If You Were to Win the Lottery, Where in the World Would You Buy Your Dream Home?

Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is estimated at $40 million dollars, a cash payout value of $24.4 million. While the windfall has been higher at times, who wouldn’t be ecstatic walking away with this hefty payout? (I, for one, could certainly...
August 12, 2014

Being Polite is Just the Beginning

Cultural awareness is no longer just the “polite” thing to do – it’s absolutely critical to the future of your business. We are in the midst of an unprecedented cultural shift, and it’s impacting countries worldwide. In the United...
August 7, 2014

CIPS…My past week!

by Richard Silver, Sotheby’s International Realty Canada, Toronto, Ontario Over the past week (July 8-August 1,2014), I have been very honoured to be a guest of the National Association of REALTORS in the U.S. or as I like call...

Working with Chinese Buyers can be Profitable…If You Know What You’re Doing

The National Association of REALTORS® recently released the 2014 Profile of International Home Buying Activity.  If you are interested in growing your global business, and you haven’t already reviewed this report, download it today. Included is a tremendous amount...
July 22, 2014

Coming to America: NAR Releases 2014 Profile of International Home Buying Activity Report

International buyers remain prolific figures in the United States real estate market, as evidenced by the just-released 2014 Profile of International Home Buying Activity Report. Compared to the previous year, sales to foreigners increased both in numbers of transactions...
July 8, 2014

AMPI Summit – Global Takeaways, Impact to NAR Members

by JoAnne E. Poole, 2014 NAR Vice President I had the pleasure of leading up a 100+ member delegation of REALTORS® from across the country to attend the second “AMPI Summit,” held in the city of Tulum, Mexico and...
June 25, 2014

Power of 10: Another Reason to Register for Destination LA

A few weeks ago, we shared seven reasons why you should consider attending the upcoming Destination LA conference taking place Oct. 2-3 in Pasadena, Calif. Here’s another one: The National Association of REALTORS® will issue a $25 gift card to...

Are Your Clients Overpaying to Move Funds From Country to Country?

Buyers who are looking to purchase property in a country where they aren’t currently citizens or legal residents will almost certainly have to move funds into that country — and will have to pay a host of fees to...

Brazilian Buyers And The World Cup

With the frenzy leading up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, now just days away from kickoff, all eyes are on Brazil. The media coverage is intense, with outlets from around the world speculating on Brazil’s preparedness. But the...
June 10, 2014

NAR Supports Pending FIRPTA Legislation

While NAR has existing policy on immigration reform that touches on the principles that should ideally govern the taxation of foreign citizens investing in U.S. real estate, no policy explicitly mentions the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act...
June 9, 2014