Robert PongRealogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) broker and Asia Services Group member, recently flew to China to visit his clients and network in a visit to Hong Kong Sotheby’s International Realty and Beijing Sotheby’s International Realty. During this trip Pong covered six cities in ten days as he connected with his VIP clientele and various strategic Asia partners.

“I am a strong believer in good, global networking,” said Robert Pong. “Since I missed the Sotheby’s International Realty GNE this year and the visit of Dr. Paul Boldy, Sotheby’s Managing Director Asia Pacific, I wanted to make up for missed opportunities.”

While in Beijing, Pong met with Ruth Yang, as the two have been working with potential investors to Seattle. He also had the pleasure of conversing with Shepherd Sun, who provided an update on investment trends for Chinese and discussed issues related to funds transfer challenges and government restrictions that are making it more difficult for investors to move their money out of China.

During his stop in Hong Kong, Pong connected with Alan Man, Director of Sales Division, who gave him the most up-to-date information regarding Hong Kong’s real estate market, how it works as the window to the world for Chinese investors, and offered his services for Pong’s clients who are looking to purchase property there. Pong also spoke with Kay Lee, Asian Marketing Director, about a range of subjects related to cutting edge marketing and international networking. Lee shared her memorable moments from the GNE and her experiences visiting Sotheby’s International Realty offices from around the world.

“Sotheby’s is a strong brand in the global market and I see the way that Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty has worked to differentiate our brand every time I travel outside the U.S.,” said Pong. “Our affiliates were excited to hear about the formation of the Asia Services Group and Asia Service Center – the actualization of Dean Jones’s vision. Everyone was thrilled about the idea.”

Robert’s trip overseas was just months after RSIR’s executive team and brokers celebrated the grand opening of the Asia Service Center, a new “one-stop shop” where foreign nationals have access to expert real estate, legal, accounting, and insurance advice, in addition to strategic partnerships with mortgage companies and banks, wealth management firms, property management companies, and travel services, among others. All of the center’s professionals are bi-lingual and bi-cultural with experience living, studying, and working in both China and the U.S.

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Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) offers local market insights while introducing top brokers and their extraordinary properties in the September edition of Seattle Magazine.

The latest edition of Seattle Magazine includes an extensive insert offering a timely look at year-over-year market performance in 16 key markets throughout the Puget Sound region. Boasting with enviable economic fundamentals, the Seattle metro area is among the nation’s fastest-growing residential markets, with most neighborhoods reaching or exceeding their prior peaks for median home prices. We are proud to keep the good company of leading resident experts who live and work in the neighborhoods they serve, while at the same time, benefiting from a global network like no other. So whether your next home is around the corner or around the world, we’re here to help.


The Seattle Times  recently put together a list of “The 10 most expensive real-estate listings in Washington state,” which includes four properties listed by Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR). As Matt Grady suggests, take your mind off the hot Seattle real estate market marked by “bidding wars, $1,000 rent hikes, and ongoing discussions about equitable housing practices,” and “distract yourself by checking out the 10 most expensive real-estate listings in Washington state. With the entry-level price point being about $11 million, the data about rising statewide real estate doesn’t begin to touch these luxury home listings. It’s interesting to consider the locations: Seattle and Bellevue claim one apiece, with two each for Vashon and Mercer islands. The remaining homes are sprinkled across the shorelines of Puget Sound.” Read an exploration of RSIR’s 4 highlighted listings below.

#9 – Madroneagle | 512 Catspaw Lane, Eastsound | Offered at $11,998,000

A majestic estate situated on an astounding 42 acres, Madroneagle “borrows accents from a rustic lodge – wood floors, exposed wooden beams, barn-like bathroom doors” yet “is anything but unrefined.” A highlight? “The property’s shoreline gradually tapers from steep banks to a beach.”

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#6 – Friday Harbor Estate | 67 Roulac Lane, Friday Harbor | Offered at $16,800,000

Friday Harbor Estate, the retreat of musician Steve Miller, truly has it all. As Grady says, “Overheard in the newsroom: ‘You’re paying for restraint with this one.’ No quibbles here, but the potential buyer can let loose a little bit in the sheltered bay that adjoins the property: there’s a 360-foot-long dock for a large yacht.”

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#5 – Lighthouse on Vashon | 8415 SW Soper Rd, Vashon Is. | Offered at $18,000,000

Taking the #5 spot is Lighthouse on Vashon, listed by RSIR Broker Denise Seavitt. Grady doesn’t say much about this property, simply writing that “this 10,000-square-foot Vashon home has its own lighthouse” and asking readers, “what else is there to say?”

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#1 – Misty Isle Farms | 8415 SW Soper Rd, Vashon Is. | Offered at $18,000,000

The most expensive listing in the state is Misty Isle Farms, represented by RSIR broker Brad Vancour. Grady points out that while the residence is similar to those earlier in the list, the home is made spectacular because it “happens to sit on 525 acres, which encompass seven other houses for ‘guests or employees,’ an arboretum, a driving range, cattle pastures, 8 miles of trails for hiking and horse-riding and a 12,000 square foot show room to display a vintage car collection.” Given the recent lowering of the listing price to $33 million, Grady says “it’s a big savings,” joking that “you could almost snatch up that home in Laurelhurst with the difference.”

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