On this episode we talk to Eugene Hernandez, Deputy Director of Film at Lincoln Center about the 57th Annual New York Film Festival before traveling to the Principality of Andorra to talk with Angel Balanche from Andorra Sotheby's International Realty about an incredible art event they hosted.

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RESIDE® By Sotheby’s International Realty Podcast | Episode 5

Posted on September 30, 2019 by Devon Morrow

On this episode we talk to Louis Birdman, Developer, 1000 Museum – Miami's most exciting new Development – and we re-air a recent interview with the Sotheby's International Realty brand's COO, Julie Leonhardt LaTorre, on the Real Trends podcast.

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RESIDE® By Sotheby’s International Realty Podcast | Episode 4

Posted on August 9, 2019 by Devon Morrow

On this episode we talk to Alejandra Vanoli from Viva Sotheby's International Realty in Mallorca about the Copa Del Rey – Spain's most highly-regarded sailing event of the year – and Carl Shurr from Kuper Sotheby's International Realty about Austin, Texas.

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George Marshall Store Gallery Sponsorship - July 13 - August 18

Posted on July 11, 2019 by Devon Morrow

Anne Erwin Sotheby's International Realty is proud to sponsor the upcoming exhibit at the George Marshall Store Gallery

Join us Saturday, July 13 from 5-7pm at the George Marshall Store Gallery at 140 Lindsay Road, York, ME for the opening reception.
Music by Seasmoke

The exhibit runs from July 13 - August 18.
Gallery hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10-5 / Sunday 1-5 / and by appointment
Click Here for a PDF of the invitation

Craig Hood / Lincoln Perry / Derrick Te Paske

This exhibition brings together the work of two well established painters: Lincoln Perry, also a sculptor and muralist who lives part of the year in York, Maine and Craig Hood, a resident of Portsmouth New Hampshire and a recently retired professor from the University of New Hampshire. The artists share a Jewel-like pallet and place allegorical and mysterious figures into their landscapes.

Complementing the paintings are wood-turned sculptures by Boston area artist Derrick Te Paske. His elegant simple forms take advantage of natural grains and are often embellished with markings and studded with brass or copper pins. Click Here to view images of Te Paske's sculpture.

All three artists have spent years in academia and a keen interest in art history is apparent in all their work.  

Noriko Sakanishi

Noriko Sakanishi has been working abstractly since the 1970’s. There seems to be no limit to the combinations that she can make while restricting her shapes to simple squares, rectangles and spheres. Her wall-hung constructions give the illusion of weight, either stone or metal, when in fact they are made of light weight foam materials, meticulously painted in earth tones and applied  texture.

Following DeWitt
Ken Fellows / Bill Paarlberg / Russel Whitten

DeWitt Hardy was a mainstay of the Ogunquit art community until is sudden death in the Autumn of 2018. He is being recognized this summer at Bates College in the exhibition "DeWitt Hardy: A Master of Watercolor." Besides his own painting he is remembered and revered as a teacher. Ken Fellows, Bill Paarlberg and Russel Whitten all studied with him for many years. Hardy was more than a teacher to these men, but a pivotal mentor. His legacy is carried forward by these artists who learned from the best and now share what they have learned through their own teaching and exhibiting.

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YORK, Maine (June 28, 2019) — Anne Erwin Sotheby's International Realty today announced our team was recognized on the 2019 REAL Trends & Tom Ferry "The Thousand," a summary of the top 1,000 independent real estate agents and teams in the United States.

The REAL Trends "The Thousand" comprises four categories: the top 250 agents by sides, top 250 agents by sales volume, top 250 teams by sides and top 250 teams by sales volume. Anne Erwin Sotheby's International Realty was ranked 232 on the Teams by Transaction Volume.

"The recognition of our 11 member team on the "The Thousand" rankings is a result of hard work, extensive market knowledge and the support of the Sotheby's International Realty brand, which enables our agents to effectively market and sell extraordinary residences," said Linda Briggs Broker/Owner. "We are proud to have our company on this prestigious industry list." The Sotheby's International Realty brand claimed 41 of the top 250 sales associates in the REAL Trends individual sales volume category, more than any other real estate brand. The brand also had the highest combined individual sales volume from sales associates in the same category.

"Achieving a leading number of sales associates represented in the individual sales volume category of the REAL Trends rankings is a testament to the hard work and dedication of Sotheby's International Realty affiliated professionals," said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby's International Realty. "Agents affiliated with Sotheby's International Realty demand more of themselves to set the highest standard in the business. This dedication made a record $112 billion in global sales volume for Sotheby's International Realty possible in 2018. I am proud to honor the companies and sales associates represented on this list and their commitment to their clients and the industry."

Click here to see the complete list of Sotheby's International Realty brand affiliated sales associates represented on "The Thousand."

The Sotheby's International Realty network currently has more than 22,700 affiliated independent sales associates located in nearly 1,000 offices in 70 countries and territories worldwide. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Anne Erwin Sotheby's International Realty has offices in York and Ogunquit Maine. For additional information, please visit our website anneerwin.com or contact 207.363.6640

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

Anne Erwin Sotheby's International Realty has had a leading presence in the southern Maine real estate market for over 35 years. Founded in 1980, the company offers an extensive selection of distinctive homes in every price range in Maine and NH. Anne Erwin Sotheby's International Realty has offices located at 31 Long Sands Road, York, Maine and 19 Beach Street, Ogunquit, Maine.

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On this, our first, bonus pod, we are re-airing Sotheby's International Realty CMO Kevin Thompson's appearance on the CMO Moves podcast hosted by Nadine Dietz from AdWeek.
Listen to more from CMO Moves: adweek.com/inside-the-brand/cmo-moves

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by Erik Weinbrecht

Originally published on June 4, 2019 | Extraordinary Living Blog

Inspired by the pages of RESIDE® Magazine, RESIDE by Sotheby’s International Realty® explores the incredible people, places, and brands featured in the magazine, bringing their stories to life. From the nightlife of one of the world’s favorite cities, to art and beyond, RESIDE by Sotheby’s International Realty explores the best of luxury living.

On this special Global Networking Event edition of the RESIDE® by Sotheby’s International Realty Podcast, we hear from Sotheby’s International Realty’s Chief Marketing Officer, Kevin Thompson on the brand’s new “Only” marketing campaign and dive into the waters off Maui with local diver, and real estate agent with Island Sotheby’s International Realty, Philip Chiesa.

Only Sotheby’s International Realty

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Hello and welcome to RESIDE® by Sotheby’s International Realty. I’m Erik Weinbrecht your host and guide as we dive into the pages of RESIDE magazine to discover more about the incredible people, places, and brands featured within. Please be sure to like, follow, and subscribe to @sothebysrealty on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube to experience incredible homes and stories from around the world. Without further delay, let’s get started.

Erik Weinbrecht (EW)

Fresh off the Global Networking stage in Vancouver I’d like to welcome Sotheby’s International Realty’s Chief Marketing Officer and our special guest Kevin Thompson to take us through the brand’s latest marketing campaign and talk a little bit about the event. Hi Kevin!

Kevin Thompson (KT)

Hi Erik.

EW

Thank you so much for joining me that was an incredible speech that you gave today at a GNE.

KT

Thank you thank you it’s great to be here.

EW

So, before we get started about all of the great things that you talked about, tell us a little bit about why we’re in Vancouver this year?

KT

So, when we were looking at locations to take our global networking event a little over a year ago Vancouver popped up on our radar as one of the unique places that we could bring our global audience. I think it represents what is exciting and new and fresh not just in the real estate market but in a in a vibrant urban setting. Vancouver is itself a very modern city it’s a young city and I felt like that was the right vibe for our global networking event. It really fit with the theme of what we’re going to talk about there.

EW

So, it seems like it to an interesting contrast coming off of having two events in Las Vegas and then going to Vancouver. So, the atmosphere here is obviously completely different between the two and it seems to be a really effective choice

KT

Yeah so Vancouver is a world apart from Las Vegas, both are great cities both super dynamic both attract a global audience. I think what it was again really interesting about Vancouver was the idea that we could host the event in a phenomenal venue that was just built it was designed for the Olympics that were recently held in Vancouver. It’s an extraordinary place to be. It feels very fresh very new very modern and I think it aligns with the voice of the brand right now.

EW

So, speaking of things that are new and fresh and modern, let’s talk a little bit about what you talked about today. Tell us about the exciting news.

KT

So, one of the big announcements that we have, probably the biggest announcement for GNE from a marketing standpoint is the rollout of a new campaign. So the idea that we get to present a new global campaign to the audience is you know we don’t we only get a chance to do that at GNE so we have to wait a year and a half sometimes two years to have these conversations and really get to talk to agents and our owners about what the voice of the brand should be going forward. So, to announce the Only campaign you know not just was the setting perfect to do that the timing was right. We had just come off of the success of the LIVE Sotheby’s International Realty campaign which was the first truly customizable global campaign that we had launched as a brand, we launched it with a cloud-based building tool that allowed all of our affiliates to customize the brand for their local market. The LIVE campaign really, I think help to set the framework for our new only campaign. It spoke to our agents networking consumers buyers and sellers about the idea of living that Sotheby’s international Realty lifestyle. I think the only campaign lets us really kind of own that voice. We are the only luxury real estate brands that operates on a global scale we are the only luxury real estate brand that has a network as powerful as ours is today. So, it just made sense from sort of a logical standpoint, but I think it is that also the creative evolution of the live campaign it makes sense to move into a bolder bigger statement for the brand.

EW

So why do you think it’s important for brands like the Sotheby’s International Realty brand to have these kinds of campaigns? What do they do for a brand?

KT

So, I think when a brand like Sotheby’s International Realty plays in the public sphere we get to say and do things that other real estate brands can’t do. In part that’s because of our shared history with the auction house – so we just celebrated the Sotheby’s brand’s two hundred and seventy fifth anniversary which is an extraordinary milestone. Sotheby’s is a brand that the consumers aspire to they have a sense of what it means to live a somebody’s life style and that is part of who we are. As Sotheby’s International Realty as well so we get to talk about the idea of living a certain way and tapping into your dreams and really it this is all about Sotheby’s International Realty not just as the voice of authority in the luxury space but the access point for consumers to achieve their dreams, and I think that’s a remarkable thing. I don’t think that’s something that other real estate brands can do; you can try to do I don’t think you know it is it something that we own and is beyond compare really in the real estate industry.

EW

Now I imagine going back to the new campaign there had to be some sort of impetus or some sort of inspiration for this campaign – you know what are some of the other big brand campaigns that inspired this?

KT

It’s like this well we worked with a company called Blu Blanc Rouge they’re based in Toronto and Montreal and they have historically they’ve worked with Nike and Mercedes Benz they worked with live nation and we did an exercise with them that was all about brand world building and this is a fairly new concept I think for global brands. I think the most forward thinking brands in in all categories are having these conversations about what the world of their brand looks and feels like we have not had that conversation before at Sotheby’s international realty, and that is I think both the surprising thing for a brand that’s been around for two hundred seventy five years but also an incredible opportunity when you consider our share of the market at the in the luxury segment. For us to have this conversation now sort of represents a you know the opportunity going forward. It is important for us to think about what it means to represent the brand and what the world of Sotheby’s International Realty feels like, and that’s what drove the new campaign. So, this exercise with Blu Blanc Rouge and sort of understanding the psychology of how our brand lives in the real estate space really let us to land on only as the campaign tagline.

EW

I know from my perspective I can’t wait to see what some of our affiliates to do with this campaign. I know that the live campaign was super customizable, and you know we saw them do some incredible things with this. I’m hoping for the same if not more for the only campaign.

KT

Yeah, the so the challenge for the live campaign when we first designed that and we knew we wanted to talk about what it means to live a Sotheby’s International Realty lifestyle we had to consider that that means something very different to people all around the world. I mean something different to buyers and sellers a different price points and emerging affluent millennials and established luxury consumer so we had to create in in sort of partnership with the campaign we had to create a tool that allowed for the campaign to be customized so that it worked at any price point in any market in the seventy two countries that we are in and close to twenty three thousand agents implementing this campaign or have the opportunity to employ this campaign so we had to create the tool that allowed for the customization. The only campaign, you know it through all of the learnings in creating the live campaign, in in launching the live campaign, and understanding where it worked where it didn’t work and why not, we were able to launch the only campaign today with a sort of bigger bang. There are more pieces of collateral, more assets, more tools, more designs, more templates; everything about the only campaign is more robust than the live campaign. It’s certainly it was effective you know when we launched, and we launched the Design Vault we had ninety seven percent of our companies go in and build and create some sort of collateral. Inside the templates that were there you know that represents thirty plus ads a day being created using that tool I think the only campaign will far outpace that.

EW

Yeah, I’m like I said I’m, I’m super excited to see what people do with it. What’s one thing you’re really looking forward to with the only campaign – what are you looking to see from it?

KT

I you know what inspires me most is when I see the campaign customized for a local markets and individual agents working effectively, so when you know our agents know their markets better than we do – better than we ever possibly could they have the information they have the understanding about what consumers in their market want and so when they when they go into the design vault tool and they customize the assets that we create, we’ve created and they design these beautiful ads that we just help them to create, we didn’t design it we’re not dictating what it what it should look like, and the end product you know we want to manage the voice of the brand, but how that gets interpreted in the local market is entirely up to our agents. I think that you know that’s what excites me most when I see them grab on to what we’ve created and make it their own and really run with it – and we see those times pop up on social media channels and we see local advertising local print media that’s the most exciting part for me. When we know it’s working for that and helping drive their business and their success.

EW

Well thank you very much for taking the time today to be with us on the podcast I know you are very busy here in in Vancouver and there are many people looking forward to talking with you, so I don’t want to take up any more of your time. Make sure to check out the only campaign across all of our social media platforms and on sothebysrealty.com.

KT

Thanks so much it was great to be here.

EW

Hawaii is the premier destination for diving in the United States with the island offering so many locales to explore the depths we could have dedicated an entire episode to the topic – instead we’re focusing on Maui, home to some particularly special Pacific waters. My guest today is Philip Chiesa, a real estate agent with Island Sotheby’s International Realty and longtime free diver. Hi Phillip.

Philip Chiesa (PC)

Hi how you doing?

EW

I’m well I’m well thank you so much for joining me today. I appreciate it.

PC

Yeah, I’m happy to be here excited to talk about diving on Maui.

EW

So, before we hop into the water, I just give me the low down on what’s going on in Maui – what’s trending there?

PC

Well I’m a little bit of a foodie so I’m very excited for the upcoming opening of a new restaurant on the north shore of Maui called bop. It’s a Korean barbecue slash sushi restaurant opening up and I think it’s going to be a pretty big success.

EW

I mean I think it goes without saying that that any time we talk about a location one of the first things that comes up is food so I always love to hear about you know the culinary trends and the things that are that are going on and that’s awesome. So, I am there anything in particular there that you’re looking forward to?

PC

Definitely all of the sashimi. The people opening this restaurant used to have a different sushi restaurant located up country Maui and they are changing locations and changing up their menu a little bit and they always were known for having really high quality fish in the restaurant so I’m looking forward to seeing what they create now.

EW

Now speaking of high–quality fish let’s talk about what they look like but before we we get them on the dinner plate. So, as I mentioned you know whole why he is known as the US’ premier diving destination, what makes diving in Maui particularly special?

PC

What Maui has going on more than all the other islands is the number of whales. When it’s whale season, which is from about December to April, they like to be in our waters most as we have these protected channels between Maui and Lanai that serves as a great area for them to birth their baby whales and so you can just see them all over the place either from land or while diving and you can hear them under water. That’s a pretty surreal experience.

EW

Wow that sounds incredible I mean I am a very novice swimmer – my wife is a is a former lifeguard and she makes fun of me all the time, but you know in in terms of diving and being there for something like a, you know a whale pod, you know what level of diver do you have to be to experience something like that?

PC

It’s all sort of luck of the draw – you could be an advanced diver and be out really far and it will increase your chances of seeing them, but you can also be a relative beginner and go out for a snorkel trip and happen to see a whale right off the boat, so really all levels of people can get to experience that which I think is fun.

EW

Now that you mention too that there’s a specific season for experiencing you know a whale encounter like that but are there any other particular seasons where diving is best in Maui or different or something special?

PC

You know kind of the best thing about Maui is you can dive here all year round. The water temperature only changes about five degrees from winter to summer, it’s about seventy-five Fahrenheit in winter and got up to about eighty in summer so all year long you can dive. The visibility is great, the currents are never too bad as long as you’re driving a good part of the island and it’s just awesome. There’s no down season.

EW

Now you’ve lived in in Maui for the better part of your life is that is that right?

PC

Yes, I moved here when I was seven years old.

EW

And when did you start diving?

PC

Sort of recently within the last four to five years. I didn’t actually grow up doing it but when I moved home after college I really got into the community and it’s really an up and coming community, freediving in particular and so it’s going to be a part of that as it grows and gets into the mainstream.

EW

So, what’s the difference between free diving and you know just kind of the typical diving we think of? I know many of us out here aren’t experts on the topic so, if you give us a definition that would be great.

PC

Absolutely. Typically, when people hear the word diving they’re going to think of scuba diving which is having a breathing apparatus – typically one of those big metal tanks on your back and you are diving for the better part of an hour using that breathing apparatus staying under the whole time. Freediving is diving as deep as you want or as shallow as you want simply by holding your breath and there’s a lot of different disciplines within this for a free diving but in its simplest sense it’s diving unaided by a tank.

EW

Wow, now I heard that you can hold your breath for three minutes is that correct?

PC

I am actually up to four minutes now.

EW

Wow that is insane – that that is a long time. Is there like a limit where if you’re not breathing for certain amount of time like there’s like an oxygen cut off thing to your brain – is that at all a worry of yours when you’re down there?

PC

Well there’s a lot that goes into it and without boring you too much with the physiology, four minutes is a relatively short breath in the free diving world; the world official world record is just under twelve minutes right now and a lot of my regular dive partners have much longer breath hold times, so I’m not too worried about reaching my limit.

EW

Wow so I mean whether you’re under the water with a tank strapped to you or under the water holding your breath for an extended period of time when you come up to the surface and you want to decompress, what’s something that you that you do after a full day of diving?

PC

My personal favorite thing is to sit on the beach and drink a beer, it’s a good way to relax and hang out because diving is pretty exhausting. Even though you’re in the water the whole time it just hits you in a different way than you think. There’s also a lot of really fun hikes out on the east side of the island with waterfalls and jungles and it’s like being in a whole different world, I really like going to do that. I already touched on the food, but we have some world class restaurants out here and access to amazing fish and not just fish but vegetables and fruits – we just have this insane mixture of fresh produce that we can have your round out here.

EW

Thank you so much for taking the time to briefly take us into the water with you and kind of give us a glimpse of what life is like on Maui.

PC

Yeah absolutely I was happy to talk; it’s fun to talk about your passions.

EW

Thanks again to Philip and Kevin for joining me on this special edition of the RESIDE podcast. Thanks also to Stephen Connelly behind the board and all of you for listening. Don’t forget to subscribe to the RESIDE by Sotheby’s International Realty podcast on Apple podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, or wherever you listen. For more from RESIDE magazine, see the show notes for links or visit sothebysrealty.com/reside for stories from the magazine. Until next time…

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RESIDE® by Sotheby’s International Realty Podcast | Episode 2

Posted on March 14, 2019 by Devon Morrow

by Erik Weinbrecht

Originally published on March 14, 2019 | Extraordinary Living Blog

Inspired by the pages of RESIDE® Magazine, RESIDE by Sotheby’s International Realty® explores the incredible people, places, and brands featured in the magazine, bringing their stories to life. From the nightlife of one of the world’s favorite cities, to art and beyond, RESIDE by Sotheby’s International Realty explores the best of luxury living.

On this episode, we visit the Dominican Republic, discover the eclectic culture of Portland, Oregon, and talk to award-winning Minneapolis Chef, Jamie Malone.

Sergio Llach – Dominican Republic Sotheby’s International Realty
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Deb Tebbs – Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty
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Episode 2 Transcript:

Hello and welcome to RESIDE® by Sotheby’s International Realty. I’m Erik Weinbrecht your host and guide as we dive into the pages of RESIDE magazine to discover more about the incredible people, places, and brands featured within. Please be sure to like, follow, and subscribe to @sothebysrealty on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube to experience incredible homes and stories from around the world. Without further delay, let’s get started.

Erik Weinbrecht (EW)

Featured in the latest edition of RESIDE in a round-up of Caribbean destinations, the Dominican Republic is home to a rich cultural history and a highly touted reputation for some of the world’s favorite rum, chocolate, coffee, and golf. With me today to explore this incredible destination is Sergio Llach, president and CEO of Dominican Republic Sotheby’s international Realty. How’s it going Sergio?

Sergio Llach (SL)

I’m doing great, Buenos tardes.

EW

Thank you again for taking the time to join me today. The article in the most recent edition of RESIDE features these incredible destinations in the Caribbean and the Dominican Republic is one of them so you know, where do we start? You know with all the choices in the Caribbean, why the Dominican Republic? What makes it stand out?

SL

I would say my friend is the friendly people and the service provided. It’s something that’s not found on any other Caribbean nation particularly because Spanish is our primary language, so that’s what I would say – the people in the service that they offer.

EW

Now one of the things that you mentioned you know when we first started speaking, before we actually started rolling tape, you told me to add golf into the description of the Dominican Republic. What makes golf so important there?

SL

Well first of all the teeth of the dog is the number one course in the entire Caribbean for countless years and just in our eastern side of the country that we must have at least twenty world-class golf courses. Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, and Robert Trent Jones you know, famous worldwide designers, people from all over the world come just to go here.

EW

And you know that that kind of ties well into the magazine article, you know it focuses mostly on tourism and the people who vacation there, what’s full time life like ther in the DR?

SL

Full time life down here is great because the DR is not just a small country it’s a very big nation and we have Santo Domingo just an hour or so away with three million people and there are symphonies and culture and restaurants. Out in the east where are all the resorts are, you have the lifestyle you want to live with the golfing with the weather year round with the service year round and the restaurants, marinas – everything you could possibly want from a United States or European standpoint. You has with great weather year round and the ocean two steps away.

EW

Are you finding that a lot of people are buying you know their second or third homes in the DR or are they really coming and living there full time?

SL

You know it always starts out with a, “let me buy because we’re going to use it for two or four weeks per year,” and as families get into the culture and the lifestyle down there it evolves into six months a year. The typical lifespan of a buyer in our part of the Dominican Republic can range anywhere from ten to thirty or more years. This is really interesting, it is fabulous actually, everybody always wants ocean front property that’s kind of like the dream for Caribbean and buyers today it is almost impossible for me to find some great ocean front property available because all the children and the grandchildren don’t want to sell the homes! I have an inventory issue.

EW

Well you’re having a legacy issue.

SL

Yeah yeah really it’s true and it’s nice because you know the kids are like no you know where we gonna go not only do we grew up here and our kids are going after that where is there that’s anywhere better offers everything we offer so it’s quite fascinating.

EW

And where do you find your buyers are coming from? Are they are they local or they natives or are they coming from you have a specific place? Is there a specific feeder market

SL

This one of those interesting questions about our market since Santo Domingo is an hour away, I would say fifty percent of our buyers come from that mega feeder to market, which is something right in the country. And then the rest of the mega feeder markets are New York, France, Spain, Canada – all over the world because there are direct flights to Punta Cana and Santo Domingo from every major airline and that’s the key to any feeder market.

EW

With twenty eighteen now you know well and the rear view mirror what’s on the horizon for the Dominican Republic? What’s going on in in twenty nineteen and what you looking forward to?

SL

From a tourism and lifestyle point of view I see it only getting better and better because as most people learn the differences between for example the all-inclusive in the Punta Cana areas they learn about the more upscale lifestyles in certain areas in Punta Cana and La Romana, so I think it’s just gonna grow. The world doesn’t know about Casa de Campo and the world doesn’t know too much about the resorts in Punta Cana, but every year they know more and more so I think it only get better. And a as a as living there more and more I hear, “Gosh I’d like to live here more, gosh I’d like to live here more,” so I see it only positive Erik.

EW

Well thank you for taking the time to join me today, you know I think you’ve given everybody some insight into the Dominican Republic and you know maybe now you know people will know Casa De Campo.

SL

Tell the check us out! As we say here me, “me casa, tu casa!”

EW

Excellent! Be sure to check out the article on sothebysrealty.com to learn more about the Dominican Republic and the other destinations in the Caribbean, thanks again Sergio!

SL

Thanks Erik, take care, bye bye, ciao ciao.

EW

From the sandy beaches and warm escapes of the Caribbean our journey takes us to Portland Oregon where the night life reflects the city’s vibrant, varied and incredibly diverse cultural reputation. Deb Tebbs owner and CEO of Cascade Sotheby’s International Realty is here to take us out for a night on the town, hi Deb.

Deb Tebbs (DT)

Hi!

EW

Hi how’s everything going?

DT

It’s going great how are you?

EW

I’m doing okay! So Portland was featured in the most recent addition of reside magazine and I figured you’d be the expert to talk to, right?

DT

Well I certainly know the city well!

EW

Good good. So Portland is very much so in the vernacular of pop culture these days – tell tell me why so many people are going to Portland?

DT

Well I think it’s a kind of a combination of a few things – up first of all it’s a it’s just a flat out right foodie destination, so the diversity of of cuisine is is unending with food carts down to in a five star restaurants and just a diverse Food Network. The other in their tracks people to Portland is the craft beer scene so there are a myriad of breweries and if it’s not your gig then there’s the wineries that are all within an hour’s drive from downtown.

EW

You said craft beer and I just started nodding my head, “yes yes yes.” So I mean the craft beer phenomenon and and you know the cultural importance of cuisine that’s something that I definitely becomes part of a city’s DNA but it’s something that’s a part of many different cities DNAs, what’s what’s something that really sets the city apart from other metropolitan cultural hubs the United States?

DT

As far as the food and beer or just in general? [laughs]

EW

In general what’s something that’s unique to Portland?

DT

Well you know I’ve been to a lot of different cities and I think first of all to think about that Portland isn’t a big city it’s a it’s a it’s a little city I call it a baby city. It’s really accessible to walk so you can walk you know from just about anywhere within the city and I know that that happens in a lot of different places but it’s, it’s the vibe it’s small. There are the biking and the walking it’s it’s very easy accessible areas – lots of green belts lots of water are you know there’s its three or four different rivers to come together there. The vibe of the people definitely laid back and artsy very different than if you’re in New York City or or a San Francisco just a very different culture. That makes sense?

EW

Yeah it sounds very varied I’m getting this kind of – and personally I I have not been to Portland – but I’m getting this this vibe for me that it’s kind of like a um Brooklyn with more injections of nature around it.

DT

That’s spot on and I think that yeah the park factor is a big deal that and the clean air the recreation and then it’s got it’s really diverse. Because they have all these little eclectic neighborhoods within the city so there are a myriad of of areas that you can choose to live in. Starting from the pearl district to Multnomah Village, to the Beaumont area, lake Oswego there and all of those neighborhoods bring their own flavor to the city.

EW

Okay so they each have their own kind of unique fingerprint that that you know defines them.

DT

Absolutely, absolutely and and they’re all very diverse. If you’re in the pearl district you’re in a high rise condo that you know is overlooking the river and you’re basically not driving anywhere you’re walking or biking. If you’re in lake Oswego you’ve got a beautiful home on the lake and that’s a completely different setting and vibe. If you’re in Irvington or north west you’re in an area of homes that are older and more established in kind of the original neighborhoods of the city. So there’s there’s a lot to choose from.

EW

From churches converted into concert venues and Twin Peaks inspired lounges the piece in RESIDE paints this very eclectic picture of Portland’s night life that seems to kind of mirror the the eclectic nature of the different neighborhoods. What’s your can’t miss spot?

DT

My can’t-miss spot is Al’s Den. Al’s Den is a part of Mcmenamins which again was originally developed out of an old church and it’s this underground place – so you walk underneath and this kind of it’s all bricks and dark kind of it den like and there’s all different types of a live music going on down there I’m just real different types of music to. The night I was there it was kind of bluegrass–y, but they’ve got different venues. Hale Pele is a tiki bar recently voted number one tiki bar in America so that’s a cool hip spot, and then the vault cocktail lounge is kind of like a hidden gem in the pearl district. If you want to go there to have a a real signature cocktail made up for you that’s a spot to go.

EW

I have to say that my favorite part about doing this podcast so far is I’m learning about all these incredible cities that you know are very accessible for for me to get to and I I keep having these these things added to my, I don’t wanna call my “bucket list,” but you know a list of of things to do every time I go into a new city.

DT

Yeah, and well there’s a kind of a saying in Portland it says, “keep Portland weird,” and it’s true! It’s eclectic and it’s inclusive and that’s the vibe there and it’s it’s really celebrated through the for the diverse culture residents because there, it’s an extremely diverse from tech to retirement to people who are developing their vineyards who are growing wine. I mean it’s just and then you know you’re an hour where you’re at the you’re at the Oregon coast. Your an hour away your up skiing Mount Hood. So it’s just the accessibility for so many different lifestyles.

EW

Is there anything special coming to the city that we should keep an eye out for?

DT

Well I have heard I don’t know if it’s clarified but there’s a group of investors including the Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife that are trying to bring Major League Baseball to Portland it’s the Portland diamond project.

EW

That sounds very cool! I’m a I’m a big baseball guys so that’s that’s exciting it’s been a while since there’s been an expansion with a new team so that would be really cool.

DT

Yeah they do a lot with soccer, with their Timbers but yeah so that that would be exciting for the city for sure.

EW

Well thank you so much for your time today Deb and thanks for for keeping it weird!

DT

Thanks for having me on, bye!

EW

Chef Jamie Malone had a busy twenty eighteen. Her year old Minneapolis restaurant the Grand Cafe was named one of Food and Winemagazine’s best new restaurants of twenty eighteen and her decadently high-end French inspired chicken liver moose donut was named the magazine’s twenty eighteen dish of the year. On top of that chef Jamie and her business partner procured a second restaurant, East Side just this past October. Chef Jamie thanks for joining me today!

Chef Jamie – CJ

Thank you so much for having me!

EW

It’s it’s it’s an honor to have an award-winning chef on our second episode of the podcast!

CJ

[Laughs] Exciting for me too!

EW

So, I mean what drew you to French cuisine?

CJ

you know I think sometimes I liken it to music that you fall in love with when you’re young. Most people I think you know the music they first fall in love with when they’re fourteen fifteen sixteen they’re sort of in love with forever. And that’s kind of how I feel about food I first fell in love with French food and you know one of the reasons I love food is you get to learn about all kinds of different cultures but French food is my first love so it runs the deepest.

EW

And you’re a native to Minneapolis right?

CJ

I am yeah

EW

How did French cuisine come up in the culture there? Is that something that’s inherently special to Minneapolis?

CJ

No it’s not and you know I went to Le Cordon Bleu so I went to you know a traditional French culinary school, but actually before my time there were some French restaurants in Minneapolis. But when I was coming up there weren’t a lot of them and I think that made it feel even more special and a little bit exotic, especially the kind of French food I like to cook which is very old fashioned very you know very traditional so, so to me it felt exotic.

EW

So do you find ways to take the traditionalist approach to a French cuisine do you do you find ways to kind of work in some of the city into that cuisine?

CJ

You know I think the for me the most important way to do that is to create relationships with purveyors and you know so we have people who do flour locally obviously we’re the mill city so that’s kind of a big thing here. And we get a lot of produce locally that’s kind of the biggest way to make the tie in but I’m not I’m not one of those cooks whose hyper focused on the place where we’re at I’m kind of more in interested in transporting our guests.

EW

Where you find the inspiration for your dishes?

CJ

You know I think my inspiration for food it comes through just experiences that have brought me pleasure and that I have loved and have stuck with me an impacted me and so I always try to distill that within the personality of the restaurant. You know I get inspiration from really old cookbooks there’s just certain things that you know read about or it’s just like all man that’s just elegant and stunning and I just love everything about it I love you know sometimes the necessity from which things came and then there are you know created and then their refined over generations to be this thing of elegance and art and that I just find incredibly beautiful, but as far as you know for the restaurant also are trying to create dishes but also try to create like the whole world everything about the restaurant is just kind of its own little world, so we like to tie in everything not just the food.

EW

So what do we mean by that, like the décor?

CJ

The music, the decor in the style of service, the words we use I’ve got a funny story actually my business partner Nicky on Monday we were having a conversation and we’re talking about exactly this and I said you know we can we can dig deeper into the words that we use on the on the dining room floor, but to say you know if someone comes into reservation instead of saying great we should say like marvelous because it feels kind of Old World and unique and instead of marvelous I said “marvelfluff” [laughs] Weird, so that’s forever our word. We always joke around about that, but we’re trying to put a lot of spotlight on the nuances.

EW

So so to lean on your words, speaking of things that are that are “Marvelfluff,” How how did you come up with the with the award winning donut? I I’ve got to know.

CJ

You know it was a work in progress and an old chef partner of mine Eric Anderson and I used to kind of do riffs on things with chicken liver all the time and that was just one of the evolutions that it came into It just really felt like are you know chicken livers is very old fashioned and very rich and can be kind of boring still a little maybe grandma-ish, which I do like, this felt like a really fun and a super fun evolution of it. I like to incorporating pastry techniques in savory food so we use something called Luster Dust for the glaze so it’s like sparkling glittery and it’s got all those kind of whimsical qualities of a French pastry but it’s savory.

EW

Very interesting I mean I I have a very adventurous palates as I as I’m told I and I constantly love to try new things and the moment I read that in in both food and wine and in RESIDE magazine I just said, I’ve got to try it, I’ve got to go to Minneapolis to try it I absolutely have to. You mentioned that chicken liver feels kind of like grandma-ish and and that that gets me thinking, how does a background like yours where you have you know this this deep and you know kind of like all-encompassing love for food, but you also have this professional training – how does that differ you from those who are who are brought up in the kitchen and you know they kind of cut their teeth with their grandma standing next to them and you know holding their hands and things like that?

CJ

Yeah that’s a good question. You know I think most cooks even who have gone through culinary school really the way you do cut your teeth is either in the kitchen or you probably do have some sort of deeper history growing up with food, which I think is both in the same for me. I think the big difference with culinary school is you really have concentrated time to focus on foundational techniques.

EW

So I mean twenty eighteen has been an absolutely whirlwind of a year it seems like for you with you know everything that you have going on and you know we’re just getting into February of of twenty nineteen so what do you think this year has in store for you?

CJ

You know just we’ve got two restaurants now we’ve got a great team and we’re just going to put our heads down and work on making everything better and more fun and more magical.

EW

No rest for the wicked, right?

CJ

Yeah, exactly [laughs]

EW

Well thank you very much for joining us today on the podcast and be sure to visit chef Jamie the next time you’re in Minneapolis and experience her unforgettable culinary creations. Thanks again Chef Jamie.

CJ

Thank you so much for having me.

EW

Thanks again to Sergio, Deb, and Chef Jamie for taking the time to be with us today. Thanks also to Stephen Connelly behind the board and all of you for listening. Don’t forget to subscribe to the RESIDE by Sotheby’s International Realty podcast on Apple podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you listen. If you’re craving more RESIDE visit sothebysrealty.com/reside for more from this and previous issues of the magazine. Until next time…

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Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC today reported that in 2018 its affiliated brokers and sales professionals achieved more than $112 billion USD in global sales volume, the highest annual sales volume performance in the history of the brand. Additionally, 27 affiliated companies surpassed $1 billion USD in sales volume in 2018.

"Experts predicted that 2018 would be a slow year for the global real estate market," said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. "Despite the forecast, our talented affiliated companies and their sales associates continued to perform at the top of their game to drive a year-over-year sales volume increase that is truly remarkable. We are going to keep the momentum going in 2019 and we will continue to empower the Sotheby’s International Realty network by offering innovative products, tools, and research to provide best-in-class service."

Global Growth

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand also reported growth across its global network. At year-end, the network totaled more than 990 offices in 72 countries and territories and more than 22,500 affiliated sales associates worldwide.

In the United States, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand achieved more than $100 billion USD in sales volume in 2018. This year witnessed continued significant growth by the brand’s existing affiliate companies through talent attraction as well as mergers and acquisitions. Most notably, the brand increased its market presence in Essex and the Acton-Boxborough area of Massachusetts; Greater Portland, Oregon; and Nashville, Tennessee. The brand also entered several key new markets last year, namely, Bandon, Oregon; Huntsville, Alabama; the Sandhills Region of North Carolina; Mendocino, Fort Bragg, and Ventura, California.

Outside the United States, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand achieved more than $12 billion USD in sales volume in 2018 while continuing to expand into key markets. In Europe, the brand grew its presence in Menorca and Madrid, Spain; Sylt and Bern, Germany; Kitzbühel, Austria; Zurich, Switzerland; and Slovakia. The brand also sold the rights to the island country of Cyprus. In Asia, new offices were opened in Colombo, Sri Lanka; and Bangkok, Thailand, and agreements were signed to expand into Jakarta and Bali in Indonesia, and Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi in Vietnam and the Maldives. The brand also saw growth in Mexico City, Mexico; the Metropolitan area of Puebla; Valle de Bravo and Malinalco in Estado de Mexico; and Cuernavaca and Tepoztlán in Morelos.

Marketing Innovation

2018 was an impactful year for the brand with the roll-out of new tools and offerings. Sotheby’s International Realty became the first real estate brand to launch and implement a virtual staging augmented reality app, transforming the home buying and selling experience for sales associates and consumers with the launch of Curate by Sotheby’s International Realty℠. Design Vault, a cloud-based ad-builder tool was also unveiled, allowing companies and agents to create advertising, marketing and social assets with ease. The brand entered a custom-publishing relationship with The Wall Street Journal / Barron’s Group to present RESIDE®, a bespoke luxury lifestyle magazine providing affiliate companies around the world a turnkey solution to creating a customized, branded magazine. The publication’s inception also birthed the brand’s new podcast series. In partnership with Inman, an exclusive channel called Leading in Luxury was launched, featuring experts from the Sotheby’s International Realty brand discussing trends, best practices and innovations in luxury real estate.

"As much as it was revolutionary, 2018 was also an affirmative year for the brand," said Kevin Thompson, chief marketing officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. "The Sotheby’s International Realty brand has always stood at the forefront of innovation in the industry, but we recognize that in order to maintain this standard, we need to continue to press forward. With the launch of new technology and tools, we continued that tradition, always aiming to provide industry-leading levels of service that sales associates affiliated with Sotheby’s International Realty around the world are known for."

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand website, sothebysrealty.com, saw another record year with more than 30 million visits, a 13 percent increase year-over-year, with 13 percent of traffic generated from new users. Top searches on sothebysrealty.com in the United States included New York, New York; Malibu, California; and Los Angeles, California. Outside of the United States, the top locations searched were London, United Kingdom; Paris, France; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Lake Como, Italy; and Sydney, Australia.

Additional Achievements

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s affiliated companies and sales associates raised nearly $1 million USD to date for New Story, the brand’s charitable partner and a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The funds raised have gone directly to the construction of new homes in Morelos, Mexico for families who lost their homes in the 2017 earthquakes.

"It was awe-inspiring to visit the families in Mexico whose lives will be forever changed by the generosity of our network," said White following a recent trip to visit two recently constructed communities in Mexico. "Partnering with New Story as a charitable partner allowed us to extend the services we provide daily: to help people discover homes that allow them to live their best life."

The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand claimed 40 of the top 250 sales associates in the Individual Sales Volume category of the 2018 REAL Trends/The Wall Street Journal "The Thousand." In addition, 12 teams affiliated with the Sotheby’s International Realty brand were recognized as being among the top 250 teams in the nation by sales volume. The annual report ranks America’s top 1,000 residential real estate agents and teams based on 2017 annual sales volume and transaction sides.

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