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Real Estate Professionals and the Global Marketplace


Many real estate professionals have discovered the benefits and values of the world of international real estate. If you are thinking about going global or have already ventured into this arena, this field guide will provide you with tips for locating and working with international clients, etiquette, cross-cultural business guides and international networking opportunities. You will also discover an assortment of international real estate information sources, including a wealth of worldly resources from the REALTOR® organization, including referral opportunities and business partnerships in over 60 countries where NAR has established relationships! Plus, the international eBooks available in the Virtual Library at are definitely a must-read.


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Networking Opportunities at Home & Abroad

2019 International Conferences / Meetings & Events

April 21–23
2019 AREAA Global & Luxury Summit Beverly Hills, CA
One of the premier real estate events of the year, AREAA’s annual Global and Luxury Summit provides a platform for the industry to see new real estate trends through the eyes of the Asian American community. Beyond Asian American education, the Summit provides relevant luxury driven content in exclusive venues and access to the industry’s best and brightest. In its 8th year, the Global and Luxury Summit has captivated real estate professionals each year in world class markets

May 18-19
French Property Exhibition Yorkshire England
A “must attend” event for anyone who is serious about buying a property in France, it is the perfect opportunity to find out more about buying your dream home, whatever stage of the buying journey you are at. Discuss your plans with the experts face to face, and browse thousands of properties for sale. Nearby Leeds Bradford airport offers flights to Bergerac, Limoges, Marseille, Montpellier, Nice and Paris, providing easy access to some of France’s most popular locations for househunting trips and perhaps your dream French home.

May 27-31
FIABCI World Real Estate Congress Moscow, Russia
At the 70th  FIABCI World Congress, you'll participate in exciting programs filled with information about global real estate, working sessions, and study and recreational tours, and will have many opportunities for business development and networking.

October 7-9
Expo Real Munich, Germany
EXPO REAL is Europe's largest real estate and investment trade fair. It represents the whole supply chain of the international real estate sector—all the important sectors are there, from conception and design through investment and financing, realization and marketing to operation and use.

International Real Estate Information Sources

Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate

Global Property Guide

Global Real Estate Project (University of Denver)

Finding & Working With International Clients

Chinese Buyers Expand Their Reach in the US Housing Market as the Middle Class Gets in on the Act (CNBC, Jan. 9, 2019)

Profile of International Transactions in U.S. Residential Real Estate (National Association of REALTORS®, 2018)

Profile of International Residential Real Estate Activity in Florida (National Association of REALTORS®, 2018)

Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Estate – What Are The Target Markets? (Socotracapital, Nov. 16, 2018)

Find Your Cross-Border Buyers (Global Perspectives in Real Estate, Oct. 17, 2018)

What Do I Need to Know About International Buyers and Sellers? (Erwin Law Firm, Mar. 14, 2018)

Profile of International Home Buying in Miami (National Association of REALTORS®, 2017)

Global Resources From the REALTOR® Organization

Center for Real Estate Development is an Internet-based education delivery system where real estate professionals can takes courses online, click this link to browse the catalog for details on how to take the five required CIPS designation courses online.

The Certified International Property Specialist Network (CIPS) is made up of real estate professionals in over 60 countries, who focus on an international clientele. Through NAR's alliances with 81 national and regional Cooperating Associations worldwide, more and more members are joining the network from outside the United States. You can locate a CIPS Network member through our online directory by specific business, location and language specialties.Also follow CIPS on Facebook.

Global Alliances — NAR maintains formal relationships with 94 organized real estate associations around the world, giving REALTORS® confidence in working with professionals that abide by a code of ethics. These bilateral partnerships exist in 73 countries to help you establish business partnerships and referral opportunities. 

Global Perspectives in Real Estate  is a bimonthly newsletter, serves as a resource for global professionals who wish to globalize their local market.

Global Resources for Association Executives

International REALTOR® Membership

International Real Estate Research from The National Association of REALTORS®.® International

Resort Area & Second Home Specialty Resources on

For more resources and information on global issues visit:

eBooks & Other Resources

The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

The Brazilian Economy (Kindle, eBook)

Business Across Cultures (Kindle, eBook)

Business Without Borders: A Strategic Guide to Global Marketing (eBook)

Buying a Property in Eastern Europe for Dummies (eBook)

Chinese Business Etiquette and Culture (Kindle, eBook)

Communicating Globally An Integrated Marketing Approach (eBook)

The Global Etiquette Guide to Africa and the Middle East: Everything You Need to Know for Business and Travel Success (Kindle, eBook)

Global Etiquette Guide to Mexico and Latin America (Kindle, eBook)

Global Color: Clues and Taboos (eBook)

Foreign Language Study eBook Collection (Kindle, eBook, Audiobook)

International Real Estate Handbook (Kindle, eBook)

Internet Resources and Services for International Real Estate Information (Kindle, eBook)

Multicultural Manners (Kindle eBook)

Risk in the Global Real Estate Market (Kindle, eBook)

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