Registration begins for NICAR CIPS class

Northern Illinois Commercial Association of REALTORS logoCommercial REALTORS® interested in international real estate and working with foreign buyers will have a unique learning opportunity in September.

The Northern Illinois Commercial Association of REALTORS® will host the first commercially-focused Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Institute on the Northern Illinois University Campus in Naperville Sept. 19-23. Register on the NICAR website.

The week-long agenda includes five CIPS courses, allowing students to earn this designation in one week, in the classroom with their commercial real estate peers. 

International real estate opportunities are available everywhere and many foreign buyers are looking to purchase property within Illinois. The Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Designation provides the knowledge, research, network and tools to globalize a business.

Instructor David Lauster, CCIM, CIPS, CRS, helped write the curriculum and teach it. He was the recipient of the 2005 CIPS Instructor of the Year award. 

The week-long curriculum will focus on local markets, transaction tools, Europe, Asia/Pacific and the Americas and their relationships with international real estate, currency and exchange rate issues, cross-cultural relationships and etiquette, regional market condition, investment performance and tax issues.

The course will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 19-23 on the NIU Campus at 1120 E. Diehl Road.  

Early bird registration is $645 and ends on July 31, 2016. After July 31, registration will be $695. Click here to register. For more information about the benefits of earning a CIPS designation, visit

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