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Real Trends Best Real Estate Agents in America 2014

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Lexi Cerretti of Sotheby’s International Realty was recognized on the Real Trends Best Real Estate Agents in America 2014, a summary of the top one thousand independent real estate agents and teams in the United States. 

According to REAL Trends Inc.’s rankingsLexi Cerretti is the number 1 agent in Incline Village and the number 5 agent in Nevada by volume for 2013. Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty’s Jean Merkelbach was ranked among the top 250 agents for extraordinary sales achievements in 2013. Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty sister brokerages also had agents with notable sales, including Paul Benson at Summit Sotheby’s International Realty in Utah, and The Behr Team (Linda and Josh) at Fuller Sotheby’s International Realty in Colorado.

“We are very proud to have Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty and Lexi Cerretti in the Lake Tahoe market,” said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC. “The type of service they offer is a prime example of the type of quality service our brand is committed to providing.”   

“We are proud to represent the finest homes in the Lake Tahoe market,” said Cerretti. “This recognition is a result of our market knowledge and the support of the Sotheby’s International Realty brand, all of which enable us to effectively market and sell these extraordinary residences.” 

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 15,000 independent sales associates located in approximately 700 offices in 54 countries and territories worldwide. Each office is independently owned andoperated. 

Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty® local brokerage offices enable sellers and buyers to find representatives experienced in offering exceptional homes in Lake Tahoe. Each office is independently owned and operated.

About Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC

Founded in 1976 to provide independent brokerages with a powerful marketing and referral program for luxury listings, the Sotheby’s International Realty network was designed to connect the finest independent real estate companies to the most prestigious clientele in the world. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services.  In February 2004, Realogy entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby’s, the operator of the auction house.  The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby’s International Realty name and the development of a full franchise system. Affiliations in the system are granted only to brokerages and individuals meeting strict qualifications. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC supports its affiliates with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Franchise affiliates also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby’s auction house, established in 1744. For more information, visit

Lake Tahoe Legacy Properties

Thursday, December 26th, 2013


Video: Legacy Properties for family destinations

Lake Tahoe is an ideal market for “Legacy homes” that serve as gathering places for families typically passed along to the next generation. Philip White, CEO for Sotheby’s International Realty, recently commented on the trend in a Bloomberg interview noting that waterfront and ski properties rate among the most popular destinations for legacy properties.

Like Colorado with it’s world renowned ski resorts and Hawaii with its blue waters and beaches, Lake Tahoe offers the best in alpine recreation and a huge variety of summer waterfront activities. It is a rarity to find a four season destination that combines the best in ski and waterfront properties. Lake Tahoe truly has it all.

The Tahoe region boasts the highest concentration of ski areas in the US, Including Squaw Valley USA, Alpine Meadows, Homewood, Northstar, Diamond Peak, Mt. Rose, Heavenly, Kirkwood, Sierra at Tahoe, Sugar Bowl, Boreal, and Tahoe Donner. There are numerous cross-country ski areas, Cat skiing, heli skiing along with backcountry skiing, snowshoeing, kite skiing, and snowmobiling outfitters, sled dogs, ice-skating, and a wide range of winter activities.

The resort amenities are also world-class. The Ritz Carlton offers ski in ski out accommodations mid-mountain at Northstar Ski area and the village boasts numerous shops, restaurants and a popular ice-skating rink with live music and outdoor fire pits and cabanas. Just a few miles down the road, Squaw Valley Offers the best terrain for the big mountain skier. With its merger with neighboring Alpine Meadows, The two areas, once combined, will be the largest ski resort in North America aside from Whistler Mountain. Numerous other mountains around the lake offer a variety of terrain for all skiers, many with scenic Lake Vista’s and ample entertainment and nightlife.

Boating on Lake Tahoe in the summer is one of it’s best kept secrets. Destinations like the golden sand beaches and protected harbors along Tahoe’s East Shore boast miles of unspoiled beauty and crystal clear waters warm enough to swim in and camp alongside in. Like the clear waters in Hawaii and the Caribbean, you can see as far down as 70′ into the Lake, and the boulders and unique formations along the shore offer a little known opportunity for snorkeling and diving in the pristine waters. Among the favorite pastimes for kids is hunting crawdads along the rocky shore, now commercially harvested by Lake Tahoe lobster company. They are delicious like the well-known cold water Atlantic lobster, but smaller and with a sweeter taste.

There are numerous lakeside restaurants and bars if you cast off and head to Tahoe’s North and West shores, including the Hyatt Pier in Incline Village with live music and drinks served on the docks alongside the sand beach, Garwoods on Carnelian Bay, Sunnyside at Tahoe City and Chambers Landing in picturesque Homewood with sand beach. Each is known for their own specialty drink, the Golden Eagle, the Wet Woody and Chamber’s Punch, all have live entertainment and a great menu. South Lake Tahoe has a draw all of its own with resort casinos, concerts and shows with headliners, fine dining and lakeside entertainment for all ages.

When it comes to choosing a vacation home, accessibility is one of the best reasons to choose Tahoe over all of the other renowned destinations. The Reno- Tahoe airport is within an hour to the ski resorts, and 3 smaller airports around the Lake Tahoe can bring you within 10 minutes from the jet to the slopes. Lake Tahoe is a 3-1/2 hr drive from the San Francisco Bay Area, Wine Country and Silicon Valley and a direct flight from most major Western US cities with connecting flights to the East Coast.

Our real estate market has begun to turn around this year with a big increase in number of sales, while offering a steady inventory of desirable properties in a wide price range. From ski condos to Lakeside retreats, mountain lodges to golf properties, you will find the hardest decision is choosing among the great locations afforded in our four season paradise.

Summer kick-starts home sales at Lake Tahoe

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Lake Tahoe-
The arrival of hot summer weather has the potential to heat the residential resale market in the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Tahoe home sales


Why Now is Time to Buy

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Great graph showing dropping interest rates and low pricing in CA


Washoe County Home Prices on the Rise

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Washoe County Home Prices are Rising


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