SALZBURG, Austria – (Jan. 31, 2008) –
The 3rd Annual Luxury Real Estate European Conference was recently held Thursday, January 24th to Friday, January 25th, in Salzburg, Austria. This event brought together many of the world’s top-selling brokers to engage in dynamic discussions on the global real-estate market, and to build new relationships.The conference was hosted by John Brian Losh, Chairman and CEO of Luxury Real Estate (also known as LuxuryRealEstate.com and Who’s Who of Luxury Real Estate) a membership-driven group of luxury brokerages based in Seattle, Wash. The membership, which includes the highest-end luxury brokers as well as those who constitute the leadership body called the Board of Regents, meet three times each year in national and international locations.The Keynote Speaker was José Ribes Bas, from Rimontgó
in Jávea, Alicante, Spain. Mr. Ribes Bas spoke on building partnerships with luxury-focused companies. He also talked about the importance for brokers to work with their communities, especially the luxury industry as they are all catering to the same clientele.The recent conference in Salzburg covered multiple topics of great interest to those who serve the high net-worth demographic. An ongoing theme, covered in each of Luxury Real Estate’s recent conferences, dealt with the state of the luxury market around the world. Philippe Furer, of Furer SA
, Vevey, Switzerland; Allison Harvey, Arizona Best Real Estate
, Scottsdale, Ariz., USA; and Kirk Henckels, Stribling & Associates
, New York, N.Y., USA all discussed effective networking and international referral generation.Experts also discussed positive trends in many markets. Joe Blue, CEO of Blue Realty Group, Inc.
in San Francisco, said the San Francisco market is hot right now. Larry Lawrence, with Lawrence Realty
, said his Squaw Valley, Calif.-based company experienced record sales last year in single-family homes, condos and land. He credits this astonishing success to his strong Internet presence, plus strong word of mouth and networking referrals.Riccardo Romolini, co-founder of Romolini Immobiliare
in Anghiary, Tuscany, Italy, said his firm is gaining many referrals from European buyers, especially in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Andreas Steinbauer, International Sales Manager of ORCO Property Group
in Berlin, Germany, reported similar results for his region, including an increase in buyers from the United Kingdom. ORCO Property Group represents properties throughout Germany, as well as Eastern European countries like Poland and Croatia. Mr. Steinbauer suggested that the Eastern European real-estate markets are catching up with those in the west.The conference once again combined the best of the best and included an awards presentation to the following outstanding members:Most Influential Global Luxury Real Estate Leader: Given to the Luxury Real Estate member or company that influences the direction of the global luxury real estate market.Jose Ribes Bas, of Rimontgó in Jávea, Spain
.Best Participation in Global Referral Network: Given to the Luxury Real Estate member or company that participates the most in sending referrals and business to other Global Luxury Real Estate Members.Furer SA in Vevey, Switzerland
.Best Global Brand Integration: Given to the Luxury Real Estate member or company that consistently displays the Board of Regents and or Luxury Real Estate logo and brand in conjunction with their own brand.Casaitalia International in Spoleto, Umbria, Italy
averages more than 60 million hits each month, making it the most-viewed luxury real estate Web site in the world. Its network currently consists of 1,641 members with 5,865 offices and 120,631 agents in 65 countries, plus properties in 98 countries. Membership is by invitation only. LuxuryRealEstate.com provides expert marketing materials, online advertising, Web support and design, and its conferences for broker networking, hosted several times a year, are some of the most dynamic networking events in the real-estate industry.