Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate Members from 11 Countries Convene in Munich, Germany for the 10th Annual International Symposium

Mike Shimkonis recently returns from Munich after presenting to Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate members about how multiple listing services work in America and effective lead generation strategies. Read the press release from Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate below for more details.


SEATTLE, WA USA – Luxury Real Estate members from 11 different countries assembled for the 10th Annual International Symposium, held Tuesday, January 19th through Thursday, January 21st in Munich, Germany at the grand Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Kempinski.

Some of the best luxury real estate professionals from Spain, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Switzerland, Greece, Turkey, the UK, 10th Annual International Symposiumthe USA, and the Netherlands gathered to discuss international real estate trends, new markets, world political factors and their impact on the real estate industry, and much more. Symposium attendees participated in numerous networking opportunities and group discussions with their peers, combining and sharing knowledge about building an international network of reputable luxury real estate professionals.

After the initial welcome on Wednesday, Julia Hoagland led a Q&A about embracing relationships and building an international network, followed by Philip Weiser’s Q&A on finding and adapting to new markets. Guifré Homedes Amat led a session on changing sales strategy and Mike Shimkonis discussed multiple listing services and lead generation. Thursday started with a Q&A led by Anita Gärtner on redesigning websites and capturing new audiences, and the day wrapped up with a session by Olivia Hsu Decker with an international focus on Asia.

“Creating and strengthening connections with fellow high-end real estate professionals is an integral part of being successful in the industry,” says John Brian Losh, Chairman/Publisher of Luxury Real Estate. “Our annual events provide members of the network with a venue to cultivate new ideas and strategies and further expand their international business.”

Symposium attendees also took time to enjoy the city of Munich, kicking off the event with an historic walking tour hosted by Historian Georg Reichlmayr. On Thursday, Thomas Williams of RE/MAX 100 graciously hosted a property tour of the best properties in the area, and then the symposium concluded with a German feast at Spatenhaus.

Following the International Symposium is the Luxury Real Estate European Ski Trip that takes place in nearby Lech, Austria from January 23rd to 31st.

About LuxuryRealEstate.com

LuxuryRealEstate.com, frequently ranked ‘Best Website’ in consumer and industry surveys, has been recognized for excellence by the WMA Awards and the Webby Awards and has been voted ‘Best of the Web’ by Forbes magazine multiple times. Since its debut in 1995, LuxuryRealEstate.com has remained the #1 portal for luxury properties on the internet and has several times more $1,000,000+ content of any near-peer.

Known in the industry since 1986 as the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate network, a global collection of the finest luxury real estate brokers in the world, this group of more than 130,000 professionals with properties in more than 70 countries, collectively sells in excess of $190 billion of real estate annually. Members are selected by Chairman/Publisher John Brian Losh, one of REALTOR Magazine’s 25 Most Influential People in Real Estate and broker of fine properties through his Seattle-based brokerage firm, Ewing & Clark, Inc.

The company has also been recognized by the Maggie Awards, received an ADDY Award for excellence in Web Design, ranked in the Inc. 5000 List and named as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies by the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Mike Shimkonis

After growing up surfing in Florida, Mike Shimkonis decided to give higher ground a try and settled in Colorado over 25 years ago, first in Vail, then moving to Telluride in 1993. Prior to working with Telluride Properties, he was a senior sales and marketing executive for the Vail and Telluride ski companies.

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