Sotheby’s International Realty rated the most prestigious real estate company

in the 2008 Luxury Brand Status Index. The Luxury Institute: a NY based independent research company. Focuses solely on the top 10% of America’s wealthy. The Institute provides a portfolio of proprietary publications and research that guide and educate high net worth individuals and the companies that cater to them on leading edge trends, ratings of luxury brands and best practices.

NEW YORK, NY, Jul 30, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX)

High net-worth consumers rated Sotheby’s International Realty the most prestigious real estate company in the 2008 Luxury Brand Status Index (LBSI) survey from the independent New York City-based Luxury Institute ( www.LuxuryInstitute.com). Respondents who would recommend Sotheby’s International Realty say they have “high-end properties,” “exclusive listings,” “great customer service,” and an “excellent reputation.” Christie’s Great Estates was rated a very close second and Corcoran group was rated third.

“This year, even luxury real estate is facing major challenges,” said Milton Pedraza, CEO, of the Luxury Institute. “In these critical moments, wealthy consumers are looking for the most expert and trustworthy real-estate brands and agents to handle their transactions. Our surveys are conducted with independent panels of wealthy consumers, tabulated by third party analysts, and are the purest expression of the voice of high net-worth consumers.”

Following are the 10 real-estate companies rated by wealthy consumers (alphabetical order)

1. Century 21 Fine Homes and Estates;
2. Christie’s Great Estates;
3. Coldwell Banker Previews International;
4. Corcoran Group;
5. ERA International Collection;
6. GMAC Elegant Homes;
7. Prudential Real Estate;
8. RE/MAX;
9. Sotheby’s International Realty;
10. Weichert Capital Properties and Estates.

The proprietary Luxury Brand Status Index (LBSI) survey is the only measure of the prestige of leading brands among wealthy Americans. A national sample of 1,666 wealthy American consumers was surveyed online. The average income was $348K and average net-worth was $3.7 million.

The LBSI asks respondents to rate brands along four “pillars” of brand stature:

— Consistently superior quality — Unique and exclusive — Social status as a product consumed by people who are admired and respected — Self enhancement, in that the brand makes the consumer “feel special” across all aspects of the customer experience

In addition, the survey also measures three key “outcome” metrics, which are compared to the category LBSI:

— Worthiness of a significant price premium — Willingness to recommend the brands to people they care about and why, or why not — Brand preference as the brand most likely to be considered the next time a purchase is made.

A new feature is the question, “What is the one thing you would change about each brand, besides price, if you could?”

Survey results are weighted to match demographic and net-worth profiles according to the latest Survey of Consumer Finances from The Federal Reserve.

About the Luxury Institute:

The Luxury Institute is an independent and impartial ratings, reviews and research institution that is the trusted voice of the high net-worth consumer. The Institute provides a portfolio of proprietary publications and research to guide high net-worth individuals and the companies that cater to them on leading edge trends, high net-worth consumer rankings and ratings of luxury brands, and best practices. The Luxury Institute operates the Luxury Board (www.LuxuryBoard.com), the world’s first global, membership-based online community for luxury goods and services executives, professionals and entrepreneurs. To reach the Luxury Institute, please call 646-792-2669 or visit www.LuxuryInstitute.com.

About Sotheby’s International Realty

The Sotheby’s Internatinal Realty brand has more than 485 offices worldwide of which 336 are based in the USA. Our 9500+ agent body has an impressive international referral system that gives our network access in some 35 nations.

A special editorial arrangement allows SIR listings to be featured as color ad wraps around The International Herald Tribune and distributed at the Cannes Film festival, Moscow Fine Art Fair, and at Wimbledon in the UK.

The synergistic relationship we enjoy with the Auction House, whether through the referrals or auction consignment arrangements, Auction House tours, or client item appraisals and estimates, ensures that agents and staff in our brokerage offices continue to enjoy unique advantages.

Our online presence and proprietary websites give our listings maximum exposure on many internet sites. Furthermore, when people enter certain keywords during an online property search, our SIR sites are readily shown in the top 10 results.

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