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Sotheby’s International Realty Brand Wins 'Best in Category' for Sixth Consecutive Year in Franchise Business Review's Franchisee Satisfaction Awards

YORK, Maine (March 12, 2013) – Anne Erwin Sotheby's International Realty, a luxury real estate firm based in York, Maine, today announced that the Sotheby's International Realty brand won Franchise Business Review's Best in Category for Real Estate Franchisee Satisfaction award for the sixth year in a row.

The Best in Category award measures franchisee satisfaction with their franchisors and is part of the 8th annual Franchisee Satisfaction Awards presented by Franchise Business Review. In addition to its real estate ranking, the brand also came in second overall among the Top 50 "Systems with 250 or more units," which is a ranking of all franchise systems with more than 200 units across all categories.

"This award is a reflection of our commitment to providing the highest possible quality service to our valued network members, and we are humbled and honored to have received this distinction for the sixth year in a row," said Philip White, president and chief executive officer, Sotheby's International Realty Affiliates LLC. "We believe our duty is to serve our network and to offer them the tools and resources they need to help them succeed. The reason the Franchise Business Review recognition is so rewarding is because it is measured by input from our most important asset: our franchisees."

Franchise Business Review surveyed more than 26,000 franchisees from more than 350 leading systems for the 8th annual Franchisee Satisfaction Awards. Franchises were evaluated in five areas: training and support, franchise system, franchisor/franchisee relations, financial opportunity and overall satisfaction. Additionally, demographic and lifestyle questions gave a 360-degree view of the franchise ownership experience. Franchise Business Review is a national franchise market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction and franchise buyer experiences. For a complete list of this year's award winners, go to www.FBR50.com.

"It's great to see the Sotheby's International Realty brand top our Real Estate list once again this year," said Franchise Business Review President Michelle Rowan. "As the real estate and housing markets bounce back, franchises within the space need to stay top of mind with franchise buyers and consumers. The brand continues to seek ways to drive franchisee satisfaction and profitability–and their hard work shows here."

"This brand offers our firm the tools, resources and support we need to reach a global audience of consumers and provide our clients with the best possible service," said Linda Briggs, broker/owner. "Anne Erwin Sotheby's International Realty joined the network 9 years ago and have been affiliated with the Sotheby's International Realty brand even before its official inception. With theSotheby's International Realty brand behind us, we are building a solid foundation for success in the York, Cape Neddick, Kittery, Kittery Point, Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, South Berwick, and Eliot markets."

The Sotheby's International Realty® network currently has 12,800 sales associates located in approximately 660 offices in 47 countries and territories worldwide. Each office is independently owned and operated. For more information, visit www.sothebysrealty.com.

Anne Erwin Sotheby's International Realty has had a leading presence in the southern Maine real estate market for over 30 years. Founded in 1980, the company offers a wide selection of oceanfront, ocean view, waterfront, water view and distinctive homes in every price range in southern Maine including York, Cape Neddick, Kittery, Kittery Point, Ogunquit, Wells, Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, South Berwick, and Eliot. Anne Erwin Sotheby's International Realty is located at 31 Long Sands Road, York, Maine.