land making it very unique on many fronts. Attraction has been drawn from high net worth Sydney and overseas based ex-pat buyers because of their interest in owning a large compound-style secure trophy home on (call me biased) the best harbour in the world less than 3km from Sydney’s CBD with direct waterfront access and boating facilities. As the property has its own double sided wharf and with extra sea wall pillars, those with involvement in boating have especially sought out to inspect my favourite listing.

5. How has the Covid-19 Pandemic affected your location?

Fortunately real estate services are considered essential in Sydney at the moment. Whilst mostly staying indoors has provided the opportunity to build business, we have been able to show our listed properties by appointment only, one person at a time. This has allowed for moving forward of property sales including those which are scheduled to go to auction. Virtual auctions are now taking place instead of onsite. Certainly, we are more than ever embracing technology with video virtual inspections offered via Facetime and Zoom and interactive 3D virtual inspections conducted for each property listing. Of all sales results achieved, we have not seen any direct evidence of COVID-19 affecting our market in any significant downward fashion as yet. So far, so good!

6. What are your best tips for living/ working from home?

Focus, focus, focus! When I lose focus I use an hour of power trick to make small but truly massive progress. I believe productivity levels are a direct reflection of our energy levels, therefore it is absolutely essential to take care of our health and keep active. I go for daily long walks, minimum 10,000 steps per day and able to get in (morning/evening/lunchtime) livestreaming yoga sessions at home from my regular yoga studio. This alone has been an absolute godsend! Drink lots of water, get a quality night’s rest and eat lightly where possible!

7. Your best real estate story?

Not one story, the whole story. Apart from successfully navigating my way through (and surviving!) some very nice double digit deals and in some cases the opportunity of reselling those properties and servicing those clients to the highest level, I would have to say meeting the most extraordinary people on a daily basis who become clients and sometimes friends for life has become a huge part of who I am. Working within the best luxury real estate brand and network in the world for 8 years where I have experienced the opportunity of referring multiple clients as sellers to our global offices [GPB60,000,000 to London, USD100,000,000 to USA] buyers to many more, has been hugely rewarding not withstanding an incredible value-add to my long standing client-base.

8. Where is on your travel bucket list?

Bahamas, Maldives, Greece, parts of Italy I have not been to, Africa to name a few. And also returning to some of my all-time ultra-favourites – London, South of France, Almalfi, Rome, Paris, Bangkok, Koh Samui and Hong Kong.

9. And finally…….. when are you coming to visit us in London!?

As always, I truly cannot wait to get back to London ASAP. A brilliant city and one in which I feel very at home. Open all borders, fire up the planes and I am there!

London to Vancouver | Global Series

Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential

Our latest in the Global Series interview takes us to Vancouver to meet Will Mckitka and Kevin Hardy. I first met Will and Kevin in Vancouver at the Sotheby’s International Realty Global Networking Event. They live and work in one of the most beautiful locations, and were the most hospitable of hosts when 1000’s of Sotheby’s employees descended on their city! If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit this City and the beautiful countryside surrounding it I would highly recommend a visit.


1. Which City/ area are you from?

Vancouver, Canada- Specializing in Downtown penthouses, luxury condominiums, and detached homes throughout the city.

2. What are the best things to do/ see where you live?

Kevin Hardy and Will Mckitka

Vancouver is one the great cities in North America blessed with the best geography. It’s natural beauty and moderately warm climate compared to most Canadian/ Northern American cities makes it a favourite for those seeking warmer winters. It’s also a favourite of International Investors, albeit that has slowed in the last few years due to introduction of several taxes aimed at foreign buyers. There are numerous ski mountains within 30 minutes of the Downtown core, sandy beaches, hiking and walking trails and extensive cycling routes throughout the city and of course the World Famous 1,000 acre Stanley Park. There are numerous golf courses open year round. Visitors enjoy an easy day trip to the Capital City of British Columbia- Victoria ( named after Queen Victoria) by way of scenic ferry trips through the San Juan Islands. Another favourite day trip is the 90 min/120 km drive along the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler/Blackcomb resort, one of the largest and finest in North America. There’s a very diverse and multicultural food scene here to satisfy the savviest of culinary experts too! Vancouverites are friendly and welcome the world.

3. Tell us a little about your market?

Our Market had enjoyed an unprecedented growth and price increases year over for over a decade through the 2000’s. A series of Provincial and City taxes aimed at significantly cooling down the market were introduced 2016-2018. These include Foreign Buyers tax, Vacancy Tax, Speculation tax and Property Transfer taxes. The taxes eventually cooled the markets significantly. Prices dropped by 20% plus in certain segments. Detached homes in tony neighbourhoods which Offshore buyers had previously dominated suffered the most. Sales volume sank and prices slowly adjusted downwards over a 3 1/ 2year period.

Over the last year the market across the board has improved significantly and prices have been again rising slowly. The beginning of 2020 has been a much hotter market. Detached homes in certain hot areas have seen cases of price wars driven by multiple offers and home selling for $200,000-$300,00 over asking price. We were all enjoying the newly rebounding market until the recent COVID-19 outbreak. Our market in the last 3 weeks has come to a near standstill with most buyers taking a “wait and see approach”. There have been no signs of significant price reductions or panic selling to date. People in Vancouver seem willing to ride out this storm for the time being.

4. What is your favourite listing currently on your books and why?

My business partner Kevin and I currently have two listings that we are particularly fond of…

One is an amazing 30th full floor, 7,316 Sq. FT. Penthouse with incredible millwork and finishing. Five-bedrooms, eight-baths but the show stopper is an incredible 2,200 Sq.Ft. wrap around terrace that highlights every quintessential Vancouver view…soaring mountains, parks, beaches and ocean! $12,800,000.

The other is a beautifully restored First Shaughnessy Tudor Revival mansion named The Rosemary. This twelve-bedroom, thirteen-bathroom home is almost 27,000 Sq Ft. and features pristine heritage features and millwork. It’s a Vancouver landmark, The current owner spent four years and over $6,000,000 on a painstaking restoration project. It’s a visual feast with soaring ceilings, grand oak staircases and eleven fireplaces.

 

5. How has the Covid-19 Pandemic affected your location?

We are currently in a Stay Home directive meaning that persons are asked to stay indoors for the most part except to do essential shopping such as for groceries and pharmacy. All offices and retail stores are virtually close except for essential services. Real estate has been deemed an essential service in B.C. so we are technically allowed to work. Most showings are postponed and the use of Matterport 360 virtual walk through videos are generating buyer calls. We believe that the market will be stalled through at least June.

6. What are your best tips for living/ working from home?

The simple answer is good red wine and Zoom virtual cocktail parties! My Partner Kevin Hardy and I have found the value in maintaining a sense of humour and counting one’s blessing. Taking some time to reflect on simpler times and the little things one used to take for granted give me moments of joy or an unexpected smile. In the back of my head I hear my grandmother’s stories of tough times and how it brought people together in the Great Depression. It makes me smile and feel grateful. Kevin and I are contacting clients and Realtors via phone , emails and Zoom. We believe that it is a time to be sensitive and not appear to be self serving. There will be opportunities for the less risk obverse in the future. For most people the time for that message may be in a month from now, for others that are repeat clients/friends a more informal casual call is always welcome. We’re trying to get organized but like most other humans in this world today sometimes we fall a little short. Most importantly my partner Kevin and I have had a frank discussion to reaffirm the value we find in each other as business partners and friends. The Sotheby’s International Realty Family here in North America has been an incredible support group and terrific for morale as well. Sotheby’s …FOR THOSE THAT SEEK AN INCREDIBLE LIFE!

7. Your best real estate story?

Well I think that’s best left for the memoirs! I’ve been a realtor since I was 20 years old and over the decades I’ve seen a lot of changes and met a lot of people. Realtors are a special breed and generally an exceptional group of people. The best stories usually involve difficult people and heroic actions by hard working realtors. There is one great story that’s so incredible but the NDA does not permit such tattling.

8. Where is on your travel bucket list?

South America is certainly on the list. Also, I’ve always wanted to go to Canadian North – in particular, Churchill Manitoba in the fall when the Polar Bears are migrating and wander right through the streets of this tiny town accessible by rail when the ground is frozen solid. It’s a Canadian thing! I was planning on visiting Guy Bradshaw, this summer on route to Spain and then probably visit friends in Poland and Eastern Europe. I’ve told Guy to put the G and T on hold until the late summer or fall until the covid-19 crisis is more resolved.

9. And finally…….. when are you coming to visit us in London!?

See 8 above… Not soon enough…Guy Bradshaw owes Kevin and I a pint!

Global Series | Checking in with Hong Kong

Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential

In the first of our interviews, we are visiting Hong Kong to interview Binoche Chan, Chief Operating Officer at List Sotheby’s International Realty. Binoche has over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing and working with luxury properties. Hong Kong and London have maintained a special relationship with some of the world’s best luxury real estate. We will explore the best things to see and visit once the travel restrictions are lifted and what is happening on the ground in Hong Kong now.


1. Which city/area are you from?

Hong Kong

2. What are the best things to do/see where you live?

  • Business and investment.
  • Vibrant night life entertainment, restaurants of all kinds, dim sum is so good here
  • Hiking – there are so many beautiful trails.
  • Water spots the beach and ocean is within 15 to 30 minutes.
  • History and sight-seeing Victoria Harbour, the Peak with day and night panoramas.
  • Street food – a daring challenge!

3. Tell us a little about your market?

Very resilient and fast trading market support by strong local demand.
Interest rate is very low and financing is easy to arrange.
Commercial Retail market is suffering a lot due to coronavirus.

4. What is your favourite listing currently on your books and why?

Ha Yeung, $37,500,000 HKD

This house provides a very different alternative lifestyle to residing in Hong Kong. A similar priced apartment would be half the size in the city centre. Clear Water Bay’s location is great with a fast highway which only takes 25 minutes drive to Central Business District.

5. How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected your location?

With the SARS experience in 2003, Hong Kong citizens were very careful and took immediate action to avoid the virus from spreading when the COVID-19 virus first hit Hong Kong in January 2019 with cases principally from mainland China. Everyone wears face masks and uses sanitiser or washes hand whenever possible. At first it was not too serious in Hong Kong but now, we are facing a second hit from cases coming back from all over the world. As a true international city, this is kind of unavoidable. However, given the discipline and efforts of everyone in the community, we have strong faith that Hong Kong will be one of the earliest cities to recover.

6. What are your best tips for living/working from  home?

Routine and momentum are most important. You must try to keep a regular schedule similar to how you might work in your office so that you can keep the same responsiveness to your team and clients. Leverage the power of technology, conduct meetings with all kind of apps available so we can keep a closer relationship with your counterparts compare to using purely phone calls.

7. Your best real estate story?

Relationship passes on generations. Clients become friends. When being trusted, I think that’s the best reward. There are some very nice clients who rely on me beyond just pure real estate transactional services but also other things such as financial planning after selling a property. When their families has needs, I am the first one being called.

8. What is on your travel bucket list

Middle East countries and Eastern Europe.

9. and finally… When are you coming to visit us in London?!

I miss London. I can come back anytime when the virus is gone. Look forward to seeing you there!

SIRcle The Globe | Orleans Massachusetts

5 Bedrooms | 4 Bathrooms | 4,982 SQ. FT. | Boat Dock

This East Orleans salt waterfront escape boasts a private dock on Meetinghouse Pond and deep water access to some of the best bass fishing in New England. The 4 bedroom 2.5 bath main home affords abundant water views throughout. The 640sf detached studio apartment with balcony deck overlooking the marina welcomes overflow guests. Located just off of East Orleans Main Street and convenient to restaurants, coffee, ice cream, shopping, theatre, and the world renowned Nauset Beach.

In the summer, the property rents at $5,000USD per week. For those looking for an investment property, elevating the décor could yet yield an even higher return.  There is also a studio apartment that lets for £1000 per month – perfect for those wishing to hold a holiday home or an Airbnb-like investment.

Thinking of Moving? Contact Guy Bradshaw

Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Massachussets? Contact Emily Van Giezen

Emily Van Giezen
Gibson Sotheby’s Realty

Postcard from | Copa Del Rey Sailing Competition

At the End of July, UK Sotheby’s International Realty attended the 38th Copa Del Rey Sailing regatta in Mallorca. We started by visiting a unique architectural masterpiece in the heart of exclusive Port Andratx – exquisite (elegant) and beautiful a stunning home called Villa Infinity. Upon entering the breathtaking living room the views hit you immediately, and as you come around the corner you look into a gorgeous, expansive pool deck terrace with the infinity pool, relaxation areas, outdoor kitchen and Mediterranean garden. The Impact of the architect’s creativity and developer’s experience blend together seamlessly. Stepping onto the balcony of the master bedroom – the view over this iconic part of the island is completely breath-taking. It is an honour and privilege to be representing such a property to our clients. It’s a real treasure for the true connoisseurs of luxury lifestyle, a treasure that goes in harmony with the authentic style and wild island nature.

Infinity, Port AndratxThere are not enough words to describe what a pleasure it was to attend the 38th Copa Del Rey sailing competition in the waters of the bay of Palma de Mallorca. Relish, rejoice, and breath-taking come to mind. From the yacht of the main sponsors, we discussed industry changing projects with the members of the worldwide team. Watching strongly synergized teams enjoy their passion for sailing and competition along with the King of Spain was a truly delightful and inspirational experience. Sharing a long Spanish lunch on the bow of the yacht with the representatives of the global brand from USA, UK, Russia and Spain, I got the strong feeling of affiliation and union. Having the opportunity to see so many diverse people sharing common values and fundamental principles, passionate energy and professionalism makes me believe that our collaborations will inspire creativity and high-quality service. Such experience gives the fulfilling sense of being a part of truly international movement, that unites thousands of people under the roof of one home. It’s inspirational to know that we are all together and we are the real global team.

Over the course of the week we attended striking events for sponsors and participants of the sailing competition in the beautiful club El Nautico. I was lucky to meet and have a long profound conversation with the owner of this terrific restaurant chain; he puts an unbelievable amount of dedication, and hard work into his business and this annual event. I found out for you that he is planning to spoil Londoners with his new restaurant in the near future watch this space!

Magnificent: the level of delicious food, live music and first class service. This is what we are a part of.

Polina Schepetkova
UK Sotheby’s International Realty

 

 

 

Reporting back: Vancouver’s GNE takeaways

On May the 12th – 16th London Sotheby’s International Realty attended the SIR Global Networking Event in Vancouver, Canada. Guy Bradshaw, Director – Head of Residential and James Somers, Head of Lettings were in attendance with over 2000 of our colleagues from around the world. The event was a huge success, with friendships, and connections reunited and formed. On arrival there were evening events to which we met and networked over dinner and drinks, and the next three days saw us engage on our NEXT LEVEL offering to our global clients. We were treated to presentations on how our marketing can reach areas no other agency can. Breakout sessions, hosted by colleagues, were varied and informative, and we learned about the ever-changing sphere of social media and digital marketing in today’s world. We discovered just how successful we are at finding buyers and tenants for our clients because we have our global referral. We were treated to a Keynote speech from Gwyneth Paltrow which was awe inspiring and fascinating to hear how Goop developed into such a successful business.

London were also privileged to be invited to a networking lunch, over some sensational sushi (for which Vancouver is famous!) where we met in a more intimate environment with colleagues and clients from around the world. Later in the week we, visited Vancouver House and Oakridge developments, which Sotheby’s International Realty are selling, to understand and see the various investment opportunities in this wonderful city. Vancouver House was a real treat, as Bjarke Ingels is one of my favourite architects and this incredibly designed building is a real showstopper as you arrive into the downtown area.

Vancouver is an incredible city; the people are wonderful and the 2000+ delegates that attended also added to this special week. We returned with several buyer and tenant referrals for London and it just shows how incredibly connected our global brand truly is – NEXT LEVEL!

Our next GNE is in the City of Nashville, USA to which we are already looking forward to!

Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential

 

 

 

New York – London seeing increased investment from buyers from USA

With the dollar’s strength against the sterling it is no surprise that we are seeing an uplift in enquiries from Americans looking at investment properties in London. The opportune moment to take a trip to New York had arrived and I visited the incredible team working in our Manhattan offices. TV programmes such as Million Dollar Listing show the glamour and drama of the New York and USA property markets, but the real inspiration comes from the Global Property advisors that work for Sotheby’s Realty in the City of New York.

Arriving on Sunday afternoon into a fantastic carnival of cheers and support for the New York Marathon runners showed me that this city is one of tremendous camaraderie and multi-cultural awareness. Everywhere I went I was welcomed as one of their own, every local asking me about the UK, Brexit, Nigel Farage, Boris Johnson and the currency. New York and London are not dissimilar, both cities have their transport links, attractions and love of a serious traffic jam in rush hour. Later in my trip I returned from a day at the offices to a fanfare of TV crews, journalists and supporters – I didn’t realise I had made such a splash! Then, it dawned on me that the Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, had chosen my hotel as his base for the evening, including a room on my floor. This will probably be the one-and-only time I have the secret service outside my room as I sleep! Andrew Cuomo went on to win the Democratic vote with 59% of the vote his mid-term re-election.

I spent two days doing presentations on the London market with a particular focus on a boutique scheme in Covent Garden, our client happened to be in New York at the same time and visited the brokers with me. The reception we received made us feel like kings, I can only imagine how well these guys treat their clients. The attention in the rooms and questions posed to us showed how much these brokers really care about understanding both their local and global markets for their clients. The best brokers in NYC are called Global Portfolio Advisors – truly earning the title, they sell and advise on property transactions in New York, London, Monaco and Dubai to name just a few places. Asian investors currently have the best opportunity to trade at good discounts on the property market with the currency play, but there are equally good opportunities for the savvy USA investor to secure transactions at 15%-20% discount with the right currency and advice on where to buy.

Our clients in the UK and USA have shared interests: investors are looking to diversify their portfolios with properties across the globe. They can trust in our Sotheby’s International Realty network because we can personally recommend the individuals around the world who will best suit our clients’ needs. As we continue to meet our global brokers, I am increasingly confident that our clients will benefit from our diversity and reach. I am looking forward returning to New York in a few months as we look to strengthen the NYC-London bond even further.

 Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential