Business & Real Estate

SILVAR earns fifth award for global, multicultural work

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors recently earned the National Association of Realtors Platinum Award for Global Achievement.

The platinum award is the highest distinction presented by NAR to an association for demonstrating through its global business council exceptional commitment to building member awareness of global and multicultural business opportunities in its local market.

SILVAR, a professional trade organization representing more than 5,000 realtors and affiliate members engaged in the real estate business on the Peninsula and in the South Bay, is the only association in Northern California to achieve platinum council status since the program’s inception in 2011. According to NAR officials, SILVAR’s global council “has shown the highest level of service” to its global members by consistently providing them with the tools they need to handle international real estate in addition to connecting the council to the global community in the area.

“We are honored to receive the National Association of Realtors prestigious platinum award for five years in a row,” said SILVAR Executive Officer Paul Cardus. “The benchmarks for success over the past five years have been the commitment of SILVAR to think globally and provide our members with the proper tools that will help them expand and excel in their business here and abroad.”

Under the leadership of 2017 SILVAR Global Business Council Chairwoman Tess Crescini, a broker with Heritage Homes & Investments, the association’s global business council hosted a number of activities and education programs to raise members’ awareness of global business in their local market, including programs on immigration and types of visas for foreign buyers and investors, a leadership program and workshop, NAR’s At Home with Diversity certification course and the association’s sixth Certified International Property Specialist Institute.

SILVAR joins forces with other real estate associations throughout the year to promote awareness and education in global real estate.

As NAR Ambassador Association to the Philippines, SILVAR partners with the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders’ Associations Inc., the largest real estate umbrella organization in that country. SILVAR recently hosted a trade mission with young professionals from Secovi, an organization comprising real estate agents, builders, developers and other professionals engaged in the real estate business in Brazil.

SILVAR officials accepted the award at an international dinner during the NAR Realtors Conference and Expo in Chicago last week.

Reaching the platinum award level places SILVAR in the top 11 percent of councils operating nationwide.

The Silicon Valley Association of Realtors provided information for this article. For more information, email Rose Meily at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit

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