At a two-day educational symposium, industry leaders shared ideas and best practices with agents looking to further excel in the luxury real estate sector.

Leading residential real estate associates from the world’s top luxury network gathered in Washington, D.C. for Christie’s International Real Estate’s 2016 Luxury Specialist Conference.

The two-day event, held September 22-23, gave select agents from the Christie’s International Real Estate network an opportunity to explore best practices and strategies, as well as gain competitive insights on ways to successfully maneuver in today’s ever-changing, high-end global property market. Upon completion, attendees received the designation of Christie’s International Real Estate Luxury Specialist from Christie’s Education. Several members of the Special Properties team were in attendance and were awarded this prestigious honor.

“Our unique symposium offered a concentrated focus on techniques and tactics for marketing to buyers and sellers at the ultra-high-end, all while allowing attendees to explore new ways to increase their level of service to clients through their exclusive connection to Christie’s International Real Estate and Christie’s,” said Dan Conn, CEO, Christie’s International Real Estate.

Christie’s International Real Estate is the real estate arm of Christie’s, the world’s leading art business and the arbiter of luxury for 250 years. The invitation-only real estate network is composed of top brokerages from around the world, with more than $118 billion in real estate transactions in 2015.

The conference included a myriad of panels, seminars, and presentations by luxury experts, including Christie’s specialists, focused on a range of topics — from selling strategies and marketing techniques to current trends in luxury goods and design. Approximately 200 professionals throughout the world took part in the conference.

“The conference offered members of our team an opportunity to network with Christie’s affiliates from around the country, and learn from some of the leading experts in luxury home sales,” said Vicki Gaily, marketing director. “Our team emerged from the conference with a host of new knowledge and enthusiasm that will translate into an enhanced level of service for our clients looking to sell or purchase higher-end properties.”

Pictured are members of the Special Properties delegation along with executives of Christie’s International Real Estate, including (l-r) Sonja Cullaro, Director of Business Development; Dan Conn, CEO of Christie’s International Real Estate; Vicki Gaily, Marketing Director; Kathleen Coumou, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager of Christie’s International Real Estate; Christine Frosini, Sales Associate; Ilija Pavlovic, Chief Executive Officer; Grace Ann DeCrosta, Communications Manager; and Ferne Lambert, Mahwah Office Manager.

Image Courtesy Christies International Real Estate.