New York, New York (November 20, 2020) — Christie’s International Real Estate, the real estate arm of Christie’s, the world’s leading art auction house, welcomed over 700 brokers from 24 countries, including 26 U.S. states, to the network’s annual invitation-only Luxury Specialist Conference. This year’s event was held virtually November 17 and 18, attracting the largest number of participants in the history of the forum. At the conclusion of the conference, attendees were designated as a “Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Specialist” by Christie’s Education.
Dan Conn, CEO of Christie’s International Real Estate, said: “Our agents are experts in their local markets, the reason their companies were invited to join our exclusive network. This conference, offering continuing education in the luxury sector, allows them to build on their local reputations with an appreciation for the full scope of the interests of high-end clients: art collectibles, home design, wellness and philanthropy. The global flow of real estate transactions is unprecedented in the current climate, as people continue to work remotely. Understanding the worldwide economy, best practices for digital marketing and leveraging the Christie’s International Real Estate suite of services will grow their businesses and deepen relationships with buyers and sellers.”
Speakers included Elliot Eisenberg, internationally acclaimed economist renowned for making the science of global money policies clear and logical; Michael S. Smith, the interior designer appointed by President Barack Obama to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House and responsible for the 2010 makeover of the Oval Office; and Antoine Hodge, the bar and spirits director of the world-renowned Baccarat Hotel New York who led viewers through a mixology demonstration using a list of ingredients circulated prior.
Participants also heard from Christie’s International Real Estate executives and their industry-leading peers who provided insights into managing their businesses in a volatile environment, digital approaches for buying and selling homes, managing client relations and leveraging PR and social media to build personal brands. A series of group networking discussions explored target and feeder markets in order to increase referral business and luxury lifestyle trends. Christie’s executives gave an overview of the current art market and strategies for collecting of art and luxury goods including, jewelry, wine and handbags.
Rounding out the conference were three presentations, the first on professional wardrobes for the current reality by experts in the luxury apparel and accessory world. Mindful Junkie Outreach, a not-for-profit organization that empowers first responders with strategies to be safe, healthy and emotionally regulated, provided strategies to manage stress in one’s home and business lives, while Studio in a School, an organization devoted to enriching young lives through visual arts programs in inner city schools that have lost their funding for arts education, stressed the importance of supporting children through these unprecedented times.
Christie’s International Real Estate has successfully marketed high-value real estate around the world for more than 30 years. Through its New York City brokerage and invitation-only Affiliate network spanning 48 countries and territories, Christie’s International Real Estate offers incomparable services to a global clientele at the luxury end of the residential property market. The company has offices in London, New York City, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Palm Beach, and its affiliated brokerages have recorded approximately US$500 billion of real estate transactions over the last five years. (Data as of September 30, 2020.) For additional information, please visit christiesrealestate.com.
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