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

2020 International Conferences / Meetings & Events

MIPIM 2020 Paris, France
MIPIM, normally scheduled in March each year, is transforming in 2020 into a two-day, Paris-based gathering of real estate and innovative technology leaders in September and a new online experience, MIPIM Connect, available year-round. The next edition of MIPIM in Cannes will take place March 16-19, 2021. The MIPIM team will communicate more details about the two-day gathering in Paris and MIPIM Connect in the coming weeks.

October 5-7
Expo Real Munich, Germany
EXPO REAL is Europe’s biggest property show, conference and networking event. With 2,189 exhibitors and over 46,740 participants from 76 countries, this is the venue for the international Who’s Who of the property industry. EXPO REAL offers ideal conditions for visitors to initiate international property projects and helps to maintain and extend their network in the real estate sector.

International Real Estate Information Sources


Global Property Guide

Global Real Estate Project (University of Denver)


The World Property Journal

Finding & Working With International Clients

COVID-19 Creates CRE Opportunities for LatAm Investors (Commercial Property Executive, May 15, 2020)

Institutional Investors Curb Real Estate Projections for 2020 (GlobeSt.com, Apr. 29, 2020)

2020 Commercial Real Estate International Business Trends (NAR Research, Feb. 2020)

Slowdown in Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Estate is Cause for Concern (Forbes, Mar. 17, 2020)

Investors See U.S. Real Estate as Safe Haven During Coronavirus Scare (Bisnow, Mar. 5, 2020)

AFIRE 2020 International Investor Survey (AFIRE, Mar. 4, 2020)

Cross-Border Investment in US Properties Drops 54% (Commercial Property Executive, Feb. 17, 2020)

Profile of International Transactions in U.S. Residential Real Estate (National Association of REALTORS®, 2019)

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  is a bimonthly newsletter, 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)

Internet Resources and Services for International Real Estate Information (Kindle, eBook)

Multicultural Manners (Kindle eBook)

Risk in the Global Real Estate Market (Kindle, eBook)

Understanding the Global Market (Kindle, eBook)

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