The National Association of Realtors recently honored the Silicon Valley Association of Realtors (SILVAR) with a Platinum award for its 2013 Global Business Council Achievement Program.
SILVAR was one of several groups recognized as a Silver, Gold or Platinum Council at the national association’s 2013 Conference & Expo. Out of more than 100 global business councils, five groups received Platinum Council status, the program’s highest distinction, for demonstrating exceptional commitment to building members’ awareness of the global and multicultural business opportunities in their local markets.
To help members reach out to a growing number of foreign buyers interested in purchasing property in the region, SILVAR formed a global business council at the beginning of last year. Council chairwoman Jennifer Tasto took the lead in planning global programs, hosting global education courses and building awareness of international business opportunities.
In the past year, SILVAR offered two Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) Institutes attended by realtors across the country. Upon completion of the weeklong courses and other requirements, 43 attendees earned their CIPS designation – 32 were SILVAR members. They were recognized for their efforts at a recent ceremony hosted by the National Association of Realtors.
SILVAR has also offered the national association’s At Home with Diversity certification course, EB-5 Visa workshop and other global programs and events. Last December, SILVAR hosted a delegation of Chinese government officials seeking to learn more about Silicon Valley’s real estate market.
This year’s conference, held in San Francisco Nov. 8-11, drew 20,000 realtors from across the country and around the world. Attendees engaged industry leaders and federal officials on realtors’ top legislative priorities and the obstacles and opportunities facing consumers, the real estate market and the economy.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served as keynote speaker at the conference general session and pledged her support for homeownership.
“One of the key elements of what it has meant to be an American is owning your own home,” said Clinton, who added that she is hopeful the country can “get back to putting the common good ahead of personal and political interests and find ways to bridge the divide” and “do no harm to or make life harder for middle-class families.”