November 14, 2015
Representatives of many of the member countries, as well as observes and TRC instructors, met in San Diego today for a meeting of the International Consortium of Real Estate Associations (ICREA). Delegates came together to discuss 2016 initiatives and hear updates on a variety of 2015 projects, including preparation for the launch of a newly designed WorldProperties.com website.
“We are very pleased to be here in San Diego during the NAR annual convention and exposition to meet face-to-face with our member associations,” says Gilles Ricour de Bourgies, outgoing chair of the ICREA board. “It gives us the opportunity to bring everyone up to speed on the good progress ICREA has made this past year in regaining the momentum lost during the economic global crisis.”
Says Ricour de Bourgies, “Most of our member associations markets have returned to a pre-crisis level of membership, or are nearly there. ICREA is happy to see a growing interest in being part of worldwide network of industry associations focusing on business and advocacy. Global investment is heating up in both traditional investor markets as well as in newly emerging one, including a number in Africa. Organized real estate is once again able to focus on the global marketplace now that domestic matters are well in hand.” A stable ICREA forms the ideal platform for such engagement.
During the ICREA member meeting, technology partner Proxio gave a sneak preview of the newly designed property marketing site (pictured right). Proxio has invested in the development of a streamlined and more user friendly search tool for consumers and professionals to find properties and WorldProperties-affiliated professionals around the globe. The new site will be rolled out in early 2016.
Other business included reports on international coalitions that are working to develop property measurement standards and high level industry professional ethics. ICREA is a signatory to the various coalitions and is a member of the board of trustees for the international ethics coalition.
Ricour de Bourgies, who represents the French real estate association FNAIM, concludes his term next month in conjunction with the groups’ annual plenary. He will remain on the 2016 board as immediate past chair. Assuming the role of chair is Dale Ripplinger, a broker from Regina, Saskatchewan, representing the Canadian Real Estate Association.
“We are very pleased to pass reigns to the Canadian Real Estate Association,” says Thijs Stoffer, ICREA CEO. “Their long-standing leadership and commitment to the principles of global cooperation is a great asset to the organization.”