Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty, a luxury real estate firm based in Santa Rosa Beach, recently announced that the Sotheby’s International Realty brand reported that in 2016 its 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.

In addition, Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty announced that it achieved $535 million in sales volume on the Emerald Coast for 2016.

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.

“2016 proved to be yet another record year for the Sotheby's International Realty brand,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “In just 12 years, we have grown from $4.2 billion to $95 billion in sales volume. Our brand has achieved exponential growth, and I am immensely proud of the hard work and dedication from our affiliate member companies, their independent sales associates and our dedicated worldwide staff. This is a true testament to the strength and international footprint of this extraordinary brand.”

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.

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.

On the Emerald Coast, Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty served more than 600 families in 2016, with a market-wide average residential sales price of $974,000. The firm leads in the following categories: residential sales volume Destin to 30A, market-wide residential gulf-front sales volume, 30A residential gulf-front sales volume, market-wide residential lake/coastal dune lake sales volume, residential sales volume by listing company Destin to 30A, and market-wide residential sales volume by listing and selling company. Scenic Sotheby’s International Realty represented both the buyer and seller of the most significant home sale on the Emerald Coast as of 2016 at $10.25 million, and represented the seller of the most significant home sale in Destin at $6.2 million.

Innovative Technology

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 percent increase year-over-year.

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 2 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.

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 Journal “Top 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 brand had the most individuals represented in the Individual Average Sales Price category, holding 17 of the top 50 spots (34 percent), further establishing the strength of the Sotheby's International Realty brand as a leader in luxury real estate sales.