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Karl Sarkis

Karl Sarkis

Global Real Estate Advisor

Originally from Lebanon, Karl spent his life as citizen of the world as he and his family often had to move to escape a war-torn unstable country. Growing up in a family deeply rooted in entrepreneurship and property development, after having graduated from the American University of Beirut, Karl ventured into his passion, the real estate field in 2000. His journey began by investing in a string of residential and commercial properties, where he saw a potential in maximizing their value [...]
Originally from Lebanon, Karl spent his life as citizen of the world as he and his family often had to move to escape a war-torn unstable country. Growing up in a family deeply rooted in entrepreneurship and property development, after having graduated from the American University of Beirut, Karl ventured into his passion, the real estate field in 2000. His journey began by investing in a string of residential and commercial properties, where he saw a potential in maximizing their value by re-modeling and flipping. Later he added a brokerage department to his Company and developed a powerful team that catered for the unique client needs in the diverse Lebanese, Gulf and European markets. His proficiency in Arabic, French, and English, was able to facilitate seamless communication with a diverse clientele, while his honest and trustworthy approach allowed him to cultivate enduring relationships with diverse stakeholders.
 
His commitment to excellence and interpersonal skills earned him a position on the board of the Real Estate Syndicate of Lebanon, where he worked with the team on leading strategic policy enhancements to the real estate field via lobbying with lawmakers. Shortly after his election on the board, Karl lost the majority of his properties, and almost his life, in the August 2020 Beirut port explosion, claimed to be among the three biggest explosions to have ever happened in the world. As an act of resistance to this toughest challenge of his life, he went on to re-build everything from the ground up, in a country context ridden with banking crises and financial and political turmoil, also joining local charities to help other people affected by the blast. Karl strives to overcome every challenge and turn every “no” into a “yes”, an approach that he has brought with him to Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty.
 
Outside of work, Karl loves to spend time with his wife and two children. He is dedicated to volunteering to charitable causes in his spare time. He is also a fan of sports especially soccer, basketball, skiing and water-skiing, as well as an avid traveller always seeking new adventures and particularly enjoying exploring new construction and architecture. 

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