Sotheby’s Expands in Georgia and Michigan

Sotheby’s International Realty announced its expanding presence in the state of Georgia with the opening of Mountain Sotheby’s International Realty in Blue Ridge. The addition marks the Sotheby’s International Realty brand’s eighth affiliated office in the state.

The office is owned by David Boehmig, president and CEO, and Jenny Pruitt, executive chairman, of Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International Realty. The new location will be led by Lisa Johnson, executive vice president and managing broker, and will service the entire North Georgia mountain market. Johnson possesses 25 years of experience in residential real estate and maintains numerous leadership roles within the state of Georgia’s leading real estate association.

“Blue Ridge is considered the jewel of North Georgia,” said Philip White, president and CEO, Sotheby’s International Realty. “The market began developing years ago among retirees and second homeowners but became more popular for buyers looking for large outdoor space. The area also offers affordability compared to the surrounding areas and is within driving distance to Atlanta. The addition of the Blue Ridge office allows the company to further service their clients and I am thrilled to support their continued growth.”

“Given the demand we are seeing for homes in the North Georgia area, it made sense for us to expand to better support this growing market,” said Boehmig. “While the availability of mountain and lakefront homes are highly competitive, our company is able to provide on-the-ground knowledge, a white-glove level of service, and international marketing opportunities through our affiliation with Sotheby’s International Realty.”

Mountain Sotheby’s International Realty will have several agents supporting the new office who bring an extensive familiarity of the North Georgian market.

Sotheby’s International Realty also announced the opening of Great Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty, signifying the brand’s continued growth in the state of Michigan. The addition marks the brand’s seventh office in the state.

Great Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty is owned and operated by Dean Groulx and Wendy Groulx, who bring more than 60 years of collective experience to the company. Headquartered in the city of Elk Rapids, the office will serve the greater Traverse City area in Michigan including Alden, Bellaire, Elk Rapids, Elk Lake, Lake Leelanau, North Port, Suttons Bay, Torch Lake, and Traverse City.

“Greater Traverse City has a robust luxury home market,” said Philip White, president and CEO of Sotheby’s International Realty. “It’s become attractive for high-net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs and we’re seeing both U.S. and international buyers purchasing primary and secondary homes in the area. Our continued growth in the state enables our brand to service this growing market and I look forward to supporting Dean, Wendy, and the entire Great Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty team.”

“The Traverse City area boasts a lifestyle and culture that few other places can match,” said Groulx. “Our area has access to some of the largest and most pristine freshwater lakes and access to world-class entertainment and fine dining. Few real estate companies can match the background and experience of our brokers and sales associates, and our affiliation with Sotheby’s International Realty will offer sellers and buyers in the greater Traverse City area an experience like no other thanks to its prestige, global presence, and marketing capabilities.”

The company has plans for future growth in Alden, Bellaire, Traverse City, Northport, and Leelanau. Great Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty was launched in partnership with Russ Post, owner/broker of Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty.

The Sotheby’s International Realty® network currently has nearly 26,000 affiliated independent sales associates located in over 1,000 offices in 81 countries and territories worldwide. Mountain Sotheby’s International Realty listings are marketed on the sothebysrealty.com global website. In addition to the referral opportunities and widened exposure generated from this source, the firm’s brokers and clients will benefit from an association with Sotheby’s auction house and worldwide Sotheby’s International Realty marketing programs. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Hurricane Ian Help — Meals and Groceries

Photo provided by World Hunger Kitchen.

For those without power and access to food preparation spaces, please consider these options for meals at this time.

Free meal sites in Southwest Florida

#ChefsForFlorida is offering free food from lunch until sunset in: 

  • Cape Coral at 2016 Kismet Parkway E.;
  • Port Charlotte at Walmart, 19100 Murdock Court;
  • Fort Myers Beach at 33 Tropical Shore Way;
  • Fort Myers at Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, 1380 Colonial Boulevard;
  • Englewood at Ann & Chuck Dever Park, 6941 San Casa Drive;
  • Englewood at Elks Lodge, 401 N. Indiana Ave;
  • Port Charlotte at The Home Depot, 12621 S. McCall Road. 

Harry Chapin Food Bank, Lee County

Visit the Harry Chapin Food Bank website harrychapinfoodbank.org The Fort Myers location, for those who want to donate food items 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., is at the Fort Myers Distribution Center, 3760 Fowler St., Fort Myers, FL 33901. 239-334-7007

The food bank is expanding its locations to help get food to more people. It  will be distributing water and food from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Oct. 6, at the following locations: 

  • Cape Coral Elementary: 4519 Vincennes Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33904. CanoHealth Group will be on-site with a medical mobile unit offering free services, including measuring blood pressure, heart rate and glucose checks, wound care, and some lab services depending on the case.
  • Sacred Heart: 211 W Charlotte Ave, Punta Gorda, FL 33950. It will also be holding normal distributions from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the following locations:
  • Faith Assembly of God: 7101 Bayshore Rd, North Fort Myers, FL 33917
  • Human Services of Charlotte County: 21500 Gibralter Dr, Port Charlotte, FL 33952

The organization will update its distribution schedule on a daily basis. Visit harrychapinfoodbank.org for more information.

This information is from the following article:

Give, get help: Where to offer time, money, food and other supplies for Hurricane Ian victims

By Erica Van Buren, Harriet Howard Heithaus and Dave Osborn

Fort Myers News-Press

Where to find World Central Kitchen free meal sites in Southwest Florida after Hurricane Ian

By Jimmy Geurts

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Hurricane Ian Resources

Photo from H Wetzel, run as a photo essay in the Boca Beacon.

A large and destructive Category 4 Atlantic hurricane, Hurricane Ian caused widespread damage across western Cuba and the southeast United States, especially the states of Florida and South Carolina.

As many homeowners will be impacted through the clean up and rebuilding efforts we have compiled a list of resources for those in need.

How to Apply for FEMA Help

Florida homeowners and renters in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Orange, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Sarasota and Seminole counties counties (the list might be expanded) affected by Hurricane Ian may apply for FEMA disaster assistance:

Connecting with Insurance Companies in Florida

Click here for phone numbers, websites and email addresses for property insurance companies serving Florida. Unless they need emergency repairs, policyholders are urged to first contact their insurers with damage claims before signing over their benefits rights to repair contractors. Most of the companies listed enable policyholders to initiate claims at their websites. 

Florida insurance companies cannot drop policies until Nov. 28.

FloridaRealtors.Org

Property & Casualty Insurance Companies

Flood Insurance Companies

Contact your property and casualty insurer if they service your National Flood Insurance Program policy. If you are unsure of which company services your policy, call the National Flood Insurance Program at 877-336-2627. The following companies also sell NFIP policies and excess flood policies:

Florida Disaster Contractors Network

Florida’s Disaster Contractors Network (DCN) has been activated to provide support to homeowners in need of post-Hurricane Ian home repairs. This is a free service founded in part by the state agency that regulates Florida’s construction industry, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Its mission is simple – connect homeowners needing emergency repairs with licensed contractors and construction suppliers