I recently attended a very exciting event. Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty in Rye was honored with the presence and North American visit of two top executives, Ashwin Chadha and Ankit Tyagi from Sotheby’s International Realty, North India.
They had reached out to our local agents of Indian descent, who then planned a great informational and networking event at our Rye Office on Tuesday, February 24th. Breakfast was served, and both Aswin and Ankit spoke at length on their office, the various key (and great) projects that are underway in their regions, Gurgaon, New Delhi, Noida, Mumbai and Goa.
I asked the agents who had been contacted ( Shamim Mirza from our Larchmont office, Nayna Sheth from our Rye office, and Inaam Rahman from our Scarsdale Office) for their thoughts on this special event. Firstly, Aswin and Ankit profusely thanked Nayna for organizing the event. She had spent many hours making the arrangements to ensure their success. Shamim Mirza, stated “The visit provided a unique opportunity for cooperation between the two countries, with the intent of providing cross border exposure to clients and interested buyers in India and Westchester. We provided the India team with as much exposure as possible to the highly desirable area of lower Westchester. The event started with a sumptuous breakfast of Yoghurt, fresh fruit, muffins, cookies and bagels arranged by the managers of Rye and Larchmont, Pati Holmes and Carolyn Fugere. The presentation showcasing all the Sothebys India projects was very informative and enlightening for our agents in America.
Following the presentation, Nayna, Inaam and myself took Ankit and Aswin for a tour of the different areas and showed them two gorgeous homes on the market. The first home was in Larchmont at 10 Hilltop Road in Larchmont, graciously shown by the Listing Agent Catherine Fugazy for $2,750,000. The second home was in Scarsdale, 32 Tompkins Road listed at $5,995,000 , where the listing agent, Sandy Badger kindly opened that home up also for their tour.
The visit outlined mutually beneficial opportunities, and Julia B Fee Sothebys International Realty is looking forward to doing business with Sothebys India in the months and years ahead. Inaam shared his thoughts as follows: “I felt the meeting was surprisingly informative and well received. Their knowledge of the Indian consumer is extremely beneficial, especially for our local market, as their economy grows and they find themselves settling abroad. Unfortunately, our time was very limited due to Ankit and Ashwin’s schedules, but we were able to connect a bit during our tour of a couple of properties in Larchmont and Scarsdale. Both Ankit and Ashwin are very well versed in the language of real estate, and it was apparent they were not just business owners from the financial sector, but showed appreciation for architecture, detail and character.
Its comforting to find an affiliate partner on the other side of the world that understands your consumer, and to be able to create a cooperative agreement between two equally distinct markets that is mutually beneficial. It’s something that is often sought, and seldom found, and I expect nothing less from our Sotheby’s network. There is an incredible opportunity moving forward from here to assist both in-bound and out-bound customers. Their office in India has realized enviable gains, and through its plans of expansion to other parts of India, grows our network of potential customers for our local inventory. This is not like waiting for customers to land in the States and call on a listing ad; this is about attracting potential customers before they even know they’re being relocated and cultivating a trusting relationship with the brand so their choice of realtor is apparent. These are real relationships and connections, and ultimately strive to provide unparalleled value to our clients, maximizing global exposure and increasing their bottom line. Its a level of service that cannot be matched, and a testament to why we’re the premier international luxury real estate company in the world.”
What can I say but thank you all!
Westchester is GREAT!