Michael Saunders & Company is known to be globally affiliated with the most elite brands in real estate — LeadingRE, Luxury Portfolio, Christie’s International Real Estate and Mayfair International. It is an exclusive honor we are proud to have as it exposes our seller’s properties to a wide range of not just national buyers but homebuyers on a global scale.
Beyond a network of like-minded independent brokerages, more and more of our agents are personally going above and beyond to connect with our extended family. This gives our agents a distinguished edge, influence in markets around the world, and a broader sense of our customers’ exclusive and unique needs.
One Agent’s Journey Abroad
Most recently, the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World (LeadingRE) Global Symposium was held in Barcelona, Spain where Michael Saunders attended, along with about 160 top performing real estate agents representing 27 countries. Among them was our own Elizabeth Van Riper from the MSC Main Street office. Witnessing the global reputation of the MSC brand among the most notable brokers and agents of the world was something Elizabeth said was inspiring.
“It was great and lovely to be in that sphere with Michael and see how respected she is and how admired she is and I hope she could feel that,” Elizabeth said. “Michael Saunders is acknowledged and revered by the network of alliances she helped create. It would be a goal of mine to have that kind of alliance and respect from peers.”
The company goes to great lengths to share the resources and branches of the LeadingRE affiliation with all the MSC Agents. Elizabeth has been no stranger to the contribution our affiliations bring customers but being able to experience its strength first-hand is a powerful tool she can now use.
“Now I have a broader audience to send listings and referrals to,” she explained, emphasizing how the connections made at the Global Symposium are only as good as the work put into nurturing the relationships. “The people who commit to going to something like this are serious about the business.”
Elizabeth continued, “The better affiliate agents are then the better I am, and the better I am, the better they are. We should all be working to raise the standard. And I think that’s what Michael Saunders & Company believes, in general…because we are a reflection of one another.”
The Reward of Independence
On a personal level, Elizabeth’s decision to attend the Global Symposium in Barcelona was to break out of her comfort level and travel abroad independently for the first time in a while. The opportunity to visit Spain and absorb the riches of the culture and aesthetics was complemented by the scale of the conference.
She attended various sessions throughout the event including a lecture by an economist, a discussion on communicating with other cultures, technology, and business; as well as toured the city, attended a few open houses to appreciate the architecture and understand the market. In many ways, a piece of the trip will be greatly beneficial to her Sarasota customers, Elizabeth stated.
“It was a fabulous experience for me; it was very worthwhile,” she explained. “It was all about being authentic and being sure you are adding value to the transaction, but not just the transaction — to the buyer or seller. It is important that they know you are a professional with a broad experience and a broad point-of-view to help them evaluate and put into perspective things that are going to come down the line as you proceed.”
Read more about our Global Affiliations at michaelsaunders.com.