Update: Patriot Rally Event Brings Awareness and Raises Funds to Support Veterans Issues

PACIFIC SOTHEBY’S REALTY SPONSORS FILM SCREENING AND RALLY BRINGING AWARENESS TO THE STRUGGLES FACING VETERANS

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If you passed through downtown San Diego on Wednesday, March 31, 2017 just after 6pm, you may have witnessed a parade of individuals, sporting patriotic colors and holding flags of every size, marching through the streets toward San Diego Bay. The group was heading to a fundraising event aboard that USS Midway with the goal of increasing public awareness and support for several local San Diego Veterans organizations.

If you looked closer, you may have also seen a sea of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty blue name badges worn by many of the marching flag holders. As a company Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty was the Premier Sponsor of the Patriot Rally and No Greater Love film screening, but it was as a family of co-workers that so many came together to show their support (and open their wallets) for the cause.

 

 

According to Dana Anderson, Carlsbad Office Manager, Pacific Sotheby’s Realty, “the march to the USS Midway, with everyone donning their red, white and blue and holding flags of every size, started the emotions. We are so polarized right now. This is not about politics. 22 soldiers and veterans commit suicide everyday. These are our brothers, sisters, kids, parents, family and friends. It’s not ok. This film seeks to start a conversation outside of the military sector and they need our help.”

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The Patriot Rally featured a special screening of the international award-winning military documentary No Greater Love aboard the flight deck of the USS Midway. The film explores combat deployment through the eyes of an Army chaplain who carried a camera in Afghanistan, capturing the gritty reality of war as well as the bond that is made among troops. The film shows the experience of war, but more importantly, helps viewers understand the personal struggles of soldiers.

The event also included the presentation of Colors provided by the JROTC Color Guard of Chaparral High School in Temecula, California, a special performance of the United States National Anthem by country singer Amy Scruggs and guided tours of the USS Midway.

All proceeds from the event benefited Angels of America’s Fallen, American Legion Post 416, USO San Diego and Operation Engage America, all local organizations that strive to help the families of the men and women of the U.S. Military, Veterans, and Gold Star families.

 

 “The heart of our community is our military, so many of us are Veterans or have family members, friends and co-workers who have served or are currently serving,” says Steve Games, CEO, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. “It is our responsibility as a community to connect with the members of our military and show our support and gratitude for their service and to reach out to the many who continue to face a hard battle upon returning to civilian life.”

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From Left to Right: Steve Games, CEO Pacific Sotheby’s Realty, Brian Arrington, Chairman Pacific Sotheby’s Realty, Nyda Jones-Church, President Pacific Sotheby’s Realty, Matthew Shillingburg, Event Co-Chair, MLB VIP Jim Leyritz, Trisha Marshall
Event Co-Chair, Justin Roberts, Producer No Greater Love

 Prior to the main event and film screening on the USS Midway, Pacific Sotheby’s Realty hosted a private VIP reception at the sales office of Savina by Bosa. The reception featured a talk from Chaplain Justin Roberts, Producer of the documentary No Greater Love and a silent auction that raised over $10,000 for the event.

San Diego is the first city to host this event. Similar rallies are planned across the nation, culminating board the USS Intrepid in New York harbor on September 11, 2017. To donate and for more information about the documentary “No Greater Love” visit visit http://www.nglfilm.org

To view all photos from the event click here: http://bit.ly/2sEu3kz

 

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty and World Housing partner to build homes in Tijuana, Mexico

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Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty has partnered with World Housing and New Story Charities, a 501c3 non-profit organization, to fund the building of 28 homes in one of the poorest communities in Tijuana, Mexico. Through Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s ‘Agents of Change’ initiative, the company’s real estate agents will donate a portion of the commission from each closing with the goal of raising $300,000 in the next twelve months.

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty chose to align with the World Housing organization and New Story Charities because of their commitment to providing homes to families living in slums in the developing world, fostering communities where families can thrive with safety, security, and access to the resources that change lives.

“The real estate industry is built on the belief that homeownership is the foundation that gives people the chance for a better life – it’s always been part of the American Dream,” according to Steve Games, Chairman, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. “We are very fortunate to have the opportunities that we do in our society and it is our responsibility to ensure that everyone, no matter where they are from, has access to the very basic need of shelter and security.”

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s ‘Agents of Change’ was officially announced at the company’s annual meeting and was met with an overwhelming response from the agents who proudly opened their hearts agreeing to donate a portion of their commission on each home sale, matched by the company, directly to the campaign. “We asked our agents for a commitment of $10 per closing, hands went up and then we heard, “I’ll donate $25,” “I’m in for $50,” “Put me down for $100,” and it went on and on,” says Games. “By the end of the meeting our agents committed to raising enough money to completely fund the entire project.”

The World Housing business model operates with completely separate overhead so there are no administrative costs, allowing 100% of the money raised to go directly to construction and materials costs. The organization is dedicated to working with local partners to train workers and buy locally sourced construction materials, to help stimulate local economies and teach skills in the process. “We see a greater impact for our donation where it really matters,” says Brian Arrington, CEO, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. “Each home costs under $6,000 and is given to families previously living on the streets. Once someone has a home, their life and the lives of those around them change exponentially… a roof provides stability and security. It’s a place to store things without fear of them being stolen and a place to sleep without fear of being mugged, raped, or killed. These homes are the first step in building the sense of self-worth and pride, and we are honored to be a part of this outreach.”

To learn more about Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s Agents of Change’ program and see how you can get involved visit http://worldhousing.org/agentsofchange/ or http://www.pacificsothebysrealty.com

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The Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand Achieved $95 Billion in Global Sales Volume for 2016

CNBC broke the news this morning that for 2016, the Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC affiliated brokers and sales professionals achieved approximately $95 billion in global sales volume, the highest annual sales volume performance in the history of the brand, driven largely by a brand record of over 127,000 transactions. 

“During a year when the words “slowdown” and “slump” were used to describe the luxury housing market, 2016 turned out to be a banner year for Sotheby’s International Realty.” – CNBC                                                                                                   

Global Growth

The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand also reported growth across its global network, which now encompasses nearly 70 countries and territories worldwide. At year-end, the network totaled 880 offices and more than 20,000 sales associates.

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Outside the United States, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand achieved $10 billion in sales volume in 2016 and continued to expand into key markets. The brand saw continued growth in Europe, entering the countries of Austria, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Montenegro. The brand also expanded in the Asia-Pacific region through affiliations in Fiji and Shanghai and continued to grow in Hong Kong and greater Thailand. Finally, the brand expanded its presence in the Caribbean with the addition of affiliates in Roatan and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

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In the United States, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand achieved $85 billion in sales volume in 2016 and also added seven independently owned and operated residential real estate firms as well as 45 new offices to its network across the country.  This past year witnessed continued significant growth by existing affiliate companies through talent attraction and mergers and acquisitions, most notably increasing the brand’s market presence in Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, throughout southern Rhode Island and on the island of Kauai, Hawaii. The brand also entered several key new markets last year, namely: Gulf Shores, Alabama; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Virginia Beach, Virginia.

 Innovative Technology

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The Sotheby’s International Realty brand was at the forefront of interactive technology in 2016 with the introduction of 3D Tours with Virtual Reality capability on sothebysrealty.com. Additionally, the site saw the most traffic in its history with nearly 22 million visits, a 54% increase year-over-year.Capture2

The brand also launched the first luxury real estate app for Apple TV, featuring professionally curated high-resolution photography and high-definition video giving consumers the opportunity to explore homes on a screen larger than ever before. An alliance with Juwai.com was launched in 2016 that gives the Sotheby’s International Realty network an edge to generate Chinese homebuyer interest on one of the world’s most prominent real estate websites with over two million monthly visitors. As a truly international brand, Sotheby’s International Realty has the most global representation on Juwai.com, displaying luxury listings from 66 countries and territories.

“CEO Philip White told CNBC in a recent interview that Sotheby’s makes “the consumer the real focus, and that’s important when you do business in the luxury space. We made a decision early on to provide the consumer a high level of exceptional service and true global exposure.”‘- CNBC

The Sotheby’s International Realty brand was the No. 1 real estate company represented in two of the six categories that comprise the annual REAL Trends/The Wall Street JournalTop Thousand” report. The Sotheby’s International Realty brand claimed 45 of the top 250 sales associates in the Individual 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%), further establishing the strength of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand as a leader in luxury real estate sales.

Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website.  In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, each brokerage firm and its 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.

Posted on February 27, 2017 via The Sotheby’s International Realty® Brand Achieved $95 Billion in Global Sales Volume for 2016 — Sotheby’s International Realty | Blog

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Recognized at SDAR’S “Circle of Excellence”Awards

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The Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS (SDAR) honored San Diego’s top real estate producers and members who exemplify excellence at their annual “Circle of Excellence” award gala on Saturday, January 21, 2017.  Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Mark Marquez, Manager of the company’s Inland Corridor office was honored with the 2016 Manager of the Year Award of Excellence.

The Award of Excellence recognizes those who have exemplified outstanding service to their clients, community, the association, and the real estate community as a whole. Each of the honorees reflects the highest ethics, integrity, and professional standards of the individuals who are members of SDAR. Nearly 100 nominations were submitted for the awards.

“Mark is truly deserving of this honor. He is an integral part of our growth and success in Inland North County,” according to Steve Games, Chairman of the Board, Pacific Sotheby’s Realty. “His knowledge and experience, combined with his genuine love of our industry and desire to see each of our agents grow and succeed, has created a positive team dynamic among the agents in his office and has affected the success of the whole entire company.”

2016 also marked the inception of the SDAR’s “Recognition of Excellence” award. The award was created to recognize the top 1% of real estate professionals in San Diego County for production as an individual or team with a minimum of 15 units sold and $15 million in sales. Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty agents had a strong showing at the event and the company would like to recognize the following agents who were honored:

 PLATINUM INDIVIDUAL (Individuals selling more than $50M or 40 units)

Marie Jo Atkins, Scott Aurich, Eric Iantorno, Seth O’Byrne, Deniese Ossey

PLATINUM TEAM (Teams selling at least 100 units)

David Schroedl & Associates, The Huff Team, K. Ann Brizolis & Associates,                    The LOTZOF Group

 GOLD INDIVIDUAL (Individuals selling at least $25-50M or 25 units)

Marguerite Apostolas, Todd Armstrong, Casey Cooke, Lindsay Dunlap, Cathy Gilchrist-Colmar, Stephanie Jezek, Laura Lothian, Craig Lotzof, Gary Massa, Debbie McCauley, Jim McInerney, Donna Medrea, Neda Nourani, Clinton Selfridge, Jenniffer Taylor, Valerie Upham, Scott Voak, Carolyn Yarbrough

 GOLD TEAM (Teams selling 70-99 units)

Anderson White & Associates, Dan Conway & Associates, Inc.

 SILVER INDIVIDUAL (Individuals selling at least $15-24M or 15 units)

Jay Becker, Jenn Blake, Paul Caparas, Cynthia Caricchio, Michael Chious, Patty Contreras, Sara Driscoll, Kim Drusch, Celeste Dunn, Paul Ferrell, Gerri-Lynn Fives, Elaine Gallagher, April Halvarson, Shannon Itzaina, Nicole N. Klopp, Dawn Leahy, Vincent Morris, Jeff Nix, Carlos Pastrana, Mary S. Raser, Ria Scoma, Richelle Szczygiel, Gina Vreeburg, Gary Wildeson

 SILVER TEAM (Teams selling 45-69 units)

Denny Oh & Associates, Greenwald/Gerke REALTORS®, Scott-Finn and Associates

“We are very proud of our agents who received the 2016 Recognition of Excellence recognition as we are very proud of each and every one of our Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty agents who work tirelessly to ensure their clients receive the best possible service, marketing exposure and results,” says Brian Arrington, CEO, Pacific Sotheby’s Realty.

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Dana Whittaker Profiled by NSDCAR

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She Knows How it Feels to be Scared

You might know Dana Whittaker who is serving as a 2017 NSDCAR board member representing the South Coast District. She is in her second year on the board. “Getting involved and giving back to your profession by helping others will lift you up, inspire you and open doors to meet the right people who can help you,” Dana said. “I wouldn’t have my position today if it wasn’t for NSDCAR.”

Dana serves as Carlsbad Sales Manager for Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. She has a true passion for coaching and consulting agents, teams and sales offices. She is certified as an Advanced Professional Coach by Quantum Leap Leadership. Many of Dana’s clients have become some of the most successful agents in the industry.

But did you know that Dana, in her 20s, sold animal hospital architectural services when she lived in Las Vegas? “I worked as a hostess at various conventions, and modeled a bunch of different things, from surf apparel to sunglasses,” Dana said. “One of my favorites was a veterinarian convention and an architect hired me to talk to vets about building animal hospitals. The vets would walk into our booth and try to trick me and stump me with questions, but I had read the brochures and I knew the answers, which helped the architect get more business.”

Dana moved to San Diego at age 7. She graduated from Helix High School (class of 1992) and from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in English. In 1998, she moved to Las Vegas with some friends. A year or so later, a friend recommended enrolling in a real estate school. “My intention was to learn about real estate so I could make money as an investor and not get ripped-off by agents,” Dana said. “Instead I became a sales agent and did very well at the start until 9/11 happened (on Sept. 11, 2001). Overnight, everything changed. The market came to a screeching halt. People in our office, which had been the number two Century 21 office in the world, were now struggling to make their house and car payments without escrows closing.”

Then, one day, Dana went home and found a notice of default tacked to her front door. “I know how it feels to be scared, I’ve been there at the lowest point,” she said. “I decided right then that I would do whatever it takes to make it in this business. Excellence is not an act, but a habit. So, I made cold calls and pounded the pavement in high heels in 120-degree weather and eventually saved my house. It was several months later, in February 2002, when I finally got my next closing.”

A few years later, in 2009, the recession hit, not long after Dana had decided to go into real estate coaching on a full-time basis. “The Vegas real estate market tanked again and that time I used survival skills I learned from my step-dad, who had served as a Navy Seal,” Dana said. “It was hard, but I helped our agents get their lives back. Some of them reinvented themselves with REO and short sales. Others were able to build new foundations for themselves. It wasn’t easy, but we made it through with a warrior mindset.”

In April 2011, Dana and husband Chris moved to San Diego to be closer to family. They got married in Maui, Hawaii. “It was supposed to be just a vacation, but then Chris proposed on Saturday and, four days later, we got married barefoot on the beach at sunset, it was beautiful,” Dana said. Today, Dana and Chris are raising two children, a son age 10 and daughter age 5.

After arriving in San Diego, Dana worked as a vice president for an independent brokerage in Carlsbad. There, she helped grow the office from 30 to about 100 agents, and increase sales by 431 percent over two years. In June 2016, she joined Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty. “I work today with an extraordinary local team of people who are passionate about real estate and generously support our agents,” Dana said.

Dana is a strong advocate for NSDCAR. “First and foremost, our Association puts the interests of the brokers and agents as the top priority,” she said. “We are committed to doing the right thing, even when it’s unpopular. There is a willingness to do whatever it takes to help agents build, expand and protect their business.”

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty Launches Sports and Entertainment Division

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Todd Armstrong, Executive Director, Sports and Entertainment Division, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty

Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty, one of San Diego’s largest, privately owned luxury real estate companies, is pleased to announce the formation of the company’s new Sports and Entertainment Division. Todd Armstrong will serve as Executive Director of the division that was created to provide clients with trusted representation from an experienced and knowledgeable real estate partner who understands the importance of extreme discretion, security, and communication.

“At Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Sports and Entertainment Division, we pride ourselves on our experience and dedication to our most private clients,” says Armstrong. “We regularly work with top brokers, agents, attorneys and business managers to ensure our clients real estate needs are met with professionalism and discretion. Through the Sotheby’s International Realty global network we can provide assistance locally, throughout the United States and across the world.”

Todd Armstrong is a seasoned expert who embodies integrity, honesty, and extreme discretion in every client experience and brings this wealth of real estate experience to his role as Executive Director of Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Sports and Entertainment Division.  Todd Armstrong has worked with some of the biggest names in the professional sports and music industry and has assembled a team of professionals who understand the unique expectations that each client brings to the table.

In addition to real estate sales and purchases, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Sports and Entertainment Division will provide assistance with short and long term leasing, comprehensive relocation services, vacation rentals, assistance with packing and moving, and the transport of fine art and automobiles, all the while maintaining the strictest confidentiality, privacy, loyalty and responsive service for the most elite clients in the sports and entertainment industry.

For more information about Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Sports and Entertainment Division contact Todd Armstrong, 858.229.8752, todd.armstrong@sir.com or visit www.pacificsothebysrealty.com

GOING ABOVE, BEYOND AND “OVER THE EDGE”

Pacific Sotheby’s Realty Agents Raise Over $30,000 to Support Brain Cancer Research 

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On Saturday November 5, 2016, Pacific Sotheby’s International Realty’s Team of “Edgers” rappelled down one of the tallest buildings in Downtown San Diego to support funding for brain cancer research. Over the Edge for Brain Cancer is a unique and exciting opportunity in which participants called “edgers” rappel 365 feet down the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Edgers must raise a minimum of $1500 to participate. All event proceeds benefit San Diego-based brain cancer research projects.

Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s team, which was spearheaded by Karen Hickman, veteran Repeller and Realtor in the company’s La Jolla office. Hickman was inspired to raise awareness and money for brain cancer research after being personally touched by the devastating disease. “I’ve had a few friends pass away suddenly after being diagnosed and my niece’s best friend at age nine succumbed to brain cancer,” says Hickman. “There is only a 36% survival rate and now it’s the leading cancer in children.”

When Hickman told Steve Games, Pacific Sotheby’s Realty’s Chairman about the fundraising event, he immediately jumped on board and together they assembled a team of agents willing to go ‘over the edge’ and raise the funds needed to participate. The team, consisting of Randy Lawrence, Nicole Minabe, Chris Bedgood, Erica Derby, Brittany Hahn, Jennifer Capozzi, and Steve’s 17-year-old daughter Sarah Games, raised over $32,000 in just under six weeks.

 “Rappelling 365 feet down a building is a bit over the top, and yes, it’s scary, but it doesn’t compare to the fear these patients and their families face each and every day,” adds Hickman.  

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Now in its 4th year, the event has raised over $700,000 in total for Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC².) Proceeds from the event directly support San Diego-based brain cancer research projects. This year’s event raised $162,000 with a total of 70 rappelers participating. The Pacific Sotheby’s Realty team is already excited about next year’s event and their goal of significantly increasing the company’s participation.

“Brain cancer is one of the most challenging and underfunded diseases,” said Max Wallace, CEO of ABC². “Sometimes it takes extreme measures to make extreme impact. Supporters of Over the Edge for Brain Cancer are real life superheroes with courage and determination to help save the lives of brain cancer patients.”

ABC² is focused on speeding the discovery of a cure for brain cancer. By applying an aggressive, venture funding approach not typically seen in the nonprofit sector, ABC² closes the current gaps in funding in order to catalyze research and rapidly bring new therapies to patients. To learn more, visit www.abc2.org.