Building Connections

Relationships are essential to career success for any real estate professional, but especially critical for CIPS designees working in a global market. Here are some ways to build connections and use your CIPS network to its fullest potential.

Join the private Facebook page

CIPS designees have access to the Official Group: NAR CIPS Designees, a private Facebook page for CIPS designees facilitating referral and knowledge exchange. Log into your Facebook, search for the group name, and request to join. Your request should be approved within one week.

Attend exclusive, in-person events

Join fellow CIPS designees for networking and referrals at CIPS exclusive events such as the CIPS Advisory Board Meeting (May 2, 2022, at 9:30 a.m.) and the CIPS Networking and Celebration event on May 3, 2022, tickets required.

Add your profile to the CIPS Directory

Help referring agents and consumers find you with a featured profile in the CIPS Directory. Please email a copy of your photo to The photo must be in a jpg format, 300 DPI. Visit and fill out the form to update your biography.

Explore the CIPS Directory

Make connections with mentors and fellow CIPS designees by accessing the directory at

Don’t sit back and wait for business to come to you. The CIPS network will serve you well only if you are willing to do the legwork. As a general rule of thumb, you must give in order to receive. It is unlikely you will receive referrals if you are not actively engaged or using the network to give referrals.

Find a Global Business Council

As a CIPS designee, your connection to global real estate transactions may start at a local level. In fact, some reports* show that 58% of international purchases are made by resident foreigners,  which are non-US citizens who are recent immigrants or temporary visa holders. In other words, these buyers are already living in your area but need a REALTOR® with specialized skills to help them navigate their first real estate transaction. Roughly 140 state and local REALTOR® associations have built independent Global Business Councils. They offer a selection of programs focused on enhancing members’ global opportunities, including informal learning sessions, networking events, and more. Find one near you by visiting

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Virtual Mentor Program

Ready to accelerate your own global real estate business by learning from an experienced CIPS agent? Join our Virtual Mentor program and have access to conversations with seasoned global real estate professionals ready to help your business grow. Virtual Open House programs will take place on the third Thursday of each month starting at 10 am CT. Listen to a mentor present for 10-15 minutes, join a Q&A, and participate in break out rooms.

Learn to better maximize your global reach and register for the Virtual Mentor Program at

A limited number of mentoring opportunities will b available. To register for a session, view past recordings, and access companion tools and resources, visit the NAR Global Marketing Center. The CIPS Mentor Program appears under "CIPS Designee Resources."


About Global Perspectives

Global Perspectives in Real Estate is a resource for global professionals, aimed at helping them globalize their local markets. Produced bi-monthly, this newsletter serves as a how-to guide and is full of useful and actionable tips. A free subscription is given to all Certified International Property Specialists (CIPS) designees.

Learn more about earning the CIPS designation