Another bright and early meeting at 8 am—of course my alarm doesn't go off until 7:20! This is a testament to the benefit of registering for NAR conferences early to secure a hotel. As much as I normally procrastinate, I've learned that getting a closer hotel gives you small flexibilities like these. Never fear, if you don't get the main hotels, there are plenty of shuttle buses to take you around to the major meeting places.
Since I had everything all laid out the night before, I just showered, got dressed, and walked over to the Moscone Center to the meetings. Staff was amazing once again to direct you to the right building. If you're confused - ask, ask, ask!
Global Business and Alliances Committee is one of those huge meetings that brings together all the International REALTORS® and REALTORS® who work or who want to work with global businesses.
A few things to note:
- NAR supports an increase in H-2B Workers Visa program to supply foreign workers to do unfulfilled employment positions in the US.
- NAR supports a fair H-2B Workers Visa allocation program.
- NAR encourages all employers who participate in the H-2B Workers Visa program to make sure to strive for the highest level of responsibility and accountability.
We were happy to see that there were tons of Residential Real Estate Council members and a record number of people in the process of getting the prestigious Certified Residential Specialist designation. These classes are being held internationally.
Also, if you don't have your Certified International Property Specialization (CIPS) designation, make sure to get it! I have mine. CIPS has 4300+ members in over 50 countries. What a great referral group and way to get started in real estate! Trust me, these referrals work.
NAR can help you with your career. Promise. Why?
- NAR has 102 bilateral partnerships
- The U.S. market is still strong: $77.9 billion in international real estate purchased, with an average of $280k per transaction
- Top buyers are coming from China, Canada,, India, Mexico, mainly buying in Florida, California, Texas, Arizona, and New Jersey
- 5000 international members
- 100 bilateral international partnerships
- CIPS members referred over 400 leads on Facebook alone
I had to give a 20-minute presentation on cross-cultural communication on networking to this huge group. Thank you for the honor. I would be more than happy to share, but go buy the communication bible, "Kiss, Now, or Shake Hands" by Teri Morrison. It's the best book to help you with international business. I was able to bring some laughs and apparently people posted by video on my FB page so feel free to catch a few minutes of it.
Finally, we heard members from FIABCI and a new Bi-Lateral partner signing with the Global Real Estate Association of Seoul (GRAS). Congratulations on another successful event.