Not all agents are equal

Institute Members Are Trained to Work in Luxury Real Estate.

The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing exists to help buyers and sellers of luxury homes and estates find real estate professionals with the knowledge, skills, and expertise to support their unique needs. Our members specialize in the luxury home market and have completed extensive training to build additional competencies.

Members of The Institute also have access to exclusive market insights and the latest marketing strategies, enabling them to stay on top of changing market conditions and offer effective plans to sell luxury properties. This insight and specialized knowledge makes our members, especially those who have earned the Certified Luxury Home Market Specialist™ (CLHMS) designation, the best agent choice for affluent buyers and sellers of luxury residential properties.

Select the Right Agent

Successfully buying or selling a luxury home starts with selecting the real estate professional that can best assist you. Not all agents operate effectively in the upper-tier market, a segment that requires special competencies and marketing expertise. Here are five tips for choosing an agent in the luxury real estate market.

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Michelle Vacondios
John R. Wood Properies
The Monika DeBenedictis Team

We have worked with Michelle since 2008 when we purchased our condo in Pelican Bay. When we decided to upsize to a house in Pelican Bay, Michelle spent a great deal of time showing us homes and then did a very good job in negotiating the purchase price. Michelle helped us in the sale of our condo...

Kinga Korpacz
Exit Realty Redefined

Kinga is an exceptional professional. She knew everything about the short sale process. She was very calming whenever something came up that I was worried about. She is always very prompt in responding to calls and always helpful. She works tirelessly with the banks and the other agents. I highll...

Bruce Hiatt
Luxury Realty Group

Bruce Hiatt of Luxury Realty Group was outstanding as my agent in guiding me all along the way through my first California real estate experience. I personally stumbled upon a modest little condo that had just price-dropped, but was stunningly located right across the street from the Pacific s...