Company History

The Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty has a long history of proven market experience and dominance. Here’s a look back on how we’ve grown from a single office in Bar Harbor to a strong, statewide presence:

Established on April 1st, 1975 by Cary and June Swan, The Swan Agency handled both insurance and real estate sales. After working in the family business, Kim Swan obtained her real estate license and in 1994, purchased the real estate side of the company, and The Swan Agency – Real Estate was born.

The successful mission to affiliate the best brokers and administrative staff in the business resulted in residential and commercial sales growing at an impressive rate in the Bar Harbor office. A second component was added to The Swan Agency – Real Estate in 1995, Maine’s Lodging Brokerage. The niche market of inns/bed and breakfasts sales on Mount Desert Island was broadened to represent the properties throughout the entire state of Maine.

In an effort to broaden their market share across Mount Desert Island, it became apparent that a branch office in Northeast Harbor. The Northeast Harbor office opened its doors in July 2004, to meet increasing demands.

In May of 2006, The Swan Agency announced its affiliation with Sotheby’s International Realty®. The partnership has proven to be a wonderful business decision as our clients are now able to enjoy national and international exposure for their properties. The top shelf service exemplified by Sotheby’s is a benefit to all clients as their property on, a dynamic international website.

To respond to the fast growing Blue Hill clientele, the Blue Hill office was opened in June of 2007, serving the Blue Hill Peninsula and the Downeast regions. In 2010, The Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty formed the Greater Portland Group, to better represent properties in Kennebunkport, Cape Elizabeth, Greater Portland, Mid-Coast area and beyond.

Today, The Swan Agency Sotheby’s International Realty is a leader in real estate sales throughout the state of Maine. Our brokers are experts in their markets, and offers clients unparalleled service.