Many real estate professionals have discovered the benefits and values of the world of international real estate. If you are thinking about going global or have already ventured into this arena, this field guide will provide you with tips for locating and working with international clients, etiquette, cross-cultural business guides and international networking opportunities. You will also discover an assortment of international real estate information sources, including a wealth of worldly resources from the REALTOR® organization, including referral opportunities and business partnerships in over 60 countries where NAR has established relationships! Plus, the international eBooks available in the Virtual Library at nar.realtor are definitely a must-read.


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Networking Opportunities at Home & Abroad

2021 International Conferences / Meetings & Events

July 18-21
BOMA International Conference & Expo, Boston, MA
During the past year, the BOMA community has been a source of strength as we’ve supported each other during the massive changes we have been through. In 2021, BOMA is back — in person! Let’s get a handle on things together and discover what’s next for commercial real estate, from the latest information on market trends and conditions to the regulatory changes that affect your portfolios.

September 7-8
MIPIM, Cannes, France
The global pandemic has meant that we have had to adapt, with the safety of our clients, partners and staff always our top priority. It is not possible to hold MIPIM in Cannes during June as we had originally hoped to do.

We look forward to welcoming leaders from the property sector to the South of France in September for a special MIPIM September Edition, September 7-8, 2021 to fast-track the built environment’s recovery after restrictions have eased. In 2022, we will hold MIPIM in March 15-18, bringing together real estate leaders in Cannes at an event that will herald a return to near normal business.

September 27-29
C5 Summit, New York City, New York
C5 Summit is the premier US-based commercial real estate event launching in the Fall of 2021, in the heart of the city, at the center of the industry – New York. Who should attend and exhibit? Commercial industry influencers and industry partners including commercial brokers, state and local associations, economic development organizations, government officials, NAR Global members, along with domestic and international investors.

October 11-13
EXPO Real, Messe Munchen, Germany
Hosting the entire real estate industry from all over the world, the three-day trade fair takes place in Munich every October—and has been doing so since 1998. Being the biggest trade fair for property and investment in Europe, EXPO REAL offers you the ideal setting for efficient networking.

November 12-15

National Association of REALTORS® Conference & Expo, San Diego, CA

Our attendees are sales agents, associate brokers, broker-owners and real estate office staff, and they represent a variety of different office sizes and business franchises. Visitors come from all 50 U.S. states and several U.S. territories. The event also welcomes 1,500 international real estate professionals from over 65 countries. Approximately one-third of attendees are first-time visitors each year.

International REALTORS® Welcome Reception

International Night Out and Awards Ceremony

Join colleagues from all around the world. This is the international community's night to shine. We will honor the highest achievements during the Global Awards Ceremony.

November 30-December 2
MAPIC, Cannes, France
Created in 1995, MAPIC is the leading global platform to build vibrant retail & urban destinations. The international retail property market event will gather 8,200+ retail, property, food & leisure leaders from over 80 countries at the on-site event from 30 November to 2 December 2021.

December 5-7
RECon, Las Vegas, NV

Your Here, We Go experience will include: Connections with top-tier, iconic brands, thought leadership and perspectives from industry experts, deal making opportunities on the largest industry show floor, professional development and career-building opportunities, and programming focused on innovations across retail real estate.

International Real Estate Information Sources


Global Property Guide

Global Real Estate Project (University of Denver)


The World Property Journal

Finding & Working With International Clients

AFIRE 2021 International Investor Survey (AFIRE, May 4, 2021)

Why Foreign Investors Still Love U.S. Real Estate (Forbes, Mar. 21, 2021)

Canadians Lead Buyers of US Real Estate, Korean Players #2 (Real Capital Analytics, Feb. 17, 2021)

Cross-Border CRE Investments in the U.S. in 2020 and Beyond (Commercial Observer, Feb. 2, 2021)

How to Market Your Home to Foreign Buyers: A Complete Guide (List With Clever, Nov. 20, 2020)

How to Invest in US Real Estate as a Foreign Investor (Uptown Syndication, Nov. 18, 2020)

Foreign Investors Poised to Flood U.S. Real Estate Markets (Axios, Nov. 12, 2020)

International Transactions in U.S. Residential Real Estate (National Association of REALTORS®, 2020)

Global Resources From the REALTOR® Organization

Center for Real Estate Development is an Internet-based education delivery system where real estate professionals can takes courses online, click this link to browse the catalog for details on how to take the five required CIPS designation courses online.

The Certified International Property Specialist Network (CIPS) is made up of real estate professionals in over 60 countries, who focus on an international clientele. Through NAR's alliances with 81 national and regional Cooperating Associations worldwide, more and more members are joining the network from outside the United States. You can locate a CIPS Network member through our online directory by specific business, location and language specialties.Also follow CIPS on Facebook.

Global Alliances — NAR maintains formal relationships with 100 organized real estate associations around the world, giving REALTORS® confidence in working with professionals that abide by a code of ethics. These bilateral partnerships exist in 85 countries to help you establish business partnerships and referral opportunities.

Global Perspectives in Real Estate — a bimonthly newsletter, which serves as a resource for global professionals who wish to globalize their local market.

Global Resources for Association Executives

International REALTOR® Membership

International Real Estate Research from The National Association of REALTORS®

Realtor.com® International

Resort Area & Second Home Specialty Resources on nar.realtor

For more resources and information on global issues visit: www.nar.realtor/global.

eBooks & Other Resources


The following eBooks and digital audiobooks are available to NAR members:

The Brazilian Economy (Kindle, eBook)

Business Across Cultures (Kindle, eBook)

Business Without Borders: A Strategic Guide to Global Marketing (eBook)

Buying a Property in Eastern Europe for Dummies (eBook)

Chinese Business Etiquette and Culture (Kindle, eBook)

Communicating Globally An Integrated Marketing Approach (eBook)

The Global Etiquette Guide to Africa and the Middle East: Everything You Need to Know for Business and Travel Success (Kindle, eBook)

Global Etiquette Guide to Mexico and Latin America (Kindle, eBook)

Global Color: Clues and Taboos (eBook)

The Global Property Investor's Toolkit (eBook)

Foreign Language Study eBook Collection (Kindle, eBook, Audiobook)

International Real Estate Handbook (Kindle, eBook)

Multicultural Manners (Kindle eBook)

Risk in the Global Real Estate Market (eBook)

Understanding the Global Market (Kindle, eBook)

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