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Sotheby's International Realty® Apple TV App

Sotheby’s® International Realty is proud to present a new app for Apple TV which allows users to experience an innovative and exciting new way to explore the real estate market.

The app allows users to fully immerse themselves in a luxury real estate experience and explore the world’s most extraordinary properties with a expertly curated selection of high resolution photography and high definition video.

Using Siri voice dictation, users can browse properties by city, state, or country or explore the lifestyle categories; whether you are interested in a metropolitan experience or you are a wine connoisseur interested in vineyards and wineries.

Find a property that sparks your interest? You will be able to contact a sales associate directly through the app.

Download the app today on the Apple TV app store. Search for “Sotheby’s International Realty

To learn more please visit: Sotheby’s International Realty | Apple TV App

SIR.COM Integrates New Technologies

Sothebysrealty.com Adds 3D Tours with Virtual Reality Capability for Property Detail Pages

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today announced that its global website, sothebysrealty.com, now supports 3D Tours on its property detail pages allowing real estate consumers the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in homes listed by the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand. The 3D Tours will also feature a Virtual Reality Tour (VR) experience that can be viewed through a compatible device such as an Android phone or VR headset.

The 3D and VR Tours are produced by strategically placing specialized cameras throughout a home to create a result that transforms the traditional way people view homes online. The 3D and VR Tours add an additional layer of content to the existing property detail pages on sothebysrealty.com which also provide a written description, high-resolution photographs and high-definition videos.  At launch, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand will have 3D Tours available on over 1,000 properties that are viewable on desktop, tablet or smartphone.

“Introducing 3D and VR Tours on sothebysrealty.com is just another example of how we are keeping theSotheby’s International Realty brand on the cutting edge while creating an immersive experience for consumers,” said John Passerini, global vice president, interactive marketing at Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Distance can present a challenge when looking to buy a home and virtual reality has provided a provocative solution. This technology is allowing buyers to purchase homes without having to physically travel to view them, which is especially relevant to the global clientele we serve.”

The sothebysrealty.com site experienced 16 million user sessions in Q1-Q3 of 2016, a 60% increase year-over-year. Property detail pages on the brand site support Matterport, a past winner of the 2014 Realogy FWD innovation summit, and additional compatible 3D Tours.

In coordination with this announcement, Sotheby’s International Realty is also a real estate launch partner forMatterport’s CoreVR release— the largest collection of virtual reality content across multiple disciplines.  With the adoption of CoreVR, Sotheby’s International Realty will be able to offer both a 3D and VR experience.  Additionally, Sotheby’s International Realty property listings on Mansion Global, the digital luxury real estate destination from Dow Jones, will also be equipped with the 3D Tour feature.

Click here for an example of a 3D Tour as shown on a current luxury property listing on theSotheby’s International Realty website.

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.  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 Realtymarketing programs.  Each office is independently owned and operated.

Art & Home | Kitchen Culture

The latest volume of Art & Home is here! This month, Iyna Bort Caruso takes a bite out of Kitchen Culture and invites you to dine in some of the finest kitchens from around the world.

“Knock-your-socks-off gorgeous,” is how Jamie Gold, a San Diego, California-based certified kitchen designer and author of “New Kitchen Ideas That Work” describes kitchens at the top end of the market. “It’s about brand. It’s about impression. It’s what the neighbors are doing–only better.”

Today’s kitchens are swoon-worthy showplaces of good looks, high performance and sophisticated wizardry.

Mass market is out. Fresh design interpretations are in. As dominions of personal expression, kitchens are places homeowners put their signature and showcase their style with handcrafted cabinetry and bespoke fittings and finishes.

A recent survey of more than 500 architecture firms by the American Institute of Architects reinforces the role of kitchens as the command center of the home, with a caliber of appliances and appointments that not only reflects homeowners’ tastes but also makes them and their guests feel good.

Explore the entire issue of Art & Home here

Sotheby's International Realty® Leads National Rankings for Individual Sales Volume Category in Real Trends/The Wall Street Journal Report

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC recently announced that the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand was the No. 1 real estate company represented in two of the six categories that comprise the 2016REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal “Top Thousand.” The annual report ranks America’s top 1,000 residential real estate agents and teams based on 2015 annual sales volume and transaction sides, and the top 50 agents and top 50 teams on average sales price—making it a ranking of the top 1,100 nationwide.

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand claimed 45 of the top 250 sales associates in the REAL TrendsIndividual Sales Volume category, more than any other real estate company. The brand also had the highest combined individual sales volume from sales associates in the same category. In addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand had the most individuals represented in the Individual Average Sales Price category, holding 17 of the top 50 spots (34%), including Brenda S. Powers and Elizabeth L. Sample in East Side Manhattan who tied for No.1 at $37.59 million. The brand also had the No. 1 Team on the Average Sales Price ranking; Drew Mandile and Brooke Knapp Team in Beverly Hills topped that list with an average sales price of $18.3 million. This further establishes the strength of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand as a leader in luxury real estate sales.

“We are thrilled to see that the Sotheby’s International Realty brand is continuing to build off the momentum of the 2015 record-year,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC.  “Having the most sales associates represented in two categories of the REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal rankings is a huge accomplishment and underscores how many of the top sales professionals are affiliated with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand.  I am so proud of the companies and the sales associates represented on this list.”

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 19,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 845 offices in 63 countries and territories worldwide.  Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.comglobal website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients 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.

The complete Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals list can be found on REAL Trends’ website, www.realtrends.com.

Alex Hayes Attends Global Networking Event In Las Vegas

For the past few days, I have been in Las Vegas for the Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates Global Networking Event! Monday’s Welcome Reception was followed by numerous breakout sessions covering topics from Brand Conversation and Negotiation to Leveraging Media and New Developments. To cap off an excellent week of learning, we made sure to embrace the moment by taking a family photo poolside at the Wynn.

I am leaving tomorrow and look forward to sharing all I've learned and the new roll outs Sotheby’s International Realty is introducing in the coming year. It’s always a pleasure to reconnect and make new friends within the Sotheby’s family!! 

Sotheby's International Realty® Brand Welcomes Napa Valley Firm

On May 3rd, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC 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 theSotheby’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 worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs.  Each office is independently owned and operated.

Sotheby's Institute of Art | What's Happening in the London Art World this Summer?

As the Summer season approaches in London, the Summer Study team at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art gives their recommendations for the must-see exhibitions, art fairs and new openings coming to the United Kingdom’s capital city in the coming months.

Summer Exhibition 2016
Royal Academy, June 13 – August 21, 2016

The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition is a major art world event every summer and is now in its 248th year! It’s the largest open submission exhibition in the world and attracts works from both emerging and well established artists. This year the exhibition will be coordinated by leading British sculptor Richard Wilson.

Masterpiece 2016
The Royal Hospital Chelsea, June 30 – July 6, 2016

Masterpiece Art Fair, only in its sixth year, has fast become a must-attend event in the capital’s summer art and auction season. The fair is a great chance to see a wide range museum-quality pieces before they enter private collections. Stalls cater for all collectors, spanning from Antiquities to Contemporary works.

Botticelli Reimagined
Victoria and Albert Museum, March 5 – July 3, 2016

The largest Botticelli exhibition in the UK since 1930. This exhibition is organised by the V&A and the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin and includes over 50 original works by Botticelli (1445-1510) as well as reinterpretations of Botticelli’s work in painting, fashion, film, drawing, photography, tapestry, sculpture and print.

Painting with Light: Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Modern Age
Tate Britain, May 11 – September 25, 2016

Tate Britain hosts the first major exhibition celebrating the ‘conversation between early photography and British art’. The exhibition looks at the explores experimental photography alongside pre-Raphaelite, Aesthetic and British Impressionist painting, including works by Turner, John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, JAM Whistler, John Singer Sargent, John William Waterhouse and others.

Opening of the New Tate Modern
Tate Modern, June 17, 2016

On June 17th, the Switch House, a new 10-story extension to the Tate Modern, will be opened to the public. The estimated £260m extension will increase the gallery space by 60% and will see a ‘progressive rehang’ of Tate Modern’s current works across the new space, as well as new exhibitions including an installation by Sheela Gowda (India) and an immersive multi-screen film by Cannes prize winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Thailand).

 

About Sotheby’s Institute of Art

Sotheby’s Institute of Art is The Graduate School of Art and its Markets. Evolving from a small connoisseurship program started by Sotheby’s Auction House in 1969, Sotheby’s Institute is now the foremost leader in art business education and object-based learning. Its global faculty represent the best of almost every facet of the art world, helping students decipher and master the unique forces at play at the intersection of art and commerce.

With campuses in the cultural capitals of London, New York and Los Angeles, Sotheby’s Institute offers graduate level programs that have become more relevant than ever in an art world that is constantly seeking individuals with art historical scholarship and business acumen. Besides Master’s degrees, Sotheby’s Institute offers programs of study such as summer classes, 15-week semester courses, online learning and executive education. Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s programs provide the knowledge and credentials needed to achieve success in today’s worldwide art markets and cultural institutions.

Visit sothebysinstitute.com for more information.