Our brand has once again proven its vast strength and worldwide reputation with its recent network expansion into Finland. Operating as Snellman Sotheby’s International Realty, the new global affiliate will be led under Kenneth Katter, who will serve as chief executive officer, bringing over 20 years of high-profile international sales experience to the firm. The owners, consisting of business investors from both Sweden and Finland that are headed by Robert Charpentier, just signed a 25-year franchise agreement to thoroughly develop the brand throughout the country.
“Expansion into Finland continues the brand’s commitment to providing access to the Sotheby’s International Realty network’s exclusive real estate services in luxury real estate destinations around the world,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer of Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “Finland is a country widely admired as a European hub of innovation and entrepreneurship where the luxury market continues to grow. Entry into Helsinki offers great opportunity and complements the brand’s strong existing presence throughout Sweden and the Baltic States.”
The opening of the first Snellman Sotheby’s International Realty office is planned for this year in Finland’s capital city of Helsinki, moving our brand’s numbers to over 180 independently owned and operated offices in Europe, the Middle East and regions of Africa. Further Sotheby’s International Realty expansion throughout Finland will be determined on an ongoing basis. Charpentier anticipates future growth in the Finnish Lapland, as a result of international interest in high-end ski chalets.
“This company is focused on fulfilling the needs of highly discerning clients searching for extraordinary real estate and requiring a high quality of service,” added Katter. “It is vitally important for our team to ensure that we understand our clients’ needs and to deliver efficient and personalized services with professionalism and confidentiality. Now with the support of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand we can bring Finland’s extraordinary and unique properties to the far-reaching corners of the world.”
Here’s to yet another affiliate added to our constantly growing global network of 18,000 dedicated sales associates in approximately 825 offices throughout 61 countries and territories. As we continue to increase our luxury real estate standings, there’s no stopping that feeling of great Sotheby’s International Realty pride!