By Kevin Scanlan • 2019 President

ABoR GlobalSummer is the time for traveling, and this year the Austin Board of REALTORS has been bringing the rest of the world to Central Texas through our ABoR Global program. As the 11th largest city in the U.S., Austin has recently seen a hike in international demand from countries all over the world, including France, Germany, Australia, Ghana, Brazil and the Philippines. With foreign investment in real estate steadily increasing locally and nationally, we’ve decided it’s time to up our game.

What we’ve done so far

So far in 2019, we’ve taken several steps to expand ABoR Global. In January, we brought on a full-time special programs lead to manage our global initiative and facilitate member engagement programming that includes our ongoing speaker series, quarterly small broker meetups, happy hours, niche programming and more.

Second, we implemented a three-year ABoR Global Strategic Plan that includes a five-member Global Advisory Group and a 13-position Global Ambassador program. Serving as liaisons on behalf of ABoR, Global Ambassadors are generally CIPS designees appointed by the Global Advisory Group based on their working knowledge of the individual languages and cultures of those countries they represent. Currently, ABoR has Global Ambassadors for Canada, South America, Western Europe, Israel and Turkey, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. Also, Asian Pacific, India, Spain and Portugal, France, Mexico and China.

Finally, we’ve improved and greatly expanded the reach of our Global Lunch & Learn Series, which now includes bilingual programming and monthly meetups. Free to all ABoR members, this series connects REALTORS with international stakeholders and various industry leaders on the core issues impacting the global real estate market today, both at home and abroad. Our next Global Lunch & Learn: “Finding Your Passion: A Foreign Nationals Story” will be held in English on July 10 and in Spanish on July 24. Save your seat at ABoR.com/Calendar.

What’s to come – and how you can get involved

Want to learn more? You’re in luck — one of the highlights of our ABoR Global programming year is next week! Join us June 25-27 for our 2019 ABoR Global Week. An expansion of Global Day, this popular member event now includes a two-day GREEN Designation worth 16 CE hours, a happy hour and a special night time edition of our speaker series “Constructing a Green, Global Future,” which will dig into innovative green building programs around the world — over cocktails, folks! Learn more and grab your tickets at ABoR.com/GlobalWeek.

In partnership with the ABoR Academy, ABoR Global is doubling down on professional development as well. Just in time for ACL weekend, we’re hosting a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Institute and At Home With Diversity (AHWD) at ABoR HQ. Taking place Sept. 30-Oct. 3, the CIPS and AHWD designations total 40 CE hours and can be purchased for a bundle price of $500 by emailing education@abor.com. Don’t delay — register by July 31 and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win two general admission tickets to ACL! Learn more at ABoR.com/CIPS.

If you’re serious about building a career in international real estate, you won’t want to miss this event. Not only is CIPS the ultimate designation for global-focused REALTORS, but we’ll also be announcing a new networking initiative to launch in 2020. In the meantime, stay plugged into the latest news and updates from ABoR Global at ABoR.com/Global.

Reminder: ABoR North has moved!

Don’t forget to check out our bigger and better ABoR North office at 1500 Arrow Point Dr., Suite 711, in Cedar Park. ABoR North classes can be booked at ABoR.com/Calendar, and while you’re at it, mark your calendar for our Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday, July 18. Come see your new space. We know you’ll love it!  RL