Elizabeth Lee Sample and Brenda S. Powers Join Sotheby’s International Realty in Manhattan

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Accomplished Real Estate Team Brings 40 Years of Combined Experience to Preeminent Local Agency

Sotheby’s International Realty, Inc. is pleased to announce that real estate experts Elizabeth Lee Sample and Brenda S. Powers have joined the firm’s East Side Manhattan brokerage office.

“We are so pleased to be a part of the finest and most renowned international real estate brand,” said Elizabeth. “Our faithful long-term and new clients alike now have access to the highest level of reach and visibility.”

“Joining Sotheby’s International Realty provides us with an extremely exciting opportunity to offer the most extraordinary service to all of our clients,” said Brenda. “In addition, as enthusiastic supporters of all efforts to go green, we are thrilled about the firm’s support for Conservation International in its work to conserve the Earth’s biodiversity.”

With over 40 years of combined experience and deep and thorough knowledge of the New York City real estate market, Elizabeth and Brenda as a team are responsible for more than $2 billion in residential and commercial sales and $2.2 billion in development sales. The team has achieved some of the highest prices per square foot ever paid for luxury property in Manhattan as well as some of the city’s largest real estate transactions, including the sale of the triplex penthouse at The Pierre Hotel for the highest price paid for a cooperative in the 20th century. Elizabeth and Brenda also handled the $32 million sale of 281 units at World Wide Plaza to a foreign entity in the 1990s, the second largest bulk transaction in New York City at the time; the sale of 117 East 57th Street’s 15,000+/- square-foot penthouse to a celebrity; and the duplex penthouse at the Ritz on Central Park South.

“Elizabeth and Brenda each possess an encyclopedic knowledge of the Manhattan real estate market, a reputation for integrity and discretion, and a gift for understanding the unique needs of every client,” said Ellie Johnson, Senior Vice President and Manager of Sotheby’s International Realty’s East Side Manhattan office. “Elizabeth has financial savvy and extensive knowledge of cooperative and condominium boards, as she is currently the board president at The Residences at the Mandarin Oriental. Her skills are the perfect complement to Brenda’s flair for marketing and finely honed talent for negotiation, making for a winning combination that has earned this team a stellar reputation in the sale of distinctive residential properties.”

They specialize in the ultra-luxury hotel and cooperative and condominium market as well as prestigious and historic properties in New York. They are regularly consulted by major residential developers for new projects, and have worked with developers to convert underperforming properties such as hotels and office buildings into condominiums, including 515 and 610 Park Avenue and One Central Park West. Brenda also speaks four languages, enabling her to work with a worldwide client base ranging from heads of state and Wall Street moguls to captains of industry and celebrities.

Elizabeth and Brenda were drawn to the brand for its global reach, with access to buyers and sellers around the world through an extensive network of affiliated firms, as well as its sophisticated marketing, one-of-a-kind media partnerships and unique relationship with Sotheby’s auction house. In addition, the team is excited about Sotheby’s International Realty’s support of the global conservation organization Conservation International (CI) in its work to protect endangered rainforest and ocean environments around the world. Elizabeth and Brenda look forward to participating in the firm’s innovative program to help CI through donations made as closing gifts to clients.

Elizabeth and Brenda can be reached in the Sotheby’s International Realty East Side Manhattan office at 38 East 61st Street at (212) 606-7685 or (212) 606-7653, or via email at elizabeth.sample(at)sothebyshomes(dot)com or brenda.powers(at)sothebshomes(dot)com. Their listings can be seen at: http://www.sothebyshomes.com/nyc/agents/Elizabeth.Sample

About Sotheby's International Realty, Inc.
Sotheby's International Realty was founded in 1976 as a real estate service for discerning clients of Sotheby's auction house and represents fine properties at a range of price points. Today, Sotheby's International Realty, Inc. operates brokerage offices in key metropolitan and resort markets, including Manhattan; the Hamptons; Greenwich, Conn.; Cape Cod; Palm Beach, Fla.; Los Angeles; Beverly Hills; Brentwood; Pasadena; Santa Barbara; San Francisco; Sonoma; Monterey Peninsula; and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Sotheby's International Realty, Inc. (http://www.sothebyshomes.com) is part of NRT LLC, the nation's largest residential real estate brokerage company, and a member of the Sotheby’s International Realty® network, which currently has nearly 12,000 sales associates located in approximately 580 offices in 44 countries and territories worldwide. NRT, a subsidiary of Realogy Corporation, operates Realogy's company-owned real estate brokerage offices.

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