How Do U.S. Immigration Regulations Impact Global Real Estate Transactions?

U.S. immigration regulations and procedures can be complex and rules change frequently.  As a real estate practitioner, even if you focus on global real estate,  you are not expected to, nor should you attempt, to play the role of...
February 12, 2015

Strengthening the Real Estate Market in Serbia: How You Can Help

One of NAR’s Strategic Partners is the International Real Property Foundation- simply known as the IRPF.  This independent, nonprofit, and public purpose 501c(3) Foundation has a long history of helping to create real property markets needed for strong democracies...
February 5, 2015

High and Low Context Cultures- Developing Cultural Fluency

“One of the most effective ways to learn about oneself is by taking seriously the cultures of others. It forces you to pay attention to those details of life which differentiate them from you”.  - Edward T. Hall, The...
January 26, 2015

How Many Real Estate Professionals Exist Worldwide ?

by Jeff Hornberger, Director, Global Alliances, National Association of REALTORS® This question comes up frequently in our line of work.  In the United States, the answer is simple: we know there are about 2 million people holding real estate...
January 21, 2015

What Does the New Year Hold for Global Real Estate?

by Jeff Hornberger, Director, Global Alliances, National Association of REALTORS® Happy New Year!  I am sure that December was a busy month wrapping up your business and celebrating the holidays. As a globally oriented real estate professional, surely you’ve kept...
January 13, 2015

NAR Staff Veteran Finds Immediate Benefit in CIPS Designation

by Jan Hope, Vice President, NAR Commercial & Global Services I serve as Vice President of the Commercial & Global Services department at NAR.  The Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) program resides in my area so it was natural...

It’s More Fun (and Promising) in the Philippines

Much is made of growing Asian economies, particularly China. But there is a quietly emerging market on the horizon, one that isn’t making the headlines quite like China but still offers substantial opportunity for real estate agents. The bubbly...
January 6, 2015

Your Business Doesn’t Have to Slow Down During the Winter / Holiday Season

In recent weeks, Americans, from all around the country, have rummaged through their closets in search of their winter coats.  And depending on where you live, you may have already even resurrected your gloves, snow hats, and possibly shovels...

Characteristics of Foreign Buyers

Each country differs in language, religion, ethnic and racial identity – even distinctive culinary tastes. Business practices are no exception. The countries or cultures you choose to focus on will largely determine what characteristics you need to pay close...
November 25, 2014

Is Spain Poised to be an International Real Estate Hotspot Again?

by Santiago Herreros de Tejada, Corporate Director of Grupo Sociedad de Tasación (ST) In the period 1999-2007 Spain experienced a real estate boom, coupled with strong international investment and a high rate of new construction, with more than 450,000 built...
November 21, 2014