Real Estate Professionals from Canada and U.S. Converge in Winnipeg


Canadian and U.S. senior real estate professionals came together to meet in the city of Winnipeg and even though many might have taught their aim is to search the housing market, they were however in the city for a different agenda.

For the very first time, real estate professionals are in Canada to take the renowned Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) course. The course which is usually taken in the U.S. is for the very first time being held out of the country.

It took the Manitoba Real Estate Association (MREA) with help from the provincial department of Growth Enterprise and Trade close to two years to organize the course and according to David Salvatore, CEO of the MREA the sole aim of the project was to promote the city’s economic growth and trade.

He went on to add that it was believed that the program will help shine light on the reasons why Manitoba should be a city where investors can invest in with help from the state and provincial real estate association.

Salvatore also noted that they want to improve on the city’s economic growth and trade which in turn will improve on increasing jobs in the region and also address housing issues which will improve on the area.

The program was only attended by invited delegates from cities including Arizona, Texas, California, Florida, New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, Illinois, Virginia, Alberta, B.C., Ontario, New York, Minnesota, Missouri and Prince Edward.

The CIPS makes its selection from 35 countries and are regulated by the National Association of Realtors and the American organization with an estimated 1.2 million members.

Former Winnipeg real estate agent Chris Pennycook along with the MREA president noted that the program was organized to bring real estate professionals from cities that have close business relations with Manitoba and hopefully next year, other business communities will also be involved in the program.

Global real estate professionals were able to meet with local business entrepreneurs to discus relevant business matters.

For the delegates, including Andrew Barbar, the operating principal of Keller Williams, a 300-agent firm in Boca Raton, Fla. expressed that the insight to the Winnipeg market was a brilliant one. It was an excellent learning opportunity as they got to know about the business environment in the city and similarly to other cities, the greater value in the business community is the people.

Carmela MA, an agent from Beverly Hills, California who had prior dealings with the city’s agents such as Sandy Shindleman and Harry Deleeuw gave the outline for the course.

Barbar, whose firm deal in global business noted that the program exposed him to greater opportunities.


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