Michael Saunders & Company Announces Second Trans-Atlantic Affiliation in as Many Months

Posted by Tom Heatherman — November 29, 2007

SARASOTA, Fla. – (Nov. 30, 2007) – For the second time in as many months, Michael Saunders & Company is announcing a new Pan-European real estate alliance intended to showcase the company’s listings to buyers throughout continental Europe and the United Kingdom.Mayfair International Realty, headquartered in London, is the newest link in the chain of international connections designed to tap into the expanded buying power of Europeans thanks to an ever-strengthening Euro and Pound Sterling, excellent pricing for homes in Southwest Florida and additional declines in already-low interest rates.“With the addition of this newest alliance, we have taken another important step toward blanketing Europe with partnerships that expose our sellers’ homes to still more of the deepest-pocketed buyers in the world,” said Michael Saunders from her office in downtown Sarasota. “Mayfair International is an international network of top-notch professionals, each with a stellar reputation in their respective countries, including the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France and Ireland.”In a company-wide announcement, Ms. Saunders provided even more details of the benefits of the new alliance. “I am thrilled to announce that all Michael Saunders & Company listings priced from $250,000 and above are now showcased on the Mayfair International Web site, www.Mayfairinternationalrealty.com. In addition, Mayfair International has uploaded all of our properties priced over $1 million to the site for Country Life Magazine, www.countrylife.co.uk. Country Life has been a national institution in the U.K. for over 100 years and a copy is hand-delivered to Queen Elizabeth each week. The Web site boasts over 1.2 million hits per month and over 600,000 users, 72 percent from the U.K. and 28 percent from the rest of the international community. This is yet another competitive advantage offered to our associates and more added value for their clients.”Over the past 10 years, Mayfair International Realty has developed into an organization representing 125 real estate brokerages with 350 offices. Its London office is located in the heart of Mayfair, a few short steps from Grosvenor Square—the site of the United States Embassy. Mayfair is one of the most exclusive addresses in the United Kingdom, equivalent to Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, or Rodeo Drive in Beverley Hills. Broker-members represent the elite of Britain’s country agencies, all well-established in their respective areas. In fact, one agency dates back to 1750.Only days before this latest announcement, Saunders announced another ground-breaking international affiliation—with EREN, the European Real Estate Network. It is the first time in EREN’s history that an American company has been invited to become an affiliate member. EREN is comprised of 22 leading property firms—operating 53 offices in 10 countries—and is the only pan-European network of independent, top-quality brokerage companies providing trans-Atlantic exposure for MS&C listings.“We have long recognized the intense interest that many Europeans have in owning property in Southwest Florida,” Saunders said in her concluding remarks. “That’s why we have always cultivated strong affiliations with such top luxury networks as Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Luxury Portfolio, Christie’s Great Estates and LuxuryRealEstate.com.” Indeed, Saunders is in her second year as chairman of Leading Real Estate Companies of the World.About Mayfair International Realty:Mayfair International Realty is an international community of hand-picked real estate professionals who have earned an outstanding reputation within their own communities and in key countries such as the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, Ireland and many others. The strength, knowledge, reach and experience of this dynamic network is unparalleled in the international real estate market.Bridging the Atlantic to tap into the lucrative European market is now an essential element in successfully offering unique homes to high-end buyers. For a European buyer wishing to purchase a luxury home or investment property in the United States, connecting with a Mayfair International Realtor is the first step to a successful transaction. The Mayfair network has at its fingertips a superb selection of US properties, from waterfront homes in Florida to stylish apartments and brownstones in Manhattan. In turn, the European offices can quickly find the American buyer an ideal home in superb countryside locations or in many exciting European cities.About Michael Saunders & Company:In 2006, Michael Saunders & Company® began its fourth decade of service to Southwest Florida. Founded as a single small office in 1976, the company has grown to 18 full-service offices—with more than 500 professionally trained associates and 200 staff members. Powerful worldwide affiliations—including Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, Luxury Portfolio, Christie’s Great Estates and The Board of Regents—extend the company’s message to qualified buyers globally, ensuring the broadest possible exposure for our properties.Michael Saunders & Company® is ranked 75th in unit sales and 81st in volume sales among the top 500 largest real estate brokers in the U.S. and is included among the 35 most influential Realtors in luxury real estate. Each sales associate’s average of $5.99 million in annual sales has propelled the company to 9th in the nation for individual agent productivity.At Michael Saunders & Company®, ours is a company-wide commitment to enrich the lives and culture of the communities we serve. Each year, the company makes significant contributions to more than 75 charitable, educational and cultural institutions throughout the region. These include Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota, Junior Achievement, Child Protection Center, The Dyslexia Foundation, Florida Studio Theater, Mote Marine Laboratory, Westcoast Black Theater Troupe, Manatee County Schools Foundation, Manatee Community College, University of South Florida Foundation, Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and the Community Foundation of Sarasota.For more information about commercial sales and leasing through the Commercial Group of Michael Saunders & Company®, please call 1-888-552-5228 or visit us on the Web at www.michaelsaunders.com.

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