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Royal Palm Coast REALTOR® Association

Our Global Alliance Committee was formed to meet the needs of the growing market of the international real estate specialists.  The mission of the Council is to provide networking and technological opportunities to its members.  This is accomplished through foreign outreach activities and our education programs designed to enhance the cultural and marketing knowledge of members within specific target market countries and regions.

Find more information, education, and connections you need to thrive in the growing field of international real estate. NAR works to make the global real estate market accessible, profitable, and ethical for REALTORS®, and offers International REALTOR® Membership to real estate practitioners outside the U.S.

To assess the significance of foreign home buyers in Florida, the National Association of REALTORS®, in cooperation with the Florida REALTORS®, has conducted an annual survey of the experiences of Florida REALTORS® in working with non-resident international clients since 2007. Florida is one of the major U.S. destinations of international residential real estate buyers. Approximately 25 percent of foreign home buyers in the U.S. purchase property in Florida. In the 12 months ended June 2014, the dollar value of purchases of non-resident foreigners buying property in Florida is estimated at approximately $7.97 billion, an increase from the previous 12-month period’s level of $ 6.43 billion.

2014 Profile of International Home Buyers

We live in a global marketplace. While all real estate is local, not all property buyers are. A significant share of home purchases are made by people whose primary residence is outside of the U.S. Find out which are the top five countries of origin for foreign buyers of U.S. homes, and how these buyers are using the services of REALTORS®. This year's Profile examines purchases of real estate in the United States by international clients for the twelve-month period ending in March 2014. Download the PowerPoint presentation about the Profile of International Home Buying Activity

2014 Profile of International Home Buying Activity

Media Contact: Sara Wiskerchen / 202-383-1013 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

With sales to international buyers reaching a record $92.2 billion last year, there are growing opportunities for Realtors® to globalize their real estate business and attract international clients. During the "Managed Solutions for Reaching International Buyers" session at the 2014 REALTORS® Conference & Expo, experts offered advice for how Realtors® can grow their global business and reach the international marketplace.

Panelist Eleonore Rojas, vice president of partnerships and product integration at Move, Inc., the operator of realtor.com®, NAR’s official property listing website, said referrals drive nearly 60 percent of international transactions, so it’s critical that Realtors® network in their local and business communities to help expand and grow their international clientele.

As the world is turning - business needs to be revitalized on the toe at times. In Real Estate more than ever before are we experiencing the globalization. While Foreign Buyers are coming into our market to buy, be it due to currency exchange, a long in the works dream, investment.... we also see Americans venturing out buying second homes overseas or even relocating.

The 2016 Profile of International Activity in US Residential Real Estate (published by NAR) shows the following 5 States to be the top destination for International Buyers:

  1. Florida 22%
  2. California 15%
  3. Texas 10%
  4. Arizona 4%
  5. New York 4%

This also shows us that these 5 States account for more than 50% of the International buyers purchasing residential property in the US.

Looking closer into Florida, the Fort Myers/Cape Coral area ranks #4 of destinations for Foreign Home Buyers as per the 2016 Profile of International Residential Real Estate Activity in Florida, published by NAR.

Pinning down our market the report shows that the buyers are coming from the following geographical areas:

  1. Europe 41%
  2. North America 39%
  3. Latin America & Caribbean 8%
  4. Asia 6%
  5. Unknown 6%

And further more it shows us a breakdown by countries:

Canada still makes the biggest segment with 39%

  1. Germany 20%
  2. UK 7%
  3. Norway 4%
  4. Switzerland 4%
  5. Other 15%
  6. Unknown 6%

Current studies show that Americans are venturing off to the Central and South Americas, but also to Europe.

With all tools available to Real Estate Professionals in our day and age it is almost like being presented the opportunity on a silver tray to expand our business Internationally by creating an International Network of dedicated and educated Real Estate professionals worldwide.

Knowledge is the key and one must continually educate to keep up with changes in the global markets. It is not only important to understand the differences in how business is done in other countries, the cultures and the do's & don'ts but also what other factors play a role in the transaction such as FIRPTA (Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act) her in the United States or also Visa Requirements.

Getting on the Road to do Global Business

To start on the road with International Business there are different classes and designations/certifications available:


CIPS Designation (Certified International Property Specialist)

International real estate opportunities are everywhere. New people move to the U.S. from other countries every day and foreign-born individuals residing in the U.S. move to new markets. Americans in your current market invest in property overseas. No matter which international audience you cater to, the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Designation will provide you with the knowledge, research, network and tools to globalize your business.

  Why earn the CIPS designation?    

  What can a CIPS do for me, a client?

  Course Outline

By earning your CIPS designation, you will gain access to the CIPS Network. This members-only group is specifically for international practitioners of the National Association of REALTORS® who have earned the CIPS designation. Comprised of over 2,000 real estate professionals specializing in all types of real estate, the CIPS Network provides a 360° view of the global market. In any type of international real estate transaction, members are consumers' best and most trusted resource for navigating the international market

RSPS Certification (Resort & Second-Home Property Specialist)

Keep up on the latest developments in the resort and second home market, earn the Resort and Second-Home Property Specialist (RSPS) certification, and network with other members who specialize in the buying, selling, or management of investment, development, retirement, or second homes.

Other classes and educational sessions that will help you conduct International Business available this year to the Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association Members:

At Home With Diversity®

is an educational experience designed to present a picture of the changing face of the real estate industry. More importantly, the class teaches how real estate professionals can increase their sensitivity and adaptability to future market trends. Additionally, you will learn to thrive as an effective service provider and community leader. The course addresses issues of diversity, fair housing, and cultural differences. All three subjects are closely related and have value for real estate professionals who must serve diverse local markets. Join us on September 6th, 2017 for this class.

Global Business Council of the Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association

Our Global Business was formed to meet the needs of the growing market of the international real estate specialists.  The mission of the Council is to provide networking and technological opportunities to its members.  This is accomplished through foreign outreach activities and our education programs designed to enhance the cultural and marketing knowledge of members within specific target market countries and regions.

Find more information, education, and connections you need to thrive in the growing field of international real estate. NAR works to make the global real estate market accessible, profitable, and ethical for REALTORS®, and offers International REALTOR® Membership to real estate practitioners outside the U.S.

Global Business Network of the Royal Palm Coast Realtor Association

The Global Business Network was created for dedicated Real Estate Professionals conducting International Real Estate Business to meet on a regular basis and discuss and improve International Business as well as to provide a platform to connect with International Real Estate Professionals and Developers. Additionally the network platform contains resources such as International Real Estate Conferences, Do's & Don'ts and much more interesting information to be accessed by the Network Members.

Meet our Global Business Network members and the areas they serve (link to list of members)

A list of all members with picture, contact information and areas they specialize in and specialties like commercial, residential.... 

Need a network member library (with login-in) that we can store all documentation in for our network members, such as calendars of holidays, how business is done in different parts of the world, Do's and don'ts.. (see attached excel - Sheet one is items for the member library, sheet two is an excel sheet with some phrases in different languages).

Profile of International Residential Real Estate Activity in Florida

Snapshot of 2016 Second Home Buyers

 

Practitioners who focus on the foreign buyer population, along with local sellers, can enjoy a thriving business — especially in markets like California, Texas, and Florida.  In the former two states, roughly one out of every 10 residential properties is bought by someone outside of the country; in the Sunshine State, the share is about one in three.

Andrew Taylor, founder of Juwai.com, the top Chinese property portal for real estate in the United States and worldwide, offers his advice on working with foreign clients. 

  • With international buyers in particular, an agent must be prepared to compare and contrasts homes not just in neighboring communities but possibly in different cities or even states. 
  • Taylor also stresses the importance of imparting to foreign buyers one's credentials and explaining to them how the agency relationship works.