HAR Scores Top Honors from Inman News. Inman News named the HAR ‘Most Innovative MLS or Real Estate Trade Association’ for 2014. The honor was announced at a July 16 gathering of real estate industry leaders during Inman’s annual Real Estate Connect conference in San Francisco.
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Demand for homes remains strong and prices are on the rise. Mortgage rates may well be headed north soon, too. Some believe that millennial buyers are being seduced away from home ownership by the agility of urban renting. That does not appear to be the case. Housing is enjoying brisk activity in Houston and across the country, and people are talking positively about residential real estate again.
In the Houston region, for the week ending July 13:
• New Listings decreased 1.1% to 2,566
• Pending Sales increased 18.1% to 2,059
• Closed Sales decreased 7.9% to 1,522
The Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Institute
The CIPS Institute is a week-long session consisting of five classes: The Local Markets is an analysis of the international real estate business environment, including capital flow, currencies, government regulations and cultures. The practical aspects of international brokerage, networking, marketing and selling are discussed. The Americas and International Real Estate for professionals who work with Caribbean, North, Central and South American investors. Historical and cultural influences, regional relationship and investment opportunities are covered along with a special focus on Mexico. Europe and International Real Estate covers the logistics of how to conduct real estate transactions with clients from the European Countries. Asia/Pacific and International Real Estate covers the real estate practices for Asia and the Pacific. Emphasis is placed on culture influences, economic trends and assessing investment opportunities. A special chapter on working with the Japanese is included. Transaction Tools provides the tools needed to present investment information to international clients in their currency and area. Students will learn how to measure investment performance, prepare financial projections, and understand the effects of taxes and exchange rates on investments. This course is waived for CCIM designees.Dates: July 28, 29, 30, 31 & Aug. 1
Time: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Location: HAR Central
Questions? 713-629-1900 ext. 6
Register at www.har.com/edu