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Why Real Estate Agents in South Florida Need International Savvy

By Teresa King Kinney, CEO, Realtor Association of Greater Miami and The Beaches

It is common knowledge that the South Florida real estate market has long benefited from its unique position as an international destination and gateway. The Realtor Association of Greater Miami and the Beaches (RAMB), however, takes this one step further in its belief that Realtors need a strong international education in order to make the most of their prime positioning.

For this reason, RAMB partners with real estate associations worldwide to open avenues to more business and facilitates the participation of its members in important international events. RAMB believes it is vital for South Florida Realtors to establish links and cooperation agreements for investment with strong markets worldwide in order to capitalize on the area’s international prominence and excellent market conditions.

RAMB’s exclusive International Referral Network of Partner Associations links its members’ MLS to over 150,000 real estate professionals around the world. Its international partners include associations in Mexico, Central and South America, Europe and gateway cities in the United States.

Through these alliances, RAMB and its members generate billions of dollars in business with U.S. and foreign investors and have achieved export success and results in the services sector in many foreign markets. The U.S. Commercial Service has recognized RAMB’s export success in 2003 and 2005.

These are some of RAMB’s upcoming events to increase business results:

Panama Spectacular in Panama
Panama Spectacular 2006 will take place on March 14 – 16 at the new resort InterContinental Playa Bonita, with the optional program for March 17 and 18 to travel to the western region to see new developments in the mountains and beaches. This conference is designed to facilitate real estate opportunities in Panama. South Florida agents will have the opportunity to expand their networks of contacts while pursuing prospective clients and investments options.

Salon National de l’Immobilier in Paris, France RAMB will participate in the Salon National de l’Immobilier de la Porte Maillot (Real Estate Expo and Conference) on March 23 – 26 with its new partners FNAIM Paris – Ile de France real estate association. This premier European Expo and Conference will unite more than 40,000 participants and 200 exhibitors. RAMB will host an exhibit and seminars to promote South Florida real estate and co-host an exclusive conference with French professionals.

SIMA06 in Madrid, Spain
As Grupo Planner’s exclusive Florida partner, RAMB and the Florida Real Estate Showcase have organized an impressive Florida Pavilion at SIMA06 in Madrid, Spain, to be held on April 4 – 8. Over 130,000 visitors looking to buy second homes or for investment opportunities will visit the Pavilion.

Americas Linkage in Latin American cities
RAMB will co-host real estate programs with partner associations during Americas Linkage in March and April, as they take trade missions to Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay.

International Congress in Miami
The Tenth Annual International Real Estate Congress will be held June 13 – 15 at the Biltmore Hotel and will feature an optional Certified Luxury Home Marketing designation course. This award-winning event includes a one-day expo and two days of extensive educational sessions presented by prominent industry experts. This year, RAMB is excited to announce David Lereah, NAR chief economist, as a speaker on June 13.

Moscow – St. Petersburg, Russia, Trade Mission
As the Ambassador Association to Russian Guild of Realtors (RGR), RAMB is promoting the June 16 – 24, 2006, RGR trade mission to Moscow and St. Petersburg. The trade mission will include conferences, tours and networking events for international real estate professionals.

Teresa King Kinney is CEO of the 12,500-member Realtor Association of Greater Miami and the Beaches (RAMB), which includes the Residential Association, Realtors Commercial Alliance, and the largest local International Real Estate Council in the nation. RAMB just celebrated its 85 years of service to the industry, the public and the community.

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