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Antigua firm named third best in world
Competitive, cut-throat and precarious are all adjectives commonly applied to the real estate industry. Which makes the feat of one Antiguan firm all the more remarkable. Luxury Locations in Jolly Harbour has fought off challengers across the globe to be named the best agency in the region—and third best in the world—at the prestigious OPP Awards for Excellence.
The tiny homegrown company claimed bronze in the World’s Best Small Agency category and gold for Best Agency in Central America—less than five years after setting up business. The Overseas Property Professionals Awards are held each year to honour the finest agents and developers in 34 categories. The glittering ceremony took place in November at London’s Natural History Museum, attended by 450 of the sector’s biggest hitters from more than 20 different countries.
The win is not just a feather in the cap for Luxury Locations but also puts Antigua & Barbuda firmly on the map as a major player in the international real estate sector. The agency’s founder Nadia Dyson said: “Receiving these awards is a huge honour—particularly at a time when our industry is still recovering from unprecedented global challenges. “We are delighted to receive recognition at the highest level for the incredible efforts of our talented team.
“Since our launch in May 2009, we have risen to become a local market leader, today representing some of the country’s most exclusive addresses. “Over the last six months we have seen a welcome surge in large scale developments here in Antigua, plus more sales enquiries than the last five years combined. It’s proof indeed that investor confidence in our islands is well and truly on the up and we can all look forward to continued growth.”
An OPP spokeswoman said Luxury Locations had impressed the judges as an “earnest small agency working hard at building their reputation” in an esoteric market. “We were most impressed by their methodology for ensuring consistent quality and service,” she added.
Luxury Locations, an associate agent of Savills International, sells and manages a diverse portfolio of property throughout the twin island nation.
Launched in 2004, OPP is the only dedicated trade magazine and website for the international homes industry. The awards are judged each year by a panel of leading experts. OPP Group CEO Xavier Wiggins described 2013’s event as a “huge success”, celebrating not only the achievements of the best in the industry but also the surge of confidence in the future of real estate.