Christie's International Real Estate Strengthens Position in the Caribbean with New Affiliate in the French West Indies

Carimo Real Estate Joins Leading International Network of Real Estate Brokers Specializing in the Marketing and Sale of High-Value Properties

St. Martin, Netherlands Antilles, June 08, 2012 --( Christie's International Real Estate, the world's leading luxury real estate network, has awarded Affiliate status to Carimo Real Estate on the island of St. Martin. Established in 1981, the boutique firm will represent the Christie's brand in St. Martin in the French West Indies as well as Sint Maarten in the Netherlands Antilles.

Wholly owned by Christie's, the world's leading art business, Christie's International Real Estate is represented in more than 40 countries. Carimo Real Estate joins this carefully selected organization of brokerages with proven records of success in both high-end property sales and exemplary client service.

“Carimo Real Estate has a reputation for expertise and conscientious client service that has won the firm respect far beyond the shores of St. Martin,” says Rick Moeser, Senior Vice President of Christie’s International Real Estate. “I am delighted to welcome Carimo Real Estate to our global network.”

Nick Guezen, General Manager of Carimo Real Estate, added, “We’re proud to be part of the Christie’s International Real Estate family and we’re looking forward to a very successful relationship. Our first order of business is to launch a combined effort to offer one of the premiere villas in the Caribbean, a US$19.7 million estate known as “Le Chateau des Palmiers.”

Situated in the northeastern part of the Caribbean, the picturesque island is separated into two parts—the northern area is an overseas collectivity of France and Sint Maarten while the southern area forms part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Comprising 37 square miles, the island is rich with history and features dozens of white-sand beaches, azure-blue lagoons, world-class resorts, duty-free shops, and high-end restaurants. Tourism is the dominant economic sector on the island with more than 1,000,000 visitors annually.

About Christie's International Real Estate
Christie’s, originally founded in 1766 by James Christie, pursued an innovative real estate venture in 1995 by acquiring Great Estates, a luxury real estate network founded in 1987. Christie’s International Real Estate is an invitation-only Affiliate network composed of the world’s most proven and qualified real estate specialists. The company has central hubs in London, Hong Kong, and New York; field offices in Beverly Hills, Palm Beach, and Chicago; and approximately 120 Affiliates in Europe, the Americas, and the Caribbean, as well as Asia, Africa, and Oceania. In 2011, new Affiliates were signed in Dallas, Texas; Pyrénes-Atlantiques, France; Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa; Highlands, North Carolina; Maui, Hawaii; Lake Tahoe, California; Phoenix, Arizona; the Turks & Caicos; and Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Ottawa’s Rockcliffe Park, all in Ontario, Canada.

For additional information about Christie’s International Real Estate, please contact Lisa Bessone, Vice President, Global PR and Communications, at +1 505 216 1414 or visit

About Carimo Real Estate
Over the past 31 years, Carimo Real Estate has developed the most trustworthy reputation in luxury real estate sales, property management, and villa rentals on the island of St. Martin. Today, the name Carimo is not only synonymous with quality, but the company is also considered the preferred villa specialist in the industry, exclusively representing more than 60 privately owned properties in St. Martin that go beyond the highest standards. Through a series of functions and activities incorporated within the organization, Carimo easily meets and very often exceeds the expectations of property owners and guests. This performance has also earned Carimo the highest regard among its clients. Carimo is wholly owned by Luxury Retreats Management (, a leading luxury villa rental and real estate company based in Barbados.

For additional information on Carimo Real Estate listings please visit their website at or contact Nick Guezen, General Manager, at + 011 590 590 87 57 58.
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