Leslie McElwreath Says to Approach Real Estate Like Any Other Financial Vehicle

By Sabrina Stocker Sabrina Stocker has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on July 27, 2022

Who doesn’t dream of owning a fabulous property that makes their friends envious? There’s a reason that real estate is a $10.5 trillion market. People purchase and own loads of real estate for any number of reasons, buying for daily life, vacation, friends, and family members. Study of the real estate market is equally interesting from a portfolio approach, especially regarding how successful agents and real estate advisors like Leslie McElwreath have been navigating its transitions for the last few years.

During these times, people are looking for sound financial investments, especially those with good value, a rare commodity on a global scale since the pandemic. It has since rebounded, calling for an even greater demand during the reconstruction phase. Though it may be undervalued in luxury markets, the portfolio approach is the same as any other form of financial mobility.

People are looking for value; that’s the key. There are scores of buyers in local and international markets put against a relatively minuscule inventory of value real estate that offers a high quality of life. Real estate is part of the financial portfolio, whether people realize it or not. In fact, it is the most ideal for long-term investments, though it can be difficult to maneuver because of its illiquid nature. That’s why, like with any major investment, finding the right advisor is absolutely imperative.

Leslie McElwreath’s ability to help people do just that, no matter where they’re based, is what makes her service and that of Sotheby’s International Real Estate as a whole so unique. They put their clients into the capable hands of trusted real estate advisors advisors around the world, such as herself.  

Leslie McElwreath, the top Sotheby’s realtor in Greenwich, Connecticut, has represented some of the finest homes in the United States for more than two decades. These homes include several of the most iconic, highest priced single-family home sales in Greenwich Great Estates history, including Rockfields, a former Rockefeller estate, Sabine Farm, Old Mill Farm, and Dunellen Hall, the former Helmsley Estate. Suffice it to say Leslie has had a lot of success in her local market. Now that the world has changed, perhaps for good, she has been ramping up her efforts on the international market, establishing herself as a global real estate advisor. As with any investment vehicle, people are looking for value. With Greenwich currently undervalued in luxury markets, Leslie with her vast network and experience in financing, helps her buyers grow their real estate portfolio as an asset class that is increasing in value. Utilizing the portfolio approach, the same as any other financial investment, is the prudent approach whether the purchase is for a second home, vacation home or for a family member.

McElwreath has 39 years of sales and marketing experience under her belt and a commitment to excellence and unparalleled customer service. Her singular results have made her the #1 agent in the Town of Greenwich in both 2019 and 2020, per the Greenwich Multiple Listing System. What’s more, Leslie’s career sales volume has exceeded $1 Billion and her annual production places her among the top real estate agents in the United States. Her time as a Wall Street executive was also influential in developing her mind for business, having spent 15 years with firms like Bankers Trust Company, Bear Stearns & Co, Drexel Burnham and Lambert, Inc. and J.P. Morgan.

Leslie is active in all aspects of residential real estate from listing homes and land to working with buyers and relocating families. Her tenacity and dedication have allowed her to achieve extraordinary results, regardless of inflation or stagnation in the market. What’s more, Leslie’s previous career on Wall Street gives her a unique insight on how people in that industry communicate and do business.  

The real estate market, along with every other industry, has been turned on its axis. Those who refused to pivot their models of operation accordingly have fallen behind, which is why Leslie has augmented her efforts to assist both relocating families and buyers in Greenwich, and investors, financiers, and buyers throughout the US and overseas.  

It is both Leslie’s experience as a realtor and financier that truly sets her apart as an a Sotheby’s Senior Global Real Estate Advisor. With almost 20 years of experience in the financial markets, Leslie is positioned uniquely in the real estate market. As a real estate portfolio manager, she is able to work with a network of top realtors around the world. Her experience has also given her access to off market transactions which are ideal for strategically adding to any investors’ real estate portfolio.

As a pillar of her community, Leslie ensures that her success is given back to her hometown of Greenwich. For every commission earned, she donates a portion to The Greenwich Land Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving open space in Greenwich.

By Sabrina Stocker Sabrina Stocker has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

Sabrina Stocker is a Features Columnist at Grit Daily. Based in Los Angeles, she is originally from the UK and has a storied career in the events and awards business.

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