One of the nation’s biggest names in real estate, Sotheby’s International Realty, has launched a new office in Downtown Bellevue, tapping into the luxury Washington property market on the Eastside.
On June 19, Bellevue’s Joseph Brazen Real Estate merged merge with Sotheby’s, working under the name Brazen Sotheby’s International.
Joseph Brazen Real Estate has sold properties in the Eastside and greater Seattle area for 29 years.
The Bellevue office will be Sotheby’s first venture in Washington sate.
According to Sotheby’s public relations director Jennifer Zimmerman, the international realtor has been looking to open a franchise in the Northwest for quite some time.
“[Bellevue] is the only representation we will have for Washington. This region has been on our target for a while,” she said.
Sotheby’s International Realty, founded on the East Coast in 1976, offers a collection of luxury homes, estates and properties for sale throughout the world. Its father company, Sotheby’s, is the world’s oldest international auction house in continuous operation.
Brazen Sotheby’s International is located on Main Street in Downtown Bellevue in the same building where Brazen Real Estate has been for seven years.
Until this week, Sotheby’s current West Coast representation has been limited to California, with offices in Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. The company also has a franchise in British Colombia, Canada, among more than 30 other international locations.