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Movers & shakers Barrasford opens up two new offi ces

INTERNATIONAL agency Barrasford & Bird

Worldwide has hired two new members of staff and is planning to “expand further,” the company told OPP this month. In addition to the group’s head offi ce in the west of England, there are “now two new supplementary offi ces.” “The fi rst is a sales offi ce in Bristol with a new

sales manager and six new members of staff, and the second is in France, at our Chateau Resort, Chateau de la Cazine Golf and Spa Resort,” says B&B. John Perkins (pictured) is the manager selected to set up the new team in Bristol. “We are still hiring new staff and looking

for enthusiastic, motivated sales people to join our successful international sales team,” B & B marketing assistant Nicola Rickard told OPP. The company says that its “mission is to develop 10 projects in 10 years.” The fi rst project, Halcyon Hills, is set on the Greek island of Samos and the second, Chateau de la Cazine, in Limousin, France is now “close to opening”.

Mendosa & Balboni join Gibson Sotheby’s Sharon Mendosa and Kevin

Balboni have joined Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty’s U.S. offices in the Greater Boston Area, between them bringing “27 years of real estate experience and enthusiasm to the business.” They have a lot of market knowledge and contacts in the Massachusetts towns of Concord, Carlisle, and Acton says the agency. “The Boston real estate market

has fared extremely well in recent years compared to other localities nationwide,” the company also told OPP. Gibson Sotheby’s will help

both of the new recruits use “a sophisticated marketing approach highly geared to speak to today’s savvy and internet-based clients.”

“This steadfast mentality of

always putting the sellers and prospective buyers first is what has built up Sotheby’s to the worldwide leader in real estate and art that it is today,” said the agency. “Service, quality and dedication

is Sotheby’s’ backbone, and no better team exemplifies this notion than Sharon Mendosa and Kevin Balboni.” Gibson Sotheby’s International

Realty is Boston’s largest independent real estate company with eight offices. It is part of an international network of more than 580 offices in 42 countries. The firm has offices in Boston’s Back Bay, South End, Waterfront, Charlestown, and Savin Hill neighbourhoods as well as Westwood and Weston.

Ruano joins IHG as new vice-president FORMER OPP International

Executive Panel member Miguel Ruano has joined global hotel company the Intercontinental Hotel Group as its new Vice President for Design & Engineering Europe, based in Denham, London. For the past three years Ruano has been working as an

international hotel and hospitality consultant with the Hotel Solutions Partnership, an experience which, he told OPP this month, “I enjoyed very much.” The chance to work with the

global IHG group was, however, “just too good an opportunity to miss,” he says.

Events preview:

Here are some key industry meeting points in the coming months. Find out where the overseas property industry’s movers and shakers will be gathering in the weeks ahead. For more information go to the events listings on our website:

Moscow International Investment Show

Event Date: 20 - 23 February 2012 Location: Cairo International Exhibition Centre Organiser: Informa Exhibitions

Cityscape Egypt is a new four-day real estate event for individuals and institutions looking to access the outstanding opportunities in the Egyptian real estate market. A large-scale exhibition, complemented by conferences and institutional investor-focused activities will ensure that you have access to the very latest information and investment opportunities.

Buying Properties Abroad

Event Date - From : 10 March 2012 To : 11 March 2012 Location : Malmo, Sweden Organiser : Fair Media International AB

The event’s exhibitors come from more than 20 diff erent countries and are made up by agents, constructors and land-owners plus other companies related to the business. A free seminar programme also takes place at the show. Fair Media International AB has arranged 65 exhibitions under the name Buying Properties Abroad in Scandinavia during the last nine years.

Ragatz Fractional & Resort Real Estate Conference 2012

Event Date - From : 12 March 2012 To : 13 March 2012 Location : Scottsdale, Arizona

Organiser : Ragatz Associates

The Annual Fractional Interest Conference, sponsored each year by Ragatz Associates, is widening its outreach this year. The 2012 conference will again focus on fractionals, private residence clubs, and destination clubs, but will now also look at issues of resort condominiums, single-family detached vacation homes, master-planned destination resort communities and vacation rentals. There will be conference sessions on: Consumer trends / Changes in decision- making patterns / Which resort real estate products make most sense to various buyers / Marketing and selling to today’s consumers / Consumer use patterns and purchase motivations.

2012 Shanghai Spring Overseas Property Investment Expo

Event Date - From : 15 March 2012 To : 18 March 2012 Location : Shanghai Exhibition Center Organiser : VNU Exhibitions Asia

This B2C show has been running for 14 years attracting more than 60 infl uential media partners and an audience of 100,000 to 130,000 visitors each year. It is held in March and October, and is a well-known meeting point for buyers. Because residential prices in China have been rising since 2008, and because the Chinese government has put restrictions and new rules on investing in domestic real estate, more and more Chinese buyers ae looking overseas. This is the ideal place to meet them.

Making a move?

Are you making changes to your team, or adding a new member to your board? If so, we want to hear from you. Please email our OPP international property reporter Sean Lightbown at: Get in touch now. |MARCH 2012

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