ABoR Takes Ireland in First-Ever Overseas Delegation

Cord Shiflet

Cord Shiflet

2022 Austin Board of REALTORS President

If you know me, you know that I originally joined the ABoR Board of Directors to make a difference in our Association and bring positive change that would propel ABoR to the forefront of the industry.

Now more than halfway through my year as President, I’m proud to say we’ve achieved many big “firsts” for our Association this year, from a massive Service Day that delivered 1,500 Wellness Kits to neighbors experiencing homelessness to a half-day Housing Summit that was attended by almost 400 real estate professionals in person and online.

In July, ABoR embarked on our first-ever international trade delegation as part of our three-time, Platinum-rated ABoR Global program. ABoR was named NAR Ambassador Association to Ireland in 2020, but the pandemic has prevented us from traveling overseas until now. 

For two days, a delegation of ABoR staff and Global Ambassadors toured the Emerald Isle. They attended business meetings with our host association, the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers (think of IPAV as the NAR for Ireland). 

Day One

We started the trip with a visit to IPAV headquarters to meet with their leadership before touring some of Dublin’s most iconic landmarks. We toured Ha’penny Bridge, strolled down Grafton Street, and visited the National Gallery of Ireland before heading through the green countryside to meet with IPAV members. We ended the day with a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Reception in Athlone, Ireland.

Day Two

Our Austin-led U.S. delegation attended the AGM conference, where our fearless CEO, Emily Chenevert, spoke on a panel about international real estate practices and presented on the Central Texas housing market. 

At their gala later that evening, Emily and I presented two NAR “REALTORS® Own It” Coins to IPAV President Gerry Coffey and IPAV CEO Pat Davitt. As is tradition, these coins are not meant to be kept but passed along to another worthy recipient who embodies the willingness to lead and bring the highest professional standards to the real estate industry. Coins can be tracked online via NAR’s website (coins #0026 & #0140).

And, of course, we made sure to stop for a pint of Guinness (it really is better over there) before flying home to my family. 

I’m honored to have been part of this milestone for ABoR and our Global program in building solid relationships with real estate professionals worldwide. ABoR’s Global Liaison, Christine Wren, thought of every detail of the trip and ensured it was a valuable experience for all involved. I strongly encourage you to check out ABoR.com/Global to join the Global Business Alliance to learn more about this incredible ABoR benefit.

ABoR Global Congress: October 3-7, 2022

If you’re interested in venturing into international real estate, look no further than ABoR’s Global Congress taking place online from Monday, October 3 through Friday, October 7.

Every day, we’ll be launching new resources for globally minded agents. The week will be full of informative and relevant seminars perfect for those emerging into global real estate and full of new content for members who have already dipped their toes into the global market. 

• 10/3: Constructing a Global Green Future

• 10/4: Global Volunteer Pathways

• 10/5: Global Career Development

• 10/6: Navigating the Pathways to U.S. Real Estate

• 10/7: Early Access: 2022 Central Texas International Homebuyers Report

During Global Congress, members can earn or renew their Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) before and after Global Congress programming. This designation is for REALTORS® both in the United States and abroad who wish to develop or grow their international real estate business. It provides participants with the knowledge, research, network, and tools to globalize their business. 

• 10/3: Global Real Estate: Transaction Tools TREC# 35820 | Provider #1 | 8 CE hours

• 10/4: Global Real Estate: Local Markets TREC# 35821 | Provider #1 | 8 CE hours 

• 10/5: Africa & International Real Estate TREC# 43487 | Provider #1 | 8 CE hours

• 10/6: Europe & International Real Estate TREC# 35732 | Provider #1 | 8 CE hours

• 10/7: Asia & Pacific and International TREC# 35733 | Provider #1 | 8 CE hours

Learn more and get your tickets today at ABoR.com/GlobalCongress.

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