One Member’s Story: The Value of CIPS

At NAR Global, we think our Certified International Property Specialist designation is pretty, well…special. Our instructors never cease to amaze with their intelligence and vast experience, the course material is full of “a-ha moments,” and each class is full of enthusiastic students who are eager to learn and have their own breadth of experiences to share.

The designation is a truly valuable experience. But don’t just take it from us – below is a student’s perspective on the value he derived from the classes and designation. And oh, by the way – he’s located in Los Cabos. What better destination if you have clients who are freezing up north? (Side note, they are hosting another Institute there as well. Details below).

Dear Colleagues,

For years I downplayed the notion of fellow real estate agents acquiring acronyms behind their names. I was, after all, a seasoned veteran of the Cabo sales scene, so how could a few initials enhance my real street smarts?

Then, in June of 2013, out of my innate compulsion to serve, I helped organize the first CIPS (Certified International Property Specialist) Institute for our AMPI Los Cabos chapter, at the request of Linda Neil. So, I felt compelled to attend five day course. I invested hundreds of dollars with no idea what the value would be.  Linda Neil is a captivating instructor who keeps it moving, and made me glad that I attended.

The CIPS Institute was an eye-opening education on where we fit into the world real estate marketplace. I learned how Mexico’s laws and idiosyncrasies compare with other countries. I have been in touch with many CIPS fellows around the world, including our prime market areas of the U.S. and CANADA, and am working on some mutual leads through the CIPS network. This is really becoming a value proposition. I have received one group of foreign brokers on a familiarization trip as a direct result of contact made through CIPS. I have expanded my personal presence by three continents!

And fortunately, the CIPS Institute gave me some requisite course requirements for other designations, including the Accredited Buyer Representative, which is my latest course of study.

I highly recommend the CIPS Institute to all of you. Take the week off from “work”, invest in yourself, improve your outlook and broaden your horizons. I do not believe that any of the 35 attendees last June regrets their decision to attend. I know I don’t. And those little acronyms behind your name actually can enhance your future.

Douglas Christensen, Broker
Cape Realty Associates
Certified International Property Specialist

Details on the upcoming CIPS Institute in Los Cabos are available at

General questions about the designation can be directed to or +1.312.329.8369.

Cynthia Fauth

Cindy Fauth (RCE, AHWD, CIPS, ePRO,) is Director of Global Marketing & Business Development for the National Association of REALTORS® Commercial & Global Services team. She joined NAR in September 2009, helping real estate agents and associations "go global" by promoting the programs and tools of NAR Commercial & Global Services.

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  1. It made a great change in the attitude of REALTORS in Los Cabos, an important Mexican market.

  2. Booker and Pam Howard

    Just interested in knowing what is going on on the other side of the pond

  3. REALTORS in Mexico’s “Restricted Zone” are thirsty for education. Proof of this is the number of questions asked in Los Cabos at ABR and CIPS classes.