Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Wins ‘Best in Category’ in Franchisee Satisfaction for Ninth Consecutive Year in Franchise Business Review Awards

Fairfield, Litchfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London Counties, Conn., Westchester County, N.Y., and Berkshires, Mass. – March 9, 2016 – William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty today announced the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand won Franchise Business Review’s Best in Category for Real Estate Franchisee Satisfaction award for the ninth year in a row.

The Best in Category award measures franchisee satisfaction with their franchisors and is part of the 11th annual Franchisee Satisfaction Awards presented by Franchise Business Review. In addition to earning the top real estate ranking, the Sotheby’s International Realty® brand also came in fourth in the overall top 50 and second among the Top 50 “Systems with 250 or more units,” which is a ranking of all franchise systems across all categories with more than 250 locations.

“We are so proud to receive this distinction for the ninth year in a row,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “We are committed to always helping our network achieve greater levels of success and we are so pleased that our affiliates hold us in such high regard within the ranking system.  The reason the Franchise Business Review recognition is so rewarding is because it is measured by input from our most important asset: our affiliates.”

Franchise Business Review surveyed more than 28,000 franchisees representing 339 franchise brands for the annual Franchisee Satisfaction awards.  Franchises were evaluated in five areas: training and support, franchise system, franchisor/franchisee relations, financial opportunity and overall satisfaction. Additionally, demographic and lifestyle questions gave a 360-degree view of the franchise ownership experience.  Franchise Business Review is a national franchise market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction and franchise buyer experiences. For a complete list of this year’s award winners, go to

Sotheby’s International Realty continues to impress with higher franchisee satisfaction scores than benchmark in every category of Franchise Business Review’s annual survey,” said Franchise Business Review president Michelle Rowan. “The brand particularly excels in ‘Training and Support,’ with an overall 31% higher satisfaction rating than benchmark.”

“This brand offers our firm the tools, resources and support we need to reach a global audience of consumers and provide our clients with the best possible service,” said Paul Breunich, President and Chief Executive Officer of William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty. “We are proud to be part of this network of extraordinary professionals, and to represent this fine brand in Connecticut, Westchester County, N.Y. and the Berkshires, Mass.”

About Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC

Founded in 1976 to provide independent brokerages with a powerful marketing and referral program for luxury listings, the Sotheby’s International Realty network was designed to connect the finest independent real estate companies to the most prestigious clientele in the world. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services. In February 2004, Realogy entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby’s, the operator of the auction house. The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby’s International Realty name and the development of a full franchise system. Affiliations in the system are granted only to brokerages and individuals meeting strict qualifications. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC supports its affiliates with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Franchise affiliates also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby’s auction house, established in 1744. For more information, visit

About William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty

Founded in 1949, William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty manages a $3.8-billion-plus portfolio with more than 1,000 sales associates in 28 brokerages spanning Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Westchester County, New York. William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty is the largest Sotheby’s International Realty(R) affiliate globally and the 28th-largest real estate company by sales volume in the United States. A full-service real estate firm headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty provides ancillary services including commercial services through its affiliation with Building and Land Technology, a second-generation development company based in Stamford, Connecticut; William Pitt Insurance Services; and an award-winning global relocation division. For more information, visit the website at

Sotheby’s International Realty’s worldwide network includes approximately 18,000 sales associates located in approximately 825 offices throughout 61 countries and territories.

William Pitt and Julia B. Fee Sotheby’s International Realty Contact:

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(203) 644-1938

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