Douglas Elliman and Knight Frank Add Bahamas Franchise

Douglas Elliman and Knight Frank launched a partnership with the Isles Group within the Bahamas.

The transfer positions the brokerages to capitalize on rising American demand for luxurious actual property within the Bahamas, mentioned Paddy Dring, Knight Frank’s head of worldwide prime gross sales. The Isles Group, led by chairman David Dingman and managing companion James Mosko, offers luxurious actual property providers throughout the Bahamian archipelago, in accordance with a press launch.

Dingman and Mosko first teamed up in 2015 and have closed greater than $100 million in gross sales prior to now 30 days, the discharge reveals. By affiliating with Elliman and Knight Frank, Dingman and Mosko be part of the brokerages’ international community of brokers.

Dring mentioned that working with the Isles Group signifies that Elliman and Knight Frank purchasers can have “entry to the most effective properties.”

“On the finish of the day, that’s what a purchaser desires to see,” he mentioned. “They need to know, how has the market carried out? What different properties can be found? What different properties have offered? All of that background.”

The affiliation, basically a franchise, with the Isles Group is the primary of its variety for Elliman and Knight Frank.

“The primary of hopefully many,” mentioned Scott Durkin, Elliman’s president and CEO.

Elliman and Knight Frank introduced their formal alliance in 2014, however the companies began working collectively in 2011. Durkin famous that the phrases of their affiliation divided up the brokerages’ territories: Elliman acquired the U.S. and Knight Frank acquired Europe and different international markets, whereas they’d each operated within the Caribbean, Central and South American markets.

“That entire piece is one thing we agreed to share collectively,” Durkin mentioned.

The Caribbean is new turf for Elliman, however not for Knight Frank.

“We’ve been doing enterprise within the Caribbean for 25 years,” Dring mentioned, mentioning that worldwide demand goes again a long time for properties in Barbados, St. Barts, the British Virgin Islands and Mustique, a non-public island favored by the British monarchy.

The accessibility of the Bahamas, simply 110 miles from Miami, makes it significantly interesting for luxurious consumers, he mentioned. Elliman’s chairman, Howard Lorber, owns a house in Baker’s Bay there.

“The Bahamas is among the most established markets from a global perspective. Lots of the curiosity and funding comes from America,” Dring mentioned. “Resorts, residences with resort providers, particular person villas, golf programs, there’s one thing for everyone.”

Durkin mentioned the Bahamas have a “Hamptonsy really feel” that appeals to American consumers.

“You don’t really feel such as you’ve left the U.S., in some ways,” he mentioned. Much like luxurious markets within the U.S., the Bahamas are seeing a wave of growth and demand for brand spanking new development.

“Individuals actually need the bow nonetheless on the field and so they need a new house,” he mentioned.

Durkin sees this as a pattern throughout the Caribbean. He mentioned Elliman and Knight Frank are contemplating joint franchises in St. Barts, Mexico Metropolis, Turks and Caicos, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia. Dring appeared extra cautious.

First, he mentioned, “we need to set up this. We need to see this succeed.”

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