Editor’s Note: Many of the MLS BCS members are also members of AMPI and international members of NAR (National Association of Realtors from the United States). As members, our local MLS BCS Members have access to international programs, education and networking with the largest real estate association in the world: NAR. Your BCS local real estate agent are among the best educated and regulated in all of Mexico.
REALTORS® Congregate in Washington D.C.
The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) stages two major events each year. Each November the larger one, called, “Conference and Expo”, is held in various cities such as Anaheim, New Orleans and Orlando. In 2017 it will be in Chicago. In May REALTORS form the U.S. Canada and other parts of the Globe assembled in Washington D.C. That session is called, “REALTORS® Legislative Meetings and Expo.”
The words, “… Legislative Meetings”… are key. For Many years the May gathering in Washington was called, “The Mid- Year Meetings.” Under the new scheme more emphasis has been placed on “Visits to the Hill.” Individual REALTORS® and association’s representatives meet with members of the Congress and Senate, to lobby for such items as property rights and tax deductions for mortgage payments as well as changes need to lending practices on Wall Street... For example the Florida Association met with Senator Marco Rubio. State associations “caucus” and some hold elections during the week.
Below are listed some of the major events that were held:
CIPS Advisory Board- The main point of discussion was a move to eliminate exams in order to become a Certified International Specialist. (CIPS). The move was overwhelmingly rejected. As one member said, “It would lower the prestige for the CIPS Designation.” Another commented, “What if an Attorney did not have to pass an examination to be called to the bar?” Another discussion was about the “shrinkage” of membership in this group.
Global Business and Alliances Committee- It is always a pleasure to attend this meeting and see the back drop the flags of the 80 countries that are affiliated with NAR.
This year more than 120 “International Members” from 19 countries participated. Two new countries (Belarus and Guatemala) signed a “Bi-lateral agreement.” Mexico renewed its agreement. The country has had the agreement since 1982.
Presentations were made on the listing system realtor.org, on “The Anatomy of a Trade Mission”. And one by NAR’s Chief Economist, Dr, Lawrence Yun, PhD. He presented a paper, “The Impact of Immigration on the U.S. Housing Market.” Scott Turlock, Executive Director for China and Mongolia at the U.S. Department of Commerce delivered a paper, “China and U.S. trade.
America under President Trump: A View from Washington- Chris Wallace, FOX News, Washington D.C. was the speaker and the host of Fox News Sunday Morning. As a journalist, he draws on his experience and uses insights based on years of experience covering laws that have been enacted and responses of citizens. He provided his up to the minute perspectives on the Trump Administration’s first 117 days.
Receptions: It is not all work and no play. Ateta associations, Expo sponors and NAR all host receptions. One example was the gathering of the mid Atlantic Section of the International Real Estate Federation. (FIABCI) They took over a local restaurant to hold their event.
I attended three receptions: The International VIP Reception presented an opportunity to meet and greet shoulders with successful REALTORS® from around the globe. The Global/CIPS Networking Reception at the Omni Hotel was an occasion to see 319, new CIPS (Certified International Property Specialists) Designees receive their pins and certificates, renew acquaintances with international REALTORS® and make new friends. It was the largest of the three I attend. The Virginia Association of Realtors hosted our Associated Realty of the Americas group.
NAR's Trademark Advocates Score Global Win
NAR General Counsel Katherine Johnson, left, and Associate Counsel Chloe Hecht The World Trademark Review, an international source of news for trademark professionals, has named the National Association of REALTORS®’ Legal Affairs department as its not-for-profit legal team of the year.
NAR works extremely hard to protect the REALTOR brand worldwide to ensure that our members both domestic and international, who are members of NAR are viewed as professionals that adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and work for the best interest of their clients and communities.
By John Glaab, Vice President of International Marketing at Mexico’s, The Settlement Company®. A Certified International Property Specialist, he was named International Member of the year in 2012 by NAR. In 2016 he was accepted as a member of the small, but prestigious by invitation only group, Associated Realty of the Americas.