MILL VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Marin real estate landscape was forever changed by the surprise announcement of Coldwell Banker's purchase of Frank Howard Allen that ended a local real estate legacy that spanned over 100 years. "The minute the announcement was made, I received a series of text messages from agents who were stunned by the unexpected news," said Heidi Pay, Chief Operating Officer of Decker Bullock Sotheby's International Realty.
Decker Bullock Sotheby's International Realty has already added nearly $200 million in annual production and captured leading Frank Howard Allen agents as a result of the transition. "Frank Howard Allen was independently owned and agents had a deep sense of loyalty and pride in the company brand; they knew that our firm would be the best place for them to land as it offered local ownership combined with one of the most recognizable brands, one that has endured since 1744," Pay explained.
A number of top Marin County agents transitioned to Decker Bullock Sotheby's International Realty. Patty Oxman, the highest producing individual agent for Frank Howard Allen in Marin County commented, "My clients will benefit from the global marketing exposure that Decker Bullock Sotheby's International Realty has to offer." Top producing team Karin and Peter Narodny commented, "As one of the top professional Marin Real Estate teams, we have aligned ourselves with a local firm that is proactive in today's market. Moving forward, innovation and quality customer service remain our top priorities. Decker Bullock Sotheby's International Realty offers us the platform we need to achieve the highest level of service for our clients."
Judy Smith echoed the sentiment of many of the outstanding agents who elected to make a move, "I am very excited about the opportunities that the Sotheby's International Realty brand has to offer." Others joining this week include Dubie Breen, Sandi Breen, Lisa Garaventa, Adrienne Murphy, Aileen Tong, and Abbi Fox. "We are proud to have some of the very best and most respected agents in Marin select our firm, others are on the way, we have secured a temporary space and are expanding in multiple areas in Marin simultaneously," stated Bill Bullock, co-founder and CEO of the company.
Decker Bullock Sotheby's International Realty has offered local ownership since 1991 when it was founded by two of the San Francisco Bay Area's most prolific residential real estate agents, Olivia Hsu Decker and Bill Bullock. Since then the brokerage has had the most prolific sales in the luxury market, selling all the highest prices homes in Marin's history, a record that was just broken with their recent Belvedere sale, as well as the highest priced sales in 2012 and 2011.
Today the company offers a luxury experience and the best in world-class international marketing to homes at every price point. "The real estate prices in Marin make nearly every home a luxury price point for national and international buyers moving from other locations. Our average price in the county is over $1 million for single family homes," says Pay.
Decker Bullock counts among its many notable sales the Andre Agassi estate, listed at $22 million, the multi-acre Ross estate listed at $20 million, the Belvedere west-side waterfront estate listed at $18 million, the Barry Levinson estate, listed at $16.5 million and the San Francisco Designer Showcase listed at $14.25 million. Most recently the highest priced sale in Marin's history, setting a new record, was completed in 2013 whereby the company represented both the buyer and the seller in this confidential sale.
As a result of the excitement and momentum, the leadership of First Marin Realty also decided to join the firm. Owners Doug, Britt and Marcine Engel have founded one of the most successful local firms specializing in the Southern Marin market. Britt Engel of First Marin commented on their decision to join, "We felt that the Sotheby's International Realty brand would provide our clients and agents with the best technology and global exposure available in the marketplace, we have been impressed by the leadership at the firm and felt it would be an easy fit for our agents." First Marin top producing agent Barbara Major explained the benefits of the change, "I have many international clients and this brand is the most recognizable luxury brand in the world."
Co-founder Olivia Decker was thrilled with the growth, "I have been in business since 1979 and have known these agents over the 30 years of working in real estate. I am delighted they chose our brokerage as the best company in Marin County for their business to thrive."
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