If global is the new local, it stands to reason a state REALTOR® association should be at the forefront of making sure members are prepared to conduct cross-border and cross-cultural transactions.
Illinois REALTORS® President Mike Drews told those attending the State Leadership Exchange Forum on Tuesday, may 10, 2016 how the association has been working over the past few years to increase awareness of the global business environment.
He outlined a partnership with a Mexican real estate association, efforts to work with other associations to provide CIPS designation training and a commitment to take part in the MIPIM international real estate conference.
A centerpiece for the association’s outreach has been the Consulate General Liaison program, which matches REALTORS® with expertise in an international area with a consul general’s office in Chicago. The city has one of the highest numbers of consulates in the U.S. Drews said:
“Taking proactive steps makes sure that the state, and our members, reap the benefit of providing REALTOR® expertise, both residential and commercial, to a growing global clientele.”
Illinois REALTORS® has relationships built with India, China, the Czech Republic, Thailand, Canada, Poland, Great Britain and Mexico.
Liaisons meet at least twice annually with the consulate to discuss the real estate climate and share news. They are required to have or be working toward their CIPS designation and work to keep NAR informed of issues.
The remarks were at the 2016 Midyear Legislative Meetings & Expo held in Washington, D.C.