Forbes Global Properties Members Share Market Insights and Trends at the 2024 European Regional Meeting

June 13, 2024

Location: Quinta do Lago Resort, Portugal

A Gathering of Minds in Luxury Real Estate

The exclusive Quinta do Lago Resort in Portugal served as a stunning setting for the second annual European Regional Meeting hosted by Forbes Global Properties. Founder & CEO at MAISON, Ryan Knowles, alongside other distinguished broker-owners and management associates from 21 countries and regions, gathered to share insights, discuss emerging trends, and enhance collaboration within the luxury real estate market.

Chair Matt Beall, along with Board Directors Quentin Epiney and José Ribes Bas, welcomed the attendees to two days filled with engaging discussions, collaborative sessions, property tours, and networking opportunities. The event was expertly hosted by Francisco Garcia and Pedro Santos of Portugal Forbes Global Properties.



Key Highlights of the Meeting

  1. Exploring the Luxury Market

We delved into the current landscape of the luxury real estate market, examining timely trends and exploring opportunities in our respective regions. Representing MAISON, Founder & CEO, Ryan Knowles, significantly to the discussions, offering insights into the emerging trends and unique challenges in the Bahamian luxury market. Our perspectives on waterfront properties and the impact of new developments in the Bahamas added valuable depth to the conversations.

  1. Diverse Representation

The meeting saw participation from a wide array of regions, including:

  • Best Invest from Turkey
  • Broker Group from Croatia
  • Brülhart & Partners SA from Switzerland
  • Building Heritage from Florence, Rome, and Sicily, Italy
  • Chestertons from London, United Kingdom
  • Doerfert Immobilien GmbH from Hamburg, Germany
  • Driven from Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • FGP Swiss & Alps from Switzerland and the French Alps
  • Hawai’i Life from Hawaii, USA
  • INTERNO 21 from Lake Como, Italy
  • MAISON Bahamas from The Bahamas
  • Groupe Mercure from France
  • Portugal Forbes Global Properties from Portugal
  • Private Property Global from Sydney, Australia
  • Rimontgó from Valencia, Spain
  • Roula Rouva Real Estate from Greece
  • RR&CO from the United Arab Emirates

  1. Inspiring Collaboration

The spirit of collaboration was palpable throughout the event. Marcus Benussi, Director of Development at Forbes Global Properties, noted the synergy among members:

“On one property tour under the sun of Portugal, I was in a group with brokers from Australia, Germany, Italy, Greece. Not just brokers, but experts. People at the highest level of professional real estate consultancy sharing ideas, opinions, incisive insights. What was on display was not just their business successes but also a communality of mindset, values, and personal attitudes. This is what’s making Forbes Global Properties a one-of-a-kind network.”

  1. Unified Vision

Michael Jalbert, CEO of Forbes Global Properties, emphasized the shared purpose and trust that the event cultivated:

“This event embodied that common sense of purpose and trust we’ve been building over the past year. It showed the power of independent brokerages working together across markets and borders. Everyone I spoke with shared how proud they were to be part of the Forbes brand, how at home they felt with their global colleagues. There was also a palpable sense of anticipation that this is just the start of our new strategic vision.”

Continuing the Momentum

We remain committed to promoting continuous collaboration and learning. Building on the success of events like the Western Region Conference hosted by Hilton & Hyland in Los Angeles, our participation in Portugal underscores our dedication to sharing expertise and insights. We look forward to continuing our active role in upcoming events and initiatives within the Forbes Global Properties network.


About Forbes Global Properties

Established in 2020, Forbes Global Properties is the exclusive real estate partner of Forbes. It connects discerning buyers and sellers of the world’s most exceptional properties, leveraging Forbes’s vast digital audience of 140 million to tell the unique stories behind each listing. The invitation-only network encompasses over 17,800 property experts across more than 525 locations worldwide.

For more information, visit  Forbes Global Properties.

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