Snapshot: International Sales Account for 6 Percent of Market - International buyers of U.S. properties generated $68.2 billion in the 12 months ending March 2013, marking a $14 billion decline from the year before, according to NAR's 2013 Profile of International Home Buying Activity .
Global is the new local. REALTORS® seeking to do business in the future need to embrace relationships with people of different cultures. Read more.  | IAR holds fourth Multicultural Summit in Oak Brook 
In the 2012 State of Hispanic Homeownership Report  published by the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, Hispanics continue to lead population and household growth in America. In 2012, Hispanics accounted for 355,000 (51%) of the total net increase of owner housholds in the U.S.
2012 Vacation Home Sales Up, Investment Dips but Stays Elevated, Prices Rise
Traditionally, the majority of home buyers make a primary residence their purchase. However, many recent home buyers have taken advantage of record home affordability and have also purchased a vacation home or investment property. The NAR Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey  breaks down the share of home sales by primary residences, vacation homes, or investment properties, and presents several characteristics of the non-primary residence transaction.
The CIPS Designation  is the only designation of its kind in the real estate community. It’s synonymous with advanced expertise, a global perspective and distinct understanding of a global buyer, and comes with powerful brand recognition with designees in nearly 40 countries.
CIPS courses are offered in three convenient formats: online, as individual classroom courses, or as part of a CIPS Institute. Click here to access the CIPS Course Schedule. 
Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS)  Online Course: International Real Estate for Local Markets  (prerequisite for CIPS program). A proctored exam is required for CE credit (6 hrs elective). Call IAR at 800/752-3275 for details.
International Courses for Continuing Education (CE) Credit: Call IAR at 800/752-3275 for details.