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Congress Approves EB-5 Extension in Short-Term Spending Resolution

by Russell Riggs, Senior Policy Representatives, National Association of REALTORS® The 114th Congress averted a government shutdown on Friday, December 9 by passing a Continuing Resolution (CR) that funds the federal government through April 28, 2017. The US$1 trillion...

Secrets of Successful CIPS Designees

Some agents just seem to know the secret to success. The ones who say “I work in international real estate” – and their business truly reflects that statement. You’ve checked many of the same boxes that they have –...
December 8, 2016

Impact of U.S. Election on International Real Estate

Although the U.S. election is over, the potential impact on the international real estate industry could be significant. President-Elect Donald J. Trump made his fortune in real estate, so he certainly understands the importance and consequence that U.S. politics...

Relaunch of Realtor.com/International Expands Options for Listings Exposure

Realtor.com® made some exciting announcements in Orlando at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo yesterday. Five years ago, they launched the realtor.com/international web site with about 800,000 listings from 11 countries, with translation, currency conversion, and measurement unit conversion features....

EB-5 Visa Extension

In the April 2016 issue of Global Perspectives, we covered the trials and tribulations of reauthorizing the U.S. EB-5 Regional Center Program. To recap, the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is designed to stimulate the U.S. economy through job creation...
October 11, 2016

Running for Rights with the International Real Property Foundation

Have you ever seen faces being lit up when you tell someone she can keep her land if she registers her customary rights? Or witnessed how knowledge allows entrepreneurs to start their own businesses thus lifting this person’s and his...

New Report: U.S. Homes Still Appeal to Foreign Buyers

Despite waning economic growth in many countries and higher home prices further enhanced by a strengthening U.S. dollar, owning a home in the United States is still appealing to foreign buyers. This is according to an annual survey of residential...

New Realtor.com® Reports Reveal International Buyer Interest

Realtor.com has made it easier to find out how attractive your metro area is to international buyers. At last week’s REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C., new interactive maps were unveiled, which will offer more comprehensive reporting...
May 16, 2016

How One Agent Adjusted His Business to Attract International Clientele

A phrase I often use to describe global business is that it’s not a niche, it’s a mindset. International activity is ubiquitous – in markets of all sizes, in commercial as well as residential real estate, in countries all...

Beyond the Pin: Getting Involved in International

The CIPS designation is an important step in boosting your profile as an international specialist. The training, network, and prestige that it offers are valuable assets in attracting international clientele. So what lies “beyond the pin”?  After the classes,...
February 8, 2016