On September 22nd, Dean Jones, President & CEO of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) attended a reception and dinner in honor of his Excellency, Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China, which took stage at The Westin Hotel in downtown Seattle. Jones was a guest of the Washington State China Relations Council, where he is a committee member for both inbound investments and real estate.
RSIR broker Andy Yip was also in attendance, as an esteemed member of the firm’s Asia Desk, and the former president of the Hong Kong – Greater China Business Association of Washington in Seattle. Andy was proud to have received an invitation for this exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “The visit of President Xi, the fourth leader of China to visit Seattle, will continue to strength China-U.S. relations, and more importantly, put Seattle firmly on the map for this important relationship that will define the next decade,” said Yip. “Seattle have not seen a delegation of this magnitude with any of the Chinese presidents, as there were delegations from five provinces, and over 200 business and government officials in Seattle. The business deals on and off the official channel will propel Seattle’s business scene in the foreseeable future, and real estate opportunities along with it.” Yip provided the following photos from the evening:
“Of course I am thrilled to represent our council, our industry and our region during this extraordinary event,” Jones said prior to the event. “In many ways, this opportunity is a crescendo of efforts we’ve deployed over the past several years as we’ve built bridges between China and the Pacific Northwest.”
To be sure, RSIR has been a leader in reaching Chinese homebuyers by establishing its Asia Desk, complete with Mandarin-speaking brokers who specialize in working with international clientele. The firm also created a documentary video entitled East Meets West, which captures the many trends that have led to the Seattle/Bellevue metro area becoming preferred as a global city on the rise. Jones was pivotal in the establishment of Beijing Sotheby’s International Realty – the first affiliated office in Mainland China. The firm has produced unique events such as the Passport to Luxury with the Hong Kong and Greater China Association of Washington and presented to numerous delegations over the years in the US and overseas. Jones has traveled to numerous Luxury Property Shows in China and provided his perspective on market research with insight from The Luxury Lifestyle Report and publications by Wealth-X. He has also established himself as a trusted media contact on these trends, with local and global news contributions including The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, King 5 TV, The Puget Sound Business Journal and KIRO 7 News, among others.
More recently, RSIR announced a new “Fly and Buy” luxury tourism program with Experi Travel and is in development on an exclusive WeeChat app in partnership with SILK Digital to deploy a portal for this preferred communications platform that has more than one billion members, most of whom are Chinese.
“We will continue to develop these pivotal relationships around the corner and around the world,” adds Jones. “International is our middle name and we’re proud to play a meaningful role in the development of our global gateway.”
Concurrent with the Chinese President’s visit, RSIR broker Dehlan Gwo attended the two-day long Pacific Northwest China Trade & Investment Summit held at the World Trade Center in Tacoma, Washington on September 22nd and 23rd. The list of attendees included builders, developers, EB-5 regional centers, law firms, investment groups, commercial and residential brokers, as well as local government officials. “China’s increasing FDI in the Puget Sound region – with investments in real estate leading the way – has brought many savvy international homebuyers to our local housing markets” said Gwo. “I had the pleasure of connecting with dozens of industry professionals, Chinese delegates and investors throughout the course of the summit.”