Legacy Spans Another Decade

A note from Larry Rideout, CEO/Co-Owner of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty

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It’s hard to believe that we joined with Gibson domain|domain and became Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty 10 years ago on December 1. So much has happened, both in the Industry and within our small company.

Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty was built around a strong core of agents and the local legacy of Betty Gibson. We made a promise not to vary from the high level of agents that represent our brand or the culture that is fostered within. After all, it was our experienced agents and unique culture that compelled our clients to choose us.

As market changes occurred throughout the past decade, we remained steadfast in our core beliefs, as well as commitments to our clients and, equally important, our associates. Our team grew, our sales volume and market share quadrupled, and we set the standard throughout Eastern Massachusetts for “White Glove” service and international marketing.

We saw our share of international clients grow — many came to us through our incredible network of hundreds of offices in dozens of countries around the globe. At the same time, Boston was becoming more international. It is as though Boston was growing in parallel with our firm, as our world became smaller and more connected.

We look to our future and know that we can build upon this track record. The world will change, but we will continue to be driven by our agents and culture. We will look for new ways to enhance our services and connect Greater Boston to the world’s most qualified buyers. We know that the best is yet to be!

I want to sincerely thank our agents and clients for placing their trust in us. It has been our pleasure to serve you these wonderful ten years. We look forward to our next ten!

 

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The Woolworth Building has long been a fixture in Manhattan’s skyline; after all, it was the city’s first skyscraper. Now its upper floors are being masterfully restored and converted to condominiums. Barry asked the Listing Agent, Stan Ponte, and his team member, Christian Emanuel, to tell us more. Read more

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“The market was extremely busy last month and we did not experience the normal lull in activity as we often do in August. These steady sales totals are indicative of the continued buyer confidence and activity in Greater Boston as well as the desirability to live here,” said GBAR President Andrew Sarno. “We’ve also seen increased prices and a shrinking inventory in our region, so it is encouraging to see this amount of buyer activity despite median sales prices continuing to rise to all-time highs.”

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