Monday, December 27, 2010
Coldwell Banker and The Harris-Peppe Team open homes to the world in 50 countries, on 6 continents...and our network keeps growing and growing! The Coldwell Banker brand is known worldwide. In addition to our global network of over 106,000 agents, in 3,500 offices in 50 countries, we are also a member of FIABCI, The International Real Estate Federation. This uniquely positions us as the leader in international real estate brands.
Savvy international buyers recognize that NOW is the perfect time to buy their Naples Florida dream home. Because of correcting real estate prices, Florida Real Estate is on sale like never before! During the 12 months ending in the first quarter of 2010, it was determined that 4.45% of the total U.S. Residential closed transactions were to foreign purchasers. That number is closer to 23% in Florida, nearly 1 in 4 closings! Canada leads the way contributing to 35% of the international purchases in Florida. Coldwell Banker has over 250 offices in Canada. Our personal incoming international referrals have increased over 150% in the past 6 months. More agents, especially those in the Ontario Canada offices, are sending leads our way. Whether you are a buyer or a seller, working with a team and a company that offers this global reach is of utmost importance. Chip is originally from Canada. This connection is invaluable when working with Canadian buyers, and helps him considerably in understanding first hand the challenges and obstacles that could face an international buyer.
The Harris Peppe Team is committed to broadening our international reach and learning as much as we can about the business protocol and buying habits of potential customers from around the globe! We recently were recognized as being #74 in the world, honoring teams in the Coldwell Banker family for the third quarter of 2010. Also, I decided to join the Naples Area Board of Realtors Global Business Committee. The mission statement of this committee reads in part, "working with the National Association of REALTORS and the Florida Association of REALTORS to provide Naples members with global opportunities, including events and education programs..." This committee membership will enable me to work hand in hand with both local and international real estate agents, as well as Naples non-real estate entities in the area to provide opportunities to our international visitors.
If you are planning a trip to Southwest Florida, please call us to schedule an appointment. It would be our pleasure to talk to you about the home buying process. 239.370.0574
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