List Sotheby’s International Realty is known for its strong global presence, and our key strength lies in the combination of established expertise in domestic real estate with a global network around the world. As a comprehensive real estate company, we have built up a one-stop service framework across the entire group, catering to all of our clients’ needs including luxury residential brokerage. Making the most of our extensive knowledge of the domestic and overseas markets, and with specialised information from all over the world shared with each office, List Sotheby’s International Realty is changing the traditional concept of real estate transactions.
One of the key reasons for the brand’s success internationally is the fact that it has deep and strong roots in two well-established brands in Asia and the United States of America – List Group from Japan and Sotheby’s International Realty, respectively. The List Group was founded in 1991 by its Chief Executive Officer and owner, Mr Hisashi Kitami. It was first established in Yokohama, Japan, as a residential real estate brokerage but has since expanded to a major global company with more than 500 employees today. Besides being a major player in the international realty industry, the List Group’s core businesses include the development, construction and management of properties in Japan, as well as asset and investment management.
The global expansion of List Sotheby’s International Realty is also the result of the strong ties the company has with Sotheby’s International Realty, an internationally recognised brand that was founded in 1976 as the real estate arm of the prestigious Sotheby’s Auction House to provide independent brokerages with a powerful marketing and referral programme for luxury listing. The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently includes more than 22,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in approximately 960 offices across 70 countries and territories worldwide.
To date, List Sotheby’s International Realty has 10 offices in Japan’s major cities such as Tokyo and Yokohama, two offices in Hawaii and one office in the Philippines (2016), Singapore (2017) and in Hong Kong (2017). Three more offices are expected to be opened in emerging markets in Southeast Asia, which include Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. List Sotheby’s International Realty, Singapore, is the Southeast Asia headquarters.
Mr Leong Boon Hoe, Chief Operating Officer, List Sotheby’s International Realty, Singapore, said: “With our strong international presence, List Sotheby’s International Realty offers our clients probably the largest distribution network that will maximise the exposure of their properties for sale or lease. Not only does it mean that buyers get a wider selection of exclusive homes, sellers also get more exposure and reach out to more prospective buyers internationally and locally, with the highest level of service they have come to expect from our real estate professionals,” added Mr Leong.
On the expansion of List Group in Southeast Asia, Mr Yasushi Yamada, Chief Operating Officer of List Holdings Singapore Pte. Ltd. and Head of Asia Region, List Sotheby’s International Realty, said: “The real estate market in Southeast Asia is very active and has immense growth potential. List Sotheby’s International Realty is riding the wave in the region and has gained a good standing in its relatively short time since the various offices have been set up. We hope to create more platforms and opportunities for the regional offices to collaborate together and reap greater synergies.”